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Global Film Initiative Announces Selections for Global Lens

By Austin Dale | Indiewire December 6, 2011 at 1:51PM

The Global Film Initiative today announced the ten films from all over the world that will be showcased during the ninth season of its Global Lens film series.
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The Rwandan drama "Grey Matter" will screen as part of 2012 Global Lens.
The Rwandan drama "Grey Matter" will screen as part of 2012 Global Lens.

The Global Film Initiative today announced the ten films from all over the world that will be showcased during the ninth season of its Global Lens film series.

The selections include "Mourning," winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2011 Pusan International Film Festival and "The Prize," which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as "Grey Matter," the first feature film from Rwanda to be directed by a native Rwandan.

Global Lens will premiere January 12-28 at the Museum of Modern Art before embarking on a yearlong North American tour.

Full selection reprinted below:

AMNESTY (AMNISTIA), dir. Bujar Alimani, Albania, 2011**
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses--until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond.
 
 
AMNESTY (AMNISTIA), dir. Bujar Alimani, Albania, 2011**
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses--until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond.

 

 

 
  
CRAFT (RISCADO), dir. Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil, 2010
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition--and what may be her "big break"--after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.

 

 

 
 
FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO), dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia, 2011
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss--and strangely affable doppelgänger--takes an interest in his life.

 

 
  
THE FINGER (EL DEDO), dir. Sergio Teubal, Argentina, 2011
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town's quest for democracy after dictatorship.

 

 

 
  
GREY MATTER (MATIERE GRISE), dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2011
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister.

 

 

 
 
MOURNING (SOOG), dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran, 2011*
In the wake of his parents' disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child's future.

 

 

 
  
PEGASUS (PEGASE), dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco, 2010
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father's insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl's story.

 

 

 
  
THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO), dir. Paula Markovitch, Argentina/Mexico, 2011
A political activist's life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina's coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school's patriotic essay contest.  

 

 

 
  
QARANTINA, dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household's unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family's lecherous father.

 

 

 
  
TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU), dir. Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey, 2010*
An aging toll booth attendant, already straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance.

 

 
 
AMNESTY (AMNISTIA), dir. Bujar Alimani, Albania, 2011**
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses--until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond.

 

 

 
  
CRAFT (RISCADO), dir. Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil, 2010
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition--and what may be her "big break"--after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.

 

 

 
 
FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO), dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia, 2011
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss--and strangely affable doppelgänger--takes an interest in his life.

 

 
  
THE FINGER (EL DEDO), dir. Sergio Teubal, Argentina, 2011
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town's quest for democracy after dictatorship.

 

 

 
  
GREY MATTER (MATIERE GRISE), dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2011
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister.

 

 

 
 
MOURNING (SOOG), dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran, 2011*
In the wake of his parents' disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child's future.

 

 

 
  
PEGASUS (PEGASE), dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco, 2010
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father's insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl's story.

 

 

 
  
THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO), dir. Paula Markovitch, Argentina/Mexico, 2011
A political activist's life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina's coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school's patriotic essay contest.  

 

 

 
  
QARANTINA, dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household's unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family's lecherous father.

 

 

 
  
TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU), dir. Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey, 2010*
An aging toll booth attendant, already straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance.

 

CRAFT (RISCADO), dir. Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil, 2010
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition--and what may be her "big break"--after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.
FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO), dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia, 2011
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss--and strangely affable doppelgänger--takes an interest in his life.
THE FINGER (EL DEDO), dir. Sergio Teubal, Argentina, 2011
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town's quest for democracy after dictatorship.
GREY MATTER (MATIERE GRISE), dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2011
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister.
MOURNING (SOOG), dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran, 2011*
In the wake of his parents' disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child's future.
PEGASUS (PEGASE), dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco, 2010
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father's insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl's story.
THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO), dir. Paula Markovitch, Argentina/Mexico, 2011
A political activist's life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina's coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school's patriotic essay contest.  
QARANTINA, dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household's unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family's lecherous father.
TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU), dir. Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey, 2010*
An aging toll booth attendant, already straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance.






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