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Cold Souls, Push and We Live in Public among 2009 ND/NF Selections

Sticking to their usual habit of importing the Sundance film festival to the east coast side, the New Directors/New Films 2009 edition will be bookmarked by opening film selection Amreeka from first time filmmaker Cherien Dabis and ending it off with the impressive sophomore feature from Lee Daniels. Along with Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (I’d be curious to see what distribution company “label” is shown before the film), the event will showcase many New York based filmmakers and some excellent quality affair in Sophie Barthes Cold Souls, So Yong Kim’s 2nd film Treeless Mountain and a doc film that has surprisingly been unbought in Ondi Timone’s We Live in Public.

Sticking to their usual habit of importing the Sundance film festival to the east coast side, the New Directors/New Films 2009 edition will be bookmarked by opening film selection Amreeka from first time filmmaker Cherien Dabis and ending it off with the impressive sophomore feature from Lee Daniels. Along with Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire (I’d be curious to see what distribution company “label” is shown before the film), the event will showcase many New York based filmmakers and some excellent quality affair in Sophie Barthes Cold Souls, So Yong Kim’s 2nd film Treeless Mountain and a doc film that has surprisingly been unbought in Ondi Timone’s We Live in Public.

The 39th edition which runs March 25th to April 5th grabbed films dating back to TIFF and Venice of last year. Here is the list of selected titles.

$9.99, dir. Tatia Rosenthal (Israel/Australia)
Amreeka, dir. Cherien Dabis (US/Canada/Kuwait) [opening night]
Autumn (Sonbahar), dir. Ozcan Alper (Germany/Turkey)
Barking Water, dir. Sterlin Harjo (US)
Birdwatchers (La terra degli uomini rossi), dir. Marco Bechis (Italy/Brazil)
Cold Souls, dir. Sophie Barthes (US/Russia)
The Cove, dir. Louie Psihoyos (US)
Every Little Step, dir. Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern (US)
The Fly (Mukha), dir. Vladimir Kott (Russia)
Give Me Your Hand (Donne-moi la main), dir. Pascal-Alex Vincent (France/Germany)
Harmony and Me, dir. Bob Byington (US)
Home, dir. Ursula Meier (Switzerland/France/Belgium)
Louise-Michel, dir. Gustave de Kervern and Benoit Delepine (France)
The Maid (La Nana), dir. Sebastian Silva (Chile)
Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di ferragosto), dir. Gianni Di Gregorio (Italy)
The Milk of Sorrow (La teta assisted), dir. Claudia Llosa (Spain/Peru)
Ordinary Boys (Chicos normales), dir. Daniel Hernandez (Spain)
Paper Soldier (Bumaznyj soldat), dir. Aleksei German Jr. (Russia)
Parque Via, dir. Enrique Rivero (Mexico)
Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, dir. Lee Daniels (US) [closing night]
The Shaft (Dixia de tiankong), dir. Zhang Chi (China)
Stay the Same Never Change, dir. Laurel Nakadate (US)
Treeless Mountain, dir. So Yong Kim (US/South Korea)
Unmade Beds, dir. Alexis Dos Santos (UK)
We Live in Public, dir. Ondi Timoner (US)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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