This Is Cinema Now: 21st Century Debuts
This summer, we’re highlighting those directors who have made their feature debuts since the year 2000—and who have all but begun to define what a 21st-century cinema might look like. The past two decades have been a transformative period shaped by new technologies, transnational cinemas, and hyper-expanding media culture, and a different cinematic landscape has emerged, along with new directors who have built upon its ever-shifting terrain. Made up of a series of double features, pairing such exceptional debuts as Jordan Peele’s Get Out with Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and Maren Ade’s The Forest for the Trees with Andrew Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha, This Is Cinema Now: 21st Century Debuts celebrates our unpredictable cinematic present and recognizes the new class of filmmakers who will be defining the medium for years to come.
American Genre Film Archive; Arthouse Hotel NYC; Cinemateca Portuguesa; Institut Francais and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy NY; Thai Film Archive; Lisandro Alonso
All Is Forgiven + Corpo Celeste
All Is Forgiven
Mia Hansen-Løve made her feature debut with this sensitive chronicle of estrangement, redemption, and the indissoluble parent-child bond, in which a man’s self-loathing and addiction take their toll on his wife and young daughter.
The Face You Deserve + Frownland
The Face You Deserve
The Forest for the Trees + Funny Ha Ha
The Forest for the Trees
Funny Ha Ha
Get Out + The Babadook
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench + Medicine for Melancholy
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Medicine for Melancholy
Q&A with Mariano LlinásThick with incident and ironic twists, this novelistic, endlessly engrossing experience from the director of La Flor plays out as a series of nested Borgesian narratives that zigzag across different characters, locations, and genres.
The Human Surge + Drift
The Human Surge
Friends Theresa, a German, and Josefina, an Argentinian, spend a weekend together on the North Sea, taking long walks on the beach and stopping at snack stands. Eventually they separate and the film gives way to a transfixing and delicate meditation on the poetics of space.
La Ciénaga + Oxhide
La Libertad + Japón
Mysterious Object at Noon + Kaili Blues
Mysterious Object at Noon
Q&A with Apichatpong Weerasethakul on May 6In Apichatpong’s first feature—part road movie, part folkloric exercise, part surrealist party game—a camera crew travels through Thailand asking villagers to invent episodes in an ever-expanding story that ends up incorporating witches, tigers, surprise doublings, and impossible reversals.
Nana + Mundane History
Neighboring Sounds + O Fantasma
Policeman + 12:08 East of Bucharest
12:08 East of Bucharest
Primer + Donnie Darko
Unrelated + Bungalow
Film Comment Talk: 21st Century Debuts
Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO®Join us to discuss the leading voices of this pivotal era in cinema and how they have changed the landscape.
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