Title

The Element of Time in Spanish Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film

Subject Area

Film and Literary Studies

Abstract

Once a year I teach a Hispanic film class and this presentation will be based on three of the most popular films from our class. All three films are Spanish in origin, and while the film are quite different in story and feel, they share the common element in that each deals with time in a unique way. Pan's Labyrinth focuses on linear time (represented by the character of Captain Vida) and cyclical or fairy tale time (revealed by the Faun and the young girl, Ofelia). Open Your Eyes contains virtual time vs. real time and also dream time intertwined in both virtual and real worlds. Lovers of the Arctic Circle examines the relationship of Ana and Otto from childhood, to adolescents to young adults. The film portrays life as a series of coincidences and time as a circle. Each movie is exceptional in its conception of time.

Brief Bio Note

Kathryn Garcia received an MA in Hispanic Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish at Georgia Highlands College where she teaches Spanish language, literature and film.

Keywords

Spanish, Film, Virtual reality, Cyclical time, Fairy tales, Open Your Eyes, Pan's Labyrinth, Lovers of the Arctic Circle

Location

Room 210

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-27-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

3-27-2015 11:45 AM

Embargo

5-23-2017

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The Element of Time in Spanish Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film

Room 210

Once a year I teach a Hispanic film class and this presentation will be based on three of the most popular films from our class. All three films are Spanish in origin, and while the film are quite different in story and feel, they share the common element in that each deals with time in a unique way. Pan's Labyrinth focuses on linear time (represented by the character of Captain Vida) and cyclical or fairy tale time (revealed by the Faun and the young girl, Ofelia). Open Your Eyes contains virtual time vs. real time and also dream time intertwined in both virtual and real worlds. Lovers of the Arctic Circle examines the relationship of Ana and Otto from childhood, to adolescents to young adults. The film portrays life as a series of coincidences and time as a circle. Each movie is exceptional in its conception of time.