Film at Lincoln Center announces Talks for the 60th New York Film Festival (September 30–October 16). NYFF60 Talks are presented by HBO®, complementing festival screenings with a series of free panel discussions and in-depth conversations among a wide range of guests. This year’s Talks promise a robust lineup of spirited and engaging conversations between moderators, filmmakers, and audiences.
2021 marked the birth centenary of Amos Vogel, the pioneering film programmer, author, and co-founder of the New York Film Festival. To honor Vogel’s pathbreaking legacy, the festival inaugurated the Amos Vogel Lecture last year, to be delivered annually by an artist or thinker who embodies the spirit of Vogel’s cinephilia and brings it into conversation with the present and future of cinema. Filmmaker and artist Cauleen Smith (Drylongso, NYFF60) will deliver this year’s edition of the lecture, which will include a conversation moderated by Jacqueline Stewart, director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The 2022 Amos Vogel Lecture is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies.
Photographer Nan Goldin, subject of this year’s Centerpiece selection All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, and designer of the 60th New York Film Festival posters, will participate in an extended conversation about the personal and political roots of her creative practice, the radical humanism of her photography, and the defiant intertwining of her art and activism.
Additional career-spanning Deep Focus talks include: White Noise director Noah Baumbach on bringing Don DeLillo’s eponymous novel—long considered unfilmable—to the screen; visionary writer-filmmaker Paul Schrader on his latest feature, Master Gardener, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter; and acclaimed French writer Annie Ernaux on her singular literary career and her venture into the moving image with The Super 8 Years. More talks will be announced soon.
Crosscuts returns with unique and inspired pairings of filmmakers across NYFF sections, genres, and styles. This year’s lineup includes conversations between Frederick Wiseman (A Couple) and Alice Diop (Saint Omer); Charlotte Wells (Aftersun) and Mia Hansen-Løve (One Fine Morning); as well as Kelly Reichardt (Showing Up) and Joanna Hogg (The Eternal Daughter).
Roundtable discussions highlight thematic trends within the program and consider the films in the context of wider cultural conversations. Among these: The Politics of Desire, which will probe cinema’s unique ability to give form to the erotic dimensions of power with panelists João Pedro Rodrigues (Will-o’-the-Wisp), Ruth Beckermann (Mutzenbacher), and Isabel Sandoval (Maria Schneider, 1983); Missing Movies, a special presentation and workshop aimed at empowering the filmmaking community with the tools to liberate lost films and to ensure that the cinema of the present avoids the same fate; and Inclusive Visions, which will bring together activists and advocates to explore how the audiovisual pleasures of cinema can be made accessible to blind and low-vision cinephiles.
Two Film Comment Live conversations presented by the highly reputed publication will round out Talks: On the Critical Attitude explores the role of critique and criticism in the arts and beyond, featuring panelists Laura Poitras (All the Beauty and the Bloodshed) and Elvis Mitchell (Is That Black Enough for You?!?); while Festival Report enlists a group of critics in a lively wrap-up discussion with Devika Girish and Clinton Krute, co-deputy editors of Film Comment, about the NYFF60 lineup.
In celebration of the 60th edition of the New York Film Festival, special editions of Cinephile Game Night will be held at the Amphitheater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, hosted by Cinephile: A Card Game creator Cory Everett and Cinephile Game Night co-hosts Jordan Raup and Conor O’Donnell.
Talks are organized by Devika Girish and Madeline Whittle, in collaboration with Eugene Hernandez and Dennis Lim.
Free tickets for NYFF60 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.
Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and takes place September 30–October 16, 2022. An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues an enduring tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.
Along with screenings at Lincoln Center, as part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the New York Film Festival will offer festival screenings in all five boroughs of New York City in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Staten Island), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) (Brooklyn), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), Maysles Documentary Center (Harlem), and the Museum of the Moving Image (Queens). Each venue will present a selection of films throughout the festival; a complete schedule can be found here. NYFF60 tickets, including those for partner venue screenings, are on sale now.
