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Global Lens 2011

Global Lens 2011 Information

Global Lens 2011 premieres at the Museum of Modern Art in January and is then presented in over twenty-five cities across the United States and Canada throughout the year. The series includes nine award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Iran and Uruguay— click here to view the series trailer, poster and more. Check the Film Calendar for upcoming screenings in your area or click here to book the series in your city.

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THE LIGHT THIEF (Svet-Ake)
Director: Aktan Arym Kubat
Kyrgyzstan   |   2010   |   80 minutes
Kyrgyz, with subtitles in English
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On DVD: Summer 2012


Kyrgyzstan’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards


Synopsis In this colorful modern-day parable of good and evil, a humble village electrician devotes his compassion and ingenuity to destitute neighbors in a wind-swept valley of Kyrgyzstan. Played with wry humanity by writer-director Aktan Arym Kubat, the trusting Mr. Light strikes a suspect bargain with a rich developer running for local office, as unemployment threatens the survival of the community. Stoking a dream to supply wind-generated electricity to the whole valley, the modest visionary comes up against an increasingly dark cloud of corruption in this affecting tale of solidarity and ordinary decency amid the injustices and hardships of a changing world.


About the Director Aktan Arym Kubat was born in 1957 in Kyrgyzstan. He graduated from the Art Academy in Bishkek and started working as a production designer in the 1980s. His second feature film, The Swing, won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1993, which was followed by The Adopted Son, which won the Silver Leopard at the same festival in 1998. In 2001, he was nominated for the European Film Academy (EFA) Discovery Award. The Light Thief is his fifth feature film.


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A USEFUL LIFE (La Vida Útil)
Director: Federico Veiroj
Uruguay   |   2010   |   63 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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ON DVD: Spring/Winter 2013


Uruguay’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards


Synopsis After twenty-five years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality. Stylishly framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj’s sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies.


About the Director Federico Veiroj was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1976. He received a degree in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Uruguay and began making short films in 1996. His first feature film, Acne, was awarded the Films in Progress TVE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and went on to receive the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 AFI Festival in Los Angeles. A Useful Life is his second feature film.


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BELVEDERE
Director: Ahmed Imamović
Bosnia & Herzegovina   |   2010   |   90 minutes
Bosnian, with subtitles in English
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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.


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DOOMAN RIVER
Director: Zhang Lu
China   |   2009   |   89 minutes
Korean and Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Writer-director Zhang Lu’s fascinating window into a rarely seen corner of rural China revolves around 12-year-old Chang-ho, living with his grandfather and mute sister along the frozen river-border with North Korea. Although fraught with unemployment and other tensions, his community seems sympathetic toward the Korean refugees fleeing famine and misery; Chang-ho even bonds over soccer with one young border-crosser who comes scavenging food for a sibling. But he soon turns on his new friend as suspicions mount against the illegal immigrants and his sister reels from unexpected aggression, provoking a quandary over his loyalties in an exquisitely detailed story of compassion and strife across an uneasy geopolitical border.


About the Director Zhang Lu was born in Jilin-Sheng, China in 1962. He studied Chinese literature at Yenben University and began writing poetry and novels in 1986. He made his feature debut with Tang Poetry in 2004, and his second feature film, Grain in Ear, was invited to the 2005 Critics’ Week in Cannes, where it won the ACID/CCAS Support Award. Dooman River is his fifth feature film.


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DVD Release Date: October 2012


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SOUL OF SAND (Pairon Talle)
Director: Sidharth Srinivasan
India   |   2010   |   98 minutes
Hindi, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of their tyrannical landlord in this suspenseful, visually striking drama set on the urban outskirts of Delhi. When the landlord offers his daughter to a wealthy potential buyer of the mine, she and her lower-caste lover run away. The watchman reluctantly helps them, but a sinister masked killer dispatched to hunt down the runaways endangers them all. A searing take on the politics of caste and money in a rapidly developing economy, Sidharth Srinivasan’s eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition.


About the Director Sidharth Srinivasan was born in New Delhi, India in 1975. He graduated with a degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University. His debut short, Swamohita, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2000, and his first feature, The Divine Vision, won Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor at the Karachi International Film Festival in 2001. Soul of Sand is his second feature film.


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STREET DAYS (Quchis Dgeebi)
Director: Levan Koguashvili
Georgia   |   2010   |   86 minutes
Georgian, with subtitles in English
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Georgia’s official submission to the 2010 Academy Awards

Synopsis A middle-aged, unemployed heroin-addict, Checkie, loiters on the Tbilisi street outside his son’s school, where he himself was once a promising student. His wife, meanwhile, struggles to pay the tuition and understand her husband’s lack of interest in the family’s survival—even as the bank repossesses their furniture. But when a group of policemen blackmails Checkie into entrapping the son of his wealthy friend, husband and wife are unified by the uncertainty of their deepening moral dilemma, and a series of worsening foul-ups, in Levan Koguashvili’s lightly humorous yet realistic drama about the fate of a generation left behind in Georgia’s post-Soviet era.

About the Director Levan Koguashvili was born in Georgia in 1973. He began his studies at the State Institute of Film and Theatre in Tbilisi, and then worked as a journalist for independent television after civil war broke out in Georgia. In 2002, he enrolled in the Tisch School of the Art’s graduate film program at New York University. His 2006 short film, The Debt, was an Official Selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and his documentary, Women from Georgia, was selected for the Panorama section of the 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival. Street Days is his first feature film.

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DVD Release Date: May 2012

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THE INVISIBLE EYE (La Mirada Invisible)
Director: Diego Lerman
Argentina   |   2010   |   95 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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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.


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DVD Release Date: June 2012


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THE TENANTS (Os Inquilinos)
Director: Sérgio Bianchi
Brazil   |   2009   |   103 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Despite a recent wave of violent crime in the city, manual laborer and night student Valter lives a relatively content life with his family in working-class São Paulo. But when three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in and Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos of a city under siege, or the unsettling presence of his new neighbors. Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

About the Director Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968, he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance, The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible.

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DVD Release Date: March 2012

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THE WHITE MEADOWS (Keshtzar Haye Sepid)
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof
Iran   |   2009   |   93 minutes
Farsi, with subtitles in English
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ON DVD: January, 8th, 2013


Synopsis In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly “treating” the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.


About the Director Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1972. He received a degree in Sociology from Shiraz University and studied film editing at the Sooreh University in Tehran. His first feature film is the docudrama The Twilight, and his second feature, Iron Island, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. He also directed Head Wind, a documentary about the restrictions currently imposed in Iran on using satellites and the Internet. The White Meadows is his third feature film.


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