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The History of Film at Lincoln Center
Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) is a nonprofit organization that celebrates cinema as an essential art form and fosters a vibrant home for film culture to thrive. FLC presents premier film festivals, retrospectives, new releases, and restorations year-round in state-of-the-art theaters at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. FLC offers audiences the opportunity to discover works from established and emerging directors from around the world with a passionate community of film lovers at marquee events including the New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films.

Founded in 1969, FLC is committed to preserving the excitement of the theatrical experience for all audiences, advancing high-quality film journalism through the publication of Film Comment, cultivating the next generation of film industry professionals through our FLC Academies, and enriching the lives of all who engage with our programs.


Launch of the FLC Virtual Cinema

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Film at Lincoln Center closed its doors in March 2020 but continued presenting films to audiences in NYC and beyond with the launch of the FLC Virtual Cinema. Featuring a curated slate of new releases and restored classics, as well as the virtual screenings for the 58th New York Film Festival, the 49th and 50th New Directors/New Films, and more, the Virtual Cinema was accessed by film lovers from every state in the country.

ND/NF Debuts

Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine (Boys State)
Maite Alberdi (The Mole Agent)
Kazik Radwanski (Anne at 13,000 Ft.)
Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth)
Alexander Nanau (Collective)
Camilo Restrepo (Los conductos)
Fernanda Valadez (Identifying Features)

NYFF58 Official Poster, Designed by John Waters

NYFF Debuts

Azazel Jacobs (French Exit)
Garrett Bradley (Time)
Chaitanya Tamhane (The Disciple)
Heidi Ewing (I Carry You With Me)
Déa Kulumbegashvili (Beginning)

NYFF58 Main Slate Selections

Lovers Rock (Steve McQueen) (Opening Night)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao) (Centerpiece)
French Exit (Azazel Jacobs) (Closing Night)
Atarrabi and Mikelats (Eugène Green)
Beginning (Dea Kulumbegashvili)
The Calming (Song Fang)
City Hall (Frederick Wiseman)
Days (Tsai Ming-liang)
The Disciple (Chaitanya Tamhane)
Gunda (Victor Kossakovsky)
I Carry You with Me (Heidi Ewing)
Isabella (Matías Piñeiro)
Malmkrog (Cristi Puiu)
Mangrove (Steve McQueen)
MLK/FBI (Sam Pollard)
Night of the Kings (Philippe Lacôte)
Notturno (Gianfranco Rosi)
Red, White and Blue (Steve McQueen)
The Salt of Tears (Philippe Garrel)
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (Jia Zhangke)
Time (Garrett Bradley)
Tragic Jungle (Yulene Olaizola)
The Truffle Hunters (Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw)
Undine (Christian Petzold)
The Woman Who Ran (Hong Sangsoo)


ND/NF Debuts

Theo Anthony (All Light, Everywhere)
Andreas Fontana (Azor)
Jessica Beshir (Faya Dayi)
Amalia Ulman (El Planeta)
Alice Diop (We (Nous))
Jane Schoenbrun (We’re All Going to the World’s Fair)

Spike Lee Honored at the Chaplin Award Gala

Photography by Sean DiSerio.

NYFF Debuts

Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Flee)
Ramon and Silvan Zürcher (The Girl and the Spider)
Panah Panahi (Hit the Road)
Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman (Neptune Frost)
Rebecca Hall (Passing)
Julia Ducournau (Titane)
Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir Part II)

NYFF59 Main Slate Selections

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Joel Coen) (Opening Night)
The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion) (Centerpiece)
Parallel Mothers (Pedro Almodóvar) (Closing Night)
A Chiara (Jonas Carpignano)
Ahed’s Knee (Nadav Lapid)
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Radu Jude)
Benedetta (Paul Verhoeven)
Bergman Island (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Il Buco (Michelangelo Frammartino)
Drive My Car (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
The First 54 Years (Avi Mograbi)
Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen)
France (Bruno Dumont)
Futura (Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher)
The Girl and the Spider (Ramon and Silvan Zürcher)
Hit the Road (Panah Panahi)
In Front of Your Face (Hong Sangsoo)
Întregalde (Radu Muntean)
Introduction (Hong Sangsoo)
Memoria (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Neptune Frost (Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman)
Passing (Rebecca Hall)
Petite Maman (Céline Sciamma)
Prayers for the Stolen (Tatiana Huezo)
The Souvenir Part II (Joanna Hogg)
Titane (Julia Ducournau)
Unclenching the Fists (Kira Kovalenko)
The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes)
Vortex (Gaspar Noé)
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky (Alexandre Koberidze)
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier)


ND/NF Debuts

Audrey Diwan (Happening)
Martine Syms (The African Desperate)
Sara Dosa (Fire of Love)
Nikyatu Jusu (Nanny)
Sierra Pettengill (Riotsville, USA)

Cate Blanchett Honored at the Chaplin Award Gala

Cate Blanchett. Photo by Marion Curtis / Starpix.

NYFF Debuts

Elegance Bratton (The Inspection)
Charlotte Wells (Aftersun)
Carla Simón (Alcarràs)
Shaunak Sen (All That Breathes)
Marie Kreutzer (Corsage)
Margaret Brown (Descendant)
Mark Jenkin (Enys Men)
Davy Chou (Return to Seoul)
Alice Diop (Saint Omer)
Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka (Stonewalling)
Laura Citarella (Trenque Lauquen)
Cyril Schäublin (Unrest)

NYFF60 Main Slate Selections

White Noise (Noah Baumbach) (Opening Night)
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Laura Poitras) (Centerpiece)
The Inspection (Elegance Bratton) (Closing Night)
Armageddon Time (James Gray) (NYFF 60th Anniversary Celebration)
Aftersun (Charlotte Wells)
Alcarràs (Carla Simón)
All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen)
Corsage (Marie Kreutzer)
A Couple (Frederick Wiseman)
De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
Decision to Leave (Park Chan-wook)
Descendant (Margaret Brown)
Enys Men (Mark Jenkin)
EO (Jerzy Skolimowski)
The Eternal Daughter (Joanna Hogg)
Master Gardener (Paul Schrader)
No Bears (Jafar Panahi)
The Novelist’s Film (Hong Sangsoo)
One Fine Morning (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Pacifiction (Albert Serra)
R.M.N. (Cristian Mungiu)
Return to Seoul (Davy Chou)
Saint Omer (Alice Diop)
Scarlet (Pietro Marcello)
Showing Up (Kelly Reichardt)
Stars at Noon (Claire Denis)
Stonewalling (Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka)
TÁR (Todd Field)
Trenque Lauquen (Laura Citarella)
Triangle of Sadness (Ruben Östlund)
Unrest (Cyril Schäublin)
Walk Up (Hong Sangsoo)


ND/NF Debuts

Savanah Leaf (Earth Mama)
Vuk Lungulov-Klotz (Mutt)
Giacomo Abbruzzese (Disco Boy)
Saim Sadiq (Joyland)

Viola Davis Honored at the Chaplin Award Gala

Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, and Jessica Chastain. Photography by Sean DiSerio.

NYFF Debuts

Michael Mann (Ferrari)
Raven Jackson (All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt)
Andrew Haigh (All Dirt of Us Strangers)
Rodrigo Moreno (The Delinquents)
Bas Devos (Here)
Annie Baker (Janet Planet)
Paul B. Preciado (Orlando, My Political Biography)
Felipe Gálvez (The Settlers)
Zhang Lu (The Shadowless Tower)
Wang Bing (Youth (Spring))
Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest)

NYFF61 Main Slate Selections

May December (Todd Haynes) (Opening Night)
Priscilla (Sofia Coppola) (Centerpiece)
Ferrari (Michael Mann) (Closing Night)
About Dry Grasses (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson)
All of Us Strangers (Andrew Haigh)
Anatomy of a Fall (Justine Triet)
The Beast (Bertrand Bonello)
La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher)
Close Your Eyes (Víctor Erice)
The Delinquents (Rodrigo Moreno)
Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World (Radu Jude)
Eureka (Lisandro Alonso)
Evil Does Not Exist (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)
Fallen Leaves (Aki Kaurismäki)
Green Border (Agnieszka Holland)
Here (Bas Devos)
In Our Day (Hong Sangsoo)
In Water (Hong Sangsoo)
Janet Planet (Annie Baker)
Kidnapped (Marco Bellocchio)
Last Summer (Catherine Breillat)
Music (Angela Schanelec)
Orlando, My Political Biography (Paul B. Preciado)
Perfect Days (Wim Wenders)
Pictures of Ghosts (Kleber Mendonça Filho)
Poor Things (Yorgos Lanthimos)
La Práctica (Martín Rejtman)
The Settlers (Felipe Gálvez)
The Shadowless Tower (Zhang Lu)
Youth (Spring) (Wang Bing)
The Zone of Interest (Jonathan Glazer)
Pier Paolo Pasolini – Agnès Varda – New York – 1967 (Agnès Varda)


ND/NF Debuts

Aaron Schimberg (A Different Man)
Theda Hammel (Stress Positions)
Titus Kaphar (Exhibiting Forgiveness)
India Donaldson (Good One)
Baloji (Omen)

Jeff Bridges Honored at the Chaplin Award Gala

Photography by Mettie Ostrowski.