22 Films to See at the 2018 New York Film Festival
On September 28, the 56th annual New York Film Festival
In conversations that lasted more than 16 hours, director Errol Morris spoke to Steve Bannon—the former Goldman Sachs partner turned Trump mastermind—about his life, his political leanings, how he feels about the current administration, and more. The result is this documentary, which is sure to enrage come,
Ash is Purest White
The latest from the Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke stars his wife, the actress Chao Tao, and delves into the seedy realm of the criminal underworld of Datong. But the movie isn’t your typical gangster fare; expect high drama and even comedy from one of
At Eternity’s Gate
Julian Schnabel might be one of the world’s most recognizable artists, but he’s also an accomplished filmmaker—and this year’s closing-night selection is his latest. The film stars Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
This Western from Joel and Ethan Coen has a cast including Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, and many more, telling a series of stories about life on the frontier. While one should have faith that any Coen Brothers feature will be smart and snappy, be reassured that this one took home the award for best screenplay from this year’s Venice Film Festival.
In this expansion of Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning,” Korean director Lee Chang-dong delivers a tense thriller that starts as a quasi-love triangle but becomes something much darker. Jongsu (Yoo Ah-in) reconnects with Haemi (Jun Jong-
This black-and-white drama does take place in the Soviet-era, but the ill-fated love between pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and singer Zula (Joanna Kulig) is both timeless and placeless. Set mostly in Poland between the late 1940s and early 1960s, the film captures a couple caught in the middle of a decades-long simmering conflict.
Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Alexis Bloom’s documentary tells the tale of Ailes from its start in Warren, Ohio, through his work for Presidents Nixon and Bush, and eventually his storied tenure at the helm of Fox News. Catch this before Showtime starts airing the upcoming series starring Russell Crowe as Ailes.
The festival’s opening-night film is the latest from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster
Happy as Lazzaro
Set on an Italian tobacco farm, in the fictionalized region of Inviolata in an unspecified time some decades ago, we observe the daily life of a lowly farm worker Lazzaro, who goes about his days in humble servitude. Midway through, a plot twist catapults the film into
Elizabeth Moss is almost unrecognizable as the feverish punk rocker Betty Something. As the frontwoman of a 1990s rock band, Betty is on a downward spiral of drugs and delusions, and the audience is along for the ride in the latest from Alex Ross Perry, who always does great work with Moss. Co-stars include Cara Delevingne, Agyness Deyn, and Amber Heard.
Robert Pattinson stars in this curveball sci-fi flick from French director Claire Denis. Led by a maniacal doctor (Juliette Binoche), a decaying spaceship crewed by death row prisoners is on a final, decades-long mission—to harness energy from a black hole. Violent and thoroughly weird, this one will shock your system.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, Barry Jenkins’ latest effort is sure to earn awards-season buzz.
Maria By Callas
Tom Volf’s film takes us inside the turbulent, glamorous life of legendary soprano Maria Callas. With interviews, performance footage, archival photographs, and selections from her own writings, we see Callas from her days as a child, to her career height, to her decline, various scandals (including an affair with Aristotle Onassis), and her early death at 53. A deeply personal story of one of the 20th Century’s greatest stars
Two unfaithful couples weave a tangled web in this witty film from French director Olivier Assayas, and what’s truth and what’s fiction is anyone’s guess. Coursing underneath is a parallel storyline about the state of modern media and literature’s last stand.
The Other Side of the Wind
Fans of Orson Welles have been waiting more than 40 years for the release of this film—which the director died before completing—about a Hollywood heavyweight in the final days of his career. The movie has been completed by Welles collaborators including producer Frank
Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti star as the highly relatable Rachel and Richard, two middle-aged Manhattan artists who are trying, and failing, to have a child. When Richard’s college-age niece by marriage Sadie (Kayli Carter) moves in and agrees to donate her eggs, the trio forms an offbeat family. Comedic and tragic in all the right places, this family drama from director Tamara Jenkins rings true.
Alfonso Cuarón’s buzzy new feature tells a semi-autobiographical story about a family—including four kids and two housekeepers—in 1970s Mexico City and their day-to-day life. An early review called it “fresh, confident, surprising and rapturously beautiful,” and it took home the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival.
A love story set in 1990s France, the latest from writer and director Christophe Honoré follows an established writer and a younger man whose fling turns into something serious that neither expected. A review out of Cannes called it, “a touching tribute to the art and culture of early ‘90s France, charting creative obsessions young and old.”
The Times of Bill Cunningham
Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, Mark Bozek’s tribute to the acclaimed fashion photographer is as intimate as it gets. Bozek makes extensive use of a 1994 interview with Cunningham, as well as largely unknown photographs taken during his time as a milliner, before his big break. The viewer is transported, taken on a life’s journey with one of the great recorders of fashion and society—and more importantly, of people.
This German/French film—with English subtitles—follows a refugee who has twice escaped from concentration camps as he assumes the identity of a dead author and attempts to blend
This documentary from director Charles Ferguson looks at one of the most confusing, difficult, and unsettling times in our nation’s history, which means it’s worth revisiting in the face of today’s unsettling news cycle. Ferguson combines archival footage with new and interviews the people who were there to tell a story of a nation at a crossroads.
Set in Montana in the mid-1960s, this sparse drama finds Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) out of a job and outrunning his own life. He heads to the mountains to fight the wildfires that are ravaging the state, leaving his wife (Carey Mulligan) and teenage son to pick up the pieces, though they start to unravel in their own ways. Paul Dano directs, and he and Zoe Kazan co-wrote the script, adapted from Richard Ford’s 1990 novel of the same name.
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