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Lincoln Center
Sept. 28 – Oct. 14, 2007

Written by Frank J. Avella

Opposite Photo Credit: Evan Sung

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Last year at this time, The Queen was introduced to New Yorkers. Stephen Frears gem opened the 44th New York Film Festival and went on to become one of the most acclaimed movies of the year, garnering a Best Picture Oscar nomination and the Best Actress Award for Helen Mirren (along with a legion of other trophies)! The Fest also debuted works as diverse as: David Lynch’s maddening Inland Empire; Pedro Almodovar’s lyrical Volver; Todd Field’s astonishing Little Children and Guillermo Del Toro’s stirring Pan’s Labyrinth.

Always eclectic as well as eccentric, this year’s New York Film Festival stays on typical course with a host of diverse offerings that run the gamut from works by Festival favorites (Wes Anderson, Eric Rohmer, The Coen Brothers) to more daring artists (Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Julian Schnabel) to a cinema master (Sidney Lumet).

The Gotham Fete’ is, arguably, the most exhilarating of all film festivals (certainly in the US) because of it’s obvious elitism. Don’t misunderstand, the selection committee are not arrogant, they simply adore cinema and choose to celebrate what they see as the best cinema has to offer. They are (thankfully) much less concerned with who walks the Red Carpet. The result is an always-interesting crop of must-see pics!

Twenty-eight films will be shown from September 28th thru October 14th at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center (while the currently-gutted Alice Tully Hall is completely renovated. Many are taken directly from films shown at Cannes.

Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Adrian Brody in
The Darjeeling Limited

Javier Bardem in
No Country for Old Men

Opening night boasts Wes Anderson’s sublime The Darjeeling Limited, a spiritual mindfuck of a film on par with his masterwork, The Royal Tennenbaums. The film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman. Idiosyncratic is the word for Anderson and can also describe Joel and Ethan Coen, who made the Festival Centerpiece, the Cormac McCarthy adaptation No Country for Old Men, with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin.


The Closing Night selection, Persepolis, is based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and features the voice of Catherine Deneuve.

The festival also includes ten new short films and six retrospectives, including Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Final Cut and John Ford’s The Iron Horse which will be accompanied by a full orchestra in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall!

Philip Seymoure Hoffman and Ethan Hawke in
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Directorial legend, Sidney Lumet, returns to the Festival after an absence of 43 years (Fail-Safe, 1964) with the searing and brilliant Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead—a towering achievement that is reminiscent of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and even has the nail-bite of The Departed. It’s a shattering masterpiece.


Also on the Festival lineup: Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding (with
Nicole Kidman); Abel Ferrara’s Go Go Tales; Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There (featuring Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger—among others—as Bob Dylan); Julian Schnabel’s inspiring French co-production The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park; Brian De Palma’s Redacted and John Landis’ Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project—to name just some of the US entries. Many other countries are repped.

Under the leadership of Richard Pena, the New York Film Festival continues to fascinate, irritate, intrigue and excite. What more could true cinephiles ask for?

Venue and Ticket Information
Ttis year’s New York Film Festival screenings will be held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, in the Time Warner Center. Opening and Closing nights, the HBO Films Directors Dialogues and other special event screenings will be held in four other venues in New York: Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street; the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 65th Street at Amsterdam Ave.; the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, in the David B. and Samuel Rose Building, next to the Walter Reade Theater, 65th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, 10th Floor; and The TimesCenter, 242 W 41 St., between 7th and 8th Avenues. Go to for complete information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office (all events except sidebars); the Avery Fisher Hall box office (Avery Fisher Hall screenings); and the Walter Reade Theater box office (HBO Films Directors Dialogues and special events day of performance only, showcases). Purchases can also be made online at for all events and by phone through CenterCharge, 212.721.6500, for all events except Opening Night and showcases.


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