When the New Directors/New Films lineup was announced a few weeks back, we highlighted the strong showing from films by and about Latin America. And if you often find yourself reading our lists singling out great films playing at festivals too far away wishing you could just catch them from the comfort of your own home, Festival Scope has your back. Just as they brought you free online screenings of films playing at the Cartagena Film Festival and at FICUNAM 2016 this past month, they have just partnered with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art to bring you a curated selection of films playing at New Directors/New Films.
That includes Anita Rocha da Silveira’s Kill Me Please, a teenage-driven horror film from Brazil which follows a young woman as she becomes obsessed with the many victims of an alleged serial killer around her area. Among Festival Scope’s selection is also Salomé Lamas’s Eldorado XXI. The impressive documentary on the lives of miners and pallaqueras in Peru’s La Rinconada — the highest elevation human habitation in the world — is a must-watch, if only to see Lamas’s impressive use of beautiful landscapes and touching human conversations to paint a fascinating portrait of this remote settlement.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also look for more international titles, including the African drama, Nakom, the Brittany-set film Suite Armoricaine (for those of you who like Renaissance art), or, if you want to brave it, the 5-hour Japanese film Happy Hour by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. For those of you more inclined to find shorter fare, Festival Scope is also putting up eight of the shorts screening in New York.
But hurry up! You’ll need to book your virtual tickets ASAP. Just as in a real life theater, there’s a limited number of tickets available: only 200 per film! The other disclaimer? They’ll only be available in the U.S. and Canada.
Festival Scope’s New Directors/New Films selections will be available to stream for free March 28 – April 10, 2016.