New Directors/New Films Picks Sundance Hit for Opening Night

NYTIMES.COM – “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” about a 15-year-old, Minnie, who has an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival last month, and now the organizers of the annual New Directors/New Films series in New York have chosen it as their opening-night selection.

Marielle Heller is making her directorial debut with “Diary,” which is set in 1970s San Francisco and stars Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgard. Ms. Heller adapted it from the illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

Writing about the film for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis said, it “pulls off the tricky feat of honoring Minnie’s sexuality without exploiting it or her.”

“Diary” will screen March 18 to kick off the series, run by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Organizers also announced the rest of the lineup, which includes selections unveiled earlier like the Cannes prize winners “The Tribe” and “White God.” See for more details.