New Directors And New Films Festival

Monday, May 10, 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.


7.00 pm Faya Dayi

Jessica Beshir 2021 Ethiopia/USA 120 minutes Amharic, Harari, and Oromiffa with English subtitles

In her hypnotic documentary feature, Ethopian-Mexican filmmaker Jessica Beshir explores the coexistence of everyday life and its mythical undercurrents, focusing on her hometown of Harar, its rural Oromo community of farmers, and the harvesting of the country’s most sought-after export: the euphoria-inducing khat plant.

3:30 pm Azor

Andreas Fontana 2021 Switzerland/France/Argentina 100 minutes French and Spanish with English subtitles

Swiss director Andreas Fontana brings an astonishingly assured eye and a finely tuned sense of impassive anxiety to this gripping debut feature set in the cloistered world of high finance in Argentina in the 1970s.

12:30 pm Destello Bravío

Ainhoa Rodríguez 2021 Spain 98 minutes Spanish with English subtitles

A small town in southwestern Spain provides the setting for Ainhoa Rodríguez’s singular vision, a prismatic, alternately realist and uncanny rendering of lives in the rural Extremadura region.

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