DAILY NEWS: NYFF Lineup Set; Lions Gate Gets Wenders Latest; Lost Fest Heads West
By Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> New York Film Festival Lineup Set; Wong, Ruiz, Schnabel, Egoyan, Kitano, Davies and Others on Tap for 38th Festival
(indieWIRE/ 8.15.00) — The Film Society of Lincoln Center will unveil today
(Tuesday) an impressive roster of international filmmakers who have been
invited to screen new works at the 2000 New York Film Festival.
The previously announced opener, on September 22nd, is Lars Von Trier‘s
Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dancer in the Dark,” starring Icelandic popstar
Bjork, while Ang Lee‘s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” featuring Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh, closes the event on October 9th. Ed Harris‘ “Pollock,” starring Harris as the acclaimed artist Jackson Pollock, has been added as the Festival’s Centerpiece film. The film is debuting at the Venice Film Festival.
Asian filmmakers are well represented at this year’s Festival. NYFF favorite
Wong Kar-Wai returns with “In the Mood For Love” (Hong Kong), a Cannes premiere that was acquired by USA Films. Also screening is Edward Yang‘s “Yi Yi” (Taiwan) recently acquired by Winstar, Jia Zhangke‘s “Platform” (China/Japan) which will compete in Venice, Nagisa Oshima‘s “Gohatto” (Japan), Shinji Aoyama‘s Cannes FIPRESCI prize winner, “Eureka” (Japan), Im Kwon Taek‘s “Chunhyang” (South Korea), recently acquired by Lot 47, and Takeshi Kitano‘s first North American movie, “Brother,” a Sony Pictures Classics release.
A small number of entries from the United States are set to screen at
Lincoln Center this year. Julian Schnabel‘s “Before Night Falls,” which is
debuting in Venice, will be joined by the only other U.S. entry, David
Gordon Green‘s “George Washington.” The acclaimed indie debuted in Berlin
and later screened at the LAIFF and a number of regional festivals. Cowboy
Booking will release “Washington” this fall. Rounding out the North American
entries is Atom Egoyan‘s 63-minute “Krapp’s Last Tape,” a part of the
“Beckett on Film” series which is screening in Venice. Neil Jordan‘s short
“Not I,” also a part of the series, will precede the Egoyan film.
French entries at the 2000 New York Festival include an acclaimed group of
directors. Agnes Varda‘s DV movie “The Gleaners and I,” well received in
Cannes, will screen, as well as Raoul Ruiz‘ “The Comedy of Innocence,” set
to debut in Venice. Also from France is well-known actress and screenwriter
Agnes Jaoui‘s “The Taste of Others,” which opened in France earlier this
year. Co-productions include the late John Berry‘s “Boesman and Lena“
(France/South Africa), starring Angela Bassett and Danny Glover, and Amos Gitai‘s “Kippur” (Israel/France). Kino International will release both films domestically.
Only two other European entries made the cut, Terence Davies‘ “The House of
Mirth” (UK) and Liv Ullmann‘s “Faithless,” a Cannes premiere that will be released by Samuel Goldwyn in early 2001.
Representing Iran are Jafar Panahi‘s “Circle” and Bahman Farmanara‘s “Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine.” Panahi is best known for his acclaimed 1996 film, “The White Balloon.”
From Latin America are Sergio Bianchi‘s “Chronically Unfeasible” (Brazil)
and Alejandro Gonz