The sixth edition of free talk series NYFF Live during the 2017 New York Film Festival will feature actors, directors, writers, critics, and other industry insiders participating in daily evening discussions in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
NYFF55 Directors Dialogues include conversations with Main Slate filmmakers Lucrecia Martel, Agnès Varda & JR, Hong Sang-soo, and Philippe Garrel. This year’s On Cinema features Opening Night filmmaker Richard Linklater (Last Flag Flying) in an in-depth discussion with NYFF Director Kent Jones about films that have influenced and inspired him, illustrated with film clips.
NYFF Live features panels on The Square, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), The Florida Project, and other films from NYFF55, as well as discussions with festival talent including Vanessa Redgrave, Luca Guadagnino, and Claire Denis.
NYFF Live and Directors Dialogues
Ruben Östlund, The Square
Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s The Square won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes this year. The satirical drama, starring Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss, follows a well-heeled contemporary art curator at a Stockholm museum who falls prey to a pickpocketing scam, triggering an overzealous response and then a crisis of conscience. Östlund, whose features also include Play and Force Majeure, will talk about writing and directing The Square, which plays at this year’s NYFF.
VR and the Future of Virtual Production by Lucasfilm
Demo and Talk with Rachel Rose, Jose Perez, and Nick Rasmussen
From the depths of earth’s oceans to galaxies far, far away, VR allows us to be anyone, go anywhere, and see anything. Lucasfilm and its visual effects division, Industrial Light & Magic, have harnessed the power of this medium to create a new Virtual Production toolset, allowing filmmakers to build and scout a virtual set, manipulate props, puppeteer characters and vehicles, even compose shots to create virtual storyboards. It’s a game-changing application that is easy to learn, allowing storytellers to focus on the elements that blend together to form great stories. The creators of the toolset will participate in a conversation about the development of the platform and its potential to impact the filmmaking process, followed on Saturday by a public demonstration that will allow audiences to experience the system first hand.
On Cinema: Richard Linklater
In this annual special event, NYFF Director Kent Jones sits down with world-renowned filmmakers for an in-depth talk about films that have influenced and inspired them, illustrated with film clips. This year, Jones will talk with Richard Linklater, whose intensely emotional comic drama Last Flag Flying is this year’s opening night selection, and whose many superb films (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and Boyhood, to name just a few) have been genuine gifts to modern American cinema.
Gamescape: The Revenge of Full Motion Video
It’s 1983. You find yourself in an arcade in the ’burbs. Among the future classics—Galaga, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong—you find something different: Sega’s Astron Belt or Cinematronics’ Dragon’s Lair, games that eschewed pixelated sprites for video and vivid animation. Full Motion Video games were movies you could play—to a point: the technical execution left something to be desired. Games were unreliable, systems crashed, and FMV all but disappeared. But FMV is making a comeback as creators breathe new life into this 35-year-old form. The 2017 edition of Gamescape celebrates some of the best new FMV work and looks back on titles both famous and infamous from the golden age of the arcade. GameScape is co-curated by Clara Fernandez-Vara, of the NYU Game Center.
IndieWire Screen Talk LIVE podcast with Eric Kohn & Anne Thompson
Take a seat to watch IndieWire’s Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn and Editor at Large Anne Thompson engage in film debate and banter as they record the next episode of their popular podcast, Screen Talk. Kohn and Thompson will give their takes on the first weekend of the New York Film Festival, and talk about how awards season is shaping up.
HBO Directors Dialogues: Lucrecia Martel
A singular artist working in cinema today, Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel makes films that are unlike any others. This year, Zama, showcased in the Main Slate, marks Martel’s fourth feature and fourth New York Film Festival appearance, following La Cienaga (2001), The Holy Girl (2004), and The Headless Woman (2009). Join Martel for a discussion of her films and her remarkable latest, an adaptation of a classic Argentinean novel, set in the late 18th century.
Film Comment: The Cinema of Experience
At this year’s NYFF, filmmakers are rising to the challenge of representing race and immigration at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Our guests will discuss how cinematic technique is used to reflect such experiences and what is different about the latest generation of storytelling. Moderated by Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold, and featuring critic Teo Bugbee, writer-programmer Ashley Clark, and writer-filmmaker Farihah Zaman.
