Much in the way of Ralph Fiennes' NYFF
entry last year, The Invisible Woman, Leigh's film suffers from its own reverence.
Though premieres have always been a part of the festival, the NYFF
is growing as a fall season platform for Hollywood's prestigious awards contenders.
is sometimes considered less relevant because many of its selections play first at other film festivals, such as Cannes in May and Toronto in September.
It's one of several NYFF
docs offering the undiluted voices of their subjects, another way some docmakers are paralleling print works like Tom Roston's new book "I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era.
Despite its relative proximity to western Pennsylvania, I have resisted going to the NYFF
each year--or to the equally appealing and geographically closer Toronto Film Festival in early September--because of my teaching obligations at Allegheny.
And while the NYFF
views itself as outside the mainstream, studio support is crucial.
This Gotham mainstay will debut three hot properties from three fave directors: David Fincher's psychological thriller "Gone Girl," which will open the fest; Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," which will screen as the NYFF
centerpiece; and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's black comedy "Birdman," which will close the 52nd edition.
Still, take a look at Jones' main slate and sidebar programming for the 51st annual NYFF
, running through Oct.
isn't alone in the inclusion of multiplatform works under its auspices.
Tom Hanks starrer "Captain Phillips" will open NYFF
shortly before doing likewise at the London Film Festival, where Hanks' "Saving Mr.
Kent Jones takes over as director of programming and selection committee chair from Richard Pena, who guided NYFF
for 25 years.