NYFF sets venue, sidebars

Includes tributes to Chinese cinema, Hindi director

The New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will return to its traditional home, the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall, for its 47th edition, scheduled Sept. 25-Oct. 11. Film critic Melissa Anderson is joining the selection committee, which includes Richard Pena, Kent Jones, Scott Foundas and J. Hoberman. She repolaces Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, who completed her five-year term on the committee last year.

The fest will mark the 60th year of the People's Republic of China with the first major U.S. retrospective of cinema produced during the so-called Seventeen Years, the period between establishment of the People's Republic in 1949 and the beginnings of the Cultural Revolution in 1966.

The 2009 festival is also planning a tribute to Hindi director, producer, and actor Guru Dutt, frequently credited with ushering in the golden era of Indian cinema in the 1950s and '60s.

The two sidebars will screen during the festival at the Film Society's Walter Reade Theater.