The New York Film Festival returns to Lincoln Center for its 53rd year on Friday, September 25, and over the next two weeks we’ll be treated to breaking news about some of the fest’s most anticipated films. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled every trailer released for films screening in the Main Slate and Special Event lineups of the festival. Check out some (or all) of the sneak peeks below, with official synopses provided by the festival, and get excited for what’s sure to blossom into a fantastic awards season.
“The Walk” – Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis’s enthralling film about Philippe Petit (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt) and his walk between the Twin Towers plays like a heist
movie in the grand tradition of Rififi and Bob le flambeur.
A heart-stopping technical marvel and a perfect 3-D re-creation of
Lower Manhattan in the 1970s, The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley as
“Steve Jobs“ – Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin joined forces to create this dynamically
character-driven portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the
digital revolution, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling
biography and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role, Kate
Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as
John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, and Katherine
Waterston as Chrisann Brennan.
“Arabian Nights” Vol 1, 2, & 3 – Miguel Gomes
Every night, in danger of being beheaded, Scheherazade tells King Shahryar unfinished tales to continue them the following night, hence defying his promise of murdering his new wives after their wedding night. Scheherazade tells king Shahryar her stories but these are not those in the book. These are stories based on whatever will be happening in Portugal during the production time of the film. As in the book, these stories will be tragic and comical, with rich and poor, powerless and powerful people, filled with surprising and extraordinary events
“The Assassin” – Hou Hsiao-hsien
Crystalline in beauty and oblique in narrative, this year’s Cannes Best Director winner Hou Hsiao-hsien’s eagerly awaited wuxia stars Shu Qi as a Tang Dynasty assassin, dedicated to the art of killing until memory transforms her course of action.
“The Treasure” – Corneliu Porumboiu
A man is approached by his neighbor with a business proposition: lend
him some money to look for buried treasure in his family’s backyard and
they’ll split the proceeds. Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s
magical modern-day fable stays continually surprising and funny.
“Bridge of Spies” – Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg brings every strange turn to vivid and tactile life in
this complex Cold War story of the 1962 exchange of U-2 pilot Francis
Gary Powers for Soviet agent Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance), negotiated by
James Donovan (Tom Hanks).
“Brooklyn” – John Crowley
Saoirse Ronan, as vibrantly alive as a silent-screen heroine, plays
Eilis, who leaves her native Ireland at the turn of the century, slowly
builds a better life for herself, and is then called back home, to
another possible future, in this lovely adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s
“Carol” – Todd Haynes
A wealthy suburban wife and mother (Cate Blanchett) and an aspiring
photographer (Rooney Mara, Best Actress winner at Cannes this year) fall
in love and risk everything to be together in Todd Haynes’s achingly
romantic adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s early novel about closeted
desire in the early 1950s.
“Cemetery of Splendour” – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
hospital ward full of comatose soldiers wage war in their sleep on
behalf of long-dead feuding kings in the wondrous new film by Palme d’Or
winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a sun-dappled reverie that induces in
the viewer a sensation of lucid dreaming.
“Experimenter” – Michael Almereyda
Michael Almreyda’s portrait of Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), the
social scientist whose 1961 “obedience study” reflected back on the
Holocaust and anticipated Abu Ghraib, is both appropriately
uncompromising and surprisingly compassionate.
“The Forbidden Room” – Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson
In his insane magnum opus, cinema’s reigning master of feverish filmic
fetishism embarks on a phantasmagoric narrative adventure of stories
within stories within dreams within flashbacks in a delirious
globe-trotting mise en abyme, diving deeper than ever.
“In the Shadow of Women” – Philippe Garrel
The exquisite new film by the great Philippe Garrel is a close look at
infidelity—not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways
in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women.
“The Lobster” – Yorgos Lanthimos
In the future, single people are rounded up and sent to a seaside
compound, given a finite number of days to find a match, and turned into
animals if they fail. Welcome to the latest dark, dark comedy from
absurdist Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. Winner of a Cannes Jury
“The Measure of a Man” – Stéphane Brizé
Dispassionately monitoring the progress of its stoic unemployed everyman
(Vincent Lindon, in his finest performance to date, which earned him
the Best Actor prize at Cannes) as he submits to a series of quietly
humiliating ordeals in his search for work, this powerful and troubling
film reveals the realities of our new economic order.
“Mia Madre” – Nanni Moretti
A filmmaker (Margherita Buy) tries to cope simultaneously with a
mercurial American movie star (John Turturro) and the impending death of
her mother (Giulia Lazzarini) in Nanni Moretti’s moving, hilarious, and
subtly disquieting new film.
“Right Now, Wrong Then” – Hong Sangsoo
A middle-aged art-film director and a fledgling artist meet—she knows
he’s famous but doesn’t know his films, he’d like to see her paintings.
Every word, pause, facial expression, and movement in Hong Sangsoo’s
masterful new film is a negotiation between revelation and concealment.
“Where to Invade Next” – Michael Moore
In his new film, Michael Moore ponders the current state of the nation
from a fresh perspective—that is, from the outside looking in—and gives
us a film that is as provocative, funny, and impassioned as the rest of
“The Martian” – Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott’s dynamic, visually spectacular adaptation of Andy Weir’s
best seller, and his third film set in outer space, is a gripping drama
of survival anchored by Matt Damon as an astronaut/botanist stranded on
Mars fighting to survive while back on earth the NASA team and his
former crew members pull out all the stops to bring him home.
“Chevalier” – Athina Rachel Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari’s maritime comic psychodrama—a lampoon of
masculinity, an allegory for contemporary Greece, and a razor-sharp
study of human nature—follows six males on a yacht who engage in a
vaguely defined yet hotly contested competition to determine which of
them is “the best in general.”
“Son of Saul” – László Nemes
A shattering portrait of the horror of Auschwitz that follows a Sonderkommando
tasked with delivering his fellow Jews to the gas chamber, who is
determined to give a young Jewish boy a proper burial. Utterly
harrowing, ultra-immersive, and not for the fainthearted.