30 of the most exciting new feature films from around the world.
Opening Night Selection · Yorgos Lanthimos, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Tony McNamara, Sandy Powell, Ed Guiney, Ceci Dempsey, Andrew Lowe, Fiona Crombie, Nadia Stacey, and Johnnie Burn in person at the 6pm and 9pm Alice Tully Hall screeningsThe Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and her servant (Emma Stone) engage in a sexually charged fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) at the height of the War of the Spanish Succession in Yorgos Lanthimos’s wildly intricate and very darkly funny new film.
Centerpiece Selection · Alfonso Cuarón in person at the 6pm Alice Tully Hall screeningIn Mexico City in the early ’70s, a middle-class family’s center is quietly and unassumingly held by its beloved live-in nanny and housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). Alfonso Cuarón tells an epic, autobiographical story of everyday life while also gently sweeping us into a vast cinematic experience.
Closing Night Selection · North American Premiere · Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe in person at the 6pm and 9pm Alice Tully Hall screeningsJulian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh (played by Willem Dafoe, in a shattering performance) and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being.
U.S. PremiereIn Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking, a young woman appears to take her own life on cell-phone camera. The recipient of the video and Panahi, playing himself, investigate, and from there, 3 Faces builds in narrative, thematic, and visual intricacy.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Ryûsuke Hamaguchi on October 6Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, who gained attention for 2015’s Happy Hour, has returned with a beguiling and truly original Vertigo riff that traces the trajectory of a love—or, to be accurate, two loves—found, lost, displaced, and regained.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen on October 4Here’s something new from the Coen Brothers—a wildly entertaining anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales”—starring Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, and others—unified by the thematic thread of mortality.
South Korea's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entry · Critic's Pick at The New York TimesKorean master Lee Chang-dong’s expansion of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning” is a love triangle (linked by rising star Steven Yeun) and a tense, haunting multiple-character study that bends the contours of the thriller genre to brilliant effect.
Poland's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar EntryAcademy Award–winner Paweł Pawlikowski follows up his box-office sensation Ida with this bittersweet, exquisitely crafted tale of a tempestuous love between a pianist and a singer as they navigate the realities of living in both Poland and Paris, in and outside of the Iron Curtain.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, and Lily-Rose Depp on October 7 & 8Co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière, the sophomore feature from actor-director Louis Garrel is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a slippery inquiry into truth, subjectivity, and the elusive nature of romantic attraction.
U.S. PremiereExiled Chinese director Ying Liang’s return to feature filmmaking is a characteristically precise drama following a Hong Kong–exiled director (Gong Zhe) as she travels to a film festival in Taiwan with her husband and toddler and must avoid attracting attention. It’s a powerful work of autobiography and an empathetic snapshot of a mother-daughter relationship.
U.S. Premiere · Free Talk with Mariano Llinás on October 12A decade in the making, Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is a labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing, shape-shifting from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece.
U.S. PremiereSitting in a café, typing on a laptop, Areum (Kim Min-hee) eavesdrops on three dramatic situations unfolding in her general vicinity. These create the narrative structure of Korean master Hong Sangsoo’s complexly episodic, deceptively simple film, which is filled with raw emotions.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Alice Rohrwacher on October 6 & 7A throng of tobacco farmers working on an estate live in a state of extreme deprivation, but nothing is what it seems in Alice Rohrwacher’s transfiguring and transfixing fable, which touches on perennial class struggle and enters the realm of parable.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Alex Ross Perry and Elisabeth Moss on September 29 (joined by Gayle Rankin, Eric Stoltz, and Sean Price Williams) & September 30In a powerhouse performance, Elisabeth Moss is Becky Something, the influential lead singer of a popular ’90s alt-rock outfit spiraling out of control as she struggles with her demons. The latest from Alex Ross Perry tracks Becky’s self-destruction—and potential creative redemption.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Claire Denis on October 2 (joined by Robert Pattinson) & October 4Claire Denis’s latest film—which features some of the most unsettling passages Denis has ever filmed, as well as moments of the greatest delicacy and tenderness—is set aboard a spacecraft piloted by death row prisoners on a decades-long suicide mission to enter and harness the power of a black hole.
U.S. PremiereTwo tales overlap and intersect at a riverside hotel in Hong Sangsoo’s affecting examination of family, mortality, and the ways in which we attempt to heal wounds old and fresh.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Barry Jenkins on October 9Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight is a carefully wrought adaptation of James Baldwin’s penultimate novel, set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Jenkins’s deeply soulful film stays focused on the emotional currents between parents and children, couples and friends.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Ulrich Köhler on September 29 & 30Sad-sack, 40ish TV cameraman Armin awakens one morning to find the world around him entirely depopulated. Ulrich Köhler takes a disarmingly realistic and restrained approach to a fantastical premise: the eternally popular fantasy of the last man on earth.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Frederick Wiseman on September 30 & October 1Every new film from Frederick Wiseman, now 88 years old, seems more vigorous and acute than the last. In this tough, piercing look at the rhythm and texture of life as it is lived in a wide swathe of this country, he documents a small town located deep in the American heartland.
Q&A with Olivier Assayas on October 2Set within the world of publishing, Olivier Assayas’s new film finds two hopelessly intertwined couples—including Guillaume Canet’s troubled book executive and Juliette Binoche’s weary actress—obsessed with the state of things, and how (or when) it will (or might) change.
Q&A with Tamara Jenkins, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter, and Molly Shannon on October 1Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are achingly real as Rachel and Richard, a middle-aged New York couple caught in the desperation, frustration, and exhaustion of trying to have a child. Tamara Jenkins’s first film in ten years is by turns hilarious and harrowing.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Richard Billingham on October 6 & 7Not a second of this electrifying debut doesn’t feel 100% rooted in personal experience. English photographer and visual artist Richard Billingham’s film is grounded in the visual and emotional textures of his family portraits, particularly those of his deeply dysfunctional parents.
Japan's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar EntryHirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a heartrending, profoundly human portrait of a most unusual “family”: a collection of societal cast-offs united by petty crime and a fierce love for one another. An NYFF56 selection. A Magnolia Pictures release.
North American Premiere · Q&As with Christophe Honoré & Vincent Lacoste on September 30 & October 1An intimate chronicle of a romance and a sprawling portrait of gay life in early 1990s France, Sorry Angel follows the intertwining journeys of a worldly, HIV-positive Parisian writer confronting his own mortality, and a curious, carefree university student just beginning to live.
U.S. Premiere · Q&As with Dominga Sotomayor on September 29 (joined by Rodrigo Teixeira) & 30 (joined by Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo)The troubling realities of the adult world intrude on a girl’s teenage idyll in this dreamy drift through the Chile of the early 1990s, a nostalgic and piercing portrait of a young woman—and a country—on the cusp of exhilarating and terrifying change.
Q&A with Christian Petzold on November 30 · Pre-screening ReceptionA hollowed-out European refugee who has escaped from two concentration camps, arrives in Marseille assuming the identity of a dead novelist whose papers he is carrying in Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting film.
Q&A with Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Bill Camp on September 30 · Introduction by Dano, Kazan, and Mulligan on October 1, followed by Q&A with Dano and MulliganIn first-time director Paul Dano’s impressive debut, a carefully wrought adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel (co-written by Zoe Kazan), a family comes apart one loosely stitched seam at a time. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan star as the parents; Ed Oxenbould is the adolescent son trying to hold the center.