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Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World

edited by Carl Fischer and Vania Barraza

Film Theory and Criticism, Latin American Studies, World Cinema

Published: October 2020
ISBN: 9780814346822
Pages: 86 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 32 b&w illus.
Published: October 2020
ISBN: 9780814346815
Pages: 86 Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 32 b&w illus.
Published: October 2020
ISBN: 9780814346839
Pages: 86 Size: EPUB
Illustrations: 32 b&w illus.

Focusing on films from Chile since 2000 and bringing together scholars from South and North America, Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World is the first English-language book since the 1970s to explore this small, yet significant, Latin American cinema. The volume questions the concept of "national cinemas" by examining how Chilean film dialogues with trends in genre-based, political, and art-house cinema around the world, while remaining true to local identities. Contributors place current Chilean cinema in a historical context and expand the debate concerning the artistic representation of recent political and economic transformations in contemporary Chile. Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World opens up points of comparison between Chile and the ways in which other national cinemas are negotiating their place on the world stage.

The book is divided into five parts. "Mapping Theories of Chilean Cinema in the World" examines Chilean filmmakers at international film festivals, and political and affective shifts in the contemporary Chilean documentary. "On the Margins of Hollywood: Chilean Genre Flicks" explores on the emergence of Chilean horror cinema and the performance of martial arts in Chilean films. "Other Texts and Other Lands: Intermediality and Adaptation Beyond Chile(an Cinema)" covers the intermedial transfer from Chilean literature to transnational film and from music video to film. "Migrations of Gender and Genre" contrasts films depicting transgender people in Chile and beyond. "Politicized Intimacies, Transnational Affects: Debating (Post)memory and History" analyzes representations of Chile's traumatic past in contemporary documentary and approaches mourning as a politicized act in postdictatorship cultural production.

Intended for scholars, students, and researchers of film and Latin American studies, Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World evaluates an active and emergent film movement that has yet to receive sufficient attention in global cinema studies.

Vania Barraza is associate professor of Spanish at the University of Memphis. She is also the author of (In)subordinadas: raza, clase y filiación en la narrativa de mujeres latinoamericanas and El cine en Chile (2005–2015): Políticas y poéticas del nuevo siglo. Carl Fischer is associate professor of Latin American studies and Spanish at Fordham University. He is the author of Queering the Chilean Way: Cultures of Exceptionalism and Sexual Dissidence, 1965–2015.

Contributors Include:
Vania Barraza, Claudia Bossay, Carl Fischer, María Angélica Franken, Paola Lagos Labbé, Arturo Márquez-Gómez, Carolina Urrutia Neno, Moisés Park, María Paz Peirano, María Constanza Vergara Vergara Reyes, Jonathan Risner, María Helena Rueda, Mónica Ramón Ramón Ríos, Camilo Trumper

Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First-Century World is an excellent and important contribution to the emerging field of Chilean film studies and to the broader one of Latin American film studies.

– Juan Poblete, University of California, Santa Cruz, co-editor of Humor in Latin American Cinema

While many film studies books deal with large film industries such as Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, there are few systematic treatments of Chilean film in English, and none that so effectively treat the question of internationalization at a crucial moment of rearticulation/reinvention of Chilean cinema.

– Ignacio López-Vicuña, associate professor of Spanish, University of Vermont

This volume is a long-awaited homage (in English) of the cutting edge, innovative work coming out of Chile during the past two decades. An excellent resource for everyone from faculty through undergraduates on the ways in which Chilean cinema has attracted global audiences through fresh, heterogeneous directorial voices, fierce networking on the film festival circuit, and bold marketing strategies. This volume is indispensable to those interested in contemporary Chilean cinema.

– Tamara Falicov, author of Latin American Film Industries

Chilean cinema has flourished in the twenty-first century and reached global audiences, and this is an essential book to chronicle and analyze this success story. Written by experts in their field, this book provides an excellent and comprehensive critical guide.

– Deborah Shaw, professor of film and screen studies, University of Portsmouth, and editor of Transnational Screens

Effectively navigating between the national and the transnational, this comprehensive collection offers a much-needed critical account of Chilean contemporary cinema. Unique in its scope—ranging from music videos to horror, from documentary to martial arts, from queer to ‘global art’ films—this book opens up exciting new lines of inquiry for the study of Chilean cinema.

– Elizabeth Ramírez-Soto, assistant professor, School of Cinema, San Francisco State University, and author of (Un)veiling Bodies: A Trajectory of Chilean Post-Dictatorship Documentary

This refreshing approach to national cinemas addresses the recent Chilean film production taking into account the tensions between the global dialogues it has established and the achievements and constraints of a local film scene. An essential overview of Chilean Cinema and the cultural, political, and economic transformations of the new century.

– Catalina Donoso Pinto, co-author of El cine de Ignacio Agüero: El documental como la lectura de un espacio and (Des)montando fábulas: El documental político de Pedro Chaskel

The book’s overarching focus [is] on the sometimes problematic intersections of art and global commerce in an increasingly transnational cinematic landscape. Is it even possible to have a ‘purely’ national – let alone local – cinema anymore?

– Thomas Puhr, Film International

In closing, students and scholars at differing stages of their academic journeys will benefit from this volume and it is sure to be a required reference for any specialist on Chilean cinema and cultural studies. Moreover, professors and scholars studying other regions of the world (and other countries of Latin America) can also enrich their research and classes with the analysis offered by a particular section.

– Fernanda Righi, Hispania