Films A to Z

Filtering by Program: New Directors Competition

Breach in the Silence

Venezuela | 2012 | 90 minutes | Andrés Rodríguez, Luis Rodríguez

Having suffered her whole life at the hands of her abusive parents, 19-year-old deaf-mute Ana makes a stand, hoping to steal her siblings away in a bid for freedom. Hailed as Venezula's answer to the smash-hit, tear-your-heart-out Precious, brothers Andres and Luis Rodriguez draw on their experiences as social workers to craft this tale of quiet desperation.

The Cleaner

Peru | 2012 | 95 minutes | Adrian Saba

During a mysterious epidemic in Perù set sometime in the near future, Eusebio cleans up after the dying. When he finds a frightened young boy who has lost his mother, he's quietly transformed in this gently haunted and affecting study of social alienation and redemption.

Coming Forth by Day

Egypt | 2012 | 96 minutes | Hala Lotfy

An exciting new female auteur from the Arab world, Hala Lotfy makes her debut with Coming Forth by Day. The daily struggles of a mother and daughter are a far cry from the riots of Tahrir Square, but offer equally compelling insight into Egyptian society today.

Die Welt

Netherlands | 2012 | 80 minutes | Alex Pitstra

A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.

Fatal

South Korea | 2012 | 103 minutes | Lee Don-ku

This hard-hitting South Korean drama centers on a 28-year-old man who, ten years earlier, participated in a violent act against a classmate. Attempting to seek forgiveness without confessing his role in her adolescent trauma, guilty Sung-gong forms a relationship with his victim, with unexpected consequences.

Fuck Up

Norway | 2012 | 100 minutes | Øystein Karlsen

When his buddy fatally crashes his car into a moose, the titular Jack must recover two and a half kilos of cocaine before it's too late in this darkly comic Norwegian crime caper.

Harmony Lessons

Kazakhstan | 2013 | 110 minutes | Emir Baigazin

SIFF 2013 Best New Director: Grand Jury Prize

A stark, surreal, strange, and entirely riveting tale of a marginalized teenage boy. Young Kazakh director Emir Baigazin's accomplished debut creates a poetic and mature study of school bullying and the strength of the survival instinct in a small town in rural Kazakhstan.

House With a Turret

Ukraine | 2012 | 81 minutes | Eva Neymann

This b&w wartime drama unfolds in Soviet Russia as an eight-year-old boy travels back to Ukraine from Moscow with his sick mother. Eva Neymann's touching second film creates a stunning visual journey into a country covered in snow and left poor by war.

Love Is in the Air

France | 2013 | 96 minutes | Alexandre Castagnetti

On a flight from New York to Paris, exes Julie and Antoine are seated side-by-side for the first time since their break-up, and relive the lows, and highs, of their past. Make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened for this breezy romantic comedy.

The Plague

Spain | 2013 | 85 minutes | Neus Ballús

A vividly shot slice of life docudrama set in the distant suburbs of Barcelona, this heavy but hopeful film follows five interconnected Catalonians, including a wrestler and a farmer, as they struggle with personal and economic difficulties.