New Directors And New Films Festival

Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 12:30pm

Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

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To celebrate this year’s 50-year milestone, MoMA and FLC will also present a free virtual retrospective looking back on the festival’s history. In 1972, FLC (formerly the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and MoMA’s Department of Film presented the inaugural New Directors/New Films festival: a modest but eclectic program of 11 films born from a simple desire to share the best new works by emerging international directors with New York moviegoers. Richard Roud, one of the festival’s founding programmers, reflected in the Village Voice then that the festival allows one to “sit down and find out just where, in fact, the New Cinema is going.” 

Access this year’s ND/NF virtually nationwide or in FLC theaters!

FLC Virtual Cinema: On sale to the general public on April 16 at noon, with early access for FLC members starting April 13 at noon.

MoMA Virtual Cinema: Free exclusively for MoMA members starting April 28th.


3.00 pm Taming the Garden

Salomé Jashi 2021 Georgia/Switzerland 91 minutes Georgian and Mingrelian with English subtitles

Salomé Jashi’s spellbinding, lyrical documentary follows a former Georgian prime minister and his heaven-and-earth-moving project to transport centuries-old trees from his country’s coastline to his own personal garden.

9:00 pm Friends and Strangers

James Vaughan 2021 Australia 84 minutes English

Australian director James Vaughan examines the fumbling, hesitant overtures of wayward young people seeking romantic and professional satisfaction in this structurally surprising film that gently pushes the boundaries of comic realism.

6:00 pm Luzzu

Alex Camilleri 2021 Malta 94 minutes Maltese with English subtitles

A hardworking Maltese fisherman is faced with an agonizing choice: whether to repair his leaky luzzu boat or instead cast his lot with a black-market operation in this gripping work of latter-day neorealism.

12:30 pm Madalena

Madiano Marcheti 2021 Brazil 85 minutes Portugese with English subtitles

In this hauntingly oblique yet vivid moral drama, set in a rural Brazilian town, three characters’ lives are affected in different ways by the death of Madalena, a trans woman whose body is found in one of the vast soybean fields that stretch across the region.

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