New work from Sofia Coppola, David Lynch and Todd Field are amongthe final line-up of the 44th New York Film Festival (NYFF) announcedyesterday.
Coppola's Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst will screen, as will Lynch's hi-defmystery The Inland Empire starring Laura Dern, Bong Joon-ho's South Korean horror phenomenonThe Host, and Field'sromantic drama Little Children starring Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Wilson.
The programme includes 49 Up, the latest instalment in Michael Apted's documentaryseries, as well as Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's Toronto opener TheJournal Of Knud Rasmussen,Tian Zhuangzhuang's latest The Go Master from China, Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Cannesentry Climates, andSatoshi Kon's Japanese anime Paprika.
As previously announced, Stephen Frears' The Queen will open and Guillermo del Toro's Pan'sLabyrinth will close thefestival, while Pedro Almodovar's Volver is the Centerpiece Presentation.
In addition to The Queen, other Venice competition titles in NYFF include BarbaraAlbert's Falling, AlainResnais' Private Fear In Public Places and Apichatpong Weereasethakul's Syndromes And A Century.
Festival organisers have scheduled three retrospective screeningsof classic films: Lino Brocka's Filipino 1976 picture Insiang; Alberto Lattuada's 1962 Italian comedy Mafioso; and the previously announced 25thanniversary screening of Warren Beatty's Reds.
"[T]his year a number of films depict characters who arefinally forced to confront realities they've long ignored or avoided - atheme that applies to films as otherwise diverse as The Queen, The Go Master and Pan's Labyrinth," Film Society of Lincoln Centerprogramme director and NYFF selection committee chair Richard Pena said.
Pena also pointed to a populist tone. "For much of today'syounger audiences, international cinema means either animation or the newgeneration of horror films emerging from Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Paprika and The Host offer powerful evidence as to howcreative and ambitious artists can use forms usually associated with the massmarket to create intelligent, highly personal works."
The 44th New York Film Festival will run from Sept 29-Oct 15 atLincoln Center. For more details visit the official website at www.filmlinc.com.