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211 EXISTENTIAL FEELINGS: HOW CINEMA MAKES US FEEL ALIVE Dina Mendonça (New University of Lisbon) This paper explores the role of existential feelings1 in films, and the impact of the connections between cinema and existential feelings for emotional life in general. The paper begins by explaining the notion of existential feelings2 and illustrating them in films with Black Swan (2010) and The Help (2011). Then, the paper concludes that movies offer provide insights about our own existential feelings because films promote emotional awareness by the way they function as emotional laboratories. This will lead us to examine the presence and role of surprise for emotional awareness in general, and by seeing how it works within suspense movies with the illustration of Rebecca (1940). The analysis will show how the paradox of suspense is tied to the way we can be surprised by our own feelings, including our own existential feelings. The paper concludes that the cinema is capable of providing ...