Welcome to the Film at Lincoln Center podcast. On a special Opening Night edition, NYFF Director of Programming Dennis Lim is joined by Steve McQueen to discuss Lovers Rock, which makes its World Premiere tonight at the festival. A movie of tactile sensuality and levitating joy, Lovers Rock is part of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology of decades-spanning films that alight on various lives in London’s West Indian community. Here, McQueen, in an ecstatic yet no less formally bold mode, charts the growing attraction between Martha (newcomer Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn) and a brooding stranger (played by Micheal Ward) over the course of one night at a house party. Lovers Rock is presented by Campari.

Lovers Rock tickets for tonight’s Brooklyn and Queens drive-in screenings and nationwide virtual screenings are available here, along with two more films in the anthology, Mangrove and Red, White, and Blue.

Enjoy this conversation with director Steve McQueen on his remarkable, ambitious new project and how his Opening Night selection is his first musical. Watch or listen below and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher for updates throughout the festival.