It’s only 60 seconds long, but one of the year’s most watchable trailers is this movie-mashup for the 53rd New York Film Festival, which begins on Sept. 25 with the world premiere of Robert Zemeckis’ Big Apple-set opening night film The Walk. Look closely and you’ll also spot clips from many of the 26 main lineup features, including the centerpiece film, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple founder, and Don Cheadle’s Miles from Home, in which the actor-director plays famous trumpeteer Miles Davis, which closes the festival on Oct. 11.
NYFF does not give out prizes, but being selected for the main slate is considered an award in itself. Last year’s edition featured eventual Best Picture Oscar winner Birdman as well as Gone Girl, Citizenfour and Whiplash — and this year slate characteristically runs the eclectic gamut of filmmakers from avant garde musician Laurie Anderson (she’ll screen Heart of a Dog, her quasi-documentary about her deceased pet) to the most successful director in the world, Steven Spielberg (he’ll be on hand for the world premiere of his Cold War drama Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks).
“Movies are made by people,” says festival director Kent Jones, who heads the selection committee. “And you can always feel it, when there’s that burning desire to create something up there on the screen. And I would say that that was a big factor in the films we chose.”
In addition to the festival’s more publicized titles, which also include Todd Haynes’ Cannes prize-winner Carol and Michael Moore’s Toronto Film Festival sensation Where to Invade Next, Jones is also hopeful that audiences will embrace Iraqi-French director Abbas Fahdel’s Homeland (Iraq Year Zero), a two part, nearly six-hour documentary focusing on Iraq in the days just before and after the 2003 U.S. invasion. “It hasn’t gotten a lot of play because of the length,” says Jones, “but it shows us something that we’ve had no comprehension of, and it’s a truly incredible experience.”
And on the other end of the running time spectrum, Jones singles out the 54-minute Junun, from NYFF mainstay Paul Thomas Anderson, which documents the recording of a new album by Jonny Greenwood. “That’s a small wonder,” he says. “It’s a real handmade movie and Anderson shot it with a black and white camera. And geez, what an incredible sonic experience.”
Tickets for the New York Film Festival are available now and can be purchased here. Check out the trailer below.
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