46th New Directors / New Films

New Directors / New Films festival presents emerging filmmakers from around the world with dual screenings at the Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center.

46th annual New Directors / New Films 2017

The 46th annual New Directors / New Films festival is March 15-26, 2017.

This year’s main slate explores the lives of New Yorkers on the move. None are Latin films. But in addition to several French films, the festival is screening movies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.

The Future Perfect (El Futuro perfecto)

German director Nele Wohlatz is fascinated with the effects of language.

The Future Perfect tells the story of a Chinese teenager who starts working in Argentina without being able to speak Spanish. She enrolls in Spanish classes and uses her new language’s conditional tense to imagine what might happen. This was a “Best First Feature” winner at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. In Spanish and Mandarin with English subtitles.

In Three Sentences About Argentina (Tres oraciones sobra la Argentina) which is also screening, Wohlatz turns vintage footage of Argentine skiers into language exercises.

Q&As with the director
Saturday, March 18 at 9pm at MoMA’s Titus 2
Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater

Happy Times Will Come Soon (I Tempi felici verranno presto)

Italian filmmaker Alessandro Comodin, who won awards with Summer of Giacomo in 2011, delivers a beautiful, but dreamy mashup of local legends in an Italian forest.

North American Premiere
Q&As with the director
Wednesday, March 22 at 9:30pm at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater
Thursday, March 23 at 8:45pm at MoMA Titus 2


Julia Murat’s 2017 Brazilian film is a charming, intimate portrait of a couple who both compete with each other and want to build a life together. He is sculptor. She is a dancer. They live and work in a loft separated by only a strip of orange tape. In Portuguese with English subtitles.


North American Premiere
Q&As with the director
Friday, March 24 at 6:30pm at MoMA Titus 2
Sunday, March 26 at 6:45pm at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater

Shorts Program 2

This is a pair of Latin American shorts.

As Without So Within
Manuela De Laborde’s 2016 Mexican film is an experimental meditation on the surfaces of objects.

Los diablos azules (The Blue Devils)
French director Charlotte Bayer-Broc interprets Luis Advis’ 1969 cantata Santa María de Iquique about a Chilean mine massacre.

A New York Premiere and a North American Premiere
Q&As with the directors
Saturday, March 18 at 1:30pm at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater
Sunday, March 19 at 1:30pm at MoMA Titus 2

For a complete listing of films, screening times, and tickets, visit www.newdirectors.org

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