Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center,
PEOPLES PARK (2012) 78min
Directors: JP Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn
An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People's Park in Chengdu, China created with a single virtuouso tracking shot. The joys of communal play, exercise and leisure time come under intense scrutiny through the relentless gaze of the directors' lens, and create alternating states of unease and exhilaration.
STORIES WE TELL (2012) 108min
Director: Sarah Polley
What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember it? Actor/director Sarah Polley (AWAY FROM HER, TAKE THIS WALTZ) turns from fiction to non-fiction and in the process cracks open family secrets in this powerful examination of personal history and remembrance. Using home movies, still photographs and interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, shown as a creative yet secretive woman. What parents and siblings have to say and what they remember about events that occurred years ago, show the pitfalls of making the past present and cast a sharp light on the complicated paths of relationships. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley's interest lies in the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. In an intimate setting, she shows us the process by which she tries to pluck information from family and friends: she interviews them but also delicately interrogates them as well as bringing them in as writers and collaborators in her own story. More than documentary, STORIES WE TELL is a delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss and understanding.
UPSTREAM COLOR (2013)
Director: Shane Carruth
Ever since he created a wave of excitement with his 2004 debut, PRIMER, filmmaker of all trades Shane Carruth has prompted curiosity over what he would come up with next. For certain, it would likely contain a strain of science fact tilting into science fiction; almost probably, whatever would happen would happen in a reasonably recognizable America of the near-present moment, populated with a combination of confused and brilliant citizens of the Republic stumbling through as best they could toward something terrifyingly brilliant. UPSTREAM COLOR certainly checks all those boxes, but it can't be overstated how starkly different and markedly advanced a work this is over the first one. It represents something new in American cinema, close cousin to Alain Resnais' great films thematically and formally exploring the surprising jumps and shocks of life's passages and science's strange effects. A love story embedded in a horrifying kidnap plot whose full import isn't revealed until the final, poignant moments, UPSTREAM COLOR doesn't so much move as leap with great audacity through its moments and across sequences, a cinematic simulacrum of the ways we think back on our own lives, astonished at, as in the title of Grace Paley's fiction collection, our "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute."
VIOLA (2012) 65min
Director: Matías Piñeiro
Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema's most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakepeare's Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, VIOLA bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language, an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice. VIOLA is a Cinema Guild release.
About New Directors/New Films: Dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging artists, New Directors/New Films has earned an international reputation as the premier festival for works that break or re-cast the cinematic mold. The New Directors/New Films selection committee is made up of members from both presenting organizations: from The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Marian Masone, Robert Koehler, and Gavin Smith; and from The Museum of Modern Art, Jytte Jensen, Rajendra Roy.and Joshua Siegel.
About The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art: Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, Robert Koehler, Director of Programming Year-round and Kent Jones, NYFF Director of Programming, The Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic, and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, which recently completed its 50th year, and New Directors/New Films, which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award-now named "The Chaplin Award"-to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com.
The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film was established as the Film Library in 1935, and presented its first series as circulating exhibitions in 1936. The Film Department organizes over 50 film exhibitions every year, including annual programs such as To Save and Project:The MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, Documentary Fortnight, and The Contenders. The Department also organizes exhibitions in MoMA's galleries, including Tim Burton (2009-10) and Pixar: 20 Years of Animation (2005-06). The department also has an extensive archive of over 27,000 film and video works, including the world's largest institutional collections of the works of D. W. Griffith, Andy Warhol, and Stan Brakhage. Rajendra Roy is the current Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, appointed in May 2007.