The 56th Annual New York Film Festival

  Last modified on August 11th, 2019

Cinophiles, rejoice! The lineup for the The New York Film Festival has been announced! This year, the New York Film Festival will showcase 30 films from 22 countries. Upper West Siders will have prime access to the theaters where the films are being screened.

The Festival will be screening films at Alice Tully Hall (West 65th at Broadway), Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street), Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th), and Rose Studio, (165 West 65th Street).

The NYFF will run from September 28th until October 14th, so be sure to purchase your tickets for the best in upcoming cinema soon! For those interested in viewing the films, they should be aware that there is a maximum of two tickets per screening and that advance tickets can only be purchased online or at the Alice Tully Hall box office.

Keep reading to check out the films we’re most excited for!

The Times of Bill Cunningham

The documentary showcases the life of New York legend, street photographer Bill Cunningham. The film includes a rarely seen 1994 interview with Mr. Cunningham talking about his now iconic NY Times photographs. The documentary film takes the viewer on an exciting and joyous journey into the world of one of the world’s most legendary street photographers.

Here’s a trailer from “Bill Cunningham New York”

Shoplifters

This film comes all the way from Japan from Director Hirokazu Kore-eda. At Cannes, “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or Award. Released by Magnolia Pictures, Shoplifters is a glimpse into an often hidden and invisible part of Japanese society: those struggling to stay afloat in the face of crushing poverty. Critics are already saying that Kore-eda’s latest film “makes the quietly radical case that it is love—not blood—that defines a family”.

 

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Private Life

A Netflix release, “Private Life” has actors Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti star as Rachel and Richard, a middle-aged New York couple trying to have a child. The film explores whether the couple will explore fertility treatments, adoption or surrogacy. “Private Life” is extremely human – showcasing how life can be hilarious and filled with sorrow simultaneously.

 

La Flor

A film coming from Argentina, “La Flor” is an astounding 14 hour-long film. You read that correctly – 14 hours. The film comes from director Mariano Llinás following his 2008 cult classic “Extraordinary Stories”. As one can imagine with a film lasting 14 hours, “La Flor” crosses many film genres and explores many meta concepts. What can best be describes as an adventure in movie watching, “La Flor” pushes the viewer to our limits and dares us to explore something completely new.

For those looking for an extensive schedule of all the films being screened, check out the full schedule here.

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