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Global Lens 2013

Global Lens 2013 Information

Global Lens 2013 premieres at the Museum of Modern Art in January and is then presented in over thirty-five cities across the United States and Canada throughout the year. The series includes ten award-winning narrative feature films from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Serbia— click here to view the series trailer, poster and more. Check the Film Calendar for upcoming screenings in your area, or to book the series in your area, click here.

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ABOUT 111 GIRLS (Darbare 111 Dokhtar)
Director: Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Zamanpira
Iraq   |   2012   |   79 minutes
Farsi/Persian and Kurdish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A government official, carrying a message from Iran’s president, travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Racing against the clock, they travel into territory simmering with resentment at official neglect and the hardship it has sown among a proud people. Against a dramatically colorful physical and human landscape, wistful longing mingles with dreamlike desire and absurdist humor as the three travelers meander helplessly in a land riddled with contradictions.


About the Directors Nahid Ghobadi was born in Baneh, Iran in 1964. She studied librarianship at Tehran University and film at Columbia College Hollywood, is a published poet and has directed nine short films and documentaries. About 111 Girls is her first feature film. 


Bijan Zamanpira was born in Sanandaj, Iran in 1965. He studied Persian
language and literature at Payame Noor University in Tehran and has directed eleven short films and documentaries. About 111 Girls is his first feature film.


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BEIJING FLICKERS (You-Zhong)
Director: Zhang Yuan
China   |   2012   |   96 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits. Such heavenly losers form the vital spirit of Beijing in acclaimed director Zhang Yuan’s gorgeously gritty, angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the teeth of heartbreak, ruthless inequality and unfeeling ambition.


About the Director Zhang Yuan was born in Nanjing, China in 1963. He studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy and began directing feature films in 1980. In 1994, TIME Magazine selected him as one of the 100 Young Leaders of the Next Century. A leading filmmaker of China's Sixth Generation, his second feature, Beijing Bastards, received a Special Mention by the Official Jury at the Locarno Film Festival in 1993, and his fourth feature, Sons, won the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival
Rotterdam in 1996. Beijing Flickers is his eleventh feature film.


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CAIRO 678
Director: Mohamed Diab
Egypt   |   2010   |   100 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives. We begin on an overcrowded bus line, dreaded by Fayza as a daily site of humiliation and anguish. Responding to a self-defense talk by Seba, whose own assault has driven her marriage apart, Fayza fights back—and soon has a police detective searching for her amid public panic. Meanwhile, Nelly, an aspiring comic, faces pressure from family to drop a lawsuit against her attacker. Mohamed Diab’s deftly braided narrative tells a gripping, timely social tale through its patchwork of interconnected lives and deeds.


About the Director Mohamed Diab was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1977. Having migrated to Egypt, he studied commerce at Suez Canal University in Ismailia before pursuing film at the New York Film Academy. Prior to making his directorial debut, he was writer of four films (Real Dreams, The Island, The Replacement, and Congratulations). Cairo 678 is his first feature film.



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THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol)
Director: Sebastián del Amo
Mexico   |   2012   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films. In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid “Juanito“ pursues failed careers as
baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies—where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.


About the Director Sebastián del Amo was born in Paris, France in 1971 and attended school in Mexico beginning at a young age. He studied filmmaking at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. He has worked as a director, writer and director of photography for numerous short films.The Fantastic World of Juan Orol is his first feature film.


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LIFE KILLS ME (La Vida Me Mata)
Director: Sebastián Silva
Chile   |   2007   |   92 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. At work on a seriously schlocky, low-budget horror film, Gaspar is still reeling from the untimely death of his beloved older brother when he meets Alvaro at yet another premature funeral. A mildly sociopathic young man with an unyielding curiosity for the dark side, Alvaro soon coaxes Gaspar out of his shell in unexpected ways, in a debut film that pulses with a sure cinematic style as it channels a compassionate vision of frail, formidable, unforgettable lives.


About the Director Sebastián Silva was born in Santiago, Chile in 1979. He studied filmmaking at the Escuela de Cine de Chile in Santiago and English at McGill University in Montreal, while pursuing his career as an artist and musician. His second feature,The Maid, won the World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. His fourth feature,Crystal Fairy, premiered as an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Life Kills Me is his first feature film.


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MODEST RECEPTION (Paziraie Sadeh)
Director: Mani Haghighi
Iran   |   2012   |   100 minutes
Farsi/Persian, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Leila and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy, but fascinating to watch, as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? Led by riveting performances from Taraneh Alidoosti and writer-director Mani Haghighi, this bold comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege and corruption.


About the Director Mani Haghighi was born in Tehran, Iran in 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough. His second feature, Men at Work, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006 and won Best Screenwriter at the Asian Film Awards in 2007. Modest Reception is his fourth feature film.


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THE PARADE (Parada)
Director: Srdjan Dragojević
Serbia   |   2011   |   115 minutes
Serbo-Croatian, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group’s Pride parade. It’s a tall order: previous attempts to march met with mass violence from right-wing skinheads. When Limun’s gang balks at the assignment, he recruits a band of former Balkan war combatants, now dear friends, who will stand up to the aggressors Seven Samurai style, in this rollickingly shrewd and humane comedic take on a vital human rights issue.


About the Director Srdjan Dragojević was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) in 1963. He studied clinical psychology at the University of Belgrade and film at the University of Arts in Belgrade. His debut feature, We Are Not Angels, won nine awards (out of fourteen nominations) at the 1992 Crystal Prism Awards, Yugoslavia’s Academy Awards. His fifth feature, Saint George Shoots the Dragon, won Best Artistic Contribution at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2009. The Parade is his sixth feature film.


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SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS
Director: Suman Ghosh
India   |   2012   |   65 minutes
Bengali, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise after he notices they stay on all day as well. Shyamal Uncle finds his sense of propriety upset by this wasteful expense of electricity. But finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo (and is just maybe a welcome distraction from his otherwise dull routine). Suman Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds and personalities of this old Kolkata neighborhood, as his unlikely protagonist pursues a quest that adds up to a wry, revealing, highly original tour of modern India.


About the Director Suman Ghosh was born in Rishra, India in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Delhi and a doctorate in Economics from Cornell University in Ithaca. His debut feature, Footsteps, won the Silver Lotus Award for Best Actor and Best Feature Film in Bengali at India’s National Film Awards in 2008. Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights is his fourth feature film.


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SOUTHWEST (Sudoeste)
Director: Eduardo Nunes
Brazil   |   2011   |   128 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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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.


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STUDENT
Director: Darezhan Omirbayev
Kazakhstan   |   2012   |   90 minutes
Kazakh and Russian, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime, spurred on by postmodern musings and a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of “eat or be eaten.“ Inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, director Darezhan Omirbayev roots his nameless student in the losing segment of Kazakhstan’s new capitalist era, whose population watches the rich rise above common legal proscriptions and old-fashioned communal values. Omirbayev’s brooding protagonist may prove the willing student of the age, but he alone reckons with the consequences of his actions—a gesture strikingly at odds with a world losing a consistent concept of justice.


About the Director Darezhan Omirbayev was born in the Dzhambul Province of the Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan) in 1958. His debut feature, Kairat, won the Silver Leopard and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Locamo Film Festival in 1992, and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Strasbourg Film Festival in 1993. His third feature, Killer, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. Student is his sixth feature film.


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