Folks, we can put a bow on the New York Film Festival for 2023. Moreover, that’s pretty much it for festivals this year for me, allowing me to really settle in with my own bed (though, yes, I sleep at home during NYFF). Listen, I’m tired! Each year, NYFF puts on a classy and diverse show, with the 60th installment no exception. So, with the festival now in the books, it’s time to share with you all my final thoughts. As always, when a fest ends, we commemorate it by having me give out some awards/prizes, as well as a general sense of what it was like. Today, obviously, will be no exception!
Once again this year, I was lucky enough to see several of the higher profile NYFF titles at previous festivals. So, while the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival did some of the heavy lifting for me, there were plenty of big movies I still saw in the Big Apple. Those were highlighted by Ferrari, The Killer, Maestro, May December, and Priscilla.
Below, you can see what I found to be the various NYFF highlights. I’ll include the top films and performances, as well as a full ranking from what I saw. Well, why don’t we get down to it now? Behold the best of the fest…
I’d already seen and fallen for Hit Man and Poor Things prior to this festival starting, but they were joined by David Fincher‘s The Killer as the heads and tails best films of the fest. NYFF had a very eclectic selection of movies, and there were very few things I didn’t like, but this trio were the top tier highlights.
I was taken with several performances during the festival, with Carey Mulligan in Maestro and Emma Stone in Poor Things chief among them. Other highlights from the actors and actress at NYFF include Penélope Cruz in Ferrari, Glen Powell in Hit Man, and Mark Ruffalo in Poor Things. There was certainly no shortage of strong acting found within the fest.
Best Film: Poor Things (Runner Up: Hit Man and The Killer)
Best Director: Yorgos Lanthimos for Poor Things (Runner Up: David Fincher for The Killer and Justine Triet for Anatomy of a Fall)
Best Actor: Glen Powell for Hit Man (Runner Up: Bradley Cooper for Maestro and Andrew Scott for All of Us Strangers)
Best Actress: Emma Stone for Poor Things (Runner Up: Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall and Carey Mulligan for Maestro)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo for Poor Things (Runner Up: Jamie Bell for All of Us Strangers and Willem Dafoe for Poor Things)
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz for Ferrari (Runner Up: Adria Arjona for Hit Man and Julianne Moore for May December)
Best Screenplay: Poor Things (Runner Up: Hit Man and The Killer)
1. Poor Things
2. Hit Man
3. The Killer
7. May December
11. The Pigeon Tunnel
12. Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
13. Orlando, My Political Biography
15. Occupied City
Stay tuned to see how the NYFF titles do throughout the rest of the year!