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Round Table: Film Criticism in Motion

Round Table: Film Criticism in Motion



Following on from last year’s well-received Critics Academy roundtable on criticism in the digital age, this year’s session returns with a focus on the video essay as a new medium for critical response to cinema. Guest speakers at the forthcoming roundtable, entitled FILM CRITICISM IN MOTION: Audiovisual explorations on film, will include American critic Kevin B. Lee (Fandor, Sight & Sound, IndieWire), British lecturer Catherine Grant (University of Sussex), Swiss critic Oswald Iten (Film Bulletin) and Italian academic Chiara Grizzaffi (IULM University). The discussions will be moderated by journalist Till Brockmann.

The aim of the roundtable is to investigate current practice in the video essay, a format that brings together the interests and knowhow of cinephilia and academia. It will be enhanced by two special screenings: the first will reflect the critical pathways that emerge from the debate, while the second will be built around the advance première of the collective work Per una controstoria del cinema italiano. Produced by the Filmidee association, this project looks at personalities and auteurs of Italian cinema in eight video essays, each co-directed by a young film researcher together with a young filmmaker.

The roundtable will provide a platform for evaluating the potential of criticism online, with a particular focus on the impact of the #movieofmylife digital competition organized by the Locarno Festival to mark its 70th anniversary.

The project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC) and the cooperation of the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SFJ / AJS / AGS).

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