New Directors And New Films Festival

Wednesday, May 12, 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.


3.30 pm Eyimofe (This Is My Desire)

Arie and Chuko Esiri 2021 Nigeria 116 minutes Nigerian-English with English subtitles

Inspired by the legacies of neorealism, the Esiri brothers’ fluid and precise Eyimofe is a tale consisting of two parallel narratives, following a pair of characters trying to transcend their daily struggles in teeming Lagos.

12:30 pm Liborio

Nino Martinez Sosa 2021 Dominican Republic 99 minutes Spanish with English subtitles

Dominican filmmaker Nino Martinez Sosa uses a prismatic storytelling approach to recount the legend of a farmer who disappeared from his village near the beginning of the 20 century, only to be resurrected as a figure of spiritual healing and political rebellion, in this consummate debut feature.

7:00 pm We (Nous)

Alice Diop 2020 France 115 minutes French with English subtitles

In this nuanced, sophisticated, and wonderfully engaging documentary, filmmaker Alice Diop creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of people from largely Black and immigrant communities in the Parisian suburbs.

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