In spite of what the image above suggests, this page is not about mirror symmetry. It provides links to some of my articles (mostly in French) on cinema and literature.
In 2010, the Cine Club Universitaire of the University of Geneva organised a retrospective on Cuban cinema. I wrote a long piece to accompany this retrospective, with the title "Fifty years of cinema in the Cuban revolution". It can be downloaded here, together with the rest of the articles.
Another retrospective in which I was involved was dedicated to Chris Marker. I wrote various texts to accompany the projections, including a bio-filmography of Marker. The full booklet can be downloaded here.
The last cinema retrospective in which I was involved in the Cine Club Universitaire was a tribute to Guy Maddin, one of my favourite contemporary filmmakers. I wrote an article entitled "Guy Maddin: pastiche, parody, nostalgia" which can be downloaded here, together with the rest of the booklet.
To accompany the retrospective on "Images of desire", in 2013, I wrote an article on the cinema of Alain Robbe-Grillet with the title "Eroticism and avant-garde: the Robbe-Grillet case". The booklet can be downloaded here (it contains another article of mine: a short guide to Japanese pinku). I actually met Robbe-Grillet in 1989, in my hometown, and I was lucky enough to interview him, together with Camilo Flores and Anxo Tarrío. The interview was published in the Boletín Galego de Literatura and the text (in Galician) can be found here.
From neo-realism to magical realism
In 2015, on the occasion of the anniversary of two masterpieces of Italian cinema ("L'avventura" and "Rocco e i suoi fratelli"), I gave a conference at the University of Geneva entitled "From neo-realism to magical realism", where I argued that, after 1950, Italian cinema incorporates many ingredients of magical realism, and I explored the political and aesthetical contexts for this mutation. The presentation (in French), which can be downloaded here in Keynote format, includes excerpts from the films "Viaggio in Italia", "Mamma Roma", "Teorema" and "Miracolo a Milano".
In 2009 I co-organized a retrospective on the work of Agnès Varda in the Cine-Club universitaire of the University of Geneva. The booklet includes, among other things, a short article of mine on "Agnès Varda and literature", and it can be downloaded here.