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The New York Film Festival has added the world premiere of Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks, which sees the filmmaker reunite with her Lost in Translation star Bill Murray in a comedy about a father-daughter duo played by Murray and Rashida Jones, to its lineup.
The A24 and Apple Original Films title joins a number of other high-profile titles in the Spotlight section at 58th annual event, presented by Film at Lincoln Center.
The section will also feature screenings of the Spike Lee-directed film version of David Byrne’s American Utopia Broadway musical; the Stacey Abrams voter suppression doc All In, directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortes; Pedro Almodóvar’s first English language film The Human Voice, adapted from a Jean Cocteau play and starring Tilda Swinton; the newly unearthed Hopper/Welles record of a poolside chat between Orson Welles and Dennis Hopper; and David Dufresne’s The Monopoly of Violence, about police brutality against France’s Yellow Vest movement for economic justice.
“Prior to the pandemic, Dennis Lim and I spent time talking with each other and the Film at Lincoln Center staff about how we might reshape and focus the New York Film Festival,” NYFF director Eugene Hernandez said in a statement. “We agreed that among the annual highlights are those special, one-of-a- kind events that unveil an anticipated new film by a well-known filmmaker, dig deeper into a topic or theme with a substantive conversation, showcase something new or unexpected, and even have some fun! This is what we’re aiming to do with our new Spotlight section, which this year features cinema’s brightest names (Spike! Pedro! Sofia! Tilda! Orson!), but also explores big topics and important ideas that our society is grappling with today: voter suppression and police brutality. Even though we’ll gather digitally and at drive-ins this year, rather than en masse at Lincoln Center, we hope our first Spotlight section will engage, enlighten, and entertain.”
The 2020 NY Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 17-Oct. 11.
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