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New Voices/New Visions

When traveling around the world screening films, few things are more gratifying to film programmers than "discovering" a new filmmaker. Our New Voices/New Visions section was established to showcase the best of emerging filmmaking talent in the world, and the 21st edition of PSIFF is an especially strong showcase for talent-spotting. Our shortlist of films demonstrates passion, sensitivity, innovation, a strong sense of craft, unique vision and original storytelling in a selection of films from around the world. The contenders are first narrative feature films that do not yet have American distribution. A jury of US film distributors will choose what they feel is the most impressive new directing talent.

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Angel at Sea   

Angel at Sea
Belgium, 2009, 86 min.
Twelve-year-old Louis lives a charmed life in a small Moroccan town. But one night his father shares a secret with him that changes their relationship, and Louis' life, forever. This visually arresting and emotionally gripping film won the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.... more



Beautiful Kate   

Beautiful Kate
Australia, 2009, 101 min.
Actor Rachel Ward makes a stunningly assured feature writing and directing debut with this emotional drama about a self-hating writer Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) who returns to his childhood home in the Australian Outback in search of answers about his family's dysfunctional past.... more



A Brand New Life   

A Brand New Life
South Korea, 2009, 92 min.
It's 1975. Jinhee is nine years old, and the life she knows is about to be shattered. Inexplicably abandoned by her father in a Catholic orphanage outside Seoul, Jinhee begins an extraordinary emotional journey marked by rage and hope, death and rebirth.... more



Brotherhood   

Brotherhood
Denmark, 2009, 90 min.
Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through grudging admiration to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when their illicit relationship is uncovered.... more



Devil's Town   

Devil's Town
Serbia, 2009, 82 min.
A stylish black comedy about life in contemporary Belgrade that satirizes the moral malaise clouding Serbia, Devil's Town features a host of top actors as city dwellers whose lives intersect on a hot summer day while the country's tennis stars compete in an important tournament.... more



Heliopolis   

Heliopolis
Egypt, 2009, 96 min.
An honest and important expression of a generation's fight for their dreams in the face of harsh realities, Ahmad Abdalla's ensemble drama focuses a sharp critique of Egyptian society matched by a nostalgia-drenched longing for life before the 1952 Revolution.... more



Huacho   

Huacho
Chile, 2009, 90 min.
Huacho is a poignant but unsentimental look at the harsh life of the rural population in southern Chile. Following a small peasant family through its day, we are privy to the hardships they bear but also to their indomitable resilience and resourcefulness.... more



La Pivellina   

La Pivellina
Austria, 2009, 100 min.
In an impoverished trailer park on the outskirts of Rome, a small band of social outcasts eke out an existence in the dreary Italian winter. Circus performers Patty and Walter wait patiently for the summer to come, until one day Patty finds a small two-year-old girl standing alone in the rain.... more



The Man Beyond the Bridge   

The Man Beyond the Bridge
India, 2009, 96 min.
A lonely forest guard comes across a filthy, mentally challenged woman outside his house. After his initial disgust, he slowly gets used to her visits and starts to care for her. However, when she becomes pregnant the villagers question his right to do so.... more



Northless   

Northless
Mexico, 2009, 93 min.
Through the intimate story of a young Oaxacan man struggling to jump the border into the US and ending up in the care of two lonely women in Tijuana, Northless takes a fresh look at the realities of immigration facing individuals and families. Is crossing worth the price of what gets left beh... more



Nothing Personal   

Nothing Personal
Netherlands, 2009, 85 min.
A lone woman on the road in Ireland meets an equally reticent man who offers her food for work on the grounds of his grand house. Urszula Antoniak's wonderfully understated and surprising debut features standout performances from Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Rea in the leads.... more



What You Don't See   

What You Don't See
Germany, 2009, 89 min.
Vaguely reminiscent of François Ozon's See the Sea, this impressive psychological thriller about a sensitive German adolescent grappling with his father's suicide and his mother's new boyfriend plays out against the eerie woods and fantastic rock formations of the Brittany Coast.... more





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