Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Pereda returns to l’Alternativa with his latest feature film Perpetuum Mobile (Pereda’s first film ¿Dónde están sus historias? screened in competition at l’Alternativa 2007). Perpetuum Mobile is a remarkable film, eloquently raising questions about the nature of existence, and the absurdities and tragedies of contemporary life. Pereda’s short film Entrevista con la tierra is also in competition in the short film section of the festival. Perpetuum Mobile screens on Monday 16th November 2009, Entrevista con la tierra on Tuesday 17th November 2009.

Zero Bridge is Tariq Tapa’s debut feature film. It was shot entirely on location in Srinagar, Kashmir, with a local cast of non-professional actors and with a technical crew of one: the director. The film is a subtle, realist fiction portraying a young Kashmiri man caught between adapting or fleeing. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and recently screened at Karlovy Vary. The film will receive its Spanish premiere in the feature film competition at l’Alternativa. Screening Tuesday 17th November.

Adhen / Dernier maquis is Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s third feature (following Wesh wesh, qu’est-ce qui se passe? (2002) and Bled Number One (2006)). The film explores themes of work, religion, politics and above all the complexities of life, asking questions and inviting debate. The film screened at Cannes, (where Sean Penn, President of the Jury, claimed it was the most important political film at the festival), Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver film festivals, and has been released in France to critical acclaim. The film will be screened in competition at l’Alternativa on Sunday 15th November 2009.