The opening weekend of the Global Lens series brings films about a romance in Albania and an actress in Brazil.
“Amnesty,” the Albanian film, will be shown Friday and Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St. “Craft” runs Saturday and Monday. Screenings are at 5:30 p.m. Global Lens 2012, which runs through Nov. 19, is presented by Capitol Cinema.
In “Amnesty,” a new national law allowing conjugal visits for inmates, brings together a man and woman visiting the same prison to meet their incarcerated spouses.
“Elsa's dutiful contact with her husband is part of a routine consumed with job searching, raising her two sons and getting along with her father-in-law,” according to the film's synopsis. “When she meets Spetim, a quiet man visiting his imprisoned wife in equally passionless encounters, they slowly find the sympathy and companionship missing from their lives.”
A prisoner amnesty, though, “soon threatens their fragile bond in this closely observed, sensual and contemplative drama,” according to the synopsis.
“Craft” is a film about a talented but underemployed actress in Rio de Janeiro.
“No longer in her 20s, the gnawing thought she has missed her chance troubles Bianca even as she perseveres with stoical good cheer and single-minded dedication to her craft,” according to the synopsis.
The 2010 film marked the directorial debut of Gustavo Pizzi. Variety magazine said the film is driven by Teles’ terrific performance as a woman who excels at her craft.
“It's been a while since a film captured an actor's world with the intelligence, creativity and insight of ‘Craft,’ ” says the Variety review. The film resulted from a writing collaboration between Pizzi and his wife, Teles, who is largely unknown, but not anymore because of a “truly standout” performance, the magazine says. Their “nuanced script deftly captures the frustrations of trying to break into the biz at an age when breaks become increasingly rare.”
The films are shown in native languages with English subtitles.
A pass to all 10 films is $25 for Capitol Cinema members and $30 for nonmembers. Passes may be purchased at the Aberdeen Community Theatre office, 417 S. Main St., or at the door. For information, call 605-226-5494.
Individual movie tickets are available for $6 at the door only.