New York Film Festival with Premieres, Premieres, Premieres Will Be a Premiere Event in More Ways Than One
By: Ellis Nassour
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced a 30-film Main Slate for the 52nd New York Film Festival [NYFF52], running 17 days, September 26 – October 12.
In addition to the Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Nights – three U.S. world premieres, respectively, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance — the roster includes such notable directors as Lisandro Alonso, Asia Argento, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, and Alain Resnais.
Festival director and Selection Committee chair, Kent Jones said: "The sheer breadth of this year’s Festival is amazing. We have big films alongside those made on the most intimate scale, personal epics, intricately-constructed chamber pieces, films of great serenity and those that leave you dazed, first films and last film – all equally vivid, alive, and essential."
Lesli Klainberg, FSLC executive director, says, "We’re proud to continue our commitment to present significant films from around the world. The Festival continues to bea home to a wide range of film styles and perspectives. The breathtaking range of films curated by our selection committee is amazing."
Award winners from other festivals presented for the first time to New York audiences include four from this year’s Cannes Film Festival: Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, winner, Grand Prix Award; Best Director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher; Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, for which Julianne Moore won Best Actress; and Leigh’s Mr. Turner, for which Timothy Spall received Best Actor for his portrayal of painter J.M.W. Turner.
Additional award winners are Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which won Sundance’s U.S. Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award; and Life of Riley, the final feature from the late New Wave master Resnais, which was honored with the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.
Also screening: Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, headlining Juliette Binoche as an actress preparing for a new role with Kristen Stewart as her assistant; and the Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard as a woman desperately trying to save her job; and French actor Mathieu Amalric’s dramatization of Georges Simenon’s novel The Blue Room [North American premiere] about a love triangle coming to a dangerous conclusion.
Argento will don her director’s hat with her autobiographical Misunderstood, about a pre-teen girl all but ignored by her self-absorbed superstar parents in 80s Rome; NYFF52’s Filmmaker in Residence Alonso’s Jauja, stars Viggo Mortensen as an 1870s Argentinian officer searching for his daughter; Josh and Benny Safdies’ Heaven Knows What takes us into the world of two heroin-addicted young lovers as they struggle to live and find their next fix; Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip s headlines Jason Schwartzman as an insufferable literary star taken under the wing of a literary lion, played by Jonathan Pryce; and Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind features Richard Gere homeless.
These join Godard’s Goodbye to Language, his first feature in 3-D; the 4K restored version of Resnais’s first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America in the Revivals Section; and the retrospective of legendary director/writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz, The Essential Iconoclast.
NYFF52 tickets are $15 and $25; $50 and& $100 for Gala evenings. Film Society members receive a discount. For free events, tickets are distributed from the box office one hour before scheduled time, one ticket per person, on a space available basis. Lines form early.
Additional special events, documentary sections, and filmmaker conversations and panels, as well as NYFF52’s Projections and the full Convergence programs, are to be announced.
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Visit www. filmlinc.com for the full schedule, dates, times, synopsizes, and much more information.
FSLC receives year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, HBO, the Kobal Collection, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Row NYC Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Support for the NYFF is provided by KIND Bars, Portage World Wide Inc., WABC-7, and WNET New York Public Media.