Announcement: Unspoken Cinema Journal. Call for submissions.

Unspoken Cinema Journal

Bela Tarr issue – Call for submissions

To coincide with recent remarks made by Béla Tarr, that his next film may be his last, Unspoken Cinema Journal is delighted to dedicate its inaugural issue to the uncompromising Hungarian master.

Unspoken Cinema Journal is a quarterly periodical devoted to scholarship, discussion and the promotion of contemplative cinema. Despite its elusive definition, we recognize contemplative cinema as one that departs from the safety of neorealism and transcendental style; to fearlessly explore the undrawn aesthetic boundaries of minimalism, mutism, existentialist and materialist film. We also recognize contemplative cinema as a truly transcultural cinematic avant-garde.

Our intention is to deliver as rich and engaging exploratory film criticism in this field as possible. Unspoken Cinema Journal encourages written and image (still) based submissions from a wide range of styles. We welcome established contributors as much as lesser known cinéphiles. Accepted formats include: polemical writing, manifestos, photo essays, transcribed interviews, traditional academic essays and journalistic reports. We advance no restrictions on ideological or hermeneutic approach. Unspoken Cinema Journal is also committed to open access, we believe that content should be accessible to the widest online readership.


Suggested – but not exhaustive – topics for the Béla Tarr issue:

Responses to journeys and travel in Tarr’s cinema; constructions of spatio-temporal geography. Explorations of the (a)political and historical landscape of Tarr’s world. Tarr’s cinema versus the conventions of commercial infrastructure. Image essays on Tarr’s cinematographic discourse: A camera as stalker, voyeur or omnipresence. Retrospectives and overviews of Tarr’s cinematic legacy. We are especially interested in contributions on Family Nest (1979) and The Man From London (2007).

Style guidelines

Articles, reports, transcriptions 800 - 2500 words and essays 3000 - 6000. Submit as A4 word format (double-spaced), using MLA referencing style.

Deadline for issue 1 is 19th January 2009, although we will continue to accept for future issues. All successful contributions shall appear at the forthcoming website.

All contact, enquiries and submissions:

image: Flickr.


Anonymous said…
Dear Unspoken bloggers. Please forward and circulate on the call, thanks.
HarryTuttle said…
Thanks for posting the info Edwin.
Edwin Mak and I will be in charge of the organisation and the publication of the final journal in PDF. Any helping hand is welcome of course.

So the rules of the annual blogathon are changing this time. We'll give a try to a new format and see how it pans out. I hope everyone will support it.

As usual anything CCC-related is welcome, but the focus shall be on Béla Tarr who might very well sign his ultimate film and crowning of his career with his 2009 film. It's an opportunity to look back on his filmography and study in details the unexplainable beauty of his oeuvre. Feel free to pick one film or one scene or one signature element or a transversal theme and tell us more about what you (dis)like about his style, what impressions his films leave you with.

Don't be intimidated by the formal requirements. These are creative constraints, right?
If you are interested to participate, if you already have an idea for your article, let us know.

Any suggestions, comments, questions, please send an e-mail or leave a comment here.
Anonymous said…
i've written about BELA TARR'S films into thai movie magazine . But so sad my english was broke so i'll wait to read others .
HarryTuttle said…
Your article is in Thai? Maybe it is possible to translate it. Where can we read it?
Carlos Ferrao said…
I have a friend who's a Thai native speaker and also very fluent in English. Maybe she could have a go at translating if you cared to share the original.
Anonymous said…
dear all

now i lost my file but i still have a copy in paper . it just 3-4 pages abouthis work like a scoop on magazine , if it can be useful ican rewrite it ( in thai) with some additional focus more on his works and to send the article to you again

by the way u can use all all my articles on my blog( if u can find someone to translating it

sorry for my broken english again

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