THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER announces HBO® On Cinema conversation with James Gray

Also announces 2013 HBO® Directors Dialogues Series with Richard Curtis, Paul Greengrass, Agnieszka Holland and Frederick Wiseman at the 2013 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

HBO On Cinema conversations, HBO Directors Dialogues Series, Emerging Artists and 2013 NYFF Shorts

Joanna Hogg (EXHIBITION) and Fernando Eimbcke (CLUB SANDWICH) have been selected as NYFF’s Emerging Artists

2013 NYFF Shorts Selections also announced

The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) announced its 2013 NYFF HBO® Directors Dialogues participants will be Richard Curtis, Paul Greengrass, Agnieszka Holland and Frederick Wiseman and the popular HBO® On Cinema conversation will feature James Gray. FSLC also announced the selection of Joanna Hogg and Fernando Eimbcke as the two filmmakers whose work will be screened and celebrated as NYFF’s Emerging Artists this year, as well as the selections for NYFF’s Shorts Programs.

NYFF previously announced Paul Greengrass’s CAPTAIN PHILLIPS as its Opening Night Gala selection, Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY as its Centerpiece Gala selection, Spike Jonze’s HER as the Closing Night Gala selection as well as the Main Slate Official Selections. The NYFF Tribute Galas honoring Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes have also been announced as well as programs spotlighting documentaries and film restorations, as well as Views From the Avant-Garde.

The fifth edition of NYFF’s annual master class, HBO® On Cinema, will feature James Gray (THE IMMIGRANT) speaking to NYFF Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones on Saturday, October 12 about his cinematic influences. Film clips will also be shown, spotlighting filmmakers and films that have inspired him, and continue to today.

NYFF master class HBO On Cinema will feature James Gray

NYFF master class HBO On Cinema will feature James Gray

The popular HBO® Directors Dialogues return to the New York Film Festival with four diverse filmmakers, paired with a journalist or Selection Committee member as they discuss their careers, views on their own approach to making movies as well as the current state of the art of filmmaking. This year’s lineup will feature Paul Greengrass (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) on Saturday, September 28; Frederick Wiseman (AT BERKELEY) on Sunday, September 29; Richard Curtis (ABOUT TIME) on b-3757_film_society_of_lincoln_center_Wednesday, October 2; and Agnieszka Holland (BURNING BUSH) on Saturday, October 5.

Co-Presented with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), NYFF’s Emerging Artists is the next step in FSLC and RBC’s combined efforts to promote and encourage the work of promising filmmakers by providing a spotlight on two enormously talented filmmakers, Fernando Eimbcke from Mexico and Joanna Hogg from England.

Eimbcke’s comedy CLUB SANDWICH (2013) deals with the fraught territory of puberty and separation anxiety as it follows the experiences of a teenage boy taking his first tentative (and furtive) steps into the uncharted waters of sex. NYFF will also screen Eimbcke’s prior two films, DUCK SEASON (2004), which screened previously at New Directors/New Films, and LAKE TAHOE (2008).

Hogg’s drama EXHIBITION (2013) is an intimate look at two married middle-aged artists that live and work in their unusual London home, at once labyrinth, battleground and refuge. Hogg’s films UNRELATED (2007) and ARCHIPELAGO (2010), both starring Tom Hiddleston will also be presented.

NYFF also announced today the films and filmmakers selected for this year’s Shorts Programs (4 in total). The selections are highlighted by films directed by returning NYFF alumni, including Miguel Gomes’s REDEMPTION (TABU, NYFF 2012) and João Pedro Rodrigues’s THE KING’S BODY (TO DIE LIKE A MAN, NYFF 2009), as well as Lav Diaz, whose short film PROLOGUE TO THE GREAT DESAPARECIDO will join his feature, NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY in the NYFF lineup. Nicolas Saada’s AUJOURD’HUI stars Academy Award® nominee Bérenice Béjo from THE ARTIST (NYFF 2011) and includes an festival_logo_596884471_largeappearance by documentary filmmaking legend (with frequent NYFF appearances to his credit) Frederick Wiseman.

Additional notable directors with films in the Shorts Programs include Michael Almereyda (HAMLET, NADJA) with his short, THE MAN WHO CAME OUT ONLY AT NIGHT; Damien Chazelle (GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH) with his film, WHIPLASH; and David Kestin, who has two films set to be screened (THE AIR MATTRESS and OPEN HOUSE).

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones also includes: Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming; Marian Masone, FSLC Associate Director of Programming; Gavin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.

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Director Paul Greengrass

Director Paul Greengrass


Paul Greengrass

With films like BLOODY SUNDAY, UNITED ’93 and the new CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, Paul Greengrass has established himself as one of the masters of reality-based cinematic fiction. With THE BOURNE SUPREMACY and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, he brought the immediacy of those films to the suspense genre. We’ll discuss the fine points of the geopolitical thriller, and the art of bringing history to life on the screen.

