New York Film Festival Unveils Main Slate: Directors Barry Jenkins, Jean-Luc Godard, Coen Brothers & Paul Dano In Lineup

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jean-Luc Godard, Barry Jenkins, Joel and Ethan Coen and Claire Denis are just a few of the directors who’ll be presenting work at the 56th New York Film Festival, beginning next month. They are among the filmmakers on the festival’s Main Slate, announced today by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The New York Film Festival, which runs September 28-October 14, had previously announced its opening -night film (Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite), the Centerpiece (Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA) and closing-night film (Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate).

The main slate lineup includes The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (pictured above).

Other filmmakers new to the festival include Dominga Sotomayor, Christophe Honoré, Tamara Jenkins, Mariano Llinás, Ying Liang, Bi Gan and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi.

NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said about the lineup that “if I were pressed to choose one word to describe the films in this year’s Main Slate, it would be: bravery.

“These films were made all over the globe, by young filmmakers like Dominga Sotomayor and masters like Fred Wiseman, by artists of vastly different sensibilities from Claire Denis to the Coen Brothers, Jafar Panahi to Jean-Luc Godard. And the unifying thread is their bravery, the bravery needed to fight past the urge to commercialized smoothness and mediocrity that is always
assuming new forms. That’s what makes every single title in this year’s Main Slate so precious, and so vital.”

The Main Slate includes films from 22 countries; five films took prizes at Cannes, including Palme d’Or–winner Shoplifters.

NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Retrospective, Revivals, Convergence, Shorts, and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 56th New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night
The Favourite
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

Dir. Alfonso Cuarón

Closing Night
At Eternity’s Gate
Dir. Julian Schnabel

Main Slate

3 Faces
Dir. Jafar Panahi

Asako I & II
Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ash Is Purest White
Dir. Jia Zhangke

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Dir. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Dir. Lee Chang-dong

Cold War
Dir. Paweł Pawlikowski

A Faithful Man/L’Homme fidèle
Dir. Louis Garrel

A Family Tour
Dir. Ying Liang

La Flor
Dir. Mariano Llinás

Dir. Hong Sangsoo

Happy as Lazzaro/Lazzaro felice
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher

Her Smell
Dir. Alex Ross Perry

High Life
Dir. Claire Denis

Hotel by the River
Dir. Hong Sangsoo

If Beale Street Could Talk
Dir. Barry Jenkins

The Image Book/Le Livre d’image
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard

In My Room
Dir. Ulrich Köhler

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Dir. Bi Gan

Monrovia, Indiana
Dir. Frederick Wiseman

Dir. Olivier Assayas

Private Life
Dir. Tamara Jenkins

Dir. Richard Billingham

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda

Sorry Angel
Dir. Christophe Honoré

Too Late to Die Young
Dir. Dominga Sotomayor

Dir. Christian Petzold

Dir. Paul Dano

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