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New Directors/New Films 2022

April 20, 2022 – May 01, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art announce the 51st edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), April 20–May 1. For more than half a century, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who speak to the present and anticipate the future of cinema, and whose bold work pushes the envelope in unexpected, striking ways. This year’s festival will introduce 26 features and 11 shorts, a total of 39 directors, 21 of whom are women, to filmgoers in theaters at both FLC and MoMA.

Opening the festival is Audrey Diwan’s Happening, the winner of the 2021 Venice International Film Festival’s prestigious Golden Lion, a gripping portrait of a young woman’s attempts to secure an illegal abortion in 1960s France. ND/NF will close with The African Desperate, a frantic, wildly engaging debut feature from Martine Syms, which rushes through 24 hours in the life of Palace (Syms’s fellow visual artist Diamond Stingily) on a hazy, often hilarious, and occasionally surreal trip through those moments when one’s life feels like it’s teetering on the precipice. The rest of the lineup showcases work from a broad geographic range, with films from China, India, Norway, Argentina, Mexico, South Korea, France, and Rwanda; prizewinners from festivals in Berlin (Robe of Gems), Sundance (Dos Estaciones, Nanny), and Venice (Pilgrims, Full Time, White Building); and many feature debuts.

New Directors/New Films is presented by Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art.

Major support for Film at Lincoln Center is provided by the New Wave Membership Program and American Airlines, the official airline of Film at Lincoln Center. Additional funding is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL. Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.

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The African Desperate. 2022. USA. Directed by Martine Syms. Image courtesy Natalie James

Album for the Youth. 2021. Argentina. Directed by Malena Solarz. Image courtesy Cecilia Pisano

The Apartment with Two Women. 2021. South Korea. Directed by Kim Se-in. Image courtesy JD Kim

Blue Island. 2022. Hong Kong/Japan. Directed by Chan Tze Woon. Image courtesy Icarus Films

The Cathedral. 2021. USA. Directed by Ricky D’Ambrose. Image courtesy Tarek Shoukri

Children of the Mist. 2021. Vietnam. Directed by Diễm Hà Lệ. Image courtesy Maëlle Guenegues

The City and the City. 2022. Greece. Directed by Christos Passalis and Syllas Tzoumerkas. Image courtesy HOMEMADE FILMS

Dos Estaciones. 2022. Mexico. Directed by Juan Pablo González. Image courtesy Jamie Gonçalves

Father’s Day. 2022. Rwanda. Directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza. Image courtesy Taté

Fire of Love. 2022. USA/Canada. Directed by Sara Dosa. Image courtesy National Geographic Documentary Films

Happening. 2021. France. Directed by Audrey Diwan. Image courtesy AMC Networks