The Reeler’s Stu Van Airsdale has the lineup for the 2007 NY Film festival (9.29 to 10.14), and a good portion seems like a replay of last May’s Cannes Film Festival. There are, however, some notable fresh-pick exceptions — Wes Anderson‘s The Darjeeling Limited for the opening-nighter (old news), Noah Baumbach‘s Margot at the Wedding (good cast, ample star wattage), Brian DePalma‘s Redacted (comeback?) and Todd Hayne‘s I’m Not There (an ambitious, multi-thread Dylan film with a top-drawer cast opening at the Film Forum..what’s that about?).
Other for-the-most-part-unseen choices include Carlos Saura‘s Fados, Sidney Lumet‘s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Ira Sachs‘ Married Life, Claude Chabrol‘s A Girl Cut in Two, Eric Rohmer‘s The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, andJohn Landis‘s Mr. Warmth (a Don Rickles portrait)…that’s ten plus two or three newbies I’m ignoring.
I’m also counting twelve Cannes titles: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s No Country For Old Men (centerpiece), Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud‘s Persepolis (closing nighter), Christain Mungiu‘s 4 Months, 3 weeks, 2 Days (the Palme D’Or winner), Julian Schnabel‘s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s The Flight of the Red Balloon, Abel Ferrara‘s Go Go Tales (missed it at Cannes), Catherine Breillat‘s The Last Mistress, Bela Tarr‘s The Man From London (serious pacing problems), Gus Van Sant‘s Paranoid Park (underwhelming), Carlos Reygadas‘ Silent Light and Juan Antonio Bayona‘s The Orphanage (a brilliant sophisticated spooker).
There’s also three interesting-sounding docs — Murray Lerner‘s The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965. Jia Zhang-ke’s Useless, and a nearly four-hour-long documentary (238 minutes, to be precise) from Peter Bogdanovich called Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream.