New Geographies of Class in Mexican and Brazilian Cinemas: Post Tenebras Lux and Que horas ela volta?

  • María Mercedes Vázquez Vázquez


Vázquez revisits two acclaimed films by the successful filmmakers Carlos Reygadas and Anna Muylaert to explore new political articulations of space in contemporary Mexican and Brazilian cinemas. By focusing on strategies of containment (Jameson), the combined analysis of Post Tenebras Lux (2012) and Que horas ela volta? (2015) sheds new light on a broad contemporary transformation in Mexican and Brazilian filmmaking towards a focus on the middle class. This study complements previous analyses that emphasize the aesthetic and affective dimensions of these films by applying Doreen Massey’s relational conceptualization of space to the films’ spatial explorations. Under this critical lens, the films belong to an emerging cine clasemediero (middle-class cinema) in Latin America where neoliberal social segregation translates into cinematographic distinctions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Mercedes Vázquez Vázquez
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  1. 1.The University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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