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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.
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