New Directors/New Films 2019 Full Lineup: ‘Clemency,’ ‘Monos,’ ‘Share,’ and More Festival Hits — Exclusive

IndieWire | 2/21/2019 | Staff
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The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed the complete lineup for the 48th annual New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), running March 27 – April 7 in New York City. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema, daring artists whose work pushes the envelope in unexpected ways.

This year’s lineup boasts 35 features and shorts from 29 countries across four continents, with 10 North American Premieres and two World Premieres, 15 films directed or co-directed by women, and 11 works by first-time feature filmmakers.

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The Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece selections are the New York premieres of three Sundance award winners: opening the festival is Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency,” which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and features a masterful performance from Alfre Woodard as a prison warden struggling with her work; Centerpiece is Alejandro Landes’ “Monos,” a new reimagining of “Lord of the Flies” and winner of a World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize; and closing ND/NF is Pippa Bianco’s “Share,” a contemporary portrait of a sexual assault victim, which took home U.S. Dramatic prizes for Breakthrough Performance and Screenwriting.

Other standouts include Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined,” cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s feature directorial debut “Manta Ray,” Shengze Zhu’s “Present.Perfect.,” and Luke Lorentzen’s doc about family-run ambulances, “Midnight Family” (which recently won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography).

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“Demanding our attention and exemplifying the vitality of contemporary cinema, this year’s class of emerging directors is one of the most courageous in years,” said Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art, in an official statement. “Ready to investigate the deepest pain as well as celebrate profound humanity, these filmmakers are the brave new champions of our...
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