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'Blue Caprice,' 'Upstream Color' Among Highlights of 2013 New Directors/New Films

By Cameron Sinz | Indiewire February 22, 2013 at 12:46PM

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's yearly showcase for up and coming filmmakers, New Directors/New Films, has announced the full lineup for 2013's installment, which runs from March 20-31.
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The 42nd New Directors/New Films shorts selections include:


PROGRAM 1 (In alphabetical order) 86min

EVERYTHING NEAR BECOMES FAR (2012) 11min
Director: Mauricio Arango
Countries: USA/Colombia
The peaceful daily rhythm of a farmer is violently interrupted in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Andean mountains.

SOUTHWEST (2013) 18min
Director: Jordi Wijnalda
Countries: USA/Turkey
In southwest Turkey, a Dutch woman helps save the lives of illegal immigrants but is forced to confront the unattended needs of those who love her.

STAMPEDE (2012) 20min
Director: Cyril Amon Schäublin
Country: Croatia
A masterful short that articulates the moment when a city and its crowds create chaos and claustrophobia.

WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (Que puis-je te souhaiter avant le combat?) (2012) 16min
Director: Sofia Babluani
Country: France
An emotionally compelling story about a case of mistaken identity and communication that transcends barriers.

WONDERLAND (2012) 21min
Director: Peter Kerek
Country: Romania
As a mother seeks to improve life for her family, her son explores the cavernous rooms of a stranger’s house—perhaps costing the two of them a better future.


PROGRAM 2  (In alphabetical order) 84min

ARARAT (2012) 26min
Director: Engin Kundag
Country: Germany
A man tries to keep the peace in his brother’s home after a ten-year absence.

FLAMINGOS (I Fenicotteri) (2012) 16min
Director: Francesca Coppola
Countries: Italy
Father and daughter share a sentimental moment, but trouble boils under the surface.

THE PIRATE OF LOVE (2012) 10min
Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Countries: Iceland/USA
In Reykjavik, legends surround a CD of popular love songs, supposedly written by a lovelorn trucker in Canada.

SEQUIN RAZE (2013) 20min
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Country: USA
A reality-show contestant tries to protect herself from the psychological onslaught of one of the producers.

TABOULÉ (2012) 4min
Director: Richard Garcia
Country: Spain
How can you measure trust? A story about secret codes.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH (Derin Nefes Al) (2012) 8min
Director: Basak Buyukcelen
Country: Turkey
When a teenager’s parents take her to see a gynecologist, her life takes an unexpected turn.
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PROGRAM 3  (In alphabetical order) 88min

CHIRALIA (2013) 26min
Director: Santiago Gil
Country: Germany
A boy’s disappearance at a wooded lake leads to a questioning of memory and perception.

TO PUT TOGETHER A HELICOPTER (Para armar un helicóptero) (2012) 37min
Director: Izabel Acevedo
Country: Mexico
When summer rains bring power outages to his neighborhood, 17-year-old Oliverio comes up with an ingenious solution.

THE VILLAGE (A Cidade) (2012) 25min
Director: Liliana Sulzbach
Country: Brazil
A small village’s inhabitants are all elderly, and no one new is moving in.


ADDITIONAL SHORT FILMS

OUVERTURE (2013) 5min
Directors: Bracey Smith & Neil Dvorak
Country: USA
This animated film poetically portrays the musicality of life, loss, and family relationships. 
(Screens before THE SHINE OF DAY)

RP31 (2012) 4:48min
Director: Lucy Raven
Country: USA
Hollywood’s Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) develops image standards that can be used to test the quality of a film projection. Noted artist Lucy Raven riffs on this in RP31, her new animation composed from 31 film projection test patterns and calibration charts.
(Screens before UPSTREAM COLOR)

THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION GONE (2012) 9min
Director: Ashley Michael Briggs
Country: UK
Combining animation, special effects, and live action, this silent film asks: will a writer who searches for inspiration find it in help or hindrance?
(Screens before VIOLA)

The 42nd New Directors/New Films features selections include:
 
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
BLUE CAPRICE (2012) 92min
Director: Alexandre Moors
Country: USA
Alexandre Moors’s remarkable debut feature explores the impulse to commit
murder, following two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who
orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the
front pages. Abandoned by his mother, Lee is taken in by John, who becomes
a mentor preaching hate and teaching marksmanship. Blind loyalty grows,
and death becomes mundane. Masterfully performed by Isaiah Washington
and Tequan Richmond, the characters are disturbingly human. Moors and
screenwriter R.F.I. Porto navigate the violence discreetly, focusing on the inner
origins of evil. An essential film for our times.
 
CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION
OUR NIXON (2013) 85min
Director: Penny Lane
Country: USA
As President Richard Nixon tape-recorded his conversations for posterity, so his
devoted aides—H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—shot
hundreds of rolls of Super-8 film documenting the presidency. Filmmakers Penny
Lane (DIR/Co-SCR/Co-PROD) and Brian L. Frye (Co-SCR/Co-PROD) have
edited this footage—virtually unseen since the FBI seized it during the Watergate
investigation—and interwoven it with period news footage and pop culture,
excerpts from the Nixon tapes, and contemporary interviews. OUR NIXON
offers an unprecedented, insider’s view of an American presidency, chronicling
watershed events including the Apollo moon landing and the path-breaking trip to
China, as well as more intimate glimpses of Nixon in times of glory and disgrace.
 
THE ACT OF KILLING (2012) 116min – theatrical cut, 158min – director’s cut
 
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Country: Denmark
What is one to make of the men who freely admit their involvement—and
pleasure—in the mass killing of millions of Indonesians during that country’s
bloody anti-Communist campaign in the 1960s? American filmmaker Joshua
Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING bypasses the usual documentary tropes
of exposing injustice, instead provoking the viewer to consider the murderers’
sense of responsibility for their crimes. Teetering between sheer horror and
grotesque comedy, this is a glimpse into the heart of darkness that’s rarely been
achieved in cinema. Both the theatrical version and the longer, director’s cut of
the film will be screened at ND/NF. A Drafthouse Films release.
 
ANTON’S RIGHT HERE (Anton tut ryadom) (2012) 120min
Director: Lyubov Arkus
Country: Russia
Critic-turned-filmmaker Lyubov Arkus finds herself becoming the key caregiver
for severely autistic teen Anton Kharitonov and documents over six years, in
a reflective and fascinating style, the tremendous obstacles and problems of
encouraging and supporting a sensitive but barely communicative boy. What
sets Arkus’s work apart from so many other documentaries addressing autism is
her majestically artful filmmaking (with a huge contribution by cinematographer
Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev), her exceptionally close relationship to her subject,
and her powerful voice-over commentary, one of the most sublime to be heard in
recent cinema.
 
BURN IT UP DJASSA (Le djassa a pris feu) (2012) 70min
Director: Lonesome Solo
Countries: Ivory Coast/France
Brimming with the fateful energy of the ghetto, this cinema-vérité-shot, noir-
tinged drama was shot in 11 days and created collectively by its streetwise
protagonists eager to give voice to their present situation. Tony (Abdoul Karim
Konate) is stuck in a rut and desperate to get out of the ghetto; the cocky youth
hangs out gambling and hawking cigarettes until bad luck pushes him into an
irrevocable dead-end situation. Narrated by a storyteller in Nouchi slang and set
to slam poetry this vibrant snap-shot will have you cheering for cosmic justice.
 
