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New Voices/New Visions

The New Voices/New Visions showcase is comprised of 12 outstanding first feature films from talented new directors who excited us with their original, fresh perspectives and strong, creative approaches to the medium.

In addition, the films selected for this competition are all US premieres, and are currently without US distribution. Every year we invite a jury of US distributors to attend the festival, consider the films and choose a winner, providing an important platform for these innovative new films to be seen and enjoyed by American buyers and audiences.

The films themselves are as varied as they are accomplished - this year’s line-up includes sophisticated comedy in Paris or Perish (France); bone-dry Icelandic wit in Of Horses and Men; and a charming coming of age story with The Magnetic Tree (Spain). Class Enemy is a powerful drama from Slovenia, and Bristel Goodman (USA) is a compelling, dark thriller. Medeas (USA) brings us an intimate portrayal of a troubled family and The Summer of Flying Fish (Chile) offers subtle observation of South American socio-political dynamics. Above Dark Waters (Finland) is a tragicomic portrayal of a boy growing up in Lapland, and Han Gong-ju, from South Korea, tells the deeply unsettling tale of a high school girl placed in the care of a stranger. The Canadian Patch Town is a wild musical fantasy, based on the acclaimed short film of the same name that played at Palm Springs Shortfest in 2012. Left Foot Right Foot (Switzerland) tells the story of a party loving couple who are forced to grow up fast, and Everything We Loved from New Zealand follows a couple who resort to desperate measures while struggling to overcome a crippling loss.


Above Dark Waters   

Above Dark Waters
Finland, 2013, 108 min.
Told through the eyes of a sensitive young boy, this tragicomedy tells a touching story about growing up in southwestern Lapland in the 1970s.... more



Bristel Goodman   

Bristel Goodman
USA, 2013, 92 min.
This uniquely stylish thriller traces the story of a traumatized Iraq War veteran who meets his dream girl in an internet chat room, only to have his dream turn into a nightmare when he witnesses what appears to be her murder live online.... more



Everything We Loved   

Everything We Loved
New Zealand, 2013, 100 min.
Charlie once made a living as a traveling magician. His picture-perfect marriage and family, though, has been torn asunder by a crippling loss. What will Charlie do to save the family he loves? Behold, a grand illusion…... more



Han Gong-ju   

Han Gong-ju
South Korea, 2013, 112 min.
A teenager is abruptly transferred to a new school and placed in a stranger’s care – for reasons too terrible to guess. An amazing first feature, it won two awards at the Busan International Film Festival.... more



Left Foot Right Foot   

Left Foot Right Foot
Switzerland, 2013, 105 min.
A pair of young hard-partying lovers are forced to grow up fast in photographer Germinal Roux’s first feature, a beautiful elegy on the loss of innocence elevated by stunning black-and-white cinematography and mesmerizing music.... more



The Magnetic Tree   

The Magnetic Tree
Spain, 2013, 85 min.
A young man returns to Chile from Germany after many years. In a series of probing, freeform conversations, his colorful, multigenerational family explores the safety and connectedness and the feelings of confinement that come from family relationships.... more



Medeas   

Medeas
USA, 2013, 98 min.
An archetypal tale of adultery is rendered with exquisite strokes in this slow burning rural psychodrama, the first feature from an Italian-born filmmaker working in the US. “A rare piece of pure cinema.” Twitch... more



Paris or Perish   

Paris or Perish
France, 2013, 97 min.
Brightly colored and vivacious, actress Reem Kherici’s fast-paced, fish-out-of-water comedy sees Parisian fashion designer Maya deported back to her Moroccan home, stiletto heels in hand. Cultures clash and the jokes, many at Maya’s expense, alternate with moments of genuine feeling.... more



Patch Town   

Patch Town
Canada, 2013, 85 min.
Inspired by his award-winning short film (ShortFest ’12), Craig Goodwill’s wildly creative feature debut is a surreal, satirical musical fantasy about a grown-up toy who must battle a villainous corporation to reunite with his long-lost mother, protect his newfound family, and finally find freedom.... more



Root   

Root
Chile, 2013, 87 min.
A Chilean woman defies her domineering mother and drives the nine-year-old son of the deceased family maid into the country to find his long-lost father. An assured debut which applies a naturalist style to create a powerful dramatic impact.... more



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