The emphasis of this year’s New York Film Festival is less on premieres and more on presenting what the selection committee—NYFF director Kent Jones and Film Society of Lincoln Center programmers Dennis Lim and Florence Almozini—simply considers to be the outstanding films of the year so far. The fifty-sixth edition, which opens tomorrow with Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite and runs through October 14, naturally features titles gleaned from the lineups of festivals such as Cannes and Locarno, Venice and Toronto, but also new restorations, dozens of short films by renowned filmmakers and fresh discoveries, and, as announced just yesterday, a series of live talks with the likes of Frederick Wiseman, Tamara Jenkins, Paul Dano, and Zoe Kazan. Talking to Jones and Lim on a recent edition of the Close-Up podcast, FSLC editorial director Michael Koresky asks about several highlights of the Main Slate, but also touches on a few special events, the Spotlight on Documentary, and the Projections program formerly known as Views from the Avant-Garde.
“If not one of the most jam-packed programs in the festival’s history, it is one of the more geographically far-flung ones, with thirty films from twenty-two different countries comprising the Main Slate,” notes Slant Magazine at the top of its collection of reviews—twenty-five and counting. You’ll find briefer overviews at the Film Stage, where the focus is on fifteen “under-the-radar highlights”; IndieWire, with its capsule previews of ten titles; at Flavorwire, where Jason Bailey writes up ten “must-see movies”; and the Playlist, which has ten more. There’ll be four programs of short films, and for Film International, Gary M. Kramer writes about two of them, New York Stories and the second round of International Shorts.