Introduction

  • Inela Selimović
Chapter

Abstract

Argentine women filmmakers have made significant contributions to the film industry since the mid-1990s. Despite the fortified and professionalized bond between women and cinema in Argentina, academic research still continues to be patchy. This book fills in parts of such lacunae, as it draws more nuanced attention to the place of affect in the films of Argentina’s most prominent, prolific, and internationally reputable women directors. In a recent and illuminating piece, film scholar B. Ruby Rich reaffirms the need for deepening scholarly “conversations” about Latin American women directors’ prolific work. Women directors and producers, explains Rich, have engendered “a new expanded Latin American cinema shaped by female experiences—and reconfigured to give as much importance to the home as to the street and as much attention to the subtle signifiers of lives lived under the surface as to the headline-making gestures in the public sphere.” Affective Moments in the Films of Martel, Carri, and Puenzo adds to this conversation—without sealing off categorically these cinematographic works under “women’s cinema” in an outmodedly essentialist spirit—by examining these filmmakers’ appeals to affect. While each of these filmmakers has individually received scholarly attention to different degrees, Albertina Carri, Lucrecia Martel, and Lucía Puenzo have not been juxtaposed in relation to each other regarding the manifestation of affect, especially as it serves as their shared aesthetic denominator for capturing the social.

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  • Inela Selimović
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