Films

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An image from the film: 20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Closing Night. A playful deconstruction of stardom and identity, this unclassifiable portrait of polymath musician Nick Cave combines footage of Cave and the Bad Seeds recording their latest album with telling and teasing scenes that fall somewhere between fact and fiction. Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in person for both screenings.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Opening Night. In this super-stylish black-and-white Persian take on the vampire genre that doubles as a compact metaphor for the current state of Iran, an alluring female vampire stalks potential victims in the sparsely populated underworld of “Bad City.” Director Ana Lily Amirpour and producer Sina Sayyah in person for both screenings.

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A Hijacking

Directed by Tobias Lindholm

New York Premiere!

Director Tobias Lindholm and Producer René Ezra in person at all screenings!

On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension with an unexpected climax.

An image from the film: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

Directed by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

Musician Robert A.A. Lowe stars as a man who embarks on a quest for utopia in experimental film and art masters Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s bewitching collaboration. Director Ben Rivers in person for both screenings. Director Ben Russell will be in person on March 22.

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Anton’s Right Here

Directed by Lyubov Arkus

North American Premiere!

Critic-turned-filmmaker Lyubov Arkus finds herself becoming the key caregiver for severely autistic teen Anton Kharitonov and documents over six years, in a reflective and fascinating style, the tremendous obstacles and problems of encouraging and supporting a sensitive but barely communicative boy.

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Blue Caprice

Directed by Alexandre Moors

Opening Night! New York Premiere!

Director Alexandre Moors and cast members Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Tim Blake Nelson, and Cassandra Freeman in person!

Alexandre Moors’s remarkable debut feature explores the impulse to commit murder, following two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the front pages.

An image from the film: Burn It Up Djassa

Burn It Up Djassa

Directed by Lonesome Solo

U.S. Premiere!

Brimming with the fateful energy of the ghetto, this cinema-vérité-shot, noir-tinged drama was shot in 11 days and created collectively by its streetwise protagonists eager to give voice to their present situation.

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Buzzard

Directed by Joel Potrykus

Through a series of small, increasingly unhinged mutinies a slacker office temp sticks it to corporate America on behalf of the great unsung 99%. Screening with Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa, 18m). Directors Joel Potrykus and Dustin Guy Defa and actor Joshua Burge in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Dear White People

Dear White People

Directed by Justin Simien

Culture wars erupt at Winchester University when an all-black residence hall is dismantled in this playful satire that challenges our ideas of identity in our supposed post-racial world. Director Justin Simien in person for both screenings.

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Die Welt

Directed by Alex Pitstra

North American Premiere!

Director Alex Pitstra and Producer Rosan Breman in person at all screenings!

Based loosely on his father’s story of coming to Holland, Alex Pitstra's semi-autobiographical voyage is set against the backdrop of a contemporary yet traditional Tunisia trying to find a way forward.

An image from the film: Emperor Visits the Hell

Emperor Visits the Hell

Directed by Luo Li

U.S. Premiere!

Director Luo Li in person at all screenings!

In this crafty reworking of part of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West, Emperor Li Shimin is now a bureaucratic boss in a big city, where the crooked Dragon King’s attempt to change the weather has backfired and condemned him to death.

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Fish & Cat

Directed by Shahram Mokri

North American premiere. A menacing pair descend on a campsite where a group of college kids have gathered for a kite-flying festival. But something bigger is going on in this bold experiment in perpetual motion that plays out as one continuous shot.

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History of Fear

Directed by Benjamín Naishtat

North American premiere. Set in an economically destabilized Argentina, Benjamín Naishtat’s unsettling feature debut weaves stories of characters from multiple social strata into an interlocking narrative of paranoia and fear. Benjamín Naishtat in person for both screenings.

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Jards

Directed by Eryk Rocha

North American Premiere! Director Eryk Rocha and Actor Jards Macalé in person at all screenings!

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Fashioning an intimately attuned portrait of an artist, Eryk Rocha uses his camera as an instrument to riff with celebrated Brazilian composer and musician Jards Macalé in the recording studio.

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Jiseul

Directed by O Muel

New York Premiere!

As part of a brutal anticommunist purge of the island of Jeju in 1948, Korean troops hunt down the inhabitants of a village caught in the crossfire in this austere, beautifully composed, and deliberately paced requiem.

