The 50th New York Film Festival is about to unreel. New York cinema’s biggest annual cinema event, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 17-day New York Film Festival, begins September 28 and runs through October 14 with an ultra impressive lineup of 32 films on the Main Slate.. This year’s Festival will be quite special, since it’s a milestone celebrating the Festival’s 50th Anniversary. Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 9.
Main slate works will include films by such notable directors as Noah Baumbach, David Chase, Brian De Palma, Ang Lee, Sally Potter, Alain Resnais, and Robert Zemeckis.
Opening Night will debut Life of Pi [Fox 2000] from director Ang Lee [Brokeback Mountain], based on Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, a magical adventure of an Indian zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of motley animals, including a 450-pound Bengal tiger, after a shipwreck – legendary French actor Gérard Depardieu co-stars.
There’ll be gala tributes to Nicole Kidman, whose film The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels [Precious] and co-starring Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Matthew McConaughey; and Richard Peña, who’s served the Festival for 25 years as FSLC program director to head the Festival’s Selection Committee.
Choice packages are available. For automated information, call (212) 875-5600. Purchase beginning September 9 at the NYFF box office at the Walter Reade Theatre, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and online at filmlinc.com [service charges apply]: Major credit cards accepted.
Cinephile Package: Select 10 Alice Tully Hall screenings from a curated assortment – $180
Early Bird Pass: Enjoy access to NYFF weekday matinee screenings (some exclusions apply) on a first come-first basis Monday – Friday at the Walter Reade Theater (subject to availability) – $100
VIP Lounge Pass: Relax, meet and greet other Festivalgoers in the Hauser Lounge at Alice Tully Hall before or after screenings – $500
Convergence Pass: Explore immersive media unlimited access to NYFF’s first-ever transmedia conference – $125
Discount Passes and Ticket Packages: Various packages are available
Single Tickets: if available.
In honor of the Festival’s 50th Anniversary, the Film Society asks you to consider adding a tax-deductible contribution to your purchase which will not only invest in the future of the Festival but also new education programs and emerging filmmaker initiatives.
The Festival is known for highlighting the best in world cinema with top films from celebrated and emerging filmmakers. But there’s so much more to keep cinephiles entertained.
Complimenting the Main Slate, there will be special events, star-studded press conferences, sidebars, panels, and first–time programs, including NYFF’s Masterworks programs and Views from the Avant-Garde.
The Centerpiece gala is the semi-autobiographical Not Fade Away [Paramount Vantage] from director/writer David Chase (The Sopranos, Northern Exposure, The Rockford Files), headlining James Gandolfini and Brad Garrett, about 60s New Jersey friends forming a rock band to make it big.
Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadel star in the Closing Night gala, the thriller Flight (Paramount), directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), loosely-based on 2001’s incident of a pilot guiding a fuel-less superliner from certain crash and becoming a hero until the subsequent investigation reveals troubling details.
Award winners having New York premieres include the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Amour (Austria/France/Germany-Sony Classics), Michael Haneke’s portrait, co-starring France’s acclaimed Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert, of a couple dealing with the ravages of old age; and the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Award for Best Director, Christian Petzold’s Cold War thriller Barbara [Germany] about a doctor, played by Nina Hoss, working in 1980s East Germany who’s banished to a country hospital.
The Film Society and NYFF receive support from American Airlines, Royal Bank of Canada, The New York Times, Stella Artois, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts.