SPAN4410 - Argentine Film: 1985 to the present

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Deborah Martin
Teaching structure:
one 3000 word coursework essay (40%); and one unseen two-hour written examination (60%).

Module Description:

The module introduces students to a broad range of Argentine film from the immediate post-dictatorship period to the present. Several of the films deal in an overt way with remembering the 1976-1982 dictatorship, foregrounding issues of trauma, denial or resistance, or engaging self-reflexively with questions of memory and representation. Other films deal with questions of difference – sexual, racial, and bodily – and refer in different ways to mechanisms of (state) repression in society.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:


La historia oficial (dir. Luis Puenzo, 1985)

Hombre mirando al sudeste (dir. Eliseo Subiela, 1986)

De eso no se habla (dir. María Luisa Bemberg, 1993)

Pizza, birra, faso (dir. Adrián Caetano and Bruno Stagnaro, 1997)

Nueve reinas (dir. Fabián Bielinsky, 2000)

Kamchatka (dir. Marcelo Piñeyro, 2002)

Los rubios (dir. Albertina Carri, 2003)

La mujer sin cabeza (dir. Lucrecia Martel, 2008)

Initial secondary bibliography

Aguilar, G. Otros mundos: un ensayo sobre el nuevo cine argentino (Buenos Aires: Santiago Arcos Editor, 2006) [available in translation].

Andermann, J. New Argentine Cinema (London: IB Tauris, 2012).

Falicov, T. L. The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film (London and New York: Wallflower, 2007).

Foster, D. Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Columbia, University of Missouri Press, 1992).

Grant, C. ‘Giving up Ghosts: Eliseo Subiela’s Hombre mirando al sudeste and No te mueras sin decirme adónde vas’, in Rob Rix and Roberto Rodríguez Saona, eds. Changing Reels: Latin American Cinema Against the Odds (Leeds: Trinity and All Saints College, 1997) 89-120.

Kantaris, E.G. ‘The Last Snapshots of Modernity: Argentine Cinema after the “Process”’. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 73.2 (1996): 219-44.

Newman, K. ‘National Cinema After Globalization: Fernando Solanas’s Sur and the Exiled Nation’, in John King, Ana M. López and Manuel Alvarado, eds. Mediating Two Worlds: Cinematic Encounters in the Americas (London: BFI Publishing, 1993) 242-57.

Page, J. Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).

Reati, F. ‘Argentine Political Violence and Artistic Representation in Films of the 1980s’ in Latin American Literary Review, 17.34 (1989): 30-31.

Tomlinson, E. ‘Mapping the Land of “I-don’t remember”: For a Re-evaluation of La historia oficial’. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 81.2 (2004): 24-39.