A Conversation with Ricardo Piglia on the Documentary Genre
with discussants Andrés Di Tella and João Moreira Salles
Saturday, March 26, at 11:00am in East Pyne 010
Ricardo Piglia is recognized as one of the most outstanding Latin American contemporary writers. His novels have been translated to English, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese. Two of his books (Nombre falso and Plata quemada) have inspired films. His novel La ciudad ausente was adapted for opera and shown at The Colón Opera House of Buenos Aires, with music by Gerardo Gandini. He received the Casa de las Américas Prize for La invasión, the Boris Vian Prize for Respiración artificial, the Nacional Prize for La ciudad ausente, the Planeta Prize for Plata quemada, and the Premio Iberoamericano de las Letras José Donoso.
Professor Piglia teaches Spanish American Literature, with special emphasis on 19th and 20th centuries intellectual and cultural history in the Río de la Plata. He currently holds the Walter S. Carpenter Professor of Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain and is the founding director of the Princeton Documentary Festival.
Andrés Di Tella is a filmmaker based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He ranks among the most important and thought-provoking documentary directors in Latin America today. He has directed Montoneros, una historia (1995), Macedonio Fernández (1995), Prohibido (1997), La televisión y yo (2002), Fotografías (2007) and El país del diablo (2008). His work also comprises video art pieces, installations, performances and a blog. Retrospectives of his work have been held at Filmoteca Española Madrid, Filmoteca de Catalunya Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Lima and Granada. He has received the Guggenheim Fellowship and many other awards. He is the founding director of the International Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires, and he has served as the artistic director of the Princeton Documentary Festival since 2002.
João Moreira Salles is one of the most prominent, influential, and original artists and intellectuals in the Brazilian and Latin American cultural scene of the last decade. His award-winning documentaries (News from a Personal War, Entreatos, and Santiago) have quickly entered the Latin American canon of remarkable films.
He is co-founder, with his brother, Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station; The Motorcycle Diaries), of VideoFilmes, an independent film production company that since 1987 has produced over fifty fiction movies and documentaries for which it received more than two hundred international awards, including the Golden Globe, the Bafta, the Golden Bear, and a Palme d’Or at Cannes, among others.
Moreira Salles is appointed Old Dominion Fellow of the Humanities Council and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures for the Spring semester.