Scene from the film Foreign Parts
Scene from the film Foreign Parts
Scene from the film Foreign Parts

Foreign Parts

  • United States
  • France
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A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and cataloged by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. Joe, the last original resident, rages and rallies through the street like a lost King Lear, trying to contest his imminent eviction. Two lovers, Sara and Luis, struggle for food and safety through the winter while living in an abandoned van. Julia, the homeless queen of the junkyard, exalts in her beatific visions of daily life among the forgotten. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested "eminent domain" neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology.

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  • Original Title
    Foreign Parts
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
  • Cinematography
    Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
  • Editing
    Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
  • Sound
    Véréna Paravel, J.P. Sniadecki
  • Runtime
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
    • France
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Melbourne International Film Festival
    • CCCB - Centro de cultura contemporana de Barcelona
    • Anûû rû âboro - New Caledonia
    • Unknown Pleasures / Berlin
    • Dochouse / Brussels
    • DocsBarcelona
    • Festival Internacional de Cine en la Ciudad de México
    • Spokane International Film Festival
    • Punto de Vista
    • True /False Film Fest
    • Bradford International Film Festival
    • Locarno Film Festival 63rd edition, 2010
    • New York Film Festival (October 10th) 2010
    • Vancouver International Film Festival 2010
    • Filmfest Hamburg 2010
    • Valdivia International Film Festival 2010
    • VIENNALE 2010
    • Festival dei Popoli 2010
  • Awards
    • Locarno Film Festival 63rd edition, 2010 - Best First Feature, Special Jury Prize
    • Festival dei Popoli 2010 - Best Film Ethno-Anthropological
    • DocsBarcelona - Best Film
    • Punto de Vista - Best Film is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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