Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, 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. Presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, 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. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art.
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Opening Night · Geremy Jasper in person!Patti Cake$, aka Killa P, is a burly and brash aspiring rapper with big plans to get out of Jersey. This raucous and fresh tale from first-time writer-director Geremy Jasper follows Patti from gas station rap battles to her shifts at the lonely karaoke bar with homegrown swagger and contagious energy.
Centerpiece · Q&As with Eliza Hittman and castEliza Hittman follows up her acclaimed debut It Felt Like Love with this sensuous, sensitive chronicle of sexual becoming, in which a Brooklyn teenager (breakout star Harris Dickinson) spends his nights exploring the world of online cruising.
Closing Night · Q&As with Dustin Guy Defa at both screenings, joined by Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson on 3/25This sophomore feature by one of American independent cinema’s most exciting young voices is at once understated and ambitious, recounting a day in the lives of a motley crew of New Yorkers (Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Philip Baker Hall, and others).
North American Premiere · Q&As with Jérôme ReybaudJérôme Reybaud’s fiction feature debut is a mysterious, humorous, and erotic road movie in which a man sets out without any clear destination, guided only by the connections he forges with strangers on a hookup app, with his lover in hot pursuit.
Q&As with Mehmet Can MertogluA self-involved couple initiates an elaborate ruse to alter the facts about how they came to have a family in this shrewd and visually accomplished social satire from Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoglu.
North American Premiere · Q&As with João Dumans & Affonso UchoaInvigorating and ever surprising, Arábia recounts the story of ex-con and eternal optimist Cristiano, as he journeys across Brazil in search of work and self-knowledge.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Jang Woo-jinJang Woo-jin’s sophomore feature, a delicate tale of human connection about three strangers on a train from Seoul to Chuncheon, recalls Hong Sang-soo and Apichatpong Weerasethakul in its surprising structure and understated yet bravura long takes. Screens with Léthé (Dea Kulumbegashvili, 15m).
Q&As with Chloé Robichaud
Chloé Robichaud’s stylish sophomore feature centers on three women trying to square their political careers with complicated personal lives amid negotiations over the untapped natural resources of a fictitious island country off the eastern coast of Canada.
In the beguiling, mysterious second feature by Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong, the story of a young film director researching a project about the 1976 massacre of Thai student activists at Thamassat University is just the beginning of a shape-shifting work of fictions within fictions.
Q&As with Yuri AncaraniVideo artist Ancarani’s visually striking documentary, a sly meditation on the pursuit of idiosyncratic desires, follows wealthy Qatari sheikhs who moonlight as amateur falconers, with no expenses spared along the way.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Davy ChouMaking his feature-length fiction debut, Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou renders the ecstasies and agonies of late youth with remarkable attention to detail in this stylish coming-of-age story.
Q&A with Angela Schanelec on 3/22Chance, emotion, and dreams determine the trajectories of two couples whose lives become unexpectedly entwined in this enigmatic film from the innovative German filmmaker Angela Schanelec.
Q&As with Nele Wohlatz
Best First Feature winner at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, Wohlatz’s playful, assured debut concerns a Chinese teenager newly arrived in Argentina and enrolled in Spanish classes. As she learns the language’s conditional tense, she imagines a constellation of possible futures. Screens with Three Sentences About Argentina (Nele Wohlatz, 5m).
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Johannes NyholmA true original, this provocative, grittily realist sports movie following a severely deformed and autistic man who lives to play petanque (a kind of lawn-bowling) is suffused with compassion and humor.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Kaori Kinoshita & Alain Della NegraUncannily melding fiction and documentary, Happiness Academy transports us to a retreat for the real-life Raelian Church for a humorous and enigmatic meditation on the peculiar ways in which people strive to give their lives meaning.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Alessandro ComodinAlessandro Comodin’s sophomore feature, set deep in the northern Italian woods and drawing on local folklore, is the work of a true original.
Q&As with William OldroydA young woman enters into an arranged marriage—and a passionate affair with one of her new husband’s servants. This rousing parable about the price of freedom relocates Nikolai Leskov’s play Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District to Victorian England.
Q&As with Jan P. MatuszynskiThis sort-of biopic of Polish surrealist artist Zdzisław Beksiński and his eccentric family tracks the near-death experiences, psychodramatic blowouts, and brilliant artworks that emerged from all the sturm und drang.
North American PremiereAla Eddine Slim’s mysterious, entrancing, dialogue-free film chronicles an unnamed man’s inadvertent journey into nature, speaking powerfully about both contemporary migration and the ancient struggle between man and nature.
Q&As with Joshua Z Weinstein, actor Menashe Lustig, and moreSomething like Woody Allen meets neorealism in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Joshua Z Weinstein’s feature debut is a poignant and funny parable concerning a hapless Hasidic widower struggling with his faith and his ability to raise for his ten-year-old son.
Q&As with Simon GrossThe funny and perceptive second feature by Ekvtimishvili and Gross follows a middle-aged woman as she aims to leave her husband and escape from her multi-generational, obligation-laden living situation.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Julia MuratThis absorbingly intimate third feature by Julia Murat is a moving portrait of a couple—a male sculptor and a female dancer—caught between rivalry and the desire to build a future with each other.
Q&As with Jonathan Olshefski, film subjects, and crewA chronicle of eight years in the lives of an African-American family in Philadelphia, beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Jonathan Olshefski’s documentary Quest is an absorbing vérité epic, rooted in today’s political realities.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Sanal Kumar SasidharanMain competition winner at this year’s International Rotterdam Film Festival, this tense nocturnal thriller chronicles a long, bad trip taken by a young couple on the run.
Q&As with Yance Ford, film subjects, and crew on 3/19; Ford and Director of Photography Alan Jacobsen on 3/20A haunting and stylized documentary investigation into the murder of a young black man in 1992, Yance Ford’s gripping, achingly personal Strong Island tells one of the most remarkable stories in recent documentary.
Q&As with Dalei Zhang on 3/16
Set in the early 1990s as China settles into its new market economy, Dalei Zhang’s atmospheric debut feature is intimate and far-reaching, creating ripples of uncertainty from the microcosm of one family’s everyday life.
Q&As with Deepak Rauniyar, cast, and crewThe second feature by Nepalese filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar sensitively explores the damage done to the fabric of Nepalese society by the decade-long civil war between the Maoists and Nepal’s monarchical government.
Q&As with John Trengove
In a mountainous corner of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, an age-old Xhosa ritual introducing adolescent boys to manhood continues to this day. This is the backdrop for the stark and stirring first feature by John Trengove.
Q&As with Daouda Coulibaly
An exciting and consummately made gangster picture with a pointed political resonance, Wùlu tracks the rise to power of a young van driver who adopts a life of crime as the 2012 Malian Civil War looms on the horizon.
Q&As with Sebastian Mihăilescu, Ricky D’Ambrose, and Loukianos MoshonasThe particular, at times peculiar, rhythms of work and everyday life fuel this selection of bold shorts from around the world: from Brooklyn to Athens, from Mozambique to Romania to India.
Q&As with Manuela De Laborde and Charlotte Bayer-Broc
A medium-length musical excavating a tragic event in Chile and an experimental short about the different ways of looking at objects make up this unique pair.
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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