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Küf

Directed by Ali Aydin

North American Premiere!

Basri, a railroad inspector nearing retirement, spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government, looking for news about his left-wing son who disappeared 18 years ago.

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L’Intervallo

Directed by Leonardo di Costanzo

New York Premiere!

Director Leonardo di Costanzo in person at all screenings!

Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, this portrait of two adolescents thrown together under the eye of the Neapolitan Camorra has an air of menace and sexual tension.

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Leones

Directed by Jazmin Lopez

North American Premiere!

Director Jazmin Lopez in person at all screenings!

In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant environment is as much a character as the five young protagonists, enfolding them as they move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the air.

An image from the film: Les Coquillettes

Les Coquillettes

Directed by Sophie Letourneur

North American Premiere!

Sophie Letourneur’s comedy of arrested development is a delightfully giddy, screwball lark, a self-mocking, thirty-something French counterpart to Lena Dunham’s Girls filmed on location at the Locarno Film Festival.

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Mouton

Directed by Gilles Deroo & Marianne Pistone

U.S. Premiere. Seventeen-year-old Aurelien (aka Sheep) is granted independence from his troubled family and creates a good life for himself in a seaside town—until a freak accident changes things irrevocably. Directors Gilles Deroo & Marianne Pistone and actor Michael Mormentyn in person for both screenings.

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ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 1

Directed by Various

A program comprising five short films: At the Door (Miriam Bliese, 5m), You Can’t Do Everything at Once, But You Can Leave Everything at Once (Marie-Elsa Sgualdo, 15m), Face in the Crowd (Alex Prager, 12m), Afronauts (Frances Bodomo, 14m), and The Island (Dominga Sotomayor and Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 30m). Filmmakers Miriam Bliese, Alex Prager, Frances Bodomo, and Dominga Sotomayor in person.

An image from the film: ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 2

ND/NF 2014 Shorts Program 2

Directed by Various

A program comprising six short films: Landscape (Matias Umpierrez, 13m), The Wild (Helena Wittmann, 12m), Greenland Unrealised (Dania Reymond, 9m), Pieces (Xacio Baño, 7m), Three, Two (Sarah-Violet Bliss, 2m), and The Reaper (Gabriel Serra, 29m). Filmmakers Helena Wittmann, Matías Umpierrez, and Sarah-Violet Bliss in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: ND/NF Shorts Program 1

ND/NF Shorts Program 1

New York Premieres!

Southwest Director Jordi Wijnalda, What Can I Wish You Before the Fight? Director Sofia Babluani, Everything Near Becomes Far Director Mauricio Arangof, and Stampede Director Cyril Schäublin in person at all screenings!

A program comprising five shorts: Wonderland (Peter Kerek, 21m), Southwest (Jordi Wijnalda, 16m), What Can I Wish You Before the Fight? (Sofia Babluani, 16m), Everything Near Becomes Far (Mauricio Arango, 10m), Stampede (Cyril Amon Schäublin, 20m).

An image from the film: ND/NF Shorts Program 2

ND/NF Shorts Program 2

New York Premieres!

Taboulé Director Richard Garcia, Pirate of Love Director Sara Gunnarsdottir, Flamingos Director Francesca Coppola, Ararat Director and Actor Engin Kundağ and Claudio Schulz-Keune, and Take a Deep Breath Director and Actor Basak Buyukcelen and Celal Kadri Kinoglu in person at all screenings!

A program comprising six shorts: Taboulé (Richard Garcia, 4m), The Pirate of Love (Sara Gunnarsdottir, 10m), Flamingos (Francesca Coppola, 15m), Sequin Raze (Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, 20m), Ararat (Engin Kundag, 26m), and Take a Deep Breath (Basak Buyukcelen, 8m).

An image from the film: ND/NF Shorts Program 3

ND/NF Shorts Program 3

New York Premieres!

A program comprising three shorts: Chiralia (Santiago Gil, 26m), The Village (Liliana Sulzbach, 25m), and To Put Together a Helicopter (Izabel Acevedo, 35m).

Chiralia Director Santiago Gil and Screenwriter/Producer France Orsenne, and The Village's Liliana Sulzbach, Vicente Saldanha, Tommy McKay, and Cesar Graef in person at all screenings!