LES COQUILLETTES (2012) 75min
Director: Sophie Letourneur
Country: France
Girls gone wild! Filmmaker Sophie brings her film and friends Carole and Camille
to the Locarno Film Festival. The festival is a merry-go-round of parties, and
these girls are boy crazy—when Sophie’s not stalking Louis Garrel, ineffectual
attempts to hook up with unimpressed guys and emotional meltdowns ensue.
Sophie Letourneur’s comedy of arrested development is a delightfully giddy,
screwball lark, a self-mocking, thirty-something French counterpart to Lena
Dunham’s Girls. Are Letourneur, Camille Genaud, and Carole Le Page playing
 
themselves? Espérons que non!
 
THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Tsvetat na hameleona) (2012) 114min
Director: Emil Christov
Country: Bulgaria
Unfolding in the years before and after the fall of Communism, this black comedy
about a rogue secret police informant goes down a rabbit hole into a realm
of twisted absurdity. The scenario by Vladislav Todorov, adapting his 2010
novel Zincograph, centers on young misfit Batko Stamenov, who’s recruited to
infiltrate…a book club. After being dropped for his strange ideas, Batko embarks
on his own private investigation and targets the intellectuals of the “Club for New
Thinking,” hatching a scheme that fully exposes the ludicrous reality of secret
policing. With its first film at ND/NF in thirty-five years, Bulgaria is back!
 
DIE WELT (2012) 80min
Director: Alex Pitstra
Country: Netherlands
In his smart debut feature, director Alex Pitstra announces himself as a neo-
Tarantino, employing an arsenal of cinematic techniques to explore a life he
imagines he could have lived. The director sets his story in post–Jasmine
Revolution Tunisia, where young Abdallah (Abdelhamid Naouara), Pitstra’s
stand-in and a Tarantino-esque, head-strong twenty-something, dreams of
leaving the video store where he works for Europe. Based loosely on his father’s
story of coming to Holland, Pitstra's semi-autobiographical voyage is set against
the backdrop of a contemporary yet traditional Tunisia trying to find a way
forward.
 
EMPEROR VISITS THE HELL (Tang huang You Di Fu) (2013) 71min
Directors: Li Luo
Countries: China/Canada
Winner of the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver Film
Festival, Li’s crafty reworking of part of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to
the West is one of the most inspired recent works from an independent Chinese
filmmaker. Emperor Li Shimin is now a bureaucratic boss in a big city, where
the crooked Dragon King’s attempt to change the weather has backfired and
condemned him to death. Li pulls the rug out from under everyone, from the
audience to those whose power has gone to their heads.
 
A HIJACKING (Kapringen) (2012) 99min
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Country: Denmark
On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian
Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the
freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension
with an unexpected climax. The narrative is based on a true event, and his use
of actual locations and people who have been in similar situations create
 
palpable authenticity. Augmented by a terrific cast, Lindholm explores the danger
of the disparity between impoverished nations and the developed world. A
Magnolia Films release.
 
JARDS (2012) 93min
Director: Eryk Rocha
Country: Brazil
The celebrated composer and musician Jards Macalé is in the recording studio
where director Eryk Rocha captures him in a wide variety of poses and states
of creating, imaginatively varying style and shooting formats. Fashioning an
intimately attuned portrait of an artist, Rocha uses his camera as an instrument
to riff with Jards in a poetic exchange between images and music. The repetitive,
time-stopping process of rehearsal and the flow of energy between the two art
forms create an elegiac vision of the creativity of some of Brazil’s most beloved
singers and musicians.
 
JISEUL (2012) 109min
Director: O Muel
Country: South Korea
As part of a brutal anticommunist purge of the island of Jiju in 1948, Korean
troops hunt down the inhabitants of a village caught in the crossfire. The villagers
hide out in a mountain cavern, enduring an extended ordeal of cold and hunger,
120 souls crammed together below ground like the potatoes alluded to in the
film’s title. Recounting a forgotten chapter in postwar Korean history, Jiju native
O Muel draws out amazing performances from his nonprofessional cast, in an
austere, beautifully composed, and deliberately paced requiem.
 
KÜF (2012) 94min
Director: Ali Aydin
Countries: Turkey/Germany
A railroad inspector spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking
for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government looking
for news about his son who disappeared 18 years ago. Basri (Ercan Kesal) fights
bureaucracy and secrecy in the person of police inspector Murat (Muhammet
Uzuner) and the spellbinding character study, with shades of Raskolnikov, is
completed by a third man, Cemil, whose anti-social behavior begs confrontation.
As tension mounts Aydin shows his considerable talent bringing this poignant
tale to its heartbreaking finale. Winner of the Lion of the Future Award at the
Venice Film Festival 2012.
 
LEONES (2012) 80min
Director: Jazmin Lopez
Countries: Argentina/France/Netherlands
Is this a story about five friends wandering through a forest, or is it about a
forest that receives five visitors? In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant
environment is as much a character as the youngsters, enfolding them as they
 
move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the
air. In a succession of long takes, a gliding camera follows this enigmatic hike
to nowhere. Nothing is what it seems, but a malfunctioning tape recording may
contain an explanation.
 
L’INTERVALLO (2012) 86min
Director: Leonardo Di Costanzo
Country: Italy
Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, this portrait of two
adolescents thrown together under the eye of the Neapolitan Camorra has an air
of menace and sexual tension. A shy ice-cream vendor (Alessio Gallo) guards a
feisty girl (Francesca Riso) who has allegedly wronged a local gangster. Holed
up in an abandoned building, they warily share dreams of escaping their fate.
Director Di Costanzo brings documentary realism and a poetic eye to this quietly
intense drama; his nonprofessional actors give beautifully shaded performances
in Neapolitan dialect.
 
PEOPLE’S PARK (2012) 78min
Directors: Libbie D. Cohn & J.P. Sniadecki
Country: USA/China
An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People’s Park in Chengdu, China, this
film was created in a single virtuoso tracking shot. The joys of communal play,
exercise, and leisure time come under intense scrutiny from the relentless gaze
of the directors' lens, creating alternate states of unease and exhilaration.
 
RENGAINE (2012) 75min
Director: Rachid Djaïdani
Country: France
The French title of this no-budget urban drama translates as “refrain,” and
repetition is what it embodies—in this case the well-worn story of Romeo and
Juliet. Sabrina (Sabrina Hamida) accepts the marriage proposal of struggling
actor Dorcy (Stéphane Soo Mongo), but Dorcy is a black Christian and Sabrina
a Muslim Arab. Her eldest brother, Slimane (Slimane Dazi), enlists the 39
“brothers” in their extended clan to prevent the taboo union. Shot in the streets,
this film is part love letter to the irresistible energy of Paris, part call for interracial
tolerance.
 
THE SHINE OF DAY (Der Glanz des Tages) (2012) 90min
Directors: Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Country: Austria
Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel have amply demonstrated, with their previous
semi-fictional, semi-documentary films, a generous perspective on people
struggling at the fringes of showbiz—namely, the circus. In their latest film,
vagabond performer Walter Saabel embraces what he calls “Der Glanz des
Tages” (the shine of day) as a personal North Star. His nephew, the great theater
 
actor Philipp Hochmair, finds Walter arriving at his Hamburg home unannounced,
and the two begin a fascinating, testy, and wholly unpredictable relationship.
 
