Sat. Sep 19th, 2020

NYFF54 Slate: Manchester, Moonlight, Double Kristen Stewart and Isabelle Huppert

The 54th New York Film Festival Lineup feat. Kristen Stewart x2, Manchester by the Sea and Isabelle Huppert x2
The 54th New York Film Festival Lineup feat. Kristen Stewart x2, Manchester by the Sea and Isabelle Huppert x2

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From Cannes hits like I, Daniel Blake, Toni Erdmann and Elle to high-profile films in the Oscar hunt like Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight, this year’s New York Film Festival looks to have something for everyone.

The Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night films – The 13th, 20th Century Women and The Lost City of Z, respectively – have been previously announced.

Kristen Stewart and Isabelle Huppert will be doing double duty as each have a pair of films in the main selection. Stewart comes in with Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women and Olivier Assayas’s Cannes-winning Personal Shopper and Huppert with Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle. Other Cannes films include Graduation (Bacalaureat) from Cristian Mungiu, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson starring Adam Driver and a new cut of the The Dardenne Brothers’ The Unknown Girl.

“Good filmmaking is by people who need to get their films made, and will do anything it takes to do that,” said Kent Jones, New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair.

Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea adds to its festival run this fall and Moonlight from Barry Jenkins makes it bow. Both are also expected to hit Telluride and are major players in the Oscar race in the writing and acting categories but also in the hunt for Best Picture and Best Director.

The 54th New York Film Festival runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 16. Watch for its Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Retrospective, Convergence and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, in the coming weeks.

The full main slate:

Opening Night: The 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay
Centerpiece: 20th Century Women, directed by Mike Mills
Closing Night: The Lost City of Z, directed by James Gray

Aquarius, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt
Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven
Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), directed by Gianfranco Rosi
Graduation (Bacalaureat), directed by Cristian Mungiu
Hermia and Helena, directed by Matías Piñeiro
I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach
Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, directed by Dash Shaw
Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín
Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch
Personal Shopper, directed by Olivier Assayas
The Rehearsal, directed by Alison Maclean
Sieranevada, directed by Cristi Puiu
Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph), directed by Eugène Green
Staying Vertical (Rester vertical), directed by Alain Guiraudie
Things to Come (L’Avenir), directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade
The Unknown Girl, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Yourself and Yours, directed by Hong Sangsoo

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