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Dr Tiago de Luca

Associate Professor in Film & Television Studies
Tel. +44 (024) 765 23662
Room A1.22, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS



Tiago de Luca holds a BA in Communication Studies from the State University of São Paulo (UNESP), an MA in Film Studies from UCL and a PhD in World Cinemas from the University of Leeds. Before moving to Warwick, he taught and worked for 4 years at the University of Liverpool.


Research Interests

My main research interests are: cinematic realism; time and duration in the cinema (especially slow cinema); and contemporary world cinema, with an emphasis on Brazilian and Latin American cinema. My first book, Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality, looks at current forms of realism in world cinema by selecting the work of Carlos Reygadas, Tsai Ming-liang and Gus Van Sant. The book explores the ways in which their films reconfigure the tenets traditionally associated with realist filmmaking through a sensory mode of address premised upon the hyperbolic application of the long take. My second book, Slow Cinema (edited with Nuno Barradas Jorge), is the first anthology to provide an examination of this concept in film studies, focusing on slowness both as a trend in contemporary global cinema and in terms of its previous manifestations in film history.

My new book project explores the ways in which the Earth has been imaged and imagined in the cinema and related media, and how the global imaginaries of early modernity may provide a valuable point of reference against which contemporary ones can be analysed, and vice versa. The book examines how a discourse of visual appropriation of the planet is now haunted by the prospect of its disappearance in the wake of our global environmental crisis.


Selected Publications


  • Slow Cinema (co-edited with Nuno Barradas Jorge) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), read the introduction here.
  • Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality. (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014)


Forthcoming articles

  • ‘Cosmovisions: Globalism and Visual Culture in Early Modernity’ in Louis Bayman and Natalia Pinazza (eds) Journeys on Screen: Theory, Ethics and Aesthetics (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).




  • Stefan Solomon's Still Brazil (video essay), [in] Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 3.3 (2016)
  • David Martin Jones's Deleuze and World Cinemas and David Deamer's Deleuze, Japanese Cinema and the Atom Bomb, Screen 57:3 (2016)
  • Lutz Koepnick’s On Slowness in Cinema Journal 54.2, In Focus dossier: ‘On Cinematic Speed’ (2016).
  • ‘Book Review: David Lynch: Interviews’ in New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 8. 1 (2010)