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Global Lens 2010

Global Lens 2010 Information

Global Lens 2010 includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Algeria, China, Iran, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Serbia, Uruguay and Vietnam— click here to view the series trailer, poster and more.  Films from Global Lens 2010 are available for non-theatrical bookings and will be released on DVD throughout the year—check individual film page for release dates.

 

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ADRIFT (Choi Voi)
Director: Bui Thac Chuyen
Vietnam   |   2009   |   110 minutes
Vietnamese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Soon after her wedding, newlywed Duyen’s excitement begins to fade as she realizes her young husband is not only sexually naïve, but overly occupied by his job and doting mother. As her marriage goes unconsummated and her emotional isolation grows, she reaches out to her closest girlfriend, Cam, who secretly desires her, but pushes her into the arms of a dangerous and provocative suitor. The resulting sexual awakening and infidelity puts Duyen in a precarious love triangle, challenging her notions of conventional relationships and also the stability of her new family. Saturated with erotic tension, director Bui Thac Chuyen’s sensuous and absorbing second feature traces the emotional and psychological landscapes of lust and desire, weaving an atmospheric tale of love and life in modern Hanoi.

About the Director Bui Thac Chuyen was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1968. He began his film career in 1991 with the short film Eternal Sadness, which won the Golden Swift Wing Prize at the 1st National Viet Nam Festival of Short Movies. His debut feature film, Living in Fear was awarded the Asian New Talent Prize for Best Film in the 2006 Shanghai International Film Festival. Adrift is his second feature film.

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DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

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BECLOUD (Vaho)
Director: Alejandro Gerber Bicecci
Mexico   |   2009   |   117 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis On a dry lakebed in 1964, a trucker and his companion find a baby boy at the dry breast of its dead mother. Years later the trucker operates an ice factory in a poor urban district with his son, José, who dreams of one day striking out on his own. Neighbor Felipe, meanwhile, works at an Internet café and another neighbor, Andrés, lives with his alcoholic father but spends his free time studying Mexico’s pre-Columbian golden age. All three share a defining incident from their childhood, linking the destinies of their entire neighborhood to the lakebed and baby from years earlier. In this shrewd and well-acted story, director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci turns a tangled neighborhood tale into an enthralling mix of history, memory and atonement, creating an unexpected parable of modern Mexico itself.


About the Director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1977. He graduated cum laude from the Film Training Center CCC (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica) and has received numerous grants and fellowships for filmmaking and screenwriting. He is a prolific producer of documentaries and shorts, and his second documentary, Morada, won the Golden Mikeldi at the Bilbao International Film Festival and screened worldwide. Becloud is his first feature film.


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


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GODS (Dioses)
Director: Josué Méndez
Peru   |   2008   |   91 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In director Josué Méndez’s stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance’s elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.


About the Director Josué Méndez was born in 1976 in Lima, Peru. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies and Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1998. His first film, Días de Santiago, Peru’s Official Entry for the 2004 Academy Awards, won more than 35 international awards. In addition to his work as executive producer and editor for film, he has written and directed for Peruvian television, advertising and theater. Dioses is his second feature film.


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


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LEO'S ROOM (El Cuarto De Leo)
Director: Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay   |   2009   |   92 minues
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the heart of Montevideo, the affable but secretly troubled Leo wraps himself in the comfort of his small rented room, unmotivated to finish his college thesis or find a job, and content with infrequent visits from his girlfriend. After their six-month relationship ends, Leo begins to break out of his shell by cruising the Internet for a new companion, enlisting the aid of a sympathetic therapist along the way. However, it isn’t until he has a chance reunion with a classmate that he is forced to consider the true meaning of his reclusive lifestyle, and a future outside the metaphoric safety of his room. Featuring an affecting soundtrack and an equally endearing cast of characters, director Enrique Buchichio’s affirming drama is a unique vision of isolation and coming-of-age set against a modern tale of romance and friendship.

About the Director Enrique Buchichio was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1973. In 2005, he was selected for the Talent Campus Buenos Aires competition, organized by the Universidad del Cine in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2007 he released the short Noche Fría. Leo’s Room is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

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MASQUERADES (Mascarades)
Director: Lyes Salem
Algeria   |   2008   |   92 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
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Algeria’s official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards


Synopsis After working for much of his life as a gardener in his dusty Algerian village, Mounir dreams of improving his family’s fortune and gaining a measure of respect by marrying off his narcoleptic sister, Rym, to a “real gentleman.” However, Rym has other plans—she dreams of marrying Mounir’s best friend, Khliffa, who has secretly courted her for years. When Mounir lashes out at village gossip with a fib that he has promised Rym to a wealthy outsider, she comes out of her sleepy stupor to embrace the rumor and press her real betrothed into action. Beautifully brought to life by a memorable cast—including director Lyes Salem as the cocky but compassionate bumbler Mounir—this heartfelt comedy suggests that when dreams become reality, it’s time to wake up.


