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While we wait for the summer movie and festival season to pick up in a few months, another film festival is preparing to return for its 43rd year. A spin-off of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival features screenings of highly acclaimed feature debuts of up-and-coming filmmakers. This year they've got a number of Sundance gems, as well as a few other debuts from around the world, which we'll try and cover. If not, the full list of all 27 feature films showing at the 43rd New Directors/New Films festival can be found at FilmLinc or NewDirectors.org. Read on for more.
"Falling in love is a crazy thing to do... it's kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity." We all want to fall in love, but it's easier for some than it is for others. In this modern world consumed with technology and the connectivity of the internet, how do we still find love? How do we still find genuine, real love in a world of online dating, pornography, cell phones and YouTube? The closing film of the 51st New York Film Festival is Spike Jonze's latest brilliant creation titled Her, set in the near future, a meditation on the values of love and how one bubbly, charming man learns how to love (again) with the help of his operating system.
I'm a daydreamer. From as early as I can remember I've known myself to get lost in thought, even if it's just some silly fantasy. As a kid, I'd drift during grade school and imagine the patterns of the room's wallpaper as a maze that must be traversed. On the subway here in New York City, I'll space out while gazing at the Manhattan skyline crossing the bridge into or out of Brooklyn. It happens all the time, even to this day. Why am I telling you this seemingly random bit of trivia about my life? Well, because it lies at the heart of why I fell in love with Ben Stiller's new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at the New York Film Festival.
I love being inspired. I genuinely love watching or hearing stories that inspire me, and inspire everyone else, to pursue their dreams and live their life in a way that continues to inspire others. Many people are familiar with the research facility near Geneva, Switzerland called the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, run by CERN. This gigantic, 18-mile circle of tubes is filled with electromagnets that force the smallest particles in existence to smash into each other. A documentary called Particle Fever, showing at the New York Film Festival, tells the inside story of the LHC following a few of the theoretical/experimental physicists working on the project. It is utterly fascinating and inspiring on many levels. While not a perfect doc, I still loved it.
My first year living in New York City, and now my first year at the New York Film Festival. Starting today, the 51st New York Film Festival (or just NYFF as it's better known) kicks off, continuing the fall festival season following Telluride, Toronto and Fantastic Fest. Luckily, living in New York, I don't have to travel far to attend this festival. Over the last year I've been hearing nothing but great things about this fest from many of my New York friends/colleagues. Being my first year attending, I have no idea what to expect. What I do know is that the Film Society of Lincoln Center is one of the greatest places for cinema in this country.
"Try to live every day as if it was the final day..." The fall festival season continues. The 51st New York Film Festival, part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual events, is a week away from kicking off (on Friday, September 27th). To mark the occasion and build excitement for the festival's opening, NYFF debuted a one-minute trailer with footage from all of the films playing at the fest. There's clips from features we know, like Her, Captain Phillips and Nebraska, and plenty of others just waiting to be discovered. Whether you're in New York or not, this is still a great trailer to watch for a festival we can't wait to attend.
For New Yorkers, the perfect way to start the week. The 51st New York Film Festival has announced their "Main Slate" selection of 35 films playing at this year's fest in late September / early October. We've never covered and never attended New York Film Fest before at FS.net so this will be a first for us. I've been hearing nothing but great things, many of my New York-based colleague have told me it's one of the best festivals in the city all year. And the line-up for 2013 certainly confirms that it has the potential to be an unforgettable fest. There are many Cannes and Toronto holdovers, but plenty of other films from all over the world screening. From Her to Inside Llewyn Davis to Bastards to Nebraska to Miyazaki's The Wind Rises.