Serge Bozon & Isabelle Huppert, Mrs. Hyde
Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert headlines Serge Bozon’s eccentric comedic thriller loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Huppert plays a timid physics professor at a suburban high school constantly mocked by colleagues and students. During a stormy night, she is struck by lightning, and wakes up as the newly powerful Madame Hyde. Meet Huppert as she talks about transforming into this character, and her career in movies and television; and Bozon, who will share his experiences making the movie.
HBO Directors Dialogues: Agnès Varda & JR
At age 89, legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda has collaborated with 34-year-old visual artist JR on a remarkable new film, titled Faces Places. In it, the two of them journey from one rural French village to another, meeting people, taking their photographs, and printing large-scale versions of them, placed grandly within the environments. The two artist friends will discuss their unique project and the wise and wonderful film that came out of it.
Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
No stranger to the New York Film Festival, Noah Baumbach has presented The Squid and the Whale (2005), Margot at the Wedding (2007), and Frances Ha (2012) here. Baumbach returns this year with the comedic drama The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), starring Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Emma Thompson. The film harkens back to the themes of family vanities and warring attachments he has explored in previous movies. Baumbach will talk about writing the film, and working with a cast that includes screen legend Hoffman.
NYFF Shorts Filmmakers
For the past three years, the New York Film Festival has celebrated short form filmmakers living and working in the city. Meet the directors with films in the festival’s “New York Stories” program: Jason Giampietro (Unpresidented), Adinah Dancyger (Cheer Up Baby), Ashley Connor and Joe Stankus (The Layover), Kevin Wilson, Jr. (My Nephew Emmett), John Wilson (The Road to Magnasanti) and Pacho Velez & Yoni Brook (Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt).
Making The Florida Project: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch
Sean Baker (writer-director-producer-editor) and Chris Bergoch (writer-producer) collaborated on The Florida Project, which is having its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. In this discussion, they’ll delve into the particulars of how The Florida Project was conceived and executed through its various stages in development. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadow of nearby Disney World.
Making Call Me by Your Name: Luca Guadagnino, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg
Luca Guadagnino’s film has already caused a sensation at the Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto film festivals. Based on the book by André Aciman and from a screenplay by James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name centers on the son of an American professor who falls for the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home during the summer. Join Guadagnino and actors Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg as they talk about what is sure to be one of the most debated films of the fall.
Spotlight on Documentary Filmmakers
The amount of nonfiction films has skyrocketed since the turn of the century. Festivals around the world have celebrated the form, while critics and filmgoers have increasingly included docs on their roster of films to see. The group of filmmakers showing at this year’s NYFF—including Alison McAlpine (Cielo), Nancy Buirski (The Rape of Recy Taylor), Ena and Ines Talakic (Hall of Mirrors), among others—represent a cross-section of some of the most compelling documentarians working today.
Documenting Creativity: Griffin Dunne, Rebecca Miller, Susan Lacy, Josh Koury & Myles Kane
Many documentaries showing at this year’s NYFF focus on the lives and work of major writers and artists. At this talk, the directors behind four of these films will speak about their processes in representing creative people onscreen: Griffin Dunne, on creating a portrait of his aunt in Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; Rebecca Miller, on the long road to constructing a documentary on her father in Arthur Miller: Writer; Susan Lacy, who traces the private, public, and artistic development of one of cinema’s true giants in Spielberg; and Josh Koury & Myles Kane on Voyeur, which closely followed Gay Talese as he worked on his controversial book The Voyeur’s Motel.
Film Comment: Filmmakers Chat
For the second year, Film Comment gives you the rare chance to see some of today’s most important filmmakers in dialogue with each other. A selection of NYFF directors past and present will talk together about their influences and inspirations in a discussion moderated by the magazine’s editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold, with filmmakers Claire Denis (Let the Sun Shine In) and Joachim Trier (Thelma).
