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iPOP at the New York Film Festival, Part 2

iPOP at the New York Film Festival, Part 2

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

The 17-day New York Film Festival wrapped up in Manhattan last night with a screening of Alexander Payne's latest, "Sideways," followed by a Kodak party saluting the film and this year's festival. Among the other festive festival highlights, since our first installment of iPOP at the NYFF, Pedro Almodóvar was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Sony Pictures Classics celebrated the debut of Zhang Yimou's "House of Flying Daggers" and Wellspring toasted its latest acquisition, Todd Solondz' "Palindromes."










"Sideways" stars Paul Giamatti (left) and Thomas Hayden Church at Sunday's post-screening party, hosted by Kodak, at Compass on Manhattan's Upper West Side.


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Director Alexander Payne shows off a rare, large bottle of Hitching Post Pinot Noir, made with a "Sideways" label to celebrate the film. Payne and cast autographed (and drank from) the sizable bottle, also sharing it with other party-goers.


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Actress Marisa Tomei takes a moment to smile for iPOP at the closing night party last night.


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At Wellspring's post-screening cocktail party Friday, celebrating the NYFF debut of Todd Solondz' "Palindromes" (at Josephina), are the film's star Jennifer Jason Leigh with Noah Baumbach (writer of Wes Anderson's upcoming "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou").


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The Film Society honored Pedro Almodóvar with a special Viva Pedro! event on October 7th. The program featured clips from many of Almodóvar's films and included an on-stage chat between The Film Society's Richard Pena and the honoree. Pictured here in the Alice Tully Hall green room before the program, Almodovar takes a moment to pose for a few photos.


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Later in the green room, where guests sipped champagne and nibbled on cookies, Almodóvar chatted with notable well-wishers, actress Susan Sarandon who arrived with designer Todd Oldham.


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"Bad Education" star Gael Garcia Bernal, who was one of the actors taking the stage to honor Almodóvar, braved a steady stream of pictures and greetings during the post tribute party, hosted by the Young Friends of Film, at Lincoln Center's Kaplan Penthouse. Always willing to accommodate iPOP for a shot, Gael smiled warmly before resuming his lengthy receiving line of admirers.


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Also at the party, which featured a mix of tapas and sweets (not to mention a healthy dose of Don Julio tequila), were photographer Henny Garfunkel who smiled alongside "Bad Education" star Fele Martinez.


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Two nights later, at the just opened Café Gray inside the new Time Warner Center, Ferragamo joined Sony Pictures Classics in saluting Zhang Yimou (right), Zhang Ziyi (center) and their new film "House of Flying Daggers." The two were joined at the head table by filmmaker Ang Lee (left) who directed Zhang Ziyi in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."


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Posing before dinner at Café Gray, with Zhang Ziyi, are Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard (left) and Michael Barker.


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Also enjoying the creative and tasty menu at the intimate "House of Flying Daggers" soiree were two of the NYFF's lead organizers, from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, executive director Claudia Bonn and director of communications Graham Leggat.


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Later that same night, some dinner guests jumped into cabs and headed downtown to the W Hotel at Union Square for Paper Magazine's party celebrating Almodóvar's "Bad Education." Posing for iPOP with one of the more festively dressed attendees is Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto.


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And the following morning the partying continued as festival-goers recovered at the Film Society's first filmmakers brunch. Pictured at popular festival hangout Josephina's are "Keane" director Lodge Kerrigan with producer Andrew Fierberg.


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Mitch McCabe ("Highway 403, Mile 39"), Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), and Harry Wootliff ("Nits") were among the festival filmmakers who gathered for the Sunday brunch.


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Four out of five of the programmers who curated this year's NYFF program took a moment to chat at the Festival brunch. Pictured are editor-at-large for Film Comment and Associate Programmer of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Kent Jones, Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, Chairman of the New York Film Festival Selection Committee and Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Richard Pena (standing) and author and critic Phillip Lopate. Not pictured is fifth committee member John Powers of NPR, the Village Voice and the L.A. Weekly.


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