FLC invites audiences to celebrate this milestone anniversary by reflecting on their NYFF experiences with our NYFF Memories survey and by taking part in our Letterboxd Watch Challenge.
Please note: Masks are required for all staff, audiences, and filmmakers at all times in public spaces at FLC indoor spaces. Proof of full vaccination is not required for NYFF60 audiences at FLC indoor spaces, but full vaccination is strongly recommended. Visit filmlinc.org/safety for more information. For health and safety protocols at partner venues, please visit their official websites.
THE 2022 AMOS VOGEL LECTURE: Cauleen Smith
2021 marked the birth centenary of Amos Vogel, the pioneering film programmer, author, and co-founder of the New York Film Festival. To mark this occasion and honor Vogel’s path-blazing legacy, last year the festival inaugurated the Amos Vogel Lecture, to be delivered annually by an artist or thinker who embodies the spirit of Vogel’s cinephilia and brings it into conversation with the present and future of cinema.
For this second edition of the Amos Vogel Lecture, we are proud to welcome the filmmaker and artist Cauleen Smith, whose landmark 1998 debut feature, Drylongso, will screen in a new restoration in the Revivals section of NYFF60. Known for the political rigor and intrepid formal experimentation of her film and multimedia practice, Smith epitomizes both the ethics of care and the commitment to subversion that guided Vogel’s mission—and which continue to guide the New York Film Festival 60 years after its founding. Smith’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A with Jacqueline Stewart, the director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and a Turner Classic Movies host.
Sunday, October 2, 6:00pm, Amphitheater
In-depth dialogues with festival filmmakers & their creative collaborators
In the nearly three decades since his first feature, Kicking and Screaming, made its debut at the 33rd NYFF in 1995, Noah Baumbach has been a fixture of the New York filmmaking scene, crafting idiosyncratic and incisive studies of human relationships. His latest, one of the year’s most gratifyingly ambitious films, turns Don DeLillo’s epochal postmodern 1985 novel White Noise into a richly layered, entirely unexpected work of contemporary satire, extending Baumbach’s career-long exploration of the joys, frailties, and absurdities of the American family unit into new terrain. Join us for an in-depth conversation with the writer-director about the process of bringing DeLillo’s text—long considered unfilmable—to the screen and the challenges and revelations of adaptation.
Saturday, October 1, 6:00pm, Amphitheater
For nearly half a century, Paul Schrader has been writing and directing films that cut to the heart of the American project with white-hot precision. Rounding out an era-delineating thematic trilogy that began with First Reformed and The Card Counter, Schrader continues his dramatic renaissance with Master Gardener, a startling tale about dormant violence and the possibility of regeneration where redemption seems out of reach. We are thrilled to welcome the legendary American director and screenwriter for an extended conversation on this latest entry in his masterful, decades-spanning oeuvre.
Sunday, October 2, 2:00pm, Amphitheater
In NYFF60 Centerpiece selection All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, documentarian Laura Poitras takes as her subject Nan Goldin. An era-defining artist who rose from the New York “No Wave” underground to become one of the great photographers of the late 20th century, Goldin put herself at the forefront of the battle against the Sackler family and their pharmaceutical empire, both as an activist at art institutions around the world that had accepted millions from the Sacklers and as an advocate for the destigmatization of drug addiction. Join us for an intimate, career-spanning conversation with Goldin—who also designed the posters for the 60th New York Film Festival—about the personal and political roots of her creative practice, the radical humanism of her photography, and the defiant intertwinings of her art and activism.
Saturday, October 8, 7:00pm, Amphitheater
With NYFF60 Spotlight selection The Super 8 Years, the French writer Annie Ernaux, whose profoundly introspective novels and memoirs have gained her a devoted following (and whose autobiographical L’Événement was adapted last year into the critically acclaimed film Happening), brings together gorgeously textured home movie images from a pivotal decade in the life of her family. In collaboration with her son David Ernaux-Briot, Ernaux crafts a portrait of a time and place, and a bittersweet tribute to the circumstances that set the stage for her own creative and professional fulfillment. We are pleased to welcome Ernaux for a special conversation that will explore her singular writing career, her venture into the moving image, and the literary and cinematic influences that underpin her intensely personal lyricism.
Tuesday, October 11, 6:00pm, Amphitheater
Conversations between filmmakers across festival sections, genres, and styles
Alice Diop & Frederick Wiseman
French filmmaker Alice Diop has said that it was the work of Frederick Wiseman that inspired her to become a documentarian. It is fitting, then, that this year’s NYFF Main Slate features new films by Wiseman and Diop that speak to each other in extraordinary ways—including in their deviation from documentary into the more delicate terrain between fiction and nonfiction. Both A Couple (Wiseman) and Saint Omer (Diop) take true stories of extraordinary and fraught women as their bases, probing the formal possibilities and limits of cinema in revealing the inner lives of real people. Join the two directors for a conversation about the turn to narrative cinema, the cultural and generational distinctions of filmmaking in France and the United States, their respective approaches to cinema as a mode of systemic critique, and more. Moderated by Dessane Lopez Cassell (editor-in-chief, SEEN journal).
Monday, October 3, 6:00pm, Walter Reade Theater
Mia Hansen-Løve & Charlotte Wells
This talk brings together the directors behind two stunning works of autofiction in the NYFF60 lineup. One Fine Morning by leading French filmmaker (and NYFF staple) Mia Hansen-Løve and Aftersun, the debut feature by Charlotte Wells, both center on father-daughter relationships drawn from the directors’ own lives, exploring tenderness and trauma, love and loss with formal ingenuity and emotional force. Both films also feature powerhouse performances—Paul Mescal in Aftersun and Léa Seydoux in One Fine Morning—that challenge and reinvigorate routine cinematic portrayals of femininity, masculinity, and intimacy. Join Hansen-Løve and Wells for an extended conversation about the process of making art out of one’s life, giving filmic shape to the workings of memory and time, reimagining the contours of “women’s cinema,” and more.
Saturday, October 8, 4:00pm, Amphitheater
Joanna Hogg & Kelly Reichardt
Two of the leading auteurs of contemporary cinema, Joanna Hogg and Kelly Reichardt have built acclaimed bodies of work that stand out for their epic existential scope and intimate emotional textures. With The Eternal Daughter and Showing Up, respectively, Hogg and Reichardt take their filmmaking into new territories, exploring the poetic and prosaic imbrications of life and art, particularly in the personal and professional worlds of female artists. We are pleased to bring Hogg and Reichardt together for a conversation about their singular career trajectories, their distinctive approaches to writing and directing, and the process of translating personal experience into universally resonant stories of women on the verge of creative transcendence.
Sunday, October 9, 6:00pm, Amphitheater
Panel discussions that connect the festival to the themes of the moment
The Politics of Desire
Several films in this year’s NYFF60 lineup probe cinema’s unique ability to give form to the erotic dimensions of power. Joao Pedro Rodrigues’s Will-o’-the-Wisp mixes play and transgression in an outré queer musical that implicates both Portugal’s colonial past and its apocalyptic, wildfire-stricken present. In Ruth Beckermann’s Mutzenbacher, the staged reading of a 20th-century Viennese pornographic text becomes a wry and unflinching interrogation of contemporary male attitudes toward women, fantasy, sexuality, and the ever-moving targets of morality. In the Currents program, Elisabeth Subrin’s short film Maria Schneider, 1983 recreates an infamous French TV interview with the titular star about the traumatic filming of Last Tango in Paris. A trio of actresses play Schneider, including Isabel Sandoval, whose own filmmaking revels in queer sensuality. This roundtable will bring together Subrin, Rodrigues, Beckermann, and Sandoval to discuss the ways in which their work gives subversive and radical form to sex, eroticism, and embodiment.
