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    NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS 2020 (April 28-May 9, 2021)

    It starts later this year due to the pandemic; the 2020 series was delayed till Dec. This is the 50th anniversary of ND/NF, so there is a retrospective series of selections from early years, including Christopher Nolan's debut, Gregg Araki's, and films by Charles Burnett, Lee Chang-dong, and Chantal Ackerman. The main series is presented "via virtual cinema, with in-person screenings extending through May 13 at FLC" (Lincoln Center; the films are normally shown both at Lincoln Center and MoMA).


    ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE ("A far-ranging look at the biases in how we see things, focusing on the use of police body cameras" - IMDb

    The complete 2021 New Directors/New Films feature film lineup is as follows:


    {From Indiewire}


    FESTIVAL COVERAGE THREAD


    Features:

    Aleph dir. Iva Radivojević
    All Light, Everywhere dir. Theo Anthony
    All the Light We Can See dir. Pablo Escoto Luna
    Apples dir. Christos Nikou
    Azor dir. Andreas Fontana
    Bebia, à mon seul désir dir. Juja Dobrachkous
    Bipolar dir. Queena Li
    Dark Red Forest dir. Jin Huaqing
    Destello Bravío dir. Ainhoa Rodríguez
    Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) dir. Arie & Chuko Esiri
    Faya Dayi dir. Jessica Beshir
    Friends and Strangers dir. James Vaughan
    Gull dir. Kim Mi-jo
    Liborio dir. Nino Martinez Sosa
    Luzzu dir. Alex Camilleri
    Madalena dir. Madiano Marcheti
    Moon, 66 Questions dir. Jacqueline Lentzou
    Pebbles dir. P.S. Vinothraj
    El Planeta dir. Amalia Ulman
    Radiograph of a Family dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani
    Rock Bottom Riser dir. Fern Silva
    Short Vacation dir. Kwon Min-pyo & Seo Han-sol
    Stop-Zemlia dir. Kateryna Gornostai
    Taming the Garden dir. Salomé Jashi
    We (Nous) dir. Alice Diop
    We’re All Going to the World’s Fair dir. Jane Schoenbrun
    Wood and Water dir. Jonas Bak

    The complete New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective lineup is as follows:

    Duvidha dir. Mani Kaul
    Following dir. Christopher Nolan
    The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick dir. Wim Wenders
    The Living End dir. Gregg Araki
    Lucía dir. Humberto Solás
    My Brother’s Wedding dir. Charles Burnett
    Peppermint Candy dir. Lee Chang-dong
    Playing Away dir. Horace Ové
    Les Rendez-vous d’Anna dir. Chantal Akerman
    Sleepwalk dir. Sara Driver
    Twenty Years Later dir. Eduardo Coutinho

    The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations. The 2021 feature committee comprises Florence Almozini (Co-Chair, FLC), La Frances Hui (Co-Chair, MoMA), Rajendra Roy (MoMA), Josh Siegel (MoMA), Dan Sullivan (FLC), and Tyler Wilson (FLC), and the shorts were programmed by Brittany Shaw (MoMA) and Madeline Whittle (FLC).

    The films are shown at the Walter Reade Theater but with very limited seating from April 28 to May 13, 2021, and online in virtual form to May 8, 2021.
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    There are also shorts:

    Beyond Is the Day dir. Damian Kocur
    Binh dir. Ostin Fam
    Heaven Reaches Down to Earth dir. Tebogo Malebogo
    Hola, abuelo dir. Manuela Eguía
    I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face dir. Sameh Alaa
    Limousine dir. Saulė Bliuvaitė
    A Love Song in Spanish dir. Ana Elena Tejera
    More Happiness dir. Livia Huang
    Nha Mila dir. Denise Fernandes
    Summits and Ashes dir. Fernando Criollo
    Surviving You, Always dir. Morgan Quaintance

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    ND/NF 2021: Descriptions of the films

    Aleph ( Iva Radivojevic) Structured as a labyrinth-like game and inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, Aleph is a travelogue of experience, a dreamer's journey through the lives, experiences, stories and musings of protagonists spanning ten countries and five continents. (IMDb) Radivojevic lives in Brooklyn but spent her early life in Yugoslavia and Cyprus.

    All Light, Everywhere dir. Theo Anthony. "A far-ranging look at the biases in how we see things, focusing on the use of police body cameras" - IMDb

    All the Light We Can See/Todo la luz que podemos ver dir. Pablo Escoto Luna. Between Popocatépetl and Ixtaccihuatl, one day before the war. Maria, forced to marry a bandit, escapes her fate and runs away into the woods in the company of El Toro. Rosario, in love with an assassinated general, weeps on his tomb dug into the side of a volcano. All of them are destined to wandering and error; all climb, fall and are beset by doubt, all are adrift and lost in the night."-Director's description.

    Apples dir. Christos Nikou. "Amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia, middle-aged Aris finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities" - IMDb.

