Course: Women in Spanish Cinema
31 Jan - 26 Mar|
A course focused on the roles and representations of women in Spanish cinema: women as icons, as subjects, and as creators. Two screenings and six sessions led by Carmen Herrero, Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-director of the Film in Language Teaching Association.
Participants, that do not require prior knowledge on the topic, will explore examples of the construction female images since the 1940s up to the present: from Carlos Saura’s metaphorical figures to Almodóvar’s fascinating heroines, remarkable cinematic figures that condense the contradictions of a society in the throes of modernisation. The course will pay particular attention to the visibility and empowerment that women have achieved in acting, directing, production and screenwriting in post-Franco Spain. The works of Spanish female directors (Pilar Miró, Isabel Coixet, Chus Gutiérrez, Icíar Bollaín, Helena Taberna and Paula Ortiz, among others) will help us to explore a wider range of female figures and themes, adding a layer of complexity to the representations of women on the cinematic Spanish screen.