The star talks about ''Good Night, and Good Luck'' at the New York Film Festival

”If you look at the film festivals, Venice is beautiful, Toronto is one of the precursors to the Oscars, and Cannes is a big gun,” says George Clooney. ”But getting accepted to New York is certainly the most prestigious of them all.” That’s only one reason why Clooney decided to submit the 1950s-era newsroom drama Good Night, and Good Luck, which he directed, stars in, and co-wrote, to the 43rd New York Film Festival. ”I thought, This is a film that’s about New York, and takes place in New York with a bunch of New York actors,” he says. ”It seemed fitting.” For the film’s opening-night premiere on Sept. 23, Clooney, who’s still recovering from recent back surgery, had to ricochet between two Lincoln Center screenings before heading to a late-night gala at Tavern on the Green. ”It’s exciting, but it’s going to be a long day,” he said just before the big event. ”It’s a two-vodka day.” Only two? ”I didn’t say the size of the glass.”