Recently, Edinburgh University Press published a volume on Slow Cinema, co-edited by Dr Tiago de Luca, lecturer in Portuguese and World Cinemas in Modern Languages and Cultures, and Nuno Barradas Jorge, researcher in film and television studies at the University of Nottingham.

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This is the first book to compile a collection of essays on ‘slow cinema’, a term that has acquired remarkable visibility in film criticism over the last decade to refer to films characterized by measured pace and contemplative properties, with filmmakers such as Béla Tarr (Hungary), Lav Diaz (the Philippines), Carlos Reygadas (Mexico), Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan), Lisandro Alonso (Argentina), and Abbas Kiarostami (Iran) being often cited as exemplary of this trend. At the same time, slow cinema shares its terminology and conceptual genesis with a larger sociocultural movements such as ‘slow media’, ‘slow food’ and ‘slow travel’.

This book looks at slow cinema both as a contemporary cinematic phenomenon in line with these resistant practices, yet it also deploys the developing concept of slowness in the cinema as a method that is able to cut across, and in so doing shed fresh light on, different schools and traditions through film history – Tiago de Luca

The volume comprises 22 chapters, many of which by internationally renowned scholars, and also includes an essay by world-leading French philosopher Jacques Rancière. The introductory chapter can be accessed here.