New York Times listed Georgian director Nana Ekvtimishvili among 9 New Directors You Need to Watch.
New Yorkers searching for signs of elusive spring need look no further than New Directors/New Films, starting on Wednesday. Each year, this joint production of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art lands with several dozen movies from what the festival likes to call emerging filmmakers. Although some may never wholly emerge, at least beyond the hothouse confines of the international festival circuit, others are already full-blown talents and will be heard from for years to come. What follows are highlights from the first week.
MY HAPPY FAMILY Wife, mother, daughter, homemaker, caretaker – Manana (a wonderful, sympathetic Ia Shugliashvili) is playing the usual domestic roles, none of them with much evident pleasure. A female liberation story set in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in a sardonically funny, touching key, “My Happy Family” follows Manana as she leaves her shocked family without explanation, shutting the door on a claustrophobic whirlwind of jostling bodies, hectoring voices and competing needs. As her family insistently tugs at her, Manana resists, settling into a sense of self and letting the wind in the trees serenade her.
The Georgian directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross could choreograph a ballet, but, lucky us, they’re filmmakers. (M. D.)