We offer our warmest congratulations to our CLAS colleague Tiago de Luca on the recent publication of his new book.
Over the last decade, a realist tendency has made a resurgence on the world cinema map. What are its main aesthetic and political characteristics? How does it relate to the realist canon and world cinema history? What are the different facets of this phenomenon as expressed in diverse cinemas across the globe? In his newly published book, Realism of the Senses in World Cinema, Tiago de Luca aims to provide in-depth answers to these questions. Drawing on foundational realist theories and recent takes on the body and the senses, he explores the fascinating work of Carlos Reygadas (Mexico), Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan) and Gus Van Sant (US), including award-winning films such as Silent Light, Vive l’amour and Elephant. In their common allegiance to the long take, these are cinemas characterised by a sensory mode of address based on the protracted inspection of physical reality. Their hyperbolic focus on material phenomena, de Luca argues, translates into phenomenological film experiences that provide an antidote to a world saturated by simulation processes.