About the Director Lyes Salem was born in Alger, Algeria in 1973. After studying at the National Conservatory for Superior Dramatic Arts, he performed in some of the most respected theaters in the country. His second short film, Cousines, received France's César award for Best Short Film in 2005. As an actor, he has appeared in a number of films, including Alex, Banlieue 13 and L’Ecole de la Chair. Mascarades is his first feature film.


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DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011


 


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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE
Director: Granaz Moussavi
Iran   |   2009   |   95 minutes
Farsi and English, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In this riveting, insider’s perspective on life in Iran’s capital city, Marzieh—a terminally ill actress—wearily relates her desperate quest for political asylum through a series of interviews with an unsympathetic government official. Beginning with details of her doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian and their plan to relocate to Adelaide, she recounts her struggle to work as an actress under Iran’s current regime, her hope for a future ultimately dashed by the devastating discovery of her illness, and her need to “escape” the only home she has ever known. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving arts culture, and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.

About the Director Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She received a degree in Screen Studies from Flinders University and a postgraduate degree in Film Editing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She is the author of four collections of avant-garde poetry and has directed and edited several short films and documentaries. My Tehran For Sale is her first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

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OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN
Director: Rajesh Shera
India   |   2008   |   84 minutes
Hindi, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera’s debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss.

About the Director Rajesh Shera was born in Rajasthan, India. He has a master's degree in economics from Dehli University, and in 2005 he received a diploma in Film and Television, with a specialization in editing, from the Film and Television Institute of India. He has also edited and directed several short films. Ocean of an Old Man is his first feature.

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

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ORDINARY PEOPLE
Director: Vladimir Perisic
Serbia   |   2009   |   79 minutes
Serbian, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis On a seemingly average day, a busload of young soldiers is sent to a remote location in the countryside and given a macabre task: the execution of a number of civilians. Dzoni, a green recruit, initially objects, but as he moves from one killing to the next, he is swept up by the spectre of military authority, and quickly becomes desensitized by the apparently routine nature of his task. As he nears the end of his assignment, the quiet horror of the day slowly begins to affect him, forcing a painful reconciliation with his actions. Set in an unspecified time of conflict in the Balkans, director Vladimir Perisic’s highly attuned and unsentimental lens captures the psychological toll of war on its participants, and the universal struggle of all soldiers to reconcile morality with action.

About the Director Vladimir Perisic was born in Serbia in 1976. He studied film direction at the Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade and at La Femis, Paris, receiving his diploma from the Directing Department. He has directed several short films including Realitatvirtust and Miloch. His graduation film, Dremano Oko, was selected for Cinefondation at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2003. Ordinary People is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011

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SHIRLEY ADAMS
Director: Oliver Hermanus
South Africa   |   2009   |   92 minutes
English and Afrikaans, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother—Shirley Adams—struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley's faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test. First-time director Oliver Hermanus's observant camera holds close to its subjects, capturing the claustrophobia, intimacy and hushed anguish surrounding the tender daily routines of a mother and her child.

About the Director Oliver Hermanus was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1983. He began his professional career as a press photographer, covering international events such as the Glastonbury Music Festival and the G-8 Summit. He holds a BA in Film Media and Visual Studies from the University of Cape Town where, as a student, he directed a number of short films and documentaries. Shirley Adams is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011.

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THE SHAFT (Dixia De Tiankong)
Director: Zhang Chi
China   |   2008   |   98 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In a poor mining town in western China, the stories of a father and his two children intersect and intertwine, illuminating complicated relationships hidden beneath the community’s hardened exterior. Accused of an affair with her manager, the attractive daughter of the household finds herself spurned by her boyfriend and forced to accept an arranged marriage. Her brother dreams of being a singer, but after an unforeseen stint in prison, reluctantly heads into the mines like his father, who spends his days searching for the wife who left him many years ago. Writer-director Zhang Chi’s wise and poetic debut delicately expresses the turmoil of emotion and expectation wrought by a calloused and difficult existence.

About the Director Zhang Chi was born in Beijing, China in 1977. He studied film direction at the Central Academy of Drama, and served as the director of the Chinese national television company, CCTV, from 2000 to 2004. In 2008, he won China’s Golden Rooster Award for Best Screenplay for the film Tokyo Trial. The Shaft is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011

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