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Museum sets foreign fare

Moving Image to showcase lesser known int'l films

The Museum of the Moving Image is moving to expand its scope.

Beginning in June, the museum will host one- to two-week theatrical engagements of international films that have yet to reach much of an audience beyond the festival circuit.

The first film to unspool will be “The Forsaken Land,” a poetic look at the disorienting quality of life for one family caught in the Sri Lankan civil war. Pic won the Camera d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, where it was picked up by New Yorker Films, but the Moving Image run represents its North American preem.

“Forsaken” will unspool for 10 days beginning June 23.

Initiative developed from the museum’s partnership with the Independence Community Foundation, which funds the museum’s current foray into the foreign film market, Independence World Cinema Showcase.

Program is designed to grandstand international films that would otherwise be difficult to release theatrically, as well as extend the museum’s reach, according to chief curator David Schwartz. The length of the run will allow the films to qualify for reviews.

Other films skedded for a release include “Guernsey,” from Dutch helmer Nanouk Leopold. As yet, it has not found a distributor.

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