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Remezcla Picks: New Directors/New Films Festival 2012

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Dedicated to the discovery of emerging artists, this year’s New Directors/New Films will screen movies representing 28 countries. This prestigious showcase includes a whopping 5 Latino films (and two shorts). Don’t miss out on the chance to catch a first-time director’s film so you can later brag, “I totally knew about that vato before he got all famous.” Here’s the complete list.

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FOUND MEMORIES (Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas)
Director: Julia Murat
Country: Brazil (2011)
Running Time: 98min

The original title, which translates as “stories that only exist when remembered,” beautifully expresses the theme and core sentiment of Julia Murat’s poetic rendering of the fictive town of Jotuomba. A magical confluence of generations and cultures is occasioned by the visit of Rita, a young photographer, to this place where time has seemingly stood still and life is rooted in the fixed roles of tradition soon to be rendered obsolete. A Film Movement release.

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NEIGHBORING SOUNDS (O som ao redor)
Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Country: Brazil (2012)
Running Time: 124min

A thrilling debut from a breakout talent, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s NEIGHBORING SOUNDS delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street, close to a low-income neighborhood. A private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties, which are exacerbated by a palpable sense of unease over their society’s troubled past and present inequities.

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LAS ACACIAS
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
Country: Argentina (2011)
Running Time: 85min

One of the discoveries of the 2011 Cannes Critics Week, Pablo Giogelli’s road movie with a difference takes a 900-mile trip from Asunción in Paraguay to Buenos Aires in the company of Rubén, a gruff, taciturn truck driver and the two illegal immigrants—a young woman, and her new-born daughter — he is reluctantly transporting.

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PORFIRIO
Director: Alejandro Landes
Country: Colombia (2011)
Running Time: 101min

Paralyzed from the waist down by a stray police bullet, the title character in Alejandro Landes’ remarkable film spends his days selling minutes on his cell phone when not flirting with his comely neighbor, and secretly plotting his revenge. Landes worked on the film for five years, creating a tale that joined the most intimate details of Porfirio’s day-to-day life with an astonishing re-creation of his attempt to hijack an airplane.

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GIMME THE LOOT
Director: Adam Leon
Country: USA (2012)
Running Time: 81min

Gimme the Loot teaser trailer from skinnyslim on Vimeo.

In his feature film debut, Adam Leon has created a raucous, car-less road trip that is an homage to street-smart kids and New York City. Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti writers. When their latest masterpiece is wiped out by a rival gang, they must hustle, steal and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest graffiti writers in the city.

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Shorts Program 1 | total running time: 84 minutes

Street Vendor Cinema/Cine Camelô
Director: Clarissa Knowll
Country: Brazil (2011)
Running Time: 16m

When a filmmaker and his team set up a stall that makes and sells short films on demand, wild fantasies come to life in the middle of a bustling marketplace.

Shorts Program 2 | total running time: 96 minutes

Oh Sorrow/Ay Pena
Director: Elisa Cepedal
Country: Spain (2011)
Running Time: 20m

When you lose your last connection to the place you once called home, what’s keeping you there?

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New Directors/New Films runs from March 21–April 1, 2012. Screenings take place at the Walter Reade Theater and The Museum of Modern Art.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, March 11, 2012. They can be purchased online at newdirectors.org, or in person at the box offices of The Film Society of Lincoln Center (Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th Street, near Amsterdam Avenue) and The Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd Street).