SOLDATE JEANNETTE (2012) 79min
Director: Daniel Hoesl
Country: Austria
Fanni buys clothes from an upscale boutique and lives in a beautifully appointed
apartment. But something—well, everything—seems askew in her world, and
she leaves town when her games with commerce are discovered. Hiking through
the mountains, she encounters Anna, a young woman who has spent her life on
a pig farm. Their worlds could collide—or they could help each other find brave
new ones. In his first feature, director Daniel Hoesl fashions an absurdist morality
play that pits an urban, manufactured world against nature.
 
STORIES WE TELL (2012) 108min
Director: Sarah Polley
Country: Canada
What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember
it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process
cracking open family secrets. Using home movies, still photographs, and
interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, a creative yet secretive
woman. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley’s interest lies in
the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. STORIES WE TELL is a
delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss, and understanding. A
Roadside Attractions release.
 
THEY’LL COME BACK (2012) 105min
Director: Marcelo Lordello
Country: Brazil
In this gentle, understated drama, an upper-middle-class 12-year-old learns how
Brazil’s other half lives when she and her sullen older brother are left behind
by their parents in a rural backwater. Soon, Cris (ably played by Maria Luiza
Tavares, who carries the film from beginning to end) is taken in by a family living
in a squatter farming community, where she waits for mom and pop to return.
And waits and waits. Another fine debut from the Recife film scene, source of last
year’s ND/NF hit NEIGHBORING SOUNDS.
 
TOWER (2012) 78min
Director: Kazik Radwanski
Country: Canada
For his feature debut, Kazik Radwanski has opted to train his camera with great
intensity and control on a character who utterly lacks a center or direction, even
an identity. In his mid-thirties yet still living at home with his parents, Derek
(Derek Bogart) struggles to make a small animation about a green creature
building rock towers. He can’t maintain any real friendships, let alone romantic
 
involvements, until he encounters Nicole (Nicole Fairbaim), who offers a glint of
promise. Radwanski‘s single-minded vision suggests filmmaking of uncommon
discipline combined with unmistakable empathy.
 
TOWHEADS (2013) 86min
Director: Shannon Plumb
Country: USA
The Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director,
Penelope barely has time to stay sane, much less create art. She finds comic
relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole
dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on thankless
days. Accomplished video and performance artist Shannon Plumb makes a
wincingly funny feature debut that strikes awfully close to home. The writer-
director stars opposite her real-life husband (Derek Cianfrance, director of BLUE
VALENTINE) and her talented, towheaded sons (Cody and Walker Cianfrance).
 
UPSTREAM COLOR (2012) 96min
Director: Shane Carruth
Country: USA
Ever since his 2004 debut, filmmaker Shane Carruth has prompted curiosity over
what he’d come up with next. UPSTREAM COLOR meets expectations but is
also starkly different and markedly advanced. It represents something new in
American cinema, exploring life’s surprising jumps and science’s strange effects.
A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, UPSTREAM COLOR leaps with great
audacity through its sequences, a cinematic simulacrum of the way we reflect
on our lives, astonished at, as in the title of Grace Paley’s fiction collection, our
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. UPSTREAM COLOR opens in NY on
April 5.
 
VIOLA (2013) 63min
Directors: Matías Piñeiro
Country: Argentina
Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and
sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, VIOLA, he ingeniously fashions out
of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and
lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy,
philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, VIOLA bears all the signature
traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language,
an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice. A Cinema
Guild release.
 
The 42nd New Directors/New Films shorts selections include:
 
PROGRAM 1 (In alphabetical order) 86min
 
EVERYTHING NEAR BECOMES FAR (2012) 11min
Director: Mauricio Arango
Countries: USA/Colombia
The peaceful daily rhythm of a farmer is violently interrupted in the heart of the
breathtakingly beautiful Andean mountains.
 
SOUTHWEST (2013) 18min
Director: Jordi Wijnalda
Countries: USA/Turkey
In southwest Turkey, a Dutch woman helps save the lives of illegal immigrants
but is forced to confront the unattended needs of those who love her.
 
STAMPEDE (2012) 20min
Director: Cyril Amon Schäublin
Country: Croatia
A masterful short that articulates the moment when a city and its crowds create
chaos and claustrophobia.
 
WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (Que puis-je te souhaiter
avant le combat?) (2012) 16min
Director: Sofia Babluani
Country: France
An emotionally compelling story about a case of mistaken identity and
communication that transcends barriers.
 
WONDERLAND (2012) 21min
Director: Peter Kerek
Country: Romania
As a mother seeks to improve life for her family, her son explores the cavernous
rooms of a stranger’s house—perhaps costing the two of them a better future.
 
PROGRAM 2 (In alphabetical order) 84min
 
ARARAT (2012) 26min
Director: Engin Kundag
Country: Germany
A man tries to keep the peace in his brother’s home after a ten-year absence.
 
FLAMINGOS (I Fenicotteri) (2012) 16min
Director: Francesca Coppola
Countries: Italy
Father and daughter share a sentimental moment, but trouble boils under the
surface.
 
THE PIRATE OF LOVE (2012) 10min
Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Countries: Iceland/USA
In Reykjavik, legends surround a CD of popular love songs, supposedly written
by a lovelorn trucker in Canada.
 
SEQUIN RAZE (2013) 20min
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Country: USA
A reality-show contestant tries to protect herself from the psychological onslaught
of one of the producers.
 
TABOULÉ (2012) 4min
Director: Richard Garcia
Country: Spain
How can you measure trust? A story about secret codes.
 
TAKE A DEEP BREATH (Derin Nefes Al) (2012) 8min
Director: Basak Buyukcelen
Country: Turkey
When a teenager’s parents take her to see a gynecologist, her life takes an
unexpected turn.
.
 
PROGRAM 3 (In alphabetical order) 88min
 
CHIRALIA (2013) 26min
Director: Santiago Gil
Country: Germany
A boy’s disappearance at a wooded lake leads to a questioning of memory and
perception.
 
TO PUT TOGETHER A HELICOPTER (Para armar un helicóptero) (2012)
37min
Director: Izabel Acevedo
Country: Mexico
When summer rains bring power outages to his neighborhood, 17-year-old
Oliverio comes up with an ingenious solution.
 
THE VILLAGE (A Cidade) (2012) 25min
Director: Liliana Sulzbach
Country: Brazil
A small village’s inhabitants are all elderly, and no one new is moving in.
 
