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Discussing PASSAGES (2019) with Professor Lúcia Nagib


Screen Worlds and CCIMSS were delighted to present a Q&A session with Professor Lúcia Nagib, centred on her film PASSAGES (2019). The renowned Brazilian film scholar Professor Ismail Xavier will chaired this event.



PASSAGES (2019) showcases a selection of films in which artforms and media such as poetry, painting, theatre, music, literature, photography, radio and television, appear to function as a ‘passage’ to political and social reality. It interweaves these filmic examples with interviews with 15 exponents of the Brazilian film industry, including Fernando Meirelles, Kléber Mendonça Filho, Tata Amaral and Marcelo Gomes, all of whom are strongly connected with what became known as the Brazilian Film Revival, starting in the mid-1990s.

The flourishing and diversification of independent filmmaking from the 1990s onwards favoured not only a new approach to reality, but also an emboldened use of the film medium that acknowledged and exposed its inextricable connections with other art and medial forms. PASSAGES focuses in particular on film practitioners from São Paulo and Pernambuco, who established a creative collaboration over the geographic, economic and cultural borders of their respective regions. Passages was made possible thanks to a BOISP (Building Outstanding Impact Support Programme) award from the University of Reading. PASSAGES is an output of the AHRC-FAPESP funded Intermidia Project.

Lúcia Nagib is Professor of Film at the University of Reading. Her research has focused, among other subjects, on polycentric approaches to world cinema, new waves and new cinemas, cinematic realism and intermediality. She is the author of many books, including Realist Cinema as World Cinema: Non-cinema, Intermedial Passages, Total Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2020), World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Brazil on Screen: Cinema Novo, New Cinema, Utopia (I.B. Tauris, 2007). She is the editor of many books, including Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film (with Anne Jerslev, I.B. Tauris, 2013), Theorizing World Cinema (with Chris Perriam and Rajinder Dudrah, I.B. Tauris, 2011), Realism and the Audiovisual Media (with Cecília Mello, Palgrave, 2009) and The New Brazilian Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003). PASSAGES is her first film as director.

Professor Ismail Xavier received his PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University in 1982. He became Professor Emeritus at the School of Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo, where he started teaching in the 1970s. Over his career, Professor Xavier has worked as Visiting Professor at: New York University (Spring 1995), University of Iowa (Spring 1998), Université Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle (Spring1999), University of Leeds (Autumm 2007), University of Chicago (Spring 2008), Université de Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle (Spring 2011), Universidad de Buenos Aires (September 2011). He has also worked an Associate Rechearcher of CNPq (National Council for the Development of Cientific Research and Technology). Professor Xavier’s published books include: O Discurso Cinematográfico: a opacidade e a transparência (São Paulo, Paz e Terra, 1977, 6ª. Edition amplified, 2015 – tranlated into Spanish (Buenos Aires, Ediciones Manantial, 2008); Sétima Arte: um culto moderno (São Paulo, Perspectiva, 1978); Sertão Mar: Glauber Rocha e a estética da fome (S.Paulo, Brasiliense 1983; 2nd. Edition 2007, Cosac Naify, 3rd ed. 34 Letras, 2018) – translated into French (Paris, L’Harmattan, 2008), Alegorias do subdesenvolvimento: Cinema Novo, Tropicalismo, Cinema Marginal (S.Paulo, Brasiliense, 1993), English version Allegories of Underdevelopment: Aesthetics and Politics in Brazilian Modern Cinema (Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, !997), O olhar e a cena: melodrama, Hollywood, Cinema Novo, Nelson Rodrigues (S.Paulo, Cosac Naify, 2003), Cine brasileño contemporáneo (Buenos Aires, Santiago Arcos Editor, 2013).