For the 58th New York Film Festival’s final week, a group of critics gathered together for a spirited discussion with Devika Girish, Assistant Editor of Film Comment and Talks programmer for the NYFF, about the movies they saw in this year’s lineup and their tales from the trenches of the pandemic-era festival. Participants included Molly Haskell (author, From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies), Eric Hynes (curator of film, Museum of the Moving Image), Ela Bittencourt (freelance critic & curator), Monica Castillo (arts and culture reporter, CPR News), and Clinton Krute (digital editor, Film Comment). Their discussion covered a wide selection of films, including Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock and Mangrove, Hong Sang-soo’s The Woman Who Ran, Victor Kossakovsky’s Gunda, Marie-Claude Treilhou’s Simone Barbes or Virtue, Dea Kulumbegashvili’s Beginning, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, Philippe Garrel’s The Salt of Tears, and many others.

Watch/listen to the conversation below, presented by HBO. Visit our NYFF58 playlist for more talks and Q&As.