Celebrating its 45th edition in 2016, New Directors/New Films introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich history, New Directors has uncovered talents like Pedro Almódovar, Darren Aronofsky, Nicole Holofcener, Spike Lee, Kelly Reichardt, and Steven Spielberg.
Film Society and MoMA members may purchase tickets starting at noon on Monday, February 29. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public at noon on Friday, March 4. To become a member of the Film Society or MoMA please visit filmlinc.org and MoMA.org, respectively.
Please note: New Directors does not accept open submissions.
New Directors/New Films is supported by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Times, American Airlines, and Stella Artois.
Drawing inspiration from The Divine Comedy, political documentarian Zhao Liang combines his muckraking streak with a painterly vision in this wholly absorbing guided tour of a social and ecological nightmare in Inner Mongolia.
North American Premiere
On the eve of his wedding, a groom falls into a pile of human remains, enabling a lonely dybbuk to crash his Polish wedding. Part absurdist comedy, part love story, the late Marcin Wrona’s eerie, richly atmospheric final film scares, amuses, and charms in equal measure.
Anna Rose Holmer’s narrative feature debut follows Toni, an 11-year-old budding boxer, as she becomes drawn to a group of dancers training at the same rec center in Cincinnati. Holmer conveys their world with a hypnotic sense of rhythm and a rare gift for rendering physicality—evident most of all when a mysterious, convulsive condition begins to afflict a number of girls at the gym.
Lost and Beautiful
By turns neorealist and fabulist, Pietro Marcello’s beautiful and beguiling portrait of a heroic Campanian shepherd—and of the woes of present-day Italy—responds to real-life tragedy with a bold and generous leap into the mythic. Shot on expired 16mm film stock, the film won two awards at the Locarno Film Festival.
Yaelle Kayam's feature debut offers a subtle and finely paced entryway into the interior life of a Jewish Orthodox mother of four living atop Jerusalem's ancient Mount of Olives, whose existence is upended by an unlikely nighttime encounter.
A handsome Brazilian cowboy, traveling the rodeo circuit with his unorthodox surrogate family, dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Culminating in an unforgettable sex scene, Gabriel Mascaro’s Venice and Toronto prizewinner is a quietly affirming exploration of desire and labor, a humane and sensual study of bodies at work and at play.
Raam Reddy’s bold, vibrant debut feature, winner of two awards at the Locarno Film Festival, is a sprawling narrative that follows three generations of sons following the death of the family’s patriarch. The film’s incisive portrait of a community in a time of radical change yields exemplary humanist comedy and affirms an engaging new voice in Indian cinema.
The Wakhan Front
The ingenious conceit of The Wakhan Front, a critical success at Cannes, is to transform the Afghan battlefield—dust and boredom and jolts of explosive violence—into the backdrop for a metaphysical thriller. Jérémie Renier stars as a French army commander who loses the loyalty of his company, as well as his sanity, when soldiers start mysteriously disappearing one by one.
Now in its 44th year, New Directors/New Films remains guided by the spirit of discovery. At a time of new digital frontiers of film production and distribution, this year’s lineup shows artistic innovation more than keeping pace with technological change. We hope you'll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent both the present and the future of cinema, the daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is, fascinatingly, never what you'd expect. Read More
For 43 years New Directors/New Films has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. All aspects of cinema, from production to exhibition, have changed dramatically over the years, and even more rapidly of late. But the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. Read More