'Frost,' 'Glue' kick off New Directors


Novelist-turned-director Paul Auster's fantasy "The Inner Life of Martin Frost" and Argentinean director Alexis Dos Santos' coming-of-age feature "Glue" will open the 36th annual New Directors/New Films festival, hosted by the Museum of Modern Art's film department and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The 26-feature lineup for the fest, which runs March 21-April 1, also includes recent Sundance Film Festival prizewinners from directors John Carney ("Once") and Christopher Zalla ("Padre Nuestro").

Other recent Sundance entries set to be screened at the festival are Andrea Arnold's Scottish thriller "Red Road," Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's Ugandan conflict documentary "War/Dance" and Craig Zobel's music biz scam exam "The Great World of Sound."

"Frost," based on a character in Auster's 2002 novel "The Book of Illusions," stars David Thewlis as a writer haunted by bizarre characters who appear during his much-needed vacation at a country house. Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli and Sophie Auster co-star.

Paul Auster is a slightly odd choice for a fest showcasing "new or emerging international directors" given that he helmed 1998's "Lulu on the Bridge" and co-directed 1995's "Blue in the Face."

Dos Santos' directorial debut, "Glue," chronicles three friends dealing with divorce and adolescence in a Patagonian town.

Other titles on the slate include Michael Jacobs' U.S. religion docu "Audience of One," Jean-Pascal Hattu's fact-based French drama "7 Years," Rodrigo Moreno's Argentinean thriller "El Custodio," Ivan Vyrypayev's Russian fable "Euphoria" and Maziar Miri's Iranian mystery "Gradually …."

This year's HBO Roundtable panel is now titled "Written and Directed By …" and will feature filmmakers Auster, Julia Loktev ("Day Night Day Night"), Kim Massee ("Cowboy Angels") and others on March 25.

Screenings will be held at MOMA's Titus 1 Theater and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre.