Steven Spielberg’s espionage thriller starring Tom Hanks has found its awards season launchpad as the New York Film Festival (NYFF) confirmed it had landed the world premiere.

Bridge Of Spies

DreamWorks’ Bridge Of Spies, which Buena Vista releases in the US on October 16, is part of the 26-strong main slate unveiled on Wednesday by NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones.

The line-up includes previously announced opening night world premiere The Walk from Robert Zemeckis, closing night world premiere Miles Ahead from Don Cheadle and Danny Boyle’s Centrepiece selection (but not world premiere) Steve Jobs.

Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, a documentary about the life and work of the photographer and filmmaker, gets its world premiere and there are first North American outings for Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure Of A Man.

The roster includes US premieres for:

  • Arabian Nights, Miguel Gomes
  • The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsien
  • Cemetery Of Splendour, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Les Cowboys, Thomas Bidegain
  • In the Shadow Of Women, Philippe Garrel
  • Journey to the Shore, Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

US premieres include:

  • Maggie’s Plan, Rebecca Miller
  • Mia Madre, Nanni Moretti
  • Microbe & Gasoline, Michel Gondry
  • Mountains May Depart, Jia Zhangke
  • No Home Movie, Chantal Akerman
  • Right Now, Wrong Then, Hong Sangsoo
  • Where To Invade Next, Michael Moore.

Rounding out the roster are:

  • Brooklyn, John Crowley
  • Carol, Todd Haynes
  • Experimenter, Michael Almereyda
  • The Forbidden Room, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
  • The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos
  • The Treasure, Corneliu Porumboiu.

The 53rd NYFF is set to run from September 25-October 11. For more details about the main slate click here.