Many of the films that were hits during the 49th New York Film Festival in October are now impressing critics and audiences across the country in their theatrical releases. During the festival, Film Society played host to filmmakers, actors, writers and producers who came to discuss their films and see their work screened in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall. We've gathered up video of Q&As, forums and other appearances by the people behind three NYFF films now in theaters: A Separation, A Dangerous Method, and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.
Gaining consistent momentum as a film that will stand the test of time, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, Iran's official submission for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, is an Iranian Rashomon of family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. Below, Farhadi visits the Film Society for a screening of his film:
Michael Fassbender was everywhere at this year's NYFF, in part to promote David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, which had a Gala Presentation at the festival. Adapted from Christopher Hampton’s play A Talking Cure, A Dangerous Method charts the relationship between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and his protégé turned dissenter Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), as it was shaped by the case of Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a young Russian Jewish patient of Jung’s. In this video, Director David Cronenberg and Actor Michael Fassbender sit down to discuss their film:
Finally, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is in the middle of its limited theatrical release. Indiewire wrote that the film "plays like 'Zodiac' meets 'Police, Adjective.' That’s a tough combination to pull off: Neither David Fincher’s epic tale of the infamous decade-spanning serial killer hunt nor Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s minimalist cop drama come with easy answers. But Ceylan has made a similarly analytical brain teaser, rendered in patient and sharply philosophical terms." Here, Ceylan sits down for a Q&A following a screening of his film: