55th New York Film Festival Line-Up

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the full list of playing at the 55th annual The New York Film Festival.

The Main Slate consists of some of the favorites so far this year including, the AIDS drama BPM (Beats Per Minute), Call Me by Your Name and The Florida Project. The festival will open with Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. The Centerpiece is Todd Hayne’s Wonderstruck and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel on closing night.

In past years the NYFF was known for showing more international and small obscure films. In more recent years they have shown more accessible films and have been a springboard to awards season.

The 55th annual New York Film Festival runs September 28th-October 15th. The full 2017 line-up is below.

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2017 MAIN SLATE

OPENING NIGHT
Last Flag Flying
Dir. Richard Linklater

CENTERPIECE
Wonderstruck
Dir. Todd Haynes

CLOSING NIGHT
Wonder Wheel
Dir. Woody Allen

Before We Vanish
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

BPM (Beats Per Minute)/120 battements par minute
Dir. Robin Campillo

Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur
Dir. Claire Denis

Call Me by Your Name
Dir. Luca Guadagnino

The Day After
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

Faces Places/Visages villages
Dir. Agnès Varda & JR

Félicité
Dir. Alain Gomis

The Florida Project
Dir. Sean Baker

Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin

Lady Bird
Dir. Greta Gerwig

Lover for a Day/L’Amant d’un jour
Dir. Philippe Garrel

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Mrs. Hyde/Madame Hyde
Dir. Serge Bozon

Mudbound
Dir. Dee Rees

On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki

The Rider
Dir. Chloé Zhao

Spoor/Pokot
Dir. Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik

The Square
Dir. Ruben Östlund

Thelma
Dir. Joachim Trier

Western
Dir. Valeska Grisebach

Zama
Dir. Lucrecia Martel

 

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Woody Allen’s Cafe Society Premieres at Cannes

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The reviews for Woody Allen’s Cafe Society opened the first night of the Cannes Film Festival. Cafe Society is about A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. 

The reviews were mixed but generally favorable. It currently has a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes with 14 reviews in. It has been described as a typical Woody Allen film with no real plot surprises, but is lifted up my the acting performances and cinematography. Films need to make a bigger splash than this to make it to the Oscar race.

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Oscar Facts and Figures

The Associated Press wrote up some facts about this years nominees.

FIRST-TIMERS: It’s never too late for an Academy Award nomination. Just ask June Squibb, who is a first-time Oscar nominee for her supporting role in “Nebraska” at 84 years old. Other first-time acting nominees joining her this year are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, Sally Hawkins and Lupita Nyong’o.

RUSSELL HUSTLE: After receiving back-to-back nods for directing and writing, “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell joins the company of six other filmmakers who have achieved the same feat: Billy Wilder, David Lean, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Huston, Richard Brooks and, most recently, Woody Allen for “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Interiors” (1978).

RECORD BREAKERS: Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 18th nomination for “August: Osage County.” Woody Allen adds to his record number of writing nominations with his 16th nod for “Blue Jasmine.” ”The Wind Rises” filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki now has the most nods in the animated feature film category with three.

TWICE AS NICE: “American Hustle” and “Her” producer Megan Ellison is the first woman and the fourth person to receive two best picture nods in the same year. She joins Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Roos, who were both nominated for “The Godfather: Part II” and “The Conversation” in 1974, and Scott Rudin, up for “The Social Network” and “True Grit” in 2010.

RINSE AND REPEAT: Seven of this year’s nominees are previous acting winners: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence, who is the youngest three-time acting nominee at 23 years old. Lawrence and her “American Hustle” co-stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams were also nominated last year.

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TARANTINO’S FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE YEAR

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Quentin Tarantino already announced his ten best films of 2013 in alphabetical order:

1.  Afternoon Delight

2.  Before Midnight

3.  Blue Jasmine

4.  The Conjuring

5.  Drinking Buddies

6.  Frances Ha

7.  Gravity

8.  Kick Ass 2

9.  The Lone Ranger

10.  This Is The End

Besides The Lone Ranger, it is a decent list. Keep in mind that he is a member of the Academy and will be voting for Best Picture.

CATE BLANCHETT BEST ACTRESS?

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BLUE JASMINE is this years Woody Allen movie.  Sony Pictures acquired the rights in January and the trailer was just released today.  Cate Blanchett has a shot at a Best Actress nomination. She’s been nominated 5 times and won Best Actress in 2004 for THE AVIATOR.