With five fine films already to his credit, Alexander Payne has been heralded as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary American cinema, a genuine humanist who has brought to the screen some of the most complex, contradictory, and memorable characters seen in many years. In conversation with NYFF Selection Committee Chairman Richard Peña, Mr. Payne will offer a personal guided tour of some key moments in his own history of cinema—showing sequences from films and by filmmakers who powerfully influenced his thoughts on cinema as well as his filmmaking practice.

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