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‘Return to Homs’ Goes to the Heart of Syria’s Revolution

On the heels of last year's Oscar-nominated The Square, Talal Derki's Return to Homs captures Syria's misunderstood civil war through an intimate look at a band of citizens turned revolutionaries.

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Photos from the 43rd New Directors/New Films

Before they become superstar filmmakers, take advantage of this photo recap of the festival thus far to get to know our New Directors a little better.

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Meet the (New) Directors: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

As 20,000 Days on Earth, the Closing Night selection of New Directors/New Films, gets set to screen this weekend, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard reflect on what it was like to craft a feature film about musician Nick Cave.

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Meet the (New) Directors: Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, ‘Salvo’

As directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's debut feature, Salvo, screens this week in New Directors/New Films, Piazza shares his thoughts on crafting this new mafioso thriller.

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Meet the (New) Director: Gillian Robespierre, ‘Obvious Child’

Gillian Robespierre has written and directed several short films. The New York filmmaker gives insight on her feature Obvious Child which is screening as the Centerpiece of New Directors/New Films Thursday and again Saturday.

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Meet the (New) Director: Shahram Mokri, ‘Fish & Cat’

The visually adventurous Fish & Cat screens this week in New Directors/New Films! Director Shahram Mokri spoke with us about the challenges and difficulties of shooting this elaborate feature, which plays out as one continuous shot.

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Meet the (New) Director: Tom Shoval, ‘Youth’

A North American premiere at this year's New Directors/New Films series, Tom Shoval's Youth received accolades at home in Israel where it won acting and editing awards as well as Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

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Meet the (New) Director: Jennifer Kent, ‘The Babadook’

Jennifer Kent started out as an aspiring actor/director. She later went on to act in various television series and movies in Australia and the U.S. Her feature directorial debut, The Babadook, will screen in New Directors/New Films.

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Meet the (New) Director: Jessica Oreck, ‘The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga’

At New Directors/New Films Saturday, the Walter Reade will host the debut of a hybrid. The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga is set in Eastern Europe, telling a story that mixes narrative and documentary elements including an animated tableaux.

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Meet the (New) Director:  Roberto Minervini, ‘Stop the Pounding Heart’

After screening at both Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival, Roberto Minervini's Stop the Pounding Heart now plays New Directors/New Films this weekend. Despite his current success, Minervini didn't always think filmmaking was in his future...

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ND/NF: Character Acting, Or the Art of the Eccentric

More than good shtick: digging into the performances that give three New Directors/New Films selections some added flavor. Steven Mears reports.

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Meet the (New) Director: Justin Simien, ‘Dear White People’

As Dear White People gets set to screen this weekend in New Directors/New Films, director Justin Simien looks back on his inspirations and goals in crafting this biting new satire.

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Meet the (New) Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras, ‘To Kill a Man’

Chilean director Alejandro Fernández Almendras didn't always plan on having a career in filmmaking. On the eve of the New Directors/New Films premiere screening of To Kill a Man, Fernández Almendras shares with us his journey, including the many bumps in the road.

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Meet the (New) Director: Ana Lily Amirpour, ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night opens the 43rd New Directors/New Film series Wednesday night. She shares with FilmLinc Daily how loneliness motivated her to make her first feature, and her journey to the big screen.

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Meet the (New) Director: Benjamín Naishtat, ‘History of Fear’

ND/NF filmmaker Benjamín Naishtat provides insight into his debut feature, History of Fear, which will have its North American premiere during the series that kicks off Wednesday.

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