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NYFF Announces Closing Night Film!

Monday, August 13th, 2012 by

The New York Film Festival is heading into its 50th Anniversary celebration with style! They have announced their closing film and it definitely lives up to the hype of this event, check out the release below:

With the 50th New York Film Festival just 50 days away, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has made the first major announcement about the festival’s highly anticipated lineup: the festival will close with Flight by Robert Zemeckis.

The director’s long-awaited return to live-action filmmaking (since Cast Away 12 years ago) stars Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves nearly all his passengers after a nearly miraculous crash landing, unravelling a complex and thrilling mystery. With supporting turns by distinguished actors John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, and Kelly Reilly, the film will make its World Premiere on October 14 at Alice Tully Hall.

“We’re delighted to welcome Robert Zemeckis to the New York Film Festival for the first time. A director equally known for delighting audiences as well as for pushing the technological limits of filmmaking, Zemeckis has created with Flight a remarkable film about one man’s journey to some of the darkest parts of his soul.” —Richard Peña, NYFF Selection Committee Chair & Film Society Program Director

More announcements about the program of the 50th New York Film Festival, which takes place from September 28 – October 14 at Lincoln Center, are just around the corner.  Tickets to NYFF will go on sale to the General Public on Sunday, September 9. Film Society Members and Patrons will receive a pre-sale period prior to this date.

The New York Film Festival was founded in 1962 by Richard Roud and Amos Vogel. It is an annual festival produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style.

The festival is highly competitive with an average of 28 feature films in the Main Slate and 16 short films selected each year. Documentaries and special event screenings round out the event. There are no categories and no prizes are awarded. Selections are made by a fiver person screening committee.

Views from the Avant-Garde is a special event of the NYFF which premieres non-narrative, experimental film and video. Convergence explores the emerging field of transmedia, storytelling that ocurres across multiple platforms that invites audiences to become active participants in immersive storyworlds.

About the New York Film Festival:

As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents a 363-day season that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors; major retrospectives; in-depth symposia and high profile events. The Film Society is one of those rare institutions whose stature is matched by its popularity, each year welcoming an aggregate audience of more than 200,000 film aficionados, filmmakers and industry leaders of every nationality, age, economic and ethnic group. The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries. François Truffaut, R.W. Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson– over the last four decades there is scarcely a major director who has not been introduced to American audiences by the Film Society.

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