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Main Slate Selections for 59th New York Film Festival Announced!

Today, Film at Lincoln Center have announced the 32 films that will comprise the main slate of the 59th annual New York Film Festival, which will take place in-person from September 24th through October 10th. There will be select outdoor and virtual events, but, according to a press release, “in response to distributor and filmmaker partners and in light of festivals returning and theaters reopening across the country, NYFF will not offer virtual screenings for this year’s edition” even amidst the growing concerns of the Delta Variant of COVID-19. However, proof of vaccination will be required for “all staff, audiences, and filmmakers at NYFF59 venues.” and the festival will “adhere to a comprehensive series of health and safety policies in coordination with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and state and city medical experts.”

On the festival’s main slate, director of programming and chair of the Main Slate selection committee Dennis Lim explained that the slate is “a reminder of cinema’s world-making possibilities. They open up new ways of seeing and feeling and thinking, and whether or not they refer to our uncertain present, they help us make sense of our moment. I’m in awe of the sheer range of voices, styles, ideas, and images contained in this lineup, which includes many returning filmmakers but also more new names than we’ve had in some time, and I’m eager to welcome audiences back to our cinemas to experience these films as live, communal events.” Here is the full list of films playing at the New York Film Festival:

Opening Night

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Dir. Joel Coen


The Power of the Dog
Dir. Jane Campion

Closing Night

Parallel Mothers
Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

A Chiara
Dir. Jonas Carpignano

Ahed’s Knee
Dir. Nadav Lapid

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Dir. Radu Jude

Dir. Paul Verhoeven      

Bergman Island
Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve

Il Buco
Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino

Drive My Car
Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

The First 54 Years
Dir. Avi Mograbi

Dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Dir. Bruno Dumont

Dir. Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher

The Girl and the Spider
Dir. Ramon and Silvan Zürcher

Hit the Road (Jadde Khaki)
Dir. Panah Panahi

In Front of Your Face
Dir. Hong Sangsoo

Dir. Radu Muntean

Dir. Hong Sangsoo

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Neptune Frost
Dir. Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman

Dir. Rebecca Hall

Petite Maman
Dir. Céline Sciamma

Prayers for the Stolen
Dir. Tatiana Huezo

The Souvenir Part II
Dir. Joanna Hogg

Dir. Julia Ducournau

Unclenching the Fists
Dir. Kira Kovalenko

The Velvet Underground
Dir. Todd Haynes

Dir. Gaspar Noé

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky
Dir. Alexandre Koberidze

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

The Worst Person in the World
Dir. Joachim Trier


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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