Three Movies to See at New Directors/New Films Festival

by Dennis Dermody

A great treat this time of year is the Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center's expansive film festival featuring daring new films. This year is no exception and here are three not to miss.

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl
A big success at Sundance, this film by Marielle Heller is about a teen girl, Minnie (Bel Powley), who has an affair with her mother's boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard) in 1970s San Fransisco. Early reviews have called it refreshingly frank, insightful and really thrilling.

Goodnight Mommy

This movie made me insane! The Austrian film is directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, and is about twin 9-year-olds (Elias & Lukas Schwarz) spending an idyllic summer playing in the woods by their creepily modern house. When their mother (Susanne Wuest) comes home from the hospital with her head bandaged they become convinced she is not their mother and dangerously plot against this interloper. A mix of The Other meets Eyes Without A Face meets The Reflecting Skin, it's beautiful to look at but deeply unsettling.

White God
Cannot say enough about this extraordinary film directed by Kornel Mundruczo about a little girl and her lost mutt. Zsofia Psotta (amazingly natural) plays Lili, forced to stay with her sour dad (Sandor Zsoter) for the summer in Budapest. Dad is annoyed with having to house Lili's beloved dog Hagen and lets the dog out of the car in a remote section of town. The finale with canines (led by Hagen) rampaging through the city is jaw dropping and wonderful.

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