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  • New Directors/New Films takes <Romance Joe>
  • Feb 27, 2012

  • The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have announced the selection for the 41st New Directors/New Films (ND/NF) showcase in New York to include Korean director LEE Kwang-kuk’s feature debut <Romance Joe>.
    To be held March 21 - April 1 this year, the film festival is dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent. ND/NF will screen 29 feature films - both narrative and documentary, and 12 short films representing 28 countries.
    <Romance Joe> premiered last year at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and was recently in the Rotterdam film festival’s Tiger Award Competition.
    ND/NF says ofthe film: “Lee Kwang-kuk puts the lessons learned from being assistant director to Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo on display with his film ROMANCE JOE which thrusts the viewer into a series of intertwined stories triggered by a bar maid telling of the time she met a suicidal guy called ‘Romance Joe.’”
    Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director Richard Pena said, “This year’s New Directors/New Films cohort of filmmakers seems especially promising. I can’t recall an edition of the series on which I worked that had a greater variation of styles or more innovative approaches to creating deeply personal cinema.”
    Other films in the line-up include Gareth EVANS’ Indonesian martial-arts thriller <The Raid>, actors-turned-director Roschdy ZEM’s thriller <Omar Killed Me> and visual artist and musician Terence NANCE’s <An Oversimplification of Her Beauty>, which was popular with the audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
    The festival’s Opening Film (to be screened at MoMA) is Nadine LABAKI’s <Where Do We Go Now?>, which depicts what happens when women of different religions in a remote Lebanese village cooperateto invent schemes to prevent their men from killing each other because of religious conflicts.
    The festival’s Closing Film this year is to be a surprise that will not be revealed until it screens at the Lincoln Center Film Society on April 1.
    Feb. 27, 2012

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