Talks

In these annual special events, New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones sits down with world-renowned filmmakers for in-depth talks about films from other directors that have influenced them, their discussion illustrated with film clips.

On Cinema

On Cinema: Martin Scorsese

  • 60 minutes

Presented by HBO

Kent Jones will talk with Martin Scorsese, whose epic crime drama The Irishman is this year’s highly anticipated opening event. Scorsese, known as much for his work as a film historian as for his unparalleled, decades-spanning cinematic career, will guide the audience through a selection of films that inspired this remarkable new work.
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On Cinema: Pedro Almodóvar

  • 60 minutes

Presented by HBO

Kent Jones will talk with Pedro Almodóvar, who has shown films at NYFF eleven times over the past four decades. This year’s selection is perhaps his most personal film yet: Pain and Glory, starring a Cannes Film Festival–awarded Antonio Banderas in the role of a director—essentially a surrogate Almodóvar figure—who has reached a creative block.
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Directors Dialogues

The Directors Dialogues are NYFF’s annual series of intimate conversations, in which a selection of filmmakers from this year’s festival sit down for special Q&As to discuss the ideas and the craft behind their buzzed about newest works.

Directors Dialogues: Bong Joon-ho

  • 60 minutes

Presented by HBO · Supported by illy

Bong Joon-ho will discuss Parasite, his spring-trap-loaded comedy-drama-thriller with a social conscience—so make sure you see it first to not spoil its many surprises.
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Directors Dialogues: Mati Diop

  • 60 minutes

Presented by HBO · Supported by illy

The French-Senegalese director made perhaps the year’s most talked-about debut feature with Atlantics, which earned her the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. Both ghost and love story, the film feels unlike any other, hypnotic and supernatural yet grounded in the realities of life as it’s experienced by those living in contemporary, working-class Dakar. Diop will be on hand to discuss how she negotiated these registers and how she constructed her singular film.
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