Priscilla to be NYFF Centerpiece

"I am honoured to be back," says Sofia Coppola

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla will be the Centerpiece selection of the 61st New York Film Festival
Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla will be the Centerpiece selection of the 61st New York Film Festival

Film at Lincoln Center has announced that Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, a portrait of Elvis Presley’s (Jacob Elordi) wife, born Priscilla Ann Wagner (Cailee Spaeny) will be the Centerpiece selection of the 61st New York Film Festival. Sofia’s previous films screening at the New York Film Festival were Marie Antoinette (NYFF 44), starring Kirsten Dunst, and On The Rocks (NYFF 58) with Bill Murray.

Sofia Coppola In America: An Anthology of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sofia Coppola In America: An Anthology of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In 2022, she created a room for the Costume Institute’s exhibit, In America: An Anthology of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in 2016 Sofia directed a production of La Traviata at the Rome Opera House, teaming up with Valentino and production designer Nathan Crowley.

“I am honoured to be back at the New York Film Festival with my new film and to be telling Priscilla Presley’s story, the unseen side of a great American myth,” said director Sofia Coppola.

“Priscilla is a culminating triumph for Sofia Coppola, a filmmaker with a singular gift for illuminating the interior lives of her characters,” said Dennis Lim, Artistic Director, New York Film Festival. “It’s a showcase for a pair of star-making performances and a work of tremendous empathy and emotional nuance. We are looking forward to welcoming Sofia back to the festival with one of her very best films.”

The New York Film Festival Main Slate selection committee, chaired by Dennis Lim, also includes Florence Almozini, Justin Chang, K. Austin Collins, and Rachel Rosen.

The 61st New York Film Festival runs from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 15.

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