Caterina Cucinotta



Caterina Cucinotta holds a master’s degree in artistic studies from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Palermo (BA, 2003) and from Bologna (MA, 2006). In 2015, she completed her PhD in Communication Sciences – Cinema at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lisbon. Her doctoral thesis, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology — FCT and published in book-form by LabCom, under the title “Viagem ao cinema através do seu vestuário” (2018), analyses the Portuguese ethnofiction cinema  through the methodology of Fashion Theory. She taught Art Direction and Costume Design in the “Cinemalogia” project at the Festival “Caminhos do Cinema Português”. She was a guest lecturer at the School of Arts of the University of Lisbon and Beira Interior in the courses on Portuguese Cinema, and History and Aesthetics of Portuguese Cinema, and also at La Sapienza University in Rome in “Clothes on film”.

As an integrated researcher at the IHC, she develops the post-doctoral project “Costumes and spatial texture: design and art in Portuguese cinema of the last 50 years”, also funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology — FCT.

She works on film materialities, in a context that inserts costumes and art direction into a larger study of cinema through its surfaces and creative processes.

Research fields

  • Film studies
  • Fashion studies
  • Costume design
  • Portuguese cinema
  • Film materialities

Selected publications

  • Cucinotta, Caterina. Viagem ao Cinema através do seu Vestuário. Percursos de análise em filmes portugueses de etnoficção. Covilhã: LabCom.IFP, 2018. [PDF]
  • Cucinotta, Caterina. “Pathways of analysis on costume in Portuguese ethnofiction films,” Comunicação e Sociedade 31 (2017): 165-181. [PDF]
  • Cucinotta, Caterina, “António Reis e Margarida Cordeiro: se a Estética aproxima‑se dos materiais, o ecrã transforma‑se em poesia,” in Propostas para a teoria do cinema. Teoria dos cineastas. Volume 2, edited by Manuela Penafria, Eduardo Tulio Baggio, André Rui Graça, and Denize Correa Araujo, 153-174. Covilhã: LabCom.IFP, 2016. [PDF]
  • Cucinotta, Caterina. “Un italiano tipicamente portoghese: breve storia del cineasta Rino Lupo,” Estudos Italianos em Portugal 11 (2016): 63-76. [PDF]

Main projects

  • Co-coordinator (with Ana Bela Morais and Nívea Faria Souza) of the Working Group “Film and Materialities” at AIM – Associação de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento. [link]
  • Guest investigator at the project “Palavras em movimento: Testemunho vivo do património cinematográfico” — Coordinated by Raquel Rato and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.



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