New Directors/New Films, 19 – 30 March

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have announced the complete line-up for the 43rd edition of New Directors/New Films; 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, but the spirit of innovation and the element of surprise that have always defined this festival remain intact. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 27 international feature films and 13 short films.

The opening night feature is Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a Persian, black-and-white, noirish thriller that recently bowed at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and is based on a graphic novel written by Amirpour about a young female vampire who stalks the streets of a fictional lonely Iranian ghost town.

The closing night feature, 20,000 Days on Earth, by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, also had its premiere at Sundance, where it won directing and editing awards in the World Cinema Documentary category. The film follows a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musical and cultural icon Nick Cave as he is writing his 2013 album “Push the Sky Away.”

Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child is the centerpiece selection and features a star-making lead performance from Jenny Slate in an uproarious yet serious-minded riff on reproductive rights. The film will be shown at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, New York, as well as at FSLC.

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1. The Double, 2013. UK. Directed by Richard Ayode. Photo credit: Dean Rogers.