Eastwood’s 'Hereafter' closes New York Film Festival

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the lineup of 28 films yesterday for the 48th annual New York Film Festival, September 24-October 10, including Clint Eastwood's Hereafter as the closing event.

The supernatural thriller, starring Matt Damon, centers on three people haunted by mortality and near-death experiences. It also features Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight's Eclipse) and Belgian actress Cecile de France. It will be released on October 22. Eastwood has previously screened Bird, Mystic River and The Changeling at NYFF.

The festival kicks off with David Fincher's The Social Network about the founding of Facebook which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield (the new Spider-Man) and Justin Timberlake.

The Centerpiece film is Julie Taymor's version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren as Prospera (instead of a male Prospero) and co-starring Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, and Alan Cumming.

Other films in America's fall's premier film festival include several screened at Cannes, including Mike Leigh's Another Year with Jim Broadbent, the Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives by Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and the controversial film Socialism, marking Jean-Luc Godard's 27th appearance at the fest.

France's Carlos, by director Olivier Assayas, about the 1970s terrorist Carlos the Jackal, is an astounding five hours long. Also, films from Romania, Russia, Chile, and South Korea are featured in the program.

In addition, the festival will present the Mexican anthology film Revolucion with Gael Garcia Bernal, director Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff with Michelle Williams, and the Portuguese mini-series Mysteries of Lisbon from director Raul Ruiz.

The festival also features panel discussions and an experimental showcase called Views from the Avant-Garde.

Tickets go on sale September 12.