52nd New York Film Festival Announces Main Slate

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 30 films that will comprise the Main Slate official selection of the 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12), including such notable directors as Lisandro Alonso, Asia Argento, Olivier Assayas, Nick Broomfield, Pedro Costa, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Abel Ferrara, Jean-Luc Godard, Hong Sang-soo, Mike Leigh, Mia Hansen-Løve, Bennett Miller, Oren Moverman, Alex Ross Perry, Alain Resnais, Alice Rohrwacher, and Josh & Benny Safdie.

Award winners from other festivals presented for the first time to New York audiences include four from this year’s Cannes Film Festival: Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, the winner of the 2014 Grand Prix Award; Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, for which he was named Best Director, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, for which Julianne Moore won the prize for Best Actress, and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, for which Timothy Spall received the Best Actor Award for his performance as the painter J.M.W. Turner. Additional award winners are Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Life of Riley, the final feature from the late Alain Resnais, which took home the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. The 4K restored version of Resnais’s first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), was previously announced as part of the Revivals selection at this year’s NYFF.

52NYFF_posterJean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language, his first feature in 3-D, will fittingly screen at NYFF in the wake of the comprehensive retrospective of the filmmaking legend’s work that was a highlight of last year’s festival. Other notables among the many filmmakers returning to NYFF with new works are Olivier Assayas with Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an actress preparing for a new role and Kristen Stewart as her assistant; Pedro Costa with Horse Money, a moving look at the life of Cape Verdean Ventura, who has worked with Costa on his last few films; Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne with Two Days, One Night, which stars Marion Cotillard as a woman desperately trying to save her job; and Abel Ferrara, with his biographical film Pasolini, starring Willem Dafoe as the controversial filmmaker/poet/novelist.

NYFF’s 2014 Filmmaker in Residence Lisandro Alonso’s latest film, Jauja, which stars Viggo Mortensen as an Argentinian officer in the 1870s searching for his missing daughter, will be a highlight, as will the North American premiere of French actor Mathieu Amalric’s heated dramatization of Georges Simenon’s novel The Blue Room, about a love triangle coming to a dangerous conclusion. Actress Asia Argento also puts on the director’s hat once again with her new autobiographical film, Misunderstood, about a pre-teen girl all but ignored by her self-absorbed superstar parents in 1980s Rome.

The city of New York takes center stage via the works of local filmmakers Alex Ross Perry, Oren Moverman, and Josh & Benny Safdie. Perry’s Listen Up Philip stars Jason Schwartzman as an insufferable young literary star taken under the wing of an older literary lion played by Jonathan Pryce. Moverman’s Time Out of Mind features a remarkable performance by Richard Gere as a man who finds himself out on the streets. The Safdie Brothers’ Heaven Knows What places us in the world of two heroin-addicted young lovers as they struggle to live and find their next fix.

The 52nd New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night Gala Selection
GONE GIRL
Director: David Fincher

Centerpiece Gala Selection
INHERENT VICE
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Closing Night Gala Selection
BIRDMAN OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

BELOVED SISTERS (Die geliebten Schwestern)
Director: Dominik Graf

THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue)
Director: Mathieu Amalric

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Director: Olivier Assayas

EDEN
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

FOXCATCHER
Director: Bennett Miller

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Adieu au langage)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT
Directors: Josh & Benny Safdie

HILL OF FREEDOM (Jayuui Eondeok)
Director: Hong Sang-soo

HORSE MONEY (Cavalo Dinheiro)
Director: Pedro Costa

JAUJA
Director: Lisandro Alonso

LIFE OF RILEY (Aimer, boire et chanter)
Director: Alain Resnais

LISTEN UP PHILIP
Director: Alex Ross Perry

MAPS TO THE STARS
Director: David Cronenberg

MISUNDERSTOOD (Incompresa)
Director: Asia Argento

MR. TURNER
Director: Mike Leigh

PASOLINI
Director: Abel Ferrara

THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE (La Princesa de Francia)
Director: Matías Piñeiro

SAINT LAURENT
Director: Bertrand Bonello

LA SAPIENZA
Director: Eugène Green

71
Director: Yann Demange

TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER
Director: Nick Broomfield

TIMBUKTU
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

TIME OUT OF MIND
Director: Oren Moverman

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit)
Directors: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

TWO SHOTS FIRED (Dos Disparos)
Director: Martín Rejtman

WHIPLASH
Director: Damien Chazelle

THE WONDERS (Le meraviglie)
Director: Alice Rohrwacher

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