The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced 35 films that will make up the main slate of the 51st New York Film Festival, including new work from the likes of Catherine Breillat, J.C. Chandor, Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard Curtis, Claire Denis, Arnaud Desplechin, Ralph Fiennes, James Franco, James Gray, Jim Jarmusch, Claude Lanzmann, Alexander Payne, Hong Sang-soo, Frederick Wiseman and Jia Zhangke. The festival runs September 27 to October 13.
“Cinema is a vast terrain with a complex ecology, encompassing a mindbending array of species and habitats – there are multiple approaches to the question ‘What is a movie,’ from the industrial to the hand-made, from the carefully written to the poetically assembled," NYFF’s Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones said. "I love the level of diversity in the main slate selections, which includes documentaries, biographies, comedies, adventures, epics, chamber pieces, elegies, explorations and affirmations. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.”
Alongside the previously announced world premieres of Spike Jonze's "Her," Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the festival will be screening a slate of some of the best films from this year's Cannes, Berlin and Venice festivals, including J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," Joel & Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis," James
Gray's "The Immigrant," Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria," Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Palme d'Or winner Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is The Warmest Color."
“The Film Society's commitment to presenting the significant films of the year each fall at the New York Film Festival continues with our latest edition," Rose Kuo, the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said. "This year we welcome a record number of over a dozen returning veterans along with a number of new voices. It has been an interesting year for cinema with spirited discussions already underway about some of the films in our curated main slate selections. I'm sure that New York audiences will be excited, maybe sometimes even provoked, but hopefully also inspired by this year's new work.”
The full 51st New York Film Festival main-slate is on the next page.