Twenty eight days from today the 49th New York Film Festival opens at Alice Tully Hall. But before that, the four weeks leading up to the 2011 NYFF, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is jammed with special events and programs throughout the month, some of which are still to be announced.
Tonight we’re kicking the month off with a weekend of trilogies. Back to the Future, The Godfather, Kieslowski’s Three Colors series, Mad Max movies and Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker trilogy are all on tap through Monday at the Walter Reade Theater. While across the street at our new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance, Asif Kapadia’s Senna, Claude & Nathan Miller's I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive.
Tuesday, September 6th we'll feature an evening with Paul Morrissey that will include two screenings, the U.S. premiere of his new movie News From Nowhere, as well as a showing of Morrissey's cult hit, Trash. In between the two showings, filmmaker James Toback will moderate a Q & A with Morrissey.
On Wednesday, the popular Green Screens environmental film series will present Adam Wakeling’s Up In Smoke, following British scientist Mike Hands who has been trying to solve the crisis causing the destruction of southern rainforests. Wakeling and Hands will be at the Walter Reade to talk about the film and the issues it explores.
The Film Society will host a sneak preview screening of Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior with the filmmaker in person at the Walter Reade Theater alongside film star Joel Edgerton for a post-screening Q & A.
A series of recent Polish cinema is set for September 9 - 15, featuring new films as well as digitally restored classics. We’re presenting the program in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Polish Film Institute in Warsaw.
We’ll mark the 10 year anniversy of September 11th with a pair of free programs next weekend. On September 10th at Noon, the director's cut of Jules & Gedeon Naudet’s 9/11 will look back at the events of that tragic day, and on September 11 we're looking forward to welcoming Spike Lee for a special event at Lincoln Center. The first major movie shot on location in New York after 9/11, Lee's 25th Hour will screen, followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker, producer Jon Kilik and actor Edward Norton. Complimentary tickets for both 9/11 events will be available at the box office, on a first come, first served basis, one hour before each show.
A look at master Chinese filmmaker Fei Mu runs September 16 - 18 at the Walter Reade Theater, including a rare selection of work by the major Asian artist and a free panel discussion about his work.
The following week, September 21 - 25, the Film Society will explore the films of acclaimed American actress Tuesday Weld, best known for her roles in Richard Brooks' Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, Frank Perry's Play It As It Lays, and Michael Mann's Thief. Those films and more will screen in the series American Girl: Tuesday Weld.
More September special events and programs will be announced soon, stay tuned!