NYT photographer doc to open New York fest

New Directors/New Films runs March 24-April 4

The world premiere of Richard Press' documentary "Bill Cunningham New York," a portrait of the veteran New York Times photographer, will kick off the 39th annual edition of New Directors/New Films.

The festival, which spotlights the work of emerging filmmakers, is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. It runs March 24-April 4 at both venues.

The 2010 slate includes films from 20 countries, including 27 feature films and 11 shorts.

Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother" is the closing-night feature.

Other titles on the schedule include Alexei Popogrebsky's "How I Ended This Summer," Mia Hansen-Love's "The Father of My Children," Lixin Fan's "Last Train Home," Shirin Neshat's "Women Without Men" and Warwick Thornton's "Samson and Delilah."

The short films on tap include the Oscar-nominated "Logorama," the comedy "Rob and Valentyna in Scotland" and the documentary "Quadrangle."