10 films take viewers around the world
If it's September, it's time to travel the world with the Global Film Initiative.
The annual tour of independent movies from developing countries lands Friday, Sept. 13, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City.
Here are the titles playing on this year's touring show:
"About 111 Girls" (Iraq, 2012) • Young Kurdish women plan to commit suicide to protest conditions that have left them spinsters, while an Iranian state official, his driver and a boy race across the landscape to stop them.
"Beijing Flickers" (China, 2012) • Disaffected youth in the new Beijing are chronicled in this drama about a young man experiencing euphoria amid despair as he roams the newly wealthy city.
"Cairo 678" (Egypt, 2010) • Three women in Cairo join forces to battle sexual harassment, but their way of fighting back draws a police search.
"The Fantastic World of Juan Orol" (Mexico, 2012) • The life of Mexico's lost B-movie master and "involuntary surrealist," Juan Orol, is depicted in this biopic.
"Life Kills Me" (Chile, 2007) • The debut film of director Sebastian Silva ("The Maid," "Crystal Fairy") tells the story of a grieving young cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter.
"Modest Reception" (Iran, 2012) • Well-to-do siblings leave Tehran for the mountains, giving the locals stacks of cash which has unexpected effects on everyone involved.
"The Parade" (Serbia, 2011) • A crime boss makes a deal with some gay activists to get some wedding-planning advice, and recruits some Balkan war buddies as security for a Pride march, in this "inspired-by-real-events" comedy.
"Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights" (India, 2012) • An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree battles the bureaucracy to get the neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise.
"Southwest" (Brazil, 2011) • A dreamlike tale in which a child, born to a woman on her deathbed is taken to a remote lakeside village to live out her life in a day.
"Student" (Kazakhstan, 2012) • A contemporary take on Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" in which a lone philosophy student commits a violent crime in response to Kazakhstan's growing inequality, corruption and "eat or be eaten" ethic.
For a full schedule of showtimes, go to the Salt Lake Film Society's website: saltlakefilmsociety.org