THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER and FILM COMMENT MAGAZINE to present the U.S. Premiere of director Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE at the 51ST NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

McQueen, and cast members, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano and Alfre Woodard will be on hand to present the film

12 years of slave

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Film Comment Magazine announced that they will host the U.S. premiere of Steve McQueen’s new film, 12 Years A Slave, on Tuesday, October 8th at the New York Film Festival. McQueen will be on hand to present the film along with cast members, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano and Alfre Woodard. The film recently won the prestigious Audience Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, cementing its already cemented status as one of the year’s premier Oscar contenders. Films that have won the festival’s People’s Choice honor over the last 15 years include Best Picture winners “American Beauty” (1999), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) and “The King’s Speech” (2011), and Best Picture nominees “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), “Precious” (2009) and last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”. (Tickets are available now to the general public for the festival.)

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Gavin Smith, New York Film Festival Selection Committee member and Editor-in-Chief of Film Comment Magazine said, “Film Comment is delighted to be able to champion 12 Years A Slave at the New York Film Festival. This is a powerful work about a subject that remains vital and I have no doubt that it’s one of the year’s most important films.”

I am honored that 12 Years a Slave will be presented at the New York Film Festival in association with Film Comment” said director, Steve McQueen. “For me, this feels like a true home-coming for Solomon as he was from New York and I’m delighted that his story can be celebratedfestival_logo_596884471_large here.”

Steve McQueen’s courageous new film takes an unflinching close-up look at a subject that has rarely, if ever, been confronted with such unvarnished directness in American cinema. The film is based on the memoir of freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who was abducted in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and delivered to slave trader James Burch (Paul Giamatti), bought by gentleman farmer William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) and finally sold to cruel and mentally unbalanced cotton grower Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), a figure of both horror and pathos who comes to embody the true savagery—and insanity—of slavery. Screenwriter John Ridley, McQueen’s regular cameraman Sean Bobbitt and producer Brad Pitt (who plays Canadian carpenter Samuel Bass in the film’s final section) each make vital contributions to this difficult and troubling film, sure to reignite a dialogue on the most painful chapter in America’s still young life as a nation. Fox Searchlight Pictures will release 12 Years A Slave on October 18.

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER WILL HOST A THREE-WEEK RETROSPECTIVE OF JEAN-LUC GODARD – THE SPIRIT OF THE FORMS LAUNCHING DURING THE 51ST NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF DIRECTOR RICHARD LINKLATER’S DAZED AND CONFUSED ALSO ANNOUNCED

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that the 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF, September 27 – October 13) will serve as the launching pad for a retrospective of filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s work. The film series, entitled Jean-Luc Godard – The Spirit of the Forms, will begin during the second week of the festival, on October 9, and continue through the end of the month, October 30. This year’s New York Film Festival will also play host to the 20th Anniversary screening of Richard Linklater’s DAZED AND CONFUSED on October 10 at 9PM, presented by New Wave, and with the director and b-3757_film_society_of_lincoln_center_members of the cast in attendance.

Between 1955 and today, Godard has made 45 shorts, 11 medium-length films, 40 features, three television series, a handful of commercials, and several of his own trailers. Throughout every “period” of his working life—his early heyday with the French New Wave, his explicitly political films made in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Gorin in the aftermath of May ’68 in France, his collaborative television and video work in Switzerland during the 70s with Anne-Marie Miéville, his movement between film and video from the 80s onward—he has always continually ventured into new territory.

Reflecting on the retrospective, NYFF Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “No matter how many times you’ve seen VIVRE SA VIE or FRANCE/TOUR/DETOUR/DEUX ENFANTS or NOUVELLE VAGUE, you can never know them completely: their beauties run as deep as their mysteries, their disturbances and disjunctions are as numerous as their revelations. Whenever they appear to settle into a fixed rhythm, they upend and reconfigure themselves in order to arrive at another rhythm pitched at a higher level. Godard’s work, whether it’s on film, video or HD, unfolds like no one else’s, and shocks the viewer into a new relationship with the world and with images.”

Six Fois Deux (1976), France/Tour/Détour/Deux enfants (1979) and Histoire(s) du cinema, Godard’s three monumental series, will screen during the retrospective. Opening night on October 9 kicks off with the premieres of a new DCP of Alphaville (1965) from Rialto Pictures and a new print of Hail Mary/The Book of Mary (1985), followed by a new DCP of For Ever Mozart (1996) on Oct 11, both from The Cohen Media Group.

A longtime favorite of the film festival from its inception, Jean-Luc Godard’s films have frequently screened as part of festival_logo_596884471_largeNYFF’s Main Slate. Among the many NYFF-screened films that will be revisited during the retrospective will be; LE PETIT SOLDAT (1960), A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (1961), LES CARABINIERS (1962), BAND OF OUTSIDERS (1964), ALPHAVILLE (1965), PIERROT LE FOU (1965), MADE IN U.S.A. (1966), MASCULIN FÉMININ (1966), 2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HER (1966), WEEKEND (1967), LE GAI SAVOIR (1968), WIND FROM THE EAST (1969), TOUT VA BIEN (1972), Every Man for Himself (1979), HAIL MARY (1985), NOUVELLE VAGUE (1990), IN PRAISE OF LOVE (2001), NOTRE MUSIQUE (2004) and FILM SOCIALISME (2010).     

