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September 2008

(September 26 through October 12)

September 26, 2008
- posted by Wilson Morales

The festival opened with Laurent Cantet’s “The Class” and will close with Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler.” Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” is honored as the festival’s Centerpiece. The HBO Films Dialogues will recognize the remarkable careers and skills of festival favorites Aronofsky, Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai and Arnaud Desplechin. Special events include filmmaking Martin Scorsese presenting a Technicolor screening of “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman;” Alloy Orchestra on stage with the New York premiere of their newest score, accompanying “The Last Command;” a variety of special panels that will examine current film criticism and discuss issues raised by the films “It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks” and Guy Debord’s “In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni;” and other events.

Presented by the Film Society, the annual New York Film Festival showcases new works by both emerging talents and internationally recognized artists, including numerous New York, U.S., and world premieres.

The majority of festival screenings will be at the Ziegfeld Theatre, 54th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues. Opening and Closing Night screenings will take place at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, while several special events, panels and the popular HBO Films Dialogues will be at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and in the adjacent Samuel B. & David Rose Building at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

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Among the film to watch are the following:




The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler

- Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey.

Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life -- trying to reconnect with his daughter, and strikes up a blossoming romance with an aging stripper (Marisa Tomei). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.

Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home inside the ring.





Steven Soderbergh's Che

- The most eagerly awaited event at Cannes last May, Steven Soderbergh’s sweeping, Spanish-language meditation on the theory and practice of guerrilla warfare focuses on the two key episodes in Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s military career.

Benicio Del Toro (Best Actor at Cannes) brilliantly embodies the Argentine-born revolutionary, but Che is hardly a biopic. Rather, it’s a structuralist epic that in the tradition of Roberto Rossellini’s historical dramas objectively ponders the flow of history. The first two hours, mainly set in the late 1950s, concern the miraculous success of the Cuban Revolution. The second part dwells in harrowing detail on Guevara’s doomed attempt to repeat this victory a decade later in Bolivia.

At once boldly simplified and massively detailed, this didactic, dialectical and dazzlingly choreographed combat film challenges us to confront a figure as relevant to our times as he was to his own.





Clint Eastwood’ Changeling

- Clint Eastwood’s 28th film proves to be one of his best and most ambitious, weaving the tangled threads of an extraordinary true-crime tale. The year is 1928, the place Los Angeles, where single mother Christine Collins returns home from work to discover that her 10-year-old son Walter has disappeared. A nationwide manhunt follows, but when the police find Walter several months later and reunite him with a grateful Christine, it’s not the end but merely the beginning of this stranger-than-fiction mystery.

Featuring Angelina Jolie in a stunning performance that evokes the great star turns of 1930s melodramas, Changeling is at once the harrowing story of a woman wronged and a serpentine portrait of city corruption reminiscent of Chinatown and Touch of Evil. It is also Eastwood’s most provocative inquiry yet into the grey areas between good and evil – and the moral ambiguity of what we call justice.




A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin's - A Christmas Tale

- Arnaud Desplechin comes home for Christmas in his outrageous, daring and emotionally bountiful new movie. Junon (Catherine Deneuve) and Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) are the parents of three grown children: Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) is a melancholic playwright with a mathematician husband (Hippolyte Girardot) and a tortured teenage son, Paul (Emile Berling); Henri (Amalric) is the self-destructive black sheep, banished from family events by Elizabeth five years prior; youngest Ivan (Melvil Poupaud), the peacemaker, is married to the beautiful Sylvia (Chiara Mastroianni) and has two eccentric little boys; while a fourth – Joseph, the eldest – died from leukemia as a boy. When Junon is also diagnosed with leukemia, all are tested to see who can be a donor, and then the whole family – including lovesick cousin Simon (Laurent Capelluto) and Henri’s daft Jewish girlfriend, Faunia (Emmanuelle Devos) – returns home for a long Christmas weekend. All crowded again under the same roof, solidarity quickly – and hilariously – devolves into feuding, drunkenness and bed-hopping, as everyone struggles to make sense of the mysteries of family, life, and what lies ahead.

It’s hard to miss with such a cast, but A Christmas Tale is much, much more than a good ensemble comedy. In this midwinter night’s dream, unrequited love collides with bitter resentment, nostalgic longing crosses paths with abject fear, and pure hatred gives way to vivacious affection.





