New Directors/New Films 2016

Mar 16–27, 2016


The Fits. 2015. USA. Directed by Anna Rose Holmer. Courtesy of Yes, Ma'am!

Now in its 45th year, the renowned New Directors/New Films festival, presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging or not-yet-established filmmakers from around the world. The festival takes place at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at MoMA.

As the festival settles into middle age, it continues to resist nostalgia. Our mission is still to seek out the radically new, the unprecedented, the hitherto unimaginable—films and filmmakers whose audacious voices force us to revise our conceptions of what cinema can do and be. It remains as true today as it was in 1971 that there is no mold for the directors showcased in ND/NF, no guidelines for creating the type of work that the festival has presented to New York audiences for the past four and a half decades.

Our lineup this year ranges far and wide, from narco-plagued Mexico to the Afghan battlefield, from nouveau riche Rio de Janeiro to rural Vermont. There are plenty of extraordinary stories here, and just as many ways to tell them. Among the discoveries are a few familiar names: a world-renowned cinematographer, charting her own humanity through the images she shot for other films, and an established video artist, emerging into the cinematic realm as the creator of an intricate psychological thriller. But most of these filmmakers will be brand-new to you, as they were to us, and we are confident they will be reshaping the art form in the years to come.

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Organized by a selection committee comprising Dennis Lim, Director of Programming; Florence Almozini, Associate Director of Programming; Marian Masone, Senior Programming Advisor; and Gavin Smith, former Editor, Film Comment, and Senior Programmer, the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator; Joshua Siegel, Curator; and Sophie Cavoulacos, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

  • This film series is part of New Directors/New Films.

    New Directors/New Films is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art and is supported by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Film Society’s New Wave, The New York Times, American Airlines, Stella Artois, and Loews Regency Hotel.



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