On September 30, the 60th edition New York Film Festival kicks off and brings with it some of the most anticipated films of awards season. Moviegoers can check out new projects from Martin Scorsese, Kelly Reichardt, Elegance Bratton and Luca Guadagnino among many others, but with all the programming, which lasts until October 16, how will you know what to see? Use this GTC cheat sheet to enhance your viewing enjoyment.
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This feature debut from Scottish director Charlotte Wells is based on her own relationship with her father and stars Paul Mescal as a young father spending the weekend at a resort with his daughter. The intricacies of their relationship are spellbinding, and the film is both charming and cunning, with tricks up its sleeve that audiences may never see coming.
All the beauty and bloodshed
Nan Goldin made a name for himself as an artist whose 1986 piece The Ballad of Sex Addiction marked a new era in modern photography. More recently, her work has included political activism that contributed to the downfall of the Sackler family as well as the beginnings of justice for those affected by the opioid crisis. This documentary (the festival’s selection of centrepieces), by Oscar winner Laura Poitras, tells Goldin’s story – as an artist, drug addict, activist and more – and places her life’s work in an exciting and essential context.
Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins lead a wonderful cast in director James Gray’s funny and heartbreaking story about a boy in 1980s New York who learns what it means to come of age. Banks Repeta is notable as sixth-grader Paul Graff, whose growing pains give the film its shape, and Gray’s nuanced storytelling gives the film the heart and humor that makes it so much more than just a story. transition to adulthood.
call me by your name director Luca Guadagnino reunites with the film’s star, Timothée Chalamet, in this quirky and enchanting story about young love between two cannibals. It’s gory, yes, but also a touching portrait of what it means to be an outsider, with great performances from Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance, André Holland and Chloë Sevigny.
Legendary writer and filmmaker James Ivory steps to the other side of the camera in this new documentary, co-directed by Ivory and Giles Gardner, which juxtaposes newly discovered footage from a trip to Afghanistan in 1960 with the rest of the story of Ivory’s life (some of which has recently been chronicled in her magnificent memoirs, Solid ivory), telling an unforgettable story about the journeys we take to discover who we are.
The life and times of the iconic Austrian Empress Elizabeth (Sisi to her friends and, well, T&C) are the basis of this clever and elegant film directed by Marie Kreutzer and starring Vicky Krieps in one of the best performance of the year. In Bodice, Sisi is not just a difficult royal archetype, but rather a fully realized person – bright, moody, caring and calculating – and the timelessness of her situation is underscored by a sharp production that winks at the audience without give in to gadgets. It’s a crowded world of royal tales out there, but Bodice is essential viewing.
The documentary Frederick Wiseman explores the life of Sophia Behrs, photographer and writer, and longtime wife of Leo Tolstoy, in this new film about marriage, complicated people and how history is remembered.
Director Park Chan-wook won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director award earlier this year for his latest delightful thriller about an investigator, an unusual case and a particularly intriguing suspect. Park Hae-il stars in the twisted mystery, which will keep audiences guessing until its final moments.
Could this year’s star be a donkey? It’s possible if you listen to the buzz around HEY, director Jerzy Skolimowski’s new film (which happens to be Poland’s entry in the Best International Feature Film category of the Oscars) which follows a former circus animal – actually played by six different animal actors – during a journey through Europe. The film was a big hit at Cannes and looks set to charm just as well in the United States.
The latest from director Joanna Hogg (Memory) is a stylish horror story starring Tilda Swinton and following a woman and her mother on a trip to a creepy English hotel where they will check in for more than a good night’s sleep. Hogg is an expert at crafting atmospheric films that expose hard truths about relationships, and this will be no exception.
This feature debut from writer-director Elegance Bratton, an accomplished photographer and documentary filmmaker, tells a semi-autobiographical story about the experience of a young gay man undergoing basic training to become a Marine. The closing night of the festival, inspection stars Jeremy Pope, Raul Castillo and Gabrielle Union, and grapples with big questions of sexuality, duty and self-discovery.
