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TFF '09: Showcase

Ten world-cinema jewels are on display in this year's Showcase section.

The ten films in the 2009 Showcase section will offer Festival-goers a snapshot of today's global cinema. From a faux-documentary about French actresses to a Turkish family drama to a modern Chinese story about a family experiencing the 2008 Beijing Olympics, these films are already making lasting impressions on international audiences.

Senior Programmer Genna Terranova explains, “The Showcase series offers a refreshing panorama for fans of contemporary world cinema. We are thrilled to welcome back experimental filmmakers Cyrus Frisch (Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan, TFF ’07) and Gustav Deutsch (World Mirror Cinema, TFF ’04), with Dazzle and FILM IST. a girl & a gun, respectively. The films in this series expose us to notable voices of filmmaking around the globe, and are anchored in great storytelling and fascinating characters. From the imaginary world of a six-year-old who was blinded at birth in Antoine, to what it's like to be a French actress in All About Actresses, to planning an Algerian village wedding in Masquerades, the stories in this special international selection will certainly keep you entertained and challenged.”
 


 

All About Actresses


All About Actresses (Le bal des actrices)

Directed and written by Maïwenn
(France)
US Premiere, Narrative
Maïwenn sets out to resolve her tortured actress identity by making a faux-documentary around a bevy of famous French actresses—only to transform into the treacherous position of the director, falling in love with her subjects and subjected to their starlet-driven wrath. Indulging in the interior insecurities of divas and has-beens, she blurs reality through real-world-like footage and fantastical musical sequences.  In French with English subtitles.

 

Antoine


Antoine

Directed and written by Laura Bari
(Canada)
US Premiere, Documentary

Antoine was born 100 days premature and became blind from the effects of his incubator. Now five years old, he uses a mini boom microphone to discover and capture the sounds around him. Through this visually striking portrait, expertly crafted by Laura Bari, we share both the everyday and imaginary worlds Antoine lives in and learn how he overcomes adversity by creating his own alternative universe of beauty. In French with English subtitles.

 

Dazzle (Oogverblindend)


Dazzle (Oogverblindend)

Directed by Cyrus Frisch
(Netherlands)
North American Premiere, Narrative

Cyrus Frisch, the enfant terrible of Dutch cinema, returns to the Festival with his latest feature that challenges classic modes of storytelling. A fragile, long-distance telephone relationship develops between a younger woman (played by Georgina Verbaan, a Dutch film star), and an older gentleman (played by Rutger Hauer, star of Blade Runner).
 

 

Film Ist. a girl & a gun


FILM IST. a girl & a gun

Directed and written by Gustav Deutsch
(Austria)
North American Premiere, Narrative

Gustav Deutsch, the maestro of found footage filmmaking, excavates silent movies from archives worldwide (including the Kinsey Institute) to weave together a stunning vision of the natural and mythological order of the universe, love between the sexes, and weapons of mass destruction. Recommended for adults only.


Fish Eyes


Fish Eyes (Yu Yan)

Directed and written by Zheng Wei
(China, South Korea)
North American Premiere, Narrative

Set during the 2008 Olympics on the outskirts of Beijing, first-time filmmaker Zheng Wei’s beautiful and poetic portrait of modern China tells a simple but poignant story about a father, son, and mysterious young woman that subtly explores the physical and psychological tensions that exist in a land where emerging capitalism and accelerating modernization are rapidly overtaking traditional values. In Mandarin with English subtitles.




Masquerades

Masquerades (Mascarades)

Directed by Lyes Salem, written by Nathalie Saugeon and Salem
(France, Algeria)
North American Premiere, Narrative

Mounir desperately puts on some big-shot swagger for his small Algerian village by spinning a fantastical fib that involves his narcoleptic sister Rym’s engagement to a European business mogul. As things unravel into a tangled mess of jealousy and irrepressible desire, surprising alliances form that fundamentally shift the way of life for his entire community. In Arabic with English subtitles.




My Dear Enemy

My Dear Enemy (Meozzin haru)

Directed by Yoon-ki Lee, written by Eun-yeong Park
(South Korea)
New York Premiere, Narrative

Lee Yoon-Ki’s (This Charming Girl) deadpan comedy trails a pair of former lovers—he’s a romantic and she’s a realist—who bump into each other one year down the road. She wants back a hunk of cash she lent him, so they spend the day winding through downtown Seoul on a hilarious mission to collect his old debts. In Korean with English subtitles.


Pandora's Box


Pandora’s Box (Pandoranin Kutusu)

Directed by Yesim Ustaoglu, written by Sema Kaygusuz and Ustaoglu
(Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium)
New York Premiere, Narrative

Yesim Ustaoglu’s (Journey to the Sun) latest is a gorgeous, expertly developed cross-generational dramedy. When an aging matriarch (90-year-old Tsilla Chelton) starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her. Pandora’s Box took the top prize and Chelton was named best actress at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. In Turkish with English subtitles.



Rachel


Rachel

Directed by Simone Bitton
(France, Belgium)
North American Premiere, Documentary

An insightful and provocative exploration into the complexities of political solidarity, Rachel is the story of Rachel Corrie, a 22-year-old American member of the International Solidarity Movement, who died trying to prevent an Israeli army bulldozer from destroying Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Director Simone Bitton interweaves excerpts from Corrie’s diary with interviews with activists and Israeli army personnel. In English, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles.



Salt of the Sea


Salt of this Sea (Milh hadha al-bahr)

Directed and written by Annemarie Jacir
(Palestine)
New York Premiere, Narrative

Brooklyn-raised Soraya (spoken-word artist Suheir Hammad) travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather’s savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Frustrated by unwieldy official policies, she sets out with friend/love interest Emad on a road trip for poetic justice into Israel—after which there is no return. In English, Arabic with English subtitles.


 

Awards

Films predominantly shot in New York and/or produced by a New York-based production company will be up for the following awards: Best New York Narrative and Best New York Documentary. Films in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Encounters, Discovery, Midnight, Spotlight or Showcase sections are eligible for the Heineken Audience Award, the audience choice for best feature film.

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