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NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2011 SELECTED FILMS


With the advent of sound, silent film veteran George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) fears his Hollywood stardom is in jeopardy, while Peppy Miller, a young extra, becomes a major movie star. Staying true to the period and the subject of the film, director Michel Hazanavicius filmed The Artist in black and white and entirely without sound. Starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Malcolm McDowell, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Missi Pyle. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.


Two couples agree to sit down and cordially discuss a schoolyard brawl involving their sons, but the mask of civility quickly begins to slip and both sets of parents find themselves embroiled in a confrontation of their own. Based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza. Starring Kate Winslet, Jodi Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. Directed by Roman Polanski.



A Dangerous Method, the latest from director David Cronenberg, examines the complex relationship between the fathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Based on the book “A Most Dangerous Method” by John Kerr and adapted from the play “The Talking Cure” by Christopher Hampton. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly, Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon. Directed by David Cronenberg.


When Matt King’s wife dies in a boating accident, the Hawaiian land heir and apathetic father of two girls learns that his wife had been having an affair. King (George Clooney) sets out to confront his wife’s lover, and in the process, is forced to reassess his life as he faces an uncertain future. Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Starring George Clooney, Judy Greer, Shaliene Woodley, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges and Amara Miller. Directed by Alexander Payne.


Historic rivalries are commonplace within Hebrew University’s world-renowned Talmud Department, even ones between father and son. When a father wins the Israel Prize, the most prized honor in Israel, his son (and fellow professor) must choose between advancing his father’s career or sabotaging it. Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Shmuel Shiloh and Yuval Scharf. Written and directed by Joseph Cedar. From Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.




In this deadpan comedy from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki, an elderly man who is down on his luck takes in a young African illegal immigrant trying to make his way to England in a cargo shipping container. Starring Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel and Elina Salo. Written and directed by Aki Kaurismaki. From Finland. French with English subtitles.

 


After escaping from an abusive cult, a young woman struggles to come to grips with what happened to her inside the cult and re-adjust to life on the outside. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, and Hugh Dancy. Written and directed by Sean Durkin.





Part sci-fi apocalypse drama, part character study exploration of despair, depression and anxiety, Lars von Trier continues to push boundaries with his latest film, Melancholia. With a previously undiscovered planet hurtling towards Earth on a collision course, a new bride, her sister and their families are forced to cope with the imminent apocalypse in their own way. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard and Kiefer Sutherland. Written and directed by Lars von Trier.


In Tijuana, 23 year old Laura Guerrero dreams of becoming a beauty queen on the pageant circuit. But when she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is thrust into the world of organized crime, forced to become a mule for a violent drug cartel. Starring Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela and Miguel Couturier. Written and directed by Gerardo Naranjo. From Mexico. Spanish with English subtitles.



Fresh out of Oxford and taking his first crack at show business, Colin Clark never expected to meet, let alone win the heart of the sexiest woman on the planet, Marilyn Monroe. Set during the summer of 1956 and based on the diary accounts of Colin Clark, My Week with Marilyn documents Monroe’s famous first visit to Britain, her stormy work relationship with costar Laurence Olivier, and the one week she spent with Clark away from the Hollywood spotlight. Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Simon Curtis.


Nader and Simin are an Iranian couple struggling with the decision of whether or not to leave Iran and relocate abroad. When Nader chooses to stay in Iran to care for his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, Simin files for divorce. They are granted a trial separation, but divorce is never simple, and the two must handle the complexities related to the custody of their 11 year old daughter and the care for Nader’s ailing father. Starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. From Iran. Persian with English Subtitles.


In this twisted revenge thriller, a plastic surgeon hunts down the man who raped his daughter and exacts his own disturbing form of retribution. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Based on the novel by Thierry Jonquet. Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. From Spain. Spanish with English subtitles.

 

2011 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP:


MAIN SLATE

4:44: Last Day On Earth

A Separation

Corpo Celeste

Footnote

George Harrison: Living In The Material World

Goodbye First Love

Le Havre

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Melancholia

Miss Bala

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

Pina

Play

Policeman

Shame

Sleeping Sickness

The Artist

The Kid With A Bike

The Loneliest Planet

The Student

The Turin Horse

This Is Not A Film


GALAS

OPENING NIGHT
Carnage
Directed by Roman Polanski (France/Germany/Poland)


CLOSING NIGHT
The Descendants
Directed by Alexander Payne


CENTERPIECE
My Week With Marilyn
Directed by Simon Curtis


GALA SCREENINGS
A Dangerous Method
Directed by David Cronenberg

The Skin I Live In
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: DOCUMENTARIES

Andrew Bird: Fever Year

The Ballad of Mott The Hoople

Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Crazy Horse

Don’t Expect Too Much

Music According to Tom Jobim

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Patience (After Sebald)

Tahrir

Vito

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