The New York Film Festival unveils the Currents section for its 60th edition

In addition to the Spotlight section and its always thrilling Main Slate, the New York Film Festival has officially announced its selections for its Currents section, a dazzling array of contemporary and experimental feature and short films screened as part of their 60th edition.

An oft-forgotten layer of the festival, Currents gives moviegoers the chance to expand their typical diet and experience singular and exciting works. “Each Currents lineup is an attempt to instill the spirit of innovation and playfulness in contemporary filmmaking,” says NYFF60 Artistic Director Dennis Lim.

“There are some familiar names here, including several filmmakers who will be known to NYFF and FLC [Film at Lincoln Center] audiences, as well as electrifying new talent, all testing and expanding the possibilities of the medium.

Several NYFF alumni will present films this year, including João Pedro Rodrigues, whose “musical fantasy” Will-o’-the-Wisp will be the opening film of the section. The film tells the story of a young prince who, to the chagrin of his royal family, decides to become a volunteer firefighter.

“Coma”

Another notable addition to the alumni is Radu Jude, who wowed the audience with his cheeky Golden Bear winner Bad Luck Bang or Loony Porn just last year. He returns to the festival with, The Potemkinists, a new short film revisiting the history of the Russian battleship which will be screened with their soon-to-be-announced Revivals section. East Battleship Potemkin on the menu of this section too?

Other featured alumni include Bertrand Bonello (Coma), Alain Gomis (Rewind and Play), and Abbas Fahdel (Tales from the Crimson House).

The lineup also includes several award-winning films from around the world, including Daniel Eisenberg’s Workplace Triptych The Unstable Object II (FIDMarseille Grand Prix), Ruth Beckermann is curiously non-erotic Mutzenbacher (Berlinale Encounters Award for Best Film), and the hybrid film by duo Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós Dry ground burning (Grand Prix Cinéma du Réel).

“Mutzenbacher”

The Currents section also offers nine short film programs this year, each curating several short films in an abstract theme. Some of these themes include “Fault Lines”, “Field Trips” and the admittedly not abstract “New York Shorts”, highlighting stories from the territory of the festival.

The New York Film Festival, hosted by the non-profit film company Film at Lincoln Center, celebrates its 60th anniversary this fall. In addition to a special “60th anniversary” screening of James Gray’s armageddon time, NYFF will also screen films in satellite theaters across the five boroughs, making the festival accessible to several different communities. The festival runs from September 30 to October 16, with more information to be found at filmlinc.org/nyff.

Complete section of currents:

Features

Opening night
Will-o’-the-Wisp, real. Joao Pedro Rodrigues
American premiere

The Adventures of Gigi the Law, dir. Alessandro Comodin
North American premiere

Coma, dir. Bertrand Bonello
North American premiere

The dam, dir. Ali Cherri
American premiere

Dry ground burning, dir. Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queiros
American premiere

Human flesh flowers, dir. Helena Wittmann
North American premiere

Mutzenbacher, dir. Ruth Beckerman
American premiere

Qing dynasty queens, dir. Ashley McKenzie
American premiere

Remote, dir. Mika Rottenberg and Mahyad Tousi
Preceded by A short story / Po Sui Tai Yang Zhi Xin, dir. Bi Gan
North American premiere

Rewind and Play, dir. Alain Gomis
Preceded by Maria Schneider, 1983, dir. Elizabeth Subrin

The slaughterhouses of modernity, dir. Heinz Emigholz
world premiere

Tales from the Crimson House, dir. Abbas Fahdel
North American premiere

Three Tidy Tigers tied a tighter tie, dir. Gustavo Vinegar

The Unstable Object II, dir. Daniel Eisenberg
American premiere

You have to come see it, dir. Jonas Trueba
North American premiere
Preceded by Becoming a Man in the Middle Ages / Tornar-se um Homem na Idade Média, dir. Pedro Neves Brands
American premiere

Shorts

Program 1: Field Trips

Flora, dir. Nicholas Pereda
world premiere

Underground rivers / Los mayores ríos se deslizan bajo tierra, dir. Simon Velez
North American premiere

Watch the Fire or Burn Inside It, dir. Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel
American premiere

Aribada, dir. Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau and Natalia Escobar

Program 2: Fault Lines

Careers, dir. Ellie Ga
North American premiere

45th parallel, dir. Laurent Abu Hamdan
world premiere

Tiger Strike Red, dir. Sophia Al-Maria
American premiere

Program 3: Action Figures

Fingerpicking / Diteggiatura, dir. Ricardo Giacconi
North American premiere

Glass Life, dir. Sara Cwynar
American premiere

Fights look different to me now, dir. Maxy Fox
American premiere

IF REVOLUTION IS A DISEASE, dir. Diane Severin Nguyen

Program 4: Vital Signs

Exposure, dir. Marie-Helene Clark
world premiere

Souvenir: a portrait study, dir. Edward Owens
Restored by the Chicago Film Society, New American Cinema Group, Inc./The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, and John M. Flaxman Library of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with support from the National Vanguard Film Preservation Foundation Masters Grant Program and the Film Foundation. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

PEAK HEAVEN LOVE FOREVER, dir. Jordan Strafer
world premiere

NE Corridor, dir. Joshua Gen Solondz
world premiere

Qualities of life: living in the radiant cold, dir. James Richard
American premiere

Program 5: After Utopia

Adaptation, dir. Josh Kline
world premiere

urban solutions, dir. Arne Hector, Luciana Mazeto, Minze Tummescheit and Vinicius Lopes
North American premiere

Life on the CAPS, dir. Meriem Bennani

Program 6: Inner Voices

Bigger inside, dir. Angelo Madsen Minax
American premiere

The sky is in there, dir. Dani and Sheilah ReStack
world premiere

Fewer choices, dir. Courtney Stephens
world premiere

Diana, Diana, dir. Kim Salac
world premiere

Smells like spring, dir. Mackie Mallison
world premiere

In the purple belly, dir. Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
world premiere

Program 7: Ordinary Devotion

The demands of ordinary devotion, dir. Eva Giolo
American premiere

Renate, dir. Ute Aurand
North American premiere

lung, dir. Alexandra Cuesta

The new elders, dir. Pablo Mazzolo
American premiere

Devil’s Peak, dir. Simon Liu
North American premiere

Program 8: Time Out of Mind

against time, dir. Ben Russell

In the beginning, the woman was the sun, dir. Sylvia Schedelbauer
North American premiere

What governs the invisible, dir. Tiffany Sia
American premiere

The star sower / El sembrador de estrellas, dir. Laws Patino

Program 9: New York Shorts

same old, dir. Lloyd Lee Choi

Confidence exercises, dir. Sarah Friedland
world premiere

29 hour anniversary, dir. Marc Jenkins
world premiere

magic ring, dir. Alex Ashe
world premiere

Little Jerry, dir. Charlotte Ercoli

as time goes, dir. Jamil McGinnis
North American premiere

Screening with an upcoming Revivals program
The Potemkinists / Potemkiniștii, dir. Radu Jude
North American premiere