Vanessa Redgrave, Sea Sorrow
Her career as an actor has spanned six decades, but Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave has now become a documentary director with Sea Sorrow, a timely examination of the world’s urgent migrant crisis. Redgrave will be joined by producer Carlo Gabriel Nero to discuss what moved her to take on the project and how she set out to accomplish her filmmaking goals.
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig is a familiar presence at the New York Film Festival, seen in films such as Frances Ha (2012), Eden (2014), and 20th Century Women (2016). Gerwig has returned to the festival this year as a filmmaker, presenting her directorial debut, Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan as an artistically inclined young woman trying to define herself in the shadow of her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and searching for an escape route from her hometown of Sacramento. Join Gerwig as she talks about segueing to behind the camera and telling a story that comes from a very personal place.
HBO Directors Dialogues: Hong Sang-soo
Beyond prolific, South Korean director Hong Sang-soo has presented new films in NYFF’s Main Slate for five years in a row. And this year, he has two new movies: The Day After, a black-and-white tale of mistaken identity, déja vu, and adultery; and On the Beach at Night Alone, an achingly personal response to public scandals surrounding his romantic life, starring Kim Min-hee (The Handmaiden). Hong will be on-hand to discuss these intimate, dialogue-driven, comic-tinged dramas.
Field of Vision Presents
Since its launch in 2013, Field of Vision has been a trailblazer in producing and championing short-form documentaries about developing and ongoing stories from around the world. This evening will spotlight three current films, featuring clips and discussions with their filmmakers. These include Marshall Curry’s A Night at the Garden, about a chilling rally held in New York nearly 80 years ago and which has resonance today; Josh Begley’s Best of Luck with the Wall, which gives perhaps the first true look at the consequences of Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico; and a sneak from Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert’s latest project, American Carnage, about the films and politics of Breitbart News chief and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
HBO Directors Dialogues: Philippe Garrel
French master Philippe Garrel represents a strain of modernist cinema that stretches from the post–New Wave era to today, as evidenced by three of his films showing during NYFF this year. We’re pleased to present his newest film, the penetrating meditation on relationships and fidelity Lover for a Day, showing in the Main Slate, as well as restorations of his La Révélateur, made while the events of May ’68 were unfolding, and his devastatingly personal 1979 film L’Enfant secret. And we’re thrilled to have Garrel at this rare public appearance.
Keeping Cultural Borders Open: Laurie Anderson and special guests
This year at the New York Film Festival, hundreds of artists and activists will band together to launch The Federation. Formed by Laurie Anderson, Laura Michalchyshyn, and Tanya Selvaratnam in response to the increased xenophobia and closing of physical borders, The Federation is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to keeping cultural borders open and recognizing how essential artistic experiences are to fostering compassion, critical thinking, and joy. Join Anderson, Selvaratnam, Sara Driver, Barbet Schroeder, and other special guests for a discussion about the aims of the initiative and the role artists play in combatting cultural barriers. Presented with The Federation
Real Characters: Writing Biopics and Origin Stories
One of the deepest connections we can have to a movie is through fully conceptualized, credible characters. Without them, even the most engrossing plot may not resonate. The Writers Guild of America, East brings together the creators behind some unforgettable recent movie characters to tell us how they made them intriguing and believable. Presented with WGA East
Film Comment: Festival Wrap
In what is becoming an annual tradition, Film Comment contributing critics and editors gather for the festival’s last weekend and talk about the films they’ve seen, discussing—or arguing about—the selections in the lineup, from Main Slate and beyond.
Access New Audiences: Wonderstruck & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Join Michele Spitz (Woman of Her Word) and Jo-Ann Dean (SIGNmation) for a discussion on how filmmakers and distributors can increase audience outreach and box-office by incorporating accessible language components for both Deaf and Blind communities. Participating are Deaf actors Lauren Ridloff, Anthony Natale, and John McGinty, featured in NYFF Centerpiece Wonderstruck; Leslie McCleave, producer-director of How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama; and award-winning audio producer, director, and engineer Cliff Hahn. The panelists will provide insight on budgeting, grant opportunities, and how American Sign Language (ASL), Audio Description (AD) and Open/Closed Captioning (OC/CC) are inclusive assets. ASL Interpretation Provided. Presented with NYWIFT