New Directors/New Films 2022

In addition to the features below, there are two shorts programmes.

Once Upon A Time In Calcutta Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta and The Innocents
The African Desperate (Country: US; Year: 2022; Director: Martine Syms; Writer: Rocket Caleshu, Martine Syms; Stars: Brent David Freaney, Erin Leland, Ruby McCollister)
Drama, following a sculptor during her first 24 hours as a Masterof Fine Arts as things don't go as planned.
World premiere
Album For The Youth (Country: Argentina; Year: 2021; Director: Malena Solarz; Writer: Malena Solarz)
A pair of youngsters prepare for their next steps in life during summer break.
North American premiere
The Apartment With Two Women (Country: South Korea; Year: 2021; Director: Kim Se-In; Writer: KimSe-In; Stars: Lym Ji-ho, Yang Mal-bok)
Living together in a cramped city apartment, middle-aged single mother Su-kyung and her twentysomething daughter Yi-jung have long since settled into a relationship of simmering mutual resentment and face escalating tensions.
North American premiere
Blue Island (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2022; Director: Tze Woon Chan; Writer: Tze Woon Chan)
Mixes documentary footage and fictional recreations of the past starring contemporary student protestors.
US premiere
The Cathedral (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Ricky D'Ambrose; Writer: Ricky D'Ambrose; Stars: Monica Barbaro, Brian d'Arcy James, Cynthia Mace, Geraldine Singer, Robert Levey II, Madeline Hudelson, Melinda Tanner, Linnea Gregg, Steven Alonte, Mark Zeisler, Gorman Ruggiero, William Day, Candy Dato, Cooper Carrell, Erich Rausch)
An only child’s meditative, impressionistic account of an American family’s rise and fall over two decades.
Nanny Nanny
Nanny and Riotsville, USA
Children Of The Mist (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2021; Director: Ha Le Diem)
Documentary about the indigenous Hmong ethnic minority in Vietnam's northern mountainous region, focusing on a youngster who faces the prospect of an unsettling matrimonial custom.
The City And The City (Country: Greece, Germany, US; Year: 2022; Director: Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas; Writer: Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas; Stars: Vassilis Kanakis, Alexandros Vardaxoglou, Angeliki Papoulia, Argyris Xafis, Niki Papandreou, Vasilis Karaboulas, Themis Bazaka, Maria Filini, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Laertis Malkotsis, Fritz Fenne, Jakob Leo Stark, Danae Primali, Marina Siotou, Michalis Kimonas)
Drama charting how the once-thriving Sephardic Jewish community in their native city of Thessaloniki was gradually decimated over the course of the violent 20th century.
North American premiere
Dos Estaciones (Country: Mexico; Year: 2022; Director: Juan Pablo González; Writer: Ilana Coleman, Ana Isabel Fernández, Juan Pablo González; Stars: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Teresa Sánchez, Tatín Vera, Rafaela Fuentes)
In the bucolic hills of Mexico's Jalisco highlands, iron-willed businesswoman Maria Garcia fights the impending collapse of her tequila factory.
Father's Day (Country: Rwanda; Year: 2022; Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza; Stars: Médiatrice Kayitesi, Aline Amike, Yves Kijyana, Elie Bigirimana, Cedric Ishimwe, André Musagara)
Three stories set in and around the Rwandan city of Kigali.
North American premiere
Fire Of Love (Country: Canada, US; Year: 2022; Director: Sara Dosa; Writer: Shane Boris, Erin Casper, Jocelyne Chaput; Stars: Miranda July, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft)
Intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded. A doomed love triangle between Katia, Maurice and volcanoes, told through their archival footage.
Pilgrims Pilgrims
Pilgrims and Fire Of Love
Full Time (A Plein Temps) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Eric Gravel; Writer: Eric Gravel; Stars: Laure Calamy, Olivier Faliez, Lucie Gallo, Cyril Masson, Romain Ogerau, Laure Calamy, Olivier Faliez, Lucie Gallo, Cyril Masson, Romain Ogerau)
Julie goes to great lengths to raise her two children in the countryside while keeping her job in a Parisian luxury hotel. When she finally gets a job interview for a position she had long been hoping for, a national strike breaks out, leading to a race against time.
North American premiere
Happening (L'Evenment) (Country: France; Year: 2021; Director: Audrey Diwan; Writer: Audrey Diwan, Marcia Romano, based on the book by Annie Ernaux; Stars: Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro, Louise Chevillotte, Pio Marmaï, Sandrine Bonnaire, Leonor Oberson, Anna Mouglalis, Cyril Metzger, Eric Verdin, Madeleine Baudot, Alice de Lencquesaing, Fabrizio Rongione, Isabelle Mazin)
France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing.
Opening night
Hot In Day, Cold At Night (Country: South Korea; Year: 2021; Director: Park Songyeol; Writer: Park Songyeol, Won Hyangra; Stars: Won Hyangra, Park Songyeol, Chul Seo, Kim Hyo-jin)
An unemployed young couple spirals into ever-escalating economic precarity.
North American premiere
The Innocents (Country: US, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland; Year: 2021; Director: Eskil Vogt; Writer: Eskil Vogt; Stars: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Morten Svartveit)
During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren't looking.
Nanny (Country: US; Year: 2022; Director: Nikyatu Jusu; Writer: Nikyatu Jusu; Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Anna Diop, Phylicia Rashad, Morgan Spector, Leslie Uggams, Sinqua Walls, Zephani Idoko, Billy Griffith, Princess Adenike, Mitzie Pratt, Rich Graff, Michael Cuomo, Rose Decker, Olamide Candide-Johnson, Keturah Hamilton)
Aisha is an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in Senegal, a violent supernatural presence invades her reality, threatening the American dream she is painstakingly piecing together.
Full Time Full Time
Full Time and Dos Estaciones
Once Upon A Time In Calcutta (Country: India, France, Norway; Year: 2021; Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta; Writer: Aditya Vikram Sengupta; Stars: Sreelekha Mitra, Shayak Roy, Bratya Basu, Arindam Ghosh, Satrajit Sarkar, Anirban Chakrabarti, Reetika Nondini Sheemu)
After the loss of her daughter, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband. But she finds starting the new life she wants isn't easy.
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle (Country: France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Japan; Year: 2021; Director: Arthur Harari; Writer: Bernard Cendron, Arthur Harari, Vincent Poymiro; Stars: Endô Yûya, Tsuda Kanji, Matsuura Yûya, Chiba Tetsuya, Kato Shinsuke , Inowaki Kai, Issey Ogata, Taiga Nakano, Nobuhiro Suwa, Mutsuo Yoshioka, Tomomitsu Adachi, Kyûsaku Shimada, Angeli Bayani, Jemuel Satumba, Kuu Izima)
It's the end of 1944. Japan is losing the war. Hiroo Onoda is sent to an island in the Philippines just before the American landing. The handful of soldiers that he takes with him into the jungle keep fighting, not realising the war is over.
Pilgrims (Piligrimai) (Country: Lithuania; Year: 2021; Director: Laurynas Bareisa; Writer: Laurynas Bareisa; Stars: Gabija Bargailaite, Jolanta Dapkunaite, Zygimante Jakstaite, Giedrius Kiela, Paulius Markevicius, Indre Patkauskait)
A pair of old friends revisit the scene of a crime with unexpected consequences.
North American premiere
Rehana (Rehana Maryam Noor) (Country: Bangladesh, Singapore, Qatar; Year: 2021; Director: Abdullah Mohammad Saad; Stars: Azmeri Haque Badhon, Saberi Alam, Afia Zahin, Kazi Sami Hasan, Afia Tabassum, Yasir Al Haque)
The story of a private medical college teacher who becomes the witness to an unexpected incident while leaving the college one day, and is moved to protest against the system.
Riotsville, USA (Country: US; Year: 2022; Director: Sierra Pettengill; Writer: Tobi Haslett; Stars: Charlene Modeste, Michael Pate)
Welcome to Riotsville, a fictional town built by the US military. Using footage shot by the media and government, the film explores the militarisation of the police and the reaction of a nation to the uprisings of the late Sixties, creating a counter-narrative to a critical moment in American history.
Happening Happening
Happening and Small, Slow But Steady
Robe Of Gems (Country: Mexico; Year: 2022; Director: Natalia López; Writer: Natalia López; Stars: Nailea Norvind, Antonia Olivares, Mónica Poggio, Aida Roa, Juan Daniel García Treviño)
Isabel and her family take possession of her mother’s villa in rural Mexico where they reconnect with their long-time domestic worker Mari, whose sister has disappeared.
North American premiere
Shankar’s Fairies (Year: 2021; Director: Irfana Majumdar; Stars: Irfana Majumdar)
Drama set in the cloistered world of a young girl growing up in a privileged household in India in the 1960s, considering her bond with her parents’ servant, Shankar.
Singing In The Wilderness (Country: China, US; Year: 2021; Director: Dongnan Chen)
Documentary follows the rise to national prominence of a Christian choir from the Miao community and how it was co-opted for government party propaganda.
US premiere
Small, Slow But Steady (Keiko, me wo sumasete) (Country: Japan, France; Year: 2022; Director: Shô Miyake; Writer: Shô Miyake, Masaaki Sakai; Stars: Yukino Kishii, Tomokazu Miura, Masaki Miura, Shinichirô Matsuura, Hiroko Nakajima, Himi Satô, Nobuko Sendô)
A young Deaf boxer struggles to find the will to fight through the pandemic.
Talking About The Weather (Country: Germany; Year: 2022; Director: Annika Pinske; Writer: Johannes Flachmeyer, Annika Pinske, Annika Pinske; Stars: Anne Schäfer, Judith Hofmann, Marcel Kohler, Anne-Kathrin Gummich, Max Riemelt, Emma Frieda Brüggler, Sandra Hüller, Alireza Bayram, Christine Schorn, Hermann Beyer, Ronald Zehrfeld)
Diligently working toward a PhD in philosophy, Clara has arrived at a crossroads. About to turn 40 and divorced, she has entered into an affair, is struggling with academia and trying to connect with her teenage daughter and mother.
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle and Children Of The Mist
White Building (Bodeng Sar) (Country: Cambodia, France, China, Qatar; Year: 2021; Director: Kavich Neang; Writer: Daniel Mattes, Kavich Neang; Stars: Piseth Chhun, Chinnaro Soem, Sovann Tho, Jany Min, Hout Sithorn, Ok Sokha, Piseth Chhun, Chinnaro Soem, Sovann Tho, Jany Min, Hout Sithorn, Ok Sokha)
A trio of friends find their lives changing after the building they live in is marked for demolition.

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