113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Contemporary European Cinema

Session Chair: 
Andrea Gogrof, Western Washington University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Riley Jessett, Western Washington University
    An examination of the anthropocentric metaphors of the 'life' of cinema in the 1995 anthology film Lumière et compagnie from the 'childhood' of early cinema and its audiences to the 'death' or 'old age' in contemporary European cinema, particularly through analyisis of the short films provided by Michael Haneke, Costa-Gavras, and Wim Wenders.
  2. Christopher McCauley, Portland State University
    During times of war, humans experience a disruption of connection to normal time and space. Drawing on Foucault’s concept of heterotopia and Barthes’ concept of idiorrhythmie, this paper focuses on contemporary French cinematic depictions of WWI, noting that wartime spaces such as trenches and specialized hospitals are pockets of time in which humans experience an altered sense of reality.
  3. Andrew Bingham, Queen's University, Kingston
    I address three aspects of the struggle for appropriate form in Letters from Fontainhas: individuals dwelling in ruinous time; the decaying buildings in which they dwell; and the artistic form through which they are depicted—as and for themselves, in the extended portrait of flinching human dignity Costa offers to his audience.
Session Cancelled: