Gotham’s annual New Directors/New Films festival has lined up a 29-feature slate that opens with Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” and closes with a surprise screening.
The last time Film Society of Lincoln Center, which co-presents ND/NF with the Museum of Modern Art, skedded a similar surprise was as part of last year’s New York Film Festival. The under-wraps pic turned out to be an early cut of “Hugo,” the Martin Scorcese film that went on to become a major awards-season player.
“Where Do We Go Now?” centers on a group of Lebanese women who come up with comical schemes to stop their men from killing each other in religious conflicts. Picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, the film has played fests including Cannes, Toronto and Sundance.
Another SPC film, Gareth Huw Evans’ Indonesian thriller “The Raid,” will play ND/NF as the 41-year-old event’s first late night screening, while animated graphic novel adaptation “The Rabbi’s Cat,” helmed by Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar, will be the fest’s first 3D offering.
Narrative features on tap also include Adam Leon’s “Gimme the Loot,” Roschdy Zem’s “Omar Killed Me” and Mads Brugger’s “The Ambassador,” while Sundance alums “Five Broken Cameras” and “How to Survive a Plague” are among the doc offerings.
Slate also includes a dozen shorts as well as 1953 film “Fear and Desire,” an early work by Stanley Kubrick.
New Directors/New Films runs March 21-April 1. Title of the surprise pic won’t be announced until just before the film unspools.