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GLOBAL LENS 2013 EN EL MOMA.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 2:36 PM


Global Lens 2013 > Enero 10 al 26 > MoMA.

This selection of 10 films from as far afield as Iran, Serbia, Chile, Kazakhstan, and Iraq includes projects developed with seed money from GFI, and represents a concise survey of contemporary filmmaking from areas where local political restrictions and/or economic realities make such expensive and technology-driven endeavors a challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, these films are all deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live and set their stories.

++ La Vida me mata (Life Kills Me) 2007. Chile. Directed by Sebastián Silva. With Gabriel Díaz, Amparo Noguera, Diego Muñoz.


Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace in this absurd, poignant comedy about an unlikely friendship between a morbidly obsessed drifter and a grieving young cinematographer at work on a seriously schlocky low-budget horror film—scenes from which constitute the only color sequences in this intentionally gray-toned homage to melancholy and rebirth. Reveling in a blend of sardonic humor and loving characterization, Silva (The Maid,2009) displays a sure, discerning style in this compassionate vision of frail, unforgettable lives.

++ Sudoeste (Southwest) 2011. Brazil. Directed by Eduardo Nunes. With Simone Spoladore, Raquel Bonfante, Julio Adrião. 


On her deathbed, a young woman named Clarice gives birth to a baby girl, also christened Clarice by an attending bruxa (witch). Spirited away to a remote marsh village set on stilts, the infant is replaced that very day by a young girl, also named Clarice. As the other inhabitants of the village experience a day like any other, Clarice lives her whole life in the span of 24 hours—yet (as the film’s vast black-and-white panoramas suggest) even a lifetime so compressed remains impossible to fully grasp or contain.

++ El Fantástico mundo de Juan Orol (The Fantastic World of Juan Orol) 2012. Mexico. Directed by Sebastian del Amo. With Roberto Sosa, Gabriela de la Garza, Roger Cudney. 


Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol (1897–1988), receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz whose career spanned half a century and nearly 60 films. Abetted by an all-pro cast, Sosa’s brilliant interpretation of Orol’s life exudes a droll underdog charm, and almost every frame is an infectious homage to the golden age of cinema, the wiles of memory, and the art of fantasy.

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