NY Film Festival in Unprecedented Move Adds Edward Snowden Documentary to Main Slate
By: Ellis Nassour
The roster of premieres for New York Film Festival 52, which runs 17 days from September 26-October 12, just grew bigger. Sponsor Film Society of Lincoln Center, in an unprecedented move, has added to the Main Slate the world premiere of Laura Poitras’ CitzenFour, a “brave” documentary and “powerful work” on NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. It will screen Friday, October 10 at 6 P.M. in Alice Tully Hall. Tickets are on sale now at www.filmlinc.com/nyff.
Poitras will participate in a free HBO Directors Dialogues on October 11 at 4 P.M. at FSLC’s Walter Reade Theatre. Tickets will be distributed an hour prior, one ticket per person on a space-available basis. Lines form early. Visit filmlinc.com/nyff for more information. The film opens theatrically October 24.
FSLC has long been a supporter of Poitras’ work, premiering several of her films and honoring her with the 25th anniversary/2011 Martin E. Segal Award, given annually for exceptional accomplishments.
NYFF director Kent Jones says, “Seeing CitizenFour is an experience I’ll never forget. It’s a character study, a real-life suspense story, and a chilling exposé. At the end of the screening, everyone was alternately stunned, excited, and deeply troubled. This is a brave documentary, but also a powerful work from a master storyteller.”
CitizenFour marks the final film in Poitras’ 9/11 trilogy. My Country, My Country (2006), nominated for an Oscar and Emmy, focused on the Iraq War and had its New York premiere at the Film Society’s New Directors/New Films series. The Oath (2010), about the U.S. base Guantánamo in Cuba, also received its New York premiere at New Directors/New Films, in 2010.
In 2013, Poitras, who’s taught filmmaking at Duke and Yale, was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from “Citizen Four.” Along with her camera and reporter Glenn Greenwald, she flew to Hong Kong for a series of tense encounters with the mystery man who turned out to be Edward Snowden.
For more information about CitizenFour, visit www.citizenfourfilm.com. Tickets for NYFF52 are on sale now: $15 and $25 for most screenings, $50 and $100 for gala evenings. FSLC members receive discounts. Visit filmlinc.com for schedules, synopsizes, gala screening/press conferences and screening venues. The NYFF App is available for download on iOS and Android.
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