NYC Film Festival!

Posted September 25, 2019

So we told you a few days ago that we were excited that it's now autumn here in the city. One of the main reasons?

The New York Film Festival. This is the 57th iteration of New Yorkers' favorite movie fete...and this year won't disappoint. The festival is known for its new and unique films that are chosen very strictly, as the organizers insist on showcasing films that combine inspiring talent, daring and provocative attitude.

Some highlights:

The Irishman, directed by the great Martin Scorsese, is a richly textured epic of American crime that delves into the disappearance of legendary labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, starring Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. (Seriously, the cast alone? Are you kidding me?)

Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) is back with his new film Marriage Story, with is about the rapid tangling and gradual untangling of impetuosity, resentment and abiding love between a married couple played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.

Pedro Almodóvar (Volver, All About My Mother) is presenting his newest, Pain and Glory. (Seriously, if you've never seen an Almodóvar film, get thee to Netflix STAT!) This film is an internalized portrayal of director Salvador Mallo (modeled on Almodóvar), played by Antonio Banderas.

Tim Robbins puts forth a documentary, 45 Seconds of Laughter, in which he captures a series of extraordinary season win which a group of inmates at the Calipatria State maximum-security facility take part in acting exercises that enhance bonding and emotional connection.

Fans of Michael Apted's 7 Up series will be thrilled at the release of 63 Up. For those not in the know, Apted has followed a group of British kids and documented their lives every seven years...since they were only seven! This installment sees them hitting the big 6-3.

Veteran documentarian Ric Burns is presenting Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, a portrait of the renowned neurologist that includes his years as a champion bodybuilder and motorcycle aficionado and his childhood with a schizophrenic older brother.

And finally, Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn by Ivy Meeropol takes an unflinching look at the life and death of Roy Cohn, the closeted, conservative American lawyer whose first job out of law school was prosecuting the filmmaker's grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

This is only a small sampling of the festival's offerings. It runs from this Friday, September 27 through Sunday, October 13. Screenings take place all around the city and cost $17. Head here for more info!

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