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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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Global Lens

Global Lens is an annual touring exhibition organized by the Global Film Initiative (GFI) to encourage filmmaking in countries with developing film communities. The ten films in this year’s program—from the little-seen cinemas of such countries as Chile, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Serbia—include projects developed with seed money from the GFI and offer a contemporary survey of fascinating filmmaking from areas where political, cultural, and economic challenges make independent feature filmmaking and distribution a formidable challenge. Accomplished, entertaining, and thought-provoking, these films are all deeply rooted in the social and political realities of the countries where their talented and resourceful makers live and set their stories.



Wed, Jul 10, 2013
at 7 PM

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BEIJING FLICKERS
DIRECTOR: ZHANG YUAN
CHINA, 2012

“Every day people disappear in this city. If I disappeared, would anyone come looking for me?” So muses San Bao, a young man left behind by Beijing’s new prosperity. He has lost his job, his apartment, and the woman he loves, and even his dog Happiness has run away. Heavenly losers are the only heroes in Zhang’s gorgeously gritty, droll, and angst-ridden portrait of youthful disaffection and perseverance in the face of heartbreak and ruthless inequality. “Zhang skillfully sets his worn-down characters against the dazzling lights of China’s teeming capital, a juxtaposition which conveys the hopelessness of many young people today. A film sure to ruffle feathers and provoke serious thinking in equal measure, BEIJING FLICKERS opens our eyes to rarely glimpsed facets of contemporary China and presents us stories that are usually left untold.”—Toronto International Film Festival. (96 mins.)

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Sun, Jul 14, 2013
at 7 PM

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CAIRO 678
DIRECTOR: MOHAMED DIAB
EGYPT, 2010

Three Cairene women from very different backgrounds pull together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives—and has become a general plague in their city. Based on real-life incidents that led to Egypt’s first anti-harassment legislation, Diab’s deftly woven narrative tells a gripping, timely tale of social injustice. Winner of the Silver Hugo for Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Best New Director Award at the Egyptian Oscars. (100 mins.)

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Tue, Jul 16, 2013
at 7 PM

LIFE KILLS ME
DIRECTOR: SEBASTIÁN SILVA
CHILE, 2007

Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace in this absurd, poignant comedy about an unlikely friendship between a morbidly obsessed drifter and a grieving young cinematographer at work on a seriously schlocky low-budget horror film—scenes from which constitute the only color sequences in this intentionally gray-toned homage to melancholy and rebirth. Reveling in a blend of sardonic humor and loving characterization, Silva displays a sure, discerning style in this compassionate vision of frail, unforgettable lives. “A smart, dryly funny film whose roots in tragedy do not prevent Silva from indulging in some truly brilliant sight gags and bursts of the fantastic…with a strong voice, clear vision, and enough raw talent to make the transition between mediums appear simple. Expect great things.”—Twitch Film. (81 mins.)

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Sun, Jul 21, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE PARADE
DIRECTOR: SRDJAN DRAGOJEVIĆ
SERBIA, 2011

A small group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes an uneasy alliance with a war-hardened Serbian crime boss whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only gay theater director Mirko and friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for their planned pride parade. Inspired by Belgrade’s tense 2010 gay pride parade and set shrewdly against the lingering xenophobia of the 1990s Balkan War, Dragojević’s surprisingly hilarious, deeply humane comedy—a Serbian box office smash—is a rollicking, poignant take on a vital human rights issue. “In addition to gay rights, the film affirms the future of the region’s states as mutually respecting, tolerant societies, united not by class consciousness or ethnic blood rivalries but by liberal values.”—The Boston Review. (115 mins.)

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Sun, Jul 28, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL
DIRECTOR: SEBASTIÁN DEL AMO
MEXICO, 2012

Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol (1897–1988), receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz whose career spanned half a century and nearly 60 films. Abetted by an all-pro cast, del Amo’s brilliant interpretation of Orol’s life exudes a droll underdog charm, and almost every frame is an infectious homage to the golden age of cinema, the wiles of memory, and the art of fantasy. Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival. “A visually playful biopic on Mexico’s Ed Wood.”—Variety. (90 mins.)

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Sun, Aug 4, 2013
at 7 PM

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ABOUT 111 GIRLS
DIRECTOR: NAHID GHOBADI, BIJAN ZAMANPIRA
IRAQ, 2012

A darkly comic road movie with deadly serious implications, ABOUT 111 GIRLS follows an Iranian bureaucrat on his quest to locate the young Kurdish women who have written a letter threatening mass suicide unless their lives are improved and more marriageable men can be found. The further he gets from the capital and the closer he comes to the isolation and frustration of the Kurds, the more the official increasingly sympathizes with their plight. Husband-and-wife filmmaking team Zamanpira and Ghobadi (sister of Bahman Ghobadi, director of A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES) confidently walk a delicate line between absurdist humor and the very real marginalization of the people. “Rooted solidly in the intriguing visual compositions and extraordinary location photography of Hamid Ghavami in the spectacular Iranian desert, the film is distinctive, resonant, and laden with urgency.”—Time Out London. (79 mins.) 

 

In Farsi and Kurdish with English subtitles.


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Sun, Aug 11, 2013
at 7 PM

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SOUTHWEST
DIRECTOR: EDUARDO NUNES
BRAZIL, 2012

On her deathbed, a young woman named Clarice gives birth to a baby girl, also christened Clarice by an attending “bruxa” (witch). Spirited away to a remote marsh village set on stilts, the infant is replaced that very day by a young girl, also named Clarice. As the other inhabitants of the village experience a day like any other, Clarice lives her whole life in the span of 24 hours—yet (as the film’s vast black-and-white panoramas suggest) even a lifetime so compressed remains impossible to fully grasp or contain. “An intensely poetic meditation on the life cycle with a magical-realist sensibility, it has the feel of a somber fairy tale. A visually beautiful film that demands that you surrender to its hypnotic images.”—The New York Times. (128 mins.)

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Sun, Aug 18, 2013
at 6 PM

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STUDENT
DIRECTOR: DAREZHAN OMIRBAYEV
KAZAKHSTAN, 2012

Spurred by his own postmodern musings and the growing inequality, corruption, and kill-or-be-killed ethic of post-Soviet Kazakhstan, a solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime. Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Omirbayev roots his tortured protagonist in the losing segment of the new capitalist era, in which the rich rise above common legal proscriptions and old-fashioned communal values. “The use of gorgeous spare wrapping for complex ideas is an inspired choice that keeps the entire project both accessible and stimulating.”—Screen Daily. (90 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

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Sun, Aug 18, 2013
at 7:45 PM

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SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS
DIRECTOR: SUMAN GHOSH
INDIA, 2012

His sense of propriety upset by the “wasteful” expense of electricity, a very particular 80-year-old retiree becomes obsessed with getting the streetlights in his Calcutta neighborhood turned off after sunrise. Based on a real incident, Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds, and personalities of this old neighborhood, revealing a highly original portrait of modern India. (65 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with STUDENT)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

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Sun, Aug 25, 2013
at 7 PM

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MODEST RECEPTION
DIRECTOR: MANI HAGHIGHI
IRAN, 2011

Leyla and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy but fascinating to watch as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud, or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? This bold, perversely fascinating comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege, and corruption. “Setting the scene is a brilliantly shot comic opener that starts the game over the top, in a tone which only gets shriller and wilder as the story goes on. By far the director’s most daring work.”—The Hollywood Reporter. (100 mins.)

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