By Alynda Wheat
May 05, 2014 12:00 PM

>This year’s fest is a celebration of female talent—including a very famous newbie director

Courteney Cox Arquette is hitting the red carpet in New York City—not for a film she’s in, but for one she made. The actress delivers her directorial debut, the dark comedy JUST BEFORE I GO, starring Seann William Scott as a depressed guy who takes one last trip back to his hometown before ending it all. Also new behind the camera is Gia Coppola (yep, of those Coppolas), who’s earning raves for her teen drama PALO ALTO, starring Emma Roberts and James Franco. NIGHT MOVES, with Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg, is also a critical hit for its great performances powering a tense yarn about eco-terrorists plotting to blow up a dam. Fanning gets even more kudos, alongside a riveting Diane Lane, in the gritty thriller EVERY SECRET THING, about kids who go missing years apart. The more upbeat IN YOUR EYES, written by Avengers director Joss Whedon, features a “metaphysical romance” between an East Coast housewife (Zoe Kazan) and an ex-con in the Southwest (Michael Stahl-David). And if you’re still looking for love (and a great soundtrack), there’s BEGIN AGAIN, from the director of Once. Keira Knightley plays a musician trying to get over her ex (a sly Adam Levine) with Mark Ruffalo’s help. Maybe they should’ve called it Twice.

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