ADDITIONAL SHORT FILMS
 
OUVERTURE (2013) 5min
Directors: Bracey Smith & Neil Dvorak
Country: USA
This animated film poetically portrays the musicality of life, loss, and family
relationships.
(Screens before THE SHINE OF DAY)
 
RP31 (2012) 4:48min
Director: Lucy Raven
Country: USA
Hollywood’s Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
develops image standards that can be used to test the quality of a film projection.
Noted artist Lucy Raven riffs on this in RP31, her new animation composed
from 31 film projection test patterns and calibration charts.
(Screens before UPSTREAM COLOR)
 
THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION GONE (2012) 9min
Director: Ashley Michael Briggs
Country: UK
Combining animation, special effects, and live action, this silent film asks: will a
writer who searches for inspiration find it in help or hindrance?
(Screens before VIOLA)
The 42nd New Directors/New Films features selections include:
 
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
BLUE CAPRICE (2012) 92min
Director: Alexandre Moors
Country: USA
Alexandre Moors’s remarkable debut feature explores the impulse to commit
murder, following two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who
orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the
front pages. Abandoned by his mother, Lee is taken in by John, who becomes
a mentor preaching hate and teaching marksmanship. Blind loyalty grows,
and death becomes mundane. Masterfully performed by Isaiah Washington
and Tequan Richmond, the characters are disturbingly human. Moors and
screenwriter R.F.I. Porto navigate the violence discreetly, focusing on the inner
origins of evil. An essential film for our times.
 
CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION
OUR NIXON (2013) 85min
Director: Penny Lane
Country: USA
As President Richard Nixon tape-recorded his conversations for posterity, so his
devoted aides—H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—shot
hundreds of rolls of Super-8 film documenting the presidency. Filmmakers Penny
Lane (DIR/Co-SCR/Co-PROD) and Brian L. Frye (Co-SCR/Co-PROD) have
edited this footage—virtually unseen since the FBI seized it during the Watergate
investigation—and interwoven it with period news footage and pop culture,
excerpts from the Nixon tapes, and contemporary interviews. OUR NIXON
offers an unprecedented, insider’s view of an American presidency, chronicling
watershed events including the Apollo moon landing and the path-breaking trip to
China, as well as more intimate glimpses of Nixon in times of glory and disgrace.
 
THE ACT OF KILLING (2012) 116min – theatrical cut, 158min – director’s cut
 
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Country: Denmark
What is one to make of the men who freely admit their involvement—and
pleasure—in the mass killing of millions of Indonesians during that country’s
bloody anti-Communist campaign in the 1960s? American filmmaker Joshua
Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING bypasses the usual documentary tropes
of exposing injustice, instead provoking the viewer to consider the murderers’
sense of responsibility for their crimes. Teetering between sheer horror and
grotesque comedy, this is a glimpse into the heart of darkness that’s rarely been
achieved in cinema. Both the theatrical version and the longer, director’s cut of
the film will be screened at ND/NF. A Drafthouse Films release.
 
ANTON’S RIGHT HERE (Anton tut ryadom) (2012) 120min
Director: Lyubov Arkus
Country: Russia
Critic-turned-filmmaker Lyubov Arkus finds herself becoming the key caregiver
for severely autistic teen Anton Kharitonov and documents over six years, in
a reflective and fascinating style, the tremendous obstacles and problems of
encouraging and supporting a sensitive but barely communicative boy. What
sets Arkus’s work apart from so many other documentaries addressing autism is
her majestically artful filmmaking (with a huge contribution by cinematographer
Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev), her exceptionally close relationship to her subject,
and her powerful voice-over commentary, one of the most sublime to be heard in
recent cinema.
 
BURN IT UP DJASSA (Le djassa a pris feu) (2012) 70min
Director: Lonesome Solo
Countries: Ivory Coast/France
Brimming with the fateful energy of the ghetto, this cinema-vérité-shot, noir-
tinged drama was shot in 11 days and created collectively by its streetwise
protagonists eager to give voice to their present situation. Tony (Abdoul Karim
Konate) is stuck in a rut and desperate to get out of the ghetto; the cocky youth
hangs out gambling and hawking cigarettes until bad luck pushes him into an
irrevocable dead-end situation. Narrated by a storyteller in Nouchi slang and set
to slam poetry this vibrant snap-shot will have you cheering for cosmic justice.
 
LES COQUILLETTES (2012) 75min
Director: Sophie Letourneur
Country: France
Girls gone wild! Filmmaker Sophie brings her film and friends Carole and Camille
to the Locarno Film Festival. The festival is a merry-go-round of parties, and
these girls are boy crazy—when Sophie’s not stalking Louis Garrel, ineffectual
attempts to hook up with unimpressed guys and emotional meltdowns ensue.
Sophie Letourneur’s comedy of arrested development is a delightfully giddy,
screwball lark, a self-mocking, thirty-something French counterpart to Lena
Dunham’s Girls. Are Letourneur, Camille Genaud, and Carole Le Page playing
 
themselves? Espérons que non!
 
THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Tsvetat na hameleona) (2012) 114min
Director: Emil Christov
Country: Bulgaria
Unfolding in the years before and after the fall of Communism, this black comedy
about a rogue secret police informant goes down a rabbit hole into a realm
of twisted absurdity. The scenario by Vladislav Todorov, adapting his 2010
novel Zincograph, centers on young misfit Batko Stamenov, who’s recruited to
infiltrate…a book club. After being dropped for his strange ideas, Batko embarks
on his own private investigation and targets the intellectuals of the “Club for New
Thinking,” hatching a scheme that fully exposes the ludicrous reality of secret
policing. With its first film at ND/NF in thirty-five years, Bulgaria is back!
 
DIE WELT (2012) 80min
Director: Alex Pitstra
Country: Netherlands
In his smart debut feature, director Alex Pitstra announces himself as a neo-
Tarantino, employing an arsenal of cinematic techniques to explore a life he
imagines he could have lived. The director sets his story in post–Jasmine
Revolution Tunisia, where young Abdallah (Abdelhamid Naouara), Pitstra’s
stand-in and a Tarantino-esque, head-strong twenty-something, dreams of
leaving the video store where he works for Europe. Based loosely on his father’s
story of coming to Holland, Pitstra's semi-autobiographical voyage is set against
the backdrop of a contemporary yet traditional Tunisia trying to find a way
forward.
 
EMPEROR VISITS THE HELL (Tang huang You Di Fu) (2013) 71min
Directors: Li Luo
Countries: China/Canada
Winner of the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver Film
Festival, Li’s crafty reworking of part of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to
the West is one of the most inspired recent works from an independent Chinese
filmmaker. Emperor Li Shimin is now a bureaucratic boss in a big city, where
the crooked Dragon King’s attempt to change the weather has backfired and
condemned him to death. Li pulls the rug out from under everyone, from the
audience to those whose power has gone to their heads.
 
A HIJACKING (Kapringen) (2012) 99min
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Country: Denmark
On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian
Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the
freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension
with an unexpected climax. The narrative is based on a true event, and his use
of actual locations and people who have been in similar situations create
 
palpable authenticity. Augmented by a terrific cast, Lindholm explores the danger
of the disparity between impoverished nations and the developed world. A
Magnolia Films release.
 
JARDS (2012) 93min
Director: Eryk Rocha
Country: Brazil
The celebrated composer and musician Jards Macalé is in the recording studio
where director Eryk Rocha captures him in a wide variety of poses and states
of creating, imaginatively varying style and shooting formats. Fashioning an
intimately attuned portrait of an artist, Rocha uses his camera as an instrument
to riff with Jards in a poetic exchange between images and music. The repetitive,
time-stopping process of rehearsal and the flow of energy between the two art
forms create an elegiac vision of the creativity of some of Brazil’s most beloved
singers and musicians.
 
