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Free tickets for NYFF59 Talks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour prior to each event at the corresponding box office. Tickets are limited to one per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend, video from these events will be available online on Film at Lincoln Center's YouTube channel at a later date.

NYFF Talks are presented by:

Free Talk: 2021 Amos Vogel Lecture – Albert Serra

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 5 at 4pm · Free and open to the public!

NYFF's inaugural Amos Vogel Lecture will be delivered by filmmaker Albert Serra and followed by a conversation with the programmers of the NYFF59 Spotlight sidebar devoted to Vogel’s curatorial legacy. Sponsored by MUBI.

Deep Focus

In-depth dialogues with festival filmmakers & their collaborators.

The Making of Mississippi Masala

  • 60 minutes

Sept. 25

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film’s landmark release and the premiere of its new restoration, join us for a conversation with director Mira Nair, actress Sarita Choudhury, and cinematographer Ed Lachman, moderated by author, Jhumpa Lahiri. Sponsored by TCM.

Free Talk: Jane Campion

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 2 at 4pm · Free and open to the public!

The legendary New Zealand director (The Power of the Dog, NYFF59) partakes in an extended conversation with filmmaker Sofia Coppola (On the Rocks, NYFF58) about the latest entry in Campion’s masterful, decades-spanning oeuvre.

Free Talk: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 3 at 7:30pm · Free and open to the public!

Join us for an in-depth conversation with writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, NYFF59) to explore the resonances and shared preoccupations of his new films and his prolific body of work. Moderated by Matías Piñeiro (Sycorax, NYFF59).

Free Talk: Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 4 at 7pm · Free and open to the public!

Join Williams and Uzeyman for a wide-ranging conversation about crossing borders, both geographic and artistic; the radical possibilities of genre; and the use of cinema as a means of realizing new and better futures. Moderated by Maya Cade, creator of The Black Film Archive.

Free Talk: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 7 at 6:30pm · Free and open to the public!

One of world cinema's most original auteurs, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Memoria, NYFF59) engages in a deep-dive conversation about his extraordinary oeuvre and the elliptical novelties and familiar mysteries of his latest masterwork. Moderated by novelist Katie Kitamura.


Conversations between filmmakers across festival sections, genres, and styles.

Free Talk: Mia Hansen-Løve & Joachim Trier

  • 60 minutes

Sept. 27 at 7pm · Free and open to the public!

Mia Hansen-Løve (Bergman Island, NYFF59) and Joachim Trier (The Worst Person in the World, NYFF59) discuss their influences and inspirations, their distinctively personal and philosophical approaches to cinematic storytelling, and the endlessly generative themes of romantic ambivalence and evolving self-knowledge that animate their new films.

Free Talk: Silvan Zürcher & Alexandre Koberidze

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 2 at 7pm · Free and open to the public!

Silvan Zürcher (The Girl and the Spider) and Alexandre Koberidze (What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?, NYFF59) discuss their filmic inspirations and aspirations, their trajectories within Swiss and Georgian cinema, respectively, and in world cinema at large.

Free Talk: Maggie Gyllenhaal & Kira Kovalenko

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 5 at 7pm · Free and open to the public!

Roiling currents of familial and feminist rebellion connect two extraordinary films in the NYFF59 lineup. This special conversation brings the two directors together to discuss their respective forays into filmmaking, the process of realizing their vividly drawn yet enigmatic heroines, and the use of fiction to transcend an untenable status quo.


Panels and discussions that connect the festival to the themes of the moment.

Free Talk: Cinema’s Workers

  • 60 minutes

Sept. 26 at 7pm · Free and open to the public!

As questions of labor and equity take center stage in art communities in New York and beyond, this roundtable brings together a multifaceted group of film workers to discuss past and ongoing labor movements in cinema.

Film Comment Live: The Velvet Underground & the New York Avant-Garde

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 3 at 4pm · Free and open to the public!

Presented by the editors of Film Comment Magazine, this special roundtable brings together Todd Haynes The Velvet Underground, NYFF59), Ed Lachman Songs for Drella, NYFF59), and critic Amy Taubin to discuss the enduring legacy of the historic moment of artistic innovation their two films so vividly capture.

Film Comment Live: Festival Report

  • 60 minutes

Oct. 9 at 7pm · Free and open to the public!

For the festival’s final week, a group of critics gather for a spirited wrap-up discussion with Devika Girish and Clinton Krute, Co-Deputy Editors of Film Comment, about the movies they’ve seen in the NYFF59 lineup. Panelists include Molly Haskell (critic and author), Bilge Ebiri (staff critic, Vulture), and Phoebe Chen (critic and scholar).