Yesterday MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center unveiled this year's lineup for New Directors New Films starting on March 24 with the premiere of a documentary about the apparently not out, bicycle riding NYT fashion photojournalist Bill Cunningham, 80, and ending on April 4 with the openly gay Xavier Dolan's award winning, Cannes delighting, autobiographical film I Killed My Mother [above] about a haughty 16 year-old queer Québécois' struggles to cope with his so lame mom.
Exact dates for the other twenty-five features have not yet been announced but somewhere during the two week festival will be Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Warhol Superstar. James Raisin's documentary about the former James Slattery includes interviews with Jeremiah Newton, Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn, Penny Arcade, Paul Morrissey, Fran Lebowitz, and John Waters. Candy’s letters and diaries are read by Chloë Sevigny.
Eleven years after Judy Berlin, Eric Mendelsohn returns with recent Sundance screener 3 Backyards, though the vague description obscures whether or not the one day on Long Island film has any lgbt content. The writeup for Myriam Aziza's feature The Evening Dress sounds like it might possibly veer toward the psycho lesbo cliche, but given the French filmmaker's track record, let's assume it's a more nuanced look at a schoolgirl's teacher crush that turns to obsession.
Many must see international titles, so study the full list. Tickets on sale Sunday, March 14.