71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
New Directors
New Directors
Opening Film
Jeong Ji-hye
South Korea 
105 min.
As her name indicates, Jeong-sun lives an uncluttered, modest life despite working at a food factory. Young-soo, a work colleague, approaches her. As they draw closer, they enjoy their secret relationship, and he takes candid shots of her in bed with his mobile camera. One day, she starts getting inappropriate stares from others. Debut film.
Closing Film
Josip Žuvan
Croatia - Serbia 
113 min.
Antonio and Nikola are inseparable friends who live across the road from each other, and share a love of pyrotechnics and mobile phones. Their families have been in dispute for years over an easily resolvable problem: the water that flows from the top house to the bottom house. The boys’ friendship, as they are about to enter puberty, is put to the test at Christmas time when their families uncover much more dangerous secrets and interests, and the water just carries the hate of the adults to the children. Debut film.
Maria Elorza
72 min.
A woman was almost called Avioneta (Small Airplane) at birth. Another had a library in the back seat of her car. Yet another fractured her finger with the rebel shelves of her bookcase. Lectors read to cigar makers while they work. Women remember poems while they iron. And to them all I sing. Standing against fire, water, moths, dust, ignorance and fanaticism, an anonymous female army looks after books. An intimate resistance, lacking epic events, revolution or weapons.
Ion Borș
Republic of Moldova - Romania - Spain 
103 min.
Moldova, early 90s. Dima, a tractor driver, wants to be enrolled in the military troops to take part in the local war on the Transnistrian border. Vasea, an Afghanistan war veteran, joins him. While on their way to the front, they find a carbonized body. Authorities ignore them without helping to identify the body. Dima and Vasea decide to bury the corpse according to the proper Christian rituals, but shortly they will go, together with the body, on an absurd journey to discover his identity. Debut film.
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Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi
France - Germany - Italy - Iran 
102 min.
Shemroon, north of Tehran. Iman and his younger brother, Payar, live together with their father. After the death of their mother, Iman seeks for a way out of an uprooted life. Thanks to his connections with the gilded youth of the city, he starts a business to make some quick profit. What seems at first an opportunity for a new beginning turns into a twisted cycle affecting the family's destiny.
Katrine Brocks
95 min.
Alma is about to take her vows as a nun in a Catholic convent, when her estranged brother Erik arrives. His presence unearths a tragedy from their past and, with the ceremony approaching, Alma is increasingly haunted by resurfacing trauma. Debut film.
Jeanne Aslan, Paul Saintillan
109 min.
Nancy, East of France. Summertime. Seeking to escape her troublesome family environment, Sophie, 15, jumps at the chance to get the spare keys to her wealthy friend Jade's house. While enjoying the spacious home she thought deserted for summer, she bumps into her friend's older brother Stéphane, who, as fate would have it, was also planning on staying. But instead of chasing her out, Stéphane will choose to leave the door open as an invitation to a summer Sophie never expected. Debut film.
Carmen Jaquier
92 min.
Summer 1900, Switzerland. The sudden death of her older sister forces Elisabeth to return home. Stiffled by the strict rules of the village, Elisabeth is slowly driven to rebel for her right to live her life. Debut film.
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Dinara Drukarova
84 min.
Lili has left everything behind to travel to the edge of the earth and accomplish her dream, fishing the Northern seas. She persuades Ian, the captain of a trawler by the name of Rebel, to give her a chance and let her join the crew. The only woman on board, they call her Sparrow. Hidden behind a frail appearance is a will of steel, and her courage and determination ultimately win over their respect. Adopted into this world of often unfortunate individuals, Lili will conquer her right to live differently, free. Debut film.
Laura Baumeister
Nicaragua - Mexico - Netherlands - Germany - France - Norway -Spain 
91 min.
Nicaragua, today. Eleven-year-old María lives with her mother Lilibeth on the edge of an immense rubbish dump. Their future depends on selling a litter of purebred puppies to a local gang member. When the deal falls through, Lilibeth has to move to the outskirts of the city and leave María to work at a recycling factory. The days go by with no sign of her mother's return. María feels abandoned, confused and angry. One night she meets Tadeo, a kind and romantic boy determined to help her find her mother.
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Masahiko Sato, Yutaro Seki, Kentaro Hirase
85 min.
Miyamatsu, who works as a cable-car operator, is also a film extra. Through his different characters he has been living the life of a stranger, only playing that part. Finally he comes face to face with his own life, the one he had lost. Debut film.
Takeshi Kogahara
88 min.
A young man who suffers from guilt related to his adored sister's death encounters her ghost in a haunted tunnel. He makes repeated visits to the tunnel and re-experiences the past. Debut film.
Parth Saurabh
105 min.
Sumit and Priyanka, an eloped couple, return to their hometown, due to the financial hardships caused by the lockdown. As Priyanka seeks to leave Sumit and return to her conservative father's home, Sumit, oblivious, wastes his time away. Debut film.
Rocío Mesa
Spain - USA 
98 min.
A tiny rural village is a paradise for a city girl and a prison for a local teenager. Two parallel stories take place among tobacco drying rooms during a summer full of magic realism. Second feature film by its director.
Luis De Filippis
Canada - Switzerland 
96 min.
After being fired from her job, Ren, an aspiring writer and mid-twenty-something, accompanies her Canadian-Italian family on vacation. The realities of being a stunted millennial and a trans woman coalesce as Ren struggles to balance the yearning for independence with the comfort of being taken care of.
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