For its 50th anniversary edition, the New York Film Festival’s wider-than-usual main slate features 32 pictures, including titles from Noah Baumbach, Brian De Palma, Sally Potter, Olivier Assayas, Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Haneke.
The newly unveiled titles fill out the main selection (usually numbering 25-28 titles), adding an international roster of highly regarded festival-circuit alums to the previously announced world preems of prestige studio pics. The fest has gained a rep for its rigorously curated, occasionally controversial selections.
On the docket are a handful of still-unseen titles soon to bow in Venice or Toronto, including Roger Michell’s comedy-drama “Hyde Park on Hudson,” about the relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin Margaret Suckley (Laura Linney); Baumbach’s Greta Gerwig starrer “Frances Ha,” about the start of a young woman’s post-college adult life; “Passion,” De Palma’s tale of an ad exec (Noomi Rapace) and her competitive assistant (Rachel McAdams); “Something in the Air,” Assayas’ semiautobiographical coming-of-ager set in 1970s Europe; and Potter’s “Ginger and Rosa,” starring Elle Fanning as a teen growing up in 1960s London.
Among the fest-circuit faves on NYFF’s 2012 list are Cannes selections including Haneke’s senior-citizen love story “Amour,” winner of the Palme d’Or; Romanian writer-helmer Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills,” a portrait of religious hysteria that picked up prizes for Mungiu’s screenplay and actresses Cristina Flutur and Cosima Stratan; Antonio Mendez Esparza’s border-crossing drama “Here and There,” which scored the grand prize in Critics Week; and Pablo Larrain’s political thriller “No,” the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer that won the top trophy in Directors’ Fortnight. Berlin prize-winners set to screen in New York include Golden Bear honoree “Caesar Must Die,” from Italy’s Taviani brothers; Christian Petzold’s “Barbara”; and Miguel Gomes’ “Tabu.”
Four world preems made the list, with Alan Berliner’s doc about an intellectual afflicted with Alzheimer’s, “First Cousin Once Removed,” joining the trio of previously announced debuts: Ang Lee’s 3D opener “Life of Pi,” David Chase’s fest centerpiece “Not Fade Away” and Robert Zemeckis’ closer “Flight.”
The 50th annual fest marks the final round of programming to be steered by Film Society of Lincoln Center’s longtime program director, Richard Pena. A replacement for Pena, who announced last year that he would step down at the end of this year’s NYFF, remains to be named.
Also still to be announced is the fest’s additional programming, which typically includes retrospectives, avant-garde anthologies and restorations.
“Life of Pi, ” Ang Lee (opening night film)
“Not Fade Away,” David Chase (centerpiece selection)
“Flight,” Robert Zemeckis (closing night film)
“Amour,” Michael Haneke
“Araf — Somewhere in Between,” Yesim Ustaoglu
“Barbara,” Christian Petzold
“Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu
“Bwakaw,” Jun Robles Lana
“Caesar Must Die,” Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
“Camille Rewinds,” Noémie Lvovsky
“The Dead Man and Being Happy,” Javier Rebello
“Fill the Void,” Rama Burshtein
“First Cousin Once Removed,” Alan Berliner
“Frances Ha,” Noah Baumbach
“The Gatekeepers,” Dror Moreh
“Ginger and Rosa,” Sally Potter
“Here and There,” Antonio Mendez Esparza
“Holy Motors,” Leos Carax
“Hyde Park on Hudson,” Roger Michell
“Kinshasa Kids,” Marc-Henri Wajnberg
“The Last Time I Saw Macao,” João Pedro Rodrigues
“Leviathan,” Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
“Like Someone in Love,” Abbas Kiarostami
“Lines of Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento
“Memories Look at Me,” Song Fang
“Night Across the Street,” Raul Ruiz
“No,” Pablo Larrain
“Our Children,” Joachim Lafosse
“Passion,” Brian De Palma
“Something in the Air,” Olivier Assayas
“Tabu,” Miguel Gomes
“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” Alain Resnais