The 56th Annual New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is one of the longest-running, most prestigious celebrations of cinema in the entire country. From September 28 to October 14, the annual film festival will be showcasing some of the most anticipated movies of the next year. In fact, here are a few of the top films to look out for.
The Most Anticipated Films of the New York Film Festival
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
From the directors who brought you classics like “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “No Country for Old Men,” comes “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” the latest film from the legendary Coen Brothers. This movie includes an anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales.”
It features a number of prominent actors. For instance, there’s James Franco as a bad luck bank-robber, Liam Neeson as the impresario of a traveling medicine show and Tom Waits as a die-hard gold prospector. Not to mention, there’s also Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Bill Heck and Brendan Gleeson.
Each of the film’s tales is distinct, yet entwined in the thematic theme of mortality. It will be showing on Thursday, October 4 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, October 9 at 9 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Following up on his historic, Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins will be presenting his newest film, “If Beale Street Could Talk” at the New York Film Festival. It stars Stephan James and KiKi Layne as a young couple in early 1970s Harlem.
In the film, KiKi Layne’s character becomes pregnant and James’ character is convicted for a crime that he didn’t commit. The rest of the film follows family, friends and a community attempting to put the pieces together.
If you’re looking to see this deeply moving film, be sure to attend the festival’s only screening on Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall.
In her first film in ten years, Tamara Jenkins presents “Private Life,” the story of a middle-aged New York couple who face the complications and exhaustion of trying to have a child until they find just the right surrogate.
It stars the excellent Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as the couple, with Kayli Carter, John Carroll Lynch and Molly Shannon in supporting roles. You can catch it on Monday, October 1 at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, October 2 at 3 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall.
In actor Paul Dano’s directorial debut, “Wildlife,” an adaption of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel, tells the story of an American family, led by Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, finding themselves in the mid-60s American West.
The film will be shown on Sunday, September 30 at 6 p.m. in the Francesca Beale Theater and Monday, October 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall. Additionally, each showing will include a Q&A with director Paul Dano and co-writer/actor Zoe Kazan.
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