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New Directors/New Films 2023

March 29, 2023 – April 09, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center announce the 52nd edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), taking place from March 29 through April 9, 2023. 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 selection will introduce 27 features and 11 shorts, a total of 41 directors, to filmgoers in theaters at both MoMA and FLC.

Opening the festival is Savanah Leaf’s debut feature Earth Mama, a devastating and evocative portrait of motherhood refracted through the prisms of race and class. ND/NF will close with first-time director Vuk Lungulov-Klotz’s Mutt, starring Lío Mehiel (Special Jury Award winner at Sundance) as Feña, a twentysomething trans man who must contend with an onslaught of aggravations, surprise encounters, and emotional choices over a 24-hour period. The rest of the lineup showcases work from a broad geographic range, with films from Angola, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States; prizewinners from Cannes (Metronom), Locarno (Safe Place, Tommy Guns), Sundance (Mutt); and many feature debuts.

Organized by La Frances Hui (Co-Chair, MoMA), Florence Almozini (Co-Chair, Film at Lincoln Center), Josh Siegel (MoMA), Rajendra Roy (MoMA), Olivia Priedite (MoMA), Dan Sullivan (Film at Lincoln Center), Tyler Wilson (Film at Lincoln Center), and Maddie Whittle (Film at Lincoln Center).

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

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, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and Karen and Gary Winnick.

Film at Lincoln Center funding for New Directors/New Films is provided in part by Film at Lincoln Center’s New Wave Membership Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


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Metronom. 2022. Romania/France. Directed by Alexandru Belc. Courtesy the filmmaker

Joyland. 2022. Pakistan/USA. Directed by Saim Sadiq. Courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories

Jitterbug. 2022. Great Britain. Directed by Ayo Akingbade. Courtesy the filmmaker

Have You Seen This Woman? 2022. Serbia/Croatia. Directed by Dusan Zoric, Matija Gluscevic. Courtesy Non-Aligned Films

The Maiden. 2022. Canada. Directed by Graham Foy. Courtesy F F Films Inc.

Disco Boy. 2023. France/Belgium/Poland/Italy. Directed by Giacomo Abbruzzese. Courtesy the filmmaker

Astrakan. 2022. France. Directed by David Depesseville. Courtesy Félicie Roger

Gush. 2023. USA. Directed by Fox Maxy. Courtesy the filmmaker

Remembering Every Night. 2023. Japan. Directed by Yui Kiyohara. Courtesy PFF Partners

Safe Place. 2022. Croatia. Directed by Juraj Lerotić. Courtesy the filmmaker

Family Time. 2023. Finland/Sweden. Directed by Tia Kuovo. Courtesy Aamu Filmcompany

Earth Mama. 2023. USA. Directed by Savanah Leaf. Courtesy A24

Almost Entirely a Slight Disaster. 2022. Turkey. Directed by Umut Subasi. Courtesy the filmmaker

Serafina. 2022. Switzerland. Directed by Noa Epars, Anna Simonetti. Courtesy the filmmakers

Milisuthando. 2023. South Africa. Directed by Milisuthando Bongela. Courtesy the filmmaker

Tommy Guns. 2022. Portugal. Directed by Carlos Conceiçao. Courtesy Kino Lorber

Maputo Nakuzandza. 2022. Mozambique/Brazil. Directed by Ariadne Zampaulo. Courtesy David Gross

The Face of the Jellyfish. 2022. Argentina. Directed by Melisa Liebenthal. Courtesy the filmmaker

Chomp It! 2023. Singapore. Directed by Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen. Courtesy Emoumie

Petrol. 2022. Australia. Directed by Alena Lodkina. Courtesy Alief

Mutt. 2023. USA. Directed by Vuk Lungulov-Klotz. Courtesy the filmmaker

Pamfir. 2022. Ukraine. Directed by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. Courtesy the filmmaker

Arnold Is a Model Student. 2022. Thailand/Singapore/France/Netherlands/Philippines. Directed by Sorayos Prapapan.  Courtesy Square Eyes Film

Tótem. 2023. Mexico. Directed by Lila Avilés. Courtesy Limerencia Films

Autobiography. 2022. Indonesia/France/Singapore/Poland/Philippines/Germany/Qatar. Directed by Makbul Mubarak. Courtesy the filmmaker

Ashkal. 2022. France/Tunisia/Qatar. Directed by Youssef Chebbi. Courtesy Supernova Films/Poetik Film/Blast Film

Chile ’76. 2022. Chile/Argentina. Directed by Manuela Martelli. Courtesy Kino Lorber

Leila’s Brothers. 2022. Iran. Directed by Saeed Roustayi. Courtesy the filmmaker