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Full New Directors/New Films Lineup Includes ‘Under the Shadow,’ ‘Evolution’ and More

Full New Directors/New Films Lineup Includes 'Under the Shadow,' 'Evolution' and More

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

Last month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art announced the first wave of films selected to play the 44th Annual New Directors/New Films festival, including acclaimed festival titles like “The Fits” and “Neon Bull.” With a little under a month to go before the event, the duo have now unveiled the official lineup, and it includes a handful of the hottest breakouts from Sundance last month.

Opening the festival will be Babak Anvari’s debut feature “Under the Shadow,” the Iranian horror film about a mother and daughter haunted by a sinister presence during the Iran-Iraq War. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn hailed the film  as the “first great horror movie of the year” after its Sundance premiere. Closing the festival will be Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” while other festival hits hits like “Weiner” and “Evolution” will also screen.

“So much of the conversation about the state of cinema skews negative these days. Think of New Directors/New Films as an antidote to that pessimism,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Director of Programming Dennis Lim in an official statement. “This year’s lineup is full of new and emerging voices who are taking big risks and pushing boundaries, often against considerable odds, and rethinking the possibilities of the art form, in ways big and small. If this is even a small glimpse into the future of cinema, there are many reasons to be hopeful.”

The official lineup is below. 


Babak Anvari, UK/Jordan/Qatar, 2016, 84m

Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2015, 102m

The Apostate” / “El apóstata”
Federico Veiroj, Spain/France/Uruguay, 2015, 80m

Screening with: “Concerning the Bodyguard,” Kasra Farahani, USA, 2015, 10m

Behemoth” / “Beixi moshuo”
Zhao Liang, China/France, 2015, 91m

Marcin Wrona, Poland/Israel, 2015, 94m

Kris Avedisian, USA, 2016, 85m

Salomé Lamas, Portugal/France, 2016, 125m

Evolution” / “Évolution”
Lucile Hadžihalilović, France, 2015, 81m

The Fits
Anna Rose Holmer, USA, 2015, 72m

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan, 2015, 317m

In the Last Days of the City” / “Akher Ayam El Madina”
Tamer El Said, Egypt/Germany/Great Britain/United Arab Emirates, 2016, 118m

I Promise You Anarchy” / “Te prometo anarquía”
Julio Hernández Cordón, Mexico/Germany, 2015, 100m

Kaili Blues” / “Lu bian ye can”
Bi Gan, China, 2015, 113m

Kill Me Please” / “Mate-me por favor”
Anita Rocha da Silveira, Brazil/Argentina, 2015, 101m

Life After Life” / “Zhi fan ye mao”
Zhang Hanyi, China, 2016, 80m

Lost and Beautiful” / “Bella e perduta”
Pietro Marcello, Italy/France, 2015, 87m

Mountain” / “Ha’har”
Yaelle Kayam, Denmark/Israel, 2015, 83m

T.W. Pittman & Kelly Daniela Norris, Ghana/USA, 2016, 90m

Neon Bull” / “Boi neon”
Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Uruguay/Netherlands, 2015, 101m

“Peter and the Farm”
Tony Stone, USA, 2016, 92m

Omer Fast, UK/Germany, 2015, 97m

Ted Fendt, USA, 2016, 35mm, 61m

Pascale Breton, France, 2015, 148m

Raam Reddy, India/USA, 2015, 120m

Avishai Sivan, Israel, 2015, 120m

The Wakhan Front” / “Ni le ciel ni la terre”
Clément Cogitore, France/Belgium, 2015, 100m

Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg, USA, 2016, 100m


Shorts Program One

“Under the Sun” / “Ri Guang Zhi Xia”
Yang Qiu, China, 2015, 19m
Darius Clark Monroe, USA, 2014, 7m

Marte Vold, Norway, 2015, 20m

“Reluctantly Queer”
Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA, 2016, 8m

“Isabella Morra”
Isabel Pagliai, France, 2015, 22m

Shorts Program Two

“The Digger”

Ali Cherri, Lebanon/France/UAE, 2015, 24m

“We All Love the Seashore” / “Tout le Monde Aime le Bord de la Mer”
Keina Espiñeira, Spain, 2016, 16m
French and Pulaar with English subtitles

“Of a Few Days”
Timothy Fryett, USA, 2016, 14m

“The Park” / “Le Park”
Randa Maroufi, France, 2015, 14m

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