The 48th New York Film Festival will be held from September 24- October 10. Hosted by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 17-day event showcases the world’s best cinema from up and coming directors and distinguished filmmakers.
Among the relatively newer directors to American audiences is Abdellatif Kechiche. Most memorable perhaps for his starring role as Ashade in the 2005 American Film Institute’s official selection “Sorry, Haters”, Kechiche will debut “Black Venus” for the first time in North America. The film tells the unforgettable life of née Saartjie Baartman, an enslaved woman from Cape Town who was displayed as sexual side-show attraction in 19th-century Europe. The film has been dubbed one of the most “riveting” of the festival.
Among the other screenings is David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” a detailed portrayal of the sudden rise and fall of the founders of Facebook. Comparably, veteran actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will premier “Hereafter”, which examines the interconnecting experiences of three people dealing with the death of a loved one. Written by Peter Morgan (“The Queen”, “Frost/Nixon”), “Hereafter” follows an American psychic played by Matt Damon, a French journalist played by Cécile de France, and a London schoolboy played by Frankie and George McLaren as they begin to cope with their respective losses. Filmed in the breath-taking locales of France, Hawaii, San Francisco, and England, “Hereafter” should captivate audiences with its aesthetic prowess and emotional drive. The film will close out the festival on 0ctober 10th.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, founded in 1969, celebrates cinema worldwide by exposing new filmmakers to new audiences. In the same way, the organization continues to promote new works from applauded directors. Recognized as one of the foremost international performing arts center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center operates on a 363-day season that premieres new films to more than 200,000 filmmakers from diverse cultural, economic, religious, and societal backgrounds.
Tickets will be on sale for this year’s festival beginning Sunday, September 12, 2010 at FilmLinc.com. What do you think?
Written by Ra’Kenna J.