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‘The Fits,’ ‘Neon Bull’ Headline First Wave of New Directors/New Films Selections

'The Fits,' 'Neon Bull' Headline First Wave of New Directors/New Films Selections

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All eyes may be turning to Park City, Utah for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, but that’s not stopping the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art from getting the ball rolling on the 45th annual New Directors/New Films festival. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s event takes place March 16-27. FSLC and MoMA have announced the initial eight titles that will screen during the festival, and they include 13 countries from around the world and three feature film debuts.

The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations — from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, Florence Almozini, Marian Masone, and Gavin Smith, and from The Museum of Modern Art, Rajendra Roy, Joshua Siegel, and Sophie Cavoulacos. The complete lineup of selections for the 45th New Directors/New Films Festival will be announced in February.

The eight official selections are listed below. Synopses provided by New Directors/New Films.

“Behemoth / Beixi moshuo”
Zhao Liang, China/France, 2015, 91m
Mandarin with English subtitles
Winner of the environmental Green Drop Award at the Venice Film Festival. North American Premiere.

Demon
Marcin Wrona, Poland/Israel, 2015, 94m
English, Polish, and Yiddish with English subtitles
Winner of Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Fest. An Orchard release.

“The Fits”
Anna Rose Holmer, USA, 2015, 72m
An Oscilloscope release.

“Lost and Beautiful” / “Bella e perduta”
Pietro Marcello, Italy/France, 2015, 87m
Italian with English subtitles
Winner of two awards at the Locarno Film Festival. U.S. Premiere

“Mountain” / “Ha’har”
Yaelle Kayam, Denmark/Israel, 2015, 83m
Hebrew with English subtitles

Neon Bull” / “Boi neon”
Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands, 2015, 101m
Portuguese with English subtitles
A Kino Lorber release.

“Thithi”
Raam Reddy, India/USA/Canada, 2015, 132m
Kannada and Hindi with English subtitles
“The Wakhan Front / “Ni le ciel ni la terre”
Clément Cogitore, France/Belgium, 2015, 100m
French and Persian with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere

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