Film at Lincoln Center is thrilled to continue its popular year-round free ‘Talks’ series, with the first-ever virtual edition of Film at Lincoln Center Talks taking place this summer. Each week a special guest will join us for a wide-ranging conversation about their new work, careers, influences, and approach to filmmaking. Since launching in 2011, the goal of this free series has been to bring film lovers together to celebrate and access leading voices in cinema, and we are proud to take this program online to provide even greater access to audiences around the world. HBO® is the presenting sponsor of Film at Lincoln Center Talks.
58th NYFF Talks
Date and time to be announced!Two major auteurs of German cinema—and brilliant portraitists of modernity—bring sublime and surprising new works to this year’s NYFF. Catch the two filmmakers in an unmissable exchange about their common concerns, formal divergences, and cinematic philosophies.
September 25 at 6pm · Register HereIn Matías Piñeiro’s Isabella (Main Slate) and Nicolás Pereda’s Fauna (Currents), one never knows where performance ends and life begins. In what is sure to be a conversation full of creative insight, the two filmmakers will chat about their shared affinities and inimitable idiosyncrasies.
September 19 at 2pm · Register HereJoin us for what is sure to be a lively, expansive roundtable with the directors featured in NYFF58’s New York Stories short film program, part of this year’s Currents section. These nine NYC-based filmmakers will discuss their working methods, influences, and creative networks, and the ways in which their filmmaking practices reflect and refract this most cinematic of cities.
September 22 at 6pm · Register HereAs discussions about reforming and expanding the cinematic canon rage on, some argue that it’s time to do away with it entirely—to imagine new and equitable structures, instead of trying to fix the old flawed ones. This roundtable discussion turns the spotlight on individuals and initiatives that bypass gatekeeping institutions, choosing instead to build alternative, collective, and grassroots methods of film distribution and exhibition.
October 6 at 11am · Register HereThis year’s NYFF features trailblazing filmmakers from around the globe who are not only reinventing world cinema, but challenging the very assumptions of that label. A selection of these directors will join us for a discussion about breaking boundaries and inventing new international canons.
September 24 at 6pm · Register HereWe’re excited to bring the veteran directors of MLK/FBI and Her Socialist Smile together to discuss their formal, aesthetic, and discursive approaches to filmmaking, and the challenge of crafting art that resonates in the present moment while frankly reckoning with the untidy contours of the past.
October 11 at 6pm · Register HereTwo Revivals selections featuring James Baldwin and Muhammad Ali pose the questions: Can artists and athletes act as political—perhaps even revolutionary—agents of change? And what are the double binds faced by Black artists and athletes in the public eye? Join us for a timely roundtable discussion featuring critics and scholars.
October 4 at 2pm · Register HereWith his Small Axe anthology, Steve McQueen has made the films of the moment. The director and his collaborators will dig into the making of this sprawling project—which McQueen has dedicated to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement—and illuminate the artistic and political ambitions that have shaped it.
October 3 at 2pm · Register HereTo expand on the timely questions raised by NYFF58 selections The Monopoly of Violence, Mangrove, and Red, White and Blue, we’re bringing together a group of film artists, writers, and scholars for a conversation about the cinematic representation of police brutality and revolutionary protest.
September 23 at 4:30pm · Register HereTo celebrate the premiere of the new restoration of Smooth Talk (1985) in NYFF58’s Revivals section, tune in for a live conversation with the three powerhouse women behind the film: director Joyce Chopra; actress Laura Dern; and author Joyce Carol Oates, whose short story provided the inspiration for the film. Moderated by TCM host Alicia Malone.
September 28 at 8:30pm · Register HereAn unparalleled portraitist of loneliness and longing, Tsai Ming-liang returns to NYFF with Days: his first feature since 2013’s Stray Dogs, and undoubtedly one of his best, sparest, and most intimate films. We are delighted to welcome the legendary Taiwanese director for an extended conversation about this latest entry in his masterful, decades-spanning oeuvre.
September 29 at 2pm · Register HereThe filmmakers behind the posthumously completed works of Raúl Ruiz (The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror) and Orson Welles (Hopper/Welles) will chat about the unique artistic and logistical process of fashioning a film out of the fragments left behind by an iconic auteur.
October 9 at 6pm · Register HereFor the festival’s final week, a group of critics will gather together for a spirited discussion with Devika Girish, Assistant Editor of Film Comment and Film at Lincoln Center, about the movies they’ve seen in the NYFF58 lineup and their tales from the trenches of the pandemic-era festival.
Watch on YouTube! · Presented by HBOFilm at Lincoln Center is proud to welcome visionary filmmaker Michael Almereyda (Marjorie Prime, Experimenter, Hamlet) to discuss his latest film Tesla, which was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Watch on YouTube! · Presented by HBOIn conjunction with the digital release of NYFF57 favorite First Cow, the highly anticipated new film from award-winning filmmaker Kelly Reichardt which opens July 9 in our Virtual Cinema, we are proud to host a special conversation with the renowned filmmaker and longtime friend of Film at Lincoln Center.
Watch on YouTube! · Presented by HBOIn conjunction with the release of John Lewis: Good Trouble, the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed documentarian and activist Dawn Porter, we're proud to host a special conversation with Porter, producer Erika Alexander, and composer Tamar-kali.
Watch on YouTube! · Presented by HBOJoin us to discuss one of the summer's most talked about movies. Film at Lincoln Center is proud to welcome king of comedy Judd Apatow to discuss his latest film The King of Staten Island, now available everywhere On Demand.
Watch on YouTube! · Presented by HBOAcclaimed filmmaker RaMell Ross joins Film at Lincoln Center to discuss his Oscar-nominated documentary , which is now playing as a FREE limited-time engagement in the FLC Virtual Cinema.
Watch on YouTube! · Presented by HBOLegendary filmmaker Abel Ferrara will be joined by Sean Baker to discuss Ferrara's deeply personal and formally inventive new film Tommaso, which opens in the FLC Virtual Cinema on June 5.