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Dr Tiago de Luca

Reader 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 at the University of Liverpool for 4 years.


Research Interests

My main research interests are: the global and the planetary in film and media; world cinema; cinematic realism; slow cinema; Brazilian and Latin American cinemas.

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.

I'm currently writing my new book project, titled Envisioning the World: Film, Media and the Earth, for which I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship in 2018-19. This monograph looks at the ways in which the earth has been imaged and imagined in the cinema and related media at the turns of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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)





  • 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)





Teaching 2021-22

Autumn Term

FI204: World Cinema (UG)

Spring Term

FI344/FI934: Global Visions (UG/PG)

FI210/FI353: Queer Screens (UG)