Filmmakers focus on tough times
4 NIGHTS WITH ANNAPoland 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.