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After Pinochet: Andrés Wood’s Machuca

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...In 1973 the Chilean president Salvador Allende, the first avowed Marxist to win a free election, was overthrown in a violent coup by the CIA-backed General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet oversaw one of the most murderous and repressive...

Letter from Buenos Aires

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

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...Buenos Aires, April 2007You’ve got to credit the Argentines: they don’t muck about. While almost every film festival in the world, whatever its pretensions, gets sucked into the celebrity circuit, in Buenos Aires there’s only one thing...

Hopeless Bleak Despair, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Mist

Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema

Continuum, 2012

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...I never knew what everybody meant by endless, hopeless bleak despair Until one day when I found out …They Might Be GiantsNumerous nihilistic horror films were made before 9/11 featuring bleak endings with the death of many or all the main...

War zones: the making of City of God and other favela films

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

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...Cannes 2002 was one of those years when La Croisette was crackling with buzz about a film that wasn’t in the official competition and wasn’t familiar to one and all, yet was building up a frenzied word of mouth as the festival progressed....

Cannes, 2008

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Ten years after Central Station triumphed at the Berlin Film Festival, the 2008 Cannes festival was heralded as one in which the South Americans were showing in force. It was no longer the case that a lone Brazilian of an international...

Whisky and wattage in Uruguay

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

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...‘There is not much of a film industry in my country,’ admits Uruguayan Manuel Nieto Zas, while counting the working directors in his head. ‘There are ten. And between us we make one and a half films a year.’It’s always been like...

Latin American iconoclast: Lucrecia Martel

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...With La ciénaga (The Swamp, 2001) and La niña santa (The Holy Girl, 2004), Lucrecia Martel established herself as the most distinctive director of the New Argentine Cinema of the late nineties and early 2000s. Indeed, if one were to piece...

Another Brazil

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

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...Now, as ever, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the Cariocas and the Paulistas, dominate film production. The commercial companies and television stations that fund films are based in the two cities, as are the independent production houses O2...

Conversations with Walter Salles

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...London – Rio de Janeiro – London, 2006–8During my conversations with the Brazilian director Walter Salles, which spanned the summers of 2006 and 2008, and London and Rio de Janeiro, he was involved in two projects that epitomise his work....

The droll revolution of Martín Rejtman

Demetrios Matheou

Demetrios Matheou is a London-based journalist and writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, then an architectural journalist, before starting to watch movies for a living. He is the film critic for the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and also writes for the Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer and Sight & Sound. Demetrios contributed the eponymous entry of Faber's Ten Bad Dates with De Niro. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of New South American Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2010

Book chapter

...Martín Rejtman recalls that when he was making his first feature, Rapado (Shaved), in Buenos Aires in 1991, ‘I felt totally alone in that moment. I felt there were no other movies I could really relate to. For me Rapado was starting from...