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    New York Film Festival 2019 (Sept. 27-Oct. 13). Opening, Centerpiece, closing night films.

    FESTIVAL COVERAGE THREAD

    NYFF Opening Night Film:
    Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN




    Scorsese dramatizes Mafia snitch tale

    Martin Scorsese has agreed to lend the $140 million-budgeted, now completing The Irishman, his first film since the 2016 Silence, to open the 57th annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center on Friday, September 27th. The Irishman is an American-set biographical American crime film adapted by Steven Zaillian from Charles Brandt's book, based on taped interviews, I Heard You Paint Houses. It's the story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who claimed to work for the Mafia and to have assassinated Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

    NYFF Centerpiece film:
    Noah Baumbach's MARRIAGE STORY



    SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND ADAM DRIVER IN MARRIAGE STORY

    A new angle on themes of The Squid and the Whale

    This is a Netflix film (as is Scorsese's). It's a kind of companion piece to Baumbach's 2005 NYFF debut The Squid and the Whale, which was a family breakup film from the kids' POV. This one is from the parents'. It stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and tracks an "amicable" divorce that devolves spectacularly. The cast also includes Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Laura Dern, Merritt Wever, Julie Hagerty, and Azhy Robertson. Baumbach says he "grew up" attending the New York Film Festival with his parents, and that's where his first film Kicking and Screaming debuted 24 years ago. This one will open in Alice Tully Hall Oct. 4 and will show at Toronto and Venice.


    EDWARD NORTON, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN

    NYFF Closing Night Film:
    Edward Norton's MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN


    Continuing with the New York theme, the NYFF has chosen a new screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel for closing night. Motherless Brooklyn is a novel about a makeshift detective agency that investigates the murder of its boss. (Unlike Scorsese and De Niro, however, Norton is from Boston and Colombia, Maryland, not New York City.
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 08-03-2019 at 09:09 AM.

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