J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call and Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance to bookend New York festival.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Film Society of the Lincoln Centre today announced their full lineup for this year’s 40th edition of the New Directors/New Films festival (March 22-April 3).
The festival will screen 28 features (24 narrative, 4 documentary) from 22 countries, kicking off with J.C. Chandor’s touted thriller Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci and Jeremy Irons in a study of 24 hours on an investment bank trading floor.
Maryam Keshavarz’s Sundance Audience Award winner Circumstance, about two young women living in the shadow of the Iranian regime, is the Closing film.
Among the selected titles at the festival are Anne Sewitsky’s 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize World Cinema winner, Happy Happy, Daniel and Diego Vega’s Cannes winner Octubre and Athina Rachel Tsangari’s drama Attenberg.
Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar nominee Incendies will also screen, as are two films representing Egypt: Amhad Abdalla’s Microphone and Mohamed Diab’s 6, 7, 8.
Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director Richard Pena said: “We are thrilled to have Margin Call and Circumstance as our Opening and Closing Night films. Both are dynamic and riveting dramas from first time feature film directors that give a unique view into the human lives at the core of two vastly different, but very immediate worlds.”
Commenting on the feature film lineup as a whole, Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, added: “There is great variety both within the makeup of our filmmakers as well as the subject matter and styles of the films themselves. From very intense drama to clever comedy to some truly fascinating documentaries, New Directors/New Filmscontinues to be a major New York venue for new voices in film.”
The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: Marian Masone, Richard Peña, Gavin Smith from The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jytte Jensen, Laurence Kardish, and Rajendra Roy from The Museum of Modern Art.