NEW ON DVD: Adrift and My Tehran For Sale!

Lust, Longing and Chuyen’s ADRIFT and Granaz Moussavi’s Controversial MY TEHRAN FOR SALE to release on DVD January 31st

We’re pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series, featuring a charged performance by Vietnamese actress Hai Yen and Moussavi’s “hit and run” chronicle of Tehran’s underground art scene:

 

Adrift DVD CoverADRIFT (CHOI VOI), dir. Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam, 2009, 110 minutes, Vietnamese, with subtitles in English

A young wife, ignored by her immature spouse, is caught in a love triangle between her best friend and a handsome stranger during a languorous summer in Hanoi. FIPRESCI Prize, Venice International Film Festival; Official Selection of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future).

A subtle, melancholy exploration of erotic angst and uncomfortable awakening…Adrift evokes a culture whose puritanical restraints have begun to loosen, allowing dangerous sparks to fly. Once desire has been unleashed, smugly settling for less is no longer a comfortable option.“ -The New York Times

Beautiful, and tightly focused on the emotional, romantic, and sexual lives of men and women in Hanoi….This is new Vietnamese cinema.” -diaCRITICS

 

My Tehran For Sale DVD CoverMY TEHRAN FOR SALE, dir. Granaz Moussavi, Iran, 2009, 95 minutes, Farsi and English, with subtitles in English

An ailing actress fighting for political asylum, and waiting to clear Australian immigration, recounts her attempts to live, work, and love in Tehran’s thriving yet turbulent arts subculture. Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery Programme); Independent Spirit IF Award, Adelaide Film Festival.

Shot undercover in Iran’s teeming capital, this brave low-budget film speaks volumes….A passionate cry for international understanding and a stirring example of hit-and-run moviemaking.” -Screen Daily

An ode to a city under cultural siege.” -At the Movies

 

ADRIFT‘s seductive portrait of adultery and sexual awakening in contemporary Hanoi created a buzz at the Toronto, Rotterdam, Pusan and Vancouver International Film Festivals, and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice International Film Festival in 2009. MY TEHRAN FOR SALE received widespread media attention in July 2011, when the Iranian government sentenced its lead actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, to one year in prison and 90 lashes for her role in the film. (NOTE: Following widespread protest, Vafamehr’s sentence was overturned and she was released after three months in custody, without any corporal punishment—click here for more information.)

Both films toured as part of the Global Lens 2010 film series and appeared in venues, festivals and theatrical locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These titles are also featured on Virgin America airlines, along with other Global Lens films.

DVDs will be available for purchase through the Global Film Initiative’s website (catalogue.globalfilm.org) on January 31st. Both releases also include DVD-ROM discussion guides with director’s statements, comprehensive background information about each country’s geographical setting and history, and commentary on cultural references within each film.

Upcoming DVD releases:

Soul of Sand posterSOUL OF SAND (PAIRON TALLE), dir. Sidharth Srinivasan, India, 2010, 98 minutes, Hindi, with subtitles in English

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 of the Toronto International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future).

Srinivasan makes a bold break with traditional Indian art cinema…a film of extraordinarily striking aesthetics…a sharp cry for social change…urgent, relevant, artful and new.” -indieWire

 

The Tenants posterTHE TENANTS (OS INQUILINOS), dir. Sergio Bianchi, Brazil, 2009, 103 minutes, Portuguese, with subtitles in English

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 Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival; Official Selection of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

A tour-de-force of cinematic tension….filled with off-screen suspense, gorgeously composed shots, and frame-within-frame schematics.“ -BrazilNYC

Other recent DVD releases:

LEO’S ROOM (EL CUARTO DE LEO), dir. Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay, 2009, 92 minutes, Spanish, with subtitles in English

OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN, dir. Rajesh Shera, India, 2008, 84 minutes, Hindi, with subtitles in English

All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative.

Order from the Global Film Initiative film catalogue now!

 

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