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..
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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.
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.
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.
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.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Ricky D'AmbroseRicky D’Ambrose’s dark, minimalist pseudo-detective debut feature follows a quiet young man (Bingham Bryant) who mysteriously disappears after starting a new life in Brooklyn's artistic circles. Screening with Clément Pinteaux’s Young Girls Vanish.
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.
Q&As with Yassmina Karajah and Sebastián Pinzón SilvaFrom 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.
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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