NEWS: 111 GIRLS, BEIJING FLICKERS and SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS!

Variety and Screen International let slip on three new Global Lens 2013 films by producer Bahman Ghobadi, and directors Zhang Yuan and Suman Ghosh

As the saying goes, ‘good things come in threes.’ Or, a “trio”:

Shyamal Uncle from SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS

(via Variety) Trio of Busan fest pics to get U.S. release  San Francisco-based The Global Film Initiative has acquired three Busan Film Festival players for U.S. release, Bahman Ghobadi-produced “111 Girls,” Zhang Yuan’s “Beijing Flickers” and Suman Ghosh’s “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights.”Helmed by first-timers Bijan Zmanpira and Nahid Ghobadi, “111 Girls” is an Iraqi-Kurdish dramedy produced by Abbas Ghazali and Iranian helmer Bahman Ghobadi (“Turtles Can Fly”). [more…]

 

Of course, fair is fair–Liz Shackleton and our friends at Screen International did break the story first:

(via Screen International)  Global Film Initiative Picks Up Busan Trio  Iraqi-Kurdish drama 111 Girls, which screened in BIFF’s New Currents competition, is produced by acclaimed filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi and directed by newcomers Bijan Zmanpira and Nahid Ghobadi. 

Suman Ghosh’s Bengali-language Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights [pictured] follows a senior citizen who campaigns to save electricity by getting the street lights turned off during the day time, while Zhang Yuan’sBeijing Flickers follows a group of young city dwellers who have been left behind by China’s economic miracle. [more…]

But like we said, good things come in threes. And so nothing would be complete without this note from curator, Global Lens partner and friend, Tom Vick at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery:

Congratulations once again on your impeccable taste!

A scene from 111 GIRLS

‘Shake n’ bake, that just happened!’ (as the faux catch phrase goes). SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS, BEIJING FLICKERS and 111 GIRLS are all part of Global Lens 2013–which also happens to be the tenth anniversary of the series. And not to get too abstract on the  ”three” concept, but Global Lens 2013 does equal this unique trinity: ten films for our tenth anniversary, premiering January 10th [at the Museum of Modern Art in New York].

(Sorry, what? You want to know what other films are in Global Lens 2013? Well, we might’ve tipped our hand, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep a poker face–and as the saying goes, “We’re not quite ready to ‘let the cat out of the bag‘!”)

 

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