The Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center announce the 50th anniversary edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), April 28 – May 8 available via virtual cinema, with in-person screenings extending through May 14 at FLC. Throughout its rich, half-century history, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema, and whose daring work pushes the envelope in unexpected ways. This year’s festival will introduce 27 features and 11 shorts to audiences nationwide in the MoMA and FLC virtual cinemas, and to New Yorkers at Film at Lincoln Center.
To celebrate this year’s 50-year milestone, MoMA and FLC will also present a free virtual retrospective looking back on the festival’s history. In 1972, FLC (formerly the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and MoMA’s Department of Film presented the inaugural New Directors/New Films festival: a modest but eclectic program of 11 films born from a simple desire to share the best new works by emerging international directors with New York moviegoers. Richard Roud, one of the festival’s founding programmers, reflected in the Village Voice then that the festival allows one to “sit down and find out just where, in fact, the New Cinema is going.”
The last 50 years of ND/NF prove that there is not simply one way forward, as young directors continue to blaze into the vanguard of filmmaking. Directors early in their careers who were presented to New York audiences, some for the very first time, include Hou Hsiao-hsien, Kelly Reichardt, Pedro Almódovar, Souleymane Cissé, Euzhan Palcy, Jia Zhangke, Spike Lee, Lynne Ramsay, Michael Haneke, Wong Kar Wai, Agnieszka Holland, Lino Brocka, Guillermo del Toro, Luca Guadagnino, and over a thousand others. Now in a vastly different film landscape and accessible to viewers nationwide through streaming, the program has grown in size and stature while maintaining its commitment to experimentation and sharing the gift of discovery with audiences. Presented here is a small selection of favorites from the first 30 years of the festival, showcasing early works from filmmakers such as Lee Chang-dong, Chantal Akerman, Charles Burnett, and Christopher Nolan.
New Directors/New Films 2021
Opening Night!Writer-director-star Amalia Ulman’s delightful and slyly dark breakthrough presents a captivating portrait in miniature of a mother and daughter barely scraping by in Spain’s northwestern seaside town Gijón.
Q&A with Alice DiopIn this nuanced, sophisticated, and wonderfully engaging documentary, filmmaker Alice Diop creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of people from largely Black and immigrant communities in the Parisian suburbs.
Now Playing!In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents, focusing on her hometown of Harar, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export: the euphoria-inducing khat plant.
ND/NF 50th Anniversary Free Talks
Since its inception in 1972, New Directors/New Films has been a trusty bellwether of cinema’s future, with many of the filmmakers featured in each edition going on to become the defining directorial voices of their generation. To celebrate the festival’s golden jubilee, join us for a special series of virtual conversations between three such pioneering ND/NF alums and the programmers who’ve shaped the festival’s enduring 50-year legacy.
Film at Lincoln Center Talks are presented by HBO®.
Video Coming Soon! · A New Directors/New Films Event · Presented by HBO5/2 at 2PM ET - Longtime former FLC program director Richard Peña will sit down virtually with Kleber Mendonça Filho to discuss the filmmaker’s singular narrative feature debut, Neighboring Sounds (ND/NF 2012), and his landscape-altering follow-ups, Aquarius (NYFF54) and Bacurau (NYFF57).
Video Coming Soon! · A New Directors/New Films Event · Presented by HBO5/4 at 6PM ET - Founding ND/NF programmer and former senior film curator at MoMA Larry Kardish will chat with Ramin Bahrani about the director’s breakout feature, Man Push Cart (ND/NF 2006), and his multifaceted career, which includes producing ND/NF 2021 selection Luzzu.
Video Coming Soon! · A New Directors/New Films Event · Presented by HBO5/7 at 6PM ET - Founding ND/NF programmer and current FLC board member Wendy Keys will moderate an extended conversation with Sara Driver about her acclaimed first feature, Sleepwalk (ND/NF 1987), and its place in Driver’s distinctive, idiosyncratic oeuvre.
New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective
New Directors/New Films at 50: A Retrospective (April 16-28)
All rentals for the virtual retrospective are free and open to the public. Free rentals will become available on April 16 timed to the start of the program. Schedule and film information can be found here (link to calendar).
FLC MEMBERS & GENERAL PUBLIC can reserve free retrospective tickets on the respective film pages.
MoMA MEMBERS can reserve their free retrospective tickets via MoMA’s private Virtual Cinema, accessible through the respective film pages or directly here.
New Directors/New Films 2021 (April 28 – May 8)
FLC MEMBERS receive a pre-sale period starting on Tuesday, April 13 at noon and additional 20% discounts on virtual rentals and $5 savings on in-theater tickets. In celebration of ND/NF’s 50th anniversary, FLC is offering $50 off all New Wave memberships for a limited time. Join today or learn more about FLC membership here.
April 13, noon – FLC members
April 16, noon – General Public
VIRTUAL CINEMA SCREENINGS
Available to audiences nationwide! All films will be available for five days following their premiere. Premiere times are listed on each film page.
$12 General Public – On sale April 16 at noon
$9.60 FLC Members with promo code – Pre-sale begins April 13 at noon
Free for MoMA Members on the MoMA private Virtual Cinema – available beginning April 28
Virtual All-Access Pass ($348 Value)
Discover more and SAVE with the ND/NF Virtual All-Access Pass! Access all 29 programs in the 50th anniversary lineup with one easy purchase.
$17 for General Public
$12 for FLC and MoMA Members, students, persons with disabilities
Now in its 44th year, New Directors/New Films remains guided by the spirit of discovery. At a time of new digital frontiers of film production and distribution, this year’s lineup shows artistic innovation more than keeping pace with technological change. We hope you'll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent both the present and the future of cinema, the daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is, fascinatingly, never what you'd expect. Read More
For 43 years New Directors/New Films has been an annual rite of early spring in New York City, bringing exciting discoveries from around the world to adventurous moviegoers. All aspects of cinema, from production to exhibition, have changed dramatically over the years, and even more rapidly of late. But the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. Read More