Todd Haynes' 'Wonderstruck' Gets New York Film Festival Centerpiece Screening

The Amazon title will screen at the fest before its Oct. 20 release.

Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck has been selected as the Centerpiece title of the New York Film Festival.

The film, which debuted at Cannes earlier this year, will make its New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Oct. 7. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release it theatrically on Oct. 20.

Wonderstruck, based on Brian Selznick's 2011 juvenile fiction of the same name, intercuts between two parallel plots: In 1927, a deaf girl living in Hoboken heads to New York City in search of a celebrated actress, while in 1977, an orphaned boy is struck deaf and runs away from his home in Minnesota to New York in hopes of finding answers about his past. In Selznick's book, the young girl's story is told entirely through illustrations, and, in Haynes' adaptation, her quest is filmed as a silent movie within the movie. Julianne Moore plays a dual role alongside each of the young stars.

Wonderstruck is Haynes' fourth film to screen at the fest, following Velvet Goldmine in 1998, I'm Not There in 2007 and Carol in 2015. It is also the second Amazon title to be part of this year's lineup. It will open with Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne.

"Todd Haynes and Brian Selznick have pulled off something truly remarkable here — a powerful evocation of childhood, with all of its mysteries and terrors and flights of imagination and longings; richly textured re-creations of Manhattan in the '20s and the '70s; and a magical and intricately plotted quest story that builds to a beautiful climax," stated Kent Jones, New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair. "Wonderstruck is fun, emotionally potent and … it's a great New York movie."

"We're so pleased and proud that Wonderstruck has been selected for the Centerpiece slot at this year's New York Film Festival," added Haynes. "There's no more meaningful place or audience with which to share our film that is a tribute both to the history of New York City and to cinema."

The 55th New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, runs Sept. 28-Oct. 15.