Nadin Mai

is creating The Art(s) of Slow Cinema

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my name is Nadin and I'm the face behind The Art(s) of Slow Cinema, the only site dedicated entirely to slow films. If you're into Slow Cinema, then chances are that you might have already been on my site without knowing who the person behind it was. Well, it's me! I'm a freelance writer/critic whose interest in Slow Cinema dates back to summer 2009. Béla Tarr's The Man from London got me hooked and since then I have explored the world of Slow Cinema. 

The Art(s) of Slow Cinema began as a dumping ground for research ideas during my PhD studies but has since became the largest English-language database on the subject. What can you find on it? 

  1. almost 200 texts on films
  2. several articles on books concerning Slow Cinema or related literature
  3. thoughts and questions on specific aspects of Slow Cinema
  4. a list of recommended slow films
  5. a bibliography for those who'd like to read further
  6. overall, over 330 blog posts to date

The Art(s) of Slow Cinema is not an academic site and doesn't want to be one, either. What you read on the site is easily accessible to everyone.

You might wonder what makes The Art(s) of Slow Cinema different from other blogs on film, and you're right about asking this question. Slow Cinema is a field dominated by male critics and male academics. It is extremely difficult to find a woman's voice in this pool of writing on film. What also matters is the perspective on films. Authors often try to write as objectively as possible. I resist this because I find it necessary to stay true to Slow Cinema, which is all about feeling and experiencing.

The Art(s) of Slow Cinema gives you a woman's voice, a personal voice, personal ideas and thoughts, which seeks to shake up existing writing. A little at least. What you read on my website differs greatly from what you find elsewhere. 

Update 1: As of September 2018, I'm working on my own magazine: The Art(s) of Slow Cinema magazine. The first issue has been published in January 2019 and is now available as a digital read-only version for 5€, or free for Patrons starting at $3. 

Update 2: As of March 2019, I'm in the process of writing a book on Slow Cinema, which has always been my dream and which is finally coming true, it seems. My patrons help me every step of the way, making it a little easier to focus on writing, on the empty time spent on wondering what I could write next, on promoting the treasures of Slow Cinema. 

Thank you!

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