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‘Incendies’ to light up at New Directors/New Films

'Outbound,' 'Summer of Goliath' also on initial festival slate

Canuck Oscar submission “Incendies” and Romanian pic “Outbound” are among the films on the lineup for Gotham’s New Directors/New Films Film Festival this spring.

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, co-presenters of the 40th annual showcase of new pics from emerging creatives, announced a half-dozen initial offerings from countries that also include Germany, Mexico and China.

On the fest’s slate are:

n Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies,” a Canadian-French production about twins who set out to fulfill their mother’s dying wishes. Sony Pictures Classics is set to release the pic later this year

n Bogdan George Apetri’s “Outbound,” centering on a woman who gets a one-day release from her prison sentence to attend her mother’s funeral

n German film “At Ellen’s Age,” Pia Marais’ look at a woman’s life in the wake of losing both her husband and her job

n “Curling,” a comic drama helmed by Denis Cote, about a family in rural Quebec

n Nicolas Pereda’s “Summer of Goliath,” following the intertwined stories of the inhabitants of a small town in Mexico

n Hongqi Li’s “Winter Vacation,” a Chinese comedy about four teens on a break from school

Fest, which runs March 23-April 3, will announce more films.