New York Film Festival
Lincoln Center
September 26th – October 12th

From September 26th, 2014 through October 12th, 2014, New York will hold its 52nd annual Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The festival will open with the world premiere of David Fincher’s (Fight Club, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s thriller novel, Gone Girl. Fincher is no stranger to literary adaptations, so it’ll be interesting to see how he’ll take Flynn’s best-selling novel about marriage, murder, and unreliable narrators, to the screen. The film stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, the extremely unreliable protagonist who may have murdered his wife.

In addition to the premiere of Gone Girl, there will also be a surprise screening during the film’s opening weekend, on Sunday evening, September 28th at Alice Tully Hall. In previous years, Martin Scorcese’s Hugo and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln have been “surprise screenings,” so this is highly anticipated.

Other notable films that will be showing at the festival include: the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel), starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon; Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton; Laura Poitras’ film about Edward Snowden, CITIZENFOUR; Jean-Luc Godard’s 43rd feature, shot in 3-d, Goodbye to Language; Josh & Benny Safdie’s Heaven Knows What, starring Arielle Holmes and Caleb Landry; and finally, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.

Concurrent with the festival, The Film Society will also host a slew of events, including a retrospective celebrating the great American director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz. During the first two weeks of October, you’ll be able to watch a number of Mankiewicz’s most notable films, including A Letter To Three Wives (1949), All About Eve (1950), and Guys and Dolls (1955). For more information about the Mankiewicz retrospective, click here.

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