NYFF 2012

The Paperboy Movie Lee Daniels

While it does not seem likely that anyone would have expected that Nicole Kidman would have something of a career resurgence at the hands of a hack like Lee Daniels and a film that sees her peeing on Zac Efron in an apparent act of love but, hey, Hollywood is insane (as evidenced by the fact that Daniels gets to even make movies). As part of that resurgence, Kidman will be honored with a Gala Tribute at this year’s New York Film Festival. The tribute will include both an on-stage conversation with Kidman and a screening of The Paperboy (don’t let my disdain for Daniels obscure the fact that I cannot wait to see this film and am deeply jealous of all the Gothamites who will see it at NYFF). The festival has also announced that they will be holding another Gala Tribute during the second half of the festival to honor their own Film Society program director and head of the festival’s selection committee, Richard Peña. These announcements come on the heels of further additions to the festival’s slate, including an “immaculate” 8K digital restoration of David Lean‘s Lawrence of Arabia, a special 25th anniversary screening of Rob Reiner‘s The Princess Bride, Rodney Ascher‘s Sundance and Cannes favorite Room 237, and Francesco Patierno‘s “salacious and fascinating” The War of the Volcanoes. These picks join the festival’s previously-announced main slate, which includes such films as Life of Pi, Not Fade Away, Flight, Frances Ha, Holy Motors, Passion, and Hyde Park on Hudson. NYFF’s slate […]

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Life of Pi Movie

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has just announced their “main slate” of films for the 50th New York Film Festival, and it includes some expected names (Baumbach, De Palma, Haneke) and some wonderful treats (Carax, Kiarostami, Potter). How jealous are we that our intrepid Jack Giroux will get to see Holy Motors next month? Unspeakably so. The slate includes winners from Cannes (Michael Haneke’s Amour and Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills), Berlin (Christian Petzold’s Barbara and Miguel Gomes’s Tabu), and Locarno (Song Fang’s Memories Look at Me). Speaking about the thirty-two main slate films, Selection Committee Chair & Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Richard Peña commented, “The films making up the main slate of this year’s NYFF, have in common a general quality of fearlessness that unites otherwise very disparate works. These are films that go all the way, works willing to take the risk or chance that by doing so they may be bringing audiences to places they might rather not go.” These films include the previously-announced titles Life of Pi, Not Fade Away, and Flight. Take a look at the full list for the 50th New York Film Festival main slate after the break.

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