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    NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS 2019 (March 27-April 7, 2019)

    New Directors/New Films Reviews 2019


    Full ND/NF schedule

    Angelo (Markus Schleinzer 2018)
    Bait (Mark Jenkin 2019)
    Belonging/Aidiyet (Burak Çevik 2019)
    Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu 2019)
    End of the Century (Lucio Castro 2019)
    Fausto (Andrea Bussmann 2018)
    Honeyland/Медена Земја (Tamara Kotevsk, Ljubomir Stefanov 2018)
    Joy (Sudabeh Mortazai 2018)
    Load, The/Teret (Ognjen Glavonić 2018)
    Long Way Home/Temporada (Andre Novias Oliveira 2018)
    Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng 2019)
    Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen 2019)
    Misericórdia (Xavier Marrades 2019)
    Monos (Alejandro Landes 2019) Centerpiece
    MS Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell 2019)
    Present.Perfect.(Shengze Zhu 2019)
    Suburban Birds//郊区的鸟/Jiao qu de niao (Qiu Sheng 2018)


    Mark Jenkin, UK, 2019, 89m
    North American Premiere

    Mark Jenkin’s tale of tensions between two brothers in a Cornish fishing village is an idiosyncratic work of social realism (shot on hand-processed black-and-white 16mm) fascinatingly pitched somewhere between documentary and political melodrama.

    Shengze Zhu, USA/Hong Kong, 2019, 124m

    Mandarin with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    Shengze Zhu’s third feature shines a light on the curious world of live-streaming, a singularly contemporary form of human connection and commerce wherein “anchors” document their lives and interact with a virtual audience.

    MS Slavic 7
    Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell, Canada, 2019, 64m

    North American Premiere
    In Sofia Bohdanowicz and Deragh Campbell’s clever comedy, a young woman (Campbell) visits Harvard University to research a correspondence between her great-grandmother (a renowned Polish poet) and another poet who seems to have been her lover.

    Preceded by:
    Xavier Marrades, Brazil/Spain, 2019, 21m

    Portuguese with English subtitles
    World Premiere
    Filmed around Brazil's Itaparica Island, this oneiric documentary evokes the rich, complicated ancestry of Bahia—considered the African heart of Brazil—through the dreams of its present-day inhabitants.


    Alejandro Landes, Colombia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Sweden/Uruguay, 2018, 102m

    English and Spanish with English subtitles
    New York Premiere
    In Alejandro Landes’s intensely thrilling twist on Lord of the Flies, Julianne Nicholson plays a terrorized American engineer held captive by teenage guerilla bandits in an unnamed South American jungle. A Sundance award-winner, Monos is sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019.

    Manta Ray
    Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand/France/China, 2018, 105m

    Thai with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    Cinematographer Phuttiphong Arronpheng’s auspicious directorial debut is a mysterious, intoxicating work that centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute refugee he rescues from a swamp.

    End of the Century
    Lucio Castro, Argentina, 2019, 84m

    Spanish with English subtitles
    World Premiere
    What seems like a one-night encounter between two strangers becomes an epic, decades-spanning relationship, which filmmaker Lucio Castro depicts in a nonlinear fashion, and in which time and space refuse to play by the rules.


    Chinonye Chukwu, USA, 2019, 113m

    New York Premiere
    Winner of the Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Chinonye Chukwu’s sophomore feature is an enthralling prison-set drama anchored by powerhouse performances by Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge.

    Philippe Lesage, Canada, 2018, 130m

    French with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    Following his autobiographical 2015 debut The Demons, Philippe Lesage continues to chronicle the life of young Felix (Édouard Tremblay-Grenier), and also captures the romantic trials and tribulations of two Quebecois teen siblings; the result is one of the most beautiful coming-of-age stories in years.

    Burak Cevik, Turkey, 2019, 72m

    Turkish with English subtitles
    North American Premiere
    A murder investigation is flipped inside out in Burak Cevik’s second feature, a spellbinding and surprising film concerning the first encounter of a young couple accused of murder.
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 06-30-2019 at 11:00 AM.


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