Monday, October 3, 4:00pm, Amphitheater
Have you ever sought out a movie you once saw and loved, and discovered that there is no longer any way to watch it? Movies go “missing” all the time, whether due to lapses in preservation and archiving, complexities of copyright and distribution, or technological obsolescence. To address these lacunae—which can powerfully shape what we know and regard as the cinematic canon— a group of filmmakers, distributors, archivists, and lawyers have founded the organization Missing Movies. We are pleased to welcome Missing Movies board members and advisors Amy Heller, Dennis Doros, Nancy Savoca, Rich Guay, Ira Deutchman, and Maya Cade to NYFF60 for a special presentation and workshop aimed at empowering the filmmaking community with the tools to liberate lost films and to ensure that the cinema of the present avoids the same fate. Bring your own stories of missing movies to the workshop—our expert guests will teach you how you can join the effort to track them down!
Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm, Amphitheater
Film Comment Live: On the Critical Attitude
Taking its title from a poem by Bertolt Brecht, this talk will explore the role of critique and criticism in the arts and beyond. Does critique represent a negative attitude to the world, or is it in fact a deeply optimistic practice, one that allows us to imagine and work toward alternative and better realities? (Brecht, again: “Criticizing the course of a river means improving it, correcting it.”) Is criticism always a response to art, or can it be a form of art-making in itself? Can one effectively critique an institution or system while also living within it? Film Comment editors Devika Girish and Clinton Krute will delve into these questions with a roundtable of directors from the NYFF60 lineup whose films are as stunning as works of art as they are incisive as critiques—whether of history, society, or art itself. Panelists include Laura Poitras (All the Beauty and the Bloodshed) and Elvis Mitchell (Is That Black Enough for You?!?).
Saturday, October 8, 1:00pm, Amphitheater
Film Comment Live: Festival Report
As the festival draws to a close, a group of critics will gather together for a spirited wrap-up discussion with Film Comment editors Devika Girish and Clinton Krute about the movies they’ve seen in the NYFF60 lineup. Panelists include Kelli Weston, Phoebe Chen, and Molly Haskell.
Saturday, October 15, 6:00pm, Amphitheater
IndieWire Presents: Screen Talk Live
In over 400 episodes of the IndieWire Screen Talk podcast, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson have debated the indie film world and beyond—from film festivals to new releases and the future of the business. Join Eric and special surprise guests for this live podcast recording at the 60th New York Film Festival in what promises to be an unforgettable conversation.
Monday, October 3, 6:30pm Amphitheater
Cinephile Game Night: NYFF60 Edition
Celebrate 60 years of New York Film Festival with special editions of Cinephile Game Night during the festival at the EBM Amphitheater! Featuring Cinephile: A Card Game creator Cory Everett and Cinephile Game Night co-hosts Jordan Raup and Conor O’Donnell, the event will feature multiple trivia rounds including NYFF history and beyond, with chances to win tickets to this year’s edition and more prizes. There’s no need to bring Cinephile to participate––only your movie-loving brain is required.
Saturday, October 1, 8:00pm, Amphitheater
Monday, October 3, 8:00pm, Amphitheater
Sunday, October 9, 8:00pm, Amphitheater
As the pandemic has reshaped (and continues to reshape) the collective film-viewing experience, it has also brought to the fore questions and conversations about cinema’s accessibility, particularly to diversely-abled audiences. How can we ensure that the audiovisual pleasures of movie-going can be enjoyed and appreciated by cinephiles from visually and hearing-impaired communities? Taking audio description practices and the experiences of blind and low-vision consumers as a case study, this panel will bring together advocates, cinephiles, narrators, and post-production technicians to examine the tools and structures that can allow for a more democratic and inclusive film culture. Panelists will be announced soon. Co-organized with Michele Spitz (Woman of Her Word).
To mark October’s designation as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, please join us immediately after the discussion for a one-of-a-kind blind wine-tasting presentation by Dr. Hoby Wedler. Hosted by Michele Spitz.
Thursday, October 13, 6:00pm, Amphitheater