JISEUL (2012) 109min
Director: O Muel
Country: South Korea
As part of a brutal anticommunist purge of the island of Jiju in 1948, Korean
troops hunt down the inhabitants of a village caught in the crossfire. The villagers
hide out in a mountain cavern, enduring an extended ordeal of cold and hunger,
120 souls crammed together below ground like the potatoes alluded to in the
film’s title. Recounting a forgotten chapter in postwar Korean history, Jiju native
O Muel draws out amazing performances from his nonprofessional cast, in an
austere, beautifully composed, and deliberately paced requiem.
 
KÜF (2012) 94min
Director: Ali Aydin
Countries: Turkey/Germany
A railroad inspector spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking
for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government looking
for news about his son who disappeared 18 years ago. Basri (Ercan Kesal) fights
bureaucracy and secrecy in the person of police inspector Murat (Muhammet
Uzuner) and the spellbinding character study, with shades of Raskolnikov, is
completed by a third man, Cemil, whose anti-social behavior begs confrontation.
As tension mounts Aydin shows his considerable talent bringing this poignant
tale to its heartbreaking finale. Winner of the Lion of the Future Award at the
Venice Film Festival 2012.
 
LEONES (2012) 80min
Director: Jazmin Lopez
Countries: Argentina/France/Netherlands
Is this a story about five friends wandering through a forest, or is it about a
forest that receives five visitors? In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant
environment is as much a character as the youngsters, enfolding them as they
 
move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the
air. In a succession of long takes, a gliding camera follows this enigmatic hike
to nowhere. Nothing is what it seems, but a malfunctioning tape recording may
contain an explanation.
 
L’INTERVALLO (2012) 86min
Director: Leonardo Di Costanzo
Country: Italy
Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, this portrait of two
adolescents thrown together under the eye of the Neapolitan Camorra has an air
of menace and sexual tension. A shy ice-cream vendor (Alessio Gallo) guards a
feisty girl (Francesca Riso) who has allegedly wronged a local gangster. Holed
up in an abandoned building, they warily share dreams of escaping their fate.
Director Di Costanzo brings documentary realism and a poetic eye to this quietly
intense drama; his nonprofessional actors give beautifully shaded performances
in Neapolitan dialect.
 
PEOPLE’S PARK (2012) 78min
Directors: Libbie D. Cohn & J.P. Sniadecki
Country: USA/China
An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People’s Park in Chengdu, China, this
film was created in a single virtuoso tracking shot. The joys of communal play,
exercise, and leisure time come under intense scrutiny from the relentless gaze
of the directors' lens, creating alternate states of unease and exhilaration.
 
RENGAINE (2012) 75min
Director: Rachid Djaïdani
Country: France
The French title of this no-budget urban drama translates as “refrain,” and
repetition is what it embodies—in this case the well-worn story of Romeo and
Juliet. Sabrina (Sabrina Hamida) accepts the marriage proposal of struggling
actor Dorcy (Stéphane Soo Mongo), but Dorcy is a black Christian and Sabrina
a Muslim Arab. Her eldest brother, Slimane (Slimane Dazi), enlists the 39
“brothers” in their extended clan to prevent the taboo union. Shot in the streets,
this film is part love letter to the irresistible energy of Paris, part call for interracial
tolerance.
 
THE SHINE OF DAY (Der Glanz des Tages) (2012) 90min
Directors: Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Country: Austria
Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel have amply demonstrated, with their previous
semi-fictional, semi-documentary films, a generous perspective on people
struggling at the fringes of showbiz—namely, the circus. In their latest film,
vagabond performer Walter Saabel embraces what he calls “Der Glanz des
Tages” (the shine of day) as a personal North Star. His nephew, the great theater
 
actor Philipp Hochmair, finds Walter arriving at his Hamburg home unannounced,
and the two begin a fascinating, testy, and wholly unpredictable relationship.
 
SOLDATE JEANNETTE (2012) 79min
Director: Daniel Hoesl
Country: Austria
Fanni buys clothes from an upscale boutique and lives in a beautifully appointed
apartment. But something—well, everything—seems askew in her world, and
she leaves town when her games with commerce are discovered. Hiking through
the mountains, she encounters Anna, a young woman who has spent her life on
a pig farm. Their worlds could collide—or they could help each other find brave
new ones. In his first feature, director Daniel Hoesl fashions an absurdist morality
play that pits an urban, manufactured world against nature.
 
STORIES WE TELL (2012) 108min
Director: Sarah Polley
Country: Canada
What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember
it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process
cracking open family secrets. Using home movies, still photographs, and
interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, a creative yet secretive
woman. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley’s interest lies in
the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. STORIES WE TELL is a
delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss, and understanding. A
Roadside Attractions release.
 
THEY’LL COME BACK (2012) 105min
Director: Marcelo Lordello
Country: Brazil
In this gentle, understated drama, an upper-middle-class 12-year-old learns how
Brazil’s other half lives when she and her sullen older brother are left behind
by their parents in a rural backwater. Soon, Cris (ably played by Maria Luiza
Tavares, who carries the film from beginning to end) is taken in by a family living
in a squatter farming community, where she waits for mom and pop to return.
And waits and waits. Another fine debut from the Recife film scene, source of last
year’s ND/NF hit NEIGHBORING SOUNDS.
 
TOWER (2012) 78min
Director: Kazik Radwanski
Country: Canada
For his feature debut, Kazik Radwanski has opted to train his camera with great
intensity and control on a character who utterly lacks a center or direction, even
an identity. In his mid-thirties yet still living at home with his parents, Derek
(Derek Bogart) struggles to make a small animation about a green creature
building rock towers. He can’t maintain any real friendships, let alone romantic
 
involvements, until he encounters Nicole (Nicole Fairbaim), who offers a glint of
promise. Radwanski‘s single-minded vision suggests filmmaking of uncommon
discipline combined with unmistakable empathy.
 
TOWHEADS (2013) 86min
Director: Shannon Plumb
Country: USA
The Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director,
Penelope barely has time to stay sane, much less create art. She finds comic
relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole
dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on thankless
days. Accomplished video and performance artist Shannon Plumb makes a
wincingly funny feature debut that strikes awfully close to home. The writer-
director stars opposite her real-life husband (Derek Cianfrance, director of BLUE
VALENTINE) and her talented, towheaded sons (Cody and Walker Cianfrance).
 
UPSTREAM COLOR (2012) 96min
Director: Shane Carruth
Country: USA
Ever since his 2004 debut, filmmaker Shane Carruth has prompted curiosity over
what he’d come up with next. UPSTREAM COLOR meets expectations but is
also starkly different and markedly advanced. It represents something new in
American cinema, exploring life’s surprising jumps and science’s strange effects.
A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, UPSTREAM COLOR leaps with great
audacity through its sequences, a cinematic simulacrum of the way we reflect
on our lives, astonished at, as in the title of Grace Paley’s fiction collection, our
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. UPSTREAM COLOR opens in NY on
April 5.
 
VIOLA (2013) 63min
Directors: Matías Piñeiro
Country: Argentina
Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and
sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, VIOLA, he ingeniously fashions out
of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and
lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy,
philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, VIOLA bears all the signature
traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language,
an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice. A Cinema
Guild release.
 
The 42nd New Directors/New Films shorts selections include:
 
PROGRAM 1 (In alphabetical order) 86min
 
EVERYTHING NEAR BECOMES FAR (2012) 11min
Director: Mauricio Arango
Countries: USA/Colombia
The peaceful daily rhythm of a farmer is violently interrupted in the heart of the
breathtakingly beautiful Andean mountains.
 
