Main Slate Lineup Announced for 2014 New York Film Festival

Clouds of Sils MariaOn the small roster of fall festivals we make the rounds of, New York Film Festival is the giant we inevitably look forward to the most. The world premieres bring the heavyweights into the Oscar conversation, but it’s otherwise no less an embarrassment of cinematic riches. We’ll again be covering the fest for a single week – college, alas, is still a thing – and now we’ve received the most significant glimpse of what we’ll see there. Films range from all the year’s major festivals, including a greater number of Sundance entries than usual – often times they’ve already premiered, but Listen Up Philip and Whiplash are set for release in October. Some big names will doubtlessly be familiar, but as ever, it’s the mysteries that have us most excited.

Already announced were the major world premieres. Opening the festival is David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which admittedly hits theaters nationwide just a week later, so it’s the event of premiering it that’s NYFF’s draw for acquiring it, but it’s nonetheless one of the most intriguing prospects on the horizon. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s visually ambitious chamber piece Birdman is set to close the fest, after already kicking off Venice, hitting Toronto, and likely making a stop in Telluride. Smack in the middle of the fest, though, is the debut we’re most anxiously anticipating, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. A PTA joint is a high value property in any year, and hot off the heels of The Master, very nearly Anderson’s best, exciting is inordinately high for whatever it is, which, if rumor bodes true, is a bit of a return to his comic roots.

Two Days, One NightCannes is as central a fixture as ever, if markedly and, if you ask me, refreshingly missing Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s work was far from a unanimous hit at Cannes, and I imagine might’ve tried the patience of some New York crowds more than they’d like, particularly after last year’s selection had four 4-hour films. Picking up the slack are prize winners Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner and Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders. Also present are Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu and the Dardennes brothers’ Two Days, One Night, along with Un Certain Regard pics Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room, Lissandro Alonso’s Jauja and Asia Argento’s Misunderstood.

Berlin is as sturdy a fixture as ever, with festival standout ’71 and Beloved Sisters being joined by Alain Resnais’ final film, Life of Riley, an entry whose omission might’ve felt a bit heartless, particularly given his presence at past festivals. A number of U.S. premiers seem apparently heading for Toronto, such as Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden, Josh and Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, and a bevy of the festival’s big question marks. Some are set to arrive at Venice, others making a stop at Telluride.

'71We’ll know the general opinion before we see most these films, as per usual, which makes NYFF a less mysterious source of stress, and allows audiences the chance to alter their schedules for what they think is most likely to hit with them. We’ll be opening up to every option available to us, which will no doubt include Emerging Artist and Documentary sidebars to be announced later on. You can see the full lineup of main slate films below and full descriptions of each film here.

Gone Girl (Opening Night – World Premiere, previously announced)
David Fincher, USA, 2014, DCP, 150m

Inherent Vice (Centerpiece – World Premiere, previously announced)
Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 2014, 148m

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Closing Night – New York Premiere, previously announced)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, USA, 2014, DCP, 119m

Beloved Sisters / Die geliebten Schwestern (North American Premiere)
Dominik Graf, Germany/Austria, 2014, DCP, 170m
German and French with English subtitles

The Blue Room / La chambre bleue (North American Premiere)
Mathieu Amalric, France, 2014, DCP, 76m
French with English subtitles

Clouds of Sils Maria (U.S. Premiere)
Olivier Assayas, Switzerland/Germany/France, 2014, DCP, 124m
English and French with English subtitles

Eden (U.S. Premiere)
Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 2014, DCP, 131m

Foxcatcher (U.S. Premiere)
Bennett Miller, USA, 2014, DCP, 134m

Goodbye to Language / Adieu au langage (New York Premiere)
Jean-Luc Godard, France, 2014, DCP, 70m
French with English subtitles

Heaven Knows What (U.S. Premiere)
Josh & Benny Safdie, USA, 2014, DCP, 93m

Hill of Freedom / Jayuui Eondeok (U.S. Premiere)
Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 2014, DCP, 66m
Korean and English with English subtitles

Horse Money / Cavalo Dinheiro (U.S. Premiere)
Pedro Costa, Portugal, 2014, DCP, 103m
Portuguese and Creole with English subtitles

Jauja (U.S. Premiere)
Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/Denmark/France/Mexico/USA/Germany/Brazil, 2014, DCP, 108m
Danish and Spanish with English subtitles

Life of Riley / Aimer, boire et chanter (New York Premiere)
Alain Resnais, France, 2014, DCP, 108m
French with English subtitles

Listen Up Philip (New York Premiere)
Alex Ross Perry, USA, 2014, DCP, 108m

Maps to the Stars (U.S. Premiere)
David Cronenberg, Canada/Germany, 2014, DCP, 111m

Misunderstood / Incompresa (North American Premiere)
Asia Argento, Italy/France, 2014, DCP, 110m
Italian, French, and English with English subtitles

Mr. Turner (New York Premiere)
Mike Leigh, UK, 2014, DCP, 149m

Pasolini (U.S. Premiere)
Abel Ferrara, France/Belgium/Italy, DCP, 87m
Italian, English, and French with English subtitles

The Princess of France / La Princesa de Francia (U.S. Premiere)
Matías Piñeiro, Argentina, 2014, DCP, 70m
Spanish and Italian with English subtitles

Saint Laurent (North American Premiere)
Bertrand Bonello, France, 2014, DCP, 146m
French with English subtitles

La Sapienza (U.S. Premiere)
Eugène Green, France/Italy, 2014, DCP, 100m
French and Italian with English subtitles

’71 (New York Premiere)
Yann Demange, UK, 2014, DCP, 99m

Tales of the Grim Sleeper (New York Premiere)
Nick Broomfield, USA/UK, 2014, DCP, 105m

Timbuktu (U.S. Premiere)
Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania, 2014, DCP, 100m
Arabic, Bambara, French, English, Songhay, and Tamasheq with English subtitles

Time Out of Mind (U.S. Premiere)
Oren Moverman, USA, 2014, DCP, 117m

Two Days, One Night / Deux jours, une nuit (New York Premiere)
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France/Italy, 2014, DCP, 95m
French with English subtitles

Two Shots Fired / Dos Disparos (U.S. Premiere)
Martín Rejtman, Argentina, 2014, DCP, 105m
Spanish with English subtitles

Whiplash (New York Premiere)
Damien Chazelle, USA, 2014, DCP, 105m

The Wonders / Le meraviglie (North American Premiere)
Alice Rohrwacher, Italy/Switzerland/Germany, 2014, DCP, 110m
Italian, German, and French with English subtitles

The 2014 New York Film Festival takes place from September 26th to October 12th at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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