Global Film Initiative snaps up fest faves

Acquired pix include 'Jerusalem,' 'Khorma,' 'Shadow'

Gotham-based foundation the Global Film Initiative has acquired five international titles that have gathered admirers on the festival circuit for its Distribution and Education Programs.

The films include “Ticket to Jerusalem,” Rashid Masharawi’s tale of a Palestinian projectionist struggling to organize a screening in the Israeli holy city; Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Shadow Kill,” about a guilt-ridden state executioner in pre-independence India; and Jilani Saadi’s “Khorma,” which examines how power corrupts through the story of a seemingly simple-minded Tunisian villager who becomes a town official.

Also acquired were Brazilian Renato Falcao’s ode to classic silent films, “Margarette’s Feast,” and “Women’s Prison,” director Menijeh Hekmat’s account of the struggle to survive for women behind bars in Iran.

“These films represent a cross-section of the cinematic talents that American audiences are just not seeing on a sustained basis right now,” said GFI chair Susan Coulter. “The Initiative is proud to include these compelling, original stories in our growing library.”

GFI is a charitable foundation that aims to promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema and support original filmmaking in developing countries that uses local storytelling traditions. Org recently announced six recipients for its inaugural grants program, providing feature completion funds and a guarantee of U.S. distribution.

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