After its online edition in November 2020, the 50th edition of New Directors/New Films is returning to its usual springtime slot this year for a hybrid showcase. The films will be available virtually from April 28 to May 8 available via virtual cinema, with in-person screenings running until May 14 at Film at Lincoln Center in New York. In addition to this year's crop of new films, the festival will also celebrate its half-century milestone with a free virtual retrospective looking back at its history.

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All Light, Everywhere
All Light, Everywhere
An exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.
The director takes a puzzle-like approach, inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges
El Planeta
El Planeta
Amid the devastation of post-crisis Spain, mother and daughter bluff and grift to keep up the lifestyle they think they deserve, bonding over common tragedy and an impending eviction.
Radiograph Of A Family
Radiograph Of A Family
The director's dual portrait of her parents.
A man caught up in an amnesia pandemic tries to construct a new life for himself.
Faya Dayi
Faya Dayi
A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today. A tapestry of intimate stories offers a window into the dreams of youth under a repressive regime.
A struggling Maltese fisherman faces tough choices about the future.
Drama about the aftermath of a middle-aged woman's rape.
The Goalie’s Anxiety At The Penalty Kick
The Goalie’s Anxiety At The Penalty Kick
Following in the footsteps of a goalie after he is sent off in a game.
A writer hooks up with a thief in a tale of cross and double-cross.
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New Directors/New Films Features

A snapshot of memory
Christos Nikou talks about Apples, the pandemic and his upcoming film with Carey Mulligan
Out of the labyrinth of life
Juja Dobrachkous on Bebia, À Mon Seul Désir
An other reality
Iva Radivojevic on love, contentment and Aleph
Letting go
Jonas Bak on the city, the forest and Wood And Water
Glamorous consciousness
Amalia Ulman on El Planeta and opening New Directors/New Films
Catching complexity
Jessica Beshir on the 10-year personal journey to make Faya Dayi
Fishing for truth
Luzzu director Alex Camilleri on the casting and shooting of his debut

New Directors/New Films News

New Directors/New Films live talks launched
Ramin Bahrani, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Sara Driver are festival speakers
New Directors/New Films retrospective revealed
Free tickets available for NYC event

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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