Earlier today, the full slate for the 55th annual New York Film Festival was revealed, showcasing what the Big Apple will be putting forward into awards season for this year. 2017 is shaping up to be a solid one, festival wise, and NYFF has gathered a fine group this time around. Amazon Studios has a really strong presence, especially in terms of high profile debuts, but they aren’t the only streaming service here. Netflix continues to make NYFF a home, while almost every player has something hitting New York. It’s a strong lineup, for sure. Time will tell how the debuts do, but the films already having hit the festival circuit are among the very cream of the crop.
You’ll see the slate below, but just know that these selections join the already announced trio of Last Flag Flying from Richard Linklater as the Opening Night movie, Wonderstruck from Todd Haynes as the Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel as the Closing Night selection. Some of the highlights right now look to be BPM (Beats Per Minute) from Robin Campillo, Call Me By Your Name from Luca Guadagnino, The Florida Project from Sean Baker, Lady Bird from Greta Gerwig, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) from Noah Baumbach, Mudbound from Dee Rees, and The Square from Ruben Östlund. That’s just a small sample too…
Here now is the full list of New York Film Festival titles for 2017, via the press release:
The 55th New York Film Festival’s Main Slate has been announced, featuring a selection of 25 films from around the globe.
NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “Every year, I’m asked about the themes in our Main Slate line-up, and every year I say the same thing: we choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact. As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe that there is a nice balance of filmmakers known and unknown to many here in New York that the overall balance between frankness and artistry holds me in awe that there are two gala selections with the word wonder’ in their titles and that eight of the 25 films were directed by women.”
This year’s Main Slate showcases films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner The Square Robin Campillo’s BPM, awarded the Cannes Critics’ Prize and Agnès Varda & JR’s Faces Places, which took home the Golden Eye. From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner The Other Side of Hope and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner Spoor mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed Call Me by Your Name will be his NYFF debut. Also returning are Arnaud Desplechin, Noah Baumbach, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Claire Denis, Philippe Garrel, Lucrecia Martel, and Hong Sang-soo, who has two features in the lineup this year, while filmmakers new to the festival include Sean Baker, Greta Gerwig, Serge Bozon, Dee Rees, Chloé Zhao, Joachim Trier, Alain Gomis, and Valeska Grisebach.
As previously announced, the NYFF55 Opening Night is Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck is Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will close the festival.
The 55th New York Film Festival Main Slate
Last Flag Flying
Dir. Richard Linklater
Dir. Todd Haynes
Dir. Woody Allen
Before We Vanish
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
BPM (Beats Per Minute)/120 battements par minute
Dir. Robin Campillo
Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur
Dir. Claire Denis
Call Me by Your Name
Dir. Luca Guadagnino
The Day After
Dir. Hong Sang-soo
Faces Places/Visages villages
Dir. Agnès Varda & JR
Dir. Alain Gomis
The Florida Project
Dir. Sean Baker
Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin
Dir. Greta Gerwig
Lover for a Day/L’Amant d’un jour
Dir. Philippe Garrel
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Dir. Noah Baumbach
Mrs. Hyde/Madame Hyde
Dir. Serge Bozon
Dir. Dee Rees
On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir. Hong Sang-soo
The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki
Dir. Chloé Zhao
Dir. Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik
Dir. Ruben Östlund
Dir. Joachim Trier
Dir. Valeska Grisebach
Dir. Lucrecia Martel
NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Revivals, Convergence, and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 18-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming Florence Almozini, FSLC Associate Director of Programming and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.
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Stay tuned for much more on the New York Film Festival later on this year!