Seven set for MoMA festival

New Directors/New Films taps initial slate

New Directors/New Films, the annual festival that teams Film Society of Lincoln Center with Gotham’s Museum of Modern Art, has set an initial slate of seven features that includes Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Las Acacias” and “Oslo, August 31st,” the Norwegian drama soon to be seen at Sundance.

Now in its 41st year, ND/NF typically showcases between 25 and 28 pics from emerging auteurs at the helm of directorial debuts or sophomore efforts.

On the list of the helming debuts at this year’s fest are “Las Acacias,” the Argentinian road movie from Pablo Giorgelli, as well as juvenile-detention drama “Breathing,” directed by Austrian actor Karl Markovics; Julia Murat’s “Found Memories,” a portrait of a fictional Brazilian town that picked up an award at the Abu Dhabi Intl. Film Festival; and “Twilight Portrait,” Angelina Nikonova’s film about the aftermath of a rape in modern Russian city.

“Oslo, August 31,” the upcoming Sundance pic about a recovering addict in Oslo, is the second film from Joachim Trier. Other sophomore helmers on the ND/NF lineup are Anca Damian, with her animated Romanian doc “Crulic: The Path to Beyond,” and “Porfirio,” Alejandro Landes’ Colombian entry about a man paralyzed from the waist down when he’s caught in the crossfire of a police shooting.

ND/NF runs March 21-April 1. Further films on the slate remain to be announced.

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