Filmmakers focus on tough times

4 NIGHTS WITH ANNA

Poland

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

Logline: Suspense surrounds a man obsessed with peeping.

CLAUSTROPHOBIA

China

Director: Ivy Ho

Logline: Sophisticated, mellow office romance.

ECHO OF SILENCE

Japan

Director: Atsuro Watabe

Logline: A woman loses memory of her love, a speechless man.

HALF LIFE

United States

Director: Jennifer Phang

Logline: Kid’s-eye view of tumultuous changes in the family and the world.

HAMOON AND DARYA

Iran

Director: Ebrahim Forouzesh

Logline: Adolescent makes a risky journey to unite with love of his young life.

MID-AUGUST LUNCH

Italy

Director: Gianni Di Gregorio

Logline: Women a generation older take over the life of a middle-aged man.

OCEAN

Russia/Cuba

Director: Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov

Logline: A heartbroken youngster leaves home for Havana.

PLANET CARLOS

Germany

Director: Andreas Kannengiesser

Logline: Talented 13-year-old Nicaraguan boy is challenged by hardscrabble reality.

PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1 (PARTS 1 & 2)

France

Director: Jean-Francois Richet

Logline: Tales of celebrated criminal Jacques Mesrene, adapted from his pseudo-memoir.

SCHOOL DAYS WITH A PIG

Japan

Director: Tetsu Maeda

Logline: Teacher and schoolchildren face moral/culinary dilemma with porcine pet.

SING FOR DARFUR

Netherlands/Spain

Director: Johan Kramer

Logline: Docudrama addressing misplaced indifference to international crisis.

SUPER TYPHOON

China

Director: Feng Xiaoning

Logline: Coastal town’s mayor and citizenry face impending disaster.

TULPAN

Germany/Switzerland/

Kazakhstan/Russia/Poland

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy

Logline: Young man growing up in harsh land aspires to be married.

UNDER THE TREE

Indonesia

Director: Garin Nugroho

Logline: Magic-realism story of three women journeying in Bali.

WITH A LITTLE HELP FOR MYSELF

France

Director: Francois Dupeyron

Logline: Chaos envelops African immigrants at a family wedding.

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