Presented by NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC). Co-presented with the Global Film Initiative, NYU Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

53 Washington Square South | New York, NY | 10012 | p: 212-998-3650 f: 212-995-4804 |
FREE and OPEN to the public. Picture ID required at door.

Organized by Prof. Alexandra Falek (NYU Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese)

The Global Lens film Series is sponsored by the Global Film Initiative

Monday, April 25th, 7pm


Directed by Diego Lerman
2010 / Argentina / 95 minutes Spanish with English Subtitles

Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s military regime of the 1980s, Diego 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. But her head professor’s words about the “cancer of subversion” and need for total surveillance soon feed an unhealthy obsession with one of her students, leading to an ensuing spiral of degradation and breakdown in discipline that parallels a popular rebellion beyond the school’s ivy-covered walls.

About the Director
Diego Lerman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, where he studied cinema and theatre. In 2002, he directed his first feature film, Tan de repente (Suddenly), which was awarded the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2008, he co-founded the production company Campo Cine with Nicolas Avruj. The Invisible Eye is his third feature film.

Tuesday, April 26th, 7pm


Directed by Federico Veiroj
2010 / Uruguay / 63 minutes Spanish with English subtitles

After twenty-five 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. Stylishly framed in black-and-white with brilliantly understated performances, Federico Veiroj’s sly and loving homage to the soul of cinema is a universally appealing gem and knowing charmer about life after the movies.

About the Director
Federico Veiroj was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1976. He received a degree in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Uruguay and began making short films in 1996. His first feature film, Acne, won the Films in Progress TVE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 AFI Festival in Los Angeles. A Useful Life is his second feature film.

Wednesday, April 27th, 7pm


Directed by Sérgio Bianchi
2009 / Brazil / 103 minutes Portuguese with English subtitles

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. Building tension throughout with stylish sequences that blend reality and fevered imagination, Sérgio Bianchi’s gripping domestic thriller offers a shrewd portrait of the social and psychological impact of urban violence, depicting a community beset yet also aroused by a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

About the Director
Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil, in 1945. A resident of São Paulo since 1968, he graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in film and photography in 1972. In addition to several short films, his features include Romance, The Secret Cause and Chronically Unfeasible. The Tenants is his sixth feature film.