FSLC Announces 26 Features, including World Premiere of Spielberg’s Latest and Cannes Award Winners for the 53rd New York Film Festival
By: Ellis Nassour
Four world premieres will highlight Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 53rd New York Film Festival, September 25 – October 11. In addition to already announced Opening and Closing Night features – Oscar-winner (Forrest Gump) Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk (Tri-Star Pictures), and Oscar-nominee Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead (Bifrost/Crescendo), festival goers can look forward to Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies (Fox2000/ DreamworksSKG), starring Oscar-winner and Tony and Drama Desk-nominee Tom Hanks; and Laura Israel’s documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank.
Also previously announced as the Festival Centerpiece is Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs (Universal/Legendary).
[Because of Pope Francis’ visit to NYC, the Festival’s Opening Night will be celebrated on September 26, with special programming on the 25th.]
Tickets for the 17-day 53rd NYFF, which includes films from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Romania, South Korea, Switzerland, and the U.K., go on sale to the public September 13. FSLC patron tickets go on sale at the end of August.
The Walk is Zemeckis’ dizzying portrait, presented in 3D, of daredevil high walker Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, co-starring six-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Alan Alda, Tony and DD-winner Mark Rylance, and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, digs into the intrigue surrounding the 1962 exchange of a Soviet agent for U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers [downed in 1957]. Israel’s Don’t Blink: Robert Frank is a portrait of the legendary photographer and filmmaker.
Cannes award-winners making NY premieres include Todd Haynes’s Carol, starring Best Actress Rooney Mara; Best Director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin; Yorgos Lanthimos’ Jury Prize winner The Lobster; Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man, starring Best Actor Vincent Lindon; the Un Certain Regard Best Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore; and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure, which captured the Un Certain Talent Prize.
Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said: "Our films will have a huge geographical range and mix of artistic sensibilities. In addition to our Opening Night, Centerpiece, Closing Night and Spielberg world premiere, there’re astonishing films. These include Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie, Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter and Miguel Gomes’s three-part Portuguese up-date on the Arabian Nights. There are points in common among the titles, but the thing that really matters is how uniformly beautiful and vital each is."
Two filmmakers are making directorial debuts: Cheadle with Miles Ahead, a portrait of Miles Davis (played by Cheadle and co-starring Ewan McGregor), set in late-70s NY; and France’s César Award-winning screenwriter Thomas Bidegain (Rust and Bone), with Les Cowboys, reminiscent of John Ford’s The Searchers, in which a father searches for his daughter across two-decades – pre- to post-9/11 – Europe to Afghanistan and back.
Several notables are returning to NYFF: France’s Arnaud Desplechin with a story of young love, My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de ma jeunesse), co-starring Mathieu Amalric (A Christmas Tale); Michael Moore with the documentary Where to Invade Next, a hard, surprising look at the state of the U.S.; and Korea’s Hong Sangsoo with Right Now, Wrong Then, about the relationship of a middle-aged art-film director and a fledgling artist.
There’ll be comedy, too: Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, a NY-set romcom starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph; Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre starring John Turturro; the autobiographical Microbe & Gasoline from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind), which follows two adolescent misfits who build a mobile home and crisscross France; and Porumboiu’s The Treasure, a modern-day fable of two men looking for buried treasure in their backyard.
NYFF special events such as " An Evening With…" dinner, the Filmmaker Brunch, documentary slate, filmmaker conversations and panels, NYFF’s Projections, revivals, and the Convergence program will be announced soon.
FSLC receives year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, HBO, Kobal Collection, Variety, Row NYC Hotel, National Endowment for the Arts, and NY State Council on the Arts. NYFF support is provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre, FIJI Water, KIND Bars, Portage World Wide, WABC-7, and WNET.
For much more information, including film synopses, patron program, VIP passes, subscription packages, Opening Night gala, and to download the free Film Society app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, visit www.filmlinc.org.