Celebrating its 47th edition in 2018, the New Directors/New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almodóvar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
Celebrating its 47th edition in 2018, the New Directors/New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.
Opening Night · New York Premiere · Stephen Loveridge and M.I.A. in personBefore rapper M.I.A. became a global sensation, she was an aspiring filmmaker, having made countless personal video diaries. These eventually find their way into this intimate portrait constructed by first-time documentarian Stephen Loveridge.
Closing Night · New York Premiere · Q&As with RaMell RossFor his visionary and political debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at Sundance in 2018, writer-director RaMell Ross spent five years intimately observing African American families living in Hale County, Alabama. This film introduces a distinct and powerful new voice in American filmmaking.
New York PremiereThe gracefully shot, uncommonly tender 3/4 evokes the intimacies, joys, and tensions of a contemporary Bulgarian family facing an uncertain future; the father is an astrophysicist with his head in the clouds, his son a waywardly antic teenager, his daughter a gifted but anxious pianist.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Sadaf ForoughiAdolescence creates intense pressure for any girl, but it’s particularly strong for 17-year-old Ava, buffeted by the harsh strictures of home and school in contemporary Tehran.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Tiago MeloIn Tiago Melo’s fabulous—and fabulist—Azougue Nazare, no measure of hellfire preaching can quell the boisterous and bawdy passions of Maracatu, an Afro-Brazilian burlesque carnival tradition with roots in slavery that takes place in the northwest state of Pernambuco.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Khalik AllahThe second feature by filmmaker and photographer Khalik Allah immerses us in Jamaica’s neighboring worlds of charismatic holy men and equally charismatic prostitutes, the sacred and the profane alike.
New York PremiereA young woman is trapped in a tight-knit Jewish community in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic that demands her total dedication but provides her with little protection from the perpetual violence encompassing all aspects of life.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Nelson Carlo de los Santos AriasThis stylistically audacious opus, about an evangelical gardener returning to his hometown for his father’s funeral rites, is at once a profound film about spirituality and a unique tale of revenge.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with João Miller Guerra and Filipa ReisA Cape Verdean in Portugal, Miguel Moreira, also known as Djon África, travels back home to look for his birth father. This hopefully soul-searching journey quickly gets derailed as he comes across beautiful women, colorful parties, and the local liquor known as grogue.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Helena Wittmann and actress Theresa GeorgeFilmmaker-artist Wittmann’s cosmic yet intimate first feature follows two women spending a weekend together on the North Sea before giving way to a transfixing meditation on the poetics of space.
North American Premiere · Encore Screening Added!The late Hu Bo’s epic feature debut—a modern reworking of the tale of Jason and the Argonauts—is a masterpiece that will be remembered as a landmark in Chinese cinema.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Marco Dutra and Juliana RojasDutra and Rojas’s second collaboration follows the relationship between a pregnant socialite and her new housemaid before transforming into a werewolf movie unlike any other.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Huang Hsin-yaoHuang Hsin-yao's fiction feature debut is a stylish, rip-roaring satire on class and corruption in contemporary Taiwanese society about two provincial friends who idle away their nights in the security booth of a Buddha statue factory.
Denmark's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entry · Critic's Pick at The New York TimesIn this pulsating crime thriller from debut feature filmmaker Gustav Möller, set entirely inside a claustrophobic emergency call center, a police officer must bring a caller to safety.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Emmanuel GrasThe latest by acclaimed French documentarian Emmanuel Gras follows the monumental efforts of a young Congolese man who makes a living producing, transporting, and selling charcoal.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Valérie MassadianFollowing up her acclaimed 2011 debut Nana, Valérie Massadian has made a moving, visually striking meditation on young motherhood and the vagaries of growing up.
North American PremiereInformed by filmmaker Shireen Seno’s childhood in the Filipino diaspora and her dual training in film and architecture, this sophomore work is a stylized evocation of a child's fanciful interpretation of the world around her.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Pedro PinhoA rich and formally surprising film of ideas, beautifully shot on 16mm, and featuring one of recent cinema’s most memorable musical numbers, Portuguese director Pedro Pinho’s nearly three-hour epic concerns the occupation of an elevator plant by its workers.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Yui KiyoharaThis feature debut by one of Japanese cinema’s most exciting new voices is an evocative and surprising exploration of female friendship, parallel realities, and the mysteries of everyday life.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Ana Urushadze and actress Nato MurvanidzeIn Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze’s gripping and bleakly comical feature debut, a 50-year-old Tblisi mother abandons her family to pursue a feverishly obsessive and hermetic life of writing poetry.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Cyril SchäublinThis feature debut from Swiss Cyril Schäublin revels in dark comedy in a dystopic but formally playful study of an alienated society.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Karim MoussaouiIn three tales, exciting newcomer Karim Moussaoui takes the pulse of modern-day Algiers, a country once riven by colonial occupation and sectarian warfare yet still abundant in beauty and promise.
New York Premiere · Q&As with Thierry de PerettiThis sophomore feature by Corsican filmmaker Thierry de Peretti tensely unspools as a poignant regional portrait and coming-of-age tale dashed with crime, political radicalism, and youthful idealism.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Hlynur Pálmason on 3/31This immersive sensory experience, set in a desolate Danish limestone community, is a portrait of a young man trapped in an unforgiving isolation.
Q&As with Sebastián Pinzón Silva and Arash Nassiri (joined by Gabe Elder on 4/1)From an atmospheric thriller set in Iran, uncanny and moving sketches of displaced people, to a musical documentary and an atypical dance film, these five bold shorts evoke the struggles and joys of communities from around the world.
Q&As with Sam Kuhn & Carlos ConceiçãoThe irreverent, melancholic, and transgressive impulses of youth collide in this program of four films, each set within its own impeccably crafted, hermetic world.
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Now in its 44th year, New Directors/New Films remains guided by the spirit of discovery. At a time of new digital frontiers of film production and distribution, this year’s lineup shows artistic innovation more than keeping pace with technological change. We hope you'll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent both the present and the future of cinema, the daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is, fascinatingly, never what you'd expect. Read More
For 43 years New Directors/New Films has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. All aspects of cinema, from production to exhibition, have changed dramatically over the years, and even more rapidly of late. But the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. Read More