Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New York Film Festival Main Line Up Goes International and Independent as Studios Hold Back Big Titles For Winter


The New York Film Festival main slate is here, and it’s very independent and very international. As already announced there are three episodes of a British TV series from Oscar winner Steve McQueen. There are several really interesting titles for film connoisseurs, but nothing from the studios, even small studios. That’s because the whole awards calendar has moved to winter, January and February 2021. The studios don’t want to show their films so early. Next year, presumably, everything will be back to “normal.” So we’ll dig in and enjoy these films, which will be shown at drive ins in Queen and Brooklyn, among other places. If the weather is good, I expect the Film Society will use the outdoor spaces at Lincoln Center, as well. Let’s hope for a warm autumn!

The 58th New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night
Lovers Rock
Dir. Steve McQueen

Dir. Chloé Zhao

Closing Night
French Exit
Dir. Azazel Jacobs

Atarrabi and Mikelats
Dir. Eugène Green

Dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili

The Calming
Dir. Song Fang

City Hall
Dir. Frederick Wiseman

Dir. Tsai Ming-liang

The Disciple
Dir. Chaitanya Tamhane

Dir. Victor Kossakovsky

I Carry You with Me (Te Llevo Conmigo)
Dir. Heidi Ewing

Dir. Matías Piñeiro

Dir. Cristi Puiu

Dir. Steve McQueen

Dir. Sam Pollard

Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois)
Dir. Philippe Lacôte

Dir. Gianfranco Rosi

Red, White and Blue
Dir. Steve McQueen

The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes)
Dir. Philippe Garrel

Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue
Dir. Jia Zhangke

Dir. Garrett Bradley

Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica)
Dir. Yulene Olaizola

The Truffle Hunters
Dir. Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw

Dir. Christian Petzold

The Woman Who Ran
Dir. Hong Sangsoo

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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