The full slate of the 55th New York Film Festival (9.28 thru 10.15) popped this morning. I’ve only seen a few of the selections, but my insect antennae plus what I’ve heard fill in some of the gaps.
HE keepers (4): Richard Linklater‘s Last Flag Flying (haven’t seen it but it has to be at least half-decent), Woody Allen‘s Wonder Wheel (ditto but Kate Winslet‘s performance said to be quite the torrential heartbreaker), Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me By Your Name (standing alongside Dunkirk at the top of HE’s best of ’17 list), Ruben Ostlund‘s The Square. Allegedly Essential (2): Sean Baker‘s The Florida Project, Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird. Good but Calm Down (3): Robin Campillo‘s BPM (Beats Per Minute), Noah Baumbach‘s The Meyerowitz Stories, Dee Rees‘ Mudbound. Jesus H. Christ (1): Todd Haynes‘ Wonderstruck.
NYFF selection committee chairman Kent Jones is a good, worldly fellow with commendable perceptions, and is capable of letting a little light into his soul as well as the room. But two of the other NYFF deciders, Film Society of Lincoln Center Director of Programming Dennis Lim and Film Comment and Sight and Sound contributor Amy Taubin, are regarded, however fairly or unfairly, as fickle, somewhat humorless snobs. I don’t know much about FSLC Associate Director of Programming Florence Almozini — for all I know she could have the personality and world-view of Sarah Silverman.
Boilerplate press release: “NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Revivals, Convergence, and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the 55th New York Film Festival will go on sale September 10th. VIP passes and packages are on sale now and offer one of the earliest opportunities to purchase tickets and secure seats at some of the festival’s biggest events,” etc.