The Weinsteins have thrown the Michelle Williams-starrer into the awards race, securing an Oct 9 centerpiece gala slot for the period drama. The 49th edition of the festival runs from Sept 30-Oct 16.

My Week With Marilyn also stars Dominic Cooper, drawing early awards heat for his dual portrayal of Uday Hussein and his body double in The Devil’s Double, as well as Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Zoe Wanamaker, Emma Watson, Toby Jones, Philip Jackson, Geraldine Somerville, Derek Jacobi and Simon Russell Beale.

Simon Curtis directed the film based on a recently uncovered missing chapter in the diaries of Colin Clark, a young Oxford graduate who met Monroe on a film set and escorted the starlet for a week after her husband Arthur Miller leaves the country.

“After seeing Marilyn Monroe so often portrayed in films as a caricature, it is a pleasure to see this complex personality and unique on-screen presence portrayed so well by such a talented actress as Michelle Williams,” said Richard Pena, selection committee chair and programme director of The Film Society Of Lincoln Center.
David Parfitt produced and The Weinstein Company will release in the US on Nov 4.

Pena and his team of festival programmers have curated a line-up that includes a restored version of William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, Nicholas Ray’s We Can’t Go Home Again and a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Japan’s Nikkatsu Films featuring screenings of such classics such as The Burmese Harp, Singing Love Birds and Tokyo Drifter.