71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
New Directors
New Directors
Isabel Ayguavives
85 min.
A young boy's return to the country of his birth, Chile, after a long absence. The house in the country where he lived with his family is up for sale and they all gather to bid the place farewell. Their visit to the "magnetic tree", a local curiosity with strange properties, will awaken almost forgotten feelings and affections in the boy.
Yu Liu
85 min.
The real life of a low-income family living in the southern part of Beijing, which mainly lives on social benefits.
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
85 min.
What does it take to change a solitary life? After twenty years, an old man, widowed by the recent floods, and his son, who has been living in Japan, see each other again for the first time. Their expectations run high and during this brief reencounter, both try to overcome the distance that has grown between them.  
Yossi Aviram
87 min.
Through the course of several accidents and chance encounters, Hanoch and Ruben will meet and each of them will have to face a page of his personal history, a page that they both need to turn for good.
Films in Progress 21
Aarón Fernández
100 min.
The second film from Aarón Fernández is a Spain-Mexico-France co-production already screened as part of Films in Progress at the 60th edition of the Festival. Sebastián, 17, manages his uncle’s cosy rent-by-the-hour motel on the coast of Veracruz. Miranda, 35, occasionally meets her lover in the Motel, but he often arrives late. During that spare time, Sebastián and Miranda will become closer and closer.
Benedikt Erlingsson
85 min.
A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the countryside through the horses' perception.
Adam Sanderson
82 min.
In a small village, Hagar Erlich is somewhat of an alien, unable to find her place in the town community and in her own life as a newlywed. In the ruins of an enchanted, abandoned village she will find her secret hideaway.
Ignas Jonynas
109 min.
Paramedic Vincentas is a passionate gambler, who is forced to make radical decisions to return the debts. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Love, life and death will be at stake.
Michalis Konstantatos
92 min.
Jimmy, Mary and Makis are three people living their everyday day life in an entirely different manner. They seem to have nothing in common and normally they shouldn’t even know each other…
Andrew Dosunmu
106 min.
Adenike and Ayodele are a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Following the celebration of their wedding, complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child. Adenike has to make a decision that could either save her family or destroy it.
Mariana Chenillo
105 min.
The second film by award-winning director Marianna Chenillo is a touching comedy about how true beauty comes from the inside and paradise is closer to home than you might think.Carmen and Alfredo live a happy, quiet life in the suburbs surrounded by friends and family. After Alfredo receives a promotion, the two move away to Mexico City where they immediately feel the social pressure of being overweight in a bustling metropolis full of beautiful people. Taking the initiative, Carmen convinces her husband to join her in losing weight, but their relationship is put to the test when Alfredo's program yields far better results than Carmen´s.
Neto Villalobos
Costa Rica 
85 min.
A black comedy about Chalo, a lone security guard who acquires his first gamecock and discovers the bittersweet taste of friendship.
Delphine Lehericey
85 min.
Diane is a mysterious 14-year-old girl. She is always busy looking after her younger brother, Marc, and has an intense relationship with her father, Christian. The appearance in her neighbourhood of Julia, a charming young English girl, sends Diana's life into a spin.
Fran Araújo, Ernesto de Nova
86 min.
The odyssey of Hassan, a Moroccan immigrant who can no longer find work in Spain after thirteen years in the country and decides to go home. He puts all his savings into a second-hand tractor to secure a living in Morocco and sets out to drive it back. When he came to Spain he had nothing, now he's returning with his only belonging: el Rayo.
Jim Taihuttu
121 min.
Majid is a talented kickboxer from a grim suburb in The Netherlands. After a stint in prison, gym owner Ben takes him under his wing, but when criminal boss Hakan shows interest in his skills, Majid begins to lose sight of what it is he really wants…
Mahmut Fazıl Coskun
92 min.
Sabri, a barber in Yozgat - a very small city in the middle of Anatolia - has an emotional breakdown when he runs into Yavuz and Neşe, who come to the town to sing in a small music hall-bar. This will also affect Neşe and Yavuz. None of their desires will be how they want them to be.
Volodymyr Tykhyy
100 min.
In the suburbs of the city a 7-years old boy disappears. After months of fruitless searches the boy's older sister decides to take the deal over. She is confident that she knows who kidnapped her brother. Is this enough to justify a terrible revenge?
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