NY Film Festival Lineup Revealed

White Ribbon, Wizard of Oz, Willem Dafoe’s Genitals

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    We know you're excited.

    The lineup for next month's New York Film Festival was unveiled yesterday, and there's pretty much something to suit all preferences. The highlights: the opening-night premiere of Alan Resnais's Wild Grass, Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime, Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or–winning White Ribbon, a cleaned-up print of The Wizard of Oz, and — rejoice, castration fans!Lars von Trier's Antichrist. The fest runs from September 25 to October 11 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

    New York Film Festival 2009
    September 25–October 11
    Main Slate

    OPENING NIGHT
    Wild Grass / Les herbes folles
    Alain Resnais, France, 2009; 113 min
    The venerable Alan Resnais creates an exquisite human comedy of manners, mystery and romance with some of France's — and our — favorite actors: Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, Emmanuelle Devos, and Mathieu Almaric. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

    CENTERPIECE
    Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
    Lee Daniels, USA, 2009; 109 min
    Precious is sixteen and living a miserable life. But she uses all the emotional energy she possesses to turn her life around. Director Lee Daniel's audacious tale features unforgettable performances by Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. A Lionsgate release.

    CLOSING NIGHT
    Broken Embraces / Los abrazos rotos
    Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2009; 128 min
    Almodóvar's newest masterwork is a candy-colored emotional roller that barrels from comedy to romance to melodrama to the darker haunts of film noir and stars his muse, Penélope Cruz, in a multilayered story of a man who loses his sight and the love of his life. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

    OTHER FILMS
    36 Views of Saint-Loup Peak / 36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup
    Jacques Rivette, France, 2009, 84 min
    The legendary Jacques Rivette returns with an elegiac look at the final days of a small-time traveling circus.

    Antichrist
    Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2009, 109 min
    Sure to be one of the year's most discussed films, Lars von Trier's latest chronicles a couple's efforts to find their love again after a tragic loss, which unleash hidden monsters lurking in their souls. An IFC Films release.

    The Art of the Steal
    Don Argott, USA, 2009, 101 min
    Bound to be controversial, this intriguing account of the travails of the legendary Barnes collection of art masterworks and the foundation set up to protect it raises vital questions about public versus private "ownership" of art.

    Bluebeard / La Barbe Bleue
    Catherine Breillat, France, 2009, 78 min
    Two sisters reading Charles Perrault's seventeenth-century tale of perhaps the first "serial killer" becomes a meditation on the enduring fascination with a character who has served as inspiration for countless novels, plays, and films.

    Crossroads of Youth / Cheongchun's Sipjaro
    An Jong-hwa, Korea, 1934, 73 min
    The oldest surviving Korean film, this recently rediscovered masterwork will be presented with live musical accompaniment as well as a benshi (off-screen narrator).

    Eccentricities of a Blonde
    Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France, 2009, 64 min
    One hundred years young, director Manoel de Oliveira returns with another gem: a wry, moving tale of a pure, if frustrated, love, adapted from a novel by Eça de Queiroz.

    Everyone Else / Alle Anderen
    Maren Ade, Germany, 2009, 119 min
    The ups and downs, joys and jealousies, frustrations and fulfillments of a young couple on a summer holiday provide the premise for this brilliant meditation on modern coupling.

    Ghost Town
    Zhao Dayong, China, 2008, 180 min
    A revealing, one-of-a-kind look at China far away from the glittering urban skylines, this portrait of a contemporary rural community in China offers extraordinary insights into everything from the role of religion to gender relationships to the place of social deviants.

    Hadewijch
    Bruno Dumont, France, 2009, 105 min
    A young woman searches for an absolute experience of faith — and in the process grows increasingly distant from the world around her.

    Independencia
    Raya Martin, Philippines, 2009, 77 min
    Maverick director Raya Martin offers a kind of alternative history of the Philippines and its struggle for nationhood in this stylized tale of a mother and son hiding in the mountains after the U.S. takeover of the islands.

