Secuencias: revista de historia del cine vol:35 pages:103-119
This article examines how violence is represented in two Latin American films: Carancho (Pablo Trapero, 2010) and Los bastardos (Amat Escalante, 2008). These films exemplify the two main distribution channels for contemporary Latin American cinema, namely massive distribution and film festivals respectively. Both films show how the ongoing transnationalization process affects the medium of the film: Carancho appropiates the North American genre of the 'film noir'; Los bastardos engages in an implicit dialogue with European director Michael Haneke. In both cases, the resulting image of violence is characterized by its anarchistic and structural dimension and by the fact that it leaves the ones who carry final responsibility out of the picture. These characteristics are related to the 'new' violence that specialists on the topic see arising in the context of contemporary globalization.