The New York Film Festival and Film Society of Lincoln Center are proud to be honoring Richard Peña for his 25 years as the Film Society's Program Director and head of the NYFF Selection Committee. Peña's hard work, devotion and extensive cinema knowledge opened up entirely new worlds to New Yorkers and to film lovers around the world. Join us for this Gala Tribute at 8:30pm, hosted by Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. $20 student tickets available!
Before joining in the Peña celebration there's still a chance to take in a few more Main Slate films. The day opens with Rama Burshtein's Fill the Void at 1:00pm, about the world of an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community in Tel Aviv and told from a woman's point of view. Actress Hadas Yaron won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her role as Shira Mendelman. Then explore some other films with female protagonists in Sally Potter's Ginger and Rosa, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, Noémie Lvovsky's Camille Rewinds, and the story of a man, his wife and two daughters in Antonio Méndez Esparza's Here and There.
Miguel Gomes' Tabu
But perhaps today's most intriguing offering is Tabu, a film that evokes nostalgia, irrational desires, anti-colonialist politics, and what The New Yorker calls "a brilliantly nuanced, deeply imagined psycho-excavation of modern Europe." Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' third feature is a movie-as-dream, absurdist and surrealist story—a beautiful black-and-white masterpiece.
Wednesday's Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time roster Hubert Knapp and André S. Labarthe's Busby Berkeley. With clips from Berkeley's most famous numbers, such as 42nd Street and Dames and Gold Diggers of 1933, this Cinéastes has Berkeley sharing the secrets of how he set up 100 women in a swimming pool and how he got a camera to dive off the Warner Brothers' studio roof. After all, Berkeley just "wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour." Follow it up with Shohei Imamura: A Free Thinker, a 1995 film by Paulo Rocha that he had hoped would be about a "grotesque anarchist," but turned into something quite different. There's more to Imamura than meets the eye.
Ricky Jay and President Lincoln.
Open Sesame! These two indelible words in the story "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" from One Thousand and One Nights have made their mark on magical minds for more than 300 years. And, Abracadabra!, 240-some years later Ricky Jay entered the magical scene. Training since he was four years old, Ricky Jay learned from the best: Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, and is now the world's greatest magician (and not a shabby actor either). About this famed illusionist comes a fascinating and entertaining documentary from Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein on what goes on behind the curtain. Don't miss our added (and final) screening of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay at 1:00pm.
1:30pm – Fill the Void (Standby Only)
3:30pm – Camille Rewinds (Standby Only)
4:00pm – Frances Ha (Standby Only)
6:00pm – Tabu
6:30pm – Bwakaw (Standby Only)
9:00pm – Here and There
9:00pm – Ginger and Rosa
7:00pm – SAGIndie
1:00pm – Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
8:30pm – Richard Peña: 25 Years
Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time:
6:15pm – Busby Berkeley (Standby Only)
8:30pm – Shohei Imamura: The Free Thinker