The New York Film Festival revealed their 25-film lineup on Tuesday for the upcoming festival. There are some familiar directors and newcomers to the circuit as we are on the cusp of award season.
Opening the festival is director Richard Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying. No plot details have surfaced but the movie stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. The films debut at the NYFF will come ahead of it’s November 3 release date in the U.S.
Todd Haynes’ (Carol) Wonderstuck is the festivals Centerpiece gala. The film debuted at Cannes to fairly positive reviews. The movie stars Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. It is one of two films being distributed by Amazon Studios of note at the festival. Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will close the festival, a film which Amazon is also involved in.
Other films of note at the festival include Luca Guadagino’s Call Me By Your Name. The film is already garnering major Oscar buzz and had great buzz out of its premiere at Sundance. Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird and Dee Rees’s Mudbound are also set for the festival.
NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones spoke about the line up saying:
“Every year, I’m asked about the themes in our Main Slate lineup, and every year I say the same thing: we choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact. As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe; that there is a nice balance of filmmakers known and unknown to many here in New York; that the overall balance between frankness and artistry holds me in awe; that there are two gala selections with the word ‘wonder’ in their titles; and that eight of the 25 films were directed by women.”
The 55th edition of the famed film fest will take place September 28 through October 15.