Steve McQueen's Hunger

- A pair of bloodied hands immerse themselves in a basin. Contraband packages pass silently, imperceptibly between inmates and their loved ones in the visiting room of Her Majesty’s Maze prison. And a young man of principle, delirious from starvation, bravely rallies against the dying of the light.

These are among the strikingly impressionistic images that make up the masterful debut feature of Turner Prize-winning visual artist Steve McQueen and deserving recipient of the Camera d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Though its primary subject is IRA member Bobby Sands and the 1981 hunger strike he waged in an effort to improve conditions for fellow political prisoners, the film is not a biopic but an intensely lyrical reverie on human suffering. The precision of McQueen’s visual compositions counterpoints the raw degradation to which his characters are subjected.

Hunger is a provocative exploration of the politics of torture and the yearning for spiritual transcendence.




Waltz with Bashir

Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir

- Intrigued by the recurring nightmare of a friend who’s chased in his dream by the ghosts of the dogs he shot in Lebanon during the ’82 war, director Ari Folman comes to realize how much he has suppressed of his memories as a soldier. Interviewing friends who served with him, Folman’s memories of the conflict gradually begin to emerge — often in unexpected ways.

One of the boldest films in recent memory, Waltz with Bashir can be described as an anime documentary, an ingenious and provocative blending of animated film techniques with sharp-edged, often unsettling personal testimony. The animation is used by Folman to illuminate what might be called his subjects’ historical imagination — that place in our minds in which actual lived experience combines with fears, fantasies and justifications.

Many films have shown us that war is hell. Waltz with Bashir reveals the mental infernos that can continue long after the guns have stopped firing.

46th New York Film Festival
September 26 through October 12
Complete public screening schedule

NYFF – Festival main slate film
OSH – NYFF Sidebar: In the Realm of Oshima
SE – Festival special event

ZT – Ziegfeld Theatre, 54th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues
AFH – Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway and 65th Street
WRT – Walter Reade Theater, 65th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway, upper level
KP – Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 65th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway, 10th Floor


september 2008  
08:00 - The Class, 128m (NYFF/AFH)
09:00 - The Class (NYFF/ZT)

11:00 AM - Cruel Story of Youth, 96m (OSH/WRT)
12:00 - Hunger, 96m (NYFF/ZT)
01:00 - "Film Criticism in Crisis?" Panel Discussion (SE/WRT)
03:00 - 24 City, 112m (NYFF/ZT)
03:00 - A Town of Love and Hope, 62m,
with Diary of a Yunbogi Boy, 24m (OSH/WRT)
04:45 - Night and Fog in Japan, 107m (OSH/WRT)
06:15 - Happy-Go-Lucky, 118m (NYFF/ZT)
07:00 - Diary of a Shinjuku Thief, 94m (OSH/WRT)
09:00 - Pleasures of the Flesh, 90m (OSH/WRT)
09:30 - Wendy and Lucy, 80m, with Cry Me a River, 19m (NYFF/ZT)
12:00 AM - In the Realm of the Senses, 110m (OSH/WRT)


12:00 - Happy-Go-Lucky (NYFF/ZT)
12:30 - The Man Who Left His Will on Film, 94m (OSH/WRT)
02:30 - The Sun’s Burial, 87m (OSH/WRT)
03:15 - Wendy and Lucy, with Cry Me a River (NYFF/ZT)
04:30 - Empire of Passion, 106m (OSH/WRT)
06:15 - Hunger (NYFF/ZT)
06:45 - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, 122m (OSH/WRT)
09:00 - I’m Gonna Explode, 106m, with This is Her, 12m (NYFF/ZT)
09:15 - Taboo, 100m (OSH/WRT)


04:30 - A Town of Love and Hope, with Diary of a Yunbogi Boy (OSH/WRT)
06:00 - I’m Gonna Explode, with This is Her (NYFF/ZT)
06:15 - Cruel Story of Youth (OSH/WRT)
08:15 - A Town of Love and Hope, with Diary of a Yunbogi Boy (OSH/WRT)
09:15 - Tony Manero, 98m, with Love You More, 15m (NYFF/ZT)


04:30 - The Sun’s Burial (OSH/WRT)
06:00 - Tony Manero, with Love You More (NYFF/ZT)
06:20 - The Catch, 105m (OSH/WRT)
08:30 - Night and Fog in Japan (OSH/WRT)
09:15 - The Northern Land, 122m, with Surprise!, 18m (NYFF/ZT)

october 2008


6:00 - Summer Hours, 103m, with Ralph, 14m (NYFF/ZT)
9:00 - Shiro of Amakusa, The Christian Rebel, 100m (OSH/WRT)
9:15 - Waltz with Bashir, 90m, with I Don’t Feel Like Dancing, 7m (NYFF/ZT)


