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New Voices/New Visions

THE NEW VOICES/NEW VISIONS competition is an annual showcase of the finest new first features by filmmakers from around the world. The films in this slate are currently without US distribution, and the award-winning film will be determined by a jury of distinguished US distributors. Aesthetically and thematically varied, these films are all assured, distinctive debuts that mark the arrival of exciting new directing talents.

Adrian Saba’s The Cleaner is a sparse, moving portrayal of an unusual bond that forms in the midst of a deadly epidemic.

A huge box-office hit in its native Denmark, This Life - Some Must Die, So Others Can Live (Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis) is an authentic, powerful retelling of Danish resistance to the Nazi occupation during World War 2.

Dario Nardi’s Sadourni’s Butterflies is a breathtaking, bold love letter to silent cinema, rendered in gorgeous black and white 35mm.

From Norway, Dag Johan Haugerud’s I Belong is a nuanced, original film emerging from a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications, resulting in an awkward, yet illuminating, tableaux.

With The Daughter, co-directors Alexander Kasatkin and Natalya Nazarova offer a haunting Dostoevskian crime drama.

Paraguay’s 7 Boxes is also co-directed (by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori). It brings youthful energy and indie freshness to the crime thriller genre.

Always a popular subject for young filmmakers, coming-of-age struggles are explored in Manjeet Singh’s gently observed Mumbai’s King, Catriona McKenzie’s stunning Satellite Boy, and Brahim Fritah’s charming, vibrant Playground Chronicles.


7 Boxes   

7 Boxes
Paraguay, 2012, 105 min.
17-year-old Victor is offered $100 to transport seven boxes across a crowded outdoor marketplace, but the contents are linked to a serious crime and a lot of money and soon he finds himself in an adrenaline-fuelled race to outrun cops and bad guys.... more



Beauty   

Beauty
Argentina, 2012, 83 min.
An intimate and poetic evocation of the experience of a young girl from an indigenous tribe in northern Argentina working as a maid in a middle class home. Seggariao’s subtle, haunting debut has been compared to the work of Terrence Malick.... more



The Daughter   

The Daughter
Russia, 2012, 110 min.
A haunting crime drama with Dostoevskian overtones, set in provincial Russia where a serial killer is murdering teenage girls. It’s a beautifully shot, marvelously performed film about faith, hope and love.... more



The Girl   

The Girl
USA, 2012, 94 min.
Abbie Cornish gives a superb performance, at once contained and emotionally raw, as a troubled young working class Texan woman who loses custody of her child and sees an opportunity to make quick cash transporting Mexicans across the border.... more



I Belong   

I Belong
Norway, 2012, 117 min.
A Norwegian tragicomedy about how people who mean well end up hurting one another, and how acting on integrity and feelings is seen as troublesome in a rationalist society. Best Nordic Film, Haugesund Film Festival.... more



Mumbai’s King   

Mumbai’s King
India, 2012, 78 min.
Slumdog Millionaire minus the millions, this unadorned, neo-realist peep into the lives of kids from the Mumbai slums serves as a tribute to their spirit and ability to live life to the fullest.... more



Playground Chronicles   

Playground Chronicles
France, 2012, 85 min.
Brahim Fritah conveys the magic of childhood through whimsical visuals in this comedic chronicle of 10-year-old Brahim’s adventures in the Parisian suburbs, circa 1980. With charm to burn, its evocation of those last, best days of youth is warmly infectious.... more



Sadourni’s Butterflies   

Sadourni’s Butterflies
Argentina, 2012, 94 min.
In this dazzling neo-silent black and white melodrama, an ex circus dwarf get out of prison and tries to start over. Falling in love with a fellow voice-over artiste, he dreams of the operation that would make her attainable. A thrilling, poetic love story like nothing you have seen before.... more



Satellite Boy   

Satellite Boy
Australia, 2012, 92 min.
Stunningly shot in the Australian Outback, Catriona McKenzie’s deeply felt exploration of Aboriginal folkways focuses on a ten-year-old boy forced to rely on the wisdom imparted by his grandfather when he gets lost in the wilds.... more



This Life - Some Must Die, So Others Can Live   

This Life - Some Must Die, So Others Can Live
Denmark, 2012, 122 min.
Based on a true story, this authentic, moving tale of Danish resistance to Nazi occupation has rivaled Flame & Citron as a local box office sensation. Audience Award, Hamburg Film Festival.... more



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