Special Events

A Conversation with Kate Winslet

For more than twenty years one of the most expressive actors in movies, Winslet will participate in a special live onstage event in which she talks about her career and her extraordinary latest performance in the closing night film, Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel.
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An Evening with Ava DuVernay and . . .

The director of the opening night selection of last year’s NYFF, the blistering documentary about institutionalized racism and mass incarceration in the U.S. 13TH, as well as I Will Follow (2010), Middle of Nowhere (2012) Selma (2014), and the much-anticipated A Wrinkle in Time (2018), the multi-talented Ava DuVernay is quickly becoming one of the essential figures in the contemporary American cinema landscape.

Master Class: Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman

The cinematographers behind two of this year's true visual wonders—Wonderstruck and Wonder Wheel—sit down with NYFF Director Kent Jones for a conversation about the craft of cinematography and their own astonishing careers.
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The Opera House

  • Susan Froemke
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 108 minutes

World Premiere

Renowned documentarian Susan Froemke takes viewers through the history of the Metropolitan Opera via priceless archival stills, footage, and interviews (with, among many others, the great soprano Leontyne Price). Screening at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.
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Pandora’s Box

  • G.W. Pabst
  • 1929
  • Germany
  • 143 minutes
G.W. Pabst’s immortal silent film version of the Frank Wedekind play gave us one of the most enduring presences in cinema: helmet-haired Louise Brooks as Lulu. A new restoration, featuring the world premiere of an orchestral score composed and conducted by Jonathan Ragonese. A Janus Films release.
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Spielberg

  • Susan Lacy
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 147 minutes

World Premiere · Q&A with Susan Lacy on 10/5 and intro by Jessica Levin and Emma Pildes on 10/6

Featuring an amazing cast of interviewees, this new film traces the private, public, and artistic development of one of cinema’s true giants. An HBO Documentary Film.
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Trouble No More

  • Jennifer Lebeau
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 59 minutes

World Premiere · Q&A with Jennifer Lebeau

This very special film consists of truly electrifying video footage from Bob Dylan’s “born again” period, shot on the last leg of his ’79-’80 tour, much of it thought to have been lost for years and all newly restored.
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Without a Net

  • Rory Kennedy
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 56 minutes

Free Screening · Q&A with Rory Kennedy

In a shockingly large number of schools, access to technology, connectivity, and teacher-training is nonexistent; this new film from Rory Kennedy and co-produced by Verizon, lays out the steps we must take a to bring our public education system into the 21st century. Free screening.
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Claude Lanzmann’s Four Sisters

Since 1999, Claude Lanzmann has made several films that could be considered satellites of Shoah, comprised of interviews conducted in the 1970s that didn’t make it into the final, monumental work. He has just completed a series of four new films, built around four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies, each finding herself unexpectedly and improbably alive after war’s end.

A Four Sisters package is available to purchase here.

Claude Lanzmann’s Four Sisters: The Hippocratic Oath

  • Claude Lanzmann
  • 2017
  • France
  • 89 minutes

World Premiere · Introduction by Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann, director of the monumental Shoah, presents four new films based on interviews conducted with Holocaust survivors in the seventies, built around four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies.
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Claude Lanzmann’s Four Sisters: Baluty

  • Claude Lanzmann
  • 2017
  • France
  • 64 minutes

World Premiere

Claude Lanzmann, director of the monumental Shoah, presents four new films based on interviews conducted with Holocaust survivors in the seventies, built around four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies.
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Claude Lanzmann’s Four Sisters: The Merry Flea and Noah’s Ark

  • Claude Lanzmann
  • 2017
  • France
  • 120 minutes

World Premiere

Claude Lanzmann, director of the monumental Shoah, presents four new films based on interviews conducted with Holocaust survivors in the seventies, built around four women from four different areas of Eastern Europe with four different destinies.
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Film Comment at NYFF Events

Film Comment Presents: A Gentle Creature

  • Sergei Loznitsa
  • 2017
  • France/Germany/Lithuania/The Netherlands
  • 143 minutes

North American Premiere

Inspired by a Dostoevsky short story, this tragicomic pageant brings a roiling energy and a lunatic sense of desperation to a larger-than-life vision of today’s Russia.
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Film Comment Live: The Cinema of Experience

At this year’s NYFF, filmmakers are rising to the challenge of representing race and immigration at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Our guests will discuss how cinematic technique is used to reflect such experiences and what is different about the latest generation of storytelling.
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Film Comment Live: Filmmakers Chat

For the second year, Film Comment gives you the rare chance to see some of today’s most important filmmakers in dialogue with each other. A selection of directors whose films are screening at this edition of NYFF will talk together in a discussion moderated by Film Comment editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold.

Film Comment Live: Festival Wrap

In what is becoming an annual tradition, Film Comment contributing critics and editors gather for the festival’s last weekend and talk about the films they’ve seen, discussing—or arguing about—the selections in the lineup, from Main Slate and beyond.