Thursday, October 6, 2022

New York Film Festival Main Slate Captivates

Motherless Brooklyn

*Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has announced its captivating and engaging Main Slate for the 57th New York Film Festival (NYFF), September 27—October 13. The Main Slate showcases films from 17 different countries. Opening Night is Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is Centerpiece, and Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn will close the festival.

“The Irishman” is based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.” The film is about friendship and loyalty between men who commit unspeakable acts and turn on a dime against each other. The roster of role players includes Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. A Netflix release.

“Marriage Story,” Baumbach’s new film, is about the gradual untangling of a married couple negotiating their divorce and the custody of their son. It stars Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Merritt Wever, Julie Hagerty, and Azhy Robertson. A Netflix release

Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story,

In “Motherless Brooklyn,” writer/director/producer Edward Norton transplanted the main character of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel from modern Brooklyn into an entirely new, neo-noir narrative, reset in 1950s New York. Emotionally shattered by a botched job, Lionel Essrog (Norton), a private detective with Tourette syndrome, finds himself drawn into a multilayered conspiracy that encompasses the city’s ever-growing racial divide.

Alec Baldwin plays the devious Robert Moses—like master builder with personal and political machinations. Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Michael K. Williams, and Leslie Mann are the additional supporting performers. Although set in the 50’s “Motherless” speaks to the present. A Warner Bros. Picture.

NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “Cinema is the domain of freedom, and it’s an ongoing struggle to maintain that freedom. It’s getting harder and harder for anyone to make films of real ambition anywhere in this world.


“Each and every movie in this lineup, whether it’s made in Italy, Senegal or New York City, is the result of artists behind the camera fighting on multiple fronts to realize a vision. That includes masters like Martin Scorsese and Pedro Almodóvar and younger filmmakers coming to the festival for the first time like Mati Diop and Angela Schanelec.”

Also included in the Main Slate are “Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story,” “Bacurau,” “Beanpole,” “Fire Will Come,” “A Girl Missing,” “I Was at Home, But…,” “Liberté,” “The Moneychanger,” “Oh Mercy,” “Pain and Glory,” and “Parasite.” For more info on the lineup and tickets, go to:       Twitter: @thefilmstrip

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.




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