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‘Judy,’ ‘Lola’ at MOMA

Pix to open 28th New Directors/New Films Series

Eric Mendelsohn’s debut feature “Judy Berlin” and Tom Tykwer’s German actioner “Run Lola Run” will open the 28th year of the New Directors/New Films Series, which runs from March 26 to April 11 at Gotham’s Museum of Modern Art.

Jointly presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the MOMA’s Dept. of Film & Video, New Directors will feature eight directorial bows among its 23 films from 19 countries. Including “Judy Berlin” and “Run Lola Run,” the first films are Michael Polish’s “Twin Falls, Idaho,” Julian Goldberger’s “Trans,” Peter Mullan’s “Orphans,” Christopher Nolan’s “Following,” Ziad Doureiri’s “West Beirut,” Jia Zhangke’s “Xiao Wu” and Fernando Vendrell’s “Dribbling Fate.”

Four directors are returning to the series with new films. In addition to Tykwer, whose “Deadly Maria” screened in the 1995 New Directors program, the veterans include Julio Medem with “Lovers of the Arctic Circle,” Francois Ozon with “Sitcom” and Ana Kokkinos with “Head On.”

Also unspooling in New Directors are Motjaba Raei’s “Birth of a Butterfly,” Petr Zelenka’s “Buttoners,” Alexei Balabanov’s “Of Freaks and Men” and “Victor,” the latest film from “Will It Snow for Christmas?” helmer Sandrine Veysset.

Other selections include Garin Nugroho’s “Leaf on a Pillow,” Gyorgy Feher’s “Passion,” Unni Straume’s “Thrane’s Method” and “The Wounds,” the latest film from “Pretty Village, Pretty Flame” helmer Srdjan Dragojevic. Rounding out the program are Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “Barrio,” Jean Pierre Limosin’s “Tokyo Eyes” and Sebastien Lifshitz’s “Open Bodies.”

Selections were made by the Film Society’s Joanne Koch, Marian Masone and Richard Pena, and MOMA’s Mary Lea Bandy, Jytte Jensen and Laurence Kardish.

For tickets and info about the film series, call (212) 708-9500.

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