The 57th New York Film Festival will host free events including the eighth edition of free talk series NYFF Live – featuring actors, directors, and other industry insiders participating in daily discussions.
WASP NETWORK (2019)
NAME OF FILM: WASP NETWORK
DIRECTOR(S): Olivier Assayas
STARRING: Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez
GENRE: Thriller Film
SYNOPSIS: Olivier Assayas brings his customary style and urgency to an unexpected subject in this epic chronicle of a small group of Cuban defectors in Miami who in the early nineties established a spy web to infiltrate anti-Castroist terrorist groups carrying out violent attacks on Cuban soil. Amidst a dazzling ensemble that includes Gael García Bernal, Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, and Leonardo Sbaraglia, Assayas mostly centers on the saga of network member René Gonzalez (Édgar Ramírez, star of Assayas’s Carlos, NYFF48)and his wife Olga (Penélope Cruz, in a superb performance of complex emotional transparency), who for many years is kept in the dark about René’s double life in America. Inspired by Fernando Morais’s meticulously researched book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War, Wasp Network is a nuanced, gripping thriller from one of the world’s most adventurous, globe-hopping filmmakers, told with journalistic detail and vivid sympathy for those Cubans in exile who sought liberation back home while being targeted by the U.S. government.
Penélope Cruz will receive the Donostia Award, along with the screening of her latest film, Wasp Network, directed by Olivier Assayas, at the San Sebastian Festival 2019.
Toronto International Film Festival announced the second set of films in the Gala and Special Presentations programs screening this September at the 44th edition of the Festival.
This year’s Main Slate of the 57th New York Film Festival, September 27 – October 13, showcases 29 films from 17 different countries.
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