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The Global Film Initiative announces Global Lens 2013 lineup
Southwest. 2011. Brazil. Image Courtesy of the Global Film Institute.

NEW YORK, NY.- Global Lens 2013, the tenth edition of the Global Film Initiative’s critically acclaimed film series, will premiere January 10-24, 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York before embarking on a yearlong tour of more than fifty cities throughout the United States and Canada. Global Lens 2013 will be headlined by ten award-winning narrative feature films from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Mexico and Serbia. The series will be simultaneously released on Virgin America airlines, and will also release on television, home video and Internet (Hulu and Fandor) in late-2013.

Global Lens 2013 includes Zhang Yuan’s vibrant ode to disaffected Chinese youth, BEIJING FLICKERS (2012 Toronto IFF; 2012 Busan IFF), Brazilian Director Eduardo Nunes’s lush, chimerical portrait of life lived in one day, SOUTHWEST (Special Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize, 2011 Rio IFF) and Mani Haghighi’s wonderfully fresh Iranian Robin Hood-with-a-twist, MODEST RECEPTION (NETPAC Prize, 2012 Berline IFF).

The series also features Sebastián del Amo’s eclectic tribute to vintage Mexican cinema, THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (Best First Feature, 2012 Guadalajara IFF), Suman Ghosh’s sensitive, cinema-verité Kolkata-chronicle, SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF T LIGHTS (2012 Busan IFF) and STUDENT (Un Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes FF), Darezhan Omirbayev’s atmospheric riff on the Dostoevsky classic Crime and Punishment.

The lineup is rounded out by four films that pay homage to the initivatives long-enduring mission of bringing to light the best undistributed and overlooked films of the world: Chilean auteur Sebastián Silva’s darkly comic LIFE KILLS ME, the Bahman Ghobadi-produced ABOUT 111 GIRLS (2012 Busan IFF), Srdjan Dragojević’s LGBT boundary-bender, THE PARADE (Panorama Audience Award, 2012 Berlin IFF) and CAIRO 678 (2011 New Directors/New Films), Mohamed Diab’s stunning revelation on gender and oppression in contemporary Cairo.

Global Lens 2013 will also present the award-winning coming-of-age narrative MAX AND MONA (dir. Teddy Mattera, South Africa) as part of the Initiative’s retrospective program, Chairman’s Choice, established in 2009 to reintroduce exceptional films from the Global Lens Collection for theatrical exhibition. MAX AND MONA originally appeared in Global Lens 2006.

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