The 60th edition of the New York Film Festival, now underway through October 16th, began on Friday, September 30th, with Noah Baumbach’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of Don DeLillo’s modern classic White Noise. Adam Driver leads an all-star cast, including Greta Gerwig, Jodie Turner-Smith, André Benjamin, and Don Cheadle, in one of the year’s most gratifyingly ambitious films. White Noise was long perceived as unfilmable, but Baumbach manages to match DeLillo’s percussive form of stylized dialogue, and envisions a wonderfully abrasive and awe-inspiring film, a precisely mounted period piece entirely befitting our modern, through-the-looking-glass pandemic reality. 

Watch the press conference with writer/director Noah Baumbach and cast members Greta Gerwig, Raffey Cassidy, May Nivola, and Sam Nivola, composer Danny Elfman, and songwriter James Murphy as they discuss White Noise, the Opening Night selection of this year’s festival, with NYFF Artistic Director, Dennis Lim. Opening Night is presented by Campari.

Their wide-ranging discussion covers adapting the “unfilmable” Don DeLillo novel, the story’s frightening similarities to our current pandemic, working with a very large cast, and shooting in Anamorphic widescreen.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars: White Noise opens in select theaters on November 25th and on Netflix December 30th.

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