Jean-Luc Godard – The Spirit of the Forms is co-curated by Kent Jones and Jake Perlin. Special thanks to Bruce Goldstein, Adrienne Halpern and Eric Di Bernardo at Rialto Pictures; Tim Lanza at The Cohen Media Group; Morgane Toulouse at Gaumont; Antonin Baudry, Muriel Guidoni and Florence Almozini at French Cultural Services; Sarah Finklea at Janus Films; Rebecca Cleman at Electronic Arts Intermix; Gary Palmucci and Richard Lorber at Koch-Lorber Films; and Hanna Bruhin at Swiss Films.

Also announced, Richard Linklater will return to NYFF for the 20th Anniversary screening of the 1993 hit DAZED AND CONFUSED on October 10 at 9PM. It’s hard to believe that his hair-raisingly perfect autobiographical film about the last

Director Jean-Luc Godard

Director Jean-Luc Godard

day of high school in 1976, extending through the hard-partying night to the next morning, is now 20 years old. The evening will be presented by New Wave, the Film Society’s young patron program, and include the director and cast members in person! Print courtesy of the filmmaker. Linklater last attended NYFF with his 2001 film WAKING LIFE.

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 and Sound.

General Public tickets to NYFF are now available. The film schedule and titles screening in the Jean-Luc Godard – The Spirit of the Forms series after NYFF (Oct 14-30), will be announced and available for purchase next week. For more information on the festival, visit Filmlinc.com/NYFF.

JEAN-LUC GODARD – THE SPIRIT OF THE FORMS

Films, Descriptions & Schedule

The below titles are only screening during NYFF. Additional schedule and titles will be announced before the beginning of teh festival.

ALPHAVILLE (1965) 99 min.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Country: France

“Humble secret agent” Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) arrives from the Outlands in Alphaville, the becalmed territory ruled by the computer Alpha 60 where “No one has ever lived in the past, no one will ever live in the future, the present is the form of all life.” When Caution meets Natacha Von Braun (Anna Karina), the forbidden, illogical power of love opens the path to liberation. All of science fiction is a commentary on the present by way of an imagined future; Godard visually abstracted the Paris of 1964 by way of 1940s Hollywood in order to foreground its smoothly engineered consumer-driven impersonality. Alphaville is presented in a new print from Rialto Pictures. Continue reading

Film Society of Lincoln Center to host New York Film Festival: Opening Act, Sept. 20-26

THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER TO HOST NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: OPENING ACT September 20 – 26

The week before the festival kicks off, revisit landmark films from international filmmakers whose newest works will be spotlighted in the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival

Includes works from the Coen Brothers, Claire Denis, Arnaud Desplechin, Lav Diaz, James Gray, Paul Greengrass, Spike Jonze, Hirokazu Kore-eda and more

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: OPENING ACT (September 20-26), a showcase of international films from the brightest names in contemporary world cinema, whose new titles will be spotlighted in the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival (kicking off on September 27). For the week leading up to Opening Night, audiences will have a rare chance to catch up and rediscover some of the finest previous work from these filmmakers.

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize b-3757_film_society_of_lincoln_center_established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of the moving image. Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, LatinBeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, Rendez-vous With French Cinema, and Spanish Cinema Now. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious “Chaplin Award.” The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year round programs and the New York City film community.

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 Kent 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.

This year’s New York Film Festival lineup features both returning filmmakers and relative newcomers, with a collective body of work behind them that is formidable,” said Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming. “This series, which will continue as an annual event, gives some context to the diverse festival slate but is also an occasion for us to show a wide range of terrific movies, from modern classics to cult favorites to genuine rarities.”

From modern classics to elusive deep cuts, there’s something here for the festival veteran and the neophyte alike. festival_logo_596884471_largeRevelatory debuts by James Gray (LITTLE ODESSA) and Hirokazu Kore-eda (MABOROSI) highlight deeply personal familial relationships. Rarely screened documentaries include Jia Zhangke’s USELESS, a multi-angle meditation on the inner workings of contemporary China through its intricate clothing factories and Claude Lanzmann’s SOBIBOR, OCT. 14, 1943, 4 P.M. a detailed account from one man’s perspective of the uprising that took place at a Nazi extermination camp. Unconventional dramatic theater adaptations include Abdellatif Kechiche’s GAMES OF LOVE AND CHANCE and Arnaud Desplechin’s PLAYING ‘IN THE COMPANY OF MEN.’ Also on the bill are landmark, critically acclaimed films like Joel Coen’s MILLER’S CROSSING, Claire Denis’ BEAU TRAVAIL, Paul Greengrass’s BLOODY SUNDAY, Spike Jonze’s ADAPTATION, Tsai Ming-liang’s THE RIVER and more.

Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. A three-film package is $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members. The package discount prices apply with the purchase of tickets to three films or more. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for complete film festival information. Stay tuned for more announcements on the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival, and check out up-to-date information, film listings and schedules at http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013 .

Public Screening Schedule

Screening Venues:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

Friday, September 20

7:00PM  Beau Travail (92m)

9:00PM  Night and Day (144m)

Saturday, September 21

4:30pm Hesus the Revolutionary (112m)

7:00pm Useless (81m)

9:00pm Pulse (118m)

Sunday, September 22

2:00pm Sobibor, Oct. 14 1943, 4 p.m. (95m)

4:15pm Games of Love and Chance (123m)

6:45pm Little Odessa (98m)

9:00pm Miller’s Crossing (115m)

Monday, September 23

7:00pm Skagafjördur (28m) + At Sea (60m)

Tuesday, September 24

6:30pm Maborosi (109m)

9:00pm The River (115m)

Wednesday, September 25

6:45pm I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar (98m)

9:00pm Playing ‘In The Company of Men’ (121m)

Thursday, September 26

6:30pm Adaptation (114m)

9:00pm Bloody Sunday (107m) Continue reading