Foreign Parts

J.P. Sniadecki, Véréna Paravel
France, USA | OmeU
Q&A with: J.P. Sniadecki

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 cat­a­logued 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. (www.foreignpartsfilm.com)