NYFF reveals Spotlight selections

New Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mamoru Hosoda films in line-up

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Mike Mills’s C’mon C’mon, starring Joaquin Phoenix with Gaby Hoffmann screens in the 59th New York Film Festival Spotlight program
Mike Mills’s C’mon C’mon, starring Joaquin Phoenix with Gaby Hoffmann screens in the 59th New York Film Festival Spotlight program

Film at Lincoln Center has announced the nine Spotlight selections of the 59th New York Film Festival. They are Charlotte Gainsbourg, profiling her legendary mother Jane Birkin in Jane By Charlotte; Maggie Gyllenhaal, adapting Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Colman; Marco Bellocchio’s Marx Can Wait; Sean Baker’s Red Rocket; Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune (with Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem); Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle; Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch; Mike Mills’s C’mon C’mon, starring Joaquin Phoenix with Gaby Hoffmann, and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir.

Joanna Hogg, Honor Swinton Byrne, and Tilda Swinton at Film at Lincoln Center discuss The Souvenir, executive produced by Martin Scorsese
Joanna Hogg, Honor Swinton Byrne, and Tilda Swinton at Film at Lincoln Center discuss The Souvenir, executive produced by Martin Scorsese

“Our Spotlight section is a new part of our reshaped New York Film Festival, a place that this year encompasses a range of cinema, new and old,” said Eugene Hernandez, Director of the New York Film Festival. “Of the new work, we’re showcasing a selection of anticipated films (and talent) from recent festivals (Wes & company! Olivia! Timmy! Jane & Charlotte! Joaquin! and more), while also looking back at our roots, celebrating the history of NYFF and New York City’s film culture by shining a special light on Amos Vogel. We hope that our Spotlight section, in year two, will again engage, enlighten, and entertain!”

The 59th New York Film Festival also “pays tribute to the centenary of late film programmer and festival co-founder Amos Vogel—who offered the city ‘films you cannot see elsewhere,’ and whose uncompromising dedication to the medium’s radical possibilities inspired NYC film culture as it exists today—with a special Spotlight sidebar.”

The 2021 New York Film Festival runs from September 24 through October 10, 2021.

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