More prestigious and established than the “cooler” Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro in the early years, the New York Film Festival is about to kick off.
The 60th iteration of the movie party, presented by Film at Lincoln Center, will take over theaters in all five boroughs from September 30 to October 16.
There’s so much to see, that’s why we’ve broken it all down for you.
Here are the 18 must-see movies at this year’s New York Film Festival.
Noah Baumbach adapts Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel of the same name for the big screen, casting Adam Driver as Jack Gladney, a “Hitler studies” professor and father of four married to the reserved Babette, a flawless Greta Gerwig. In the aftermath of a toxic accident that may lead to ecological catastrophe, the Gladney family struggles to find peace in this weirdly funny exploration of the horrors of consumerism.
All the beauty and the bloodshed
This documentary from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras of citizenfour Fame explores both the fall of the Sackler family, founders of the pharmaceutical companies many associate with the opioid epidemic, and the life and career of artist Nan Goldin, who fought against these companies.
In his first leading film role, actor Jeremy Pope plays the role of Ellis French, a gay Marine at a boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina who becomes the target of hazing instructor Leland Laws. (Bokeem Woodbine) and recruits Laurence Harvey (Raúl Castillo) for his sexual orientation. Gabrielle Union plays Ellis’s mother, Inez French.
Armageddon time is set in 1980 Queens, when sixth grader Paul Graff (Banks Repeta) dreams of becoming an artist while befriending his black classmate Johnny (Jaylin Webb), who is dealing with a racist teacher. Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway play Graff’s parents, worried about his son as they try to navigate their American Jewish identities in New York. The great Anthony Hopkins plays Graff’s grandfather, with whom he shares a very close bond.
After the sun
Scottish director Charlotte Wells’ debut is inspired by her beautiful relationship with her father. The entire film takes place in a seaside resort in Turkey, where a divorced father and his daughter spend an entire weekend and are often mistaken for brothers.
Although inspired by a true story, A couple is a work of fiction based on Countess Sophia Behrs’ own diaries and her husband Leo Tolstoy’s letters to his beloved. Structured as a series of monologues, the play focuses on the couple’s 48-year marriage, which began when he was 34 and she was 18, her 13 children, and Behrs’ own identity as an artist.
decision to leave
When a middle-aged businessman mysteriously falls to his death during a rock-climbing expedition, Busan detective Hae-joon can’t seem to shake the case. Add to all this the fact that the detective begins to fall in love with the battered wife of the businessman, a Chinese national, and you have a thriller that he cannot stop watching.
Joel Edgerton is Narvel Roth, the head horticulturalist at Gracewood Gardens, the historic estate of Norma Haverhill (a great Sigourney Weaver). However, when Haverhill’s great-niece Maya (Quintessa Swindell) shows up, the balance between the two characters shifts, which could affect the future of Gracewood Gardens.
a good morning
a good morning follows the life of single mother and professional translator Sandra (Léa Seydoux), who cares for her elderly father (Pascal Greggory) while being romantically linked to a clearly unavailable married father (Melvil Poupaud).
Michelle Williams returns to the big screen as Lizzy Carr, a sculptor on the verge of an artistic breakthrough as she works on her latest gallery show and grapples with her job at an art school, a broken family and more. This is the fourth collaboration between Williams and director Kelly Reichardt. The two previously worked together on wendy and lucy, meek’s court Y certain women.
Cate Blanchett surprises in this interpretation of the fictional Lydia Tár, one of the most renowned conductors in the world and the first principal conductor of a major German orchestra. Noémie Merlant plays Tár’s assistant, while Nina Hoss plays concert performer Sharon Goodnow, also Tár’s wife.
This rather funny film earned Swedish director Ruben Östlund his second Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and for good reason: the film follows two attractive young models who embark on a satirical romance that eventually take a cruise on the Super Rico. The film is also Östlund’s English-language film debut.
bones and all
call me by your name Director Luca Guadagnino reunites with Timothée Chamalet in this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis. The film also stars Taylor Russell as Maren, a teenager who moves to a small town in Virginia with her father (André Holland), but soon runs off on her own again.
Personality Crisis – One Night Only
Martin Scorsese does it again, this time focusing his camera on iconic American singer-songwriter David Johansen, the frontman of the 1970s punk band The New York Dolls. But there is much more to Johansen than his music, as is clear in the opening minutes of Scorsese’s documentary, which features new and archival interviews, concert recordings and more.
Chronicling what many consider to be the kickoff to the #MeToo movement, She said starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan as New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the story for the newspaper in 2017. Based on the best-selling book written by the journalists themselves, the film looks at the decades of sexual harassment and assault that have defined the Hollywood industry.
The New York Film Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary science fiction film Solaris with a special screening with live musical accompaniment. Expect a newly created sheet music that was commissioned specifically for the event. As a refresher, the film centers on scientist Chris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) as he travels to a space station “whose inhabitants have been attempting to establish contact with the mysterious planet Solaris,” says an official synopsis.
Nigerian-American Chinonye Chukwu directs this harrowing film that tells the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), the American activist and educator who fought for justice after the 1955 lynching of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till (Sala Jalyn). Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison and Haley Bennett round out the cast.
Among the many highlights that characterize Sarah Polley’s film women talking is the excellent cast, which includes Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, and Frances McDormand, among others. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Miriam Toews about a group of women who are part of a remote religious community dealing with the consequences of sexual assaults perpetrated by the men in the group.