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Obvious Child

Directed by Gillian Robespierre

Centerpiece Selection. Jenny Slate gives a hilarious, star-making performance as a woman, reeling from being both dumped and fired, who seeks solace in family, friends, stand-up comedy, and ultimately a hookup that results in perhaps her greatest predicament yet. Director Gillian Robespierre and actor Jenny Slate in person for both screenings. Actor Gabe Liedman in person on March 29.

An image from the film: Of Horses and Men

Of Horses and Men

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

Horse and man share main billing in this perceptive, wildly original story of the relationship between man and beast, deeply embedded in the Icelandic countryside. Director Benedikt Erlingsson in person for both screenings.

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Our Nixon

Directed by Penny Lane

Closing Night! New York Premiere!

Director Penny Lane in person at all screenings!

Our Nixon offers an unprecedented, insider’s view of an American presidency, chronicling watershed events including the Apollo moon landing and the path-breaking trip to China, as well as more intimate glimpses of Nixon in times of glory and disgrace.

An image from the film: People’s Park

People’s Park

Directed by Libbie D. Cohn & J.P. Sniadecki

New York Premiere!

Directors JP Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn in person at all screenings!

An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People's Park in Chengdu, China created in a single virtuoso tracking shot, this film scrutinizes the joys of communal play, exercise and free time.

An image from the film: Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Directed by Andrei Gruzsniczki

North American Premiere. In mid-1980s Romania, the Securitate investigate a gifted mathematician when it comes to their attention that he has secretly arranged for an academic paper on his new theorem to be published in an American journal. Director Andrei Gruzsniczki in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: Rengaine

Rengaine

Directed by Rachid Djaïdani

US Premiere!

Director Rachid Djaïdani and Producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint in person at all screenings!

Shot in the streets, this no-budget urban contemporary Romeo and Juliet is part love letter to the irresistible energy of Paris, part call for interracial tolerance.

An image from the film: Return to Homs

Return to Homs

Directed by Talal Derki

An unsparing documentary account of the besieged Syrian city of Homs follows two close friends whose lives are completely altered when their beloved city is bombed into a ghost town. Director Talal Derki in person for both screenings.

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Salvation Army

Directed by Abdellah Taïa

U.S. Premiere. For his directorial debut, Abdellah Taïa adapts his own deeply personal novel that chronicles the sexual awakening of young gay man in Morocco. Director Abdellah Taïa in person for both screenings.

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Salvo

Directed by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza

The titular gangster in this mafioso thriller invades a Palermo home, only to discover his prey’s blind sister in the basement, setting off a nail-biting, magnificently orchestrated game of cat-and-mouse. Directors Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: She’s Lost Control

She’s Lost Control

Directed by Anja Marquardt

When sex-surrogate Ronah meets Johnny, her already fraying control dissolves the thin line between professional and personal intimacy. Director Anja Marquardt in person for both screenings.

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Soldate Jeannette

Directed by Daniel Hoesl

New York Premiere!

Director Daniel Hoesl in person at all screenings!

In his first feature, director Daniel Hoesl fashions an absurdist morality play that pits an urban, manufactured world against nature.

An image from the film: Stop the Pounding Heart

Stop the Pounding Heart

Directed by Roberto Minervini

U.S. Premiere. A documentary-style portrait of sheltered teenage girl, one of 12 children from a devout Christian goat-farming family in rural Texas. Director Roberto Minervini in person for both screenings.

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Stories We Tell

Directed by Sarah Polley

New York Premiere!

Director Sarah Polley in person at all screenings!

What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process cracking open family secrets.

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Story of My Death

Directed by Albert Serra

U.S. Premiere. Against a backdrop of candlelit conversation and earthy carnality, Catalan maverick Albert Serra stages the 18th-century passage from rationalism to romanticism as a tussle between two figures of legend, Casanova and Dracula. Director Albert Serra in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

New York Premiere!

Director Joshua Oppenheimer and producer Anne Köhncke in person at all screenings!

What is one to make of men who freely admit their involvement in the mass killing of millions of Indonesians in a bloody anti-Communist campaign in the 1960s? The Act of Killing bypasses the usual documentary tropes of exposing injustice, instead provoking the viewer to consider the murderers’ sense of responsibility for their crimes.

