The New York Film Festival kicks off at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center on September 24 with the world premiere of “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. Here’s a look at the opening night film and four other highly anticipated films that will be screened during the festival.
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” gets a highly anticipated remake from director and screenwriter Joel Coen. The film, shot in black and white on a soundstage, stars Denzel Washington as the lead role and Coen’s wife Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth. The release of the film’s trailer shortly before its premiere was enough to generate a buzz of awards for the trio. Could McDormand win the Oscar for the second year in a row? The film will be released in theaters on Christmas Day, followed shortly by a streaming release on Apple TV +.
Director Julia Ducournau’s body horror wowed audiences at Cannes earlier this summer, where the film won the Palme d’Or – making Ducournau the second director to receive the festival’s highest honor. Critics called the offbeat film “shocking,” a description also used for Ducournau’s controversial debut film, “Raw,” which premiered at Cannes in 2016. “Titanium” stars Agathe Rousselle in its feature debut footage as a pregnant woman with an auto. The film’s screening at NYFF will be closely followed by a theatrical release on October 1 – which will be a real test of its appeal to audiences.
“Drive my car”
Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi took inspiration from a short story by Haruki Murakami for his latest film, which, despite the source material, lasts almost three hours. The story centers on a recently widowed director, who is paired with a young woman hired to be his driver. The adaptation of Hamaguchi, presented in preview at Cannes, won the festival’s best screenplay prize and the FIPRESCI prize.
Tilda Swinton stars in Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s reflection film as a Scottish woman visiting her sister, with a mysterious illness, in a hospital in BogotÃ¡. Swinton’s character is haunted by a loud sonic boom, as she begins to search for answers in her surroundings.
Director Paul Verhoeven’s sequel to âElleâ (for which Isabelle Huppert received an Oscar nomination) is a biopic loosely based on the non-fiction book âImmodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italyâ by Judith C Brown. Actress Virginie Efira stars in Verhoeven’s film as Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century Italian nun who develops a love affair with one of her sisters. After performing during NYFF, âBenedettaâ is slated for a theatrical release in December.
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