In addition to the first glimpses of cardigan weather, an annual harbinger of fall in Manhattan is the New York Film Festival. Kicking off Friday and running through Oct. 16, the cinematic gala picks up where September’s trifecta (the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals) leave off, ushering in prestige films from across the globe as Hollywood prepares for winter’s more art-house-oriented releases.
This year’s NYFF opens with the premiere of Ava DuVernay’s new documentary about the 13th Amendment. Most of the lineup is peppered with standout titles from other festivals, including Sundance’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Cannes’ “Personal Shopper” and “Toni Erdmann,” and Toronto’s “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “Jackie,” among others. But a few other films will make their world premieres, and one of NYFF’s signatures is revival screenings (this year’s includes Marlon Brando’s “One-Eyed Jacks” and Barbara Kopple’s “Harlan County, USA”) and conversations with filmmakers (Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Lonergan and others are on hand).
But enough chatter. If you don’t live in New York, fear not ― much of the lineup is slated for theatrical release before the end of the year. Put these movies on your radar.