The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the full lineup of repertory programs and festivals for the winter/spring 2019 season, including an eight-film Alfonso Cuarón retrospective presented with his latest masterpiece, ROMA; a survey of the brilliantly imaginative work of director Yorgos Lanthimos; a new digital restoration of Sergey Bondarchuk’s epic War and Peace; the return of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema; and the 48th edition of the New Directors/New Films festival. In addition, the Film Society will present its annual festivals New York Jewish Film Festival, Film Comment Selects, and Neighboring Scenes. More details and series dates are listed below.
WINTER/SPRING 2019 FESTIVAL AND REPERTORY LINEUP
With his latest and most personal work, ROMA, Alfonso Cuarón has solidified his reputation as one of contemporary cinema’s most versatile and compelling voices. Since his debut feature, Sólo con tu pareja, made waves on the international festival circuit and became one of Mexico’s biggest box office earners in 1992 (despite its initial suppression by the government), Cuarón has tirelessly challenged the barriers of language and several distinct national film industries—including Hollywood, the UK, France, and his native Mexico—with a rich and varied body of work. This winter, the Film Society is honored to bring together the director’s eight feature films: intimate dramas infused with humor and empathy, vividly stylized adaptations of beloved literary works, and technically groundbreaking global blockbusters that, taken together, offer insight into the mind of this visionary, inexhaustible filmmaker.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Tyler Wilson
New York Jewish Film Festival
The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are delighted to continue their partnership to bring you the 28th annual New York Jewish Film Festival, presenting films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience. This year’s festival features an exciting lineup of documentary, narrative, and short films, including new work by fresh voices in international cinema as well as restored classics.
Organized by Rachel Chanoff, Gabriel Grossman, Miriam Niedergang, and Aviva Weintraub, with Dennis Lim as advisor
Though Yorgos Lanthimos first came to attention as one of the leaders of the so-called Greek Weird Wave, his cinema has always been more complex and harder to pin down than that term suggests. His films are, to be sure, wondrously, imaginatively bonkers (what other director would make a courtly costume drama that so prominently features duck racing?), but they are also wickedly funny, impeccably stylized, and piercingly insightful about the human condition, owing as much to Luis Buñuel as they do to Greek mythology. As Lanthimos continues to realize his boldly iconoclastic vision on an ever more ambitious scale, he has proven himself the rare auteur whose films have the power to provoke and entertain in equal measure.
Organized by Florence Almozini and Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Selects
Of all the annual film festivals in New York, there is no other quite like this one. Film Comment’s festival of movies returns in its 19th edition with a selection of titles curated by the magazine’s editors. It’s an offering of strikingly bold visions, mixing New York premieres of new films and long-unseen older titles that deserve the big-screen treatment. As evidenced by such past selections as Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and Nothing More, Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day, Olivier Assayas’s demonlover, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, Kathryn Bigelow’sThe Hurt Locker, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, and Terence Davies’s Sunset Song, these are films that play by their own rules, works of considered artistry that reflect the philosophy of a magazine that has been essential for film lovers for more than 50 years.
Organized by Nicolas Rapold and Madeline Whittle
War and Peace / Voyna i Mir
Opens February 15
This winter, the Film Society is pleased to present a new digital restoration of Sergey Bondarchuk’s seven-hour-plus adaptation of Tolstoy’s magnificent novel. Winner of the 1969 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Bondarchuk’s War and Peace sets the changing fortunes of several aristocratic families against the backdrop of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. On record as the most expensive Soviet film in history (more than $70 million after inflation), it is also perhaps the greatest epic ever made: an exquisite production of spectacle and realism, the political and personal, that endures as a monumental achievement in filmmaking. A presentation by Mosfilm Cinema Concern. A digital restoration image by image of the picture and sound using a 2K scanner. Producer of the restoration: Karen Shakhnazarov.
Now in its fourth year, Neighboring Scenes is the Film Society’s showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema. Highlighting impressive recent productions from across the region, this selective slate of premieres exhibits the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today. Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic range, featuring established auteurs as well as fresh talent from the international festival scene.Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical.
Organized by Carlos Gutiérrez and Cecilia Barrionuevo
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
February 28 – March 10
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns in February with another edition that exemplifies the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking. The films on display, by emerging talents and established masters, raise ideas both topical and eternal, and many take audiences to entirely unexpected places. Highlights from recent Rendez-Vous with French Cinema editions include Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama, Julia Ducournau’s Raw, Bruno Dumont’s Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, Justine Triet’s Victoria, and Mathieu Amalric’s Barbara. Co-presented with UniFrance Films, the 24th edition of Rendez-Vous will demonstrate that the landscape of French cinema is as fertile, inspiring, and distinct as ever.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Florence Almozini
New Directors/New Films
March 27– April 7
Celebrating its 48th edition in 2019, the New Directors/New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Spike Lee, Chantal Akerman, Bi Gan, Valerie Massadian, Gabriel Mascaro, RaMell Ross, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.