Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces 2014 Filmmaker in Residence

Lisandro Alonso
Lisandro Alonso
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has selected Argentine director Lisandro Alonso as its 2014 Filmmaker in Residence.

The organization behind the New York Film Festival also announced select members of the Filmmaker in Residence program’s advisory board, including Marisa Tomei, Bennett Miller and Mira Nair.

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Alonso has been described as a maverick of the New Argentine Cinema and has directed four features, all of which have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent work Jauja, starring Viggo Mortensen, debuted at this year’s Cannes festival, won the FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) Prize and was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award.

Alonso’s movies have won numerous other festival awards.

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During his residency in New York, Alonso will develop his next project, which looks to explore the Amazonian civilization and population that still lives in the region.

The Filmmaker in Residence advisory board is involved in mentoring Alonso, participating in panels during the 52nd New York Film Festival this fall and attending or hosting events in support of the program. In addition to Tomei, Miller and Nair, board members include Lisa Cortes, James Gray, Tom Kalin, Eric Mendelsohn, Ira Sachs, Todd Solondz, Fisher Stevens and Christine Vachon.

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The announcements were made at a star-studded dinner in New York co-hosted by Film Society executive director Lesli Klainberg, Miller, Cortes, Solondz and Charles Finch.

Klainberg said of Alonso, “He is a filmmaker that has already accomplished great work and we are very happy to be able to offer him the space and time to develop his next project. Our partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre on this cornerstone program fosters excellence in the filmmaking community, and reflects our shared belief in the universal power of film to inspire and engage the global community.”

At the dinner, Alonso said after he finished his last film for Cannes, he realized it might be a good time for him to stop thinking about his next project and just let himself be inspired by a new environment.

"I realized that it was the perfect time for me to get out [of Buenos Aires]," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I always like to be surprised by people and life so I just said to myself, 'You should go [to New York]. You spend some time; you meet people.'"

Alonso, who said he found out he was selected as the Film Society's Filmmaker in Residence a couple of weeks ago, added that while his initial plan is to make his next film in Brazil, he might change his mind if he's inspired by something else during his time in New York.

This is the second year of the Film Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Filmmaker in Residence program. Last year’s participant was director Andrea Arnold.

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