“Last year’s New York Film Festival may have celebrated its golden anniversary,” writes Aaron Hillis in the Voice, “but the 51st edition—launching half a century plus a couple weeks after Lincoln Center’s inaugural fest—has distinctively, determinedly expanded in breadth, offering the closest NYFF has come to a something-for-every-cineast saturnalia.” Adds Slant at the top of its NYFF special section: “The inaugural event of the Kent Jones era not only contains more films than any previous iteration of the fest, but in terms of scope, ambition, and length it’s similarly unparalleled.” And writing for Gay City News, Steve Erickson argues that, besides the expansion of the main slate, “the real story is the profusion of sidebars, documentaries, interactive screenings, avant-garde offerings, and restored classic films.”
The New York Times‘ Manohla Dargis suggests that the “vast Jean-Luc Godard retrospective… (Oct. 9 through 30) can be seen as part of an inaugural statement of intent from Kent Jones in his first year as the festival’s director of programming. Although the retrospective might draw more patrons at another date, its scope—51 features and 30 shorts, with possible additions to come—speaks to Mr. Jones’s ambitions for the festival, as does the genre, narrative and tonal diversity of all the selections. This year includes what may be an unprecedented number of comedies for what has, on occasion, sometimes felt like a punishingly sober event, one guided more by the desire to épater la bourgeoisie than to celebrate cinema.”
The NYT‘s Mekado Murphy talks with Kent Jones, “who has succeeded Richard Peña as the festival’s director of programming and selection committee chair,” about “his adjustment to the new post, his approach to the selection and programming process and some of what this year’s festival has to offer.” And Leonard Lopate‘s breezy interview with Jones (18’12”) touches on the lineup as well, but also dips in and out of the history of the NYFF.
The index below, to be furiously updated over the next couple of weeks, will take you to our entries on films lined up for NYFF 2013. Titles will eventually turn to links to fresher, second entries.
agnès b.’s My Name Is Hmmm…
Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s American Promise.
Richard Curtis’s About Time.
Ralph Fiennes’s The Invisible Woman. Toronto.
Philippe Garrel’s Jealousy.
Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips.
Spike Jonze’s Her.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Real. Locarno and Toronto.
Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria.
Declan Lowney’s Alan Partridge.
Roger Michell’s Le Week-End.
Jehane Noujaim’s The Square.
Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs. Venice and Toronto.
FILM COMMENT PRESENTS
Mark Levinson’s Particle Fever. Jonathan Marlow.
Teller’s Tim’s Vermeer. Telluride and Toronto.
Marc Silver’s Who Is Dayani Cristal? Sundance.
Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich.
Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition. Locarno.