Monday, March 19, 2012 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 3:18 PM

Innovative and emerging voices in film from Brazil, Colombia and Argentina, and a short from Spain will be part of the 41st edition of New Directors/New Films Festival.

The festival(NDNF) will screen the Rotterdam Film Festival winner Neighboring Sounds; a festival favorite and first feature by Julia Murat, Found Memories; Camera d’Or winner Las Acacias by Pablo Giorgelli; Porfirio, Colombian docudrama by Sundance lab fellow Alejandro Landes; Brazilian short documentary Street Vendor Cinema by Clarissa Knoll; and Oh Sorrow (Ay Pena), another short, from Spain, directed by Elisa Cepedal.

"This year's New Directors/New Films cohort of filmmakers seems especially promising. I can't recall an edition of the series on which I worked that had a greater variation of styles or more innovative approaches to creating deeply personal cinema." said Richard Peña, Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director.

New Directors / New Films > March 21 - April 1 > El sitio web > NDNF.


FOUND MEMORIES (Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas) (2011) 98min. Director: Julia Murat. Country: Brazil

The original title, which translates as "stories that only exist when remembered," beautifully expresses the theme and core sentiment of Julia Murat's poetic rendering of the fictive town of Jotuomba. A magical confluence of generations and cultures is occasioned by the visit of Rita, a young photographer, to this place where time has seemingly stood still and life is rooted in the fixed roles of tradition soon to be rendered obsolete.

LAS ACACIAS (2011) 85min. Director: Pablo Giorgelli. Country: Argentina.

One of the discoveries of the 2011 Cannes Critics Week, Pablo Giogelli’s road movie with a difference takes a 900-mile trip from Asunción in Paraguay to Buenos Aires in the company of Rubén, a gruff, taciturn truck driver and the two illegal immigrants—a young woman, and her new-born daughter—he is reluctantly transporting.

NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (O som ao redor) (2012) 124min

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho. Country: Brazil.



A thrilling debut from a breakout talent, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s NEIGHBORING SOUNDS delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street, close to a low-income neighborhood. A private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties, which are exacerbated by a palpable sense of unease over their society’s troubled past and present inequities.

PORFIRIO (2011) 106min. Director: Alejandro Landes. Country: Colombia.

Paralyzed from the waist down by a stray police bullet, the title character in Alejandro Landes' remarkable film spends his days selling minutes on his cell phone when not flirting with his comely neighbor, and secretly plotting his revenge. Landes worked on the film for five years, creating a tale that joined the most intimate details of Porfirio's day-to-day life with an astonishing re-creation of his attempt to hijack an airplane.

STREET VENDOR CINEMA (Cine camelô) (2011) 16min
Director: Clarissa Knoll. Country: Brazil.

When a filmmaker and his team set up a shop that makes and sells short films on demand, wild fantasies come to life in the middle of a bustling marketplace.

Oh Sorrow (Ay Pena), 2011. Spain. 20min. Directed by Elisa Cepedal.

When you lose your last connection to the place you once called home, what’s to keep you there?

También en el festival:

Where Do We Go Now?, 2010. France/Lebanon/Italy/Egypt. 100min. Directed by Nadine Labaki.

Labaki’s film focuses on a group of women of different religions in a remote Lebanese village that band together and invent schemes to prevent their men from killing each other in the intractable religious conflict that surrounds their community. This entertaining and unlikely near-musical tears down stereotypes of women in the Middle East and uses humor to explore serious subjects, with one eye toward Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the other toward Bollywood.

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