Talks

NYFF Live

Join us for daily free talks throughout the festival! Register in advance the day prior to each event for free to secure a seat.

Cinematography Now: Ashley Connor, Rodrigo Prieto, and Chris Teague

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

In this show-and-tell session, some of the greatest working cinematographers discuss their craft, offering an insider's view of the field today.

Film Comment: State of the Nation

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

In the first of Film Comment’s NYFF Live talks, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold leads a discussion spanning the globe and cinema with Scott Z. Burns, writer-director of The Report and writer of The Laundromat; Jamsheed Akrami, professor at William Paterson University, director of Friendly Persuasion: Iranian Cinema After the 1979 Revolution, and author of the Jafar Panahi interview feature in the March/April issue of Film Comment; and Devika Girish, critic and Assistant Editor of Film Comment.

NYFF Documentary Talk

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Lesli Klainberg once again sits down for a conversation with the directors of some of the documentaries screening at this year’s festival. Participants include Ric Burns (Oliver Sacks: His Own Life), Tania Cypriano (Born to Be), Ivy Meeropol (Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn), and Lynn Novick (College Behind Bars). 

Producers on Producing: Hosted by Producers Guild of America

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Irishman, Joker, The Wolf of Wall Street) and David Hinojosa (First Reformed, Vox Lux, Beatriz at Dinner) will join us for a frank discussion about their journeys becoming producers.

In Conversation with Nadav Lapid

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Lapid will join us to discuss Synonyms, which won the prestigious Golden Bear award at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival and is making its U.S. Premiere in this year’s NYFF.

In Conversation with the Dardenne Brothers

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Another intimate portrayal-in-furious-motion of a protagonist in crisis, Young Ahmed earned the Belgian filmmaking duo this year’s Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival. Join them as they sit down to discuss the film and their career.

In Conversation with Michael Apted

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

The series’ ninth installment, 63 Up, has its New York Premiere at NYFF, and its committed, eclectic director, Michael Apted, will discuss it and the series as a whole in this on-stage discussion. 

In Conversation with Kelly Reichardt

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Join Reichardt as she discusses her new film First Cow, in which she again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

Film Comment: Filmmakers Chat

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold moderates a discussion with five directors: Luise Donschen (Entire Days Together and last year’s Art of the Real feature Casanova Gene); Akosua Adoma Owusu (Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us); Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden); Corneliu Porumboiu (The Whistlers); and Justine Triet (Sibyl).

Making Uncut Gems

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

The Safdie Brothers will be on hand to detail the process of making this New York City film, and will be joined by co-writer and editor Ronald Bronstein, producer Sebastian Bear McClard, composer Daniel Lopatin, and casting director Jen Venditti. 

Denis Lenoir in Conversation with Kent Jones

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

The French cinematographer Denis Lenoir has been shooting since the seventies, and has worked on films from around the world, including the U.S. and UK. His most fruitful collaboration has been with director Olivier Assayas: Lenoir was the DP on his very first feature, Disorder (1986), and he has now shot his latest film, the character-driven spy thriller Wasp Network, starring Pénelope Cruz and Edgar Ramírez. Lenoir will set down with NYFF Director Kent Jones to discuss his work.

Writing New York: Hosted by Writers Guild of America, East

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Panelists include JC Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious), Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child, Landline), and Steven Zaillian (The Irishman). Moderated by Paul Schrader (First Reformed, The Last Temptation of Christ).

We 💜 Agnès

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Join Agnès Varda's daughter and frequent collaborator Rosalie Varda and other special guests for an in-depth conversation that will pay tribute to Varda before her final film, Varda by Agnès, has its New York premiere in NYFF’s Main Slate.

Film Comment: Festival Wrap

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

For the festival’s final week, contributing critics and editors gather together for a spirited discussion with Film Comment's Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold about the movies they’ve seen in the NYFF57 lineup.

Holy Night: Meet the Makers

  • 60 minutes

Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO

Join creators Casey Stein and Bernard Zeiger for an immersive presentation about developing the piece, the power of interactive filmmaking, and the many possible futures of storytelling.

The Raven: Meet the Makers

  • 60 minutes
This talk will pull back the curtain on this unique piece of theater and explore the creative process that brought together filmmakers, theater practitioners, game designers, and more to reimagine Poe’s world through a modern lens.

On Cinema

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.