Talks

On Cinema

Every year at the festival, we ask an invited filmmaker to select clips from work that has inspired and informed his or her own practice, as the basis for a discussion with festival director Kent Jones.

On Cinema: Claire Denis

  • 60 minutes

Presented by HBO®

Kent Jones will talk with French filmmaker Claire Denis, whose completely unexpected science-fiction film High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, is sure to be one of the most talked-about selections of the festival.

Directors Dialogues

In this annual series of intimate conversations, a selection of filmmakers from this year’s festival sit down for special Q&As to discuss their craft.

Directors Dialogues: Alfonso Cuarón

  • 60 minutes

Free and Open to the Public! · Presented by HBO® · Supported by illy

The Oscar-winning director of Y tu mamá también, Children of Men, and Gravity will discuss his latest and most personal work, ROMA, an intimate yet monumental vision, and one of his very best films.

Directors Dialogues: Alice Rohrwacher

  • 60 minutes

Free and Open to the Public! · Presented by HBO® · Supported by illy

Rohrwacher was Film Society of Lincoln Center's Artist in Residence in 2016, during which time she worked on the script that became the Cannes-awarded drama Happy as Lazzaro, showing in this year's Main Slate. Join Rohrwacher as she talks about her process bringing this unique vision to the screen.

Directors Dialogues: Errol Morris

  • 60 minutes

Free and Open to the Public! · Presented by HBO® · Supported by illy

The legendary documentarian (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) has no problem with confronting and interrogating people in positions of power. Sit down with him as he talks about his experience sitting down the subject of his latest film, American Dharma: Steve Bannon.

Directors Dialogues: Jia Zhangke

  • 60 minutes

Free and Open to the Public! · Presented by HBO® · Supported by illy

Jia has gradually moved to the forefront of Chinese cinema, and his films constitute a constant reckoning with his country's transformations. His latest, the epic gangster drama Ash Is Purest White, is no exception. Join the director for an in-depth conversation.

Directors Dialogues: Mariano Llinás

  • 60 minutes

Free and Open to the Public! · Presented by HBO® · Supported by illy

Mariano Llinás discusses the vision and process behind his singular, wildly inventive epic La Flor, which skips across a multitude of genres over the course of its fourteen hours.

Added Talk!

A Conversation with Willem Dafoe

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO®

Dafoe will sit with NYFF Director Kent Jones to discuss his role in Schnabel’s vividly beautiful film At Eternity's Gate, this year’s closing night selection, as well as his illustrious career and the craft of acting in general.

NYFF Live

Free talks hosted daily at 7pm from September 29-October 10 at the EBM Amphitheater.

Film Comment Live: The Cinema of Experience

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

For Film Comment’s 2018 Cinema of Experience talk, we will discuss Asian and Asian American experience on and off screen, and in film criticism.

NYFF Live: In Conversation with Morgan Neville

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) is at NYFF with his latest documentary, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, about Orson Welles’s long-lost The Other Side of the Wind. Neville will talk about his work and what drives him as a filmmaker.

NYFF Live: In Conversation with Frederick Wiseman

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

Frederick Wiseman, now 87, is considered by many the greatest documentarian working today. The man who helped define a genre will talk about his latest film, Monrovia, Indiana, set in the American heartland. Moderated by Kent Jones.

NYFF Live: Writing Partners

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

The Writers Guild of America, East and the New York Film Festival present Writing Partners, a panel about the dynamics of collaboration, featuring Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (Wildlife), and Mary Harron and John Walsh (Dali Land).

NYFF Live: In Conversation with Ed Lachman

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

Artist JR and cinematographer Ed Lachman (Carol, The Virgin Suicides) have come together to create the official NYFF poster for this year. Lachman will talk about their collaboration and discuss his own work during this conversation.

NYFF Live: Costume Design and the Creative Process: From Film to Television

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

Presented in conjunction with the School of Visual Arts, this conversation focuses on the art of costuming in film and television, featuring Deirdra Govan (Sorry to Bother You), Amanda Ford (Her Smell, Wildlife, both screening at NYFF), and Ingrid Price (Nurse Jackie).

NYFF Live: Producers on Producing: Hosted by PGA’s Women’s Impact Network

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

Join independent producers Donna Gigliotti (Hidden Figures, Silver Linings Playbook) and Mimi Valdés (Roxanne Roxanne, Hidden Figures, Dope) for a conversation about encouraging a greater diversity of voices behind and in front of the camera.

NYFF Live: NYFF Docs Talk

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

The directors of some of the documentaries showing at NYFF—Alexis Bloom (Divide and Conquer), Manfred Kirchheimer (Dream of a City), James Longley (Angels Are Made of Light), Mark Bozek (The Times of Bill Cunningham), and Tom Surgal (Fire Music)—will sit with Lesli Klainberg, Film Society Executive Director and documentary filmmaker, for a discussion on the art of docs.

Film Comment Live: Filmmakers Talk

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

For the third year, Film Comment gives you the rare chance to see some of today’s most important filmmakers in dialogue with each other. Guests include Louis Garrel (A Faithful Man), Jodie Mack (The Grand Bizarre), Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell), and Albert Serra (Roi Soleil).

NYFF Live: Making Private Life

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

In this discussion, co-presented with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, director Tamara Jenkins, producer Anthony Bregman, and actor Kayli Carter will detail the process of working together on their new film Private Life, a Netflix production.

NYFF Live: New York Women in Film & Television—Early Women Film Pioneers: Alice Guy-Blaché

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®

In honor of Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, NYFF and New York Women in Film & Television present a conversation with film preservation experts about the trailblazer’s contributions to cinema. Guests include Jane Gaines, Susan Lazarus, and Joan Simon.

Film Comment Live: Festival Wrap

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

In an annual tradition, Film Comment contributing critics and editors gather for the festival’s final week and have a spirited discussion about the movies they’ve seen in the lineup. Participants include K. Austin Collins, Michael Koresky, Molly Haskell, Eric Hynes, and Aliza Ma.