1st Edition

Remapping Brazilian Film Culture in the Twenty-First Century

By Stephanie Dennison Copyright 2020
    220 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Remapping Brazilian Film Culture makes a significant contribution not only to debates about Brazilian national cinema, but more generally about the development of world cinema in the twenty-first century.

    This book charts the key features of Brazilian film culture of the first two decades of the twenty-first century, including: the latest cultural debates within Brazil on film funding and distribution practices; the impact of diversity politics on the Brazilian film industry; the reception and circulation of Brazilian films on the international film festival circuit; and the impact on cultural production of the sharp change in political direction at national level experienced post-2016. The principle of "remapping" here is based on a need to move on from potentially limiting concepts such as "the national", which can serve to unduly ghettoise a cinema, film industry and audience. The book argues that Brazilian film culture should be read as being part of a globally articulated film culture whose internal workings are necessarily distinctive and thus deserving of world cinema scholars’ attention.

    A blend of industry studies, audience reception and cultural studies, Remapping Brazilian Film Culture is a dynamic volume for students and researchers in film studies, particularly Brazilian, Latin American and world cinema.


    *Honorary Mention - Best Book in Humanities for the LASA Brazil Prize 2021*


    Part I

    Chapter One: Making Films in Twenty-first-century Brazil

    Chapter Two: Engaging With Audiences at Home and Abroad

    Chapter Three: Women and Film Culture in Brazil

    Chapter Four: Brazil’s LGBTQ Communities and Film Culture

    Chapter Five: Afro-Brazilian Filmmaking in the Twenty-first Century

    Chapter Six: Screening the Indigenous Experience in Brazil

    Part II

    Chapter Seven: Cinema and Public Security: The Elite Squad

    Phenomenon (2007-2010)

    Chapter Eight: Lúcia Murat’s Olhar Estrangeiro (2005) and the

    representation of Brazil on Foreign Screens

    Chapter Nine: Hope Springs From Rubbish: Trash (2014) and the

    Garbage Aesthetic

    Chapter Ten: A Cordial View from Brazil’s North East: Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius (2016)




    Stephanie Dennison is Professor of Brazilian Studies and directs the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. She has published widely on both world cinema and Brazilian film: she co-authored with Lisa Shaw Popular Cinema in Brazil (2004) and Brazilian National Cinema (2007).