On Friday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Eugene Hernandez summed up what was known so far about one of the major highlights of this year's New York Film Festival, running from September 30 through October 16:
"Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly will open NYFF in Polanski's New York story [Carnage], an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's acclaimed play, God of Carnage. Set in a Brooklyn apartment, the film will be direct from the Venice Film Festival earlier in the month. Also already announced for this year's festival are the world premiere of Simon Curtis's My Week With Marilyn as well as a retrospective that will be quite popular this year. Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses: Celebrating the Centennial of Nikkatsu Corporation at the NYFF will present a 37 film tribute to the famed 100 year old Japanese film studio before the series travels to the Cinémathèque Française in December and other cities next year."
Plus: "Retrospective screenings in the New York Film Festival's Masterworks section will include a restored edition of Nicholas Ray's We Can't Go Home Again, a film made in collaboration with his SUNY film students in the 1970s. Also on tap this year is a restored version of William Wyler's Ben-Hur, featuring a rarely seen widescreen edition of the treasured film."
The other day, Michael Gibbons announced that there'll be Gala Screenings of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, another title from Venice, and Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, which saw its premiere in Cannes earlier this year. Click the titles to watch the trailers for both on their respective pages.
Now Eugene's posted the full lineup for the main slate:
Asghar Farhadi's A Separation. Swept the Bears at the Berlinale this year.
Abel Ferrara's 4:44: Last Day on Earth. Slated to premiere in Venice. Click the title for the distributor's (Wild Bunch) synopsis.
Mia Hansen-Løve's Goodbye First Love. Cineuropa has stills, an interview and a trailer. David Cox saw it in Locarno and sent a mixed review into the Guardian. IndieWIRE's Eric Kohn finds it "lacks a dramatic edge to keep up with its profound characterizations."
Ulrich Köhler's Sleeping Sickness. When Scott Foundas, one of the NYFF's programmers, caught the film at the Berlinale, he blogged, "I am haunted by this film, and look forward to my second viewing — and your first." Robert Koehler was ticked off by the first round of reviews in the English-language trades and decided that "the time has come to defend this film without hesitation." Which he then proceeded to do at filmjourney.
Nadav Lapid's Policeman. This "objectivist examination of stark divisions in current Israeli society" won the "runner-up Leopard" in Locarno, as Robert Koehler reported the other day.
Julia Loktev's The Loneliest Planet. Click the title for Locarno's synopsis.
Steve McQueen's Shame. Set to premiere in Venice and then screen in Toronto. TIFF: "Michael Fassbender plays a New York man confronting his sexual compulsions and the self-destructive acts of his sister (Carey Mulligan). From the director of Hunger."
Alexander Payne's The Descendants. Closing Night Film. Headed for Toronto: "George Clooney plays the leader of a storied Hawaiian family as they are forced to decide what to do with their last, vast parcel of land. At the same time he learns a secret about his critically ill wife. From the director of Sideways."
Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky's The Turin Horse. Berlinale roundup.
Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Cannes and Daniel Kasman's review. Click the title for the trailer.
Wim Wenders's Pina. Roundup. And again, click the title for the trailer.
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