The 51st New York Film Festival kicks off on Monday for Press and Industry analysts around the NYC metro area. Many of the films that will be screened for the East Coast critics have been seen at major festivals thus far. Nonetheless, many films are getting their big debuts and with many of these films skipping the Toronto Film Festival this year, a strong beginning to their awards campaigns will be needed.
Last year, the biggest film unveiled was the “work in progress” screening of Steven Spielberg’s eventual Best Picture nominee “Lincoln.” Daniel Day-Lewis went on to win his third Oscar along with eleven other nominations. Some films were stopped dead in their tracks that included “The Paperboy” from Lee Daniels and “Hyde Park on Hudson” from Roger Michell. This year, “Captain Phillips” from Oscar nominee Paul Greengrass will “officially” get its debut. Tom Hanks stars and early reactions are very positive for him and the film.
Last year was secretly dubbed the year for long movies. If NYFF is any indication, we are in for a few long stays in a cold theater. The documentary “At Berkeley“, which is described as a rich portrait of the University of California-Berkeley as told from different angles. At 244 minutes, it’s the longest film of the fest and that’s not by much. “Burning Bush” or also known as “HOŘICÍ KEŘ” is a TV mini-series that will be making its debut with a fifteen minute intermission. The Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color” will be making its rounds at 179 minutes and the little film from the Phillippines, “Norte: The End of History” will show its goods at 250 minutes. These aren’t necessarily a hindrance when looking at the possible quality of the films, just as long as their enriched with the gentle power of cinema all throughout, audiences should be entertained.
Down below, you can find fifteen anticipated films to screen at this year’s festival and what its chances might be during our upcoming awards season.