New Directors/New Films 2013 Mar 20 – Mar 31

New Directors/New Films 2013

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Before Sundance and before SXSW, there was New Directors/New Films, Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art’s annual showcase of work by emerging filmmakers from around the world. In its 42-year history, the festival has introduced or cemented the status of some of the most familiar and critically-acclaimed directors of our time, including Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Ken Burns, Agnieszka Holland, Wong Kar-Wai, Spike Lee, Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg. Who will be your next favorite filmmaker?

In This Series

Blue Caprice

Blue Caprice

Alexandre Moors | 2012 | 92 mins

Opening Night! New York Premiere!

Director Alexandre Moors and cast members Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Tim Blake Nelson, and Cassandra Freeman in person!

Alexandre Moors’s remarkable debut feature explores the impulse to commit murder, following two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the front pages.

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Our Nixon

Our Nixon

Penny Lane | 2013 | 85 mins

Closing Night! New York Premiere!

Director Penny Lane in person at all screenings!

Our Nixon offers an unprecedented, insider’s view of an American presidency, chronicling watershed events including the Apollo moon landing and the path-breaking trip to China, as well as more intimate glimpses of Nixon in times of glory and disgrace.

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Sunday, March 31

7:00pm

Sunday, March 31

9:30pm
The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Joshua Opennheimer | 2012 | 158/116 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Anne Köhncke in person at all screenings!

What is one to make of men who freely admit their involvement in the mass killing of millions of Indonesians in a bloody anti-Communist campaign in the 1960s? The Act of Killing bypasses the usual documentary tropes of exposing injustice, instead provoking the viewer to consider the murderers’ sense of responsibility for their crimes.

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Sunday, March 24

2:00pm
Anton’s Right Here

Anton’s Right Here

Lyubov Arkus | 2012 | 120 mins

North American Premiere!

Critic-turned-filmmaker Lyubov Arkus finds herself becoming the key caregiver for severely autistic teen Anton Kharitonov and documents over six years, in a reflective and fascinating style, the tremendous obstacles and problems of encouraging and supporting a sensitive but barely communicative boy.

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Thursday, March 28

6:15pm
Burn It Up Djassa

Burn It Up Djassa

Lonesome Solo | 2012 | 70 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Brimming with the fateful energy of the ghetto, this cinema-vérité-shot, noir-tinged drama was shot in 11 days and created collectively by its streetwise protagonists eager to give voice to their present situation.

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Sunday, March 24

6:00pm
The Color of the Chameleon

The Color of the Chameleon

Emil Christov | 2012 | 114 mins

New York Premiere!

Producer Bouriana Zakharieva, Writer/Producer Vladislav Todorov and Actor Ruscen Vidinliev in person at all screenings!

Unfolding in the years before and after the fall of Communism, this black comedy about a rogue secret police informant goes down a rabbit hole into a realm of twisted absurdity. With its first film at ND/NF in thirty-five years, Bulgaria is back!

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Thursday, March 21

6:15pm
Les Coquillettes

Les Coquillettes

Sophie Letourneur | 2012 | 75 mins

North American Premiere!

Sophie Letourneur’s comedy of arrested development is a delightfully giddy, screwball lark, a self-mocking, thirty-something French counterpart to Lena Dunham’s Girls filmed on location at the Locarno Film Festival.

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Monday, March 25

6:15pm
Die Welt

Die Welt

Alex Pitstra | 2012 | 80 mins

North American Premiere!

Director Alex Pitstra and Producer Rosan Breman in person at all screenings!

Based loosely on his father’s story of coming to Holland, Alex Pitstra's semi-autobiographical voyage is set against the backdrop of a contemporary yet traditional Tunisia trying to find a way forward.

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Tuesday, March 26

6:15pm
Emperor Visits the Hell

Emperor Visits the Hell

Luo Li | 2013 | 71 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Director Luo Li in person at all screenings!

In this crafty reworking of part of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, Emperor Li Shimin is now a bureaucratic boss in a big city, where the crooked Dragon King’s attempt to change the weather has backfired and condemned him to death.

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Saturday, March 23

3:30pm
A Hijacking

A Hijacking

Tobias Lindholm | 2012 | 99 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Tobias Lindholm and Producer René Ezra in person at all screenings!

On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension with an unexpected climax.

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Friday, March 22

6:15pm
L’Intervallo

L’Intervallo

Leonardo Di Costanzo | 2012 | 86 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Leonardo di Costanzo in person at all screenings!

Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, this portrait of two adolescents thrown together under the eye of the Neapolitan Camorra has an air of menace and sexual tension.

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Friday, March 29

6:15pm
Jards

Jards

Eryk Rocha | 2012 | 93 mins

North American Premiere! Director Eryk Rocha and Actor Jards Macalé in person at all screenings!

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Fashioning an intimately attuned portrait of an artist, Eryk Rocha uses his camera as an instrument to riff with celebrated Brazilian composer and musician Jards Macalé in the recording studio.

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Friday, March 29

9:00pm
Jiseul

Jiseul

O Muel | 2012 | 109 mins

New York Premiere!

As part of a brutal anticommunist purge of the island of Jeju in 1948, Korean troops hunt down the inhabitants of a village caught in the crossfire in this austere, beautifully composed, and deliberately paced requiem.

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Tuesday, March 26

9:00pm
Küf

Küf

Ali Aydin | 2012 | 94 mins

North American Premiere!

Basri, a railroad inspector nearing retirement, spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government, looking for news about his left-wing son who disappeared 18 years ago.

