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Spotlight

NYFF’s showcase of the season’s most anticipated and significant films.

Bones and All

  • Luca Guadagnino
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 130 minutes

Q&A with Luca Guadagnino, Taylor Russell & Chloë Sevigny on Oct. 6

Director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) has crafted a work of both tender fragility and feral intensity, setting corporeal horror and runaway romance against a vividly textured Americana, featuring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet as lovers with insatiable, dangerous desires.

A Cooler Climate

  • James Ivory and Giles Gardner
  • 2022
  • U.K.
  • 75 minutes

World Premiere · Q&A with James Ivory and Giles Gardner on Oct. 7

In this deeply personal new documentary from James Ivory, the Oscar-winning filmmaker uncovers boxes of film he shot during a life-changing trip to Afghanistan in 1960. This glorious, color footage unleashes a Proustian reverie during which Ivory recounts his life as traveler, outsider, and artist.

Exterior Night

  • Marco Bellocchio
  • 2022
  • Italy
  • 328 minutes
  • Italian with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere · Intro by Fabrizio Gifuni and Fausto Russo Alesi on Oct. 5

The indefatigable Marco Bellocchio, whose last fiction feature at NYFF was his riveting mafia crime drama The Traitor, has directed a monumental six-part series about a shocking event that rocked Italy in the late seventies: the kidnapping and eventual murder of the country’s influential statesman and former prime minister Aldo Moro by the leftist Red Brigades.

Is That Black Enough for You?!?

  • Elvis Mitchell
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 135 minutes

World Premiere · Q&A with Elvis Mitchell & Steven Soderbergh on Oct. 9

American film critic Elvis Mitchell’s kaleidoscopic documentary creates a definitive narrative of the Black revolution in 1970s cinema, from genre films to social realism—a work of painstaking scholarship that’s also thoroughly entertaining, an essential archival document and testament to a period of American film history unlikely to be repeated.

The Kingdom Exodus

  • Lars von Trier
  • 2022
  • Denmark
  • 291 minutes
  • Danish, English, Swedish with English subtitles
  • Opens December 28, 2022
Lars von Trier has directed a third season of his incomparable television series The Kingdom, and the show’s legions of fans will be delighted by his dark-comic return to the misfit world of Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, once again ruled equally by sinister supernatural visions and at times hilarious administrative incompetence.
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Personality Crisis: One Night Only

  • Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 127 minutes

World Premiere · Intro by Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, and David Johansen on Oct. 12; Q&A with Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, and David Johansen on Oct. 14

Martin Scorsese turns his camera on another beloved New York institution, luminously capturing a Cafe Carlyle set by entertainer David Johansen, equally celebrated as the lead singer-songwriter of the androgynous ’70s glam punk groundbreakers The New York Dolls and for his complete reinvention as hepcat lounge lizard Buster Poindexter in the ’80s.

She Said

  • Maria Schrader
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 135 minutes

World Premiere · Q&A with Maria Schrader, Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Jodi Kantor, and Megan Twohey on Oct. 13

In this thrilling new drama detailing the New York Times' investigation that uncovered decades of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan play journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, whose efforts would ultimately help ignite the #MeToo movement.

Solaris — 50th Anniversary Screening with Live Musical Accompaniment

  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • 1972
  • Soviet Union
  • 166 minutes
  • Russian with English subtitles

World Premiere of New Live Score

Often described as a Soviet response to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris is an enigmatic work of startling beauty and depth. This 50th anniversary screening features a live newly created score by Matthew Nolan and Stephen Shannon.

“Sr.”

  • Chris Smith
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 89 minutes

Q&As with Chris Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Kevin Ford on Oct. 10 & 11

This tender yet fittingly irreverent portrait of the life and career of Robert Downey Sr., the fearless, visionary American director who set the standard for counterculture comedy in the sixties and seventies, is an inspired collaboration between celebrated documentarian Chris Smith (American Movie); the subject’s son, Robert Downey Jr.; and the man himself, who passed away in July 2021.

The Super 8 Years

  • Annie Ernaux and David Ernaux-Briot
  • 2022
  • France
  • 60 minutes
  • French with English subtitles
  • Opens December 16, 2022
The French writer and 2022 Nobel Prize awardee Annie Ernaux, whose novels and memoirs have gained her a devoted following, opens a treasure trove with this delicate journey into her family’s memory, compiled from gorgeously textured home movie images taken from 1972 to 1981.

Till

  • Chinonye Chukwu
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 130 minutes

World Premiere · Q&As with Chinonye Chukwu and Danielle Deadwyler on Oct. 1 (joined by Whoopi Goldberg) & on Oct. 2 (joined by Jalyn Hall, John Douglas Thompson, Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole, Keith Beauchamp, and Deborah Watts)

After her searing modern-day death-row drama Clemency, Chinonye Chukwu has traveled back to the 1950s to tell the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, the Chicago woman whose son, Emmett Till, was lynched while visiting cousins in Mississippi and whose body became an indelible image of the horrors of American racism.

Women Talking

  • Sarah Polley
  • 2022
  • U.S.
  • 104 minutes

Q&A with Sarah Polley, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Judith Ivey, and Sheila McCarthy on Oct. 10

Sarah Polley brings ferocious honesty and restrained urgency to her screen adaptation of Miriam Toews’s acclaimed novel about of a group of women from a remote religious community dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault perpetrated by the colony’s men.

JLG/NYFF: The Image Book

  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • 2018
  • Switzerland
  • 90 minutes

Free and open to the public! | Oct. 1-7

We pay tribute to Jean-Luc Godard, who exhilarated and challenged us year after year by presenting his final film, 2018's sprawling, dense, testament-like The Image Book (an NYFF56 Main Slate selection), on a loop and for free in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center throughout the festival's first week (October 1-7).

An Evening with Tilda Swinton

  • 60 minutes
Take part in a special evening celebrating award-winning actor and artist Tilda Swinton as she takes the stage for a candid conversation.