Aquí y Allá (ND/NF '12) producer Ori Dov Gratch and Viola director Matías Piñeiro. Photo: Misun Jin.
On a steamy Monday night at the Soho Grand hotel, Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art came together to celebrate two films from the 2013 New Directors/New Films festival that have returned to New York for their theatrical releases. Matías Piñeiro's Viola opened at Film Society on Friday and moves to Cinema Village this Friday. Sophie Letourneur's Les Coquillettes opens today at MoMA for a one week run.
Both films were real crowd pleasers at the 42nd ND/NF with their upbeat subject matter and talky energy. Viola transforms Shakespeare's Twelfth Night into a simple yet splendid roundelay between a group of young women rehearsing an adaptation of the bard's work in modern day Buenos Aires. Les Coquilettes follows Letourneur and her friends to the Locarno Film Festival, where they party hop, scam on boys, and talk pretty much nonstop for a hilarious 75 minutes.
Like the films, the party on Monday was a lively affair. Representatives from Film Society and MoMA, other ND/NF alums, young filmmakers and producers, and members of the press and industry braved the heat to raise a toast to these exciting directors and the emerging talent they represent. Check out our collection of photos from the event, and make sure to see both films on the big screen while you can!
Les Coquillettes director Sophie Letourneur. Photo: Misun Jin
The crowd at the Soho Grand. Photo: Misun Jin
It Felt Like Love producer Shrihari Sathe and director Eliza Hittman (left), How to Survive a Plague producer Howard Gertler (right). Photo: Misun Jin
Fun with tequila. Photo: Misun Jin
The bartender had an audience. Photo: Misun Jin
Matías Piñeiro, Film Society's Dennis Lim, Cinema Guild's Graham Swindoll, and guests. Photo: Misun Jin
Sophier Letourneur and guests. Photo: Misun Jin
The setting sun cooled things down (a little). Photo: Misun Jin