The 47th edition of the New York Film Festival opens its run on Friday, September 25th at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway in New York. The Festival runs through Sunday, October 11th and will feature 29 films from around the world.
This year’s Festival opens with the U.S. premiere of “Wild Grass (Les herbes folles),” a French film by Alain Resnais touted as “an exquisite human comedy of manners, mystery, and romance.” The 2009 film features French actors Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier, Emmanuelle Deros, and Mathieu Almaric. Closing the Festival is “Broken Embraces,” a Spanish film starring Penelope Cruz; the film is about “a man who loses his sight and the love of his life,” and runs the gamut of movie genres, from comedy to romance to melodrama.
The Centerpiece film for the 2009 Festival is “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.” The Lee Daniels film is about a 16-year-old girl leading a miserable life, and how she turns her life around. The film stars Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Among the special films being featured this year is “Crossroads of Youth (Cheongchun’s Sipjaro),” the recently-discovered, oldest-surviving Korean film. It will be presented with live musical accompaniment plus an off-screen narrator, or benshi. There will also be a special showing of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 1939 classic celebrates its 70th anniversary with a newly-restored edition.
Other U.S. films being featured at the New York Film Festival this year include “The Art of the Steal,” by Don Argott, about the Barnes collection of art masterworks and the foundation set up to protect it; “Lifetime During War,” by Todd Solondz, about a young man dealing with his divorced mother’s would-be fiance and rumors that his father is not really dead; and “Sweetgrass,” a modern-day cowboy story by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.
Foreign films of note include “The White Room (Das weisse band),” a multi-national film by Michael Haneke that won the Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; “Everyone Else,” a German film by Maren Ade about a young couple on summer holiday and the trials and tribulations of their life; and “Lebanon,” an Israeli film by Samuel Maoz which takes the viewer inside an Israeli tank and the inside the minds of its crew during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, September 13th. There will be a number of VIP Passport packages available for those who want exclusive access to the Festival; the packages range in price from $1,500 (Bronze level for one person) to $10,000 (Platinum level – includes two daily press screening passes and admittance for four to all other events), and a portion is tax-deductible (supporting the Film Society of Lincoln Center). For more information on the New York Film Festival, visit filmlinc.com/nyff.
source: NY Film Festival website