NOW PLAYING: There Will Be No AMNESTY If You Miss Global Lens This Summer!

A subtle exploration of a society in flux and divided between morality and passion.“ -Cineuropa

Even in this, his first feature film, director Bujar Alimani demonstrates an assured hand, timing all his shots with precision so that they are lyrical and contemplative…“ -The Moving Arts Film Journal

The story: 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.

First-time filmmaker Bujar Alimani’s sensual and pensive drama, AMNESTY (awarded the FIPRESCI Prize and Cineuropa Prize at the 2011 Festival del Cinema Europeo), is now available for booking in your festival or theater, along with nine other award-winning and critically acclaimed films from the new Global Lens 2012 series!

Programmers and curators: View the 2012 lineup now on Festival Scope and email us at bookings@globalfilm.org to schedule the films today!

Film fans and enthusiasts: Read the list below and click on the map to find out where you can catch these fantastic films!

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It’s Springtime for Global Lens!

I swear it was just February, but then I blinked and suddenly realized that we’re already in May! Time seems to be marching on faster and faster these days, but for now it’s spring and hopefully that means, wherever you may be, that flowers are blooming, daylight is sticking around longer, and the weather is warming up a bit (we here in San Francisco will have to continue to keep our fingers crossed, it seems). And for Global Lens, springtime also means a flurry of familiar faces, as several of our longtime screening partners host the new 2012 film series!

At the beginning of last month, the Port Townsend Film Institute kicked things off with Albania’s AMNESTY at their beautiful Rosebud Cinema, and will continue to showcase films from the series throughout the year. Meanwhile, the hardworking folks over at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival are wrapping things up tonight, Global Lens having played an integral part of their annual programming now for the fourth year in a row.

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Global Lens Goes Public!

The Brooklyn Public Library

Our public library program is in full swing this spring with the Brooklyn Public Library! San Francisco and Missoula are next, with Memphis and Park City on the horizon…

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we love public libraries. From their goals of public education and engagement, to the diverse architecture of buildings large and small all across the country—they are cultural icons that hold a physical space in every community, and represent a truly free exchange of ideas that we cherish.

And so, this month, in homage to our ever-growing affinity for public libraries, our friends at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will be presenting our most favorite film series, Global Lens 2012, to audiences in one of New York’s most celebrated boroughs.

Why? Because BPL is one of a handful of lucky institutions invited this year to join our Global Lens Public Library Program, which we launched last year to promote education and cultural literacy in communities all throughout the United States (some of you may remember that we partnered with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries to kick off the program).

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Global Lens Gets a Library Card!

Global Lens makes its long-awaited debut at public libraries across the U.S.

Big books, small books, magazines and catalogs. Shelves that stretch like buildings on a city block. Millions of words by thousands of people, pressed onto paper and compressed into a building…

Ever since I was a child, I’ve had an affinity for libraries. For me, they represent a space without limits or borders, a place of collected knowledge that lends itself to the imagination. In fact, I wrote my first poem in a library (after checking out a book on haiku), and spent many afternoons as a teenager cultivating my then-nascent interest in film, sitting in a corner watching the classics [on a VHS player].

Of course, libraries have evolved since my childhood, and none more profoundly than the American public library; what once began with Benjamin Franklin and a social-activity of lending books to his friends has now evolved into a community institution, media center and learning resource. And also, a crossroads of people and cultures, a place where new immigrants meet old residents, artists share space with academics and every language is within arm’s reach on a shelf.

And so, it’s only natural that we bring Global Lens to that environment.

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NOW PLAYING: Museum of the Moving Image, Northwest Film Forum, the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival and more!

Films from the Global Lens 2011 film series are now playing at the following venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada (and beyond!):

Asia Society (Hong Kong): THE WHITE MEADOWS (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran) July 14th-31st

Brooks Museum of Art/Indie Memphis (Memphis, TN): Presenting the complete Global Lens 2011 film series Check the film calendar for screening information

Cinema St. Louis/Webster University (St. Louis, MO): Presenting the complete Global Lens 2011 film series Check the film calendar for screening information

Danish Film Institute Cinematheque (Copenhagen, Denmark): THE WHITE MEADOWS (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran) June 25th

 

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA): THE INVISIBLE EYE (dir. Diego Lerman, Argentina) A USEFUL LIFE (dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay) July 17th-25th

Global Lens now playing on Virgin American flights!

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The Twin Cities and Global Lens 2011 — check out the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!

Spring has arrived, and y’all know what that means — it’s time for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF)! A partner of ours since 2009, the MSPIFF is bringing Global Lens 2011 to the Twin Cities from April 14 through May 5.

Ryan Oestreich (Office and Theater Manager), Jesse Bishop (Programming Coordinator), and all the other fine folks at the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul work very hard year after year to pack 170 films from around the world into 3 weeks of international and art-house bliss, and we’re always extremely pleased to have Global Lens included in the mix.

Check our calendar for the Global Lens screening schedule at MSPIFF, and if all this talk abut the Twin Cities has got you thinking about twin kitties, then you’re in luck.