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Sunday, Jan. 15 | 5 PM

FOREIGN PARTS
Co-director Véréna Parvavel in person!
Suggested donation: $5

new york film festivalLocarno First Featuretrue/falseDei Popoli Film Festival

Foreign Parts Foreign Parts Foreign Parts

Directed by Véréna Paravel & J.P Sniadecki
80 min | 2010

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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"Without sentimentalizing the neighborhood or its people...Ms. Paravel and Mr. Sniadecki cast an appreciative eye on its beauty."
- A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
New York Times Critics' Picks

"Gentrification, economic inequality, class conflict, and the rusty reality of the American Dream...are omnipresent concerns, given profound weight by the directors' patient, attentive approach."
- Nick Schager, THE VILLAGE VOICE

 

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