For the first show of 2011, how about a little international perspective? We've got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side.
First up is Romanian director Florin Serban, talking about If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, a stark, naturalistic drama about an imprisoned juvenile offender willing to put an impending parole and his own personal safety on the line to avert a family disaster. We follow that up with Palestinian director Elia Suleiman and his film, The Time that Remains, a sardonic and deeply personal look at Israel's claiming of Nazareth in 1948 and how that event affected the family of one Israeli-Arab who, in later years, bears a striking resemblance to the director himself (possibly because Suleiman plays him at that point).
The two films couldn't be more different, Whistle's raw immediacy playing against Time's wry, stylized observation. What unites them is that they're both intriguing, revelatory experiences; two great ways to kick off the New Year.
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