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The cinema of Lucrecia Martel$
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Deborah Martin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090349

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090349.001.0001

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Liquid worlds and aquatic life: the short films (2010–11)

Liquid worlds and aquatic life: the short films (2010–11)

(p.106) 4 Liquid worlds and aquatic life: the short films (2010–11)
The cinema of Lucrecia Martel

Deborah Martin

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the three shorts Martel has made since completing La mujer sin cabeza: Nueva Argirópolis (2010), Pescados (2010) and Muta (2011). Despite the diverse contexts within which these films arose, and their differing subject matter, their preoccupation with watery and liquid worlds can be read as part of a shared concern with fluid ontologies and becomings. Such damp and liquid worlds create different perceptual conditions, or allow for the creation of a different kind of perception. This chapter contends that these shorts are concerned with the creation of fluidity, of a liquidity of perception in which the certainties of social worlds and human ontologies dissolve. Their watery locales and aesthetics provide a setting for the undoing of fixities – of the human, of identity, of the image – and allow instead for becomings: becomings-animal, becomings-other, producing thought through the reconfiguration of would–be fixed images or ideas.

Keywords:   Water, Becoming, Nueva Argirópolis, Pescados, Muta

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