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New Voices/New Visions

This juried competition includes a dozen debut works by particularly gifted, first or second-time filmmakers competing for the Festival’s prestigious New Voices Award.


Familia   

Familia
Canada, 2005, 103 min.
Familial bonds, particularly those between mothers and daughters, form the core of this impressive and emotionally satisfying first feature. When gambling addict Michele moves in with her childhood friend Janine, their teenaged daughter’s burgeoning friendship produces both humorous and heartbreakin... more



Grain in Ear   

Grain in Ear
China, 2005, 110 min.
Cui Ji is an ethnic Korean living in China and a single mother struggling to bring up her young son. The story of her cruel betrayal by society and by men marries a cold social realism with a perfectly mastered aesthetic. Best Film, Pusan Film Festival.... more



Love + Hate   

Love + Hate
United Kingdom, 2005, 84 min.
Winner - New Voices/New Visions Award A modern Romeo and Juliet love story set across racial divides in a northern British town, Love + Hate finds Naseema and Adam wrestling with their undeniable mutual attraction. The young couple embark on a passionate journey of self-discovery. B... more



Malas Temporadas   

Malas Temporadas
Spain, 2005, 116 min.
Malas Temporadas places us in the heart of contemporary Madrid and the existential dilemmas of its three characters searching for their place in the world. Beautifully crafted as a choral piece, the film deftly explores the emotional barriers and walls its anguished characters must overcome.... more



The Master   

The Master
Poland, 2005, 110 min.
Lyrically moving back and forth between fantasy and reality, Piotr Trzaskalski's road movie follows a Russian knife-thrower with supernatural powers known as "The Master" as he travels the Polish countryside putting on a one-man show and collecting affectionately rendered passengers. An entertaining... more



Sleeper   

Sleeper
Austria, 2005, 101 min.
A provocative film for our paranoid times, this feature debut works with powerful themes of betrayal, trust and ambition to tell the story of a scientist who befriends a co-worker suspected by security officials of being part of a terrorist sleeper cell.... more



Time Off   

Time Off
Chile, 2005, 98 min.
Shot entirely with three mini-DV cameras, Time Off is an unabashedly fun, unpredictable film that thrives on cinematic exploration. Directors Schweitzer and Solís use an arsenal of playful devices including sound effects, unconventional camera angles and American music to explore the breakup ... more



Underground Game   

Underground Game
Brazil, 2005, 109 min.
Winner - Special Jury Prize, New Voices/New Visions Based on a beguiling story by Julio Cortazar, Underground Game offers a playful and romantic vision of a young man who follows attractive women in the Sao Paulo metro hoping they'll take a preordained path of his choosing through t... more



Whole New Thing   

Whole New Thing
Canada, 2005, 93 min.
An intellectually and sexually precocious 13-year-old lad, raised and home-schooled by hippie parents in rural Nova Scotia, goes to public school for the first time and, not knowing anything about "inappropriate" behavior, develops and displays a serious crush on his male English teacher. A very wel... more



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