SOUTHWEST (2013) 18min
Director: Jordi Wijnalda
Countries: USA/Turkey
In southwest Turkey, a Dutch woman helps save the lives of illegal immigrants
but is forced to confront the unattended needs of those who love her.
 
STAMPEDE (2012) 20min
Director: Cyril Amon Schäublin
Country: Croatia
A masterful short that articulates the moment when a city and its crowds create
chaos and claustrophobia.
 
WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (Que puis-je te souhaiter
avant le combat?) (2012) 16min
Director: Sofia Babluani
Country: France
An emotionally compelling story about a case of mistaken identity and
communication that transcends barriers.
 
WONDERLAND (2012) 21min
Director: Peter Kerek
Country: Romania
As a mother seeks to improve life for her family, her son explores the cavernous
rooms of a stranger’s house—perhaps costing the two of them a better future.
 
PROGRAM 2 (In alphabetical order) 84min
 
ARARAT (2012) 26min
Director: Engin Kundag
Country: Germany
A man tries to keep the peace in his brother’s home after a ten-year absence.
 
FLAMINGOS (I Fenicotteri) (2012) 16min
Director: Francesca Coppola
Countries: Italy
Father and daughter share a sentimental moment, but trouble boils under the
surface.
 
THE PIRATE OF LOVE (2012) 10min
Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Countries: Iceland/USA
In Reykjavik, legends surround a CD of popular love songs, supposedly written
by a lovelorn trucker in Canada.
 
SEQUIN RAZE (2013) 20min
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Country: USA
A reality-show contestant tries to protect herself from the psychological onslaught
of one of the producers.
 
TABOULÉ (2012) 4min
Director: Richard Garcia
Country: Spain
How can you measure trust? A story about secret codes.
 
TAKE A DEEP BREATH (Derin Nefes Al) (2012) 8min
Director: Basak Buyukcelen
Country: Turkey
When a teenager’s parents take her to see a gynecologist, her life takes an
unexpected turn.
.
 
PROGRAM 3 (In alphabetical order) 88min
 
CHIRALIA (2013) 26min
Director: Santiago Gil
Country: Germany
A boy’s disappearance at a wooded lake leads to a questioning of memory and
perception.
 
TO PUT TOGETHER A HELICOPTER (Para armar un helicóptero) (2012)
37min
Director: Izabel Acevedo
Country: Mexico
When summer rains bring power outages to his neighborhood, 17-year-old
Oliverio comes up with an ingenious solution.
 
THE VILLAGE (A Cidade) (2012) 25min
Director: Liliana Sulzbach
Country: Brazil
A small village’s inhabitants are all elderly, and no one new is moving in.
 
ADDITIONAL SHORT FILMS
 
OUVERTURE (2013) 5min
Directors: Bracey Smith & Neil Dvorak
Country: USA
This animated film poetically portrays the musicality of life, loss, and family
relationships.
(Screens before THE SHINE OF DAY)
 
RP31 (2012) 4:48min
Director: Lucy Raven
Country: USA
Hollywood’s Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
develops image standards that can be used to test the quality of a film projection.
Noted artist Lucy Raven riffs on this in RP31, her new animation composed
from 31 film projection test patterns and calibration charts.
(Screens before UPSTREAM COLOR)
 
THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION GONE (2012) 9min
Director: Ashley Michael Briggs
Country: UK
Combining animation, special effects, and live action, this silent film asks: will a
writer who searches for inspiration find it in help or hindrance?
(Screens before VIOLA)
The 42nd New Directors/New Films features selections include:
 
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
BLUE CAPRICE (2012) 92min
Director: Alexandre Moors
Country: USA
Alexandre Moors’s remarkable debut feature explores the impulse to commit
murder, following two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who
orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the
front pages. Abandoned by his mother, Lee is taken in by John, who becomes
a mentor preaching hate and teaching marksmanship. Blind loyalty grows,
and death becomes mundane. Masterfully performed by Isaiah Washington
and Tequan Richmond, the characters are disturbingly human. Moors and
screenwriter R.F.I. Porto navigate the violence discreetly, focusing on the inner
origins of evil. An essential film for our times.
 
CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION
OUR NIXON (2013) 85min
Director: Penny Lane
Country: USA
As President Richard Nixon tape-recorded his conversations for posterity, so his
devoted aides—H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—shot
hundreds of rolls of Super-8 film documenting the presidency. Filmmakers Penny
Lane (DIR/Co-SCR/Co-PROD) and Brian L. Frye (Co-SCR/Co-PROD) have
edited this footage—virtually unseen since the FBI seized it during the Watergate
investigation—and interwoven it with period news footage and pop culture,
excerpts from the Nixon tapes, and contemporary interviews. OUR NIXON
offers an unprecedented, insider’s view of an American presidency, chronicling
watershed events including the Apollo moon landing and the path-breaking trip to
China, as well as more intimate glimpses of Nixon in times of glory and disgrace.
 
THE ACT OF KILLING (2012) 116min – theatrical cut, 158min – director’s cut
 
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Country: Denmark
What is one to make of the men who freely admit their involvement—and
pleasure—in the mass killing of millions of Indonesians during that country’s
bloody anti-Communist campaign in the 1960s? American filmmaker Joshua
Oppenheimer’s THE ACT OF KILLING bypasses the usual documentary tropes
of exposing injustice, instead provoking the viewer to consider the murderers’
sense of responsibility for their crimes. Teetering between sheer horror and
grotesque comedy, this is a glimpse into the heart of darkness that’s rarely been
achieved in cinema. Both the theatrical version and the longer, director’s cut of
the film will be screened at ND/NF. A Drafthouse Films release.
 
ANTON’S RIGHT HERE (Anton tut ryadom) (2012) 120min
Director: Lyubov Arkus
Country: Russia
Critic-turned-filmmaker Lyubov Arkus finds herself becoming the key caregiver
for severely autistic teen Anton Kharitonov and documents over six years, in
a reflective and fascinating style, the tremendous obstacles and problems of
encouraging and supporting a sensitive but barely communicative boy. What
sets Arkus’s work apart from so many other documentaries addressing autism is
her majestically artful filmmaking (with a huge contribution by cinematographer
Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev), her exceptionally close relationship to her subject,
and her powerful voice-over commentary, one of the most sublime to be heard in
recent cinema.
 
BURN IT UP DJASSA (Le djassa a pris feu) (2012) 70min
Director: Lonesome Solo
Countries: Ivory Coast/France
Brimming with the fateful energy of the ghetto, this cinema-vérité-shot, noir-
tinged drama was shot in 11 days and created collectively by its streetwise
protagonists eager to give voice to their present situation. Tony (Abdoul Karim
Konate) is stuck in a rut and desperate to get out of the ghetto; the cocky youth
hangs out gambling and hawking cigarettes until bad luck pushes him into an
irrevocable dead-end situation. Narrated by a storyteller in Nouchi slang and set
to slam poetry this vibrant snap-shot will have you cheering for cosmic justice.
 
LES COQUILLETTES (2012) 75min
Director: Sophie Letourneur
Country: France
Girls gone wild! Filmmaker Sophie brings her film and friends Carole and Camille
to the Locarno Film Festival. The festival is a merry-go-round of parties, and
these girls are boy crazy—when Sophie’s not stalking Louis Garrel, ineffectual
attempts to hook up with unimpressed guys and emotional meltdowns ensue.
Sophie Letourneur’s comedy of arrested development is a delightfully giddy,
screwball lark, a self-mocking, thirty-something French counterpart to Lena
Dunham’s Girls. Are Letourneur, Camille Genaud, and Carole Le Page playing
 
themselves? Espérons que non!
 
THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Tsvetat na hameleona) (2012) 114min
Director: Emil Christov
Country: Bulgaria
Unfolding in the years before and after the fall of Communism, this black comedy
about a rogue secret police informant goes down a rabbit hole into a realm
of twisted absurdity. The scenario by Vladislav Todorov, adapting his 2010
novel Zincograph, centers on young misfit Batko Stamenov, who’s recruited to
infiltrate…a book club. After being dropped for his strange ideas, Batko embarks
on his own private investigation and targets the intellectuals of the “Club for New
Thinking,” hatching a scheme that fully exposes the ludicrous reality of secret
policing. With its first film at ND/NF in thirty-five years, Bulgaria is back!
 
DIE WELT (2012) 80min
Director: Alex Pitstra
Country: Netherlands
In his smart debut feature, director Alex Pitstra announces himself as a neo-
Tarantino, employing an arsenal of cinematic techniques to explore a life he
imagines he could have lived. The director sets his story in post–Jasmine
Revolution Tunisia, where young Abdallah (Abdelhamid Naouara), Pitstra’s
stand-in and a Tarantino-esque, head-strong twenty-something, dreams of
leaving the video store where he works for Europe. Based loosely on his father’s
story of coming to Holland, Pitstra's semi-autobiographical voyage is set against
the backdrop of a contemporary yet traditional Tunisia trying to find a way
forward.
 
EMPEROR VISITS THE HELL (Tang huang You Di Fu) (2013) 71min
Directors: Li Luo
Countries: China/Canada
Winner of the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver Film
Festival, Li’s crafty reworking of part of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to
the West is one of the most inspired recent works from an independent Chinese
filmmaker. Emperor Li Shimin is now a bureaucratic boss in a big city, where
the crooked Dragon King’s attempt to change the weather has backfired and
condemned him to death. Li pulls the rug out from under everyone, from the
audience to those whose power has gone to their heads.
 
A HIJACKING (Kapringen) (2012) 99min
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Country: Denmark
On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian
Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the
freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension
with an unexpected climax. The narrative is based on a true event, and his use
of actual locations and people who have been in similar situations create
 
palpable authenticity. Augmented by a terrific cast, Lindholm explores the danger
of the disparity between impoverished nations and the developed world. A
Magnolia Films release.
 
JARDS (2012) 93min
Director: Eryk Rocha
Country: Brazil
The celebrated composer and musician Jards Macalé is in the recording studio
where director Eryk Rocha captures him in a wide variety of poses and states
of creating, imaginatively varying style and shooting formats. Fashioning an
intimately attuned portrait of an artist, Rocha uses his camera as an instrument
to riff with Jards in a poetic exchange between images and music. The repetitive,
time-stopping process of rehearsal and the flow of energy between the two art
forms create an elegiac vision of the creativity of some of Brazil’s most beloved
singers and musicians.
 
JISEUL (2012) 109min
Director: O Muel
Country: South Korea
As part of a brutal anticommunist purge of the island of Jiju in 1948, Korean
troops hunt down the inhabitants of a village caught in the crossfire. The villagers
hide out in a mountain cavern, enduring an extended ordeal of cold and hunger,
120 souls crammed together below ground like the potatoes alluded to in the
film’s title. Recounting a forgotten chapter in postwar Korean history, Jiju native
O Muel draws out amazing performances from his nonprofessional cast, in an
austere, beautifully composed, and deliberately paced requiem.
 
KÜF (2012) 94min
Director: Ali Aydin
Countries: Turkey/Germany
A railroad inspector spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking
for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government looking
for news about his son who disappeared 18 years ago. Basri (Ercan Kesal) fights
bureaucracy and secrecy in the person of police inspector Murat (Muhammet
Uzuner) and the spellbinding character study, with shades of Raskolnikov, is
completed by a third man, Cemil, whose anti-social behavior begs confrontation.
As tension mounts Aydin shows his considerable talent bringing this poignant
tale to its heartbreaking finale. Winner of the Lion of the Future Award at the
Venice Film Festival 2012.
 
LEONES (2012) 80min
Director: Jazmin Lopez
Countries: Argentina/France/Netherlands
Is this a story about five friends wandering through a forest, or is it about a
forest that receives five visitors? In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant
environment is as much a character as the youngsters, enfolding them as they
 
move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the
air. In a succession of long takes, a gliding camera follows this enigmatic hike
to nowhere. Nothing is what it seems, but a malfunctioning tape recording may
contain an explanation.
 
L’INTERVALLO (2012) 86min
Director: Leonardo Di Costanzo
Country: Italy
Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, this portrait of two
adolescents thrown together under the eye of the Neapolitan Camorra has an air
of menace and sexual tension. A shy ice-cream vendor (Alessio Gallo) guards a
feisty girl (Francesca Riso) who has allegedly wronged a local gangster. Holed
up in an abandoned building, they warily share dreams of escaping their fate.
Director Di Costanzo brings documentary realism and a poetic eye to this quietly
intense drama; his nonprofessional actors give beautifully shaded performances
in Neapolitan dialect.
 
PEOPLE’S PARK (2012) 78min
Directors: Libbie D. Cohn & J.P. Sniadecki
Country: USA/China
An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People’s Park in Chengdu, China, this
film was created in a single virtuoso tracking shot. The joys of communal play,
exercise, and leisure time come under intense scrutiny from the relentless gaze
of the directors' lens, creating alternate states of unease and exhilaration.
 
RENGAINE (2012) 75min
Director: Rachid Djaïdani
Country: France
The French title of this no-budget urban drama translates as “refrain,” and
repetition is what it embodies—in this case the well-worn story of Romeo and
Juliet. Sabrina (Sabrina Hamida) accepts the marriage proposal of struggling
actor Dorcy (Stéphane Soo Mongo), but Dorcy is a black Christian and Sabrina
a Muslim Arab. Her eldest brother, Slimane (Slimane Dazi), enlists the 39
“brothers” in their extended clan to prevent the taboo union. Shot in the streets,
this film is part love letter to the irresistible energy of Paris, part call for interracial
tolerance.
 
THE SHINE OF DAY (Der Glanz des Tages) (2012) 90min
Directors: Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel
Country: Austria
Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel have amply demonstrated, with their previous
semi-fictional, semi-documentary films, a generous perspective on people
struggling at the fringes of showbiz—namely, the circus. In their latest film,
vagabond performer Walter Saabel embraces what he calls “Der Glanz des
Tages” (the shine of day) as a personal North Star. His nephew, the great theater
 
actor Philipp Hochmair, finds Walter arriving at his Hamburg home unannounced,
and the two begin a fascinating, testy, and wholly unpredictable relationship.
 
