NOW PLAYING: Let THE FINGER Point You Toward Global Lens!

A gentle political satire set in a remote pueblo in 1980s Argentina…an engaging, often amusing portrait of a community on the cusp of change….” -Variety

Sergio Teubal’s hilarious satire proves its capacity for both belly laughs and observant political barbs.” -Wines of Argentina

Not many political elections involve a severed finger in a jar, but then, this is not your typical election. Far from the debates and attack ads of Romney and Obama’s current race—but still based on actual events—Sergio Teubal’s THE FINGER concerns a moody shopkeeper bent on ensuring his brother’s mayoral victory, even after the beloved candidate turns up dead just weeks before the election. A guaranteed charmer, this dramatic comedy spins a tale of mystery, village life, revenge, and leadership, suggesting that sometimes a dismembered digit can point the way to a better future than an actual, living candidate!

Programmers and curators: View the 2012 lineup now on Vimeo or Festival Scope and email us at bookings@globalfilm.org to schedule the films today!

Film fans and enthusiasts: Read the list below and click on the map to find out where you can catch these fantastic films!

GLOBAL LENS 2012: Click on the map to find a screening near you!

THE FINGER and other films from the Global Lens 2012 film series
are now playing at the following venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada:

San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 1st – December 31st
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Tampa Museum of Art/Gasparilla International Film Festival (Tampa, FL):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 1st – December 14th
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The Rosebud Cinema/Port Townsend Film Institute (Port Townsend, WA):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 1st – December 1st
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Global Lens 2012 is now playing on Virgin American flights!

Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Springs, CA):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
October 18th-25th
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St. Louis International Film Festival (St. Louis, MO):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
November 8th-18th
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University of Illinois (Champaign, IL):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 1st – December 31st
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Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston, ME):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 17th – December 3rd
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Capitol Cinema Theatre (Aberdeen, SD):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
October 12th – November 19th
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Gold Town Nickelodeon (Juneau, AK):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
November 1st – February 28th
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Rhode Island College/Providence Public Library (Providence, RI):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 17th – December 6th
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Seattle Public Library (Seattle, WA):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 29th – December 1st
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Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
September 1st – November 14th
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Chicago Public Library (Chicago, IL):
Presenting the complete Global Lens 2012 film series
November 1st – December 10th
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Arab Film Festival (Bay Area, CA and Los Angeles, CA):
PEGASUS (dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco)
QARANTINA (dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq)
October 11th-21st

Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL):
MOURNING (dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran)
October 21st-22nd

San Diego Asian Film Festival (San Diego, CA):
MOURNING (dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran)
November 1st-9th

African Studies Association (Philadelphia, PA):
PEGASUS (dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco)
QARANTINA (dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq)
November 29th – December 1st

 

The Global Lens 2012 film series lineup:

AMNESTY (AMNISTIA), dir. Bujar Alimani, Albania, 2011, 83 minutes
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses–until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond. Official Albania Submission, 84th Academy Awards; FIPRESCI Prize and Cineuropa Prize, 2011 Festival del Cinema Europeo.

 

 

CRAFT (RISCADO), dir. Gustavo Pizzi, Brazil, 2010, 85 minutes
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition and what may be her “big break” after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio. Best Actress, 2010 Rio de Janeiro IFF.

 

 

FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO), dir. Carlos Osuna, Colombia, 2011, 97 minutes
The prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss–and strangely affable doppelgänger–takes an interest in his life. Official Selection, 2012 Cartagena IFF; Official Selection, 2011 Chicago IFF.

 

 

THE FINGER (EL DEDO), dir. Sergio Teubal, Argentina, 2011, 93 minutes
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town’s quest for democracy after dictatorship. Best First Feature Film, 2011 Guadalajara IFF.

 

 

GREY MATTER (MATIÈRE GRISE), dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza, Rwanda, 2011, 100 minutes
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister. Best Actor and Special Jury Mention, 2011 Tribeca FF.

 

 

MOURNING (SOOG), dir. Morteza Farshbaf, Iran, 2011, 84 minutes
In the wake of his parents’ disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child’s future. FIPRESCI Prize and New Currents Award, 2011 Pusan IFF.     

 

 

PEGASUS (PEGASE), dir. Mohamed Mouftakir, Morocco, 2010, 104 minutes
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father’s insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl’s story. Golden Stallion, 2011 FESPACO and Best Cinematographer, 2010 Dubai IFF.     

 

 

THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO), dir. Paula Markovitch, Argentina, 2011, 99 minutes
A political activist’s life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina’s coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school’s patriotic essay contest. Silver Bear, 2011 Berlin IFF and Best Film, 2011 Morelia IFF.     

 

 

QARANTINA, dir. Oday Rasheed, Iraq, 2010, 90 minutes
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household’s unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family’s lecherous father. Official Selection, 2010 Abu Dhabi FF.     

 

 

TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU), dir. Tolga Karaçelik, Turkey, 2010, 96 minutes
An aging toll booth attendant, straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance. Best First Film and Best Actor, 2010 International Antalya Golden Orange FF.

 

The Global Lens film series is an annual, curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Films from the series are screened in more than fifty cities nationwide, are featured exclusively on Virgin America airlines, and include top festival picks and official submissions to the Oscars. All proceeds received from Global Lens are reinvested in the Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program, and other philanthropic programs of the Initiative. 

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