New Directors/New Films announces line-up

NYC festival opening with Sundance winner Boys State

by Amber Wilkinson

Boys State
Boys State Photo: Thorsten Thielow
The line-up for the 49th edition of New York City's New Directors/New Films has been announced by Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art. The festival - which runs from March 25 to April 5, will open with Sundance US Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner Boys State and close with Chilean documentary The Mole Agent.

Boys State, directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, offers a look at the electoral process as Texas high school students participate in an elaborate mock election to build their own state government, while Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent - which also premiered at Sundance sees an octogenarian go undercover in a nursing home.

Other films have been selected from Locarno, Venice and Rotterdam. The line-up includes UK film Surge - the debut feature by Aneil Karia, starring Ben Whishaw as an airport security guard who goes on a manic spree across London after being pushed to the limit.

Film at Lincoln Center Director of Programming and 2020 New Directors/New Films Co-Chair Dennis Lim said: “The New Directors/New Films selection is always international in scope, but I’m particularly struck by the sheer breadth of this year’s lineup. We have everything from speculative war films to intimate dramas, unnerving works of science fiction to political documentaries, hailing from countries often represented on screen as well as some less commonly seen ones. Collectively these films speak to the continued vibrancy and daring of world cinema in an age of political uncertainty and cultural sameness. They prove that cinema still has what it takes to reflect and enhance the moment we live in.”

The full line-up is as follows:

  • Boys State, dir: Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, US
  • The Mole Agent, dir: Maite Alberdi, Chile
  • Anne at 13,000 Ft, dir: Kazik Radwanski, Canada
  • Atlantis, dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine
  • Babyteeth, dir: Shannon Murphy, Australia
  • The Cloud In Her Room, dir: Zheng Lu Xinyuan, China
  • Collective, dir: Alexander Nanau, Romania
  • Los conductos, dir: Camilo Restrepo, France/Colombia/Brazil
  • Days Of Cannibalism, dir: Teboho Edkins, France/South Africa/Netherlands
  • The Dove And The Wolf, dir: Carlos Lenin, Mexico
  • Dwelling In The Fuchun Mountains, dir: Gu Xiaogang, China
  • The Fever, dir: Maya Da-Rin, Brazil
  • Giraffe, dir: Anna Sofie Hartmann, Germany/Denmark
  • Identifying Features, dir: Fernanda Valadez, Mexico/Spain
  • Kala Azar, dir: Janis Rafa, Netherlands/Greece
  • The Killing Of Two Lovers, dir: Robert Machoian, US
  • The Metamorphosis Of Birds, dir: Catarina Vasconcelos, Portugal
  • Nafi’s Father, dir: Mamadou Dia, Senegal
  • Nasir, Dir: Arun Karthick, India
  • Red Moon Tide, Lois Patiño, Spain
  • Servants, dir: Ivan Ostrochovský, Slovakia/Romania/Czech Republic/Ireland
  • The Shepherdess And The Seven Songs, Pushpendra Singh, India
  • Surge, Aneil Karia, UK
  • The Trouble With Being Born, Sandra Wollner, Austria/Germany
  • Twelve Thousand, Nadège Trebal, France
  • Two Of Us, Filippo Meneghetti, France/Luxembourg/Belgium
  • Window Boy Would Also Like to Have A Submarine, dir: Alex Piperno, Uruguay/Argentina/Brazil/Netherlands/Philippines

Plus a shorts programme.

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