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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Moon, 66 Questions
Moon, 66 Questions
When a grave illness strikes down her father Paris, Artemis decides to return home to Greece after an absence of some years and the pair embark on a new beginning.
We're All Going to The World's Fair
We're All Going to The World's Fair
A teenage girl becomes immersed in an online role-playing game.
Mighty Flash
Mighty Flash
Docufiction portrait of a community in Spain's Extremadura.
Thriller set in the world of high finance.
The tale of an impoverished, alcoholic man and a young boy on a long walk together.
Drama follows a shy teenager and her friend as they navigate their 16th year.
Taming The Garden
Taming The Garden
A poetic ode to the rivalry between men and nature.
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.
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New Directors/New Films Features

Outside time
Jacqueline Lentzou on time, space and Moon, 66 Questions
Hiding in the cosmos
Jane Schoenbrun on American melancholy and We’re All Going To The World’s Fair
Through the screen
Jane Schoenbrun on intentional ambiguities and We’re All Going To The World’s Fair
I see something in your eyes
Iva Radivojević on Anne Waldman, Jorge Luis Borges, Alain Resnais, Mohammed Dib and Aleph
Between reality and dreams
Sara Driver on Sleepwalk and the New York City she remembers
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

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