Thursday 3rd December Dr Tiago de Luca (University of Liverpool)– Slow Time, Visible Cinema: Duration, Experience, and Spectatorship

Room 102 (Studio Space), The Minghella Building. Whiteknights Campus at 4pm


This talk will examine how the body of films commonly subsumed under the term ‘slow cinema’ demands the conditions provided by the film theatre if its spectatorial contract is to be fully met. It will explore this hypothesis with reference to three recent durational films which, not coincidentally, focus on the theatrical experience as a theme in its own right: Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2005), Fantasma (Lisandro Alonso, 2006) and Shirin (Abbas Kiarostami, 2008). By investigating the ways in which slow cinema eschews the conventional temporal articulations of narrative cinema in favour of indeterminate temporalities, it will be argued that the slow cinematic style might be fruitfully understood as a meta-reflection on a collective mode of spectatorship which loses its exclusivity as cinema ventures into new public spaces and onto new screens.


Tiago de Luca is a lecturer in Portugese at the University of Liverpool. His specialisms include cinematic realism, world cinema and sensory audiovisual theory. He has recently published a book chapter in the anthology Theorizing World Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2011), as well as peer-reviewed articles in film journals such as Cinephile and Journal of Chinese Cinemas.