A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighbourhood 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 catalogued by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. But even more fascinating than the business itself, are the characters that are around. 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" neighbourhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology.
Special Jury Award & Best Opera Prima, Festival de Locarno 2010; Best ethno-anthropologic film, Festival Dei Popoli de Florencia.
Locarno Film Festival;New York Film Festival;Vancouver International Film Festival; Filmfest Hamburg; Valdivia International Film Festival; VIENNALE; Festival dei Popoli; DocsBarcelona; Festival Internacional de Cine de la Ciudad de México