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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