New York Film Festival Announces Full Slate

"Captain Phillips"
"Captain Phillips"
 Sony Pictures

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has selected 35 films that will screen as the main slate at the 51st New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The lineup includes a hefty sampling of films that played this year's Cannes Film Festival as well as the work of more than a dozen directors whose work was previously featured at the New York fest.

The Cannes-approved titles include Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color, winner of the 2013 Palm d'Or, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, which won the Grand Prix Award; best screenplay winner Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin; Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize; and Alexander Payne's Nebraska, for which Bruce Dern won Cannes' best actor award. Other films that also stopped by Cannes on their way to New York include J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford, and James Gray's The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard.

Returning filmmakers who have had multiple films at NYFF include Catherine Breillat, who is bringing Abuse of Weakness (Abus de faiblesse), along with Claire Denis (Bastards), Arnaud Desplechin (Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), Agnieszka Holland (Burning Bush), Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) and Hong Sang-soo (Nobody's Daughter Haewon).

Documentary filmmakers Claude Lanzmann and Frederick Wiseman are each bringing new films to NYFF. Lanzmann will be represented by The Last of the Unjust, a portrait of Benjamin Murmelstein, the last Jewish elder of Theresienstadt, while Wiseman's offering is At Berkeley, a study of life on the U.C. Berkeley campus. The doc lineup also includes Michele Stephenson’s American Promise, which won a Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

While the NYFF always serves up plenty of drama, this year it is promising that the slate will be lightened by comedy, too. The official selection includes Richard Curtis' About Time, a romantic comedy about time travel, starring Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams; Declan Lowney's Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan; and Roger Michell's Le Week-End, starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as a couple visiting Paris.

Additionally, the fest's previously announced centerpiece, Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and its closing night film, Spike Jonze's Her, should have their lighter moments.

Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is set to kick off the festival.

“The Film Society's commitment to presenting the significant films of the year each fall at the New York Film Festival continues with our latest edition," Rose Kuo, the executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said. "This year we welcome a record number of over a dozen returning veterans along with a number of new voices. It has been an interesting year for cinema with spirited discussions already underway about some of the films in our curated main slate selections. I'm sure that New York audiences will be excited, maybe sometimes even provoked, but hopefully also inspired by this year's new work.”  

 

The 51st New York Film Festival Main-Slate

Opening Night Gala Selection

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Director: Paul Greengrass

Centerpiece Gala Selection

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Director: Ben Stiller

Closing Night Gala Selection

HER
Director: Spike Jonze

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ABOUT TIME
Director: Richard Curtis

ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (Abus de faiblesse)
Director: Catherine Breillat

ALAN PARTRIDGE
Director: Declan Lowney

ALL IS LOST
Director:J.C. Chandor

AMERICAN PROMISE
Directors: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

AT BERKELEY
Director: Frederick Wiseman

BASTARDS (Les Salauds)
Director:Claire Denis

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (La vie d’Adèle)
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

BURNING BUSH (Horicí Ker)
Director: Agnieszka Holland

CHILD OF GOD
Director: James Franco

GLORIA
Director: Sebastián Lelio

THE IMMIGRANT
Director: James Gray

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
Director: Ralph Fiennes

JEALOUSY (La Jalousie)
Director: Philippe Garrel

JIMMY P: PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN
Director: Arnaud Desplechin

THE LAST OF THE UNJUST (Le Dernier des injustes)
Director:Claude Lanzmann

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (Soshite Chichi ni Naru)
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

THE MISSING PICTURE (L’image manquante)
Director: Rithy Panh

MY NAME IS HMMM… (Je m’appelle Hmmm…)
Director: agnès B

NEBRASKA
Director: Alexander Payne

NOBODY’S DAUGHTER HAEWON (Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon)
Director: Hong Sang-soo

NORTH, THE END OF HISTORY (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Director: Lav Diaz

OMAR
Director: Hany Abu-Assad

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Director: Jim Jarmusch

THE SQUARE
Director: Jehane Noujaim

STRANGER BY THE LAKE (L’Inconnu du lac)
Director: Alain Guiraudie

STRAY DOGS (Jiao You)
Director:Tsai Ming-liang

A TOUCH OF SIN (Tian Zhu Ding)
Director:Jia Zhangke

LE WEEK-END
Director: Roger Michell

WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM (Când se lasa seara peste Bucuresti sau metabolism)
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

THE WIND RISES (Kaze Tachinu)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

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