NYFF52 Main Slate

Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America's second oldest film festival marks its 52nd edition with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more!

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Opening Night

World Premiere

David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture.

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Friday, September 26

6:00pm

Friday, September 26

6:15pm

Friday, September 26

6:30pm

Friday, September 26

6:45pm

Friday, September 26

9:15pm

Friday, September 26

9:30pm

Friday, September 26

9:45pm

Friday, September 26

11:59pm
Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Centerpiece

World Premiere

Paul Thomas Anderson’s wild and entrancing new movie, the very first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is a time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s.

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Saturday, October 04

5:30pm

Saturday, October 04

5:45pm

Saturday, October 04

9:00pm

Saturday, October 04

9:15pm
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Closing Night

One-time action hero Riggan Thomson (a jaw-dropping Michael Keaton) stages his own adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love while contending with a scene-hogging narcissist, a vulnerable actress, and an unhinged girlfriend for co-stars; a resentful daughter; a manager who’s about to come undone... and his ego, the inner demon of the superhero that made him famous, Birdman.

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Saturday, October 11

6:00pm

Saturday, October 11

9:15pm
CITIZENFOUR

CITIZENFOUR

Special Presentation

World Premiere

When filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet Edward Snowden for the first time, Poitras brought her camera with her. The result is a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

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Friday, October 10

6:00pm

Saturday, October 11

1:00pm
’71

’71

A riveting thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast over the course of 24 hours, ’71 brings the grim reality of the Troubles to vivid, shocking life as a squaddie (Jack O’Connell) finds himself trapped and unarmed in hostile territory and the lines between friend and foe become increasingly blurred.

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Saturday, September 27

6:00pm

Sunday, September 28

6:00pm
Beloved Sisters

Beloved Sisters

North American Premiere

Romantic sentiment runs high but aristocratic decorum holds sway in this beautiful and thoroughly modern rendering of the real-life 18th-century love triangle involving German poet Friedrich Schiller and two sisters of noble birth, Charlotte and Caroline, whose strikingly intense relationship and profound mutual devotion verge on symbiosis.

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Tuesday, September 30

8:00pm

Wednesday, October 01

6:00pm
The Blue Room

The Blue Room

North American Premiere

A perfectly twisted, timeless adaptation of a Georges Simenon domestic crime novel in which an adulterous man (Mathieu Amalric) and woman (Stéphanie Cléau) meet in a country hotel’s blue room... but have very different visions of their future.

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Monday, September 29

9:00pm

Tuesday, September 30

9:00pm
Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria

U.S. Premiere

Juliette Binoche plays an aging actress and Kristen Stewart her personal assistant in Olivier Assayas’s brilliant new film, a close meditation on the passage of time.

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Wednesday, October 08

6:00pm

Thursday, October 09

9:00pm
Eden

Eden

U.S. Premiere

Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature is based on the experiences of her brother (and co-writer) Sven—one of the pioneering DJs of the French rave scene in the early 1990s—and plays in the mind as a swirl of beautiful faces and bodies, impulsive movements, rushes of cascading light and color, and music, music, and more music.

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Sunday, October 05

9:00pm

Tuesday, October 07

6:00pm
Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

A vivid portrait of a side of American life that has never been touched in movies, Bennett Miller’s meticulously crafted new film deals with the tragic story of the the fatally dissociated billionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and the brothers and championship wrestlers (played by Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum) recruited by du Pont to create a national wrestling team on his family’s sprawling property in Pennsylvania.

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Friday, October 10

9:00pm

Saturday, October 11

2:00pm
Goodbye to Language

Goodbye to Language

Jean-Luc Godard’s 43rd feature, shot in 3-D and “starring” his beloved dog Roxy, is a work of the greatest freedom and joy, as impossible to summarize as a poem by Wallace Stevens or a Messiaen quartet.

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Saturday, September 27

9:00pm

Wednesday, October 01

9:00pm
Heaven Knows What

Heaven Knows What

U.S. Premiere

Harley is madly in love with Ilya. She’s sure he loves her just as much, if only he could express it. Both of them are heroin addicts, kids who wander around New York trying to scare up money for a fix. The Safdie Brothers’ toughest movie, it’s not romantic but it will break your heart.

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Thursday, October 02

9:00pm

Sunday, October 05

8:00pm
Hill of Freedom

Hill of Freedom

U.S. Premiere

Kwon is given a packet of undated letters from Mori, who has come to Seoul to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, they are dropped and scattered. While reading them, she must make sense of the chronology… and so must we, in Hong Sang-soo’s daring new film, made up of a series of disordered scenes based on the letters.

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Tuesday, September 30

6:00pm

Wednesday, October 08

9:00pm
Horse Money

Horse Money

U.S. Premiere

Pedro Costa’s astonishing new film, which “takes place” in the soul-space of Costa regular Ventura, is a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, and a great and piercingly beautiful work of cinema.

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Tuesday, October 07

6:00pm

Wednesday, October 08

3:30pm
Jauja

Jauja

U.S. Premiere

A work of tremendous beauty and a source of continual surprise, Alonso’s first period piece stars Viggo Mortensen as a Danish military engineer who traverses a visually stunning variety of Patagonian shrub, rock, grass, and desert on horseback and on foot in search of his teenage daughter.

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Tuesday, October 07

9:00pm

Thursday, October 09

6:00pm
Life of Riley

Life of Riley

U.S. Premiere

The final work from Alain Resnais, based on British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, is a moving, graceful, and surprisingly affirmative farewell to life from a truly great artist.

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Friday, October 10

9:00pm

Saturday, October 11

2:00pm
Listen Up Philip

Listen Up Philip

For his sly, very funny portrait of artistic egomania, Alex Ross Perry draws on literary models (mainly Philip Roth and William Gaddis) to achieve a brazen mixture of bitter humor and unexpected pathos.

