New Directors | New Films

From the story of a serial killer who, with the first snowfall, returns to kill, the connection between an American man and a French woman in Oporto, to a journey of reflection and survival in Aokigahara, the suicide forest of Japan. These are the stories in this week’s movie premieres.

The Snowman, Tomas Alfredson (USA, UK, Sweden)
Synopsis: When an elite crime squad's lead detective Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. Trailer

Porto, Gabe Klynger ( Portugal, France, USA, Poland)
Synopsis: With executive production by Jim Jarmusch, this film directed by Gabe Klinger is notorious for being passed in Oporto, and for being one of the last films of Anton Yelchin, who died in June 2016. It is a love story, told in a fragmented and non-linear way, between an American man and a French woman (Lucie Lucas), who find it difficult to get back together. The narrative alternates between the time they spent together and the time they are both alone, with different formats and visual representations. The producer is the Portuguese director Rodrigo Areias, expert from Training Ground previous editions. Trailer

The Sea Of Trees, Gus Van Sant (EUA)
Synopsis: Arthur Brennan treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to commit suicide. On his journey to the suicide forest, he encounters Takumi Nakamura, a Japanese man who has lost his way after attempting suicide. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love for his wife. Trailer