Film at Lincoln Center has announced that the upcoming drama, “The Inspection,” will serve as the closing night selection for the 60th New York Film Festival. The film, which was written and directed by Elegance Bratton and will be broadcast by A24, will have its US premiere on Friday, October 14 at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan.
Known for writing, directing and producing the 2019 documentary, “Pier Kids,” which chronicles the lives of homeless gay and transgender youth in New York City, and the Viceland series “My House,” which documents the ballroom dancing of underground competition, Bratton made his first narrative feature with “The Inspection”. The drama is based on his own experiences as a gay man in basic Marine Corps training after a decade of life on the streets.
In his first film role, Tony and Emmy nominated actor Jeremy Pope plays Ellis French, a young man struggling with the bullying of his sadistic sergeant, Leland Laws (Bokeem Woodbine); his longing for his sympathetic superior, Laurence Harvey (Raúl Castillo); and his complicated feelings towards his mother, Inez, who rejected him (Gabrielle Union).
“I’m incredibly honored to have my first feature film close the New York Film Festival this year,” Bratton said. “Many of my favorite filmmakers have made an impact through this illustrious program. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. And as a New Yorker, it’s a dream come true.
“Festival galas are often occasions to celebrate the filmmakers we know and love, but for this year’s closing night, we wanted to introduce audiences to someone who we believe will shape the art form for years to come,” said Dennis Lim, artistic director of the New York Film Festival. “With ‘The Inspection’, Elegance Bratton has made an autobiographical film of rare power and confidence, a first film for the ages.”
The New York Film Festival’s Main Slate selection committee, chaired by Lim, also includes Eugene Hernandez, Florence Almozini, K. Austin Collins and Rachel Rosen.
As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the New York Film Festival will offer festival screenings in all five New York boroughs in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Staten Island), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) (Brooklyn), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), the Maysles Documentary Center (Harlem) and the Museum of the Moving Image (Queens). Each location will present a selection of films throughout the festival.
Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and will run from September 30 to October 16, 2022. An annual celebration of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues an enduring tradition of presenting audiences with bold and remarkable works by famous filmmakers as well as emerging talent.