Tiago de Luca holds a BA in Communication Studies from the State University of São Paulo (UNESP), an MA in Film Studies from UCL and a PhD in World Cinemas from the University of Leeds. Before moving to Warwick, he taught and worked for 4 years at the University of Liverpool.
My main research interests are: cinematic realism; time and duration in the cinema (especially slow cinema); and contemporary world cinema, with an emphasis on Brazilian and Latin American cinema. My first book, Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality, looks at current forms of realism in world cinema by selecting the work of Carlos Reygadas, Tsai Ming-liang and Gus Van Sant. The book explores the ways in which their films reconfigure the tenets traditionally associated with realist filmmaking through a sensory mode of address premised upon the hyperbolic application of the long take. My second book, Slow Cinema (edited with Nuno Barradas Jorge), is the first anthology to provide an examination of this concept in film studies, focusing on slowness both as a trend in contemporary global cinema and in terms of its previous manifestations in film history.
My new book project explores the ways in which the Earth has been imaged and imagined in the cinema and related media, and how the global imaginaries of early modernity may provide a valuable point of reference against which contemporary ones can be analysed, and vice versa. The book examines how a discourse of visual appropriation of the planet is now haunted by the prospect of its disappearance in the wake of our global environmental crisis.
- Slow Cinema (co-edited with Nuno Barradas Jorge) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), read the introduction here.
- Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality. (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014)
- ‘Figuring a Global Humanity: Cinematic Universalism and the Multi-Narrative Film’, Screen, Spring 2017.
- ‘Cosmovisions: Globalism and Visual Culture in Early Modernity’ in Louis Bayman and Natalia Pinazza (eds) Journeys on Screen: Theory, Ethics and Aesthetics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
- ‘Watching Cinema Disappear: Intermediality and Aesthetic Experience in Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn and Stray Dogs’ in John Gibbs and Douglas Pye (eds) Critical Approaches to the Long Take (London: Palgrave, 2017).
- ‘“Casa Grande & Senzala”: Domestic Space and Class Conflict in Casa Grande and Que horas ela volta?’ in Mariana Cunha & Antonio M. da Silva (eds) Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema (London: Palgrave, 2017).
- 'Sitting in the Dark among Anonymous Strangers', Afterthoughts and Postscripts Cinema Journal 56.1 (Fall 2016).
- ‘Slow Time, Visible Cinema: Duration, Experience and Spectatorship’, Cinema Journal 56.1 (Winter 2016).
- ‘From Slow Cinema to Slow Cinemas’ in Tiago de Luca & Nuno Barradas Jorge (eds) Slow Cinema (Edinburgh: EUP, 2016).
- ‘Natural Views: Animal, Contingency and Death in Carlos Reygadas’s Japón and Lisandro Alonso’s Los Muertos’ in Tiago de Luca & Nuno Barradas Jorge (eds), Slow Cinema (Edinburgh: EUP, 2016).
- ‘Personal Images, Collective Journeys: Media and Memory in I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You’, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 12.1-2 (2014).
- ‘The Geography of Segregation: Violence and Class Division in Contemporary São Paulo Cinema’ in Natália Pinazza & Louis Bayman (eds) World Cinema Location Series: São Paulo (London: Intellect, 2013).
- ‘Gus Van Sant’s Gerry and Visionary Realism’, Cinephile 7.2 (2012).
- ‘Realism of the Senses: A Tendency in Contemporary World Cinema’ in Lúcia Nagib, Chris Perriam & Rajinder Dudrah (eds) Theorizing World Cinema ( London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2016), reprinted and translated into Portuguese in Cecília Mello (ed) Realismo Fantasmagórico (São Paulo, Cinusp, 2016)
- ‘Sensory Everyday: Space, Materiality and the Body in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang’, Journal of Chinese Cinemas 5.2 (2011).
- ‘Carnal Spirituality: the Films of Carlos Reygadas’, Senses of Cinema 55 (2010).
- Stefan Solomon's Still Brazil (video essay), [in] Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 3.3 (2016)
- David Martin Jones's Deleuze and World Cinemas and David Deamer's Deleuze, Japanese Cinema and the Atom Bomb, Screen 57:3 (2016)
- Lutz Koepnick’s On Slowness in Cinema Journal 54.2, In Focus dossier: ‘On Cinematic Speed’ (2016).
- ‘Book Review: David Lynch: Interviews’ in New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8. 1 (2010)
- ‘Elephant: A Matter of Pace’ (article + video essay), In Media Res (2016)
- ‘Loneliness is Freedom’: an interview with Tsai Ming-liang in Close-up + short essay (2014).
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