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Global Lens Film Series
Global Lens 2013
(No admission charge - All showings are free to the public)
September 9th Monday - 4 pm - Fortes Room, Rhode Island College
September 12th Thursday - 6 pm - Providence Public Library
“SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS”, dir. Suman Ghosh, India, 2012 U.S. premiere. An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is determined to get the streetlights turned off after sunrise, but finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo. 2012 Busan IFF.
September 23rd Monday - 4 pm - Fortes Room, Rhode Island College
September 26th Thursday - 6 pm - Providence Public Library
“THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL” (EL FANTÁSTICO MUNDO DE JUAN OROL), dir. Sebastián del Amo, Mexico, 2012 Debut feature. Move over Ed Wood! The story of Mexico's half-forgotten B- movie master, "involuntary surrealist" Juan Orol, receives a pitchperfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to life, the movies and a self-made man of showbiz. Best First Feature, 2012 Guadalajara IFF.
October 7th Monday - 4 pm - Fortes Room, Rhode Island College
October 10th Thursday - 6 pm - Providence Public Library
“LIFE KILLS ME” (LA VIDA ME MATA), dir. Sebastián Silva, Chile, 2007 Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, absurd and poignant at once, in celebrated director Sebastián Silva's debut film about the unlikely friendship between a grieving, young cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. Best First Feature, 2008 International Latino FF; Best Chilean Film of 2007, Chilean Art Critics Circle.
October 21st Monday - 4 pm - Fortes Room, Rhode Island College
October 24th Thursday - 6 pm - Providence Public Library
“SOUTHWEST” (SUDOESTE), dir. Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2011 Debut feature. A young woman gives birth on her deathbed to a child who, spirited away to a remote lakeside village, lives her lifetime in a single day, in this hauntingly dreamlike tale of incommensurable life. Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Best Latin American Film and Best Photography, 2011 Rio IFF; 2012 IFF Rotterdam.
November 4th Monday - 4 pm - Fortes Room, Rhode Island College
November 7th Thursday - 6 pm - Providence Public Library
“STUDENT”, dir. Darezhan Omirbayev, Kazakhstan, 2012 A solitary philosophy student commits a calculated violent crime against the backdrop of Kazakhstan's growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of eat-or-be-eaten in this broodingly contemporary adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Un Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes FF; 2012 Toronto IFF; 2012 Venice IFF.
The Global Film Initiative was founded in 2002 to create global understanding, empathy and connectivity through film. Since its establishment, the Initiative has supported hundreds of filmmakers with grants and networking opportunities, and has presented its signature film series, Global Lens, in the U.S. and select international locations via a diverse network of artistic, educational, cultural and diplomatic partners. For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, please visit: www.globalfilm.org