With the movie industry gearing up for the start of Sundance 2015, New Directors/New Films, the annual New York festival presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, has tapped four movies soon to screen in Park City for slots as part of the 44th outing of ND/NF.
Charles Poekel’s “Christmas, Again”, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s “The Tribe,” Rick Alverson’s “Entertainment” and Kornel Mundruczo’s “White God” will all follow their Sundance stints with a showcase in the March festival.
Also on ND/NF’s 2015 roster are Chaitanya Tamhane’s Indian tragicomedy “Court,” Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Austrian chiller “Goodnight Mommy” and Sarah Leonor’s French drama “The Great Man.” “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Nadav Lapid’s Israeli-French project, and Naji Abu Nowar’s Middle Eastern adventure tale “Theeb” round out the initial slate.
Several among this initial batch of titles have scored awards at prior film festivals, including “White God,” which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last year, and “Court,” which took two awards at the Venice Film Festival.
New Directors/New Films showcases first or second films from emerging filmmakers, and has in the past spotlighted early work by Pedro Almodovar, Darren Aronofsky, Wong Kar Wai, Agnieszka Holland and Ana Lily Amirpour.