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The Babadook

Directed by Jennifer Kent

When a sinister children’s book called Mister Babadook mysteriously appears, a young widow begins to wonder if there’s is a presence in the house more disturbed than her odd seven-year-old son. Jennifer Kent in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Color of the Chameleon

The Color of the Chameleon

Directed by Emil Christov

New York Premiere!

Producer Bouriana Zakharieva, Writer/Producer Vladislav Todorov and Actor Ruscen Vidinliev in person at all screenings!

Unfolding in the years before and after the fall of Communism, this black comedy about a rogue secret police informant goes down a rabbit hole into a realm of twisted absurdity. With its first film at ND/NF in thirty-five years, Bulgaria is back!

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The Double

Directed by Richard Ayoade

Jesse Eisenberg stars as both Simon James, a humdrum worker drone and his gregarious doppelgänger, James Simon, in this cerebral and darkly funny Dostoevsky adaptation. Director Richard Ayoade in person on March 24.

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The Japanese Dog

Directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

Legendary Romanian stage and screen actor Victor Rebengiuc brings a stoic, fragile dignity to his role as an elderly man who reunites with his estranged son after losing his wife and home in a devastating flood. Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Shine of Day

The Shine of Day

Directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel

New York Premiere!

In this followup to their semi-fictional, semi-documentary films Babooska and La Pivellina, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel continue to demonstrate a generous perspective on people struggling at the fringes of showbiz—namely, the circus. Screening with Ouverture (Bracey Smith and Neil Dvorak, 5m).

An image from the film: The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

Directed by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s follow-up to Amer further amplifies their super-fetishistic remix of Italian giallo and horror tropes for a delirious baroque tale of a missing wife and the husband who obsessively searches for her. Director Bruno Forzani in person for both screenings.

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The Strange Little Cat

Directed by Ramon Zürcher

A comedic, exquisitely layered examination of the everyday focusing on an extended family-dinner gathering during which sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cats and cousins weave in and around each other in the tight domestic space of a middle-class Berlin flat. Director Ramon Zürcher and producer/co-writer Silvan Zürcher in person for both screenings.

An image from the film: The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Directed by Jessica Oreck

Deep in the forest, wedged in cracks in the bark and under the moss covered rocks, hide memories and myths. These subconscious tales, drawn from the natural world, inform the societies we build.  Jessica Oreck’s fantastical work combines animation, traditional storytelling and contemporary non-fiction filmmaking to recount the Slavic fable of the Witch Baba Yaga. Director Jessica Oreck in person for both screenings.

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They’ll Come Back

Directed by Marcelo Lordello

North American Premiere!

Director Marcelo Lordello in person at all screenings!

In this gentle, understated drama, an upper-middle-class 12-year-old learns how Brazil’s other half lives when she and her sullen older brother are left behind by their parents in a rural backwater.

An image from the film: To Kill a Man

To Kill a Man

Directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Perpetual humiliation inflicted on his family by local thugs pushes a father over the edge in Alejandro Almendras’s unnerving psychological thriller, which reveals a decidedly raw side of revenge. Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras in person for both screenings.

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Towheads

Directed by Shannon Plumb

North American Premiere!

Director Shannon Plumb in person at all screenings!

A Brooklyn mother finds comic relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on  thankless days.

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Trap Street

Directed by Vivian Qu

Notions of surveillance and observation are turned inside out in this noirish tale of digital-mapping-company employee smitten by a beautiful female stranger who leads him down a mysterious path. Director Vivian Qu in person for both screenings.

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Upstream Color

Directed by Shane Carruth

New York Premiere!

Director Shane Carruth in person at all screenings!

A love story embedded in a kidnap plot, Shane Carruth’s long-awaited followup to Primer represents something new in American cinema, exploring life’s surprising jumps and science’s strange effects. Screening with RP31 (Lucy Raven, 5m).

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We Come as Friends

Directed by Hubert Sauper

Hubert Sauper’s masterful exploration of modern colonialism, with war-ravaged Sudan as a focus, is the second film of a planned trilogy that began with the Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare. Director Hubert Sauper in person for both screenings.

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Youth

Directed by Tom Shoval

North American Premiere. Two Israeli brothers bite off more than they can chew with an ill-advised kidnapping scheme inspired equally by desperation and a lifelong diet of violent mainstream American cinema. Screening with Shlomo X (Ruth Patir, 9m). Directors Tom Shoval and Ruth Patir in person for both screenings.