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Main Slate Announced for 61st New York Film Festival

This morning, the 61st New York Film Festival announced its main slate titles. We already knew that May December was the Opening Night Selection, with Priscilla the Centerpiece Selection, alongside Ferarri as the Closing Night Selection. Now, we know the rest. The highlights include All of Us Strangers, Anatomy of a Fall, Poor Things, The Zone of Interest, and more. You can see the rest of the NYFF lineup below.

Here is the press release:

Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) announces the 32 films that comprise the Main Slate of the 61st New York Film Festival (NYFF), taking place September 29–October 15 at Lincoln Center and in venues across the city. Secure your seats with Festival Passes, limited quantities on sale now. Single tickets go on sale September 19 at noon ET.

“The unsettled state of the industry is an unavoidable talking point these days, but my hope is that our festival, as it has done through its 61-year history, will serve as a reminder that the art of cinema is in robust health,” said Dennis Lim, Artistic Director of the New York Film Festival. “The filmmakers in this year’s Main Slate are grappling with eternal questions—about how movies relate to the world, about what it means to make art from life, about the most interesting ways to approach the contemporary moment and the historical past—and the answers they have proposed are thrilling in their variety, ingenuity, and urgency. We can’t wait for our audience, so vital to the festival experience, to discover these 32 new films.”

This year’s Main Slate showcases films produced in 18 different countries, featuring new titles from renowned auteurs, exceptional work from returning NYFF directors as well as those making their NYFF debut, and celebrated films from festivals worldwide including Cannes prizewinners: Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall; Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest; Wim Wenders’s Perfect Days; Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s About Dry Grasses; and Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves. At the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, Angela Schanelec’s Music was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and Bas Devos’s Here was awarded best film in the Encounters section and the FIPRESCI prize.

Appearing in the NYFF Main Slate for the first time are Annie Baker, Bas Devos, Felipe Gálvez, Jonathan Glazer, Andrew Haigh, Raven Jackson (an NYFF57 FLC Artists Academy alum), Michael Mann, Rodrigo Moreno, Paul B. Preciado, Wang Bing, and Zhang Lu; additional returning NYFF filmmakers include Lisandro Alonso (FLC 2014 Filmmaker in Residence), Marco Bellocchio, Bertrand Bonello, Catherine Breillat, Sofia Coppola, Víctor Erice, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Agnieszka Holland, Hong Sangsoo, Radu Jude, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Martín Rejtman, and Alice Rohrwacher (FLC 2016 Filmmaker in Residence).

A special addition to this year’s Main Slate is the North American premiere of a newly unearthed and restored short directed by legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda and featuring Pier Paolo Pasolini while both were in town for the 4th New York Film Festival in 1966. It will precedetwo Main Slate features: La Chimera and Pictures of Ghosts.

As previously announced, the Opening Night selection is Todd Haynes’s May December; Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla is the Centerpiece; and Michael Mann’s Ferrari will close NYFF61. Currents, Revivals, Spotlight, and Talks sections will be announced in the coming weeks––sign up for NYFF updates for the latest news.

All NYFF61 documentaries are presented by HBO®.

The New York Film Festival will offer festival screenings in all five boroughs of New York City in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Staten Island), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) (Brooklyn), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, and the Museum of the Moving Image (Queens). Each venue will present a selection of films throughout the festival; a complete list of films and showtimes will be announced later this month.

The NYFF Main Slate selection committee, chaired by Dennis Lim, also includes Florence Almozini, Justin Chang, K. Austin Collins, and Rachel Rosen.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and takes place September 29–October 15, 2023. An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues an enduring tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.

Secure your seats with Festival Passes, limited quantities on sale now with discounts through August 17. NYFF61 single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 19 at noon ET, with pre-sale access for FLC Members and Pass holders prior to this date. Become an FLC Member by August 15 to secure pre-sale access. NYFF61 press and industry accreditation is now open through August 28.

61st New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night – May December Dir. Todd Haynes  

Centerpiece – Priscilla Dir. Sofia Coppola  

Closing Night – Ferrari Dir. Michael Mann  

About Dry Grasses Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan  

All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt Dir. Raven Jackson  

All of Us Strangers Dir. Andrew Haigh  

Anatomy of a Fall Dir. Justine Triet  

The Beast Dir. Bertrand Bonello  

La Chimera Dir. Alice Rohrwacher  

Close Your Eyes Dir. Víctor Erice  

The Delinquents Dir. Rodrigo Moreno  

Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World Dir. Radu Jude  

Eureka Dir. Lisandro Alonso  

Evil Does Not Exist Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi  

Fallen Leaves Dir. Aki Kaurismäki  

Green Border Dir. Agnieszka Holland  

Here Dir. Bas Devos  

In Our Day Dir. Hong Sangsoo  

In Water Dir. Hong Sangsoo  

Janet Planet Dir. Annie Baker  

Kidnapped Dir. Marco Bellocchio  

Last Summer Dir. Catherine Breillat  

Music Dir. Angela Schanelec  

Orlando, My Political Biography Dir. Paul B. Preciado  

Perfect Days Dir. Wim Wenders  

Pictures of Ghosts Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho  

Poor Things Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos  

La Práctica Dir. Martín Rejtman  

The Settlers Dir. Felipe Gálvez  

The Shadowless Tower Dir. Zhang Lu  

Youth (Spring) Dir. Wang Bing  

The Zone of Interest Dir. Jonathan Glazer


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