New Directors/New Films retrospective revealed

Free tickets available for NYC event

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Wim Wenders’ adaptation of Peter Handke’s The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick in the New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective
Wim Wenders’ adaptation of Peter Handke’s The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick in the New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Film at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art’s 50th New Directors/New Films to include a retrospective with free virtual screenings of Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendez-vous d’Anna; Sara Driver’s Sleepwalk; Christopher Nolan’s Following; Eduardo Coutinho’s Twenty Years Later; Horace Ové’s Playing Away; Charles Burnett’s My Brother’s Wedding; Gregg Araki’s The Living End; Humberto Solás’s Lucía; Mani Kaul’s Duvidha; Lee Chang-dong’s Peppermint Candy, and Wim Wenders’ adaptation of Peter Handke’s The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick.

Film at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art’s 50th New Directors/New Films
Film at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art’s 50th New Directors/New Films

Amalia Ulman’s El Planeta (Spain) will open the festival and Theo Anthony’s All Light, Everywhere (USA) is the closing night selection. The 50th anniversary edition of ND/NF has 27 features and 11 shorts available nationwide in FLC and MoMA’s virtual cinemas and in-person screenings at Lincoln Center.

Florence Almozini, Film at Lincoln Center Senior Programmer at Large and 2021 New Directors/New Films Co-Chair states: “We’re delighted to finally return to our cinemas with this landmark edition of New Directors/New Films. There’s something so special about walking into a theatre, not knowing what to expect, and discovering your new favourite filmmaker on the big screen. For 50 years, ND/NF has not only launched careers; it’s also, time and again, given audiences that singular, cinematic experience of unearthing something new.”

La Frances Hui, Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art and 2021 New Directors/New Films Co-Chair notes: “From intimate, personal tales to political, metaphysical, and spiritual inquiries, the films in the 50th edition of New Directors/New Films embody an inexhaustible curiosity and a fearless desire for adventure. They prove that cinema will continue to illuminate and inspire the way we live, and make art.”

The 2021 feature committee comprises Florence Almozini (Co-Chair, FLC), La Frances Hui (Co-Chair, MoMA), Rajendra Roy (MoMA), Josh Siegel (MoMA), Dan Sullivan (FLC), and Tyler Wilson (FLC), and the shorts were programmed by Brittany Shaw (MoMA) and Madeline Whittle (FLC).

New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective runs free virtually from April 16 through April 28.

The 50th anniversary edition of New Directors/New Films runs from April 28 through May 8 with the in-person screenings at Lincoln Center extended to May 13.

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