The New York Film Festival is still 17 days long, but closing night comes a day early this year... and it might be the film we're most excited of all to present: the World Premiere of Spike Jonze's Her starring Joaquin Phoenx. Watch the trailer if you haven't already, and then snag one of the few remaining tickes to the 9:15pm screening in the Walter Reade Theater. Or if you're dying to see Jonze, Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara in person, try standby for one of our screenings in Alice Tully Hall (any available tickets will be $25).
Let's rewind a bit. Starting off this delightful Saturday strong is the two-part finale to our How Democracy Works Now series. Protecting Arizona (12:00pm) follows events that you might remember, because when anti-immigration activists proposed the statewide ballot initiative called “Protect Arizona Now," the nation watched as different parties fought for and against the proposition. In The Senate Speaks (2:30pm), protests and rallies continue on both sides of the immigration reform as the house struggles to reach agreement on a bill that will make everyone happy. Filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson will in person at the second screening, and both have $7 rush tickets available!
JeanGodard’s Hail Mary also has a history with protest. It returns to the New York Film Festival where it was screened in 1985 amid loud protests against its "blasphemous" message. The irony, of course, is that the film itself is far from blasphemous, but rather a glorious cinematic hymn, an attempt to reconcile spirit and flesh, science and nature. It screens with Godard’s video notebook and is presented in a new 35mm print. The Godard retrospective continues tonight with For Ever Mozart, the story of an acting troupe getting kidnapped and then tortured in Bosnia. It’s action-packed as it is beautiful. It will be presented on a restored DCP.
Don't miss our final NYFF talk today, HBO On Cinema: James Gray. From Little Odessa in 1994 to his new film The Immigrant, James Gray is a New York director through and through. This marks Gray’s first visit to the New York Film Festival, and we are very happy that he has agreed to talk with us about the films that have informed his unique approach to movies.
And now the big news: tickets to some of our Main Slate selections are still available! In Omar, Palestine's official Oscar submission, the title character makes a habit of climbing over the separation wall to see his girlfriend—not exactly a safe activity. This tense, gripping thriller about betrayal, suspected and real, will have you on the edge of your seat. Alexander Payne's subtle and witty Nebraska and Jim Jarmusch's vampire rom-com Only Lovers Left Alive will both have a limited number of tickets available at the box office.
Saturday, October 12
12:00pm Nebraska (Official Selection, ATH)
12:00pm Protecting Arizona (How Democracy Works Now, FBT) RUSH TICKETS
12:30pm Hail Mary (Jean-Luc Godard, HGT)
1:15pm HBO On Cinema: James Gray (NYFF Talks, WRT)
2:30pm The Senate Speaks (How Democracy Works Now, FBT) RUSH TICKETS
3:00pm Only Lovers Left Alive (Official Selection, ATH)
3:00pm Omar (Official Selection, WRT)
3:30pm For Ever Mozart (Jean-Luc Godard, HGT) RUSH TICKETS
6:00pm Her (Official Selection, ATH) STANDBY ONLY
6:15pm Her (Official Selection, WRT) STANDBY ONLY
9:00pm Her (Official Selection, ATH) STANDBY ONLY
9:15pm Her (Official Selection, WRT)