Three notable films, from Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, will be screened at the Global Lens 2011 film series running Monday through Wednesday, April 25-27.
The films will be shown, one per evening, at King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at 53 Washington Square South, between Thompson & Sullivan streets. Admission is free and open to the public.
· Monday, April 25, 7 p.m.
La Mirada Invisible / The Invisible Eye. Directed by Diego Lerman, Argentina, 2010.
Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of the 1980s, Lerman’s engrossing and beautifully acted exploration of the totalitarian urge opens with a portrait of María Teresa, a lonely and deeply repressed assistant teacher at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Obedient and willing, she accepts unquestioningly the school’s rigid code of conduct and proud identification with the nation state.
· Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m.
La Vida útil / A Useful Life. Directed by Federico Veiroj. Uruguay, 2010.
After 25 years, Cinemateca Uruguaya’s most devoted employee, Jorge (real-life Uruguayan critic Jorge Jellinek), still finds his inspiration in caring for the films and audiences that grace the seats and screen of his beloved arthouse cinema. But when dwindling attendance and diminishing support force the theater to close its doors, Jorge is sent into a world he knows only through the lens of art—and suddenly forced to discover a new passion that transcends his once-celluloid reality.
· Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Os Inquilinos / The Tenants. Directed by Sérgio Bianchi. Brazil, 2009.
Manual laborer and night student Valter lives with his wife and two children in working-class São Paulo when three young criminals move in next door. A bunker mentality sets in as Valter’s anxious masculinity reels from a city enduring a wave of violent crime. But Valter soon discovers he is not the only one perversely affected by the mounting chaos.
The Global Lens film series is presented by NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and co-presented with the Global Film Initiative, NYU Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS),
The series is sponsored by the Global Film Initiative and organized by Professor Alexandra Falek (NYU Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese).