'Paterson,' 'Elle,' 'Manchester by the Sea' Among New York Film Festival 2016 Lineup

Personal Shopper, Manchester By the Sea, Elle, Paterson, Unknown Girl-Split-H 2016
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Films starring Kristen Stewart, Adam Driver, Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert will screen at the fest, which is set to kick off Sept. 30.

“Good filmmaking is by people who need to get their films made, and will do anything it takes to do that,” Kent Jones, New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair, told reporters Tuesday morning as the Film Society of Lincoln Center unveiled the fest’s 2016 main slate.

While the lineup’s three world premieres have nabbed the fest’s gala slots —Ava DuVernay’s The 13th (opening night), Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women (centerpiece) and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z (closing night), as previously announced — its main slate features a slew of titles that made memorable impressions at festivals earlier this year.

Selections from Cannes include Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake, Olivier Assayas’ Kristen Stewart starrer Personal Shopper, Jim Jarmusch’s Adam Driver title Paterson, Maren Ade’s father-daughter film Toni Erdmann and Paul Verhoeven’s rape comedy Elle, among others. The fest also will a screen a new cut of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Cannes premiere, The Unknown Girl — one that “changes the pace of the action in terms of the lead character,” said Jones.

From Berlin, Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary Fire at Sea and Mia Hansen-Love’s Isabelle Huppert starrer Things to Come are among the main slate’s 25 films. And from Sundance, Kenneth Lonergan’s family drama Manchester by the Sea and Kelly Reichardt’s short-stories adaptation Certain Women will debut for New York audiences.

The 54th New York Film Festival is set to run Sept. 30-Oct. 16. Selections for its Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Retrospective, Convergence and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks. See the full main slate below.

Opening night: The 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay
Centerpiece: 20th Century Women, directed by Mike Mills
Closing night: The Lost City of Z, directed by James Gray

Aquarius, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt
Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), directed by Gianfranco Rosi
Graduation (Bacalaureat), directed by Cristian Mungiu
Hermia and Helena, directed by Matias Pineiro
I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach
Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodovar
Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, directed by Dash Shaw
Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín
Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch
Personal Shopper, directed by Olivier Assayas
The Rehearsal, directed by Alison Maclean
Sieranevada, directed by Cristi Puiu
Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph), directed by Eugene Green
Staying Vertical (Rester vertical), directed by Alain Guiraudie
Things to Come (L’Avenir), directed by Mia Hansen-Love
Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade
The Unknown Girl, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Yourself and Yours, directed by Hong Sang-soo