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PIFF 41: New Directors

  • February 16, 2018 – March 1, 2018

A Ciambra

Directed by Jonas Carpignano

Pio, 14, lives in an impoverished Romani community in Calabria in southern Italy. Determined to live up to the outlaw

Angels Wear White

Directed by Vivian Qu

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. The only witness is

Ava

Directed by Sadaf Foroughi

Ava’s life is dictated by rules. Coming of age in Iran, she faces pressure to conform to the expectations of

Bad Genius

Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya

Playing on the Thai obsession with academic achievement and test taking, Bad Genius is a comedic heist thriller that plays

Beauty and the Dogs

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

Unfolding in nine chapters over the course of one night, Ben Hania’s timely drama follows a young woman’s search for

Cocote

Directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias

“Evangelical Christian Alberto works as a gardener on a wealthy estate in Santo Domingo. When his father is murdered, he

Her Love Boils Bathwater

Directed by Ryôta Nakano

After her husband disappears with another woman, Futaba, now a single mother, is forced to close the family bathhouse business.

I Am Not a Witch

Directed by Rungano Nyoni

Following an incident in her Zambian village, nine-year-old Shula is denounced as a witch and exiled to a state-run witch

Mad World

Directed by Chun Wong

This year’s Hong Kong submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Mad World thoughtfully attempts to de-stigmatize mental illness

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Directed by Mouly Surya

The bad guys come to rape, pillage, and murder, but they are not prepared for the calm wrath of Marlina.

Newton

Directed by Amit Masurkar

As the world’s largest democracy prepares for a national election, idealistic civil service newcomer Newton Kumar must ensure free and

Oh Lucy!

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi

Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), an aging and depressed office drone in Tokyo, doesn’t have much to look forward to until her

Scaffolding

Directed by Matan Yair

Seventeen-year-old Asher always has been an impulsive troublemaker at school. Although his strict, Sephardic father sees his strapping son as

Summer 1993

Directed by Carla Simón

Simón’s evocative autobiographical film won the Best First Feature prize at the Berlin Film Festival and is this year’s Spanish

The Charmer

Directed by Milad Alami

Milad Alami’s debut feature mixes psychological thriller and erotic drama in a complex tale of isolation, identity, and the desperate

The Great Buddha+

Directed by Hsin-yao Huang

Two working-class friends discover the dark secret of their millionaire boss in this black comedy about class status and corruption.

The Rider

Directed by Chloé Zhao

Zhao’s enthralling portrait of America’s cowboy culture provides an archetypal story of a man redefining his hopes and ambitions. Once

Thoroughbreds

Directed by Cory Finley

“Two teenage girls reignite a childhood friendship to deliciously dark ends, in this witty contemporary noir. Lily and Amanda are