NYFF Spotlight selections announced

Gala première of Maestro announced

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bradley Cooper’s Maestro is the Spotlight Gala selection of the 61st New York Film Festival
Bradley Cooper’s Maestro is the Spotlight Gala selection of the 61st New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Film at Lincoln Center has announced that Bradley Cooper’s Maestro (with Cooper as Leonard Bernstein and Carey Mulligan as his wife) is the Spotlight Gala selection of the 61st New York Film Festival and will première at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, with state-of-the-art Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos presentation.

Pedro Almodóvar will present Strange Way of Life, starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal
Pedro Almodóvar will present Strange Way of Life, starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Other highlights include Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron; Steve McQueen’s Occupied City; Errol Morris’s The Pigeon Tunnel (on John le Carré); Neo Sora’s Ryuichi Sakamoto Opus; Yorgos Lanthimos’s Bleat (starring Emma Stone); Richard Linklater’s Hit Man (Glen Powell, Adria Arjona);Sean Price Williams’s The Sweet East (with Talia Ryder, Simon Rex, Ayo Edebiri, Jeremy O Harris), and Pedro Almodóvar’s Strange Way Of Life (starring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal).

“Maestro is a bravura achievement for its director and star, a work of conviction and imagination that does justice to the brilliance and complexity of its subject,” said Dennis Lim, Artistic Director, New York Film Festival. “We are honoured to have Bradley Cooper’s enthralling film as a gala presentation at this year’s festival, and doubly so to be showing it in a venue that is synonymous with Leonard Bernstein.”

“The New York Film Festival is proud to present the North American debut of Maestro, Bradley Cooper’s tour de force film about the life of renowned conductor, composer, and musician Leonard Bernstein,” said Lesli Klainberg, President, Film at Lincoln Center. “It is particularly significant that this is the first film to premiere in the new David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, which Bernstein famously led for over a decade, and where NYFF began in 1963. This state-of-the-art presentation was realized with the collaboration of our colleagues at the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and supported by our friends at Netflix and Dolby.”

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

The North American premiere of Netflix’s Maestro will screen on Monday, October 2.

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

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