The New York Film Festival will close with the World Premiere of Robert Zemeckis’s “Flight,” it was announced today. The film — which stars Denzel Washington — will end off the landmark 50th edition of the festival on October 14th.
“We’re delighted to welcome Robert Zemeckis to the New York Film Festival for the first time. A director equally known for delighting audiences as well as for pushing the technological limits of filmmaking, Zemeckis has created with FLIGHT a remarkable film about one man’s journey to some of the darkest parts of his soul,” said Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Described by NYFF as an “action-packed mystery thriller, the film stars Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every passenger on board.
“Although he is immediately acclaimed as a hero, the legal, moral and ethical aspects of Whip’s behavior before and after the accident are much more ambiguous than initially meet the public eye,” NYFF describes.
The film also stars John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood and Kelly Reilly. Paramount Pictures will release the film in theaters on November 2.
“Robert Zemeckis has shown his diversity as a storyteller in comedies, dramas and has skillfully translated narratives into special effect environments,” Rose Kuo, Executive Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, added. “It is a pleasure to see him bring to life this complicated, tragic-comic portrait of a man in crisis, with an exceptional and poignant performance by Denzel Washington.”
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Peña also includes: Melissa Anderson, Contributor, Village Voice; Scott Foundas, Associate Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Todd McCarthy, Chief Film Critic, The Hollywood Reporter; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight and Sound.
Check out the trailer to “Flight” below: