New Frontier Film Screenings


The feature-length films screening in New Frontier are:

casting a glance/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: James Benning)–An experiential look at Robert Smithson’s monumental sculpture, the Spiral Jetty, as it has evolved over 30 years in concert with the ebb and flow of the Great Salt Lake.

EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (MANGE, CECI EST MON CORPS)/ France/ Haiti (Director and Screenwriter: Michelange Quay)– A dream-like meditation on the evolution of racial conquest and liberation in Haiti. Cast: Sylvie Testud. U.S. Premiere

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (PEUR(S) DU NOIR)/ France (Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, Lorenzo Mattotti Screenwriters: Jerry Kramsky, Pirus, Romaine Slocombe, Artistic Director: Etienne Robial)–Ten leading graphic artists and cartoonists have breathed life into their phobias and nightmares in this animated feature. North American Premiere

HALF-LIFE/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jennifer Phang)– As troubling signs of global cataclysms accelerate, a brother and sister react to their father’s desertion and the powerful presence of their mother’s new boyfriend. World Premiere

REVERSION/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Mia Trachinger)– In a world in which the past, present and future simultaneously unfold, a woman whose genetic mutation leaves her devoid of morality struggles to preserve her romance with the man she loves. World Premiere

SEVEN INTELLECTUALS IN BAMBOO FOREST, PARTS 4 and 5/ U.S.A. (Artist: Yang Fudong)– A rare screening of the artist’s most recently completed films in his celebrated series, based on the history of seven intellectuals in the ancient Chinese Wei and Jin Dynasties.

The short films screening in New Frontier are:

BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE (Director: Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung)- Politician John McCain coined the expression, “Washington is a Hollywood for Ugly People.” This scathing work satirizes with bold images, color and music over past and current political leadership.

BUYO/ Italy (Director: Andrea Fasciani)- In this post-modern tale, Ralph is a guy whose voice only generates weird sounds, and Anna is deaf. One day they meet in the elevator. Ralph’s unusual voice makes Anna’s body vibrate, prompting Anna’s affections and her desire to follow him everywhere.

COUNT BACKWARDS FROM FIVE (Director: Tony Gault)-This is a film about generosity and addiction that commemorate the filmmaker’s brother’s recent passing.

GAS ZAPPERS (Director: Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung) – GAS ZAPPERS is a short animation about climate change. The main character, the ironically over-appropriated and fuzzy polar bear, abruptly finds itself in a position to save its home.

PLOT POINT/ Belgium (Director: Nicolas Provost)- The crowded streets of New York City turn into fictive, filmic scenery. By playing with our collective memory-its cinematic codes and narrative language-PLOT POINT questions the boundaries of reality and fiction. All of the actions and characters are real people in real life, filmed with a hidden camera through the cinematic eye of the filmmaker, without any set ups or instructions.

SEVILLA (¥) 06/ Italy (Director: Olivo Barbieri)- SEVILLA (¥) 06 is a tale about the perception of Europe in Africa…from the vantage point of an airplane.

SUSPENSION/ Belgium (Director: Nicolas Provost)- Letting go of realist constraints, and going back to the mirror-images of some of Provost’s previous works, we dive into a metamorphosing cosmic ocean.

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