Motherless Brooklyn to close New York Film Festival

"A dream come true" says Edward Norton

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Edward Norton on his Motherless Brooklyn in the 57th New York Film Festival: "To have this particular film - which grew out of my love affair with New York - selected for Closing Night is just a huge thrill."
Edward Norton on his Motherless Brooklyn in the 57th New York Film Festival: "To have this particular film - which grew out of my love affair with New York - selected for Closing Night is just a huge thrill." Photo: Glen Wilson

Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn, based on Jonathan Lethem’s novel, starring the screenwriter/director Norton with Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, and Leslie Mann, has been announced by Film at Lincoln Center as the Closing Night selection of the 57th New York Film Festival.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones on Motherless Brooklyn: "What a way to close the festival!"
New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones on Motherless Brooklyn: "What a way to close the festival!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Motherless Brooklyn, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, joins the Netflix Opening Night Gala and Centerpiece selections, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “Edward Norton has taken Jonathan Lethem’s novel as a jumping-off point to craft a wildly imaginative and extravagant love letter to New York, a beautifully told hard-boiled yarn grounded in the mid-20th century history of the city. What a way to close the festival!”

“NYFF has been my hometown festival for nearly 30 years, and it’s consistently one of the best curated festivals in the world,” said Norton. “Every year I look forward to meeting up with old friends and colleagues to go watch the year’s best films in their program. NYFF always perfectly straddles everything I love about the movies. They balance serious audiences and thoughtful conversations about film with just the right level of glamour and celebratory fun. To have this particular film—which grew out of my love affair with New York—selected for Closing Night is just a huge thrill . . . a dream come true, actually.”

Motherless Brooklyn will be screened at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 11.

Motherless Brooklyn will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures later this year.

The 2019 New York Film Festival runs from September 27 through October 13.

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