The world premiere of Maria Schrader’s #MeToo flm She Said starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan will screen in Spotlight at the 60th New York Film Festival (NYFF).
Schrader’s follow-up to I’m Your Man centres on Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey from The New York Times as they uncover decades of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood by disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and others, helping to start the #MeToo movement.
Selections in Spotlight, the NYFF section highlighting anticipated films from the upcoming season, include the world premiere of A Cooler Climate from James Ivory and Giles Gardner, in which Oscar-winning filmmaker Ivory finds boxes of film he shot during a life-changing trip to Afghanistan in 1960 and recounts his life as traveller, outsider, and artist.
Also receiving their world premieres are Personality Crisis: One Night Only in which Martin Scorsese and co-director David Tedeschi explore the musical career of New York Dolls frontman David Johansen and his 1980’s reinvention as hepcat lounge lizard Buster Poindexter; and American film critic Elvis Mitchell’s documentary Is That Black Enough For You?!? about the Black revolution in 1970s cinema.
Chinonye Chukwu’s Civil Rights drama Till also takes its place in Spotlight and as previously announced is a NYFF opening weekend world premiere.
Among out the line-up are Luca Guadagnino’s Bones And All starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet as cannibal lovers; the US premiere of the five-part, third season of Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom Exodus; Sarah Polley’s Women Talking, about a religious colony where there has been sexual assault by the men; and Marco Bellocchio’s six-part series Exterior Night about the kidnapping and murder of Italian statesman and former prime minister Aldo Moro by the Red Brigade.
Rounding out the selection are Chris Smith’s portrait of the life and career of director Robert Downey, Sr. in Sr.; The Super 8 Years, a journey into writer and director Annie Ernaux’s family’s history; and the 50th anniversary presentation of Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi Solaris with a new score by Matthew Nolan and Stephen Shannon.
NYFF runs September 30–October 16.