The festival ran from from September 17 to October 11. The 58th edition opened with Steve McQueen's Lovers Rock and had Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland as its centrepiece gala. Due to the pandemic, its focus was on outdoor and virtual screenings.

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The Inheritance
The Inheritance
A woman's inheritance leads her to Eastern Europe to uncover a dark and disturbing family secret.
City Hall
City Hall
A look at Boston's city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.
Time
Time
Fox Rich fights for her husband’s release from jail, after he is sentenced to 60 years of incarceration for a bank robbery, a crime she also served time for in the Nineties.
Night Of The Kings
Night Of The Kings
A young man is sent to La Maca, a prison of Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new Roman and must tell a story to the other prisoners.
MLK/FBI
MLK/FBI
Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard's documentary explores the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.
All In: The Fight For Democracy
All In: The Fight For Democracy
A documentary about the history of voter suppression in the United States.
David Byrne’s American Utopia
David Byrne’s American Utopia
A film of Byrne's acclaimed Broadway show.
French Exit
French Exit
A Manhattan socialite whose inheritance is running out moves to a borrowed apartment in Paris with her son and cat.
Beginning
Beginning
In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, slowly crumbles.
Undine
Undine
Undine is a city historian on urban development in a Berlin museum, the 'place by the swamp'. When her boyfriend leaves her, she vows to kill the faithless man but soon meets another.
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New York Film Festival Features

The imposter
Marie-Claude Treilhou on a scene with Ingrid Bourgoin and Michel Delahaye in Simone Barbès Or Virtue
Holding onto the moment
Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges on a scene in Azazel Jacobs’ French Exit
Two different eyes
Christian Petzold and Heinz Emigholz on German fairy tales
An act of love
Gianfranco Rosi on editing Notturno
A woman in the moment
Dea Kulumbegashvili on the international collaboration behind Beginning
Having a mission
Steve McQueen and Shabier Kirchner on working together in Mangrove
Sniffing out secrets
Directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw chat about their documentary The Truffle Hunters
Scoring Nomadland
Chloé Zhao on singer/songwriter Cat Clifford and the music of Ludovico Einaudi
On the threshold
Laura Dern, Joyce Chopra and Joyce Carol Oates on Smooth Talk
Guessing game
Guy Maddin on Mr. Memory, Daniil Kharms and Stump The Guesser
Dressing the part
Steve McQueen, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn and Micheal Ward on the costumes in Lovers Rock

New York Film Festival News

NYFF extended through today
Muhammad Ali, the Greatest and Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris screening tonight
Christian Petzold and Heinz Emigholz to give free NYFF talk
Directors to discuss Undine and The Lobby
New York Film Festival Free Talks line-up revealed
Steve McQueen and Joyce Carol Oates among speakers
Movies go to the zoo
New NYFF venue announced
New York Film Festival poster designed by John Waters
Director to present Art Movie Hell at the Drive-In
NYFF Spotlight selections announced
New Sofia Coppola and Pedro Almodóvar films among choices
NYFF Revivals announced
Section to include virtual and drive-in screenings
58th New York Film Festival to start eight days early
Festival will open on 17 September
NYFF Main Slate selections announced
Christian Petzold and Gianfranco Rosi among filmmakers with work selected
NYFF to close with French Exit
"Jacobs is one of the most distinctive voices in American cinema"
NYFF to go hybrid
Festival will hold outdoor and virtual screenings
Lovers Rock to open NYFF
Steve McQueen film challenges systemic racism
Nomadland to be NYFF centrepiece
Chloé Zhao film stars Frances McDormand
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