A Look Behind the Mask

Rob Avila speaks with Algerian Actor, Director & Screenwriter Lyès Salem about his award-winning comedy, MASQUERADES

Thoughtful and good-humored, with leading-man looks, actor-filmmaker Lyes Salem was in the Bay Area recently to present Masquerades at the opening night of the Arab Film Festival, where he was greeted by a full house at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco’s beloved movie palace. A few days later, wearing a tourist’s camera around his neck, he arrived at the offices of the Global Film Initiative, distributor of the film in the United States, for a chat about his inspiration as a filmmaker, his life during and beyond Masquerades, and the role of humor in reaching an audience.

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New on DVD: MUTUM and POSSIBLE LIVES

MUTUM from Brazil and POSSIBLE LIVES from Argentina Available December 7th!

The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

MUTUM Dir. Sandra Kogut, Brazil This touching drama, acclaimed for achieving “a rare authenticity in its captivating depiction of the innocence and wisdom of childhood” (Museum of Modern Art), tells the story of a young boy in rural Brazil grappling with his disintegrating family and the uncertainties of the adult world. Official Selection of the 39th Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

POSSIBLE LIVES (LAS VIDAS POSIBLES) Dir. Sandra Gugliotta, Argentina “Beautifully shot” and evoking a “moody sensuousness” (Hollywood Reporter), this haunting film follows a woman searching for her husband in remote Patagonia, where she finds a man who appears to be her spouse but with a different name and wife. Official Selection of the Cairo and São Paulo International Film Festivals.

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Becloud: Soul of a Nation?

Director Alejandro Gerber Bicecci and Rob Avila discuss Mexico and the psychology behind the filmmaker’s debut feature

Alejandro Gerber Bicecci was born in Mexico in 1977, the son of two Argentine psychoanalysts who left their country’s military dictatorship the year before for the relative freedom of Mexico City. Becloud (Vaho), Bicecci’s first feature film, is being distributed by Global Film Initiative and is part of GFI’s 2010 Global Lens series. Filmed in an unconventional and sophisticated manner that blends three distinct time periods together into a nearly seamless whole, the story concerns the coming-of-age of three teenagers, boyhood friends implicated in a violent act at their school many years before. Out of this small, neighborhood story from a marginal community—set against the backdrop of Iztapalapa’s annual Easter-week reenactment of the Passion—arises a resonant portrait of modern Mexican society.

The following interview with Bicecci took place in San Francisco just before the opening night premiere of Becloud at the 2010 Hola Mexico Film Festival, which was co-presented by the Global Film Initiative.

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Welcome to our World: The GFI Blog

As we ring in the New Year and another season of Global Lens, we’re pleased to announce a new addition to our ever-evolving online identity—the Global Film Initiative blog!

From filmmaker interviews to news on our latest grants and releases (and the occasional update from a remote corner of the world), visit our blog to get highlights from our various programs and stay connected with all the films, individuals and ideas at the Global Film Initiative. For example, did you know:

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