New Directors / New Films 48 at Film Society & MoMA

New Directors / New Films 48 is at Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan from March 27 to April 7, 2019.

These are films from the festival circuit that Film Society and MoMa have curated. It’s the best of the new.

New Directors / New Films 2019

The 48th edition screens films by twenty-four new directors.

Opening Night ~ Clemency

Directed by Chinonye Chukwu
USA, 2019

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Chinonye Chukwu’s sophomore feature is an enthralling prison-set drama anchored by powerhouse performances by Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge.

Mar 27, Wed, 7pm at MoMA Titus 1 ~ Q&As with Chinonye Chukwu
Mar 27, Wed, 7:30pm at MoMA Titus 2
Mar 28, Thu, 6pm at Film Society Walter Reade ~ Q&As with Chinonye Chukwu

Centerpiece ~ Monos

Directed by Alejandro Landes
Colombia, 2019

A must-see pick by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott.

In Alejandro Landes’s intensely thrilling twist on Lord of the Flies, Julianne Nicholson plays a terrorized American engineer held captive by teenage guerilla bandits in an unnamed South American jungle. A Sundance award-winner, Monos is sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019.

March 30 & 31, Sat-Sun at 6pm ~ Q&As with Alejandro Landes

Closing Night ~ Share

Directed by Pippa Bianco

A double prizewinner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Pippa Bianco’s unnerving feature debut is a profound and powerful examination of sexual assault and the increasingly volatile role the Internet plays in contemporary American society.

April 6 at 6pm ~ Q&As with Pippa Bianco
April 6 at 8:30pm
April7at 6pm ~ Q&As with Pippa Bianco

Latin Films

The Chambermaid

Directed by Lila Avilés
Mexico, 2018

A must-see pick by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott.

In her debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail.

A Kino Lorber Release

Q&As with Lila Avilés
March 29 at 8:45pm
March 31 at 12:30pm

End of the Century

Directed by Lucio Castro
Argentina, 2019

What seems like a one-night encounter between two strangers becomes an epic, decades-spanning relationship, which filmmaker Lucio Castro depicts in a nonlinear fashion, and in which time and space refuse to play by the rules.

March 30 at 8:45pm
April 2 at 6:30pm
April 6 at 6:30pm

A Family Submerged

Directed by María Alché
Argentina, 2018

A must-see pick by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott.

The debut film from María Alché—best known for her mesmerizing performance in Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl—is a hallucinatory, fragmented narrative evoking the interior life of a middle-aged wife and mother of three who’s set adrift by the death of her sister.

New York Premiere
April 6 at 12:30pm
April 7 at 5:45pm


Directed by Andrea Bussmann
Mexico, 2018

The legend of Faust mingles with local folklore in Andrea Bussmann’s strikingly original shape-shifter, a film that dissolves the boundaries between the visible and the invisible.

April 6, 3:45pm at Film Society Walter Reade Theater
April 7, 1pm at  MoMA Titus 2


Directed by Philippe Lesage
French-Canada, 2018

Following his autobiographical 2015 debut The Demons, Philippe Lesage continues to chronicle the life of young Felix (Édouard Tremblay-Grenier), and also captures the romantic trials and tribulations of two Quebecois teen siblings; the result is one of the most beautiful coming-of-age stories in years.

U.S. Premiere
Q&As with Philippe Lesage
March 30, 2:30pm at Film Society Walter Reade Theater
March 31, 6pm at MoMA Titus 2

Long Way Home

Directed by André Novais Oliveira
Brazil, 2018

The everyday takes on a profound and touching resonance in André Novais Oliveira’s sophomore feature concerning a woman who moves from her hometown of Itaúnas to Contagem to take a job working in a public health program.

New York Premiere
Q&As with André Novais Oliveira

Midnight Family

Directed by Luke Lorentzen
Mexico, 2019

A must-see pick by New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis

Arguably the most exhilarating documentary to come out of Sundance this year, Midnight Family follows the private “operations” of the Ochoa family, who race to the scene of an accident or a crime to fill the void of government-run ambulances in Mexico City.

MoMA Titus 2: Thu, Apr 4 at 8:30pm
Film Society Walter Reade: Fri, Apr 5 at 9pm


Directed by Camille Vidal-Naquet
France, 2018

New York Premiere
Q&As with Camile Vidal-Naquet
April 5, 8:30pm
April 7, 3pm

Shorts Program 1

Featuring Big Bridge by Simón Vélez López, Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year by Jacqueline Lentzou, Misericórdia by Xavier Marrades, A Million Years by Danech San, and Echoes by Lucila Mariani.

Q&As with Simón Vélez López, Jaqueline Lentzou, Xavier Marrades, Lucila Mariani

March 8, 6:15pm
March 30 at 12pm

Shorts Program 2

Featuring The Golden Legend by Chema García Ibarra and Ion de Sosa, Past Perfect by Jorge Jácome, Altiplano by Malena Szlam, and America by Garrett Bradley.

Q&As with Jorge Jácome, Malena Szlam, and Garrett Bradley
April 3, 6:30pm
April 4 6:15pm

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