New York Film Festival announces main lineup for 2021
the New York Film Festival has announced its full master list of the 59th edition taking place September 24 – October 10. Barring any Covid-related flare-ups, this year will see a return primarily to in-person screenings at Lincoln Center (last year was virtual) and attendees will need to show proof of vaccination. Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 7 at noon. The full slate is below.
Previously announced were the big events: this year’s opening night film, the world premiere of Macbeth’s tragedy, which was led by Joel coen (and not with his brother Ethan for the first time), shot in black and white, and featuring his wife Francoise McDormand and Denzel Washington; Festival centerpiece The power of the dog, who is a filmmaker Jane campionthe first 12-year feature film and its interpretation of the American western, adapted from the cult 1967 novel by Thomas Savage and starring Benedict Cumberbatch alongside a husband and wife in real life Kirsten dunst and Jesse plemons and with a score composed by Radiohead‘s Jonny greenwood; and this year’s closing night film, the latest from Spanish master Pedro Almodovar, Parallel mothers, featuring Penelope cruz and already generating some nastiness due to her striking poster (featuring a woman’s breastfeeding nipple) censored by Instagram and other social media.
With really stacked lineup, there are too many movies to name them all, but here are a few more NYFF highlights:
- Winner of the Palme d’Or de Cannes, Titanium, French director Julia ducournauthe follow-up to his gripping cannibalistic drama 2016 Raw
- Israeli director Nadav Lapid, whose Synonyms was a hit at NYFF57, is back with Ahed’s knee who won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes this year.
- Also straight from Cannes, the Thai winner of the Jury Prize, Apichatpong Weerasethakul Memory with Tilda swinton.
- Paul Verhoeven with its certain groups sure to outrage, wild erotic nun drama Benedetta
- that of Norway Joachim Trier ‘s The worst person in the world which won the best actress award at Cannes for Renate Reinsve.
- Celine Sciamma, back after the phenomenal Portrait of a Lady on Fire, with Little mom.
Here are some films that should be of particular interest to readers of this site. Saul williams , with Anisia uzeyman” Co-directed an Afrofuturist sci-fi punk musical Frost of Neptune that “this is taking place in the middle of the hills of Burundi, where a collective of hackers emerge from a coltan mining community.”
There is a long awaited documentary The velvet metro, director Todd Haynes, sure to be unique, watches the seminal New York group which is already generating some dismay among fans for their apparent lack of interest in the post-John Cale era. If you can’t attend the NYFF screening, it will be on AppleTV + this fall.
Check out the full range of main slates below.
The main list of the 59th New York Film Festival
The Tragedy of Macbeth (Dir. Joel Coen)
The power of the dog (Dir. Jane Campion)
Parallel mothers (Dir. Pedro AlmodÃ³var)
To Chiara (Dir. Jonas Carpignano)
Ahed’s knee (Dir. Nadav Lapid)
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Dir. Radu Jude)
Benedetta (Dir. Paul Verhoeven)
Bergman Island (Dir. Mia Hansen-LÃ¸ve)
Il Buco (Dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)
Drive my car (Dir. RyÃ»suke Hamaguchi)
The first 54 years (Dir. Avi Mograbi)
Flee (Dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen)
France (Dir. Bruno Dumont)
Futura (Dir. Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher)
The Girl and the Spider (Dir. Ramon and Silvan ZÃ¼rcher)
Take the road (Jadde Khaki) (Dir. Panah Panahi)
In front of your face (Dir. Hong Sangsoo)
Ãntregalde (Dir. Radu Muntean)
Introduction (Dir. Hong Sangsoo)
Memoria (Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Neptune Frost (Dir. Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman)
Passage (Dir. Rebecca Hall)
Little Mum (Dir. CÃ©line Sciamma)
Prayers for the stolen (Dir. Tatiana Huezo)
The Remembrance Part II (Dir. Joanna Hogg)
Titanium (Dir. Julia Ducournau)
Loosen fists (Dir. Kira Kovalenko)
The Velvet Underground (Dir. Todd Haynes)
Vortex (Dir. Gaspar NoÃ©)
What do we see when we look at the sky (Dir. Alexandre Koberidze)
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Dir. RyÃ»suke Hamaguchi)
The worst person in the world (Dir. Joachim Trier)