Film series: New Visions, New Voices

scene from the film ALCARRAS
ALCARRAS (2022, dir. Carla Simón)

This series amplifies the work of emerging filmmakers across the globe by showcasing some of the most exciting directorial debuts, or first features, from the past year.

Featuring a wide variety of genres and subjects ranging from Filipino action heroes to Catalonian peach farmers, the series aims to foreground innovative approaches to storytelling, celebrate creative risk-taking, and introduce some of the most exciting new voices in the film industry.

Modeled on New Directors/New Films at MoMA and Film at Lincoln Center, the series will feature a new debut film (or occasionally a director’s second film) every Friday evening throughout the spring semester.


El Planeta
directed by Amalia Ulman (2021 Spain)
Friday, January 27, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 5:00pm 
Amalia Ulman's debut feature is an offbeat comedy about a mother-daughter duo struggling to make ends meet, but desperate to keep up appearances, in post-crisis Spain. 

directed by Carlota Pereda (2022 Spain/France)
Friday, February 3, 2023 at 9:00pm    
Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 7:00pm 
In this coming-of-age slasher film, an overweight teenager witnesses the violent abduction of her merciless bullies. Will she intervene or send her tormentors to the slaughterhouse?

Saint Omer
directed by Alice Diop (2022 France)
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 5:00pm 
Rama, a literature professor and writer, attends the high-profile trial of Laurence Coly, a young Senegalese immigrant woman accused in the drowning of her infant daughter, intending to use the story as material for her next novel until the case strikes dangerously close to home. 

directed by Charlotte Wells (2022 UK)
Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 9:00pm    
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 7:00pm 
Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio deliver unforgettable performances in Charlotte Wells' moving debut feature about a young girl's tender memories of a beach holiday with her loving father. 

Queen of Glory
directed by Nana Mensah (2021 USA)
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 9:30pm    
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:00pm 
Following the unexpected death of her mother, PhD student Sarah Obeng must return to her childhood home in the Bronx to organize a traditional, Ghanian funeral and sort out her mother's estate, which includes an unexpectedly lively Christian bookstore.  

Brian and Charles
directed by Jim Archer (2022 UK)
Friday, March 10, 2023 at 9:00pm    
Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 5:00pm 
Can friendship be built from spare parts? Director Jim Archer's debut feature follows the adventures of Brian, a lonely inventor, and Charles, his scrapyard robot friend.    

Bad Axe
directed by David Siev  (2022 USA)
Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:00pm
with filmmaker David Siev in person!
David Siev's directorial debut captures a closely-knit Asian American family living in rural Michigan during the pandemic as they fight to keep their local restaurant and American dream alive.

directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi (2022 Bolivia/Uruguay/France)
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 5:00pm  
In the Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. During an uncommonly long drought, Virginio and his wife Sisa face a dilemma: resist or be defeated by the environment and time itself.   

Leonor Will Never Die 
directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar (2022 Philippines)
Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 5:00pm  
Aging film director Leonor Reyes finds herself down on her luck until a fortuitus accident plunges her directly into one of her unfinished screenplays. 

directed by Lola Quiroran (2022 France)
Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 9:15pm
In Lola Quiroran's debut feature, Julie Ledru lights up the screen as Julia, a fierce young woman who installs herself as an invaluable member of an underground urban motorcycle gang. But can she hold her own within this unpredictable, male-dominated world?      

directed by Carla Simón (2022 Spain/Italy)
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 9:00pm
A family gathers for the last peach harvest in the orchard their ancestors have farmed for generations. Clearing the land to make way for solar panels means losing a way of life, tradition and the bonds that tie a family together.  

Stay tuned for more films added later this spring!

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Scene from the film El Planeta

El Planeta

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Scene from the film Queen of Glory

Queen of Glory

Scene from the film Brian and Charles

Brian and Charles

Scene from the film Bad Axe

Bad Axe

Scene from the film Utama


Scene from the film Leonor Will Never Die

Leonor Will Never Die

Scene from the film Rodeo


Scene from the film Alcarras