    Inferno / L'Enfer
    Serge Bromberg, France, 2009, 100 min
    A film buff's delight, this Serge Bromberg film resurrects the surviving footage of Clouzot's aborted, experimental film L'Enfer, revealing a slightly mad but beguiling project that will always remain one of cinema's great "what ifs."

    Kanikosen
    Sabu, Japan, 2009, 109 min
    Kanikosen is a highly stylized, stirring, manga-flavored update of a classic Japanese political novel, with labor unrest aboard a crab-canning ship evolving into a cry of a younger generation aching to break the bonds of conformity.

    Lebanon
    Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2009, 92 min
    Debut director Samuel Maoz takes us inside an Israeli tank and the emotions of its crew during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

    Life During Wartime
    Todd Solondz, USA, 2009, 96 min
    Preparing for his bar mitzvah, a young man must deal with his divorced mother's prospective fiancé as well as rumors that his own father is not really dead.

    Min Yé
    Souleymane Cissé, Mali/France, 2009, 135 min
    A work of startling originality, Souleymane Cissé's first film in over a decade insightfully and incisively chronicles the dissolution of an upper-middle-class African marriage.

    Mother/ Maedo
    Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 2009, 128 min
    Convinced that her son has been wrongly accused of murder, a widow throws herself body and soul into proving his innocence. Kim Hye-ja in the title role gives perhaps the performance of the year.

    Ne Change Rien
    Pedro Costa, France/Portugal, 2009, 103 min
    A shimmering valentine, Costa's latest is less a portrait than a kind of visual homage to the artistry of actor and singer Jeanne Balibar.

    Police Adjective / Politist, adj.
    Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, 2009, 115 min
    Discovering a teenager with hashish, a young policeman hesitates about turning him in. But his supervisor has other ideas in this beautifully acted, provocative modern morality play. An IFC Films release.

    Room and a Half / Poltory komnaty ili sentimentalnoe puteshtvie na rodinu
    Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Russia, 2009, 131 min
    Former animator Andrey Khrzhanovsky combines scripted scenes, archival footage, several types of animation, and surrealist flights of fancy to create this stirring portrait of poet Josef Brodsky and the postwar Soviet cultural scene. A Seagull Films release.

    Sweetgrass
    Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, USA, 2009, 105 min
    This breathtaking chronicle follows an ever-surprising group of modern-day cowboys as they lead an enormous herd of sheep up and then down the slopes of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana on their way to market.

    Sweet Rush / Tatarak
    Andrzej Wajda, Poland/France, 2009, 85 min
    Celebrated master Andrzej Wajda returns with a bold, experimental work that juxtaposes a story about a terminally doctor's wife rediscovering romance with a heart-rending monologue written and performed by actress Krystyna Janda about the death of her husband.

    To Die Like a Man / Morrer como um homen
    João Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal, 2009, 138 min
    This touching, finely etched portrait follows Tonia, a veteran drag performer, confronting younger competition and her boyfriend's demands that she undergo a sex change.

    Vincere
    Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 2009, 129 min
    Mussolini's "secret" marriage to Ida Dalser, afterward completely denied by Il Duce, along with the son born from the relationship, becomes the springboard for this visually ravishing meditation on the fascist manipulation of history. An IFC Films release.

    White Material
    Claire Denis, France, 2009, 100 min
    A handful of Europeans try to make sense of — and survive — the chaos happening all around them in an African country torn apart by civil war.

    The White Ribbon / Das weisse band
    Michael Haneke, Austria/France, 2009, 144 min
    The Palme d'Or winner at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this is a starkly beautiful meditation on the consequences of violence — physical, emotional, spiritual — in a Northern German town on the eve of World War I. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

    The Wizard of Oz
    Victor Fleming, 1939, USA, 103 min
    The 70th anniversary of the timeless classic presented in a spectacular newly restored edition makes the film a new experience even for those who practically have it memorized. A Warner Bros. release.

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