Skip to Store Area:

ABOUT the INITIATIVE | NEWS | DOWNLOAD | FAQ | CONTACT | HOME
GFI PROGRAMS  Menu Divider GRANTING APPLICATIONS & GUIDELINES Menu Divider FILM CATALOGUE Menu Divider EDUCATION Menu Divider FILM CALENDAR

Films by Region

The Global Lens Series annually features eight to ten narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East that are presented to audiences in theatrical locations across the United States and Canada.

Items 11 to 20 of 96 total

Set Descending Direction
per page

Grid  List 

Page: Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 Next Page
TODAY AND TOMORROW (Hoy y Mañana)
Director: Alejandro Chomski
Argentina   |   2003   |   87 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis The seemingly unavoidable downward spiral of Argentina's middle class during the current economic and social crisis is vividly brought to life in the character of young, street-smart Paola. A talented, would-be actress with a paying job as a waitress, she is always on the run: from her landlord, from the gas bill, from being late for work, and from her father's demands. Her energy is matched in the nervous yet intimate camera work that follows her closely though the 24 hours she is given to raise the money required to avoid being evicted. Paola's disillusion and emotional turmoil become increasingly disturbing as her desperation leads her to darker corners of Buenos Aires' nightlife. Alejandro Chomski tracks actress Antonella Costa in every frame lending enormous credibility to the troubled Paolo with her appropriately wired performance.

About the Director Alejandro Chomski was born in Argentina in 1968. Much of his academic and professional training took place in the U.S., where he moved after studying sociology for three years in Buenos Aires. In Los Angeles, a Fulbright Scholarship allowed him to complete a Master's degree at the American Film Institute. He has produced, written, directed and shot numerous shorts, supported by actors and actresses like Charles Rocket and Julie Delpy. Chomski has worked as an assistant on videos, commercials and features for directors Spike Lee, Luis Puenzo, Emir Kusturica and Jim Jarmusch. He shot a documentary spoof titled, Who Is Alejandro Chomski?. In 2001, Chomski won the INCAA Competition for Young Directors. Today and Tomorrow is his first feature.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.


Learn More
THE INVISIBLE EYE (La Mirada Invisible)
Director: Diego Lerman
Argentina   |   2010   |   95 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

ON DVD: Fall/Winter 2012


Synopsis Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of the 1980s, Diego Lerman’s engrossing and beautifully acted exploration of the totalitarian urge opens with a portrait of María Teresa, a lonely and deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Obedient and willing, she accepts unquestioningly the school’s rigid code of conduct and proud identification with the nation state. But her head professor’s words about the “cancer of subversion” and need for total surveillance soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, leading to an ensuing spiral of degradation and breakdown in discipline that parallels a popular rebellion beyond the school’s ivy-covered walls.


About the Director Diego Lerman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, where he studied cinema and theater. In 2002, he directed his first feature film, Suddenly, which was awarded the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2008, he co-founded the production company Campo Cine with Nicolas Avruj. The Invisible Eye is his third feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information


DVD Release Date: June 2012


Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.

Learn More
LILI'S APRON (El Delantal de Lili)
Director: Mariano Galperin
Argentina   |   2004   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis This is the love story of Ramón and his wife Lili, whose life together is dramatically impacted by Argentina's abrupt economic crisis. When Ramón, a chef in a restaurant, is laid off and all efforts to find alternative income fail, their furniture is reposessed, their family life is disrupted, and Ramón must cope with his wife's nervous breakdown. Out of both a sense of responsibility and panic, he devises a desperate, income-generating plan but hides its implications from Lili. Mariano Galperin approaches the poverty and social disintegration among ordinary people with humor and charm, balancing the story on the edge of very dark satire. With strong images of the dismantled capital accompanied by a powerful soundtrack, Lili’s Apron captures a troubled society where unlikely events have become part of everyday life.

About the Director Mariano Galperin was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. He began his career with photography at the age of 13, and since then has shown his work at the Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, the Museum of Fine Arts Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Modern Art Mexico. In 1985 he moved to New York to work as a photographer and study cinema at New York University. Galperin moved back to Buenos Aires in 1987 and started to direct advertising and video clips for local artists. He began to write scripts in 1989 and wrote 1000Boomerangs, which became his first feature film in 1993, screening at the La Habana, Sao Paulo, and Trieste Film Festivals. He also wrote Lili's Apron, which premiered at the 2004 Rotterdam Film Festival. Mariano is one of the first in his generation to begin making independent films in Argentina. At present he is working on his latest film, Dulce de Leche, while publishing a photography book titled "Attitud Buenos Aires".

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.


