New Directors/New Films festival begins March 21

Helmer-novelist Paul Auster’s “The Inner Life of Martin Frost” and Argentine coming-of-age pic “Glue” will kick off the New Directors/New Films festival in Gotham on March 21.

“Frost” is based on a character in Auster’s “The Book of Illusion”; comedy-drama concerns a writer who can’t find respite. Auster previously wrote the pic “Smoke” and directed its sequel “Blue in the Face” as well as Mira Sorvino starrer “Lulu on the Bridge.”

“Glue,” from debut helmer Alexis Dos Santos, concerns the growing pains of three adolescents in Patagonia.

ND/NF, a collaboration between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, often showcases movies that turn into breakout indie hits. One of the opening-night films last year was “Half Nelson,” for which Ryan Gosling garnered an Oscar nomination for actor.

Among the other films screening at the fest are Michael Jacobs’ religion doc “Audience of One,” Craig Sobel’s music-biz satire “The Great World of Sound” and ThinkFilm’s Africa-set docu “War/Dance.”

Also set to unspool are Sundance award winners “Once” and “Padre Nuestro.” The former is an Irish music-themed pic that was purchased by Fox Searchlight; latter is a thriller with immigrant themes that took the grand jury prize at the fest.

ND/NF runs through April 1.

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