This 17-day cinematic celebration highlights the best in world cinema
The 51st New York Film FestivalThe Film Society of Lincoln Center (Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY) Map it $20
Here we are again, looking out over the vast and impressive New York Film Festival slate and wondering how are we possibly going to devour every last cinematic morsel. With Kent Jones at the reigns following Richard Peña's retirement, the festival appears to have not missed a beat. The main slate includes new work from distinguished directors Catherine Breillat, Frederick Wiseman, Claire Denis, Joel & Ethan Cohen, Jim Jarmusch, Arnaud Desplechin, and Alexander Payne, with the opening night film being Paul Greengrass' hotly anticipated Captain Phillips. Also of note, a Jean-Luc Godard retrospective; tributes to Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes; a 20th Anniversary reunion screening of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused; and Views from the Avant Garde, an often over-looked section of exciting experimental works curated by Mark McElhatten. Launching last year to accolades, Convergence returns. Running three days, this must-investigate sidebar consists of panels, workshops and immersive experiences. And, after 17-days of film binging, it all comes to close with Spike Jonze's Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix.