Before 20th Century Fox moved The Martian‘s release date up to October 2nd, I had been of the mind that it would be one of the big movies to debut at the 53rd New York Film Festival. Well, even with that date now rapidly approaching, the film will still have an NYFF related moment in the sun. A press release has just arrived announcing that the flick will have a special sneak preview this weekend at the fest, right as it officially starts. You can see the release below, but let me tell you folks…I’ve seen the film and it is great. Both Matt Damon and Ridley Scott are at their best, which is saying something. My full review will be coming soon, but it’s a winner, trust me there. Take a look at the press release and stay tuned for lots more on The Martian very shortly…
Here’s the press release:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today via Twitter a Sneak Preview of The Martian, presented in RealD 3D, at the 53rd New York Film Festival on Sunday, September 27 at Alice Tully Hall. Tickets are on sale now, visit filmlinc.org/nyff2015.
Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s bestseller, and his third film set in outer space, is a gripping drama of survival infused with warmth and humor. Matt Damon plays astronaut/botanist Mark Watney, left for dead when a lethal sandstorm forces his crewmates to cut their mission to Mars short with an emergency liftoff. Like Robinson Crusoe, Watney uses his ingenuity and knowledge to survive on the mission’s still-functioning base as he awaits rescue, while back on earth the NASA team (Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Community star Donald Glover) and his former crew members in space (led by Jessica Chastain) pull out all the stops to bring him home. As ever with Scott, the filmmaking is dynamic, the visuals spectacular, and the cast note-perfect. Anchored by another winning performance from Damon, this is what-if, problem-solving drama at its absolute finest. A 20th Century Fox release.
The film will be presented in RealD 3D using a specially installed projection system. RealD is the world’s most widely used 3D cinema technology, and is installed in more than 27,000 auditoriums by approximately 1,200 exhibitors in 72 countries around the world.
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Kent Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Marian Masone, FSLC Senior Programming Advisor; Gavin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.
ABOUT FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient is Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.
The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, HBO, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Loews Regency, Row NYC Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Support for the New York Film Festival is also generously provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre, The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, FIJI Water, LG, Design Within Reach, Portage World Wide Inc., KIND Bars, Deadline, Gotham, The Hollywood Reporter, WABC-7, WNET New York Public Media and Dolby Laboratories.
For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org/NYFF, follow @filmlinc and @TheNYFF on Twitter, and download the FREE Film Society app, now available for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices.
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