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Still from the fim Nostalgia de la luz, dir Patricio Guzmán

One-day Symposium on Chilean film, Saturday 23rd November

The full programme is now available

Stifled or exiled for the duration of the Pinochet dictatorship, the cinema of Chile has recently burst onto the international stage, with films such as Nostalgia de la luz (2011) making the official selection list at Cannes, and Pablo Larraín's No (2012) being nominated for best foreign picture at the Oscars. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg, and forty years on from the coup, time is ripe to reconsider the challenges and innovations of a burgeoning national cinema.

What are the constraining or productive limits of viewing these films within a national framework? How have filmmakers over the past forty years grappled with recent and historical trauma? How does a specifically Chilean filmic discourse uniquely affect generic or medial tropes of the cinema? These questions, and many others, form the basis of a one-day symposium, taking place on Saturday 23rd November at the Centre of Latin American Studies (Alison Richard Building, West Road, Cambridge).

Advance registration is required (see below). £5 will be charged at the door as a contribution towards the cost of food and refreshments. Registration on the day will be from 10 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. (but book in advance). The full programme is now available..

Confirmed speakers

Brad Epps (University of Cambridge), "The Unbearable Lightness of Bones: Space, Memory, and Affect in the Films of Patricio Guzmán"

Sarah Wright (Royal Holloway), "Tough Love: Fernando Guzzoni’s Carne de perro (2012)"

James Harvey-Davitt (Anglia Ruskin), "The Political-Aesthetics of Ambivalence in Post Mortem (2010)"

Michael Chanan (Roehampton) presents his new film, Chile: Divided Generations (30 mins) extracted from Interrupted Memory (see:

Claudia Sandberg (Southampton), introducing "DEFA Chile films viewed by young Chileans" with short film Películas Escondidas/Hidden Treasures (11 mins) dir. Claudia Sandberg and Alejandro Areal Vélez, 2013

Amit Thakkar (Lancaster) "Representing the Unrepresentable: Allegories in Chilean Cinema", on La frontera,, Tony Manero and other films

Dennis Hanlon (St Andrews), "Second World/Third Cinema: The Chile Cycle of Studio H&S" including La batalla de Chile


For any queries not relating to registration, please contact:

James Harvey-Davitt, Anglia Ruskin University

Geoffrey Kantaris, University of Cambridge


Please register by email to Julie Coimbra.