Contemporary European Cinema

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary European Cinema

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Module description: European filmmaking in the twenty-first century is vibrant: from established directors such as Lars von Trier and Michael Haneke to ?new waves? in Greece and Romania, contemporary European cinema is a fertile area for study. But what is ?European cinema?? Frequently defined in opposition to Hollywood, the term is stereotypically used as a shortcut for ideas of art and cultural quality. But although art cinema remains important, popular genres like horror and comedy are increasingly garnering international attention. Moreover, European cinema is in conversation with world cinema, taking part in the major aesthetic trends that are redefining twenty-first century film. Meanwhile, Europe itself has undergone massive social and political changes since the 1990s: the integration of East and West Europe after the Cold War, the rapid expansion of the EU, and debates around multiculturalism have radically transformed conventional ideas of what Europe could or should be. Is there such a thing as a European cinematic identity? And if so, how is it changing? This module will examine the cultural and historical contexts that underlie new European cinema while paying close attention to its significant forms, styles, and genres. Topics may include Nordic horror, French extreme cinema, the figure of the migrant, slow cinema and transnational style.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: The module will be taught via ten two-hour screenings and ten two-hour seminars.

    Assessment: coursework

    Participation (15%), Essay 1 (25%), Essay 2 (60%)

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