New Directors/New Films 2020: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 49th New Directors/New Films

Dates:
December 9-20

About:
This notable series co-curated by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, rescheduled from its usual Spring dates and now online, offers six works of nonfiction among its 27 feature film lineup.

Among the offerings:

BOYS STATE
Director: Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine
A wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.

THE MOLE AGENT
Director: Maite Alberdi
When Sergio, a dapper widower in his early eighties, gets hired by a private detective to go undercover in a nursing home, his investigation yields unexpectedly emotional results.

COLLECTIVE
Director: Alexander Nanau
In October 2015, a devastating fire broke out at the Bucharest nightclub Colectiv, killing 27 people that night and nearly 40 more hospitalized survivors in the weeks that follow. What begins as a seeming exposé into a tragic accident gradually turns into something deeper and more shocking.

DAYS OF CANNIBALISM
Director: Teboho Edkins 
This expansive and immersive redefinition of the western genre looks at an emerging and competitive global trade relationship, beginning in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou and moving to Lesotho, a mountainous, landlocked region in the middle of South Africa.

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
Director: Catarina Vasconcelos
A highly unorthodox, impressionistic, and emotionally rich generational saga which finds the Portuguese filmmaker sifting through the memories and dreams of her ancestors.

RED MOON TIDE
Director: Lois Patiño
A journey into a phantom world, set on Spain’s Galician coast, where Rubio, a diver who retrieved bodies from shipwrecks, has gone missing.

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