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The two actors will be lauded during the annual “An Evening With …” events, which include a dinner and conversation with fest director Kent Jones. Driver, who stars in Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, will be honored on Oct. 2; Stewart, featured in three fest films (Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper and Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) will be honored on Oct. 5.
Additionally, Alex Horwitz’s documentary Hamilton’s America, which captures the phenomenon of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, will make its world premiere at the fest, ahead of its PBS Great Performances broadcast on Oct. 21. Lonny Price’s Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, a nonfiction account of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s 1981 musical flop turned cult favorite Merrily We Roll Along, also will debut at the fest. Both films will be introduced by the directors and special guests.
Other special events include screenings of Jarmusch’s Stooges doc Gimme Danger and Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, which stars Cynthia Nixon as celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson.
The 54th New York Film Festival is set to run Sept. 30-Oct. 16.
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