    Azor dir. Andreas Fontana
    . "Yvan De Wiel, a private banker from Geneva, goes to Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, the object of the most worrying rumours, who disappeared overnight" - IMDb.

    Bebia, à mon seul désir dir. Juja Dobrachkous "A young model returns to the Georgian countryside, where a confrontation with her past offers hope for the future" _IMDb.

    Bipolar dir. Queena Li (AKA Mengqiao Li )."Based on the myth of Orpheus: in Lhasa, a young woman encounters a lobster that will change her life" - IMDb.

    Dark Red Forest dir. Jin Huaqing. "When the coldest days of the year come, the nuns start meditating in tiny wooden houses in the mountains. Their Buddhist Tibetan monastery is located on a snowy Tibetan plateau at an elevation of 4,000 meters and hosts the world’s largest group of Buddhist nuns, with up to 20,000 nuns living and practicing their traditional ways there, at the same time..." [part of a lengthy synopsis for Cinando]

    Destello Bravío/Mighty Flash dir. Ainhoa Rodríguez. How we cling to age old patriarchal traditions ,though in a new globalized world, society needs to move on and invent new ways of thinking. - IMDb.

    Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) dir. Arie & Chuko Esiri. "A baggy but charming Nigerian debut that paints a broad portrait of lively modern Lagos through the struggles and triumphs of two residents." (Variety)

    Faya Dayi dir. Jessica Beshir. . A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations - .

    Friends and Strangers dir. James Vaughan. "Director, screenwriter and editor James Vaughan richly spices his exploration of the culture of affluent young adults with millennial irony. Strikingly framed shots and a contrapuntal score set the tone for a succession of interactions at the intersection of the mundane and the absurd."- IFFR.com

    Gull (2020) by Kim Mi-jo.Provoking drama about gender images and the role of women in Korean society

    Liborio (dir. Nino Martínez Sosa. the true story of Olivorio Mateo, a peasant who disappears into a hurricane and returns, it is claimed, with the power to cure the sick and take away evil.

    Luzzu dir. Alex Camilleri. "Luzzu’ Review: A Maltese Neorealist Fishing Drama in the Key of the Dardenne Brothers. . .Sundance: Alex Camilleri's locally made vérité tale discovers a knockout performance in a real-life fisherman from Malta." - Indiewire.

    Madalena dir. Madiano Marcheti. "A broken body in a white dress, lying lifeless in a swaying soya field. Who killed the trans woman Madalena, how and why is never revealed in the Brazilian film Madalena. In his assured debut, director Madiano Marcheti doesn't even reveal how the corpse was discovered. Yet the image of this motionless body lends an extra charge to everything that follows." - IFFR.

    Moon, 66 Questions dir. Jacqueline Lentzou "When a grave illness strikes down her father Paris, Artemis decides to return home to Greece after an absence of some years. Being the sole child of divorced parents, she is the only one who can look after Paris, who requires daily care. Father and daughter embark on a journey into knowledge and revelation, which heralds a new beginning for their relationship."-Berlinale.

    Pebbles dir. P.S. Vinothraj. ) (top honor at Rotterdam). "A vexed father (Ganapathy) is determined to bring back his wife and daughter, who’d fled home to escape his violence. He forces his school-going son to accompany him and together they undertake a 13 km road journey into the heart of a drought-borne village in Madurai. Keeping the family at the centre, Pebbles paints a richly detailed picture of a people, robbed of their livelihood, suffering through abject poverty in a village devastated by drought." - Filmpost.

    El Planeta dir. Amalia Ulman. "El Planeta is a comedy about eviction.Amidst the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and an impending eviction." - Film website.

    Radiograph of a Family dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani. Mother married a photo of Father,” says director Firouzeh Khosrovani in the opening of this deeply personal documentary. She’s not speaking metaphorically though. Her mother Tayi literally married a portrait of Hossein in Teheran -he was in Switzerland studying radiology and was unable to travel back to his homeland for the wedding. The event illustrates the abyss that still exists in their marriage..." - Letterboxd.

    Rock Bottom Riser dir. Fern Silva. "From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight to the discovery of habitable planets by astronomers, Rock Bottom Riser examines the all-encompassing encounters of an island world at sea. As lava continues to flow from the earth’s core on the island of Hawaii—posing an imminent danger—a crisis mounts. Astronomers plan to build the world’s largest telescope on Hawaii’s most sacred and revered mountain, Mauna Kea..."-Letterboxd.

    Short Vacation dir. Kwon Min-pyo & Seo Han-sol. "Four girls in their school photo club “Shine” are tasked with photographing “the end of the world” over their summer vacation by their photography teacher. And so they set out, armed with plastic film cameras, to do just that. What transpires is a leisurely (sometimes too leisurely) journey as the four girls head to a train station at the end of the line. But upon arriving and taking a few pictures, none of the girls is satisfied." - Berlinale review by Brian Corser.

    Stop-Zemlia dir. Kateryna Gornostai. Introverted high-school girl Masha sees herself as an outsider unless she hangs around with Yana and Senia who share her non-conformist status. While she is trying to navigate through an intense time of the pre-graduation year, Masha is forced out of her comfort zone when she falls in love.- edited from Cineropa.

