Sundance grand jury prize winners Quinceanera and 13 Tzameti and Berlin Silver Bear winner A Soap are among the titles selected for thisyear's 35th New Directors/New Films festival, which runs at the Film Society ofLincoln Center and MoMA in New York from Mar 22-Apr 2.
The prestigious event will open with two films - Ryan Fleck'sinner city drama Half Nelson and Auraeus Solito's Philippines gay rites-of-passage tale TheBlossoming Of Maximo Oliveros.
This year's line-up of 25 features and five shorts was culled from1,000 titles and also includes Sarah Watt's Australian festival favourite LookBoth Ways and MichaelCuesta's Toronto 2005 selection Twelve And Holding.
"Whether it is the amazing streetwise savvy of a youngFilipino living in an outlaw household or two Danish neighbors figuring out howto support each other in their respective emotional crises, these are filmsabout characters who figure out how to make it through," Film Society'sprogramme director Richard Pena said.
Recent New Directors/New Films alumni include Phil Morrison's Junebug and Henry Alex Rubin and Dana AdamShapiro's Murderball-both of which scored Oscar nominations this year- and Peter Sollett'sRaising Victor Vargas.
Organisers are introducing a retrospective sidebar of significantdocumentaries that launched at the festival over the past 20 years.
These include Joe Berliner and Bruce Sinofksy's Paradise Lost:The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills, Stephanie Black's H-2 Worker, and Martin Bell's Streetwise.
The NewDirectors/New Films feature line-up in full:
Half Nelson (RyanFleck) USA
The Blossoming Of Maximo Oliveros (Auraeus Solito) Philippines
October 17, 1961(Alain Tasma) France
Look Both Ways (SarahWatt) Australia
Iceberg (DominiqueAbel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy) Belgium
Quinceanera (RichardGlatzer, Wash Westmoreland) USA
Cavite (Ian Gamazon,Neill Dela Llana) Philippines/USA
Sangre (AmatEscalante) Mexico/France
Man Push Cart (RaminBahrani) USA, 2005
A Soap (PernilleFischer Christensen) Denmark
Eleven Men Out(Robert I Douglas) Iceland/Finland/UK
John & Jane Toll-Free (Ashim Ahluwalia) India
Old Joy (KellyReichardt) USA
In Bed (Matias Bize)Chile/Germany
Iron Island (MohammadRasoulof) Iran
Pavee Lackeen (PerryOdgen) Ireland
First On The Moon(Aleksei Fedorchenko) Russia
Texas (FaustoParavidino) Italy
Into Great Silence(Philip Groning) Germany
Twelve And Holding(Michael Cuesta) USA
13 Tzameti (GelaBabluani) France
Things That Hang From Trees (Ido Mizrahy) USA
My Country, My Country(Laura Poitras) USA
Wild Tigers I Have Known (Cam Archer) USA
Toi Et Moi (JulieLopes-Curval) France