Alice Rohrwacher Named Film Society of New York's Filmmaker in Residence

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Alice Rohrwacher

The director of 'The Wonders' will work on her next project, 'My Bitter Land,' during the year-long residency.

Writer/director Alice Rohrwacher has been named 2016 Filmmaker in Residence by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre. 

During her residency in New York, Rohrwacher will continue to write her third feature, My Bitter Land, about the adventures of a man living on the margins of his society who can seemingly travel through time.

A native of Florence, Italy, Rohrwacher has directed such features as Corpo Celeste, which premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2011, and The Wonders, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 edition of Cannes. She is currently working on directing her first opera, a new version of La Traviata for Teatri di Reggio Emilia opening this fall.

The Filmmaker in Residence program was launched in 2013 by Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Film Society as an annual initiative designed to support filmmakers at an early stage in the creative process. Andrea Arnold, the 2013 Filmmaker in Residence, used her residency to develop the script and work on pre-production for her first feature project shot in the United States, American Honey, starring Shia LaBeouf, which will have its world premiere in the Cannes competition on May 15.

“With Andrea Arnold's American Honey, which was developed at our first Filmmaker in Residence three years ago, debuting this week, we are thrilled to unveil the name of our next artist in residence,” Film Society of Lincoln Center deputy director Eugene Hernandez said in announcing Rohrwacher’s selection.

He added: “A distinctive filmmaker with a warm, infectious spirit, Alice Rohrwacher is one of international cinema’s brightest lights, and throughout her career we have championed her work at the Film Society. We are excited to be able to offer Alice an opportunity to finish writing her next feature film, My Bitter Land, in New York this fall and equally excited to welcome her back to the New York Film Festival, where she will connect with other filmmakers and also engage with students and emerging artists.”