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New Voices/New Visions

Our programmers have chosen 13 films from newly emerging directors from around the world for this special juried section of the Festival. The films were chosen for this competitive showcase to highlight the work of extraordinary new filmmakers whose voices and approach are particularly distinctive in world cinema.

All of the feature films included in this showcase exemplify the spirit of an art form that is constantly reinventing itself, through the work of innovative directors who are seeking fresh approaches to storytelling in ways that dazzle and delight. While the Festival celebrates the established masters of world cinema through its focus on films by widely acclaimed and well-known filmmakers in other sections of the event, the directors chosen for this competitive showcase show great promise of finding their own place among the master filmmakers of the future.

Our distinguished Jury, made up of film critics and professionals widely respected in their field, will select one film from among the thirteen accomplished works on view, for the presentation of our New Voices/New Visions Award, to be presented at the Awards brunch on January 14.


53 Days in Winter   

53 Days in Winter
Spain, 2006, 91 min.
Three people waiting for a bus one winter's night look on as a dog is abandoned. All three set out on journeys that lead each of them to confront their fears and frustrations. 53 Days in Winter delves into the life of each passenger, and interweaves a trio of stories on psychological,... more



Agua   

Agua
Argentina, 2006, 89 min.
Goyo, a former open water swimming champion wrongly accused of doping, is attempting to regain his honor while Chino, a stubborn and disciplined young pool swimmer tries hard to be selected for the national team. Chen is a brilliant child of the Argentinean New Wave.... more



Dear Mr. Waldman   

Dear Mr. Waldman
Israel, 2006, 90 min.
In the early 1960s, Hilik, a Tel Aviv ten-year-old, shares his brother's goal in life: to make their parents happy and compensate for the grief they suffered in the Holocaust. Meanwhile Moishe, Hilik’s father, chooses to believe that his son from his first marriage didn't die in Auschwitz and someh... more



French California   

French California
France, 2006, 107 min.
Maguy (Nathalie Baye) is an idle rich woman. She lives in a luxurious mansion of the French Riviera among a bunch of odd friends and hired men. A dangerous desire game starts where no one knows the rules, creating a blazing and dangerous story of desire and power.... more



Heaven's Doors   

Heaven's Doors
Morocco, 2006, 160 min.
Ney, a Moroccan in his early 20’s, lives in Casablanca. He and two other contemporaries determine each other’s destinies without knowing it. This first feature film by young directors Imad and Swel Noury and produced by their mother, describes our contemporary urban jungles.... more



I Remember   

I Remember
Brazil, 2006, 110 min.
Edgard Navarro’s magical portrait of boy growing up in Brazil from the ’50s to ’70s captures his changing times, from Catholic repression and teen lust, to civil rights and the hippie movement, through the eyes of its mischievous anti-hero.... more



It's Winter   

It's Winter
Iran, 2006, 85 min.
Set in an impoverished, snow-covered town south of Tehran, it tells the story of a woman whose unemployed husband goes abroad to find work. A striking blend of raw realism and poetic lyricism show the effects of poverty, unemployment, rootlessness, shame and commitment.... more



Never on a Sunday   

Never on a Sunday
Mexico, 2006, 125 min.
In trying to bury his uncle who dies on the unluckiest of Sundays, a young man becomes embroiled in a series of gruesome adventures in today’s Mexico City. This biting dark comedy with poignant dialogues and characters is one of the revelations of this year’s program.... more



Nina's Journey   

Nina's Journey
Sweden, 2006, 120 min.
Based on the true story of the writer-director’s mother, it’s a powerful drama about a young Jewish woman's remarkable odyssey of survival during World War II in Poland. The gripping narrative, poignantly interspersed with testimony from the real Nina, was named Best Film and Best Script at the Swed... more



Salty Air   

Salty Air
Italy, 2006, 87 min.
Fabio is a social assistant in a Roman prison. When a new prisoner arrives, he recognizes his father who abandoned the family when he was a kid. From that moment on he has to reconsider his relationship with his father figure.... more



Sons   

Sons
Norway, 2006, 103 min.
A gritty and beautifully written drama about a young man's angry reaction to the discovery of disturbing man from his past lurking near the community pool. Structured as a thriller the film chronicles his personal crusade to expose the truth portraying all of the characters involved with an honest a... more



Sway   

Sway
Japan, 2006, 120 min.
When a successful Tokyo photographer returns to his small town home for his mother’s funeral, a tragic accident puts his brother on trial for murder and forces him to reconsider his current fast-paced life and the slow, tradition-bound world he came from.... more



To Get to Heaven You First Have to Die   

To Get to Heaven You First Have to Die
Tajikistan, 2006, 90 min.
20-year-old Kamal loves his young bride Loleh, but is unable to make love with her. Looking for a cure to his problem, he consults a doctor who notes no physical anomaly, but advises him to have sex with an older woman, and then come back to Loleh. Usmanov has created an artful, cold, sly and provoc... more



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