Presented by Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art, the 2011 Global Lens Film Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, the Memphis Flyer and the Global Film Initiative. The series features nine award-winning narrative feature films from around the world, which will screen at The Brooks from June 16 – August 26.
Tickets are $7 per film and admission is free for Indie Memphis members or with a Brooks VIP Film Pass. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (901) 544-6208.
Promoting cross-cultural understanding through cinema, the Global Lens Film Series was launched by the Global Film Initiative in 2004 to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window into the diverse world in which we live. In recent times, no medium has been as effective at communicating the range and diversity of the world’s cultures as the cinematic arts.
A fixture of the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival since 2007, Indie Memphis' presentation of the Global Lens Film Series grew into a stand-alone three-month summer program at the Brooks through the support of the First Tennessee Foundation, giving more people the opportunity to experience some - or all – of the films in the series.
The 2011 Global Lens Film Series premieres a number of festival-headliners, including Federico Veiroj's homage to Uruguayan cinephile culture, A Useful Live, Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof's visually arresting cultural mythology, The White Meadows, and Zhang Lu's brooding and timely portrait of Chinese-Korean border politics, Dooman River. The series also features the U.S. premiere of Diego Lerman's dystopian portrait of sexual psyche in mid-80s Argentina, The Invisible Eye, veteran Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat's entrepreneurial charmer, The Light Thief, and Belvedere -- Ahmed Imamovic's picturesque image of post-war life in a Bosnian refugee town, and follow-up to his controversial first feature, Go West. Rounding out the series is Georgian newcomer Levan Koguashvili's ironical tale of daily life and drug addiction in Tbilisi, Street Days, Sergio Bianchi's noir-like visage of urban tension in a Sao Paulo suburb, The Tenants, and Sidharth Srinivasan's fiercely independent chronicle of caste and class in rural India, Soul of Sand.
Lineup and Schedule:
THE LIGHT THIEF (SVET-AKE) **
A humble electrician intent on enlivening his windswept valley with electricity unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village. FIPRESCI Award, Eurasia International Film Festival.
STREET DAYS (QUCHIS DGEEBI) **
A well-meaning heroin addict whose life and status seem to worsen by the day, finds himself caught between serving a prison sentence and selling out the son of his former classmate. VPRO Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam.
THE INVISIBLE EYE (LA MIRADA INVISIBLE) *
Against the backdrop of Argentina’s mid-80s military regime, an overzealous young teacher develops an unusual obsession with one of her students after she is asked to keep a watchful “eye” over the happenings at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Directors' Fortnight, Cannes International Film Festival.
THE WHITE MEADOWS (KESHTZAR HAYE SEPID)
Rowing through the salty waters of a vast marsh, a boatman quietly collects and combines the tears and confessions of nearby island residents into a dreamlike mythology of modern Iran. Special Jury Award, Dubai International Film Festival.
Fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims during the Balkan conflict, a determined widow searching for the remains of her husband and son quietly attempts to rebuild her life by caring for her troubled extended family.
SOUL OF SAND (PAIRON TALLE) *
A watchman at an abandoned mine is drawn into a bizarre triangle after a wealthy landlord’s daughter and her lower- caste lover seek refuge from a masked killer wreaking havoc across the Indian countryside. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.
THE TENANTS (OS INQUILINOS)
After three mysterious men move into a smoky São Paulo suburb, a neighboring couple becomes obsessed with the men’s clandestine activities and the ozone of violence that descends upon their once-tranquil neighborhood. Best Script, Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival.
Two boys on opposite sides of the Chinese-Korean border strike a playful friendship that comes under scrutiny and strain after a series of thefts in a nearby town lead Chinese residents to cast suspicion on North Korean refugees. NETPAC Award, Pusan International Film Festival.
A USEFUL LIFE (LA VIDA ÚTIL) **
After financial troubles and a dwindling audience force an art-house cinema to shut its doors permanently, its most devoted employee is suddenly left without a "home" and forced to adjust to life outside of the theater. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.
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* indicates U.S. premiere
** indicates U.S. premiere and official submission to Foreign Language category of 2011 Academy Awards