'Circumstance' to close the slate of 28 films

A couple of Sundance alums will bookend the 40th annual New Directors/New Films lineup, with J.C. Chandor’s Kevin Spacey starrer “Margin Call” set to kick off the fest.

Maryam Keshavarz’s “Circumstance,” an audience award winner at Sundance, reps the closing-night offering of the 28-film lineup, encompassing 24 narrative features and four docs from a total of 22 countries.

Also on the bill for the March 23-April 3 screenings are Dee Rees’ drama “Pariah,” which Focus Features picked up out of Sundance, and Anne Sewitsky’s Norwegian comedy “Happy, Happy,” which scored the Grand Jury Prize for world cinema at the fest.

Presented jointly by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New Directors/New Films has showcased early works by a wide swath of filmmakers who went on to gain prominence, including Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Ken Burns and Guillermo del Toro.

Additional works on the 2011 docket include Daniel and Diego Vega’s 2010 Cannes prize winner “Octubre” (to be released by New Yorker Films) and Athina Tachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg,” among pics making the rounds of the fest circuit.

Full roster comes after the announcement of a partial list of selections that included Denis Villeneuve’s current Academy Award nominee “Incendies.”

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