NYFF features 'Runner,' director dialogues


NEW YORK -- The New York Film Festival will present "The Future Is Now: 'Blade Runner' at 25," a discussion with filmmakers behind the sci-fi classic, along with dialogues featuring fest directors Julian Schnabel, Todd Haynes, Wes Anderson and Sidney Lumet.

" 'Blade Runner' at 25," held Sept. 29 in conjunction with the North American premiere of Ridley Scott's new "definitive cut" of the 1982 Harrison Ford film, will include a panel of scholars (and, still to be confirmed, Scott and screenwriter Hampton Fancher) discussing the impact of the film on our culture.

The HBO Films Directors Dialogues series will feature Julian Schnabel discussing his adaptation of the Jean-Dominique Bauby memoir "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" with Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Pena on Sept. 30.

Haynes will discuss his Bob Dylan-inspired film "I'm Not There" with fest selection committee member J. Hoberman on Oct. 6. Anderson appears with committee member Kent Jones on Oct. 10 to discuss his opening night comedy "The Darjeeling Limited." And Lumet will be on hand Oct. 13 to discuss his fest entry "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" and his 50-year career with Film Comment editor Gavin Smith.

All events will be held in Manhattan during the NYFF, which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 14.