Is that dark enough for you?
Harry Belafonte, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya and more appear in film critic-turned-director Elvis Mitchell’s new documentary, which follows the explosion of black cinema in the 1970s and examines the impact decades of filmmaking have had had (and continue to have). ) about the world we live in.
Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton and Quintessa Swindell star in this drama from director Paul Schrader about the gardener of a historic estate and the trouble that begins when a young relative of his imperious boss comes to stay. “This one,” Schrader said in a recent interview, “is going to piss people off.”
This new film from director Mia Hansen-Løve stars an incandescent Lèa Seydoux as Sandra, a woman who not only faces the decline of her beloved father, but the arrival in her life of a very complicated new love interest. It’s a finely observed and stunningly filmed portrait of a complex and difficult life done with incredible attention to detail and style to spare.
Personality Crisis: One Night Only
Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi co-direct this documentary about legendary rock singer David Johansen, who was a member of the founding punk band the New York Dolls and also starred as Buster Poindexter. Blending footage of a 2020 Johansen set at Manhattan’s Cafe Carlyle with new interviews and archival footage, the film captures the unique magic of music’s most incredible performers and tells a story about life, legacy and what happens when downtown royalty meets Madison Avenue.
The real story of how New York Times Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey unraveled the story that made what previously seemed impossible – overthrowing Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein – get its own big-screen treatment in this new drama, directed by Maria Schrader and starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan.
Michelle Williams and Hong Chau star in director Kelly Reichardt’s new drama about an artist on the cusp of a major moment in her career as the rest of her life refuses to fall into place. Reichardt and Williams have already done some magic, by Meek Cut, Wendy and Luciaand Some womenand this collaboration promises not to break the spell.
Claire Denis’ political thriller, based on the novel by Denis Johnson, follows a journalist and a businessman who meet in Nicaragua but whose romance is cut short by unrest and a pressing need to flee the country. Any new Denis film is always an event, but this one, which stars Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn, is particularly alluring thanks to its cocktail of intrigue, danger and desire.
Lydia Tár seems to have it all. The world-renowned conductor is at the top of her field and lives in the kind of enchanted world of high-advance memories and loaner private planes that most people don’t even dream of. Until she doesn’t. In director Todd Field’s first film in 16 years – and which, we have to say, is worth the wait – a wonderful Cate Blanchett plays Tár as a woman who thinks she has the world by the tail and is suddenly (and, at least for the audience, delightfully) disillusioned with that notion, letting the world she so carefully constructed crumble.
station eleven star Danielle Deadwyler might just deliver the performance of the year in Until, the beautiful and new image of director Chinonye Chukwu. Deadwyler plays Grandma Till-Mobley, whose son Emmett was violently killed on a trip to Mississippi and became a historical figure whose death crystallized a gruesome chapter in American history. But as haunting as the Till family’s story may be, Chukwu’s film – which also stars Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Patrick Thomas and Tosin Cole – is a stunning feat and destined to be among the most essential viewings ever. ‘year.
Ruben Östlund’s latest film opens aboard a luxury cruise ship, where two model-influencers (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean) are living the high life, or at least documenting it for their followers. It’s a parade of riches and excess, until the unthinkable happens and the story gets a lot more complicated. Both ends of the funny and dark film deal with power imbalances and who wields them, and audiences may never vacation the same way again.
Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig star in Noah Baumbach’s White noise, the festival’s opening night film, which adapts Don DeLillo’s modern classic about a family grappling with a toxic disaster that, in some ways, physically embodies unseen issues in their daily existence. Expect dark humor, sharp dialogue and top-notch performances in one of the most anticipated releases of the year.
Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Frances McDormand star in director Sarah Polley’s adaptation of Towes’ novel about women in a religious community facing a series of sexual assaults and asking questions about the meaning of faith, the limits of community and the importance of responsibility. The film director whose away from her and take this waltzPolley is a master of big ideas and small moments, and any new film from her should be considered an event.
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