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New Directors/New Films Announces Initial Lineup

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By Craig HubertShane Carruth’s “Upstream Color,” the follow-up to his Sundance award-winning “Primer,” will make its first post-Sundance appearance at the 42nd annual New Directors/New Films festival, presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival, set to run March 20-31, has announced the first batch of films to screen at the legendary series for new and exciting work in cinema, including JP Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn’s “People’s Park,” an exploration of the People’s Park in Chengdu, China, and Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell,” a documentary about long buried family secrets that was well received during its brief festival run last summer.

Over its long history, New Directors/New Films has boosted the careers of many internationally acclaimed filmmakers, including Pedro AlmodóvarDarren AronofskyKen BurnsWong Kar Wai, and Spike Lee, to name a few. Last year, the festival screened Oscar nominated films “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “How to Survive a Plague.” Other films announced include “The Color of the Chameleon,” from Bulgarian director Emil Christov; “A Hijacking,” from Danish director Tobias Lindholm; “Hold Back,” from French director Rachid Djaidani; and “Viola,” a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” from Argentine director Matias Pineiro.

Image: Upstream Color/Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center

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