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Thinking about images. Making screenplays from stories. Producing. Making. Moviemaking is a long, complex process that involves that which is collective and requires decision-making. The first movie is above all an act of courage, almost of faith. It is launching oneself into an adventure about which very little is known in the beginning, and even so, allowing others – us the spectators – to pass judgment in the end. Indie 2007 is betting on new moviemakers; in this spirit, the World Mostra highlights 14 movies in the New Directors / New Films section, in which various directors are making their first or second movie.

Think about it; it was possibly the first time that the German moviemaker Florian Gaag, from Wholetrain, said “action” to start a feature film; that Gil Kofman directed an actor in Memort Thief; that Salvatore Interlandi created a character like Charlie. Others have that great creative impulse, such as the Chinese moviemaker Ying Liang, present here with his second movie The Other Half, and already making his third movie. Or after many years studying moviemaking in college, you make a feature film as your last school task – Nimmermeer– by Toke Constantin Hebbeln. Is making the first movie equally difficult in any place? The North-American Todd Rohal launches his first movie The Guatemalan Handshake and want to launch a movement, Mumblecore. From Taiwan Mi-sen Wu is bold in a second movie spoken in three languages telling a surreal story.

The Mostra Mundial also presents the Première session comprised of 19 movies that will soon be shown in movie theaters over here, or that experienced directors made. In the first case it is worth moving fast to see the pré-estréia of the new David Lynch movie, INLAND EMPIRE, before anyone else in town; the return of Paul Verhoeven to his Holland in Black Book; the comedy by Gregg Araki, form the USA, in Smiley Face; or Juliane Moore’s magnificent performance in Savage Grace. In the second case these movies will not be shown around here; therefore, it is imperative to see Route 225, from Japan, Lili and the Baobá, from France; or to see Il Sole Nero, the last movie by Krzysztof Zanussi, from Poland.

Thirty-three directors and thousands of professionals from 17 countries had to make many decisions, to choose, to assemble, to plan for the first or last time, so that we would enjoy the pleasure of cinema. Now it is your choice; which movie do you want to see in 2007? (D.A)