NEW ON DVD: Leo’s Room and Ocean of an Old Man!

LGBT Festival-favorite LEO’S ROOM and Rajesh Shera’s Post-Apocalyptic Gem OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN to Release on DVD November 8th

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

Dir. Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay, 2009, 92 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English    
Shaken by a recent breakup, a troubled but handsome young man dreams of the future and cautiously explores his sexuality with the encouragement of an old friend and a sympathetic therapist. Special Jury Award, Torino GLBT Film Festival; Official Selection of the San Sebastián Film Festival (New Directors), NewFest and Miami International Film Festival.
“A sensitive, engaging and emotive portrayal of a young man coming to terms with his sexuality. Leo’s Room is a triumph of a movie….The understated performances, subtle direction and strong story make Leo’s Room a must-see.” -Entertainment Focus
“Filled with wonderful little touches and character beats….Leo’s Room feels utterly fresh.” -Miami Herald

Dir. Rajesh Shera
India, 2008, 84 minutes
Hindi, with subtitles in English
In the devastating aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, an elderly British schoolteacher comes to grips with his own loss as he searches for missing students on the remote Indian islands of Andaman and Nicobar. Best Cinematography, International Film Festival Ahmedabad; Official Selection of the Pusan International Film Festival (New Currents), Cairo International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Kerala.

“A thoughtful visual poem on the terrible effects of the [2004] tsunami….This film of immense formal beauty reminds you that life in all its splendor carries on.” -Dear Cinema
“An introspective piece of work….The aftermath of the tsunami seems to have raised a million questions which the film movingly throws up.” -The Times of India
LEO’S ROOM and OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN 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 New York Latino International Film Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. The DVD release of LEO’S ROOM coincides with its release on television cable network HBO Latino this month. Both 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 website on November 8th.
Upcoming DVD releases from the Global Film Initiative: 
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 Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), the Pusan International Film Festival (Window on Asian Cinema) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future).  
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), the Pusan International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future).
Other recent DVD releases from the Global Film Initiative:
Dir. Vladimir Perisic



Dir. Zhang Chi



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.


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