Monday, August 19, 2013

New York Film Festival Line-Up

The 51st New York Film Festival has announced its official line-up.  Captain Phillips will open the festival, while The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will be the centerpiece gala and Her will close the prestigious film festival.

Captain Phillips (US)- Tom Hanks stars as in Paul Greengrass' latest intrigue-a-real life about the hijacking of of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates.  One of Sony's high button Oscar contenders.

About Time
About Time (UK)- Domhall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) does the time warp in Richard Curtis' latest romantic fantasy co-starring Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.
Abuse of Weakness (France)- Catherine Breillat, director of Romance and Fat Girl, introduces her latest provocation starring Isabelle Huppert.
Alan Partridge (UK)- Declan Lowney's comedy starring Steve Coogan.
All is Lost (US)- J.C. Chandor's Margin Call follow-up is the one-man survival drama starring Robert Redford, a role that's had major awards talk since debuting in Cannes.
American Promise (US)- Docuementary by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson that follows two African American families.
At Berkeley (US)- Frederick Wiseman's documentary is a study of the famed University of Berekely.
Bastards (France)- Claire Denis' contemporary film noir makes it's North American premiere after debuting at Cannes this past May.
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)- The controversial Cannes Palme D'or winner from director Abdellatif Kechiche will continue to polarize in it's hopes of gaining awards traction.
Burning Bush (Czech Republic)- Czech mini-series from Europa Europa director Agnieszka Holland.
Child of God (US)- James Franco's Cormac McCarthy adaptation comes to NYFF after famously premiering at Cannes.

 Gloria (Chile/Spain)- Winner at this years Berlin Film Festival for Best Actress Paulina Garcia, Sebastián Lelio's drama chronicles the newfound romance of a middle aged woman.
The Immigrant (US)- James Gray recreates 1920s New York in this period drama with Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner and Marion Cotillard-- comes from Cannes.  Interestingly this film, already acquired by the Weinstein Company hasn't set out release dates yet.
All is Lost
Inside Llewyn Davis (US)- The Coen Brothers return with this folk piece starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan-- won the Grand Prix at Cannes earlier this year and comes to theaters this December courtesy of CBS Films.
The Invisible Woman (UK)- Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens and recounts his relationship with the 13-year-old who became the love of his life; Felicity Jones co-stars.
Jealousy (France)- Philippe Garrel's latest drama co-stars his son Louis Garrel.
Jimmy P. (France)- Acclaimed French director Arnaud Desplechin's English language debut stars Benicio Del Toro; the film earned mixed reviews at Cannes.
The Last of the Unjust (France/Austria)- A new documentary from Claude Lanzmann.
Like Father, Like Son (Japan)- Hirokazu Koreeda's drama won the Jury Prize at Cannes.
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)- Rithy Panh's latest revisits memories and horrors of the Khmer Rouge.
My Name is Hmmm (France)- Designer agnés B is an intimate drama starring Sylvie Testud.
Nebraska (US)- Bruce Dern won the Best Actor prize at Cannes in Alexander Payne's father/son road movie; a prime Oscar candidate coming to theaters in November.
Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won (South Korea)- Sang-soon Hong's latest concerns a secret relationship between a student and teacher.
North, The End of History (Philippines)- Lav Diaz's four-hour-plus interpretation of Crimes and Punishment.
Omar (Palestinian Territories)- Hany Abu-Assand (Paradise Now) directs his latest, a drama which won a Jury Prize at Cannes.
Only Lovers Left Alive (US)- Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston debuted at Cannes.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (US)- Ben Stiller hopes outdo Danny Kaye in his remake of the classic adventure tale, as well as court Oscar voters in the process; Fox is hoping for a Life of Pi-style success story.  Will premiere as the centerpiece gala of the NYFF.
The Square (US/Egypt)- Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) directs her latest documentary set in Tahrir Square.
Strangers by the Lake
Strangers by the Lake (France)- Alain Guiraudie made a big stir at Cannes with his latest set at a gay cruising ground; it's sexually explicitness might make a nice counterpoint yet again to the sapphic sex scenes in Blue is Warmest Color-- it will interesting to see what the American prudes think.
Stray Dogs (Taiwan)- directed by Ming-liang Tsai.
A Touch of Sin (China)- Zhangke Jia's latest premiered in competition at Cannes.
Le Week-end (UK)- Roger Michell's comedy with Jim Broadbent.
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Romania/France)- Cornelui Porumboiu's drama focuses on the life of a film director.
The Wind Rises (Japan)- Hayao Miyazki returns with his latest animated enlightenment.

Her (US)- Spike Jonze's latest is a melancholic romantic drama about a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) becoming more and more fascinated by his Siri-like operating system, whose voice is eerily like that of smokey Scarlett Johansson.

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