Zeze Gamboa's Angola-Portugal-France civil war drama The Hero will open the upcoming 34th NewDirectors/New Films 2005 event, which is set to run in New York from Mar 23-Apr3.

The picture recently won the inaugural world dramatic competitionat Sundance and takes its place among a varied line-up that includes otherSundance entries Junebug, Live-In Maid, Murderball, and The Devil And Daniel Johnston.

Other titlesinclude Nimrod Antal's thriller Kontroll, Zhu Wen's drama South Of The Clouds and Liu drama Two Great Sheep from China, Fernando Eimbcke's Mexicancomedy Duck Season,and Matteo Garrone's Italian drama Primo Amore.