New Directors/New Films line-up announced

New York celebrates 39th year of emerging talent showcase

by Amber Wilkinson

The 39th annual edition of New Directors/New Films - a collaboration between The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art - has been announced.

The season, dedicated to the discovery of new work by emerging filmmakers, will screen 38 films, at both venues, from March 24 to April 4. The 2010 slate features films from 20 countries, including 27 feature films and 11 shorts, with numerous appearances and introductions by filmmakers.

The opening night feature is the world premiere of documentary Bill Cunningham New York. Director Richard Press' documentary is a heartfelt film about the inimitable New York Times photographer, who has for decades lovingly captured the unexpected trends, events, and people of Manhattan for the Styles section of the newspaper.

The festival will close with the New York premiere of the drama I Killed My Mother. Writer/director Xavier Dolan plays the title character Hubert, a creature full of lust and venom, in this emotional film. Hubert's burgeoning homosexuality is at odds with his aggravatingly conventional mother (Anne Dorval).

For the fifth consecutive year, there will be a matinee series of past festival highlights. This year's focus is on France, a country whose emerging filmmakers have been an integral part of the New Directors/New Films programme since its inception.

We'll be bringing you coverage from New Directors/New Films - read details of the full line-up, including some early reviews here

For screening times and ticket information please visit: www.newdirectors.org.

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