NYFF Main Slate selections announced

Christian Petzold and Gianfranco Rosi among filmmakers with work selected

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Notturno (Nocturne) director Gianfranco Rosi
Notturno (Nocturne) director Gianfranco Rosi Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Film at Lincoln Center has announced that Christian Petzold’s Undine, starring Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski, Hong Sangsoo’s The Woman Who Ran with Kim Minhee, Eugène Green’s Atarrabi & Mikelats with brothers Saia Hiriart and Lukas Hiriart, and Gianfranco Rosi’s Notturno (Nocturne) will be among the Main Slate selections of the 58th New York Film Festival.

Undine director Christian Petzold
Undine director Christian Petzold Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

These highlights join the Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing selections Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, and Azazel Jacobs’s French Exit. Dea Kulumbegashvili’s Beginning, Song Fang’s The Calming, Frederick Wiseman’s City Hall, Matías Piñeiro’s Isabella, Cristi Puiu’s Malmkrog, Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI, Tsai Ming-liang’s Days, Chaitanya Tamhane’s The Disciple, Victor Kossakovsky’s Gunda, Philippe Lacôte’s Night Of The Kings, Philippe Garrel’s The Salt Of Tears, Garrett Bradley’s Time, Yulene Olaizola’s Tragic Jungle, Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s The Truffle Hunters, Jia Zhangke’s Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue, and Steve McQueen’s Mangrove and Red, White And Blue round out the 25 films chosen by the Main Slate committee chaired by Dennis Lim, which includes Eugene Hernandez, Florence Almozini, K Austin Collins, and Rachel Rosen.

“The disorientation and uncertainty of this tough year had the effect of returning us to core principles,” said Dennis Lim, Director of Programming for NYFF. “To put it simply, the Main Slate is our collective response to one central question: which films matter to us right now? Movies are neither made nor experienced in a vacuum, and while the works in our program predate the current moment of crisis, it’s striking to me just how many of them resonate with our unsettled present, or represent a means of transcending it. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with a brilliant, tireless programming team—the newly composed selection committee and our new team of advisors—and we are truly excited for audiences to discover and discuss these films.”

The 2020 New York Film Festival runs from September 17 through October 11, 2020

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