George Clooney's 'The Descendants' to Close New York Film Festival
The festival's main slate consists of 27 feature films and the return of On Cinema.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Alexander Payne's The Descendants, starring George Clooney, will be the Closing Night film at the 49th New York Film Festival.
The festival's main slate consists of 27 feature films and the return of On Cinema, previously titled The Cinema Inside Me, which will feature an in-depth conversation with Payne. This year's festival will also feature programming to complement the main slate, including Masterworks programs.
“In many of the films in this year’s festival, characters pass from recognition of a problem or situation to actual resistance,” says Richard Peña, selection committee chair & program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. “This confrontational attitude is perhaps a sign of our increasingly polarized times.”
The Descendants will screen at Alice Tuly Hall on Sunday, Oct. 16 and marks Payne's third time to the NYFF. Sideways and About Schmidt were previously shown.
“We are delighted to welcome back Alexander Payne to the New York Film Festival. Payne's nuanced character studies capture the moral chaos lurking just below the surface of everyday American lives," said Rose Kuo, executive director at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The NYFF takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 16.
The 49th New York Film Festival main slate:
Opening Night Gala Selection
Director: Roman Polanski
Centerpiece Gala Selection
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Director: Simon Curtis
Special Gala Presentations
A DANGEROUS METHOD
Director: David Cronenberg
THE SKIN I LIVE IN
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Closing Night Gala Selection
Director: Alexander Payne
4:44: LAST DAY ON EARTH
Director: Abel Ferrara
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Director: Joseph Cedar
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD
Director: Martin Scorsese
GOODBYE FIRST LOVE
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
THE KID WITH A BIKE
Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
THE LONELIEST PLANET
Director: Julia Loktev
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
Director: Sean Durkin
Director: Lars von Trier
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Director: Wim Wenders
Director: Ruben Östlund
Director: Nadav Lapid
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Director: Steve McQueen
Director: Ulrich Köhler
Director: Santiago Mitre
THIS IS NOT A FILM
Director: Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
THE TURIN HORSE
Director: Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky
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