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The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Tuesday announced the main slate of the upcoming New York Film Festival.
The fest — which will open with the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, close with the debut of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel and showcase Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck as its centerpiece — has stacked its 25-title lineup with breakout films from Sundance, Berlin and Cannes, as well as buzzy projects that will be unveiled at Venice and Toronto.
Two Sundance standouts — Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name and Dee Rees’ Mudbound — will screen alongside a handful of touted Berlin films: Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope, Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor, Alain Gomis‘ Felicite and Hong Sang-soo’s On the Beach at Night Alone.
The lineup also features Cannes award winners Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute and Agnès Varda & JR’s Faces Places; as well as Sean Baker’s The Florida Project; Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected); Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts; Philippe Garrel’s Lover for a Day; Valeska Grisebach’s Western; Chloe Zhao’s The Rider; Claire Denis’ Bright Sunshine In; Kiyoshi Kurosawa’ Before We Vanish; and Hong Sang-soo’s The Day After.
Additionally, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Lucrecia Martel’s Zama will screen in New York after premiering in Toronto and Venice, respectively. The lineup also includes Serge Bozon’s Mrs. Hyde, which just debuted at the Locarno Film Festival, and Joachim Trier’s Thelma, which will first premiere at the Norwegian International Film Festival.
“Every year, I’m asked about the themes in our Main Slate lineup, and every year I say the same thing: We choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact,” said NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones in a statement. “As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe; that there is a nice balance of filmmakers known and unknown to many here in New York; that the overall balance between frankness and artistry holds me in awe; that there are two gala selections with the word ‘wonder’ in their titles; and that eight of the 25 films were directed by women.”
NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Revivals, Convergence and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 55th New York Film Festival is set to run Sept. 28-Oct. 15.
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