hot tips for new directors/new films?

by eug
March 27, 2008 9:07 AM
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A larger, more festive than usual opening night party kicked off New Directors/New Films at MoMA last night. A.O. Scott's rave yesterday tipped a number of hot titles, many from Sundance '08. So, what are the must-sees at New Directors this year? Anyone, anyone?

Of the films I've seen, my top three picks are Godfrey Cheshire's "Moving Midway," Alex Rivera's "Sleep Dealer," and Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River." At last night's bash, I ran into regular indieWIRE writer Howard Feinstein, who urged that I check out Lior Shamriz's "Japan Japan," which he touted in his iW article earlier this week.
[photo by eugene hernandez]

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  • Doug Block | March 28, 2008 4:44 AMReply

    I second your pick of Moving Midway, Eug. Saw a rough cut over a year ago and even then it was strong. And always interesting to see when a film critic gets his hands dirty on his own movie, especially a doc (looking forward to Gerald Peary's doc about film critics). Always thought Godfrey is one of the best and most thoughtful critics, too. I miss his reviews.

  • Susana | March 28, 2008 2:38 AMReply

    well, la zona got the only no-audience award at toronto, and the opera prima prize at venice together with two other prizes there.

  • eugene hernandez | March 28, 2008 1:23 AMReply

    thanks chucks (and cams).

  • chucks | March 27, 2008 12:59 PMReply

    update: cams said he did, in fact, like Japan Japan.
    "it wasn't perfect," quoth Cams, "but it was hot".

  • chucks | March 27, 2008 12:57 PMReply

    Cams wasn't as impressed with Japan Japan as Howard Feinstein, but I haven't seen it.

    I loved Ballast, but I think you've probably seen it.

    Word on the street is "La France" is supposed to be phenomenal, and I've heard great things about "Valse Sentimental".

    That's my scoop.