SOLDATE JEANNETTE (2012) 79min
Director: Daniel Hoesl
Country: Austria
Fanni buys clothes from an upscale boutique and lives in a beautifully appointed
apartment. But something—well, everything—seems askew in her world, and
she leaves town when her games with commerce are discovered. Hiking through
the mountains, she encounters Anna, a young woman who has spent her life on
a pig farm. Their worlds could collide—or they could help each other find brave
new ones. In his first feature, director Daniel Hoesl fashions an absurdist morality
play that pits an urban, manufactured world against nature.
 
STORIES WE TELL (2012) 108min
Director: Sarah Polley
Country: Canada
What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember
it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process
cracking open family secrets. Using home movies, still photographs, and
interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, a creative yet secretive
woman. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley’s interest lies in
the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. STORIES WE TELL is a
delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss, and understanding. A
Roadside Attractions release.
 
THEY’LL COME BACK (2012) 105min
Director: Marcelo Lordello
Country: Brazil
In this gentle, understated drama, an upper-middle-class 12-year-old learns how
Brazil’s other half lives when she and her sullen older brother are left behind
by their parents in a rural backwater. Soon, Cris (ably played by Maria Luiza
Tavares, who carries the film from beginning to end) is taken in by a family living
in a squatter farming community, where she waits for mom and pop to return.
And waits and waits. Another fine debut from the Recife film scene, source of last
year’s ND/NF hit NEIGHBORING SOUNDS.
 
TOWER (2012) 78min
Director: Kazik Radwanski
Country: Canada
For his feature debut, Kazik Radwanski has opted to train his camera with great
intensity and control on a character who utterly lacks a center or direction, even
an identity. In his mid-thirties yet still living at home with his parents, Derek
(Derek Bogart) struggles to make a small animation about a green creature
building rock towers. He can’t maintain any real friendships, let alone romantic
 
involvements, until he encounters Nicole (Nicole Fairbaim), who offers a glint of
promise. Radwanski‘s single-minded vision suggests filmmaking of uncommon
discipline combined with unmistakable empathy.
 
TOWHEADS (2013) 86min
Director: Shannon Plumb
Country: USA
The Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director,
Penelope barely has time to stay sane, much less create art. She finds comic
relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole
dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on thankless
days. Accomplished video and performance artist Shannon Plumb makes a
wincingly funny feature debut that strikes awfully close to home. The writer-
director stars opposite her real-life husband (Derek Cianfrance, director of BLUE
VALENTINE) and her talented, towheaded sons (Cody and Walker Cianfrance).
 
UPSTREAM COLOR (2012) 96min
Director: Shane Carruth
Country: USA
Ever since his 2004 debut, filmmaker Shane Carruth has prompted curiosity over
what he’d come up with next. UPSTREAM COLOR meets expectations but is
also starkly different and markedly advanced. It represents something new in
American cinema, exploring life’s surprising jumps and science’s strange effects.
A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, UPSTREAM COLOR leaps with great
audacity through its sequences, a cinematic simulacrum of the way we reflect
on our lives, astonished at, as in the title of Grace Paley’s fiction collection, our
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. UPSTREAM COLOR opens in NY on
April 5.
 
VIOLA (2013) 63min
Directors: Matías Piñeiro
Country: Argentina
Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and
sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, VIOLA, he ingeniously fashions out
of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and
lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy,
philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, VIOLA bears all the signature
traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language,
an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice. A Cinema
Guild release.
 
The 42nd New Directors/New Films shorts selections include:
 
PROGRAM 1 (In alphabetical order) 86min
 
EVERYTHING NEAR BECOMES FAR (2012) 11min
Director: Mauricio Arango
Countries: USA/Colombia
The peaceful daily rhythm of a farmer is violently interrupted in the heart of the
breathtakingly beautiful Andean mountains.
 
SOUTHWEST (2013) 18min
Director: Jordi Wijnalda
Countries: USA/Turkey
In southwest Turkey, a Dutch woman helps save the lives of illegal immigrants
but is forced to confront the unattended needs of those who love her.
 
STAMPEDE (2012) 20min
Director: Cyril Amon Schäublin
Country: Croatia
A masterful short that articulates the moment when a city and its crowds create
chaos and claustrophobia.
 
WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (Que puis-je te souhaiter
avant le combat?) (2012) 16min
Director: Sofia Babluani
Country: France
An emotionally compelling story about a case of mistaken identity and
communication that transcends barriers.
 
WONDERLAND (2012) 21min
Director: Peter Kerek
Country: Romania
As a mother seeks to improve life for her family, her son explores the cavernous
rooms of a stranger’s house—perhaps costing the two of them a better future.
 
PROGRAM 2 (In alphabetical order) 84min
 
ARARAT (2012) 26min
Director: Engin Kundag
Country: Germany
A man tries to keep the peace in his brother’s home after a ten-year absence.
 
FLAMINGOS (I Fenicotteri) (2012) 16min
Director: Francesca Coppola
Countries: Italy
Father and daughter share a sentimental moment, but trouble boils under the
surface.
 
THE PIRATE OF LOVE (2012) 10min
Director: Sara Gunnarsdóttir
Countries: Iceland/USA
In Reykjavik, legends surround a CD of popular love songs, supposedly written
by a lovelorn trucker in Canada.
 
SEQUIN RAZE (2013) 20min
Director: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Country: USA
A reality-show contestant tries to protect herself from the psychological onslaught
of one of the producers.
 
TABOULÉ (2012) 4min
Director: Richard Garcia
Country: Spain
How can you measure trust? A story about secret codes.
 
TAKE A DEEP BREATH (Derin Nefes Al) (2012) 8min
Director: Basak Buyukcelen
Country: Turkey
When a teenager’s parents take her to see a gynecologist, her life takes an
unexpected turn.
.
 
PROGRAM 3 (In alphabetical order) 88min
 
CHIRALIA (2013) 26min
Director: Santiago Gil
Country: Germany
A boy’s disappearance at a wooded lake leads to a questioning of memory and
perception.
 
TO PUT TOGETHER A HELICOPTER (Para armar un helicóptero) (2012)
37min
Director: Izabel Acevedo
Country: Mexico
When summer rains bring power outages to his neighborhood, 17-year-old
Oliverio comes up with an ingenious solution.
 
THE VILLAGE (A Cidade) (2012) 25min
Director: Liliana Sulzbach
Country: Brazil
A small village’s inhabitants are all elderly, and no one new is moving in.
 
ADDITIONAL SHORT FILMS
 
OUVERTURE (2013) 5min
Directors: Bracey Smith & Neil Dvorak
Country: USA
This animated film poetically portrays the musicality of life, loss, and family
relationships.
(Screens before THE SHINE OF DAY)
 
RP31 (2012) 4:48min
Director: Lucy Raven
Country: USA
Hollywood’s Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
develops image standards that can be used to test the quality of a film projection.
Noted artist Lucy Raven riffs on this in RP31, her new animation composed
from 31 film projection test patterns and calibration charts.
(Screens before UPSTREAM COLOR)
 
THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION GONE (2012) 9min
Director: Ashley Michael Briggs
Country: UK
Combining animation, special effects, and live action, this silent film asks: will a
writer who searches for inspiration find it in help or hindrance?
(Screens before VIOLA)

This article is related to: Film Society of Lincoln Center, MoMA, New Directors/New Films, Blue Caprice





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