Cinema Seattle. Presenter of the Seattle International Film Festival

Cinema Seattle, in association with The Northwest Film Forum, is proud to present the Global Lens Film Series. Comprising 10 titles, the films are from a package that has been put together by the New York-based Global Film Initiative, a non-profit organization that was founded for the financing, production and distribution of developing-world films to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema. Seattle will be the first stop of a 16-city tour of the films, which then go on to such august venues as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. We hope to welcome several of the directors during this mini-festival.

All films will screen at the Northwest Film Forum Cinema, 1515 12th Avenue.

For tickets please call Cinema Seattle at 206.464.5830, or you can purchase a full series pass on line. Individual tickets are $10 each ($9 each for Cinema Seattle or Northwest Film Forum members.) A Full Series pass is $75. Click here for a PDF of the film schedule


Global Lens Film Series

Buffalo Boy (Mua Len Trua)
Directed by Minh Nguyen-Vo

Vietnam, 103 minutes
Winner of the Youth Jury Award, Locarno 2004. Striking debut feature, follows the exploits of 15 year-old Kim, who runs off to join a gang of bandits, taking his family's two buffaloes with him, but is repelled by the adult world of brawls, alcohol and pillaging. Starring Le The Lu, Nguyen Thi Kieu Trinh, Nguyen Huu Thanh
Thursday 1/11, 7 pm
Friday 1/12, 7 pm
Saturday 1/15, 3 pm and 7 pm
Sunday 1/16, 7 pm
Tuesday 1/18, 7 pm
Wednesday 1/19, 7 pm
Thursday 1/20, 7 pm

Daughter of Keltoum (Bent Keltoum)
Directed by Mehdi Charef

Algeria, 106 minutes
Rallia, a young woman raised in urban Switzerland, returns to a remote part of Algeria to reunite with her mother and confront her culture and her past. Starring Cylia Malki, Baya Bellal, Debora Lamy
Saturday 1/8, 5 pm
Sunday 1/9, 9 pm

Fuse (Gori Vatra)
Directed by Pjer Zalica

Bosnia/Herzegovina, 105 minutes
A droll, soulful comedy-drama follows the mounting turmoil as an opportunistic town in Bosnia awaits a visit from President Bill Clinton, with ghosts of centuries-old conflict, ethnic misunderstanding and casual violence never far away. Starring Enis Beslagic, Bogdan Diklic, Sasa Petrovic
Saturday 1/15, 9 pm
Sunday 1/15, 5 pm

Hollow City (Na Cidade Vazia)
Directed by Maria-Joao Ganga

Angola, 88 minutes
1975, war-torn Angola: 11 year-old N'Dala finds himself on the run in Luanda, the capital city, after witnessing the massacre of his family. A coruscating portrait of a country destroyed by 30 years of constant warfare. Starring Roldan Pinto Joao, Domingos Fernandes, Raul Rosario
Thursday 1/13, 9 pm
Saturday 1/15, 5 pm

Kabala
Directed by Assane Kouyate

Mali, 112 minutes
Eye-catching visuals and a well-chosen cast grace this story of a young man's return to his village after a shameful banishment, to find local traditions in conflict with the encroachment of modern ways. Starring Modibo Traore, Djeneba Kone, Fily Traore.
Friday 1/7, 7 pm
Sunday 1/9, 2:30 pm

Lili’s Apron (El Delental de Lili)
Directed by Mariano Galperin

Argentina, 90 minutes
A broad yet touching comedy, inspired by Argentina's latest economic crisis. After Lili and Ramon, a normal married couple, both lose their jobs, the situation is saved when Ramon finds work as a servant with a weal+C46thy family. The only snag is, he has to pretend to be a woman to keep the job.... Starring Luis Ziembrowski, Paula Ituriza, Cristina Banegas
Friday 1/14, 5 pm
Sunday 1/16, 9 pm

Today and Tomorrow (Hoy y manana)
Directed by Alejandro Chomski

Argentina, 87 minutes
From one of Argentina's hottest new directing prospects, a former assistant to Jarmusch and Kusturica. "Today and Tomorrow" is a stylish cautionary tale, following the descent of aspiring actress Paula into prostitution. Set in a single day, Paul has many obstacles to surmount in her struggle for economic survival. Starring Antonella Costa, Carlos Lipsic, Romina Ricci
Friday 1/14, 9 pm
Sunday 1/16, 3 pm

Uniform (Zhi Fu)
Directed by Diao Yi'nan

China, 92 minutes
Award-winning drama, a devastating portrait of what decent people will do when desperate for money as timid tailor Xiao Jian's life takes off in unanticipated directions when he dons a policeman's shirt left at his shop. Starring Liang Hongli, Zeng Xuoqiong, Han Kai
Wednesday 1/12, 9 pm
Friday 1/14, 3 pm

What’s a Human Anyway? (Insan Nedir Ki…)
Directed by Reha Erdem

Turkey, 128 minutes
Ali's loss of memory in an accident and the subsequent and often hilarious confusion over the ownership of a ring are metaphors for the chaos of modern Turkey. Winner of the International Critics' prize at the 2004 Istanbul Film Festival. Starring Ali Dusenkalkar, Koksal Engur, Arzu Bazam
Saturday 1/8, 9 pm
Sunday 1/9, 4:30 pm

Whisky
Directed by Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll

Uruguay, 99 minutes
Highly-praised comedy, winner of the International Critics' prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2004. A dour factory-owner and his long-standing employee are forced to pose as man and wife to get through a visit from his estranged brother. Starring Andres Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani
Friday 1/7, 7 pm
Saturday 1/8, 3 pm and 7 pm
Sunday 1/9, 7 pm
Tuesday 1/11, 7 pm
Wednesday 1/12, 7 pm

Global Lens Schedule

Fri 1/7
7.00pm
Whisky
9.00pm
Kabala
Sat 1/8
3.00pm
Whisky
5.00pm
Daughter of Keltoum
7.00pm
Whisky
9.00pm
What's a Human Anyway?
Sun 1/9
2.30pm
Kabala
4.30pm
What's a Human Anyway?
7.00pm
Whisky
9.00pm
Daughter of Keltoum
Tue 1/11
7.00pm
Whisky
Wed1/12
7.00pm
Whisky
9.00pm
Uniform
Thu 1/13
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
9.00pm
Hollow City
Fri 1/14
3.00pm
Uniform
5.00pm
Lili's Apron
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
9.00pm
Today and Tomorrow
Sat 1/15
3.00pm
Buffalo Boy
5.00pm
Hollow City
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
9.00pm
Fuse
Sun 1/16
3.00pm
Today and Tomorrow
5.00pm
Fuse
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
9.00pm
Lili's Apron
Tue 1/18
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
Wed 1/19
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
Thu 1/20
7.00pm
Buffalo Boy
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