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[ecrea] Spanish & Latin American Cinemas 15.2 journal published

Thu Jul 19 18:32:09 GMT 2018

Intellect is happy to announce that /Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas <,id=125/view,page=0/>/15.2 is now available. For more information about /SLAC/ 15.2 including how to subscribe, please click here <,id=26498/>or email (tessa /at/ <mailto:(tessa /at/>

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

_Central American cinematographic aesthetics and their role in international film festivals_

Authors:  Andrea Cabezas Vargas And  Júlia González de Canales Carcereny
Page Start: 163

Arturo Menéndez’s award-winning Malacrianza/The Crow’s Nest (2014) chronicles the tribulations of Don Cleo, a poor piñata salesman suffering from mental and physical ailments. Cleo’s life is turned upside down when he receives an extortion letter asking for US$500 in exchange for his life. This article examines Malacrianza’s linkage between the protagonist’s body and his ailments and the broader sociopolitical matrix. I argue that the symptoms he demonstrates are manifestations of the impact of civil war and urban violence upon the social telos of Central America. My study explores phenomenological film analysis as a tool for examining affects and their circulations in the film. By using an affective code, Malacrianza engages the viewer in an intimate experience of the violence(s) of contemporary El Salvador.

_Symptoms of a civil war: Affect, disease and urban violence in Arturo Menéndez’s Malacrianza/The Crow’s Nest (2014)_

Authors:  María del Carmen Caña Jiménez
Page Start: 217

This article provides a brief aesthetic history of Central American cinema, outlining the impact of limited resources, sociopolitical conflicts and global aesthetic trends on regional film production. Focusing on films produced in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, it analyses how contemporary Central American films have overcome economic and material limitations and generated films that obtained acclaim in regional and international circuits. It also analyses the impact of international film festivals on Central American film production, focusing on the work of the Central American, yet also transnational, directors Julio Hernández Cordón and Tatiana Huezo.

_Performing for Hollywood: Coloniality and the tourist image in Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe/Caribbean (2004)_

Authors:  Liz Harvey-Kattou
Page Start: 249

This article problematizes US–Costa Rican cultural and ideological relations through an analysis of Esteban Ramírez’s Caribe/Caribbean (2004) by arguing that it unconsciously invites an international audience to colonize Costa Rica – and Latin America more widely – via the tourist gaze. Beginning by considering Ramírez’s anti-imperialist stance within the film’s plot, which underscores the sovereignty of the Central American nation, I argue that these aims are undone through the exoticization of space and place. The article analyses how the tropical image of the nation is internalized by the film and how hegemonic Hollywood tropes of ethnicity and gender are mimicked and performed.

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