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Dr Tiago de Luca

Reader in Film & Television Studies
PhD Admissions Tutor
Tel. +44 2476 523662
Room A1.23, Faculty of Arts Building
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. He is on the editorial board of the Contemporary Cinema book series and is the editor, with Lúcia Nagib, of the Film Thinks book series (Bloomsbury).

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. I welcome PhD projects related to all of these areas.

My new single-authored book, Planetary Cinema: Film, Media and the Earth (Amsterdam University Press, 2022) explores the ways in which the Earth has been imaged and imagined in cinema and related media at the turns of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book is the main output of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, which I was awarded in 2018-19. Planetary Cinema proposes that an exploration of nineteenth-century media culture (and beyond) can help us understand contemporary planetary imaginaries in times of environmental collapse. Engaging with a variety of media, genres and texts, the book sits at the intersection of film/media history and theory/ philosophy, and it claims that we need this combined approach and expansive textual focus in order to understand the way we see the world.

My first book, Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality, examines current forms of realism in world cinema by looking at the work of Carlos Reygadas, Tsai Ming-liang and Gus Van Sant. This book explores how their films reconfigure realist filmmaking through a sensory mode of address premised upon the hyperbolic application of the long take. I am also the editor, with Nuno Barradas Jorge, of Slow Cinema: 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.

Teaching and Supervision

I teach across many areas related to global cinema, slow cinema, world cinema and transnational film history, including Brazilian and Latin American cinemas. I am interested in supervising postgraduate projects related to all of these areas.

Selected Publications

Single-Authored Books

Edited Books





  • 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 2023-24

Autumn Term

FI204: World Cinema (UG)

Spring Term

FI344/FI934: Contemporary Latin American Cinema (UG/PG)

FI210/FI353: Queer Screens (UG)