Thursday, January 28, 2021
Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm ET
Join Film at Lincoln Center’s New Wave (our program for members in their 20s and 30s) for a special evening that includes a FREE double feature and extended conversation with special guests in celebration of the historic 50th anniversary of New Directors/New Films!
Learn more and become a New Wave member today for access! Current members can email firstname.lastname@example.org for RSVP link and promo codes. Films can be accessed in advance of January 28.
Free Virtual Double Feature:
Fernanda Valadez’s Identifying Features & Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry
Look back at the New Directors/New Films festival’s rich history with a special discussion on two films: ND/NF 2020 selection Identifying Features, which just received the Gotham Award for Best International Film, and Poetry by Lee Chang-dong, whose relationship with ND/NF goes back decades to his 1999 feature, Peppermint Candy. The event will include a special introduction by FLC programmer Dan Sullivan and an extended conversation with Identifying Features director-producer Fernanda Valadez and producer Astrid Rondero, moderated by Devika Girish, the Assistant Editor of Film Comment and FLC.
Thank you to our friends at Kino Lorber.
About Identifying Features
Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S., hopeful to find work. Desperate to find out what happened to him—and to know whether or not he’s even alive—she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent premise, director Fernanda Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn, equally constructed of moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling, shattering conclusion. Winner of the Gotham Award for Best International Film along with World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. A Kino Lorber release.
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Poetry is an “achingly exquisite portrait” (Philadelphia Inquirer) of a woman’s brave fight against Alzheimer’s, and against her guilt over a relative’s brutal crime. This highly acclaimed Korean drama (100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) showcases a performance of “surpassing delicacy” (Los Angeles Times) by Yun Jung-hee, who was voted as her country’s greatest actress in a public poll. She plays Mija, an aging part-time maid and full-time guardian of her apathetic grandson. Concerned by her frequent forgetfulness, she takes a poetry class at the local arts center to sharpen her mind. She begins to appreciate the wonders of the natural world, but a schoolgirl’s suicide initiates a chain of tragic events that will change her life forever. Directed with skill and subtlety by Lee Chang-dong, Poetry is a “nearly perfect movie” (Boston Globe) about the power of art to bear witness to both sublime beauty and the violent truths that lie hidden in the hearts of men.