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman is not just one of our greatest documentary filmmakers, he’s one of our greatest filmmakers, period. From his 1967 debut TITICUT FOLLIES to the present, Wiseman has taken his camera into Metropolitan Hospital in New York, a Benedictine monastery in Michigan, Madison Square Garden, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, and the University of California at Berkeley among many other places and institutions, and fashioned vast cinematic frescoes of the ways we live, die, work, grieve, and create.

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland has a career like no one else’s. She studied cinema in Czechoslovakia in the late 60s and was imprisoned for six weeks for her participation in the student uprising that followed the Soviet invasion after Prague Spring (dramatized in her extraordinary mini-series BURNING BUSH, showing in this year’s NYFF). She began working for Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzéj Wajda, and she has slowly built an extraordinary body of work, including EUROPA EUROPA and OLIVIER, OLIVIER, which opened the 1992 NYFF; her stunning 1993 adaptation of THE SECRET GARDEN; the Oscar-nominated In Darkness (2012); and numerous episodes of some of the best of episodic television, including “The Wire” and “The Killing.”

Richard Curtis

Without a doubt, writer/director Richard Curtis has become the most formidable presence in modern comedy. This is the man who wrote THE BLACK ADDER, MR. BEAN, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, NOTTING HILL, and BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY, and has thus far written and directed LOVE ACTUALLY, PIRATE RADIO and now ABOUT TIME.


James Gray

From LITTLE ODESSA in 1994 to his new film THE IMMIGRANT, James Gray has lovingly crafted five deeply personal films one image and emotion at a time. He is a New York director through and through, and he has shown us people and places within the city that one rarely sees in movies. This marks Gray’s first visit to the New York Film Festival, and he has agreed to talk with us about the films that have formed him and his own unique approach to movies


Joanna Hogg

Joanna Hogg


EXHIBITION (2013) 110 min

Director: Joanna Hogg

Country: UK

Joanna Hogg’s exactingly minimal and intimately character-driven portrait of a married middle-aged couple – both artists – living and working in their unusual London home, at once labyrinth, battleground and refuge.

ARCHIPELAGO (2010) 114 min

Director: Joanna Hogg

Country: UK

A group stay on the island of Tresco off of Sicily, animated by resentments, jealousies, upheavals and revelations that will ring true to anyone who has ever spent a vacation with their family. Tom Hiddleston, a mainstay of Hogg’s films, is the discontented son at a crossroad in his life, at odds with his mother (Kate Fahy) and sister (Lydia Leonard). His priorities are re-set by landscape artist Christopher Baker, who appears as himself, and the pungent, wondrous landscape.

UNRELATED (2007) 105 min

Director: Joanna Hogg

Country: UK

Middle-aged, discontented Anna (Kathryn Worth) decides to spend her summer holiday apart from her husband, in Tuscany with her friends. As the days go by, she finds herself more attuned to their teenaged children (Tom Hiddleston and his sister Emma). Hogg’s 2007 debut established her right away as an unusual artist with a place-specific approach to drama.




CLUB SANDWICH (2013) 82 min

Director: Fernando Eimbcke

Country: Mexico

The new low-key, slow-burn comedy from Fernando Eimbcke, venturing into the fraught territory of puberty and separation anxiety, focuses on a teenage boy taking his first tentative (and furtive) steps into the uncharted waters of sex.

LAKE TAHOE (2008) 84 min

Director: Fernando Eimbcke

Country: Mexico

In this whimsically wayward comedy with a poignant twist, Eimbcke’s ’scope camera follows the meanderings of Juan (Diego Cataño) through the sleepy streets of a small town as he searches for a spare part after crashing the family car.

DUCK SEASON (Temporada de patos) (2004) 90 min

Director: Fernando Eimbcke

Country: Mexico

Two 14 year olds are home alone for the day, with video games, soda and snacks—how bad can it get? Soon they have company: a teenage neighbor who wants to bake herself a birthday cake, and a thirtysomething pizza delivery man. Then the power goes out…


Shorts Program 1: 102 min

THE AIR MATTRESS (2013) 9 min

Director: David Kestin

Country: USA

Sometimes a noisy neighbor isn’t so bad after all…

MY MIND’S OWN MELODY (2012) 29 min

Director: Josh Wakely

Country: Australia

A bright, musical world exists within the depths of a comatose state.

9 METER (2012) 17 min

Director: Anders Walter

Country: Denmark

Daniel believes that his record-breaking jumps are the cause of his mother’s health improvements, but he needs to find a way to do better.

OPEN HOUSE (2013) 11 min

Director: David Kestin

Country: USA

Worst birthday gift ever: find a NYC apartment ASAP.

