New York Film Festival titles announced

Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies joins main slate.

by Amber Wilkinson

Bridge Of Spies
Bridge Of Spies Photo: Touchstone Pictures
The world premiere of Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies is one of 26 films that will screen as part of New York Film Festival's main slate at its 53rd edition.

Laura Israel’s documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank will also have its premiere, along with the previously announced opening and closing films Robert Zemeckis' The Walk and Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones said: “I could talk about the geographical range of the films in the selection, the mix of artistic sensibilities from Hou Hsiao-hsien to Steven Spielberg to Chantal Akerman, the astonishments of Miguel Gomes’s three-part Arabian Nights or Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s heartbreaking Journey To The Shore or Michael Almereyda’s surprising Experimenter, the points in common among the various titles, but the only thing that really matters is how uniformly beautiful and vital each of these movies are.

"If I were 17 again and I looked at this lineup from far away, I’d be figuring out where I was going to stay in New York for two weeks this autumn.”

Award-winning films from Cannes also join the line-up, including Best Director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin; Todd Haynes’s Carol, starring Best Actress winner Rooney Mara; Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure Of A Man, starring Best Actor winner Vincent Lindon; Jury Prize winner The Lobster; Un Certain Regard Best Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey To The Shore; and Un Certain Talent Prize winner Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.

Other notables among the many filmmakers returning to NYFF with new works include Michael Moore with Where To Invade Next, which takes a hard and surprising look at the state of our nation from a fresh perspective; NYFF mainstay Hong Sangsoo, who will present his latest masterwork, Right Now, Wrong Then, about the relationship between a middle-aged art-film director and a fledgling artist; and French director Arnaud Desplechin, who is back with the funny and heartrending story of young love My Golden Days, starring Mathieu Amalric and newcomers Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet.

The festival will run from September 25 – October 11. The full main slate is below:

Opening Night The Walk Director: Robert Zemeckis

Centerpiece Steve Jobs Director: Danny Boyle

Closing Night Miles Ahead Director: Don Cheadle

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One
Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One
Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One
Director: Miguel Gomes

The Assassin Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

Bridge Of Spies Director: Steven Spielberg

Brooklyn Director: John Crowley

Carol Director: Todd Haynes

Cemetery Of Splendour Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Les Cowboys Director: Thomas Bidegain

Don’t Blink: Robert Frank Director: Laura Israel

Experimenter Director: Michael Almereyda

The Forbidden Room Directors: Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson

In The Shadow Of Women (L’Ombre Des Femmes) Director: Philippe Garrel

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

The Lobster Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Maggie’s Plan Director: Rebecca Miller

The Measure Of A Man (La Loi Du Marché) Stéphane Brizé

Mia Madre Director: Nanni Moretti

Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) Director: Michel Gondry

Mountains May Depart Director: Jia Zhangke

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) Director: Arnaud Desplechin

No Home Movie Director: Chantal Akerman

Right Now, Wrong Then Director: Hong Sangsoo

The Treasure (Comoara) Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Where To Invade Next Director: Michael Moore

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