Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited," will open the 45th New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Wednesday evening. Joel and Ethan Coen's Cannes '07 competition feature "No Country for Old Men," meanwhile, will be the festival's Centerpiece screening, while Palme d'Or winner "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and Lee Chang-dong's Korean feature "Secret Sunshine," starring Cannes best actress-winner, Jeon Do-yeon are also joining the lineup at this year's NYFF, taking place September 28 - October 14.
Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, "The Darjeeling Limited" is described as "an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds on a train ride across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India." Anjelica Huston is also featured in the Fox Searchlight release, co-written by Anderson, Roman Coppola and Schwartzman.
Notably, screenings this year will be held at the Time Warner Center's new Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, due to ongoing renovations at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. However, opening night again take place at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
"No Country for Old Men," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem is a thriller about the violent chain reaction that follows a hunter's discovery of several dead bodies, a huge stash of heroin and $2 million in cash. NYFF will screen the film October 6, and Miramax will open the film in November. This is only the third time two American productions have been the Opening Night and Centerpiece films in the New York Film Festival since 1995 when Centerpiece showcases began.
IFC First Take's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is set in the waning days of Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu's regime. Two women negotiate for an illegal abortion, which leads to frightening demands. Lee's "Secret Sunshine" is a follow up to his 2002 film "Oasis," capturing the unraveling emotions of a single mother who moves to her husband's hometown Miryang after his death and is soon facing another tragedy.
As previously announced, this year's festival sidebar will honor director and screenwriter Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, a renowned member of Brazil's Cinema Novo movement of the 1950s and '60s. Additionally, the Film Society will salute New Line Cinema's 40 years of filmmaking at a black-tie gala to benefit the Film Society's campaign to build a new film center.
Film insiders noted that in recent years the NYFF's kick-off spot has become an important slot; fest openers have gone on to awards season acclaim and, in many cases, Oscars at the annual Academy Awards. Recent opening night films have included Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt" (2002), Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" (2003), Agnes Jaoui's "Look at Me" (2004), George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), and last year, Stephen Frears' "The Queen."