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NDNF 2011

NDNF 2011

The 2011 New Directors New Films festival begins in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 23 with the New York premiere of JC Chandor’s Margin Call. The 40th anniversary of this event, hosted by the Film Society at Lincoln Center and MoMA, highlights some of the best cinema making the rounds of the late 2010 and early 2011 festival circuit. The biggest criteria is simple: a selection must be either a filmmaker’s first, second, or third feature to be eligible. Some of the highlights include Paddy Considine’s bleak UK drama Tyrannosaur, Goran Hugo Olsson’s mesmerizing documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-75, Maryam Keshavarz’s revolutionary Iranian feature Circumstance, Daniel and Diego Vega’s Peruvian prize-winner Octubre, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s irreverent Greek tale Attenberg, Dee Rees’ Sundance hit Pariah, and Dennis Villenueve’s Oscar-nominated Incendies. A solid assortment of international hits, screening uptown until April 3. To help make sense of the many great offerings, Howard Feinstein digests the lineup over at Filmmaker Magazine. Feinstein mentions that NDNF is “I must admit, my favorite New York movie event, given that, theoretically, the choices are early works with edge.”

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