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PIFF XL: New Directors

  • February 10, 2017 — February 25, 2017

While this year’s Festival is rich with new works by established masters, discovering the work of emerging talents is part of the discovery, too. These debuts and second features indicate that new cinema talents are thriving worldwide and hold great promise.

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Aloys

Directed by Tobias Nölle

Aloys, a reclusive private investigator, experiences life from a safe distance. After a night of heavy drinking, he wakes up

Apprentice

Directed by Junfeng Boo

Aiman, an ambitious 28-year-old correctional officer, is transferred to the Singapore territory’s top prison. He strikes up a friendship with

Barakah Meets Barakah

Directed by Mahmoud Sabbagh

In Saudi Arabia, physical contact and meeting the opposite sex in public without a chaperone are prohibited, which makes this

Hedi

Directed by Mohamed Ben Attia

Resigned to his fate, Hedi is stuck selling cars, a job he hates, and engaged to a woman he barely

Indivisible

Directed by Edoardo De Angelis

Indivisible is a beguiling poetic fairy tale that plays with the idea that we carry our loved ones with us

Kati Kati

Directed by Mbithi Masya

Kaleche, a young woman with no memory of her life or death, wanders into the otherworldly village of Kati Kati,

Kills on Wheels

Directed by Attila Till

In this exuberant coming-of-age crime comedy, two aspiring comic book artists with disabilities become embroiled in the schemes of an

Life After Life

Directed by Zhang Hanyi

A young boy becomes possessed by his late mother, whose spirit has wandered Shanxi Province’s disintegrating cave homes for years.

Life+1Day

Directed by Saeed Roustayi

Somayeh is at a loss. Her only desire is to leave her family and take her life into her own

Nakom

Directed by T.W. Pittman, Kelly Daniela Norris

When his father suddenly dies, Iddrisu, a promising medical student, leaves the university in the Ghanaian capital of Accra to

Old Stone

Directed by Johnny Ma

Chinese taxi driver Lao Shi is thrown into a Kafkaesque nightmare where no charitable act goes unpunished. When a drunken

One Week and a Day

Directed by Asaph Polonsky

Eyal and Vicky spend a week sitting shiva after the death of their 25-year-old son. While Vicky returns to teaching,

Panamerican Machinery

Directed by Joaquín Del Paso

Panamerican Machinery may be the happiest place in the world to work. Workers and management get along like one tight-knit

Parting

Directed by Navid Mahmoudi

Navid Mahmoudi’s debut feature is a migration story that has not only war, but love at its core. Fereshteh and

Rara

Directed by Pepa San Martín

Twelve-year-old Sara has a warm and supportive home with her sister, mother, and her mother’s partner, and is taking her

Suntan

Directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Forty-something doctor Kostis arrives for his new posting on the island of Antiparos during the quiet winter months, which suits

Ten Years

Directed by Ng Ka-Leung, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-Wai, Fei-Pang Wong, Kwok Zune

Despite being branded a “virus of the mind” by China’s state organ Global Times, Ten Years won Best Film at

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and this year’s Finnish Oscar submission, Kuosmanen’s debut

The Son of Joseph

Directed by Eugène Green

Wry visual humor, playful religious subtext, and a note of farce inform a coming of age story that takes aim

The Stopover

Directed by Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin

Aurore and Marine are given three days of “decompression leave” with their unit, among tourists, at a five-star resort in

The Women’s Balcony

Directed by Emil Ben Shimon

Emil Ben Shimon’s feature debut is a comical feminist narrative about finding the right path to happiness and the subjectivity

Wùlu

Directed by Daouda Coulibaly

Set in Mali’s capital city of Bamako, Coulibaly’s debut feature offers perspective on the country’s enduring political turmoil. When low-level