New York 2018

The NYFF Announces Its 2018 Projections Lineup

James Benning’s 11 x 14 (1977)

Tsai Ming-liang, Jodie Mack, Albert Serra, and Laida Lertxundi are among the dozens of moving image artists who will present new work in the Projections section of this year’s New York Film Festival from October 4 through 7. Formerly known as Views from the Avant-Garde, the program was given a new name in 2014 to reflect its broader mission of introducing film and video work that “expands upon our notions of what the moving image can do and be.” Film Society of Lincoln Center director of programming Dennis Lim, who’s curated this year’s edition with Aily Nash, emphasizes “the sheer variety of this selection, which speaks to the credo of Projections: radicalism and innovation come in many guises, and the most vital contemporary artists continue to find a wide array of new possibilities for the moving image.”

Projections 2018 will open with Daniel Schmidt and Gabriel Abrantes’s Diamantino, winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prize in Cannes. Carloto Cotta, who’s worked with Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento, Eugène Green, Miguel Gomes, Werner Schroeter, and João Pedro Rodrigues, plays a soccer star with a “coincidental resemblance” to Cristiano Ronaldo. A terribly botched play during a World Cup final is the inciting incident that sets Diamantino off on a bizarre odyssey. Introducing his interview with the filmmakers for Film Comment in May, Jordan Cronk noted that “Diamantino has topical range that is humorously vast, touching on everything from Brexit to the ongoing refugee crises to consumerism to genetic science and gender modification.”


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