European Political Cinema

This course explores a number of political and social issues in Contemporary Europe through the examination of several French/Belgian and Spanish films. It includes two screenings: Laurent Cantet’s Human Resources and Iciar Bollain’s Take My Eyes.

The course looks at a number of European politically engaged directors and filmmakers interested in social realism and documentary forms. Issues covered include the changes in the world of work, the effects of globalisation and liberal capitalism, social welfare, class struggles, the political/economic ramifications of sexism, terrorism and historical memory.

Led by Carmen Herrero / Isabelle Vanderschelden, Manchester Metropolitan University.



£60 full / £45 concs



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Session Outline

Mon 17 May

The Annexe
Introduction to the Course and Defining Term and Introduction to First Film.

Mon 24 May

Introduction to Political Cinema in France and Belgium
The Annexe
Introduction to set film, Ressources Humaines.

Mon 31 May

Bank Holiday – no session

Mon 7 June

Cinema TBC
Screening of Ressources Humaines

Mon 14 June

The Annexe
Feedback on first film and more on French contexts including documentary.

Mon 21 June

The Annexe
Introduction to Spanish context and film, Take My Eyes.

Mon 28 June

Cinema TBC
Screening of Spanish film, Take My Eyes

Mon 5 July

The Annexe
Feedback on Spanish film and Latin American connections.

Mon 12 July

The Annexe