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FLC and MoMA announce 50th New Directors/New Films and free retrospective

Image: "We" by Alice Diop

The Museum of Modern Art and Film at Lincoln Center announce the complete lineup for the 50th anniversary edition of New Directors/New Films, April 28 – May 8 and a free virtual retrospective celebrating 50 years of ND/NF, April 16-28

Presented in the FLC and MoMA virtual cinemas and in-theater at Film at Lincoln Center through May 13—the first NYC film festival to return to theaters!

Special community offer: save on the 50th-anniversary edition of New Directors/New Films!
Save $5 on all in-theater screenings and 20% on virtual rentals in the FLC Virtual Cinema with code NEW50

Explore the 2021 ND/NF lineup here and make sure to enter the promo code in the required field at checkout. 

Throughout its rich, half-century history, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema, and whose daring work pushes the envelope in unexpected ways. This year’s festival will introduce 27 features and 11 shorts to audiences nationwide in the MoMA and FLC virtual cinemas, and to New Yorkers at Film at Lincoln Center. 

Among the wide line-up for this year, one french film and many french coproductions


  • We (Nous) Showtimes May 2 at 6pm and May 12 at 7pm in the WRT

Alice Diop, 2020, France, 115m
French with English subtitles

In this nuanced, sophisticated, and wonderfully engaging documentary, filmmaker Alice Diop creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of people from largely Black and immigrant communities in the Parisian suburbs, their lives and work connected by the RER B commuter train that cuts through the city from north to south. Her subjects include a migrant from Mali working as a mechanic; her own sister, a community care worker making house calls to the elderly; the writer Pierre Bergounioux, expounding upon centuries of French history and inequity; and an energetic variety of young people enjoying coveted leisure time in their own corners of the banlieues. Appearing on screen—and therefore making herself part of the “we” of the title—Diop says that in her filmmaking she aims to “conserve the existence of ordinary lives.” Her film is not just a work of conservation, but also of intellectual rigor, and of love.

  • Azor Showtimes May 1 at 6pm and May 10 at 3:30pm in the WRT

Andreas Fontana, 2021, Switzerland/France/Argentina, 100m
French and Spanish with English subtitles

  • Wood and Water Showtimes April 30 at 3:30pm and May 13 at 3:15pm in the WRT

Jonas Bak, 2021, Germany/France/Hong Kong, 79m
Cantonese, English, and German with English subtitles


ND/NF Shorts Program 1 (Showtimes April 28 at 12:30pm and May 8 at 12:30pm in the WRT):

  • I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face

Sameh Alaa, 2020, Egypt/France, 15m
Arabic with English subtitles

  • A Love Song in Spanish

Ana Elena Tejera, 2020, France/Panama, 24m
Spanish with English subtitles

To celebrate this edition’s 50-year milestone, MoMA and FLC will also present a free virtual retrospective looking back on the festival’s history. In 1972, FLC (formerly the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and MoMA’s Department of Film presented the inaugural New Directors/New Films festival: a modest but eclectic program of 11 films born from a simple desire to share the best new works by emerging international directors with New York moviegoers. Richard Roud, one of its founding programmers, reflected in the Village Voice then that the festival allows one to “sit down and find out just where, in fact, the New Cinema is going.” 

  • Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (The Meetings of Anna)

Chantal Akerman, 1978, Belgium/France/West Germany, 128m

More information on FLC and MoMA.