Zonca's "Angels" Closing New York Film 1998 Festival; Event
Includes Numerous Cannes Entries
by Eugene Hernandez
Erick Zonca's debut film, "The Dreamlife of Angels," will close the 1998
New York Film Festival on October 11th. As previously announced,
Woody Allen's "Celebrity" opens the festival on September 25, 1998,
while Emir Kusturica's "Black Cat, White Cat" will be showcased as the
Festival Centerpiece on October 4th and 5th. According to organizers of the
Festival, Zonca joins an elite group of filmmakers whose first films close the
New York Festival, among them: Terrence Malick ("Badlands," NYFF 1973),
David Mamet ("House of Games," NYFF 1987), and Zhang Yimou, ("Red
Sorghum", NYFF 1988). "Dreamlife of Angels" debuted in May at the 1998
Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures
Classics. The film's two lead actresses, Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Pegnier
shared the Festival's Best Actress award.
Among the other Cannes 1998 films set to screen in New York are Todd
Solondz' "Happiness" which was recently dropped by October Films and will
be distributed by Good Machine, Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine" which will
be released this fall by Miramax, Thomas Vinterberg's "Celebration" which
has been acquired by October, Marc Levin's Trimark release "Slam," John
Boorman's "The General", and Ken Loach's "My Name is Joe" which was
recently picked up by Artisan Entertainment.
In a conversation with indieWIRE last year following the announcement of
the 1997 festival lineup, selection committee Chair Richard Pena explained,
"because there are so many festivals out there, the sense of having works
that are completely unique to the New York Film Festival is difficult."
Despite the challenge, Pena has avoided a policy that would guarantee
that all NYFF films be premieres, explaining that is a decision better left
to a particular films' producers.
Twenty-six films from 15 countries (co-productions included) will be
screened. Eight are from the United States and eight are from France.
Among the other American entries are "Rushmore," Wes Anderson's
follow-up to "Bottle Rocket," Hal Hartley's "Book of Love," and Bill Condon's
"Gods and Monsters." While French films include, Gaspar Noe's "I Stand
Alone," Alain Resnais "Same Old Song," Olivier Assayas' "Late August,"
and Eric Rohmer's "A Tale of Autumn."
[The complete lineup
for the 1998 New York Film Festival is also available at indieWIRE.com]
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