Film at Lincoln Center have announced the New York Film Festival (NYFF) opening night film, Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman.” The Oscar-winning filmmaker will be bringing his latest crime drama, a contemplative study on friendships, betrayal and redemption. It stars Al Pacino (“The Godfather”) as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, Robert De Niro (“Taxi Driver”) as their right-hand man, Frank Sheeran, and Joe Pesci (“Casino”) as Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino.
It will world premiere at NYFF, in a city home to many of Scorsese’s greatest influences in “Taxi Driver,” “Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Mean Streets.” The film, slated for Netflix distribution as well as theatrical, also stars Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemmons, Harvey Keitel and Ray Romano.
“The Irishman is so many things: rich, funny, troubling, entertaining and, like all great movies, absolutely singular,” said New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. “It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me. All I can say is that the minute it was over my immediate reaction was that I wanted to watch it all over again.”
“It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year,” said Martin Scorsese. “The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”
“The Irishman” is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses.” The script is written by Steven Zaillian, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind 1993’s “Schindler’s List.”
“The Irishman” will premiere on September 27 at Alice Tully Hall, marking a first time for a Scorsese film to open the festival. A teaser announcement was released for the film during a commercial break Oscar night. Now that the NYFF announcement has transpired with images, an official first trailer is on the horizon. The film is said to have extensive visual effects work as part of de-aging the two leading men as the story uncovers fragments of their past.
The 57th New York Film Festival runs from September 27- October 13. The film will also have a limited, Oscar-qualifying theatrical run prior to hitting Netflix streaming in the fall.