Contemporary Brazilian Music Film Season

With the ‘Contemporary Brazilian Music Film Season’ now complete, see below for images and videos of the event. For full video content of Q&A sessions with filmmakers, as well as other IntermIdia project video content, see our Youtube channel here or our video page here.

See here for the original event page.

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Unfortunately, Albert Elduque Busquets’ fantastic catalogue, ‘Contemporary Brazilian Music Film‘, is not available for purchase. The republication agreement with some authors included that we cannot make commercial use of their material. However, we are offering the catalogue in the Reading Film Theatre alongside a “donation” scheme. A full PDF of the catalogue will be available soon.

This season and course are a partnership between the IntermIdia Project and the Reading Film Theatre. For more information, please e-mail


Tropicália And Beyond: Dialogues In Brazilian Film History

9-12 November 2017, Starr Cinema, Bankside, London, UK

We are pleased to announce that Stefan Solomon’s introduction to Tropicália and Beyond: Dialogues in Brazilian Film History (Berlin: Archive Books, 2017) is now available as a free download! If you like what you read here, please consider purchasing the collection of 22 essays, interviews, and manifestos through Archive Books.

With the Tropicália season at the TATE now complete, see below for the Canal Londres TV report on the Tate Tropicália Season, images and videos of the event and the opening night Panel discussion. For full videos of Panel discussions and Screening Introductions from the season, see our videos page here.


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Explore Brazil’s cinematic past in fresh conversation with the present. This seven-screening programme offered a rare chance to see some of the films that defined tropicalist imaginary of the 60s and 70s, alongside contemporary works responding to, restoring or even resisting the legacy of the previous generation.

Tropicália and Beyond: Dialogues in Brazilian Film History was curated by Stefan Solomon with Tate Film, and presented in collaboration with the University of Reading.


II IntermIdia Conference
‘The Moving Form of Film: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method’

6-8 November 2017, University of Reading, UK

Full Conference Brochure now available

With the II IntermIdia conference now complete, see below for images of the event and what people thought about the conference. For full videos of Keynote speeches and Plenary discussions from the conference, see our videos page here.

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About the conference

As part of the AHRC/FAPESP-funded IntermIdia Project (, led by investigators from the University of Reading (UoR), UK, and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, this international conference sought to invite discussion of intermediality as a historiographic method.


The IntermIdia project explores the intersections between cinema, literature and history in the Universidade do Algarve

On 20 and 21 of October 2016, the IntermIdia project was represented by a keynote speech and a panel at the international conference “Europe and the Colonial Empires of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries in Literature and Film”. The conference was held in Faro (Portugal) and organised by the Research Centre on Arts and Communication (CIAC) of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the Universidade do Algarve, and the Centre of Literature and Lusophon and European Cultures (CLEPUL) of the Faculty of Humanities of the Universidade de Lisboa.

University of Algarve

Professor Lúcia Nagib (University of Reading), Principle Investigator on the IntermIdia Project, delivered a keynote speech entitled “Anthropophagy and Intermediality: uses of colonial literature in modernist Brazilian cinema”. The keynote addressed the relations between anthropophagy and intermediality by studying the film How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (Como era gostoso o meu francês, 1970-72), directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos during the Brazilian military dictatorship. Secondly, the panel titled ‘Intermediality and History in Brazilian Cinema’ included the papers  “The Transition to Colour in Antonio das Mortes“, by Dr. Stefan Solomon (University of Reading), and “The filmed song as a historical account”, by Dr. Albert Elduque (University of Reading), and was focused in the relation between cinema and history taking particular account of colours and songs.

Therefore, both the keynote speech and the panel explored how the interaction between different arts makes possible a new and rich approach to history, offering an alternative to traditional accounts. In this way, in the context of studies on history, literature and film, intermediality was presented as a strong and promising historiographical method.



International Conference Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema – 9–11 November 2016

The first IntermIdia International Conference, ‘Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema’, took place on 9–11 November 2016, at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil.

Macunaíma (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1969).
Macunaíma (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1969).

As part of the FAPESP/AHRC-funded project ‘IntermIdia – Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method’, led by investigators from Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and University of Reading, (UoR), this international conference sought to invite discussion of intermediality as a historiographic method as applied to Brazilian cinema.

The conference was organised by the research group Cinemídia, which is coordinated by the IntermIdia project investigators from UFSCar.


Where To Sit At The Dinner Table? Happy Hour Discussion with Writer and Director Pedro Neves Marques – 7 June 2016

Pedro Neves Marques is an artist, writer, and filmmaker, whose work draws surprising connections between technology and the natural world. His 2013 experimental film, Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?, explores the genealogies of colonialism, anthropology, and ecology, and focuses especially on the resonance of cannibalism in the history of Brazil. This intimate event featured a discussion of the film with the director.

Where to Sit at the Dinner Table flyer

Workshop Understanding Intermediality – 13 April 2016

The first IntermIdia Workshop, ‘Understanding Intermediality’, took place on 13 April, at the University of Reading. It finished with a keynote speech, open to the public, given by Prof Ágnes Pethö on ‘Understanding Intermediality in Contemporary Cinema: Changing shapes of In-Betweenness’. The full programme can be seen here: IntermIdia Workshop Programme.

The full workshop can be viewed here:

IntermIdia Launch Event – 30 September 2015


  • 17:30: Introduction by Professor Steve Mithen (UoR Deputy Vice-Chancellor; PVC Research)
  • 17:40: Presentation of the Project by Professor Lúcia Nagib (UoR PI)
  • 18:00: Presentations by Dr John Gibbs, Dr Lisa Purse, Alison Butler (UoR Co-Is)
  • 18:15: Virtual presentations by Dr Luciana Araújo (UFSCar PI), Dr Flávia Cesarino Costa, Dr Samuel Paiva, Dr Suzana Reck Miranda (UFSCar Co-Is)
  • 18:45: Wine Reception

IntermIdia launch event conference

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