At the Film at Lincoln Center this autumn, check out the best of American and International cinema with the 59th NYFF!
With the return to in-person events in New York City, the 59th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) comes back to the city as well! Opening this Friday, the festival will be presenting new and underseen films from some of the most acclaimed filmmakers and actors across the globe. Whether you want to see one of two movies with Timothee Chalamet, a classic horror film from a master auteur, or a French sex thriller, you will find what you want at the NYFF. Here is a sample of five of our most anticipated movies at the festival, as well as some more things to be on the lookout for.
The Tragedy of Macbeth—Dir. Joel Coen, World Premiere 9/25
An adaptation of the classic Shakespearian drama from one of cinema’s most beloved auteurs, The Tragedy of Macbeth is certain to be an event. Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as the doomed Scots, Joel Coen makes his solo debut as a filmmaker with this adaptation. It will be fascinating to see what 1/2 of the Coen Brothers will do.
Titane—Dir. Julia Decournau, U.S. Premiere 9/26
Arriving at the 59th NYFF after a Palme d’Or-winning debut at the Cannes film festival, the newest film from Raw director Julia Decournau is already raising eyebrows. This film earned a wild reputation immediately after its world premiere last spring, and Neon (the distributor of Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire) has big plans for this French oddity. You’ll want to see this film to believe it, though it isn’t for the faint of heart… or stomach.
Power of the Dog—Dir. Jane Campion, Opening 10/1
Celebrated filmmaker Jane Campion makes her first feature film in over a decade with this western starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, and a truly amazing Kirsten Dunst. After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, this movie immediately became an Oscar frontrunner. About the relationship between a man and his brother & sister-in-law, Cumberbatch stars as a repressed cattle rancher in this lush feature. Catch it in theaters now before it debuts on Netflix later this year.
The Worst Person in the World—Dir. Joachim Trier, U.S. Premiere 9/25
This film has already started racking up awards for its lead actress, Renate Reinsve. A young woman juggles relationships and comes of age in Norway in her own special way. Fans of Greta Gerwig should also take note: this Cannes premiere has received comparisons to both Frances Ha and Lady Bird. Plus Joachim Trier knows how to make a fun film in any language.
Parallel Mothers—Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, North American Premiere 10/8
Returning for his third year in a row to the festival, Pedro Almodóvar comes to the 59th NYFF with a new feature starring his frequent muse Penélope Cruz and newcomer Milena Smit. Telling the story of two mothers who gave birth on the same day, the film kaleidoscopes outwards from there to show the different lives of women in Spain. Fans of Pain & Glory from two years ago will likely enjoy this new film from everyone favorite Spaniard.
Other Films to Note
- Paul Verhoeven teams up with Virgine Efira in the salacious Benedetta, which will likely get as many raves as it will complaints.
- We’ve already reviewed Flee out of Sundance, but it hates mentioning once again as one of the most engrossing documentaries of the year
- Internet boyfriend Timothee Chalamet makes two appearances on the 59th NYFF docket, with the sci-fi epic Dune and Wes Anderson’s latest, French Dispatch.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut in the Olivia Colman starring The Lost Daughter, inspired by the work of Elena Ferrante
The runs from Friday 9/24 through October 10th. Tickets are available now. Stay tuned to The Knockturnal for our full coverage of reviews, interviews, and more!