Learn More
KEPT AND DREAMLESS (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos)
Director: Vera Fogwill and Martn Desalvo
Argentina   |   2005   |   94 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis During Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s, nine year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, live a seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family. But for Eugenia, who must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle, life is anything but pleasant in this darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family, led by standout performances from director Vera Fogwill and young actress Luca Snieg.

About the Director Vera Fogwill was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972. She has worked in theater as an actress since the age of fourteen, and won the Best Ibero-American Drama Actress award at the Autumn International Festival for her performance in The Toymaker, which resulted in the Secretary of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires distinguishing her with an Honorary Diploma and a Distinction to Talent and Effort. The Argentine Cinematographic Critic Association awarded her with a Silver Condor prize in the Feminine Revelation category for her performance in Buenos Aires Vice Versa (1996). She has also been a playwright since the age of fifteen and has written numerous plays, including The Fierce Ones, which won the First Prize and Best Theater Play by La Nacion, an Argentine daily newspaper. In 2003, she was selected from over 3,000 young talents worldwide to attend the “First Global Meeting of Young Moviemaking” hosted by the Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival. Kept & Dreamless is her first feature film.

Martín Desalvo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973. He studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and later studied Cinematography at the Universidad del Cine and the Video and Cinema Investigation and Experimentation Center (CIEVYC). While a student, he produced several short films including, Another One, which was awarded Best Short Film and Best Photography by CIEVYC. From 1998 to 2003, he worked for the production company Pol-ka Producciones. He is the author of the cinematographic book, El Yogui (2003), and the documentary script, The Whore at the Cemetery (2001). Kept & Dreamless is his first feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.

Learn More
POSSIBLE LIVES (Las Vidas Posibles)
Director: Sandra Gugliotta
Argentina   |   2007   |   80 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis After her husband mysteriously disappears during a business trip to Patagonia, Clara embarks on a desperate mission to find him. During her search, she makes a startling discovery: a man with an uncanny resemblance to her spouse, but with another name and a wife. Convinced the stranger may be her husband, she ignores entreaties to quit her search just as police discover a body that may be the real man she seeks. Shot amid majestic vistas and suffused with vibrant color and sexuality, director Sandra Gugliotta's feature is a haunting and suspenseful study of grief and letting go.

About the Director Sandra Gugliotta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1969. She studied at the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica in Madrid. Her filmmaking career began as a producer of independent films and documentaries for television. Her short film, Noches Áticas, was included in the feature Historias Breves I, and her first feature film, A Lucky Day, won the Caligari Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Possible Lives is her second feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.

Learn More
BELVEDERE
Director: Ahmed Imamović
Bosnia & Herzegovina   |   2010   |   90 minutes
Bosnian, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

ON DVD: Spring/Winter 2013


Bosnia & Herzegovina’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards


Synopsis Ruveyda is like most residents of the Belvedere refugee camp: a widow yearning to forget the tragedy of war, fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia and Herzegovina. But unlike those around her, she spends most of her days in a bittersweet routine of caring for her extended family, and searching for the remains of her husband and son—both of which offer a precarious hope that is one day tested when her nephew is selected to participate in a reality show in a former enemy enclave. An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, director Ahmed Imamovi?’s film paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.


About the Director Ahmed Imamovi? was born in Sarajevo in 1971. He majored in Directing at Sarajevo’s Academy of Performing Arts, and has worked as cameraman, assistant director and screenwriter for documentaries and commercials. His first feature film, Go West, won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2006 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York. Belvedere is his second feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information


Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.

Learn More
FUSE (Gori Vatra)
Director: Pjer Zalica
Bosnia and Herzegovina   |   2003   |   105 minutes
Bosian/Serbo-Croatian with Subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis This brilliantly controlled debut feature opens with a jolt symbolic of the dangers buried beneath the surface of a small rustic village in Bosnia. Two years after the civil war has officially ended, Serbs and Muslims are trying to live and work together. A dryly humorous tone contrasted with a shrewd sense of reality, even in the tragic legacy of post-war Bosnia, balances this beautifully wrought political satire. Times are tough indeed, and everyone has to make his or her living in some sort of illegal way. It's an unflinchingly honest and darkly funny depiction of a poor, corrupt community struggling to hide its unlawful activities, unhappy alliances, amidst an attempt to establish some sort of democracy. Pjer Zalica combines techniques from 1960s East European comedies and his background in documentaries to generate a steady stream of sparks, built around a single, quasi-political event (Clinton is planning a visit).