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Thursday, October 09

6:00pm

Friday, October 10

9:00pm
Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

U.S. Premiere

Cronenberg takes Bruce Wagner’s script—a pitch-black Hollywood satire—chills it down, and gives it a near-tragic spin. The terrible loneliness of narcissism afflicts every character from the fading star Havana (Julianne Moore) to the available-for-anything chauffeur (Robert Pattinson) to the entire Weiss family, played by John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, and Mia Wasikowska.

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Saturday, September 27

9:00pm

Sunday, September 28

3:00pm
Misunderstood

Misunderstood

North American Premiere

As preteen Aria shuttles between the well-appointed homes of her divorced showbiz parents, a large affectionate cat her only companion, she elaborates her walks into sometimes life-threatening adventures. Blurring the line between imagination and actuality, Asia Argento’s irrepressible projection of young female subjectivity is ingenious, direct, and utterly real.

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Saturday, September 27

12:00pm

Monday, September 29

7:00pm
Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

A portrait of the great painter J.M.W. Turner and his time, but also an extremely clear-eyed film about art and its creation, and the great human problem of sharing a life with other people. Featuring a remarkable performance from director Mike Leigh’s frequent collaborator, Timothy Spall.

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Friday, October 03

9:00pm

Saturday, October 04

2:00pm
NYFF52 Shorts Program 1

NYFF52 Shorts Program 1

In August (Jenna Hasse, 9m)
Young Lions of Gypsy (Jonas Carpignano, 16m)
Ophelia (Sergei Rostropovich, 12m)
Humor (Tal Zagreba, 5m)
A Paradise (Jayisha Patel, 14m)
Wu Gui (Jordan Schiele, 15m)
The Girl and the Dogs (Selma Vilhunen & Guillaume Mainguet, 15m)

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Sunday, September 28

1:00pm

Monday, September 29

2:00pm
NYFF52 Shorts Program 2

NYFF52 Shorts Program 2

Chlorine (Marcelo Grabowsky, 18m)
The Return (Yohann Kouam, 20m)
Hepburn (Tommy Davis, 6m)
La Estancia (Federico Adorno, 14m)
The Kármán Line (Oscar Sharp, 24m)
Crooked Candy (Andrew Rodgers, 6m)

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Sunday, September 28

3:30pm

Monday, September 29

4:30pm
Pasolini

Pasolini

U.S. Premiere

Abel Ferrara’s new film compresses the many contradictory aspects of his subject’s life and work into a distilled, prismatic portrait, with a brilliant Willem Dafoe in the title role.

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Thursday, October 02

6:00pm

Friday, October 03

9:00pm
The Princess of France

The Princess of France

U.S. Premiere

Matías Piñeiro’s dazzling fifth feature, which follows a group of young people involved in a radio production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, doesn’t transplant Shakespeare to the present day so much as summon the spirit of his polymorphous comedies.


Screening with: The Old Man of Belem (Manoel de Oliveira, 19m)

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Sunday, October 05

12:00pm

Monday, October 06

6:00pm
Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

North American Premiere

Focusing on a dark, hedonistic, wildly creative decade in Yves Saint Laurent’s life and career, Bertrand Bonello toys deliriously with biopic rules and limitations.

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Tuesday, September 30

8:30pm

Thursday, October 02

8:30pm
La Sapienza

La Sapienza

U.S. Premiere

In Eugène Green’s exquisite new film, an unhappy married couple travel to Italy so that the husband can research the Baroque architect Francesco Borromini. There they encounter a brother and sister, whose friendship helps to restore their own sense of inner balance.

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Saturday, September 27

3:00pm

Sunday, September 28

12:15pm
Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Four years after the arrest of the Grim Sleeper serial killer in South Central Los Angeles, filmmaker Nick Broomfield interviews friends, neighbors, and community activists to unravel the chilling story, while giving voice to his victims and illuminating the racial divide that still exists.

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Monday, October 06

6:00pm

Tuesday, October 07

3:00pm
Timbuktu

Timbuktu

U.S. Premiere

A serenely composed vision of the humiliation and terror wrought by foreign Islamic jihadists who occupy the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu. A film by turns wondrous and terrifying.

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Wednesday, October 01

6:00pm

Thursday, October 02

4:00pm
Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind

U.S. Premiere

As George, a man forced onto the streets, Richard Gere may be the “star” of Oren Moverman’s haunting new film, but he allows the world around him to take center stage, and himself to simply be.

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Sunday, October 05

6:00pm

Thursday, October 09

8:45pm
Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

A factory worker on the verge of being laid off (Marion Cotillard) has 48 hours to convince her co-workers to forego their bonuses so that she might keep her job. At once an unforgettable drama and a tough ethical inquiry, from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

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Sunday, October 05

3:00pm

Monday, October 06

9:00pm
Two Shots Fired

Two Shots Fired

U.S. Premiere

Martín Rejtman’s seventh feature, about a family’s curious methods of coping with their 16-year-old son’s inexplicable suicide attempt, is an engrossing, digressive comedy with the weight of an existentialist novel.

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Monday, September 29

8:45pm

Tuesday, September 30

3:00pm
Whiplash

Whiplash

A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander, Whiplash is brilliantly acted by Miles Teller as an eager jazz drummer at a prestigious New York music academy and J.K. Simmons as the teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results.

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Sunday, September 28

9:00pm

Monday, September 29

6:00pm
The Wonders

The Wonders

North American Premiere

Alice Rohrwacher’s sophomore feature, a vivid yet mysterious story of teenage yearning and confusion, conjures a richly concrete world that is subject to the magical thinking of adolescence.

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Friday, October 03

6:00pm

Saturday, October 04

3:15pm