Uncut Gems to sparkle at NYFF

Film at Lincoln Center announces sneak preview

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Film at Lincoln Center announces Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems is the secret screening during the 57th New York Film Festival
Film at Lincoln Center announces Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems is the secret screening during the 57th New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Film at Lincoln Center has just announced a sneak preview of Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems, starring Adam Sandler with Idina Menzel and Kevin Garnett. It will be screened at Alice Tully Hall during this year's New York Film Festival on Thursday, October 3 at 9:00pm.

The Opening Night selection is the world première of Martin Scorsese's The Irishman with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci; Centerpiece is Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver with Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, Julie Hagerty, and Merritt Wever, and the Closing Night is Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn with Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Cherry Jones, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Norton.

The New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair is Kent Jones. Dennis Lim, Film at Lincoln Center Director of Programming, and Florence Almozini, Film at Lincoln Center Associate Director of Programming round out the selection committee.

Film at Lincoln Center writes "On the heels of their propulsive Good Time, the Safdie Brothers raise their game with another unhinged New York odyssey coasting on the sweaty highs and lows of a hapless protagonist and the frenetic pace of a city spinning out of control. In a rapid-fire, revelatory performance, Adam Sandler is Howard, a diamond dealer whose life is reaching a crescendo of manic desperation: his relationship with his wife (Idina Menzel) is imploding; he owes a hefty chunk of money to angry racketeers; and he’s getting in over his head in an ever escalating scheme to make a fortune by selling an Ethiopian diamond to Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (playing himself in a terrific dramatic acting debut). Nothing goes as planned, of course, and that’s the fun and the terror of this wild ride that pushes viewers to the breaking point of pleasurable anxiety."

A24 will release Uncut Gems on December 13 in select cities in the US and nationwide on Christmas Day.

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

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