The Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled the 25 films that will make up the Main Slate of this fall’s 54th New York Film Festival, including a number of festival favorites — with plenty of Cannes crossover and Sundance premieres rounding out the list — and a generous dose of early awards contenders. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones presented the slate to a select group of press this morning, where he made it clear that he was very proud of a slate that includes a hefty dose of “vital and important works.”
Selections from Cannes include Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning “I, Daniel Blake,” along with Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” and Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” (which tied for Best Director at the festival) and Maren Ade’s already beloved comedy “Toni Erdmann,” which won the Cannes Critics’ Prize. Jim Jarmusch’s Adam Driver-starring “Paterson” will also screen, along with Cristi Puiu’s “Sieranevada,” which also debuted at Cannes.
NYFF will additionally play home to the Dardennes Brothers’ “The Unknown Girl,” which Jones said had been “altered” since its Cannes premiere, thanks to tweaks that “change the pace of the action in relation to the lead character.”
Returning NYFF veterans include Pedro Almodóvar, Kelly Reichardt, Hong Sangsoo, Matías Piñeiro, Paul Verhoeven, Alain Guiraudie and Eugène Green. NYFF will also welcome a handful of filmmakers for the first time, including Kenneth Lonergan with his Sundance sensation “Manchester By the Sea,” Kleber Mendonça Filho with his Cannes premiere “Aquarius,” Alison Maclean with her coming-of-age story “The Rehearsal,” Dash Shaw with the TIFF premiere “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” and Barry Jenkins, who will screen his three-part portrait of a young gay African-American man, “Moonlight,” at the festival.
These titles join the festival’s previously announced galas, including Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th” (Opening Night), Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” (Centerpiece) and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” (Closing Night).
Below are the first additions to the NYFF 2016 lineup. NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Retrospective, Convergence and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival runs September 30 – October 16.
“Aquarius,” Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
“Certain Women,” Directed by Kelly Reichardt
“Elle,” Directed by Paul Verhoeven
“Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare,” Directed by Gianfranco Rosi
“Graduation / Bacalaureat,” Directed by Cristian Mungiu
“Hermia and Helena,” Directed by Matías Piñeiro
“I, Daniel Blake,” Directed by Ken Loach
“Julieta,” Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
“Manchester by the Sea,” Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight,” Directed by Barry Jenkins
“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” Directed by Dash Shaw
“Neruda,” Directed by Pablo Larraín
“Paterson,” Directed by Jim Jarmusch
“Personal Shopper,” Directed by Olivier Assayas
“The Rehearsal,” Directed by Alison Maclean
“Sieranevada,” Directed by Cristi Puiu
“Son of Joseph / Le fils de Joseph,” Directed by Eugène Green
“Staying Vertical / Rester vertical,” Directed by Alain Guiraudie
“Things to Come / L’Avenir,” Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
“Toni Erdmann,” Directed by Maren Ade
“The Unknown Girl,” Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Yourself and Yours,” Directed by Hong Sangsoo
Check out the festival’s official teaser trailer below.
Tickets for the 54th New York Film Festival will go on sale on September 11.