New York's preeminent fall film festival, taking place September 28th through October 14th, announces its Main Slate selections.
After the announcing of the films screening in this year's Toronto International Film Festival was made two weeks ago, the next prominent chip to fall on the autumn, film "awards season" calendar was the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival.
Now in its 56th year, the uptown, Manhattan-based festival has long been one of the most respected, in many cases gifting North American audiences their annual first glimpse of the most heralded international and stateside narrative and nonfiction offerings (as well as the featuring of short films, experimental cinema, interactive content, and nightly filmmaker dialogues).
Having already announced its Opening Night (The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos' latest, The Favourite), its Centerpiece (Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA), and Closing Night (Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity's Gate starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh) selections, today the New York Film Festival announced its entire Main Slate.
Be sure to check out the full lineup below.
Hailing from 22 different countries, an impressive 30 films make up the Main Slate this year. "Francis Ford Coppola said that the cinema would become a real art form only when the tools of moviemaking became as inexpensive as paints, brushes, and canvases," New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones said in a statement, "That has come to pass, but at the same time it’s become increasingly tough to do serious work that is beholden to nothing but the filmmaker’s need to express these emotions in this form in moving images and sound.
"So if I were pressed to choose one word to describe the films in this year’s Main Slate," Jones continued, "it would be: bravery. These films were made all over the globe, by young filmmakers like Dominga Sotomayor and masters like Fred Wiseman, by artists of vastly different sensibilities from Claire Denis to the Coen Brothers, Jafar Panahi to Jean-Luc Godard. And the unifying thread is their bravery, the bravery needed to fight past the urge to commercialized smoothness and mediocrity that is always assuming new forms. That’s what makes every single title in this year’s Main Slate so precious, and so vital.”
3 Faces, Jafar Panahi
Asako I & II, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Ash Is Purest White, Jia Zhangke
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Burning, Lee Chang-dong
Cold War, Paweł Pawlikowski
A Faithful Man/L’Homme fidèle, Louis Garrel
A Family Tour, Ying Liang
La Flor, Mariano Llinás
Grass, Hong Sangsoo
Happy as Lazzaro/Lazzaro felice, Alice Rohrwacher
Her Smell, Alex Ross Perry
High Life, Claire Denis
Hotel by the River, Hong Sangsoo
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
The Image Book/Le Livre d’image, Jean-Luc Godard
In My Room, Ulrich Köhler
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Bi Gan
Monrovia, Indiana, Frederick Wiseman
Non-Fiction, Olivier Assayas
Private Life, Tamara Jenkins
RAY & LIZ, Richard Billingham
Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda
Sorry Angel, Christophe Honoré
Too Late to Die Young, Dominga Sotomayor
Transit, Christian Petzold
Wildlife, Paul Dano