Agnès Varda's final film, Pedro Almodovar's 'Pain and Glory,' more join the 2019 NYFF

The 2019 New York Film Festival is shaping up to be a cinematic buffet chock-full of international flavor hailing from 17 different countries.

Projects by scores of global filmmakers — including Pedro Almodóvar, Céline Sciamma, Bong Joon-ho, Olivier Assayas, and more — will join the 2019 NYFF lineup next to previously announced films like Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated gangster drama The Irishman (starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci), Noah Baumbach’s Scarlett Johansson/Adam Driver marital dramedy Marriage Story, and Edward Norton’s Manhattan-set neo-noir Motherless Brooklyn.

Film at Lincoln Center — previously known as Film Society at Lincoln Center — announced the annual, awards-positioning festival’s main slate Tuesday afternoon, offering pre-Oscar boosts to awards-bound titles like Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning drama Parasite, Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, which earned star Antonio Banderas some of the best reviews of his career following the film’s Cannes debut. The film’s animated sequences also inspired Almodóvar’s design for the 2019 NYFF poster, as seen below.

Late filmmaking legend Agnès Varda‘s final film, the self-reflective documentary Varda by Agnès, will also venture Stateside for the festival, as will Mati Diop’s Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story, which earlier this year became the first film directed by a black woman to compete for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize.

Assayas’ Cuban spy drama Wasp Network — starring Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, and Gael Garcia Bernal — will also visit the NYFF after premiering at the 2019 Venice Film Festival alongside new works from Kelly Reichardt (First Cow), Arnaud Desplechin (Oh Mercy!), and the Dardenne brothers (Young Ahmed).

“Cinema is the domain of freedom, and it’s an ongoing struggle to maintain that freedom. It’s getting harder and harder for anyone to make films of real ambition anywhere in this world,” said NYFF’s director, Kent Jones, in a press statement. “Each and every movie in this lineup, big or small, whether it’s made in Italy or Senegal or New York City, is the result of artists behind the camera fighting on multiple fronts to realize a vision and create something new in the world. That includes masters like Martin Scorsese and Pedro Almodóvar and newcomers to the festival like Mati Diop and Angela Schanelec.”

NYFF 2019 runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13. Tickets go on sale to the general public Sept. 8, while VIP passes are on sale now. Read on for this year’s full main slate.

57th New York Film Festival poster CR: NYFF
Credit: NYFF

The 57th New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night: The Irishman
Dir. Martin Scorsese

Centerpiece: Marriage Story
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Closing Night: Motherless Brooklyn
Dir. Edward Norton

Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story
Dir. Mati Diop

Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Dir. Kantemir Balagov

Fire Will Come
Dir. Oliver Laxe

First Cow
Dir. Kelly Reichardt

A Girl Missing
Dir. Koji Fukada

I Was at Home, But…
Dir. Angela Schanelec

Dir. Albert Serra

Martin Eden
Dir. Pietro Marcello

The Moneychanger
Dir. Federico Veiroj

Oh Mercy!
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin

Pain and Glory
Dir. Pedro Almodóvar

Dir. Bong Joon-ho

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Dir. Céline Sciamma

Saturday Fiction
Dir. Lou Ye

Dir. Justine Triet

Dir. Nadav Lapid

To the Ends of the Earth
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

The Traitor
Dir. Marco Bellocchio

Varda by Agnès
Dir. Agnès Varda

Vitalina Varela
Dir. Pedro Costa

Wasp Network
Dir. Olivier Assayas

The Whistlers
Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu

The Wild Goose Lake
Dir. Diao Yinan

Young Ahmed
Dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Zombi Child
Dir. Bertrand Bonello

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