New York Film Festival Lineup Announced

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08/17/2011 1:49 PM |

Bela Tarrs The Turin Horse was the sexiest image we could find from any of this years NYFF films.

  • Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse was the sexiest image we could find from any of this year’s NYFF films.

The complete lineup for this fall’s 49th New York Film Festival has been announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Has any major programming organization been more loyal to a larger and more bizarrely diverse group of filmmakers than the FSLC? This year’s NYFF features the usual array of pedigreed arthouse fare lined up for the fall, Cannes eyecatchers from auteurs new and emerging, and imports from an eclectic array of closely monitored emerging global fest-circuit talents. There are, interestingly, no films from Asia (though there are a handful from the Middle East, including Jafar Panahi’s This Is Not a Film, smuggled out of the country by associates of the persecuted director).

Today’s announcement includes the big reveal of the Closing Night film, Alexander Payne’s The Descendents (with The Clooney); the Opening night film, Roman Polanski’s Carnage, from Yasmin Reza’s zeitgeist play God of Carnage, was previously announced, as was the centerpiece, My Week with Marilyn (starring Michelle Williams). New this year are two “Gala screenings”: The Skin I Live In, a baroque body-horror thriller by NYFF fixture Pedro Almodovar, and the literal psychodrama A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg’s NYFF debut (really! Old buildings, politicians, whores, and body-horror directors who put Keira Knightly in period dress…) ((Incidentally, I look forward to reading or possibly writing a thinkpiece this year about how Almodovar and Cronenberg are slowly switching places, or bodies, or something). I’m not sure what a “Gala Screening” is; apparently it’s a way to differentiate the Almodovars and Cronenbergs of the world from the Julia Loktevs and Gerardo Naranjos (to say nothing of the Alice Rohrwachers and Michel Hazanaviciuses). What this means for fellow prominent NYFF 49 directors Lars von Trier, the Dardenne Brothers, Abel Ferrara, Aki Kaurismaki, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Wim Wenders, Mia Hansen-Love(!), Steve McQueen and Bela Tarr(!!), I have no idea.

And hey, there’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, the Sundance hit of 2011, directed by the NYU grad and Brooklynite Sean Durkin. The full lineup:

49th NYFF: Main Slate
4:44: Last Day On Earth, directed by Abel Ferrara (USA)
A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Corpo Celeste, directed by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/France)
Footnote, directed by Joseph Cedar (Israel)
George Harrison: Living In The Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese (USA)
Goodbye First Love, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve (France/Germany)
Le Havre, directed by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/France/Germany)
Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin (USA)
Melancholia, directed by Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany/Italy)
Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Mexico)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
Pina, directed by Wim Wenders (Germany/France/UK)
Play, directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark)
Policeman, directed by Nadav Lapid (Israel/France)
Shame, directed by Steve McQueen (UK)
Sleeping Sickness, directed by Ulrich Köhler (Germany/France/Netherlands)
The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius (France)
The Loneliest Planet, directed by Julia Loktev (USA/Germany)
The Kid With A Bike, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium/France)
The Student, directed by Santiago Mitre (Argentina)
The Turin Horse, directed by Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky (Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland/USA)
This Is Not A Film, directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Iran)

Opening Night:
Carnage, directed by Roman Polanski (France/Germany/Poland)

Closing Night:
The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne (USA)

My Week With Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis (UK)

Gala Screenings:
A Dangerous Method, directed by David Cronenberg (UK/Canada/Germany)
The Skin I Live In, directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)