Thompson on Hollywood

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the 2011 New Directors/New Films Festival lineup, running March 23 - April 3. J. C. Chandor's Margin Call (here's our Sundance video interview) will open the festival and Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance will conclude the festival's 40th edition. Programming director Richard Pena says both films are "dynamic and riveting dramas from first time feature film directors that give a unique view into the human lives at the core of two vastly different, but very immediate worlds.”

Also screening at the festival are Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film Incendies from Denis Villeneuve, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Happy, Happy from Anne Sewitzky, Daniel and Diego Vega's Cannes Jury Prize winner Octubre, and Attenberg, from director Athina Rachel Tsangari, which won Venice's Best Actress award. MoMA Dept. of Film curator, Rajendra Roy, says this year's films show boasts “great variety both within the makeup of our filmmakers as well as the subject matter and styles of the films themselves...From very intense drama to clever comedy to some truly fascinating documentaries, New Directors/New Films continues to be a major New York venue for new voices in film.”

IndieWIRE has the complete lineup.