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Saturday, March 23

6:00pm
Leones

Leones

Jazmin López | 2012 | 80 mins

North American Premiere!

Director Jazmin Lopez in person at all screenings!

In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant environment is as much a character as the five young protagonists, enfolding them as they move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the air.

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Monday, March 25

8:30pm
People’s Park

People’s Park

New York Premiere!

Directors JP Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn in person at all screenings!

An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People's Park in Chengdu, China created in a single virtuoso tracking shot, this film scrutinizes the joys of communal play, exercise and free time.

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Saturday, March 30

6:00pm
Rengaine

Rengaine

Rachid Djaidani | 2012 | 75 mins

US Premiere!

Director Rachid Djaïdani and Producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint in person at all screenings!

Shot in the streets, this no-budget urban contemporary Romeo and Juliet is part love letter to the irresistible energy of Paris, part call for interracial tolerance.

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Friday, March 22

9:00pm
The Shine of Day

The Shine of Day

Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel | 2012 | 90 mins

New York Premiere!

In this followup to their semi-fictional, semi-documentary films Babooska and La Pivellina, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel continue to demonstrate a generous perspective on people struggling at the fringes of showbiz—namely, the circus. Screening with Ouverture (Bracey Smith and Neil Dvorak, 5m).

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Sunday, March 24

8:30pm
Soldate Jeannette

Soldate Jeannette

Daniel Hoesl | 2012 | 79 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Daniel Hoesl in person at all screenings!

In his first feature, director Daniel Hoesl fashions an absurdist morality play that pits an urban, manufactured world against nature.

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Saturday, March 23

9:00pm
Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley | 2012 | 108 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Sarah Polley in person at all screenings!

What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process cracking open family secrets.

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Saturday, March 30

12:30pm
They’ll Come Back

They’ll Come Back

Marcelo Lordello | 2012 | 105 mins

North American Premiere!

Director Marcelo Lordello in person at all screenings!

In this gentle, understated drama, an upper-middle-class 12-year-old learns how Brazil’s other half lives when she and her sullen older brother are left behind by their parents in a rural backwater.

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Wednesday, March 27

9:00pm
Tower

Tower

Kazik Radwanski | 2012 | 78 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Kaz Radwanski and Producer Dan Montgomery in person at all screenings!

In his mid-thirties yet still living at home with his parents, Derek struggles to make a small animation about a green creature building rock towers in Kazik Radwanski’s work of uncommon discipline combined with unmistakable empathy.

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Thursday, March 21

9:00pm
Towheads

Towheads

Shannon Plumb | 2013 | 86 mins

North American Premiere!

Director Shannon Plumb in person at all screenings!

A Brooklyn mother finds comic relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on  thankless days.

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Saturday, March 30

8:30pm
Upstream Color

Upstream Color

Shane Carruth | 2013 | 96 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Shane Carruth in person at all screenings!

A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, Shane Carruth’s long-awaited followup to Primer represents something new in American cinema, exploring life’s surprising jumps and science’s strange effects. Screening with RP31 (Lucy Raven, 5m).

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Thursday, March 28

9:00pm
Viola

Viola

Matías Piñeiro | 2012 | 63 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Matías Piñeiro in person at all screenings!

One of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices, Matias Piñeiro ingeniously fashions out of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Screening with: The Search for Inspiration Gone (Ashley Michael Briggs, 9m).

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Wednesday, March 27

6:30pm
ND/NF Shorts Program 3

ND/NF Shorts Program 3

| 86 mins

New York Premieres!

A program comprising three shorts: Chiralia (Santiago Gil, 26m), The Village (Liliana Sulzbach, 25m), and To Put Together a Helicopter (Izabel Acevedo, 35m).

Chiralia Director Santiago Gil and Screenwriter/Producer France Orsenne, and The Village's Liliana Sulzbach, Vicente Saldanha, Tommy McKay, and Cesar Graef in person at all screenings!

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Saturday, March 30

3:30pm
ND/NF Shorts Program 1

ND/NF Shorts Program 1

| 83 mins

New York Premieres!

Southwest Director Jordi Wijnalda, What Can I Wish You Before the Fight? Director Sofia Babluani, Everything Near Becomes Far Director Mauricio Arangof, and Stampede Director Cyril Schäublin in person at all screenings!

A program comprising five shorts: Wonderland (Peter Kerek, 21m), Southwest (Jordi Wijnalda, 16m), What Can I Wish You Before the Fight? (Sofia Babluani, 16m), Everything Near Becomes Far (Mauricio Arango, 10m), Stampede (Cyril Amon Schäublin, 20m).

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Saturday, March 23

1:00pm
ND/NF Shorts Program 2

ND/NF Shorts Program 2

| 83 mins

New York Premieres!

Taboulé Director Richard Garcia, Pirate of Love Director Sara Gunnarsdottir, Flamingos Director Francesca Coppola, Ararat Director and Actor Engin Kundağ and Claudio Schulz-Keune, and Take a Deep Breath Director and Actor Basak Buyukcelen and Celal Kadri Kinoglu in person at all screenings!

A program comprising six shorts: Taboulé (Richard Garcia, 4m), The Pirate of Love (Sara Gunnarsdottir, 10m), Flamingos (Francesca Coppola, 15m), Sequin Raze (Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, 20m), Ararat (Engin Kundag, 26m), and Take a Deep Breath (Basak Buyukcelen, 8m).

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Sunday, March 31

4:00pm
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