4:30 - Shiro of Amakusa, The Christian Rebel (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - Waltz with Bashir, with I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (NYFF/ZT)
6:30 - Pleasures of the Flesh (OSH/WRT)
8:40 - Band of Ninja, 100m (OSH/WRT)
9:00 - Summer Hours, with Ralph (NYFF/ZT)


4:30 - Japanese Summer: Double Suicide, 98m (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - Gomorrah, 137m (NYFF/ZT)
9:30 - Four Nights with Anna, 87m, with Pal Secam, 14m (NYFF/ZT)
10:00 - In the Realm of the Senses (OSH/WRT)


11:15am - Lola Montès, 115m (NYFF/ZT)
2:30 - Night and Day, 144m (NYFF/ZT)
6:15 - Ashes of Time Redux, 93m, with Dust, 7m (NYFF/ZT)
9:15 - Changeling, 140m, with Wait For Me, 3m (NYFF/ZT)
12:00 am - Ashes of Time Redux, with Dust (NYFF/WRT)


11:15am - Changeling, with Wait For Me (NYFF/ZT)
3:00 - Four Nights with Anna, with Pal Secam (NYFF/ZT)
6:00 - The Windmill Movie, 80m, with Quarry, 12m (NYFF/ZT)
9:00 - Gomorrah (NYFF/ZT)


6:00 - Afterschool, 106m (NYFF/ZT)
6:00 - The Last Command, 88m (SE/WRT)
8:30 - The Last Command (SE/WRT)
9:15 - The Headless Woman, 87m, with I Hear Your Scream, 11m (NYFF/ZT)


4:30 - Sing a Song of Sex, 103m (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - Che, 268m (NYFF/ZT)
6:40 - Violence at Noon, 99m (OSH/WRT)
8:45 - Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (OSH/WRT)


4:30- Death by Hanging, 117m (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - The Headless Woman, with I Hear Your Scream (NYFF/ZT)
7:00 - Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (OSH/WRT)
9:00 - Afterschool (NYFF/ZT)
9:00 - Sing a Song of Sex (OSH/WRT)


4:30 - Dear Summer Sister, 96m (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - Tokyo Sonata, 119m, with Love is Dead, 17m (NYFF/ZT)
6:30 - Boy, 97m (OSH/WRT)
8:30 - Three Resurrected Drunkards, 80m (OSH/WRT)
9:00 - Tulpan, 100m, with Deweneti, 15m (NYFF/ZT)


2:00 - Three Resurrected Drunkards (OSH/WRT)
3:45 - Kyoto, My Mothers Place, 50m, with 100 Years of Japanese Cinema, 52m (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - A Christmas Tale, 150m (NYFF/ZT)
6:15 - Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, 122m (SE/WRT)
9:00 - Max mon amour, 98m (OSH/WRT)
9:45 - Let It Rain, 110m, with Unpredictable Behaviour, 5m (NYFF/ZT)


11:15 AM - A Christmas Tale (NYFF/ZT)
3:00 - Chouga, 91m, with Gauge, 9m (NYFF/ZT)
4:00 - Death by Hanging (OSH/WRT)
6:00 - Tulpan, with Deweneti (NYFF/ZT)
6:30 - The Day Shall Dawn, 87m (SE/WRT)
9:00 - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (OSH/WRT)
9:15 - Tokyo Sonata, with Love is Dead (NYFF/ZT)


11:15 AM - Let It Rain, with Unpredictable Behaviour (NYFF/ZT)
1:00 - It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks, 119m (SE/WRT)
2:30 - Bullet in the Head, 85m (NYFF/ZT)
4:30 - The Man Who Left His Will on Film (OSH/WRT)
5:15 - Serbis, 90m, with Maybe Tomorrow, 12m (NYFF/ZT)
6:30 - The Ceremony, 122m (OSH/WRT)
8:30 - The Wrestler, 109m, with Security, 13m (NYFF/AFH)
9:00 - Dear Summer Sister (OSH/WRT)


2:00 - Taboo (OSH/WRT)
4:00 - Kyoto, My Mothers Place, with 100 Years of Japanese Cinema (OSH/WRT)
6:30 - Empire of Passion (OSH/WRT)
8:45 - Taboo (OSH/WRT)













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