NYFF Press Roundup: Day 10

S.T. VanAirsdale from MovieLine had total faith in Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn:
"It almost wouldn’t be the New York Film Festival these days without Michelle Williams, whose My Week With Marilyn marks the actress’s fourth effort in five years to grace Manhattan’s venerated fall-movie showcase. It’s inarguably her highest-profile work to splash down here — a world premiere debuting in the festival’s prestigious Centerpiece slot, glowing with awards-season ambition and hinging almost entirely on Williams’s risky interpretation of Marilyn Monroe. But come on: We’re talking about Michelle Williams here. Of course she pulled it off. My Week with Marilyn succeeds as a loving movie about movie love — the lightness of its bliss, the heartache of its illusions."

Steve Dollar from GreenCine raved about the Nikkatsu Centennial:
"Programs like the 37-title Nikkatsu retrospective—evocatively billed as "Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses"—can feel practically revolutionary. The series, which celebrates the Japanese movie factory's centennial, runs through Oct. 16 and boasts a ton of classics. The sidebar is peppered with nearly impossible to see rediscoveries: early silent films like 1927's A Diary of Chuji's Travels and harshly realistic World War II dramas like Mud and Soldiers. Nikkatsu shifted into independent production in 1954, leaving behind such propaganda to reflect the influence of Western pop culture, allowing its directors an extraordinary range of creative freedom to manufacture taboo-busting eye candy."

indieWIRE's Oliver Lyttelton spoke about Steve McQueen's Shame:
"It’s no surprise considering how spectacularly good his feature debut “Hunger” was, but Steve McQueen‘s “Shame” has marched through Venice, Telluride and Toronto, winning more and more fans along the way. And while there’s a few months yet to come, we’re almost certain that it’ll appear high up on a number of year-end lists of Playlist staffers come the end of 2011. Reteaming the British director with his “Hunger” star Michael Fassbender, along with “An Education” Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan, it’s an immaculately made, firmly controlled, no-holds-barred look at the life of a lonely thirtysomething who seeks solace in a string of anonymous sexual encounters. After its festival triumphs so far, it screened a few days ago at the New York Film Festival, an appropriate bow for a film one of the best Big Apple movies in a long while."

indieWIRE's Eric Kohn lauded experimental festival "Views from the Avant-Garde":
“'There are some situations that leave you utterly speechless,” says one of the committed performers in Wim Wenders’ fine 3-D dance movie “Pina,” screening this week at the New York Film Festival. But that could just as easily apply to the other 3-D event at this year’s festival, the transcendent “Upending” playing in the Views from the Avant Garde sidebar, not to mention many of the other outstanding works that screened on Friday to kick off the program."

Sara Hemrajani from The Film Pilgram praised the performances in Martha Marcy May Marlene:
"Given the challenge of being the sole focal point and main lead, Olsen does a brilliant job. Her face conveys every flicker of emotion and she subtly maintains an onscreen presence in spite of the sparse dialogue. And In the thankless role of Patrick, the cult’s patriarch, John Hawkes is superb. Sinewy and dressed grungy jeans, he is simultaneously compassionate, menacing and creepy. With his mellow voice and firm stare, he brainwashes people into forgetting reality and indoctrinates others into his twisted family."

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NYFF Day 10

Includes info about rush ticket availability. Today at NYFF: The Turin Horse and a free forum with Béla Tarr, plus Shame, My Week With Marilyn, Nikkatsu and Views from the Avant-Garde.

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