We won’t get the line up for the Toronto Film Festival until tomorrow morning. But we already know the three big movies for the New York Film Festival, which comes two weeks later in September.
The opening night film is Robert Zemeckis’s “The Walk” with Joseph Gordon Levitt playing aerialist Phillipe Pettit. Announced today: the centerpiece film is “Steve Jobs” with Michael Fassbender as the creator of Apple, from Universal Pictures after Columbia bobbled their version. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script and Danny Boyle directed. Closing night film is Don Cheadle’s much anticipated Miles Davis bio, “Miles Ahead.”
Three great choices. NYFF and Film Society of Lincoln Center have gotten very aggressive in the last couple of years with terrific tent pole films. Those three are all potential Oscar bait with loads of possible nominees. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Marian Masone, FSLC Senior Programming Advisor; Gavin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.