The 52nd annual New York Film Festival kicks off this week with David Fincher’s eagerly anticipated drama, “Gone Girl”, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The fest closes on October 11th with the Michael Keaton dramedy, “Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, and in between there are some interesting titles and a few significant world premieres.
One of those is Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime drama, “Inherent Vice”, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone and Josh Brolin. The film, which supposedly pushes three hours in length, will be released this holiday season by Warner Brothers and focuses on a down and out private investigator who combs 1970’s Los Angeles for what happened to an ex-girlfriend. Other films of note in the first few days of the festival include David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” with Julianne Moore, “Whiplash”, featuring an electric performance by J.K. Simmons, the world premiere of “Saint-Laurent” and the French drama “Two Days, One Night”, starring the brilliant Marion Cotillard.
The second week of the proceedings brings screenings of the Toronto favorite, “Clouds of Sils Maria”, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, “Listen Up Philip”, with Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman, Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” featuring stunning performances by Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, and the world premiere of the Edward Snowden documentary, “Citizen Four”.
The fest runs from September 26th through October 12th