The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that James Gray’s hotly anticipated “The Lost City of Z” has been picked as the New York Film Festival’s Closing Night selection. The film, based on journalist David Grann’s nonfiction book of the same name, will make celebrate its world premiere as the festival’s final gala screening on Saturday, October 15.
Described as an “emotionally and visually resplendent epic,” Gray’s film “tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (a remarkable Charlie Hunnam), the British military-man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children, and his very existence.”
The film also stars Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.
Of the choice, New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “James Gray is one of the finest filmmakers we have. Each of his movies is so beautifully wrought, visually and emotionally, but ‘The Lost City of Z’ represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity.”
Gray commented, “It’s truly a dream come true for me to have ”The Lost City of Z’ selected for the closing night of the New York Film Festival. I couldn’t be more honored that the film’s world premiere will be in my hometown, a city I still love above all others.”
Gray’s previous film, 2014’s “The Immigrant,” was a selection of the 51st New York Film Festival.
“The Lost City of Z” does not have a distributor at present, but the film’s team is anticipating a 2017 release.
NYFF will open with Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th,” which is the first-ever nonfiction work to serve as the fest’s Opening Night selection, as while as playing host to the world premiere of Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” as its Centerpiece film.
This year’s New York Film Festival runs from September 30 – October 16. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the coming days. Tickets for the 54th New York Film Festival will go on sale September 11.