With the 50th New York Film Festival just 50 days away, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has made the first major announcement about the festival’s highly anticipated lineup: the festival will close with Flight by Robert Zemeckis. The director’s long-awaited return to live-action filmmaking (since Cast Away 12 years ago) stars Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves nearly all his passengers after a nearly miraculous crash landing, unravelling a complex and thrilling mystery. With supporting turns by distinguished actors John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, and Kelly Reilly, the film will make its World Premiere on October 14 at Alice Tully Hall.

“We're delighted to welcome Robert Zemeckis to the New York Film Festival for the first time. A director equally known for delighting audiences as well as for pushing the technological limits of filmmaking, Zemeckis has created with Flight a remarkable film about one man's journey to some of the darkest parts of his soul.” —Richard Peña, NYFF Selection Committee Chair & Film Society Program Director

More announcements about the program of the 50th New York Film Festival, which takes place from September 28 – October 14 at Lincoln Center, are just around the corner. Tickets to NYFF will go on sale to the General Public on Sunday, September 9. Film Society Members and Patrons will receive a pre-sale period prior to this date.

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