SAMNANG (2013) 22 min

Director: Asaph Polonsky

Country: USA

Samnang works long hard nights at a donut shop. One day his steady and solitary routine is shaken by the arrival of another worker.

TRYOUTS (2013) 14 min

Director: Susana Casares

Country: USA

Nayla discovers that the only way to fit in as a cheerleader is to rebel.

Shorts Program 2: 97 min

BASICALLY (2013) 15 min

Director: Ari Aster

Country: USA

An actress provides a hilarious tour of her privileged but dysfunctional world.

BUTTER LAMP (La lampe au beurre de yak) (2013) 15 min

Director: Hu Wei

Country: France

Families of Tibetan nomads get their pictures taken against an array of exotic scenic backdrops.

CARNY (Animador) (2012) 20 min

Director: Fernanda Chicolet

Country: Brazil

Ligia’s psyche escapes the dullness of her daily routine at an amusement park in danger-filled dreams that betray the flip side of her passive nature.

FRAYED (2013) 9 min

Director: Georgia Oakley

Country: UK

Plagued by imaginary terrors, Freya cannot keep her demons at bay in this wild mix of live action and animation.

#POSTMODEM (2012) 12 min

Directors: Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva

Country: USA

A musical satire on preparing for the singularity, based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil.


Director: Chris Landreth

Country: Canada

Charles’ subconscious plays games with him as he tries to remember an acquaintance’s name.

UNCLE ŞEREF AND HIS SHADOW (Şeref Dayı ve Gölgesi) (2013) 15 min

Director: Buğra Dedeoğlu

Country: Turkey

In a moment of anger Şeref berates his shadow, which promptly walks out on him.

Shorts Program 3: 61 min

AUJOURD’HUI (2012) 8 min

Director: Nicolas Saada

Country: France

The end of the world as experienced by a young mother (played by Bérenice Béjo from THE ARTIST) in Paris. She finds herself face to face with a silent, menacing prophet played by the great documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

L’ASSENZA (2013) 20 min

Director: Jonathan Romney

Country: UK

A young man (Stephen Mangan) goes to see an Italian movie from the 60s with his wife  (Amanda Ryan) and is confronted with a strange apparition; an extra, who appears to be his doppelganger, haunting the edges of the frame.


Director: Michael Almereyda

Country: USA

Michael Almereyda’s wry adaptation of Italo Calvino’s folktale, shot in the East Village in black and white, is about a man (James Ransone) who marries the youngest of three sisters (India Kotis), and shares a very strange secret with her on their wedding night.

WHIPLASH (2013) 18 min

Director: Damien Chazelle

Country: USA

In this wild and intense new film from the director of GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, a young jazz drummer (Johnny Simmons) beats his brains out trying to please his unforgiving conservatory instructor (J.K. Simmons – no relation).

Shorts Program 4: 89 min

Three ingenious explorations of history and myth from a trio of NYFF Main Slate alumni.

REDEMPTION (2013) 26 min

Director: Miguel Gomes

Country: Portugal

1975: from a village in northern Portugal, a child writes to his parents in Angola. 2011: an old man in Milan remembers his first love. 2012: a new father in Paris talks to his baby daughter. 1977: in Leipzig, a woman prepares for her wedding day. Where and when did these four poor devils begin searching for redemption? Combining voiceover and image as brilliantly as he did in TABU (NYFF 2012), Miguel Gomes pairs suggestively edited archival material with bittersweet, wryly funny monologues that put their speakers in a surprising new light.

THE KING’S BODY (O Corpo de Afonso) (2013) 32 min

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

Country: Portugal

Dom Afonso Henriques was Portugal’s first king, a figure whose legendary strength and much-vaunted sword have been subject to considerable myth making over the years. In this sly, playful investigation into the meaning of national identity, director João Pedro Rodrigues (TO DIE LIKE A MAN, NYFF 2009) stages a casting session of sorts for the king’s body. A group of muscle-bound men, stripping down against a green-screen backdrop, answer questions about the fabled past and the mundane realities of their lives. The results, by turns amusing and poignant, speak volumes about Portugal in the present day.


Director: Lav Diaz

Country: Philippines

Andrés Bonifacio, the freedom fighter known as the father of the Philippine revolution, was executed by rival revolutionaries in 1897. His wife, Gregoria de Jesus, searched for his body in the mountains for 30 days. It was never found. The next feature by Lav Diaz — whose latest, NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY, is also a Main Slate presentation this year — concerns Bonifacio’s controversial death. Returning to his familiar palette of rich, deep black-and-white after the blazing colors of NORTE, this short film about the desperate quest of Bonifacio’s widow is both a haunting standalone work and a tantalizing preview of the film to come.