55th New York Film Festival Dominated by Amazon, Netflix as Mudbound, Meyerowitz Stories Join Slate
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The main slate for the 55th New York Film Festival has been announced and it’s hard not to notice the domination that streamers Amazon and Netflix are having this season. For New York, all three main galas (Last Flag Flying – Opening, Wonderstruck – Centerpiece and Wonder Wheel – Closing) are from Amazon and with today’s announcement of Mudbound and The Meyerowitz Stories from Netflix, that makes a full fifth of the 25-film lineup coming from the two streaming services.
Sony Pictures Classics and A24 landed some of their prime fall releases at NYFF including Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird and The Florida Project. The Cannes Film Festival’s two top winners, The Square (Palme winner) and BPM (Beats Per Minute)/12 battements par minute (the Grand Prize winner) also found a home in New York.
Curiously missing was Alexander Payne’s Downsizing. Payne is definitely no stranger to NYFF, in fact they absolutely love him. Every recent film from him has hit the festival so it’s an interesting omission. The Venice and Toronto-bound film is also expected to hit Telluride so it will still have a full festival slate under its belt as it enters the choppy waters of the fall awards season.
Eight of the 25 films presented this year were directed by nine women, including Mudbound (Dee Rees) and new films from Claire Denis (Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur) and Agnès Varda (Faces Places/Visages villages).
Keep an eye on this page for updates as NYFF will add more films and some of the surprising omissions/awards contenders (Downsizing, The Shape of Water) could pop up.
The 55th New York Film Festival runs September 28-October 15 and is presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
55th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL – MAIN SLATE
Last Flag Flying
Dir. Richard Linklater
Dir. Todd Haynes
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
Dir. Alain Gomis
The Florida Project
Dir. Sean Baker
Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin
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
Dir. Dee Rees
On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir. Hong Sang-soo
The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki
Dir. Chloé Zhao
Dir. Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik
Dir. Ruben Östlund
Dir. Joachim Trier
Dir. Valeska Grisebach
Dir. Lucrecia Martel