NEW ON DVD: Becloud and Gods!

BECLOUD from Mexico and GODS from Peru Available June 28th!

We’re pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

Dir. Alejandro Gerber Bicecci 
Mexico, 2009, 117 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English

After years of separation, three boyhood friends reunite in Mexico City to overcome a tragedy that scarred their neighborhood, and childhood, years before; Special Mention at the Morelia International Film Festival and awarded the Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Vividly shot…surprising and devastating.” -Variety

Naturalistic acting, the almost documentary quality of the filming and the setting in the real-life barrios of Mexico City heightens the sense of realism and the feeling that you’re catching a glimpse of the unvarnished truth of daily life in Mexico.” -St. Louis Beacon

Dir. Josué Méndez
Peru, 2008, 91 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
A wealthy industrialist’s working-class fiancee plunges into the extravagance of her lavish new life as her future stephchildren self-destruct in a series of desperate attempts to escape their privileged upbringing; awarded the Best Film at the Biarritz Film Festival and Best Peruvian Film at the Lima Film Festival.

Méndez’s coolly scathing satire of Peru’s upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath shallow spirituality and material extravagance.” -Museum of Modern Art

A vibrant visual glitz, buoyed by beautiful bodies and some unexpected dark humor.” -We Are Movie Geeks

Both DVDs will be available for purchase through the Global Film Initiative website on June 28th. BECLOUD includes a “Making of” featurette with filmmaker interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the Mexican colonia of Iztapalapa, which provides the real-life setting for the film’s reenactment of the Passion of the Christ.

Upcoming DVD releases from the Global Film Initiative:

Dir. Lyes Salem
Algeria, 2008, 92 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
In a dusty Algerian village, a well-intentioned fib suddenly turns a gardener into a mogul, forcing him to choose between the happiness of his narcoleptic sister and his newfound celebrity; Official Algeria Submission for Best Foreign Language Film, 81st Academy Awards.

Dir. Oliver Hermanus
South Africa, 2009, 92 minutes
English and Afrikaans, with subtitles in English
In the depressed Cape Town neighborhood of Cape Flats, a single mother contemplates her fate and cautiously accepts the help of an overeager social worker as she struggles to care for her paraplegic and suicidal son; awarded Best Director at the South African Film and Television Awards.

Other recent DVD releases from the Global Film Initiative:

Dir. Víctor Arregui
Ecuador, 2008, 90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
In Ecuador’s capital city, a coroner’s fragile emotional life is threatened when he develops a personal interest in his cases; an Official Selection of the AFI Latin American Film Festival and the Miami and Locarno International Film Festivals.

Dir. Naghi Nemati
Iran, 2007, 80 minutes
Farsi and Turkish, with subtitles in English
A day from completing their military training, three conscripts abandon a dismal army life and head off for freedom through the frozen wilderness of Northern Iran; awarded the NETPAC Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

All profits 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.


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