The great job of a tight-knit team allowed Teorie del cinema. Il dibattito contemporaneo to win the XVI Limina Award for best Italian translation of an important contribution to film studies published in 2017. Thanks to the peerless co-editor Ruggero Eugeni, the patient translation team Anna Caterina Dalmasso, Federica Cavaletti, Enrico Terrone and Maria Nadotti, and the impeccable publisher Raffaello Cortina Editore. I am also grateful to the generous Italian community of scholars in film and media studies CUC, the tireless organizers of FilmForum, and the distinguished scholars whose ground-breaking contributions have been included in the book and who actively cooperated in the project: Vivian Sobchack, Antonio Damasio, Francesco Casetti, Patricia Pisters, Jussi Parikka, Erkki Huhtamo, François Albera, Maria Tortajada, Tim J. Smith, Murray Smith, Carl Plantinga, Uri Hasson, Raymond Bellour and Giuliana Bruno.
“In order to fully understand the crucial role that audio-visual media play in our world, recent developments in film theory represent an essential tool. Starting from this conviction, the editors of this book have collected some of the most innovative and influential contributions from international key figures in film studies. The twelveessays presented in the book are divided in three sections: cinema and philosophy, cinema and neurosciences, cinema and media archaeology, connected respectively with the themes of experience, organism and apparatus (or dispostif).
The editors’ rich introduction provides clearly and brilliantly the reader a broad and detailed framework to enter the complexity of such articulate debates, highlighting the recent process that brought film theory from post-structuralism to “infra-structuralism”. As they wrote in the introduction: “theory not as a product, but rather as an active condition, as a persistent habitat and as a connection net not always immediately visible, that makes possible and profitable the reflection, the discourse and the comparison with other disciplines.”Far more than a simple editorial work, this book proves to be an essential tool for Italian readers to navigate the current and ongoing theoretical efforts on cinema, a much necessary instrument in our mediatic era.
For these reasons, the Limina Award for Best Italian translation of an important contribution to film studies is assigned to Adriano D’Aloia and Ruggero Eugeni for Teorie del cinema. Il dibattito contemporaneo.”