Intercepted trajectories

Dimitris Eleftheriotis

in Cinematic Journeys

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748633128
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651269 | DOI:
Intercepted trajectories

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This chapter focuses on films in which the trajectories of the travelling heroes are intercepted and the dialectics that inform their cinematic articulations are interrogated through a series of encounters that function in a distinct fashion. A number of recent films (for example, Tickets, One Day in Europe, Le Grand Voyage) are thematically preoccupied with encounters articulated around different and distinct groups of travellers and types of mobility. Engrained in the textuality of such travel films is a process of cultural syncretism within which the sensibilities and emotive registers that inform journeys of exploration, discovery and revelation are substantially contextualised by movements of displacement, exile, diaspora and migration. This chapter explores the theme of ‘relational movement’ in films directed by Tony Gatlif (mainly Exils, but also Transylvania, and Cadjo Dilo). It also looks at the convention of ‘converging routes’ and its articulation in the films of Fatih Akin (In July, Head On, Crossing the Bridge and The Edge of Heaven).

Keywords: Tony Gatlif; Exils; converging routes; Fatih Akin; In July; travel films; exile; diaspora; relational movement; trajectories

Chapter.  9511 words. 

Subjects: Film

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