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“Vargas” Leads Lineup of 23 Features for 2003 New Directors/New Films Festival

"Vargas" Leads Lineup of 23 Features for 2003 New Directors/New Films Festival

“Vargas” Leads Lineup of 23 Features for 2003 New Directors/New Films Festival

by Eugene Hernandez

“Raising Victor Vargas” director Peter Sollett (center) with the film’s stars Victor Rusak and Altagracia Guzman during the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art have announced the lineup for the 32nd New Directors/New Films festival. The event, which will be held this year at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reader Theaters, as well as at MoMA’s Gramercy Theater venue, will run from March 26-April 6 in New York City.

Peter Sollett’s “Raising Victor Vargas” will open the festival at Alice Tully Hall. The film, which was a hit at Sundance 2003 as well as Cannes and Toronto 2002, is being released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fireworks Pictures.

Three other films from the United States are screening in the festival, which is showing a total of 23 features. They include Todd Graff’s “Camp,” which screened in competition at Sundance, Jim Simpson’s “The Guys,” which debuted at Toronto in September, and Nathaniel Kahn’s “My Architect.”

An important showcase for films from around the world, the series will include work from Italy, Slovenia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, while via co-productions, the event will include work from Tajikistan, Bangladesh, and Chad. A number of fest films hail this year from Asia.

Selection committee members include Joanne Koch, Marian Masone, and Richard Pena from the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Mary Lea Bandy, Jytte Jensen, and Laurence Kardish from the Department of Film and Media at MoMA.

Programmers scour film festivals, receive recommendations and movies are submitted directly as the lineup for the prestigious event is shaped, selection committee member Marian Masone told indieWIRE on Wednesday. “It shifts from year to year,” she explained.

The lineup comes as a number of competing spring film festivals are announcing their rosters. Programmer Masone is not too concerned about the competition for festival lineup.

“Each festival has its niche,” Marian Masone explained. “It’s true there are more and more festival — there are films for the all the festivals and festivals for all the films that deserve to be shown.”

“There are films we would have liked to have seen (on our lineup), but we Didn’t have room for them,” Masone concluded “That is a good sign too, it tells me that there are a lot of good films out there — hopefully there is something for everyone.”

COMPLETE LINEUP INFORMATION (provided by New Directors/New Films):

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS, directed by Peter Sollett, USA, 88m, 2002, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fireworks Pictures. Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

ABOUNA, directed by Mahamet Saleh Haroun, Chad/France, 2002, 84m

ANGEL ON THE RIGHT, directed by Jamshed Usmonov, Tajikistan/Italy/Switzerland/France, 2002, 89m

ANGELA, directed by Roberta Torre, Italy, 2002, 92m. First Look Pictures.

AUTUMN SPRING, directed by Vladim

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