New York Film Festival 2016 lineup revealed featuring Cannes and Sundance favourites alongside world premieres

Personal Shopper, I, Daniel Blake and Manchester by the Sea are all included on the main slate

Jess Denham
Wednesday 10 August 2016 09:01
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Kristen Stewart takes the lead in ghostly fashion world thriller Personal Shopper
Kristen Stewart takes the lead in ghostly fashion world thriller Personal Shopper

Film festival favourites I, Daniel Blake, Manchester by the Sea and Paterson are among this year’s New York Film Festival line-up with three world premieres bagging its highest profile slots.

Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women, about three women exploring love and freedom in late 1970s South California, is the event’s centerpiece, while Ava DuVernay’s US prison system documentary The 13th will open the festival. James Gray’s adventure biopic The Lost City of Z, about British explorer Percy Fawcett’s 1925 journey into the Amazon jungle, is the closing night film.

Plenty of Cannes hits feature including Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake, about a middle-aged man struggling to secure state benefits after falling ill with heart disease; Paterson, starring Adam Driver as a bus driver port; controversial black comedy Elle, about a highly successful woman who refuses to see herself as a victim after being raped; Kristen Stewart’s ghost story thriller Personal Shopper; and Critics’ Prize winner Toni Erdmann, a moving comedy about a hippie dad trying to reconnect with his grown-up daughter.


Sundance tragedy Manchester by the Sea, about an uncle forced to take care of his teenage nephew while trying to reconcile with his ex-wife, lines up alongside Things to Come from Berlin’s best director Mia Hansen-Love, starring Isabelle Huppert as a philosophy teacher forced to contend with a string of troubles.

Elsewhere, Barry Jenkins returns with Moonlight, which follows the life of a gay African-American man in War on Drugs era Miami and is expected to debut on Telluride’s as-yet-unannounced line-up.

The New York Film Festival main slate:

Aquarius, dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho

Certain Women, dir. Kelly Reichardt

Elle, dir. Paul Verhoeven

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), dir. Gianfranco Rosi

Graduation (Bacalaureat), dir.Cristian Mungiu

Hermia and Helena, dir. Matias Pineiro

I, Daniel Blake, dir. Ken Loach

Julieta, dir. Pedro Almodovar

Manchester by the Sea, dir. Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, dir. Dash Shaw

Neruda, dir. Pablo Larraín

Paterson, dir. Jim Jarmusch

Personal Shopper, dir. Olivier Assayas

The Rehearsal, dir. Alison Maclean

Sieranevada, dir. Cristi Puiu

Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph), dir. Eugene Green

Staying Vertical (Rester vertical), dir. Alain Guiraudie

Things to Come (L’Avenir), dir. Mia Hansen-Love

Toni Erdmann, dir. Maren Ade

The Unknown Girl, dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Yourself and Yours, dir. Hong Sang-soo

The New York Film Festival kicks off on 30 September and runs until 16 October, with further screenings to be announced in the coming weeks.

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