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On Cinema

Every year at the festival, we ask an invited filmmaker to select clips from work that has inspired and informed his or her own practice, as the basis for a discussion with festival director Kent Jones.

On Cinema: Jim Jarmusch

  • 90 minutes

This event has been moved to the Walter Reade Theater

In our annual master class, NYFF director Kent Jones sits down with world-renowned filmmakers for an in-depth conversation about films from other directors that have influenced and inspired them, their talk illustrated with film clips. For the 2016 edition, Jones sits down with legendary American independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, who has two films featured in this year's festival.

Directors Dialogues

In this annual series of intimate conversations, a selection of filmmakers from this year’s festival sit down for special Q&As to discuss their craft.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Maren Ade

  • 60 minutes
One of the most vivid, electrifying talents in cinema today, German director Maren Ade makes breathtakingly intimate films keyed in to the subtle interactions and sometimes inexplicable grand gestures that make us human. A major highlight of this year’s NYFF, her latest film, Toni Erdmann, is an emotional and hilarious dazzler, unlike anything else you’ve seen.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Kenneth Lonergan

  • 60 minutes
Refusing to shy away from nearly unutterable emotions, the forceful new film from Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea, follows a troubled Massachusetts handyman (an unforgettable Casey Affleck) who travels to his North Shore hometown after the death of his brother and must confront memories of an earlier tragedy. As proven in You Can Count on Me and Margaret, few American filmmakers today are better at making movies that express how difficult it is to move on from the past.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Mike Mills

  • 60 minutes
Following his Oscar-winning Beginners, Mike Mills has fashioned a moving, funny film, 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening as a single mother raising a teenage son in a bohemian house in 1979 Santa Barbara. All of the details are just right in this culturally specific yet widely accessible American comedy, which is the Centerpiece film of this year’s NYFF.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Paul Verhoeven

  • 60 minutes
At first blush, it’s hard to believe the same director responsible for the ultraviolent action masterpiece RoboCop and the blockbuster thriller Basic Instinct is also responsible for Elle, the new film starring the great Isabelle Huppert as a video-game designer who has a surprising and complex response after she is raped by a home invader. But all of his provocative films are of a piece: wry, satirical, and knowing takes on culture, movies, and personal fantasy.

HBO Directors Dialogues: Ang Lee

  • 60 minutes
One of the most versatile artists at work in cinema today, Ang Lee has brought his extraordinary skills to a wide array of projects since he started making films in the early 90s. His work is as emotionally complex and delicate as it is challenging and technically adventurous. With Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, screening as a special world premiere presentation in this year’s festival, Lee reaches a new peak in his career and takes the art of cinema one step further. Lee will join Kent Jones, Director of the New York Film Festival, for a wide-ranging discussion of his remarkable career.

NYFF Live

NYFF Live: 13TH Panel

  • 75 minutes
The day after Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13TH, opens the 54th New York Film Festival, subjects interviewed in the film come together for an extended conversation exploring the many issues explored in this powerful documentary about race and criminal justice.

Film Comment Live: Living Cinema

  • 60 minutes

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For its September-October 2016 edition, Film Comment, the most important and renowned critical film magazine in the U.S. for more than 50 years, has come out of the gate with an issue devoted to the vitality of movies today, as well as an elaborate special section on films featured in the 54th New York Film Festival. For this panel a selection of the magazine’s editors, new contributors, and longtime writers will join to discuss issues raised and questions asked in its pages. Scheduled guests: Shonni Enelow, Michael Koresky, Nick Pinkerton, Nicolas Rapold, Imogen Sara Smith, Farihah Zaman.

NYFF Live: Making Moonlight

  • 60 minutes

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This discussion will take an in-depth look at the making of the film, from Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of the story to his collaborations with indie producer Adele Romanski, and Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner from Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company.

NYFF Live: Shorts Panel

  • 60 minutes

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Join a group of this year’s attending filmmakers as they give insight into their latest work.

NYFF Live: Filmmaker in Residence Conversation

  • 60 minutes

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At this special conversation, Alice Rohrwacher with talk about her work and career with Film Society of Lincoln Center director of programming Dennis Lim.

NYFF Live: Screenwriters Panel

  • 60 minutes

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The Writers Guild of America, East brings together the creators behind some unforgettable recent movie characters to tell us how they made them intriguing and believable.

NYFF Live: Casting Panel

  • 60 minutes

Presented with Casting Society of America · Sponsored by HBO®

Join three of New York’s foremost casting directors as they shine a light on the intensely creative and collaborative art of casting.

NYFF Live: Gael García Bernal & Pablo Larraín (Neruda)

  • 60 minutes

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Join the duo as they talk about this latest project, a drama that blends fact and fiction in telling the story of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

NYFF Live: New Challenges in Film Preservation

  • 60 minutes

Presented with New York Women in Film & Television · Sponsored by HBO®

Panelists will feature NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund Committee Co-chair Ann Deborah Levy, previous WFPF Chair and Producer/Post-Production Supervisor Susan Lazarus, and other experts in the preservation field.

NYFF Live: I Am Indie: 20 Years of Independent Film

  • 75 minutes

Presented with IndieWire · Sponsored by HBO® and Kodak Motion Picture Film

To mark this anniversary, IndieWire has assembled a panel of several influential filmmakers whose work has made an impact.

Film Comment Live: Filmmakers Chat

  • 60 minutes

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In this special roundtable discussion, a selection of different directors from around the world whose films are screening in this year’s New York Film Festival talk together in a discussion moderated by Film Comment editor Nicolas Rapold. It’s the rare chance to see some of today’s most important filmmakers in dialogue with each other, talking about their experiences watching and creating movies. Scheduled guests: Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper), Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius), Alison Maclean (The Rehearsal).

NYFF Live: David Godlis (History is Made by Night)

  • 60 minutes

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Godlis's new book, History Is Made At Night, includes 119 of his iconic black-and-white images from nights on the Bowery at CBGB between 1974 and 1979, shot with his handheld Leica and TRI-X film.

NYFF Live: Sônia Braga & Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius)

  • 60 minutes

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Join director Kleber Mendonça Filho and actress Sônia Braga as they talk about Aquarius, screening in NYFF’s Main Slate.

NYFF Live: Documentary Panel

  • 60 minutes

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A cross-section of this year’s Spotlight on Documentary directors will be present to discuss their films.

NYFF Live: Making My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

  • 60 minutes

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This discussion—featuring writer-director Dash Shaw, lead animator Jane Samborski, and producer Kyle Martin—will go behind the scenes to explore the making of this distinctive new movie.

Film Comment Live: Festival Wrap

  • 60 minutes

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For the second year in a row, Film Comment contributing critics and editors gather for the festival’s last weekend and talk about the films they’ve seen, discussing—and arguing about—their favorites in the lineup, from Main Slate to beyond. Scheduled guests: Margaret Barton-Fumo, K. Austin Collins, Eric Hynes, Violet Lucca, Aliza Ma, Nicolas Rapold.