Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter' to close NYFF

Supernatural thriller is director's fourth film to play festival

Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," which stars Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Jay Mohr and Bryce Dallas Howard, has been selected to serve as the closing night film at the 48th New York Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 10.

The supernatural thriller about three people haunted by their mortality will be released by Warners on Oct. 22.

"Hereafter" is Eastwood's fourth film to secure a berth at the prestigious fest, where his previous films "Bird," "Mystic River" and "The Changeling" also played.

"As so beautifully evident in 'Hereafter,' Clint Eastwood continues to make the most daring, provocative films in America," said Richard Pena, selection committee chair and program director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center. "With his returned appearance here in the New York Film Festival, the director has showcased an opening night film, a centerpiece film and now this year's closing night with 'Hereafter,' a 'hat trick' of which we are especially proud."

"Hereafter" is one of three high-profile fall releases that will anchor the fest, which opens with David Fincher's "The Social Network" from Sony and includes Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," to be released by Disney's Touchstone label, as its centerpiece.

The full lineup, announced Monday, is heavy with films featured at May's Festival de Cannes, including the Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, which Strand is releasing in the U.S.

Other Cannes titles include three films to be released by Sony Pictures Classics: Mike Leigh's "Another Year," Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job" and Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men."

There are three other Cannes titles that IFC has acquired for release: Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy" and Jorge Michel Grau's "We Are What We Are."

In addition to "Network," "Tempest," "Hereafter" and "Job," the U.S. will be represented at the festival by Michael Epstein's "Lennon NYC" and Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff."

Although it's difficult to picture cinema revolutionary Jean-Luc Godard as an old master, he has made the fest's list for the 27th time with "Film Socialisme." Other returning filmmakers include Manoel de Oliveria with "The Strange Case of Angelica," Raoul Ruiz with "Mysteries of Lisbon" and Hong Sang-soo with "Oki's Movie."

Screenings will take place at Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater.
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