72SSIFF - 20/28 September 2024
New Directors
New Directors
Maysaloun Hamoud
Israel - France 
102 min.
Salma, Laila and Nur will never fit in. Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, they choose to live a life of freedom in Tel Aviv, away from their home villages. Each is looking for love, but as young Palestinian women they learn that a relationship of their choosing is not easy to fulfil. They have to choose their place, either in the city or in the village.
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Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Germany - Moldova 
106 min.
Anişoara is a 15-year old girl from a small village in Moldova, situated in a picturesque valley between rolling hills. Alone with her old grandfather Petru and her little brother Andrei life is calm and archaic. But the four seasons are bringing many changes, and it will be the last year of Anişoara’s childhood in this valley before she takes off into her adult life.
Morgan Simon
80 min.
Vincent hasn't lived a third of his life yet, but he's already tattooed half of his body and hoarsened his voice with his post-hardcore band. Since his mother died, he shares his time between a piercer job he's not happy with and a fishmonger father trying to start a new life with a younger woman. And it's driving him insane.
Moroco Colman
74 min.
Carla arrives after years of absence to accompany Martina. Relations between them are cold; there's something unspoken between them. Martina slips away for secret meetings with Diego, a man twice her age. The two are involved in a hardcore sex game that's out of control. When Carla discovers the relationship she confronts Diego.
Yunbo Li
107 min.
Four young people, one city. For love or ideal, with funny and faint bewilderment. As seasons change, they come into the movie from life, then they come back to their life from the movie. They play themselves in the film, their parts in the film transform their life. An original improvisation in Chinese Cinema, a brand new rendering of city life.
Peter Monsaert
112 min.
A look at the lives of three generations of women. Monique and her daughter Sylvie run a brothel on the border of West Flanders and France. Eline, Sylvie's six-year-old daughter, is fascinated by the mysterious workplace of her mother and grandmother, but she is never allowed inside. A dramatic event turns their lives upside down and the family ties are put under pressure.
Jean-Gabriel Périot
83 min.
Akihiro, a native japanese filmmaker living in Paris, came to Japan to interview survivors for a documentary celebrating the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Deeply moved by the interviews, he decided to take a break and wanders through the city during which he meets Michiko, a merry and enigmatic young woman.
Nely Reguera
96 min.
Ever since her mum died, Maria has taken care of her father and her siblings. She's been a rock for the family. That's why her father's announcement of marriage to his nurse brings Maria's world crashing down around her. At the age of 35, she'll have to change her fate.
Sofia Exarchou
Greece - Poland 
100 min.
Isolated and abandoned, surrounded by decaying sport venues, the Athens Olympic Village  is today  a near-deserted place, its only residents a few working class families offered free housing following the 2004 Games. Stuck inside the Village, a group of boys wander around the ruins playing distorted versions of Olympic games and organizing dog matings for money. The eldest of the gang, Dimitris(17) along with Anna, a retired athlete of 22, will try to escape the confines of the Village for the seaside Β- class resorts in the outskirts of Athens. During their visits and as they penetrate more and more into the lives of the foreign tourists, Dimitris’ desire for acceptance is tested in brutal ways.
Federico Godfrid
85 min.
Two brothers return to Pinamar after their mother's death, to say their final goodbye and sell the family apartment. While Pablo wants to finish as fast as possible, Miguel wants to enjoy the visit. This trip helps them rediscover their relationship.
Gabe Klinger
Portugal - France - USA 
75 min.
Jake (Anton Yelchin) and Mati (Lucie Lucas) are two outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time.
Vallo Toomla
Estonia - Lithuania - Latvia 
102 min.
After a heavy decision, Anna and Juhan are unable to move on with their lives. They take time off at their friends' fancy summer house and once there, are forced to offer shelter to another couple caught in the storm. Pretenders is a psychological drama about the truths and illusions of a relationship.
Alexandra Balteanu
75 min.
Lidia grows pigeons and lives a mundane existence with a husband and two children. Denisa wants to buy her freeloading boyfriend a new pair of sneakers. Vanesa dreams of finding the perfect guy with green eyes. All three share a workplace under a bridge. Although they see themselves as regular people, others regard them as unworthy because of their profession, prostitution. One day, they pose resistance together, to the seemingly benign, regular visit, from the district policemen.
Martijn Maria Smits
90 min.
Ben is sent to jail after causing a car accident that kills his girlfriend. When he returns to his hometown of Waldstille in the Southern Netherlands after a long time he has to face his in-laws, who gained custody of his daughter. They plan never to let Ben see his little girl again. But Ben is determined to make up for lost time with Cindy.
Lee Hyun-ju
South Korea 
99 min.
Yoon-ju is a graduate student of fine arts, who works petty part-time jobs to make ends meet and lives at her friend Young-eun's place for a very small rent. Unlike Young-eun who enjoys having no-strings-attached relationships, Yoon-ju is just not into dating. One day, while she is searching materials for her project, she runs into Ji-soo at a junk shop. Watching Ji-soo in an odd place, Yoon-ju finds herself drawn to her.
Liu Yu
93 min.
The ninety-year-old Han lives with his sixty-year-old mentally disabled son on the south side of Beijing. While his two daughters covet his apartment and seize his pension, Han's greatest concern is what will happen to his son after his death. On one occasion, Han's son is deserted by his son-in-law in a suburb, who claims he is missing.
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