Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art present the 51st edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), April 20–May 1. For more than half a century, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who speak to the present and anticipate the future of cinema, and whose bold work pushes the envelope in unexpected, striking ways. This year’s festival will introduce 26 features and 11 shorts, a total of 39 directors, 21 of which are women, to filmgoers in theaters at both FLC and MoMA.
La Frances Hui, Curator, Department of Film, MoMA and 2022 ND/NF Co-chair observes, “Portraits of individuals and communities navigating uncertain and turbulent circumstances in pursuit of freedom, self-determination, and survival set a remarkably contemplative tone to the lineup. This year’s new directors look inwards and draw on events past and present to reflect on our collective humanity. Together, these films reaffirm the creative power of cinema to see, critique, and inspire the way we live.”
“This year’s edition opens and closes with two memorable features, directed by Audrey Diwan and by Martine Syms, proving how essential cinema can still be both as an art form, and as a means to shake convictions on political, social, racial, and gender issues. The committee is thrilled to showcase these intense and brilliant portraits, conveying distinct and singular female experiences and keeping open dialogues between artist and audience,” said Florence Almozini, FLC Senior Programmer at Large and 2022 New Directors/New Films Co-Chair.
The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations. The 2022 feature committee comprises Florence Almozini (Co-Chair, FLC), La Frances Hui (Co-Chair, MoMA), Dennis Lim (FLC), Rajendra Roy (MoMA), Josh Siegel (MoMA), and Tyler Wilson (FLC), and the shorts were programmed by Brittany Shaw (MoMA) and Maddie Whittle (FLC).
New Directors/New Films 2022
See 3+ films and save, discount applied at cart. Excludes Happening (Opening Night) and The African Desperate (Closing Night).
Q&A with Audrey Diwan and Anamaria Vartolomei on April 20 at 7PM | Opening Night FilmWinner of the Venice International Film Festival’s prestigious Golden Lion, Audrey Diwan’s exceptionally well-observed breakthrough is an unsparing, gripping portrait of a young woman’s attempts to secure an illegal abortion in 1960s France.
Q&As with Martine Syms on April 30 & May 1 | Closing Night Film | World PremiereThis frantic, wildly engaging debut feature from Martine Syms lunges through 24 crucial yet wayward hours in the life of Palace (Syms’s fellow visual artist Diamond Stingily).
Q&As with Malena Solarz | North American PremiereIn her solo debut feature, director Malena Solarz takes a surprising, gentle, altogether gratifying approach to the coming-of-age genre.
Q&A with Kim Se-in on April 30 | North American PremiereLiving together in a cramped city apartment, middle-aged single mother Su-kyung and her twentysomething daughter Yi-jung have long since settled into a relationship of simmering mutual resentment.
Q&As with Chan Tze Woon | U.S. PremiereThe large-scale 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and the subsequent crackdown on freedoms provide the urgent anchoring point for this remarkable vision from HK filmmaker Chan Tze Woon, a genre-defying plunge into the political morass that has been ever-widening between the former colony and the controlling Chinese state.
Q&As with Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas | North American PremiereUsing a radical, endlessly surprising narrative structure and a distinctive stylistic approach, Greek filmmakers Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas tell of how the once-thriving Sephardic Jewish community in their native city of Thessaloniki was gradually decimated over the course of the violent 20th century.
Q&As with Juan Pablo GonzálezOne is unlikely to forget the subtle expressivity of Teresa Sánchez, winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Acting and mysterious camera subject of Juan Pablo González’s absorbing, immersive fiction feature debut.
Q&As with Kivu Ruhorahoza | North American PremiereExpertly weaving three seemingly disparate stories set in and around the city of Kigali, Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza has constructed a rich, poignant story of loss and the various meanings of parentage.
Q&As with Sara DosaUsing a trove of the couple’s monumental, almost otherworldly 16mm footage, filmmaker Sara Dosa consummately constructs the narrative of their remarkable lives of world-famous volcanologists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft.
Q&As with Éric Gravel | North American PremiereThe everyday experiences of a divorced working mother desperately trying to make ends meet supply riveting, ferociously humane drama in Éric Gravel’s marvel of economical storytelling.
Q&As with Park Song-yeol | North American PremiereAn unemployed young couple spirals into ever-escalating economic precarity in Park Song-yeol’s gripping, frequently amusing, and expertly written moral tale, fueled by the desperation of contemporary lower-middle-class living.
Q&As with Nikyatu JusuIn this psychologically complex fable of displacement tinged with supernatural horror, Diop plays Aisha, a woman recently emigrated from Senegal who is hired to care for the adorable daughter of an unbalanced white couple (Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector) living in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood.
Q&As with Arthur HarariIn this absorbing epic, Harari immerses the viewer in the true story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer who was stationed in the Philippines during WWII, and marooned there for nearly 30 years.
North American PremiereSkillfully doling out narrative information in scenes marked by elegant, sinister single takes, Bareiša has created a foreboding, yet ultimately hopeful portrait of people racked with unresolved anger.
Intros from Azmeri Haque BadhonThis formally rigorous, breathlessly paced indictment of an abusive, protected patriarchal society is a tough-minded triumph from Bangladeshi filmmaker Abdullah Mohammad Saad.
Q&As with Sierra PettengillMeticulously conceived and masterfully constructed, filmmaker Sierra Pettengill’s documentary exclusively employs archival footage to excavate the racist governmental crackdown on Black Americans in the late ’60s.
Q&As with Natalia López Gallardo | North American PremiereFilled with unshakable images, Robe of Gems weaves an ever-expanding web of characters deep in the Mexican countryside touched by violence, trauma, and daily rupture.
U.S. Premiere | Special video introduction from Dongnan Chen!In her poignant & thought-provoking documentary, Dongnan Chen follows the rise to national prominence of a Christian choir from the Miao community & how it was co-opted for government party propaganda.
Special Video Intros from Shô MiyakeShô Miyake’s scrupulously studied portrait of a deaf boxer’s life, shot and set during the COVID pandemic, is an entirely physical experience, punctuated by moments of pure feeling.
Q&As with Annika PinskeIn her absorbing and insightful feature debut, set largely over a few crucial days in Clara’s life, Pinske has created an acerbic drama about the interrelation of deep-seated class anxieties and personal neuroses.
Q&As with Kavich NeangIn this deeply affecting and precisely detailed study of the familial and psychological effects of rapid industrial change, Neang creates a film of tactile vividness and otherworldly beauty set in his hometown of Phnom Penh.
Tickets for the 51st New Directors/New Films are $17 for the general public; $13 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities; and $12 for FLC and MoMA members.
Opening Night tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities; and $20 for FLC and MoMA members.
Passes and Packages
3+ Film Package
Save with the purchase of three tickets or more! Discount automatically applied when adding at least three tickets to your cart. Excludes Happening (Opening Night) and The African Desperate (Closing Night).
Student All-Access Pass
Students can save with the discounted Student All-Access Pass for $50. Excludes Happening (Opening Night) and The African Desperate (Closing Night). Limited availability!
Complete your ND/NF experience with the purchase of the VIP Package for $1,000. Includes two tickets to every film, two tickets to Opening Night and the Closing Night Party, and an invitation to Filmmaker Brunch.
Passholders can pick up their physical pass at the box office on the day of their first screening. Passholders must present this pass for entry at each screening and will not need individual tickets.
For sold-out screenings, a standby line will form at the corresponding venue’s box office beginning an hour prior to showtime. Tickets may become available to the standby line on a first-come, first-served basis one (1) per customer.
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