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Meet the (New) Director: Rick Alverson, ‘Entertainment’

Rick Alverson’s black comedy Entertainment screens as the Closing Night selection of the 44th New Director/New Films this Sunday, March 29. Alverson discusses how growing up as an introvert left him with a fascination for how people communicate.

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Meet the (New) Director: Stevan Riley, ‘Listen to Me Marlon’

Following its buzzed-about premiere at Sundance, Listen to Me Marlon, Stevan Riley’s intimate portrait of legendary actor Marlon Brando, screens as part of the 44th New Directors/New Films, which continues through Sunday.

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Meet the (New) Director: Salomé Alexi, ‘Line of Credit’

Salomé Alexi’s feature-film debut, Line of Credit, is a gently humorous story about an indebted shopkeeper trying to stay afloat. In her comments about the feature, screening in the 44th New Directors/New Films, Alexi talks finding inspiration in painting, and the trials of adapting to capitalism in a Soviet society.

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Images from the 44th New Directors/New Films (So Far)

As New Directors/New Films heads into its final stretch, FilmLinc takes a look at images from the past week. For 44 years, ND/NF, presented by the Film Society and MoMA, has been a beacon for audiences to see some of the best work by emerging filmmakers. The festival continues through Sunday.

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Meet the (New) Director: Chaitanya Tamhane, ‘Court’

Chaitanya Tamhane weaves a tale of injustice in his debut film, Court, which follows the trial of a folk singer accused of assisting a suicide. In his comments to FilmLinc, Tamhane talks about creating a new kind of courtroom drama and filming up to 60 takes per scene. Court screens in New Directors/New Films, which continues through Sunday.

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Meet the (New) Director: Benjamin Crotty, ‘Fort Buchanan’

Actor/writer/director Benjamin Crotty makes his feature directorial debut with Fort Buchanan, a tragicomic portrait of a man stranded at a remote military post while his husband carries out a mission in Djibouti. The film screens on Wednesday, March 25 and Sunday, March 29 at the 44th New Directors/New Films, which continues through March 29.

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Remembering Jytte Jensen, MoMA Film Curator and ND/NF Selection Committee Member

Jytte Jensen, a champion of international cinema and a leading figure in New York's film community, passed away Monday night after a battle with cancer. A friend and colleague to many here and around the world, Jensen was Curator in the Film Department at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked for more than 30 years.

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Meet the (New) Director: Charles Poekel, ‘Christmas, Again’

The 44th annual New Directors/New Films is filled with brave, emerging voices, and director Charles Poekel’s will be among them. In his comments to FilmLinc about his bittersweet romance Christmas, Again, Poekel gives his thoughts on finding love in the tree stand.

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Meet the (New) Director: Lukas Valenta Rinner, ‘Parabellum’

Austrian director Lukas Valenta Rinner makes his North American debut at New Directors/New Films with his first feature, Parabellum, which was nominated for the International Debut Award at the Göteborg Film Festival. The enigmatic film tells the story of a Buenos Aires office worker joining a bizarre group on a secluded retreat to prepare for the apocalypse.

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Meet the (New) Director: Bill and Turner Ross, ‘Western’

Bill and Turner Ross’s New Directors/New Films documentary Western follows the real-life John Waynes that live and die on the U.S.-Mexican border. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Western is the third nonfiction feature by the brother filmmaking team.

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Meet the (New) Director: Darhad Erdenibulag + Emyr ap Richard, ‘K’

The 44th New Directors/New Films rolls into the weekend presenting innovative films to audiences at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. The North American premiere of Darhad Erdenibulag and Emyr ap Richard's K, a new take on a Franz Kafka's The Castle, is among the weekend's offerings.

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Meet the (New) Director: Stéphane Lafleur, ‘Tu dors Nicole’

Stéphane Lafleur’s second narrative feature, the whimsical coming-of-age comedy Tu dors Nicole, screens this weekend at the 44th New Director/New Films. Lafleur tells us about finding inspiration for his tender portrayal of young people struggling toward adulthood.

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Meet the (New) Director: Naji Abu Nowar, ‘Theeb’

Naji Abu Nowar received the Best Director prize in the Horizons section of the 2014 Venice Film Festival for his feature debut, Theeb, which is having its New York premiere in the 44th New Directors/New Films. The epic coming-of-age story is set in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I.

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Meet the (New) Director: Shim Sung-bo ‘Haemoo’

On Friday and Saturday, the 44th New Directors/New Films series (March 18-29) will showcase South Korean newcomer Shim Sung-bo's crime drama Haemoo. Shim talks respect for his actors and the struggles of filming on a ship in his comments to FilmLinc.

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Meet the (New) Director: Britni West, ‘Tired Moonlight’

New Directors/New Films filmmaker Britni West shares insight on her soulful directorial debut, Tired Moonlight. The Slamdance Jury Award winner continues to beguile audiences with its honest depiction of the bond between a mother and daughter in small-town Montana.

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