Wesley Morris was singled out today for, in the words of the commendation, "His smart, inventive film criticism, distinguished by pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office."
With seminal works like "Land and Sons" (1980), new hits like "Reykjavik Rotterdam" (2008), and four films by Oscar nominee Friðrik Thór Friðriksson, our survey of the cinema of Iceland has something for everyone!
Tonight we mark the halfway point of our year-by-year survey of the history of the New York Film Festival with two very different films by equally unique cinematic masters: Jackie Chan's "Police Story" (NYFF '87) at 6:15pm and Clint Eastwood's "Bird" (NYFF '88) at 8:30pm.
This year's fest includes emotional docs like "Mama Africa" about musical icon and activist Miriam Makeba, gripping dramas, and incredible experimental pieces. With the theme of "21st Century: The Homecoming" and over a dozen filmmakers in person, this unique event is not to be missed!
The first-time director discusses independent filmmaking as a labor of love, camaraderie on set, and working with young actors. "A Little Closer" screens tonight at 8pm followed by a Q&A with Petock and his cast and crew moderated by series co-curator Ted Hope.
French icon Catherine Deneuve was honored for a career that spans five decades and celebrated for her bold and adventurous work on screen and off.
The 41st edition of New Directors/New Films came to a close last night with a surprise showing of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the unlikely breakthrough film that was the hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, the Deneuve stories we received were nothing short of delightful. But don't take our word for it; read some for yourself! Congratulations to our contest winner Tomris Laffly, who picked up a pair of tickets to tonight's Chaplin Award Gala.
"Italian Cinema is not in great shape, but there are some amazing films and filmmakers working there right now."
The ND/NF director talks about her short film "Revolution Reykjavik," which tells the story of the havoc wrought on a family by Iceland's financial crisis. The verdict is clear: "Excess is out; modesty is in."