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Alumni of Sundance, Cannes, Locarno tapped for the annual fest from Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art have set the inititial films on the slate of the 43rd annual New Directors/New Films Festival this spring.

Among the seven movies announced, Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” the follow-up to his comedy “Submarine,” will play the fest following its Sundance screening later this month. Jesse Eisenberg stars in the upcoming Magnolia Pictures release, an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s doppelganger tale.

Also on the ND/NF list is Cannes selection “Stop the Pounding Heart,” Roberto Minervini’s narrative-doc mashup about a young girl struggling against the expectations of her small-town community.  Ben Rivers and Ben Russells’ “A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness” follows a journey undertaken by musician Robert A.A. Lowe, while Albert Serra’s “Story of My Death,” which won an award at Locarno, revolves around a meeting between Casanova and Dracula.

Chinese producer Vivian Qu makes a directorial debut with “Trap Street,” chronicling a young man’s pursuit of a mysterious woman, while Abdellah Taia adapts his own novel into gay coming-of-ager “Salvation Army.” Rounding out the preliminary list of ND/NF selections is “Of Horses and Men,” a look at the relationship between the two species by Icelandic stage helmer Benedikt Erlingsson.

ND/NF programming aims to showcase the work of debut or emerging filmmakers, and has in the past screened early outings by Pedro Almodovar, Darren Aronofsky, Shane Carruth and J.C. Chandor.

The 2014 edition of New Directors/New Films runs March 19-30, with further titles to be announced.

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