71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
New Directors
New Directors
Counterforce Film Productions Inc.
© Counterforce Film Productions Inc.
Hans Christian Berger
80 min.
A tale of love and temptation in the age of Internet pornography. A reclusive university student tracks down his favourite porn star in the real world and becomes her anonymous follower - until he finds the courage to connect in person.
Michal Vinik
85 min.
17 year old Naama Barash enjoys alcohol, drugs and hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a home where her parents always fight, and a rebellious, army-enrolled sister, who, one day, disappears. As a new girl shows up at school, Barash falls deep in love for the first time, and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning.
Stephan Richter
86 min.
Julian, a 14-year old teenager, dies surrounded by the colorful products of a huge supermarket. The film is based on a true story and shows the rebellion of the local youth against the bleak life of suburbia.
Hanna Sköld
Sweden - Denmark 
85 min.
Eini grows up isolated from society with her father, a man afraid of the world. His biggest fear is to be left alone and to be left by Eini. He does everything he can to make her believe that the world outside and the people out there are evil, and that all that has to do with sexuality and adulthood is dangerous.
Scott Graham
UK - Germany 
85 min.
Three years afeter competing at the New Directors Section with Shell, Scotish director Scott Graham comes back to the San Sebastian Festival with this drama. Iona and her teenage son Bull seek refuge from a violent crime on the island where she was born. Iona's return exposes Bull to a way of life she rejected as a teenager and sends a shock wave through the family she left behind.
Svetla Tsotsorkova
90 min.
A couple and their teenage son eke out a living on a hilltop, doing the laundry for local hotels, despite the intermittent water supply. Their simple life is overturned by the arrival of a father-and-daughter team of diviner and well-digger.
Rudi Rosenberg
80 min.
Benoit, 14 years old, leaves the country-side for Paris. His first day at school turns out to be more difficult than expected, and he quickly becomes isolated. Until one day a new girl arrives in class...
2015 Wrong Men North, Datcha Film
© 2015 Wrong Men North, Datcha Film
Valéry Rosier
88 min.
Holiday time, a Mediterranean island. Three wanderings at summer's end. The determination, no matter the cost, to make things change. Nostalgia for a past that never existed.
Eugenio Canevari
Argentina - Spain 
67 min.
Young Paula lives and works at the pile of a middle-class family caring for their children. Her life takes an unexpected turn on discovering that she's pregnant by a young man who refuses to accept his fatherhood. Paula, which was participated at Films in Progress in 2014, is the directorial debut by Eugenio Canevari, who participated in the International Film Students Meeting at San Sebastian in 2013 with his short film, Gorila baila. 
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Ben Sharrock
Spain - UK 
99 min.
A penniless, young couple have trouble consummating their fledgling relationship in their parents' homes, forcing their relationship into question as they try to break free from the shackles of a crumbling economy. Barbara Goenaga and Joseba Usabiaga star in this romantic comedy.
Olmo Omerzu
Czech Rep. - Germany - Slovenia - France - Slovakia 
90 min.
Husband and wife set sail across the ocean, leaving their two children to explore the freedom of being home alone. The boat goes under, and so does the family. A dog, stuck on a desert island, is their only hope.
Rhee Jinwoo
South Korea 
98 min.
Iseop is new in troublemaker Hayun's class. The two become friends, influencing and changing each other's lives little by little. A drama that thoughtfully explores teenage life.
Peter Grönlund
92 min.
An intense social drama about a woman's struggle for survival on the margins of society. When street pusher Minna can't pay her rent she cheats a few young criminals on a drug deal and takes the money. She happens to meet Katja, the mother of a child who has been taken from her by the social authorities. 
Sebastián Brahm
94 min.
After an accident turns the love of Barbara's life into a dimwit stranger, she gets involved with a man who can offer her stability, minus the passion. She tries to adapt to her new fate, but the memory of lost love continues to hound her. Until she realises that what really matters isn't lost.
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