New Directors/New Films 2023: 9 Must-See Movies from Emerging Talents

Each year, the NYC festival endeavors to show excellent new work from some of the film world’s brightest rising stars. This year, they’ve done it again.

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Before the summer movie season consumes the local multiplex, discerning cinephiles and festival fans can bone up on some of the best films of the year, thanks to the always-excellent slate on offer at this year’s New Directors/New Films festival. Over the course of the New York City festival, it will play home to films from 41 directors, including 27 features and 11 shorts.

As ever, this year’s ND/NF features a variety of films from around the festival circuit, Sundance to Cannes, Venice to Berlin, and more. The 52nd edition of the festival kicks off this week with Savannah Leaf’s A24 drama “Earth Mama” and concludes with Vuk Lungulov-Klotz’s trans coming-of-age story “Mutt.” In between, film fans can see projects from rising stars, fresh voices, and finally (finally!) get to check out gems like “Joyland,” “Totem,” and “Disco Boy.”

The 52nd edition of New Directors/New Films will run from March 29 — April 9, and more information about the festival can be found at its website. Here are 9 movies from the 2023 lineup that reflect why the festival is more essential than ever.

Jude Dry, Ryan Lattanzio, Ben Croll, and Siddhant Adlakha also contributed to this article.

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