Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills is one of the 32 films that comprise the Main Slate lineup for the 50th New York Film Festival. The film is just one of a group of the most buzzed about films from Cannes heading to the New York Film Festival this fall, according to the NYFF official website.
It also includes includes Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour starring veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, Noemie Lvovsky’s French film Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble), Critics Week Grand Prize winner Here and There by Spanish director Antonio Mendez Esparza (Aquí y Allá), famed French filmmaker Leos Carax’ Holy Motors, Iranian Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone In Love, Chilean Pablo Larrain’s Director’s Fortnight prizewinner No, and Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
Films from other top European festivals will be at NYFF. Among them are Berlinale Golden Bear winner Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire) directed by Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani as well as Miguel Gomes’ Tabu from Berlin. Christian Petzold’s Barbara, also from Berlin where the filmmaker won the Best Director prize is on tap as well.
„The films making up the main slate of this year’s NYFF have in common a general quality of fearlessness that unites otherwise very disparate works. These are films that go all the way, works willing to take the risk or chance that by doing so they may be bringing audiences to places they might rather not go”, said Richard Peña, Film Society’s Program Director and head of the selection committee for the 25h time in 2012.
Peña was joined on the selection committee this year by “Village Voice” contributor Melissa Anderson, Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas, “The Hollywood Reporter” Chief Film Critic Todd McCarthy, and the newly-appointed Amy Taubin, a contributing editor at “Film Comment” and “Sight” and “Sound” magazines.
Ang Lee’s Life of Pi will open the festival on Friday, September 28 while David Chase’s Not Fade Away is in the Centerpiece slot on Saturday, October 6 and Robert Zemeckis’ Flight will close the 50th NYFF on Sunday, October 14.