    Taming the Garden dir. Salomé Jashi."Documentary follows trees that are transported, at great expense and inconvenience, from the coast of the Republic of Georgia to the private garden of that country's former prime minister." - IMDb.

    We (Nous) dir. Alice Diop. "A journey within indistinct spaces known as inner cities and suburbs. Several portraits, all individual pieces that form a whole. We."

    We’re All Going to the World’s Fair dir. Jane Schoenbrun "Sundance: Jane Schoenbrun's exploration of internet culture through a chilling coming-of-age story is an auspicious, wildly smart narrative feature debut."- Kate Erbland, INdiewire.

    Wood and Water dir. Jonas Bak. Anke retires from her job at the church in a small town in the Black Forest. She looks forward to reuniting with her children over the summer holidays by the Baltic Sea, at a place where they used to live as a young family, and where she lived her best years."- Berlinale. German director's debut.


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    BIPOLAR (Queena Li 2021)

    A fanciful road trip of a young woman singer-songwriter, plagued by confusion or sadness, driving across Tibet. Starring the daughter of Faye Wong, "Faye" in Chungking Express. Very creative and perhaps autobiographical but a mite long.

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    EL PLANETA (Amalia Ulman 2021)

    A darkly funny series of semi-autobiographical vignettes with a mother and daughter playing themselves as a pair of impoverished grifters living a fancy of style and wealth in Gijón, Asturia, northern Spain while on the brink of homelessness.

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    FRIENDS AND STRANGERS (James Vaughan 2021)

    Follows a twenty-something white Australian in several sequences whose "mumblecore" slow dialogue gradually develops an edge, revealing the privilege of his idleness in a world where no one non-white ever appears. Builds, with concomitant strains of satire and surrealism.
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    LUZZU (Alex Camilleri. 2021)

    A Maltese fisherman must abandon is family's many-generation calling due to the economy, global warming; all that stuff. A film about anger and acceptance.

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    PEBBLES (P.S. Vinothraj 2021)

    Winner of the top prize at Rotterdam, a relentless drama about a raging drunken man running back and forth across drought-ridden Tamil country in south India after his wife, accompanied by his little boy.

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    AZOR (Andreas Fontana 2021)

    Set in Buenos Aires in 1980 in the middle of the "Dirty War," this depicts a Swiss banker coming from Geneva to replace his partner who has suddenly disappeared, and it is a slow burner that seethes with quiet, luxurious menace and a mix of immorality and danger that has been compared to Joseph Conrad and John Le Carré.

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    WOOD AND WATER (Jonas Bak 2021)

    A German mother just retired comes from rural Germany stays at her son's flat in Hong Kong - but never sees him. Perhaps a good companion piece for Chantal Ackerman's The Meetings of Anna, included in the retrospective part of this year's ND/NF, its 50th anniversary.

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    ALEPH (Iva Radivojević 2021)

    Meditations in multiple countries in multiple languages don't cohere under the rubric of Jorge Luis Borges' "The Aleph," of whose profundities they are not worthy. A ND/NF debut film.

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    APPLES (Christos Nikou 2020)

    In Athens, there is a pandemic of amnesia. The protagonist and his woman friend try to put lives and identities together in the aftermath. "Weird Wave" origins but with a warm and humanistic feeling that gives pleasure.

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    ROCK BOTTOM RISER (Fern Silva 2021)

    A short but rich experimental documentary about Hawaii that is both passionate and witty. He is particularly interested in the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) threatening sacred indigenous land but he ranges wide. He is a FSC-Harvard fellow with degrees from MassArt and Bard who teaches at Bennington.
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    NATÁLIA MAZARIM IN MADALENA

    Preview of ND/NF film from Brazil, Madiano Marcheti's 'Madalena':


    From Film at Lincoln Center:
    In this hauntingly oblique yet vivid moral drama, set in a rural Brazilian town, three characters’ lives are affected in different ways by the death of Madalena, a local trans woman whose body is found in one of the vast soybean fields that stretch across the region. For cisgender Luziane (Natália Mazarim) and Cristiano (Rafael de Bona), a bar hostess and a wealthy soy farm scion, respectively, her death occasions vastly different kinds of rupture, while for Bianca (Pâmella Yule), a trans woman and friend of the deceased, it is a more tragically matter-of-fact instance of increasing violence perpetrated on their community. Director Madiano Marcheti’s almost sidelong approach—with Madalena providing the film’s structuring absence—is a provocative challenge to conventional narrative and a rebuke to formulaic depictions of trauma.

    Playing on May 1 at 9pm and May 9 at 12:30pm at Film at Lincoln Center.

    Playing virtually nationwide from 5/2 - 5/7 in our Virtual Cinema!
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    MADALENA (Madiano Marcheti 2021)

    Crabwise followup of three people differently connected to a murdered trans woman found in a soya field in Brazil's Centro Oeste region, an assured and memorable feature debut.

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