Inaugural session of the series ‘Staging the Future: Argentine Films in Dialogue’

Monday 7 January 2013

17 January, 5.30 pm, Senate House, Room 349 (3rd floor)

Stars (2007), by Federico León and Marcos Martinez, followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Free Entrance. All Welcomed.
Invited speaker: Dr. Joanna Page (University of Cambridge)

On January 17, the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London) will feature the first of a series of groundbreaking Argentine productions that offer stimulating responses to issues of gender, race, inequality, politics, community, and the future.

The series will begin with the screening of Estrellas [Stars] (2007), a provocative film directed by Federico León and Marcos Martínez. The awarded production (Locarno, London, Ghent, Los Angeles, La Habana, Miami, Buenos Aires) depicts how the inhabitants of a shantytown in Buenos Aires have developed an unusual entrepreneurial business playing themselves as ‘poor’ while renting their home-spaces as film sets for a living. Estrellas ironically reflects on the social trend that made poverty a fashionable subject.

The invited speaker will be Dr Joanna Page, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at Cambridge.
Joanna Page specialises in Argentine literature and cinema. She is the author of Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Duke University Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She has recently completed a book manuscript with the working title Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism, and is currently working on science fiction from Argentina across various media, including literature, film and comics.

Coordination: Dr. Cecilia Sosa.