NEW ON DVD: The Tenants and Street Days!

Bad boys and bad medicine: Urban thriller THE TENANTS and junkie chronicle STREET DAYS to release on DVD May 15th

The DVD release of new films from playwright-cum-filmmaker Sérgio Bianchi and Georgian auteur Levan Koguashvili take audiences from the neo-noir nights of São Paulo to the mean streets of Tbilisi:

THE TENANTS (OS INQUILINOS), dir. Sérgio 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, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival; Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival.

“Bianchi’s richly detailed film excavates society’s fear of and fascination with violence—from television’s constant stream of near-pornographic mayhem to venomous suspicion between neighbors, petty feuds within married couples, and quarreling among children—in an indictment of the lowest human impulses.” –Museum of Modern Art

“Stunning performances….A tour-de-force of cinematic tension.” –The Santa Barbara Independent


STREET DAYS (QUCHIS DGEEBI), dir. Levan Koguashvili, Georgia, 2010, 86 minutes, Georgian, with subtitles in English

A well-meaning heroin addict whose life and status seem to worsen by the day, finds himself caught between serving a prison sentence and selling out the son of his former classmate. Official Georgia Submission, Best Foreign Language Film category of the 83rd Academy Awards; Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam.

“Drop Koguashvili anywhere in the world and he’ll probably shoot an elegantly composed frame….I can’t help but compare Street Days to Scorsese’s Mean Streets—film lovers everywhere should watch [it].” –Film Threat

“A well-crafted, hard-edged look at life in contemporary Tbilisi.” ­Screen Daily


Both films toured as part of the Global Lens 2011 film series and appeared in venues, festivals and theatrical locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Smithsonian InstitutionSTREET DAYS was also awarded the Golden Lily for Best Film at the goEast Film Festival and THE TENANTS was an Official Selection of the Premiere Brazil! 2010 film program at the Museum of Modern Art. 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 ( on May 15th. 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:

THE LIGHT THIEF (SVET-AKE), dir. Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan

A humble electrician intent on enlivening his windswept valley with electricity unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village. Official Kyrgyzstan Submission, 83rd Academy Awards; FIPRESCI Prize, Eurasia International Film Festival; Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival.

“Kubat is irresistible. His Mr. Light may be an innocent in terms of the so-called civilized world but his intuitive perspicacity, mix of humility and pride and unabashed desire for his beautiful neighbor make him complex and human….This is not how the West sees the East, but how someone from the East views the downward spiral of his country.The Hollywood Reporter

SOUL OF SAND (PAIRON TALLE), dir. Sidharth Srinivasan, India

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.” –Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival

 Other recent DVD releases:

ADRIFT, dir. Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam, 2009, 110 minutes, Vietnamese, with subtitles in English

MY TEHRAN FOR SALE, dir. Granaz Moussavi, Iran, 2009, 95 minutes, Farsi and English, with subtitles in English

The Global Film Initiative is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. 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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