New York Film Festival 2018 Preview

The lineup for the 2018 version of the New York Film Festival

 

The New York Film Festival is set to kick off tomorrow. The 56th version of the festival will have 30 films showcased on the Main Slate. It will go on until October 14, 2018. Notably, the festival does not have any film premiering this year.

 

Opening Night

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

The Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and her servant (Emma Stone) engage in a sexually charged fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) at the height of the War of the Spanish Succession in Yorgos Lanthimos’s wildly intricate and very darkly funny new film.

 

 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

The latest from the Coen Brothers is a wildly entertaining anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales”—starring Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Brendan Gleeson, and others—unified by the thematic thread of mortality.

 

 

If Beale Street Could Talk

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight is a carefully wrought adaptation of James Baldwin’s penultimate novel, set in Harlem in the early 1970s. Jenkins’s deeply soulful film stays focused on the emotional currents between parents and children, couples and friends.

 

 

 

Centerpiece

Roma

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

In Mexico City in the early ’70s, a middle-class family’s center is quietly and unassumingly held by its beloved live-in nanny and housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). Alfonso Cuarón tells an epic, autobiographical story of everyday life while also gently sweeping us into a vast cinematic experience.

 

 

Ash Is Purest White

Directed by Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke’s extraordinary gangster melodrama begins by following Qiao (a never better Zhao Tao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 Datong before expanding out into an epic, three-part narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives.

 

 

High Life

Directed by Claire Denis

Claire Denis’s latest film—which features some of the most unsettling passages Denis has ever filmed, as well as moments of the greatest delicacy and tenderness—is set aboard a spacecraft piloted by death row prisoners on a decades-long suicide mission to enter and harness the power of a black hole.

 

 

Closing Night

At Eternity’s Gate

Directed by Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh (played by Willem Dafoe, in a shattering performance) and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being.

 

Source- Film Society of Lincoln Center

Edited by Aditya Singh