Another selection of highlights from this year’s New Directors/New Films festival, being held at New York’s MOMA and the Walter Reade Theatre. In this afternoon’s handful, it’s all about survival. Young Moroccans are struggling to make it, young hoofers try to make the chorus line, a family try to shut out a major artery, the unemployed seek revenge, housekeepers give up everything they have, and there’s some rum geriatric hi-jinks in an Italian Odd Quartet.
Chicos normales/Ordinary Boys (Daniel Hernández, 2008)
An actor, petty crook and seamstress struggle to make ends meet in the Moroccan city of Tetuan, notorious for housing the terrorists involved in the 2004 Madrid bombings