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    CLOSE YOUR EYES/CERRAR LOS OJOS (Victor Erice 2023)

    Worlds within worlds; a brilliant late interrogation of memory and cinema by great Spanish auteur Victor Erice, who has not made a feature film in thirty years.

    Oct. 4, 2023 at the New York Film Festival; debuted at Cannes "Premieres" section.

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    KIDNAPPED/RAPITO (March Bellocchio 2023)

    The great Italian director makes an operatic, colorful, traditionally entertaining historical film about the true story of the Vatican seizing a Jewish boy in Bologna because his nurse had baptized him as Christian, and raised him in the papal school. Premiered in competition at Cannes.

    Oct. 8, 2023 Alice Tully Hall.
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    THE SETTLERS/LOS COLONOS (Felipe Galvez 2023)

    A harsh depiction of the brutality of early white settlers of Chile, FIPRESCI prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, first Chilean film to do so.

    OCT. 2 & 4, Q&As with Galvez.

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    MAY DECEMBER (Todd Haynes 2023)

    Stars Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman (Oscar contenders ro their scene-chewing performances as a figure in a years-ago tabloid tale who went to prison for sex with a young teenage boy and later married him and a well known TV actress who is going to play her in a film, and comes to spend time with the family to understand her role. A layered, lurid, perhaps tongue-in-cheek film

    North American premiere.

    Opening Night Film at NYFF. Oct. 7, Oct. 14, 2023.

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    POOR THINGS (Yorgos Lanthimos 2023)

    His best - and most mainstream - provocation yet, from an English novel about a Frankenstein-like doctor (Willem Dafoe) in a partly fantastical 19th-century Europe who creates his own woman by injecting electricity and a baby brain into the cadaver of - Emma Stone, whose performance is incredible in this interesting story. There is some unnecessary crudity and brutality but the use of mise-en-scène and locations and fisheye lenses give the whole a wonderful and distinctively beautiful look.

    NYFF Oct.. 1, 12, 15.

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    LA CHIMERA (Alice Rohrwacher 2023)

    If you know and love Rohrwacher this is another one. She is a quinessentially Itlian choreographer of cozy chaos in a semi-Felliniesque vein. Here, her focus is Tuscany in the 1980's and the illegal mining of artifacts from Etruscan tombs. The central figure is a young English archaeologist played by the estimable Josh O'Connor who has gone seedy and local. With Isabella Rossellini.

    At the NYFF Oct. 7 and 8, 2023 with Q&A's with Alice Rohrwacher. It will be released in the US by Neon Nov. 23, 2023. Metacritic rating: 88%.
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    HIT MAN (Richard Linklater 2023

    One of Linklater's most enjoyable and successful movies in years, this will soon be available on Netflix. Based on a real-life story, it concerns a college teacher who moonlights doing backup for police sting operations and winds up impersonating a hit man, then gets involved with a lady and things get more complicated. Glen Powell is a revelation.

    In the NYFF it shows Oct. 3 and 4. Coming on Netflix, to whom it reportedly sold at Toronto for $20 million. Metacritic rating: 82%.

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    MUSIC (Angela Schanelec 20230)

    The German director's new feature freely refers to Sophocles Oedipus Rex and has much silence, many long shots, was filmed in Greece, and has moments of enjoyable music. There is something soothing and meditative about watching it. But I refer you to three reviews, by Jessica Kiang, Jordan Mintzer, and Peter Bradshaw because I understood none of this enigmatic art film, which won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale for its screenplay, will appeal primarily to Schanelec's devotees. This film can be seen as a palate-cleanser, or a challenge for cinematic puzzler-solvers.

    Oct. 4 and 5, 2023 in the NYFF, with Q&Q's with Schenelec.
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    MAESTRO (Bradley Cooper 2023)

    Classy film about Leonard Bernstein is better the the hype, avoids conventional scenes, and my favorite American movie of the festival so far. Sophisticated and complex, and Carey Mulligan shines as Bernstein's elegant, long-suffering wife Feicia. Not so much a biopic as a portrait of a marriage. In square format B&W and in color. Most of the music is by Bernstein.

    NYFF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
    3:45 PM
    There probably will be additional showings

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    GREEN BORDER (Agnieszka Holland 2023)

    A 127-minute drama about refugees tossed back and forth between the Polish and Belarus borders contains horrific moments; also pictures of border guards and activists. Powerful and authentic, yet its "mosaic" structure makes it seem like a feature film with a TV series inside wildly gesturing to be let out.


    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
    8:15 PM
    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
    7:00 PM - including Q&A's with Agnieszka Holland.

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    Missing from NYFF61 ?

    There are lots of films in this year's New York Film Festival - its Main Slate seems to get longer every year of late - but there are some omissions.

    KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON (Martin Scorsese), which got plenty of publicity at Cannes. Why was it not included? A notable omission.

    THE GOLDMAN CASE/LE PROCÈS GOLDMAN (Cédric Kahn), about the high profile 1975 trial of a prominent French leftist is one of year's best French films. Maybe the festival thought ANATOMY OF A FALL was enough courtroom dramas? But THE GOLDMAN CASE sounds awfully good. (It's playing in Paris now and has a sky-high 4.5 critics rating on AlloCiné (90%).

    THE SWEET EAST (Sean Price Williams), about "a runaway high school student who discovers the eastern United States in all its modern glory and disarray," sounds like a good American movie, a weak category for the NYFF.

    MONSTER (Hirakazu Kore-eda). "A mother demands answers from teacher when her son begins acting strangely." A new Kore-eda is always news for cinephiles.

    Also: HOW TO HAVE SEX (Molly Manning Walker), THE FEELING THAT THE TIME FOR DOING SOMETHING HAS PASSED (Joanna Arnow), BANAL & ADAMA (Ramata-Toulaye Sy).
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    JANET PLANET (Annie Baker 2023)

    The Pulitzer playwright makes her first film. It's an oddball, dryly humorous, highly specific and perhaps autobiographical portrait of an 11-year-old girl and her single mom spending summer in Western Massachusetts in 1991. People come and go. Some things really work. But the flatness, lack of score, unmoving camera, and slightly haphazard structure weaken the effect.

    NYFF OCT. 8.

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    PICTURES OF GHOSTS/RETRATOS FANTASMAS (Kleber Mendonça Filho 2023)

    The Brazilian director of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius crafts a very personal, meditative documentary in two parts about his family's long occupied apartment in Recife and the vanished movie palaces of the city's now declining center, which he loves. A splendid expression of where he gets his inspiration that whets the appetite for another feature.

    NYFF OCT. 9, 2023 at 5:30 pm.

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    PRISCILLA (Sofia Coppola 2023)

    Another portrait of a problematic marriage, like MAESTRO, based on Priscilla Presley's 1985 memoir Elvis and Me. It's a jaundiced view, but understated and elegant. One of Sofia's best.

    NYFF Centerpiece Film
    NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
    Q&A WITH CAILEE SPAENY AND JACOB ELORDI
    OCT. 6 AT 6PM AND EXTENDED INTRO AT 9PM SCREENING
    also SUN. Oct. 8 12 noon.

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    EUREKA (Lisandro Alonso 2023)

    First film in nine years (since Jauja) is three tales of indigenous people in different places and different times flowing seamlessly into each other, brilliantly done, compellingly slow, but hard to get your head around.

    NYFF: Oct. 10 & 11, 2023, Q&A with Lisandro Alonso, Alaina Clifford, Sadie Lapointe; N.American premiere.
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