Official Selection: New Views

The feature films in the New Views section embody further radical aesthetic proposals. Six films comprise this year’s section, two of which are Brazilian productions. The Brazilian film The City of Abysses, by Priscyla Bettim and Renato Coelho, had its world premiere at IndieLisboa 2021. The film presents three young people from different origins, united by a murder in the hostile and fragmented urban landscape of São Paulo; In Careless Crime, by Shahram Mokri, four men decide to burn down a theater and recreate, 40 years later, the attacks on movie theaters that killed hundreds of people in an attempt to overthrow the Shah’s regime in Iran. The feature film was screened at the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival in 2020; the Argentinean Ski, by Manque La Banca, screened at FIDMarseille, reveals the hidden universe of labor relationships during the peak ski season in Argentine Patagonia; selected for the 2021 Berlin Festival, Rock Bottom Riser, by Fern Silva, brings images of Hawaiian lava-gurgling volcanoes; Also screened at the Berlin Festival, Tzarevna Scaling, by Russian director Uldus Bakhtiozina, envisions a kaleidoscope of Russian fairy tales and myths. A visual tour through Russian culture and its historical past; the Brazil/Germany co-production Becoming Sea, by Philipp Hartmann and Danilo Carvalho, wavers between the desert lands of the Brazilian hinterland and the landscapes of Dithmarschen, northern Germany, a region vulnerable to floods, contriving a meditation on climate change and the observation of everyday life.

THE CITY OF ABYSSES
/ A CIDADE DOS ABISMOS
Priscyla Bettim, Renato Coelho | Brazil, 2021, 97’

CARELESS CRIME
/ JENAYAT-E BI DEGHAT
Shahram Mokri | Iran, 2020, 134’

SKI
/ ESQUÍ
Manque La Banca | Argentina,  2021, 74’

ROCK BOTTOM RISER
/ ROCK BOTTOM RISER
Fern Silva | United States of America,  2021, 70’

TZAREVNA SCALING
/ DOCH RYBAKA
Uldus Bakhtiozina | Russia,  2021, 69’

BECOMING SEA
/ VIRAR MAR / MEER WERDEN
Philipp Hartmann, Danilo Carvalho | Brazil, Germany, 2021, 75’