When the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art team up for a film festival, you know the results will be well worth any ticket price. Now in its 41st year, the New Directors/New Films festival is one of the best places to take a look at the most promising emerging talent in the film industry. A few of the artists that have been featured over the years include: John Sayles, Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan, Wong Kar Wai, Richard Linklater and Sally Potter. Over the course of March 21- April 1st, this film festival will feature 29 feature films and 12 short films from 28 countries.
On Wednesday, March 21, the festival opens with a screening of Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?, a feature that follows the a group of Lebanese women from varying religions that band together to stop further murderous conflict between their men. Winner of Audience Awards at both the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals, this daring film broaches serious subjects with an unexpected and superb comic touch.
Other highly anticipated screenings include Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, Fear and Desire, the 3-D family feature, The Rabbit Cat, directed by Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar, and the Sundance audience favorite, An Oversimplification of Beauty, directed by Terence Nance. In an effort to keep the festival fresh and unpredictable, the closing night will actually be a surprise, and the audience will only found out what the selection will be once the film hits the screen on April 1.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, March 11, 2012 and can be purchased online at newdirectors.org or at the box offices of The Film Society of Lincoln Center or The Museum of Modern Art.