Shekhar Deshpande | Meta Mazaj

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World Cinema: Table of Contents

Table of Contents for World Cinema: A Critical Introduction

World Cinema: Introduction

The term ‘world cinema’ merely names an indisputable reality of the experiences of film practitioners, viewers, critics, students, teachers, and scholars

Chapter 1: What is world cinema?

Chapter 1 offers a conceptual framework that navigates existing and emerging ideas in the field of world cinema, situated firmly in the context of its world literature and world music precedents.

Chapter 2: Watching world cinema

Chapter 2 traces different, and unevenly developed, practices and habits of watching films around the world

Chapter 3: Film production and finance

Chapter 3 offers an account of the main production models around the world

Chapter 4: Film festivals and world cinema

Chapter 4 addresses the most salient feature of world cinema after the 1980s: the global boom and influence of international film festivals, which have become one of the biggest growth industries.

Chapter 5: Indian cinema and Bollywood

For nearly four decades, Indian cinema has been a strong presence on the world stage largely due to the strength of its numbers alone.

Chapter 6: African cinema and Nollywood

Nollywood, the video-film industry from Nigeria, emerged on the scene in the early 1990s, when film industries around the world were going through major transformations of economy, production, and ideology.

Chapter 7: Asian cinema

Multiple cinemas of Asian countries–China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and other East Asian countries–are often discussed in film studies under the rubric of ‘Asian cinema.’

Chapter 8: National formations

The transformative effect of globalization has radically redefined the status of the nation as a relevant economic, political, and cultural unit instead giving currency to the terms ‘world,’ ‘global,’ and ‘transnational’ in descriptions of the current geopolitical map

Chapter 9: Transnational formations

Cinema has been a transnational medium from the very beginning, from immigrant talent in Hollywood to cross-border influences of directors on one another.

Chapter 10: Polyvalent world cinema

The final chapter, on polyvalence, is an equally significant step in a course on world cinema

News

Yad Vashem has online ambitions for Holocaust film library

The growing Visual Center of Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, hopes to one day offer a platform for films in its extensive library of 12,000 videos and films to be viewed online globally.

Sarajevo’s CineLink Selects 10 Projects for Work in Progress Showcase

Sarajevo’s CineLink Selects 10 Projects for Work in Progress Showcase

Moviepass Crashed Because It Ran Out of Money – and Future Looks Uncertain

The US subscription-based cinema tickets had to get an emergency loan of $5m just to continue offering the service

Five VR, AR projects Receive Funding From Arts Council England Scheme

Five UK virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) projects have been awarded funding through CreativeXR, an initiative from Digital Catapult and Arts Council England.

Disney, Fox Shareholders Approve Merger Deal

The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox announced on Friday that stockholders of both companies have separately approved the proposed acquisition by Disney of the latter’s entertainment assets.

Actress Vaness Redgrave Calls For Change To Visa Rules To Aid Kosovan Film Industry

Vanessa Redgrave has called for the international film community to support a change in visa requirements for Kosovan citizens to travel abroad, describing the current situation as “absurdly wrong”.

Ukrainian Filmmaker Enters 57th Day of Hunger Strike in Russian Prison Camp

The European Film Academy is planning a vigil for detained Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov opposite the Russian Embassy in Berlin on Tuesday (July 10)

Netflix Sets Up First European Production Hub In Madrid

Netflix has announced its first European production hub in Madrid.

Toronto Film Festival Line-up to Include World Premieres Of ‘Widows’, ‘High Life’, ‘Beautiful Boy’

As the shock of Sunday’s fatal city shootings hung in the air, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) hierarchy cancelled Tuesday’s opening press conference in favour of a more modest platform to unveil a Galas and Special Presentations line-up that includes world premieres for Steve McQueen’s thriller Widows and Claire Denis’ first English-language film, High Life.

China Digital Adoption Outstripping International Market

The adoption of streaming sites in home entertainment spend by Chinese consumers is significantly ahead of the international market and by 2022 will reach around $8.3bn, nearly three times as much as the next highest country.

Classroom

Moviegoing in Cinema Paradiso

The following playlist and three videos contains clips of moviegoing within Cinema Paradiso.

Moviegoing: Cinema in Cinema

The following playlist celebrates the presence of moviegoing within films.

Karlovy Vary IFF Trailers Over the Years

Karlovy Vary commissions festival trailers featuring prominent filmmakers and actors. The following YouTube playlist contains 34 videos of such trailers from the 29th annual film festival to the 52th.

Zhang Yimou’s Movie Night

Zhang Yimou plays with the idea of a village coming together around cinema, which works both as a metaphor about the Chinese film industry as well as speaks to the experience of going to the movies.

Atom Egoyan’s Artaud Double Bill

“Atom Egoyan’s short film Artaud Double Bill from the anthology Chacun son cinéma has become one of the most eloquent articulations of the fast-changing state of film exhibition and viewership in our times.

Venice 70 Future Reloaded

In celebration of the 70th edition of the Venice International Film Festival the Biennale di Venezia has created the special project, Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded.

The Politics of Streaming: Netflix, Cannes, and Venice

The creation of new technologies has enabled the reorientation of individuals’ relationships to screens. Indeed, “films and screens on which they are viewed have become elastic, malleable, and ready to be relocated from film theaters” (Despande and Mazaj 38).

Resources on the Occult

Nollywood is a product of a complex dialectic between external and internal forces–the history of colonialism, the global economy, local arts, traditions, religious diversity, economic and social conditions–the context of which provides useful pathways to understand the particularity of Nollywood’s aesthetics, narrative forms, and its popularity in the continent.

World Cinema Resources

Helpful links to better understand World Cinema

Nehru on Children’s Films

Came across this little gem on Scroll website. My hearty thanks to Nandita Dutta from DearCinema for graciously translating the brief chat. Here it is, with a couple of micro-changes from me.  The gentle idealism of his vision pervades here.

Films

Bornila Chatterjee’s The Hungry (2017) – IFFLA- U. S. Theatrical Premiere, April 13

Adapting Shakespeare from the setting of Roman power struggle to contemporary India is a good fit since corporate greed extracts just as much blood in full sunlight.

First Bedouin Feature ‘Eed’ in the Works at Jerusalem’s Pitch Point Event

The first ever feature directed by Bedouin filmmakers – and giving a rare insight into Israel’s Bedouin community – was among the 10 projects unveiled at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point industry event over the weekend.

Review: A Godard Film About Making Movies Arrives in New York

‘The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company,’ a shot-on-video picture made in 1986 and having its official New York premiere in a new restoration, is one of the most diverting and substantial of these.

‘Sicario 2: Soldado’ Review

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is an All-American fever dream

Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’: First Trailer For Drama About the 19th Century Massacre

Mike Leigh follows Mr Turner with another period film, about the killing of protestors in Manchester in 1819 that led to the founding of the Guardian

Stream Guy Maddin’s Haunting Experimental Film SEANCES for Free

Eerie, avant-garde film installation SEANCES available to stream for free.

Tsai Ming-Liang’s new VR work ‘The Deserted’ Embraces 360-degree Cinema

Ming-Liang’s new, immersive work with no dialogue wowed moviegoers of the Hong Kong International Film Festival

Filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu’s Virtual Reality Installation Explores the Human Condition

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explores the human condition of immigrants and refugees.

‘Amin’: Cannes Review

An immigrant from Senegal struggles to find happiness in France

‘Capernaum’: Cannes Review

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki delivers a powerful story about a 12 year-old boy who takes his parents to court

‘Mirai’: Cannes Review

Charming animation from Japan takes a toddler-eye view of a new arrival in the family

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