'The Walk’ and 'Bridge of Spies' Bring Oscar Buzz to NYFF

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'Miles Ahead'

Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg premiere their latest works, while Don Cheadle makes an anticipated directorial debut with 'Miles Ahead.'

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The Walk — Sept. 26

Robert Zemeckis' newest film becomes the second movie presented in 3D to open the festival. Zemeckis, who always has been drawn to the latest technology, promises to take 3D to new heights with the story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit.

The Walk

The Martian — Sept. 27

Following the well-received world premiere of Ridley Scott's latest space odyssey at the Toronto Film Festival, NYFF announced that it would host a "sneak preview" of the movie, starring Matt Damon, that Fox will be releasing Oct. 2.

Where to Invade Next — Oct 2

Distribution plans for Michael Moore's new documentary, which debuted in Toronto, have yet to be announced. But the movie, in which the intrepid filmmaker goes on a tour of Europe only to discover that other countries are more advanced in many ways than the U.S., is sure to be an awards-season player for the Oscar-winning director.

Bridge of Spies — Oct. 4

Steven Spielberg's most recent film, 2012's Lincoln, got a rousing reception at the fest. He returns with a thriller starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer negotiating with the Soviets for the release of a downed pilot during the height of the Cold War.

Bridge of Spies

Steve Jobs — Oct. 3

While Danny Boyle's film about the Apple co-founder, embodied onscreen by Michael Fassbender, was first unveiled over Labor Day weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, it skipped Toronto in favor of screening in NYFF's Centerpiece slot.

Steve Jobs

Son of Saul — Oct. 6

Hungary's submission for the best foreign-language film Oscar, Laszlo Nemes' daring film plunges viewers into the horrors of Auschwitz. It debuted at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was rewarded with the grand jury prize.

Brooklyn — Oct. 7

Saoirse Ronan stars in, and has been earning lots of applause for, John Crowley's period drama about a young Irish woman who moves to New York in the 1950s and who then must decide between two men.

Carol — Oct. 9

Another tale set in the '50s, Todd Haynes' adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel about a young salesgirl who falls in love with a glamorous older woman was also unveiled in Cannes, where Rooney Mara, who plays the younger of the two women, shared best actress honors with Mon roi's Emmanuelle Bercot.

Miles Ahead — Oct. 10

With the festival's closing-night film, Don Cheadle makes his feature directorial debut in this biopic about the great jazz musician and composer Miles Davis. In addition to co-writing the screenplay, Cheadle plays Davis himself.