UPDATE, Thursday morning: Adds Matt Charman to screenplay credits.
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, the Tom Hanks/Mark Rylance thriller written by playwright Matt Charman and the Coen brothers about the 1962 exchange of a U-2 pilot for a Soviet agent, is the third major feature to have its world premiere at the 53rd annual New York Film Festival. It joins opening nighter The Walk and festival closer Miles Ahead. A fourth entry , Laura Israel’s documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the great photographer and filmmaker, also has been added to the lineup of 26 films on the Main Slate, announced today by the sponsoring Film Society Of Lincoln Center.
“I could talk about the geographical range of the films in the selection, the mix of artistic sensibilities from Hou Hsiao-hsien to Steven Spielberg to Chantal Akerman,” said NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones. “But the only thing that really matters is how uniformly beautiful and vital each of these movies are.”
Cannes film festival winners debuting in Gotham include Best Director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin; Todd Haynes’ Carol starring Best Actress winner Rooney Mara; Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man, starring Best Actor winner Vincent Lindon; Jury Prize winner The Lobster; Un Certain Regard Best Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore; and Un Certain Talent Prize winner Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.
Other notables among the many filmmakers returning to NYFF with new works include Michael Moore with Where To Invade Next; NYFF mainstay Hong Sangsoo, who will present his latest masterwork, Right Now, Wrong Then, about the relationship between a middle-aged art-film director and a fledgling artist; and French director Arnaud Desplechin, who returns with the romance My Golden Days, starring Mathieu Amalric and newcomers Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet.
Two filmmakers in this year’s lineup make their directorial debuts: Don Cheadle with Miles Ahead, in which he plays jazz trumpet legend Miles Davis, and Thomas Bidegain with Les Cowboys, a film reminiscent, according to the NYFF, of John Ford’s The Searchers, in which a father searches for his missing daughter across a two-decade timespan pre- to post-9/11 from Europe to Afghanistan and back.
New comedies on the slate include Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph; Mia Madre from Nanni Moretti, starring John Turturro; Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline, a new handmade-SFX comedy that follows two adolescent misfits who build a house on wheels and travel across France; and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure, a modern-day fable in which two men look for buried treasure in their backyard.
Here’s the complete line-up:
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Director: Danny Boyle
Director: Don Cheadle
Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One
Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One
Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One
Director: Miguel Gomes
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
Bridge of Spies
Director: Steven Spielberg
Director: John Crowley
Director: Todd Haynes
Cemetery of Splendour
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Director: Thomas Bidegain
Don’t Blink: Robert Frank
Director: Laura Israel
Director: Michael Almereyda
The Forbidden Room
Directors: Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson
In the Shadow of Women / L’Ombre des femmes
Director: Philippe Garrel
Journey to the Shore / Kishibe no tabi
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Director: Rebecca Miller
The Measure of a Man / La Loi du marché
Director: Nanni Moretti
Microbe & Gasoline / Microbe et Gasoil
Director: Michel Gondry
Mountains May Depart
Director: Jia Zhangke
My Golden Days / Trois Souvenirs de ma jeunesse
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
No Home Movie
Director: Chantal Akerman
Right Now, Wrong Then
Director: Hong Sangsoo
The Treasure / Comoara
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Where To Invade Next
Director: Michael Moore
Additional NYFF special events, documentary section, and filmmaker conversations and panels, as well as NYFF’s Projections and the full Convergence programs, will be announced in subsequent days and weeks.