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Book Launch: Poetics of Slow Cinema

Book Launch: Poetics of Slow Cinema December 5, 5-7 pm, The Ballroom, Culture Lab

Following a wine reception, Dr Ian McDonald introduced Dr Çağlayan, who talked about the intellectual content of the book. Slow cinema is a contemporary film practice that dispenses with narrative progression in favour of sustaining a contemplative mode of spectatorship, which is seen as the culmination of a global movement of realist filmmaking by scholars working in the field. Poetics of Slow Cinema responds to the current state of affairs by taking into account the films’ local modes of production and with a more rigorous conceptualization of slow cinema’s defining aesthetic experience, which demonstrates the co-existence of a modernist provocation in elongating temporality, inasmuch as a realistic dedication to representing its continuity. Dr Çağlayan illustrated the core arguments of the book—that nostalgia, absurdism and boredom are appropriate conceptual tools to better understand the slow cinema phenomenon—by screening clips from Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, 2000, Hungary).

The talk was followed by a critical response by Michael Pattison, film critic and PhD researcher at Newcastle University, with a focus on the politics of temporality, aesthetics of slowness and the significance of the institutional context of slow cinema, with specific references to the works of Béla Tarr, Tsai Ming-liang and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among other important filmmakers.

The event was free and open to all students and staff at the university, as well as to the public, and was co-hosted by the Department of Media, Culture and Heritage and Research Centre for Film and Digital Media.

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Book Launch: Poetics of Slow Cinema

published on: 3 January 2019