58th New York Film Festival to start eight days early

Festival will open on 17 September

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Eugène Green’s Atarrabi & Mikelats with brothers Saia Hiriart and Lukas Hiriart is in the 58th New York Film
Eugène Green’s Atarrabi & Mikelats with brothers Saia Hiriart and Lukas Hiriart is in the 58th New York Film Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Originally scheduled to start on September 25, this year’s New York Film Festival, due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, is now opening on September 17 with Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock (from his Small Axe anthology). Other dates announced are September 26 for the Centerpiece screening of Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and October 10 for the Closing Night selection, Azazel Jacobs’s French Exit.

The earlier opening date increases the festival run from 17 days to 25 days in order to “expand access to the festival via drive-in screenings”. In addition, the 'reimagined structure' by NYFF Director Eugene Hernandez and Director of Programming Dennis Lim has 'streamlined' the festival into five sections: Main Slate, Currents, Spotlight, Revivals, and Talks. The 57th New York Film Festival in 2019 included a Retrospective, Projections, Convergence, Special Events, and a Shorts program and a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers.

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

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