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‘Jackie’: New York Film Festival Adds Special U.S. Premiere Of Pablo Larraín’s Oscar Contender

The Natalie Portman-starring Jackie Kennedy biopic will make its American debut care of NYFF.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announced the addition of Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” to 54th New York Film Festival as a Special U.S. Premiere Presentation. The film will have its American debut on Thursday, October 13 at Alice Tully Hall. The film is Larraín’s second in the festival, as NYFF is also playing home to his portrait of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, “Neruda.”

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The film is the filmmaker’s first English-language film, and is described by the festival as “a bolt from the blue, a fugue-like study of Jackie Kennedy, brilliantly acted by Natalie Portman. Dramatizing events from just before, during, and after JFK’s assassination, this carefully reconstructed, beautifully visualized film is grounded in Jackie’s interactions with her children, her social secretary (Greta Gerwig), LBJ’s special assistant Jack Valenti (Max Casella), her brother-in-law Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard), a priest (John Hurt), a journalist (Billy Crudup), and others.

Described as an “emotionally urgent film,” the film has already drawn acclaim from other festival debuts, including Venice and Toronto, and Portman’s turn as Kennedy has Oscar prognosticators buzzing. The film recently won the Platform Prize at TIFF.

“Jackie” joins the festival’s previously announced headliners, 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).

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The festival runs September 30 – October 16. Tickets for the premiere are on sale now and are $25; $20 for students and Film Society members. To learn more about NYFF tickets, including a complete list of prices, discount options, and our rush and standby policies, click here.

Fox Searchlight will release “Jackie” in select theaters on December 2.

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