About the Director Pjer Zalica was born in Sarajevo in 1964. He graduated from the Department of Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo. He then went on to complete a course in film screenplay writing and film production at the Gronjan International Film School. Author of several screenplays for film and TV, Zalica has also co-written a screenplay for the first post-war feature film from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Perfect Circle. Pjer is currently a Professor in the Department of Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sarajevo. His most recent film, Days and Hours (2004), recently was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.


Learn More
SOUTHWEST (Sudoeste)
Director: Eduardo Nunes
Brazil   |   2011   |   128 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth. Spirited away to a remote lakeside village, baby Clarice lives her whole life in the span of twenty-four hours, and yet (as the film’s vast, black-and-white panoramas suggest) even so compressed a lifetime remains impossible to fully grasp or contain. In Eduardo Nunes’s assured debut feature, precious strands of memory, identity and desire add up to a palpable fairytale affirming our place in the ineffable stream of life.


About the Director Eduardo Nunes was born in Niterói, Brazil in 1969. He studied cinema at the Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. He has worked as an assistant director, producer and editor. He directed documentaries beginning in 1998 and has also directed five short films. His short film Reminiscence won Best Brazilian Short Film and Best Brazilian Short Film Sound at the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival in 2002. Southwest is his first feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information


NOW PLAYING: Check the film calendar for current screenings.


Featured in the Global Lens 2013 film series.

Learn More
MARGARETTE'S FEAST (A Festa de Margarette)
Director: Renato Falcão
Brazil   |   2002   |   80 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Synopsis Brazilian, black-and-white silent film, Margarette's Feast, is director Renato Falcão's stunning debut feature. The phenomenal Hique Gomez plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world whose predicament transforms him into this tall stick of a human alternately tugging at your heart-strings and your laugh-out-loud muscles in a pitch perfect blend of tragedy and comedy. The film makes dazzling use of exhilarating Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles, and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum that would be the envy of Dicken's or Balzac.

About the director Born in Passo Fundo, Brasil in 1963, Renato Falcao is an award-winning cinematographer and director. He has shot five feature films and more than 20 short films, as well as numerous documentaries, television miniseries, and music videos, winning several awards for his work at film festivals around the world. As a cinematographer, Renato shot his first internationally acclaimed short film, “Presage”, in 1993. His 1994 short film, “Save me”, received awards at the 1995 Houston Worldfest and the Columbus International Film Festival. In 1997, his short film, “Dearly Beloved”, produced by The Shooting Gallery and starring Eric Stoltz, received the Best Short Film Award at the 1997 Houston Worldfest. Renato has also served as cinematographer for the critically acclaimed feature, “Neptune's Rocking Horse”, and the highly grossing independent film, “American Desi”. Renato made his directorial debut in 1994 with the documentary, “Um Ato de Amor à Vida”, which played a consequential role in the AIDS prevention movement in Brasil. In 2002, Renato served as director, as well as writer and cinematographer, for his first feature film, “Margarette’s Feast”, which received the Best Music Award at the “Cine Ceara 2002 — Brasil”, and the awards for Best Art Director and Best New Director at the “35 Festival de Cinema de Brasilia — Brasil”, the oldest and most respected Brazilian Film Festival. Renato has studied with well-known directors of photography such as Laszlo Kovacs A.S.C, Sol Negrin A.S.C, and the Oscar winning Richard Shore A.S.C., as well as the great Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás. He is currently in postproduction for the documentary, “Iberê”, about the great Brasilian painter Iberê Camargo.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2004 film series.

Learn More
CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
Brazil   |   2005   |   99 minutes
Portuguese and German with subtitles in English
$24.95
This DVD is sold and distributed by FirstRunFeatures.com. We will transfer you momentarily to complete your purchase.
Buy Now

Brazil’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Synopsis 1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought. Although their personalities and lives are worlds apart, the two men develop a deep friendship, as Johan, in an effort to provide Ranulpho with job skills, teaches Ranulpho to run the film projector, and drive a truck. In this deliberately-paced road film, Marcelo Gomes reminds us that war is as close as Johan's radio, broadcasting its relentless warnings that all lives are changed when the world is in conflict.

About the Director Marcelo Gomes was born in Recife, in Northeastern Brazil. He studied filmmaking at Bristol University in the United Kingdom and produced his first short, Maracutu Maracutus in 1994. He produced the documentaries Punk, Rock, Hard Core (1996) and Expresso Brazil (1997). Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2004), his first feature film, received a Special Jury Prize and Best Actor Award (Joao Miguel) at the 2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2006 film series.


Learn More

Items 11 to 20 of 96 total

Set Descending Direction
per page

Grid  List 

Page: Previous Page 1 2 3 4 5 Next Page