The way this index works should be pretty clear, but just in case: Links from titles will take you to new entries on films screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 through October 12). Links from the names of other festivals will take you to earlier entries and links from the names of actual people will take you to articles and/or interviews by Keyframe contributors. Check back now and then, as the index will carry on growing throughout the festival.
“This year’s 30 main-slate titles—six less than last year’s record-setting 36—make for a diverse feast of cinephilia,” writes Ed Gonzalez, introducing Slant‘s always-stellar NYFF feature. “And per usual, what’s been picked from the vine of Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and beyond suggests a statement of intent on the part of the festival’s esteemed selection committee (Kent Jones, Dennis Lim, Marian Masone, Gavin Smith, and Amy Taubin). Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s Palm d’Or laureate, Winter Sleep, was a notable exclusion this year, as was another Cannes triumph, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy. It’s easy to see, then, the inclusion of documentarian provocateur Nick Broomfield‘s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, an epic, if not in length, mediation on issues of class and race as they pertain to an American true-crime story, and another enfant terrible‘s latest, Asia Argento’s Misunderstood, as correctives.”
And of course, there’s more to NYFF52 than the Main Slate. “Old Hollywood iconoclast Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve) will be celebrated with a 21-feature tribute, and the forward-thinking Convergence series of films and panels explores bold innovations in multi-platform interactivity,” writes Aaron Hillis in the Voice. “Among the repertory revivals are a 30th-anniversary screening of the everlastingly quotable mock-rock-doc This Is Spinal Tap and a restoration of Alain Resnais’s 1959 debut, Hiroshima Mon Amour, the perfect bookending complement to the late French master’s final NYFF selection, Life of Riley. Fifteen nonfiction gems get their own section, as do the 13 blocks of groundbreaking short, medium-, and feature-length experiments in Projections.”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.
Asia Argento’s Misunderstood.
Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
Yann Demange’s ’71.
David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Opening Night.
Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour.
Martín Rejtman’s Two Shots Fired.
SPOTLIGHT ON DOCUMENTARY
Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction.
Robert Kenner’s Merchants of Doubt.
Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan’s Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence. Venice/Telluride/Toronto.
Gabe Polsky’s Red Army.
J.P. Sniadecki’s The Iron Ministry. Locarno.
It’s all here.
John Boorman’s Queen and Country. Cannes.
Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin.
Listening (26’42”). NYFF Director Kent Jones, the Film Society’s Director of Programming Dennis Lim and Senior Programming Advisor Marian Masone were joined by Film Society Deputy Director Eugene Hernandez on Saturday to discuss this year’s edition.