Another Fantastic Line-Up for 43rd New Directors/New Films Fest
While we wait for the summer movie and festival season to pick up in a few months, another film festival is preparing to return for its 43rd year. A spin-off of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival features screenings of highly acclaimed feature debuts of up-and-coming filmmakers. This year they've got a number of Sundance gems, as well as a few other debuts from around the world, which we'll try and cover. If not, the full list of all 27 feature films showing at the 43rd New Directors/New Films festival can be found at FilmLinc or NewDirectors.org. Read on for more.
Quoted from the official announcement: "ND/NF has always been proudly committed to international cinema at its most inventive and progressive," said Jytte Jensen, Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art and co-chair of the 2014 ND/NF selection committee. "This year's representation of 29 countries in our selection is a testament to that dedication. Whether looking from the 'outside-in' on a culture or event or creating their own immersive world for their stories, each film has a personal style and vision that marks its director as an important cinematic storyteller: talented, intrepid, resourceful, and committed." The line-up for 2014 features everything from horror to thriller to drama to comedy to sci-fi to everything inbetween. There's a number of talented filmmakers continuing their progress through this year's film festival circuit.
Returning again is Richard Ayoade's The Double, from Sundance: Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, along with Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child starring Jenny Slate as the centerpiece film; plus the Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days on Earth, Justin Simien's Dear White People and the acclaimed horror-thriller Jennifer Kent's The Babadook. Other notable premieres: Tom Shoval's Youth, Alejandro Fernández Almendras' To Kill a Man, Ramon Zürcher's The Strange Little Cat (yes!), Anja Marquardt's She's Lost Control, Abdellah Taïa's Salvation Army, Romanian filmmaker Tudor Cristian Jurgiu's The Japanese Dog, and Shahram Mokri's one continuous shot film Fish & Cat.
There's a couple of other films that could be good: History of Fear, Of Horses and Men. For the full line-up, visit: FilmLinc.com. Public tickets for the screenings will go on sale starting on Monday, March 10 at Noon. Tickets are $15, $12 for members of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art. Tickets for Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night screenings are $20, $15 for members. This is an excellent festival to follow-up the New York Film Festival, which is another seven months away. I went to some screenings last year and saw some films that ended up on my Best 19. There are plenty of solid feature debuts to see at ND/NF and lots to discuss, so take a look at the full schedule and add this to your calendar.