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Cinéma-mondeDecentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French$
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Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414982

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.001.0001

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The Kaleidoscope of Cinéma-monde

The Kaleidoscope of Cinéma-monde

(p.1) Introduction The Kaleidoscope of Cinéma-monde

Michael Gott

Thibaut Schilt

Edinburgh University Press

Building upon the concepts of littérature-monde (citing a 2007 manifesto) and cinéma-monde (citing a 2013 article by Bill Marshall), this introduction aims to explore the opportunities and limitations of adopting the label of ‘cinéma-monde’ as a critical framework through which to approach a corpus of films linked to the francophone world and its production networks. To this end, it discusses the Trophées Francophones du cinéma (created in 2013), the first cinema awards specifically dedicated to internationally produced francophone films, as well as the concepts of ‘accented cinemas’ (a term borrowed from Hamid Naficy), ‘franco-zones’ and cinematic ‘hubs’ in order to further delineate cinéma-monde and articulate a decentred approach to global French-language filmmaking. A kaleidoscope is forwarded as a metaphor because it involves looking at the world through a particular yet variable and adjustable optic. The introduction ends with a summary of the fourteen chapters and three epilogues, which comprise the volume.

Keywords:   cinéma-monde, French cinema, francophone cinema, global cinema, world cinema, transnational cinema, accented cinema, cinema industry hubs

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