'Darjeeling' kicks off N.Y. fest


Wes Anderson's comedy "The Darjeeling Limited" will premiere in the prestigious opening-night slot at the 45th annual New York Film Festival, while Joel and Ethan Coen's drama "No Country for Old Men" joins the fest as its Centerpiece film.

Two other features in the lineup — Cristian Mungiu's Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or winner "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" and Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine" (which won the Cannes best actress award for Jeon Do-yeon) — also were unveiled Wednesday, in part because of leaks about their inclusion.

"We announced them now to squelch rumors so that the filmmakers can plan accordingly," Film Society of Lincoln Center chairman and program director Richard Pena said. "The information is less valuable if it seeps out early."

Pena and his fellow selection committee members have chosen eight of the approximately 25 films for the Sept. 28-Oct. 14 fest and will unveil the complete lineup by early August.

Anderson's "Darjeeling" follows three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, who co-wrote the film with Anderson and Roman Coppola) who attempt to reconnect with one another on a journey through India. "It represents a big step for Wes," Pena said. "I hate to use the word 'matured,' but the humor and whimsy he uses is sharper, better focused and used more effectively."

Fox Searchlight will release the film in New York a day after its Sept. 28 debut.

The NYFF committee screened the Coen brothers' "No Country" before its Cannes premiere in May. "It's their best movie in years," Pena said. "I was a little surprised it didn't win (at Cannes)."

The Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage release will screen Oct. 6.

The acclaimed Romanian abortion drama "4 Months" will be given a day-and-date theatrical/VOD domestic release by IFC First Take after its to-be-determined fest slot. The South Korean romance "Sunshine" has no announced U.S. distributor.