New Directors/New Films 2016
Lost And Beautiful Lost And Beautiful
Lost And Beautiful and Under The Shadow
The Apostate (El apóstata) (Country: France, Spain, Uruguay; Year: 2015; Director: Federico Veiroj; Writer: Gonzalo Delgado, Álvaro Ogalla, Nicolás Saad, Federico Veiroj; Stars: Alvaro Ogalla, Bárbara Lennie, Marta Larralde, Vicky Peña, Joaquín Climent, Jaime Chávarri, Kaiet Rodríguez, Juan Calot, Alvaro Ogalla, Israel Fernández, Rafael Rodríguez Hidalgo)
The tale of a man desperate to escape the faith passed down from his parents as he looks back over his past, his scars, the marks left by guilt and desire.
Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (Country: China; Year: 2015; Director: Liang Zhao; Writer: Sylvie Blum, Weiping Cui, Chinnie Ding)
Everyday life in a Mongolian community turns into a Dantesque journey. Documentary.
Cameraperson (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Kirsten Johnson; Stars: Kirsten Johnson)
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson documents her career working with filmmakers.
Concerning The Bodyguard (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Kasra Farahani; Writer: Donald Barthelme; Stars: Junes Zahdi, Salman Rushdie, Ayden Mayeri, Simon Sion Ebrahimi, Brando Abro, Billy Khoury, Alexei Berdovski, Hoda Butakmani, Nelson Estevez, Seli Marset, Ian Verdun, Lisa Goodman, Edwin Smith, Kyle Koromaldi, Gavin Sindher)
Adaptation takes on the power structures of dictatorship.
Screening with The Apostate
Demon (Country: Poland, Israel; Year: 2015; Director: Marcin Wrona; Writer: Pawel Maslona, Marcin Wrona; Stars: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt, Katarzyna Herman, Adam Woronowicz, Wlodzimierz Press, Tomasz Zietek, Cezary Kosinski, Katarzyna Gniewkowska, Maja Barelkowska, Anna Smolowik, Maria Debska, Piotr Domalewski, Filip Plawiak)
A bridegroom becomes possesssed in an absurdist take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.
The Fits The Fits
The Fits and Kill Me Please
Donald Cried (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Kris Avedisian; Writer: Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman; Stars: Louisa Krause, Allie Marshall, Shawn Contois, Alexander Cook, Ted Arcidi, Ariana DeFusco, Kris Avedisian, Patrick Languzzi, Peter Lewis Walsh, Jesse Wakeman, James L. Leite, Tom Kilgallen, Kyle Espeleta, Robby Morse Levy, Donny Fite)
A city slicker returns to his hometown after the death of his gran and finds himself on an unexpected journey into the past when he agrees to do a favour for a long lost, childhood friend.
Eldorado XXI (Country: Portugal/France; Year: 2016; Director: Salomé Lamas)
The hard conditions faced by miners in the extreme conditions of La Rinconada in the Peruvian Andes.
Evolution (Country: Belgium, Spain, France; Year: 2015; Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic; Writer: Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Alanté Kavaïté; Stars: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Nissim Renard)
On a remote island inhabited solely by women and young boys, Nicolas and the other boys are subjected to mysterious and sinister medical treatments.
The Fits (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Anna Rose Holmer; Writer: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff; Stars: Makyla Burnam, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr., Royalty Hightower, Da'Sean Minor, Alexis Neblett, Inayah Rodgers)
Portrait of a tomboy assimilating into a tight-knit dance troupe.
Happy Hour (Country: Japan; Year: 2015; Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi; Writer: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara; Stars: Yasunobu Tanabe, Rira Kawamura, Hiromi Demura, Shuhei Shibata, Shoko Fukanaga)
The lives of three married friends are turned upside down when their friend, just divorced, disappears. Are they really living the lives they want?
Neon Bull Neon Bull
Neon Bull and Evolution
In the Last Days Of The City (Country: Egypt, Germany, UK, United Arab Emirates; Year: 2016; Director: Tamer El Said; Writer: Tamer El Said, Rasha Salti; Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef, Mariam Saleh Saad, Hayder Helo, Basim Hajar, Bassem Fayad, Aly Sobhy, Islam Kamal, Mohamed Gaber, Etimad Ali Hassan, Zeinab Mostafa, Fadila Tawfik, Elsit Ikram, Mohamed Adel)
A filmmaker in Cairo attempts to capture the zeitgeist of his city as the world changes around him - from personal love and loss to the fall of the Mubarak regime.
I Promise You Anarchy (Te Prometo Anarquia) (Country: Mexico, Germany; Year: 2015; Director: Julio Hernández Cordón; Writer: Julio Hernández Cordón)
A drama.
Kaili Blues (Lu bian ye can) (Country: China; Year: 2015; Director: Gan Bi; Writer: Gan Bi; Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Linyan Liu, Feiyang Luo, Lixun Xie, Zhuohua Yang, Shixue Yu, Daqing Zhao)
An ex-con doctor embarks on a mystical quest after his nephew vanishes.
