Termite operation. For a second league of Chilean cinema

Iván Pinto, Sebastián González, Vanja Munjin

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The explosive emergence of a new kind of Chilean cinema in the mid-2000s opened a discussion about its sources, motivations, narratives, and aesthetics, which has focused its efforts on the construction of a canon of contemporary Chilean cinema (Novísimo (newest) Chilean cinema, centrifugal cinema). This paper seeks to explore an alternative approach, establishing a division between a corpus of films that have international recognition and high circulation in festivals and a group of films less visibilized films that, in a sort of "termite" operation, stress and undermine the intentions of instituting an official canon of Chilean cinema.

Translated title of the contributionOperación Termita: por una segunda línea en el cine chileno
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-83
Number of pages13
Issue number43
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chilean cinema
  • Contemporary cinema
  • Distribution
  • Film festivals
  • Minor cinema
  • Termite operation


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