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Entry from August 03, 2005
New Directors/New Films
"New Directors/New Films" is the long-running companion to the New York Film Festival. It seeks out more political films, representing many of the countries of the world.

For the 34th consecutive year, spring in New York will be ushered in by NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS, the acclaimed festival presented by The Department of Film and Media, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival, which opens Wednesday, March 23, with Zeze Gamboa's THE HERO, takes place at Alice Tully Hall and Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and MoMA's Titus 1 Theater at 11 West 53 Street. This popular and influential 12-day event, showcasing the finest in new filmmaking talent from around the world, runs through Sunday, April 3.

NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS 2005 includes 30 works from 22 countries, from Hungary to Haiti, China to Angola, Mexico to Morocco, Italy to Japan. There are 25 feature films and 8 short films in the festival, among them 4 American features and 2 American shorts. Nineteen of the twenty-five feature films are U.S. premieres; the other 6 are New York premieres. Thus far, 10 of the films have domestic distribution and are scheduled to open theatrically later this year.

NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS is one of the country's premier showcases for the work of fresh and unsung international and American filmmakers. Over the course of more than three decades, the festival has introduced innovative works by talented directors from all over the world, many of whom have become major figures in world cinema, including Pedro Almodóvar, Héctor Babenco, Terence Davies, Atom Egoyan, Chen Kaige, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, John Sayles, Steven Spielberg, and Wim Wenders, among many others.

During its 34-year history, NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS has premiered scores of films that have gone on to enjoy great critical and popular success, including, most recently, 2004's Everyday People, The Story of the Weeping Camel, Dig!, Vodka Lemon, Control Room, and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring; Raising Victor Vargas, Respiro, Camp, and the Academy Award-nominated My Architect (2003); Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner, Late Marriage, and Real Women Have Curves (2002); Lift, Nine Queens, L.I.E. (2001); and Jesus' Son, Ratcatcher, and Human Resources (2000).

11 March 1972, New York Times, "Screen: Talent Festival" by Vincent Canby, pg. 16:
"New Directors/New Films" is the omnibus title for the very interesting film series currently being shown at the Museum of Modern Art under the joint sponsorship of the museum and the Lincoln Center Film Society. (...) Each of the 10 selections simply represents either the first or second feature by a promising new director not yet known in this country.

3 April 1973, New York Times, "Screen: Museum of Modern Art Presents New Directors Series" by Roger Greenspun, pg. 49:
Now in its second year, the New Directors-New Films series currently at the Museum of Modern Art comes as something of an old friend and a cultural ornament - in a movie season not overloaded with cultural ornaments, or old friends. THe series, presented jointly by the museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, serves as a modest but adventurous appendix to the more institutionalized New York Film Festival.

Why one film gets into the festival and another into the New Directors series isn't altogether clear. Nothing in the present series is new or as artistically daring as, say, Philippe Garrel's "Inner Scar," in the most recent New York Film Festival. But in Alain Tanner's "La Salamandre," the New Directors series has already introduced one impressive theatrical hit.

Posted by Barry Popik
Film Festivals • Wednesday, August 03, 2005 • Permalink

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