Kill Me Please (Mate-Me Por Favor) (Country: Brazil, Argentina; Year: 2015; Director: Anita Rocha da Silveira; Writer: Anita Rocha da Silveira; Stars: Valentina Herszage, Dora Freind, Mariana Oliveira, Júlia Roliz, Rita Pauls, Bernardo Marinho, Gabriel Lara, Vicente Conde)
After an encounter with death a teenager will do anything to make sure she's alive.
Life After Life (Country: China; Year: 2016; Director: Hanyi Zhang; Writer: Hanyi Zhang; Stars: Zhang Li, Zhang Mingjun)
A young boy becomes temporarily possessed by the spirit of his dead mum.
Neither Heaven Nor Earth Neither Heaven Nor Earth
Neither Heaven Nor Earth and Behemoth
Lost And Beautiful (Bella E Perduta) (Country: Italy; Year: 2015; Director: Pietro Marcello; Writer: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello; Stars: Elio Germano, Gesuino Pittalis, Sergio Vitolo, Tommaso Cestrone)
Documentary and fiction blend in a tale of ancient palaces, devoted shepherds and a young calf contemplating his fate.
Mountain (Ha'har) (Country: Israel; Year: 2015; Director: Yaelle Kayam; Writer: Yaelle Kayam; Stars: Shani Klein, Avshalom Polak)
A devout Jewish woman finds her life begins to change after an odd encounter at a cemetery.
Nakom (Country: Ghana, US; Year: 2016; Director: Kelly Daniela Norris, TW Pittman; Writer: Isaac Adakudugu, Isaac Adakudugu, TW Pittman; Stars: Jacob Ayanaba, Grace Ayariga, Justina Kulidu, Shetu Musah, Abdul Aziz, Esther Issaka, James Azure, Thomas Kulidu, Monica Ayobi, Sumaila Issah, Dinah Assan, Felicia Atampuri)
A medical student is forced to return to his hometown when his father dies, and must pay off a debt before it destroys his family.
Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel, Ni La Terre, The Wakhan Front) (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Clément Cogitore; Writer: Clément Cogitore, Thomas Bidegain; Stars: Jérémie Renier, Kévin Azaïs, Swann Arlaud, Sâm Mirhosseini, Marc Robert, Steve Tientcheu, Aria Faghih Habib, Hamid Reza Javdan, Finnegan Oldfield, Stéphane Boissel, Clément Bresson, Edouard Court, Chloé Astor )
French soldiers in Afghanistan are faced with unexpected circumstances.
Neon Bull (Country: Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands; Year: 2015; Director: Gabriel Mascaro; Writer: Gabriel Mascaro; Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Vinícius de Oliveira, Alyne Santana, Josinaldo Alves, Carlos Pessoa, Samya De Lavor)
Story of a bull handler who dreams of a career in the world of fashion.
Weiner Weiner
Weiner and Happy Hour
Peter And The Farm (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Tony Stone)
Documentary about a counterculture farmer.
Remainder (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Omer Fast; Writer: Omer Fast, from the novel by Tom K McCarthy; Stars: Tom Sturridge, Ed Speleers, Arsher Ali, Adrian Schiller, Cush Jumbo, Laurence Spellman, Attila G. Kerekes, Bill Thomas, Benjamin Davies, Lanre Malaolu, Agnes Thi-Mai, Elias Esser)
A man who loses his memory after being hit by a falling object, tries to construct his past.
Short Stay (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Ted Fendt; Stars: Mike MacCherone)
An ambition-free man finds himself on a series of comic adventures when he sublets his friend's apartment in Philadelphia.
Suite Armoricaine (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Pascale Breton; Writer: Pascale Breton; Stars: Elina Löwensohn, Valérie Dréville, Kaou Langoët)
Ensemble film about an art historian who returns to her alma mater and finds her life intersect with a young geography student facing trials of his own.
Thithi (Country: India, US; Year: 2015; Director: Raam Reddy; Writer: Eregowda, Raam Reddy; Stars: Thammegowda S, Channegowda, Abhishek H.N., Pooja S.M.)
Follows three generations of sons following the death of the family’s patriarch, their 101-year-old grandfather known as “Century Gowda.”
Kaili Blues Kaili Blues
Kaili Blues and The Apostate
Tikkun (Country: Israel; Year: 2015; Director: Avishai Sivan; Writer: Avishai Sivan; Stars: Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg, Omri Fuhrer, David Ben-Avraham)
An ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva student experiences a crisis of faith - and visions of earthly delights - when his father brings him back from the brink of death.
Under The Shadow (Country: UK, Jordan, Qatar; Year: 2016; Director: Babak Anvari; Writer: Babak Anvari; Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, Arash Marandi, Bijan Daneshmand, Hamid Djavadan, Nabil Koni, Sajjad Delafrooz, Behi Djanati Atai, Aram Ghasemy, Soussan Farrokhnia, Amir Hossein Ranjbar, Houshang Ranjbar)
A mum and daughter in fear of war find they are being stalked in their home by a malevolent djinn.
Weiner (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg; Writer: Eli B Despres, Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg)
Documentary about mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.
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