NY Cinema. New Directors New Films Festival. March 20–31 2013. It takes place at Lincoln Center and at MoMA, New York.
This month Yareah magazine is focus on cinema. Our current topic is ‘Your Movie’ and this event in New York suits really well with our interests. Enjoy the day, enjoy cinema!
Now in its 42nd year, the renowned New Directors/New Films festival, presented jointly by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging or not-yet-established filmmakers from around the world.
New Directors/New Films 2013 kicks off at MoMA with the opening-night screening of Alexandre Moors’s remarkable debut feature Blue Caprice. Other highlights include Sarah Polley’s autobiographical hybrid documentary Stories We Tell, Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning documentary The Act of Killing, and a special MoMA PS1 screening of Sophie Letourneur’s comedy Les Coquillettes.
The festival takes place at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1 at MoMA.
2012. The Netherlands. Directed by Alex Pitstra
In his adventurous debut feature, director Alex Pitstra announces himself as a neo-Tarantino; or to be more precise, the director’s stand-in in the film (played by affable newcomer Abdelhamid Naouara) is a Tarantinoesque, headstrong twenty-something working in a video store. Set in a post–Jasmine Revolution Tunisia, the film follows the young Abdallah as he dreams of leaving behind the video store and his conservative surroundings for the alluring promise of Europe.
North American premiere. Director Alex Pitstra and producer Rosan Breman in person at all screenings
Mar 26, 6:15 p.m., Walter Reade Theater
Mar 28, 8:30 p.m., MoMA Titus 1
Stories We Tell
2012. USA. Directed by Sarah Polley
What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process cracking open family secrets. Using home movies, still photographs, and interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, a creative yet secretive woman. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley’s interest lies in the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. Stories We Tell is a delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss, and understanding.
New York premiere. Director Sarah Polley in person at all screenings
Mar 29, 6:15 p.m., MoMA Titus 1
Mar 30, 12:30 p.m., Walter Reade Theater
2013. USA. Directed by Shannon Plumb
The Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director, Penelope barely has time to stay sane, much less create art. She finds comic relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on thankless days. Accomplished video and performance artist Shannon Plumb makes a wincingly funny feature debut that strikes awfully close to home. The writer-director stars opposite her real-life husband (Derek Cianfrance, director of Blue Valentine) and her talented, towheaded sons.
North American premiere. Director Shannon Plumb in person at all screenings
Mar 27, 9:00 p.m., MoMA Titus 1
Mar 30, 8:30 p.m., Walter Reade Theater
Enter for Your Chance to Win a Film Lover’s Staycation
Win a three-day festival pass to New Directors/New Films 2013! Valid March 22–24, the pass will allow you to experience more than 10 films making their New York premieres. Between screenings, you’ll enjoy a delectable dinner at Boulud Sud—Chef Daniel Boulud’s vibrant Mediterranean-inspired restaurant—and a blissful two-night stay at the whimsical Dream New York hotel. Enter the sweepstakes now.