Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain and Glory,' Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Among Highlights of NY Film Fest Lineup

Pain and Glory Still 1 - Publicity-H 2019
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Other noteworthy titles set for the annual fall event include Céline Sciamma’s 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' and the late Agnès Varda's final film, 'Varda by Agnès,' which will get a posthumous screening.

Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory and Bong Joon-ho's Parasite are among the noteworthy films set to screen at the 2019 New York Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

Other noteworthy movies set to screen as part of the NYFF's main slate include Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire and the late Agnès Varda's final film, Varda by Agnès, which will get a posthumous screening.

Pain and Glory, Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire were all honored at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Other Cannes titles set to screen at the NYFF include Mati Diop's A Ghost Love Story, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ Bacurau, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Young Ahmed, Oliver Laxe’s Fire Will Come, Albert Serra’s Liberté and Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole.

Berlin International Film Festival-honored films set to screen as part of the main slate include Nadav Lapid’s Synonyms and Angela Schanelec’s I Was at Home, But… .

Returning filmmakers set to present their latest work at the NYFF include Olivier Assayas, making his 10th appearance at the festival with Wasp Network; Arnaud Desplechin; and Kelly Reichardt.

Those titles join the previously announced opening night film, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, making its world premiere; the centerpiece film, Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story; and the closing night film, Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn. Click here for more on the NYFF's main slate.

"Cinema is the domain of freedom, and it’s an ongoing struggle to maintain that freedom. It’s getting harder and harder for anyone to make films of real ambition anywhere in this world," NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said in a statement. "Each and every movie in this lineup, big or small, whether it’s made in Italy or Senegal or New York City, is the result of artists behind the camera fighting on multiple fronts to realize a vision and create something new in the world. That includes masters like Martin Scorsese and Pedro Almodóvar and newcomers to the festival like Mati Diop and Angela Schanelec.”

Almodóvar is making his 11th appearance at the festival and designed this year's poster.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the design, Almodóvar said, “For the basis of this year’s New York Film Festival poster, I used a photo of a still life that I exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery. The masses of color on which the text is printed are reminiscent of an animated sequence that appears in my latest film, Pain and Glory, though for this version I have chosen less bright colors, using muted shades of red, blue, green and mauve. These colors correspond to the palette in which I seem to move lately.”

The 57th annual New York Film Festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center, is set to run Sept. 27-Oct. 13.