Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis will close the 45th
New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept 28-Oct 14.

As previously announced, Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited is the opening night screening and the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men is the
Centerpiece selection.

Predictably American film-makers are writ large over the event, whose
selection committee was presided over by Richard Pena for the 20th

There is new work from Noeh Baumbach's family drama Margot At
The Wedding, Todd Haynes' experimental Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There,
Gus Van Sant's drama Paranoid Park, Brian De Palma's Iraq war tale
Redacted, and Ira Sachs' melodrama Married Life.

Sidney Lumet returns to the festival for the first time in 43 years -
the last time was with Fail-Safe in 1964 - with the heist drama Before
the Devil Knows You're Dead starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan
Hawke, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei.

International cinema representatives include Christian Mungiu's
Romanian Palme D'Or winning abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days,
Alexander Sokurov's Chechnyan war drama Alexandra, and Claude
Chabrol's social satire A Girl Cut In Two with Ludivine Sagnier

Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona's feature directorial debut and
supernatural drama The Orphanage produced by Guillermo del Toro is in
the mix, alongside Cannes 2007 entries The Diving Bell And The
Butterfly from Julian Schnabel and The Flight Of The Red Balloon from
Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner: The Definitive Cut plays in the
Retrospective programme, offering fans a chance to see this special
25th anniversary screening of the celebrated Philip K Dick adaptation
as Scott always intended it to be seen.

As previously announced, the Tropical Analysis: The Films Of Joaquim
Pedro De Andrade sidebar will honour the Brazilian director and member
of the Cinema Novo movement of the 1950s and 1960s who cemented his
place among the great Latin American film-makers with his 1969 classic

The two other sidebars are returning experimental showcase Views From
The Avant-Garde, and Chinese Modern: A Tribute To Cathay Studios.
Peter Bogdanovich's documentary Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers:
Runnin' Down A Dream is a special event screening.

The Film Society Of Lincoln Center will pay tribute to New Line
Cinema's 40th anniversary with a black-tie gala to benefit the Film
Society's campaign to build a new film centre.

New Line co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne will be honoured at the event on Oct 5.

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