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Coen Brothers, Barry Jenkins’ New Films to Play at New York Film Festival

The 56th New York Film Festival will kick off on September 28 and run through October 14

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Paul Dano’s “Wildlife” are among the films that will screen at this fall’s 56th New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday.

This year’s main slate, featuring films from 22 countries, also includes Olivier Assayas’ “Non-Fiction,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell,” Tamara Jenkins’ “Private Life” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”

Five films were previously honored at Cannes, including Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Image Book.” Returning filmmakers include Alex Ross Perry, Claire Denis, Ulrich Köhler, Lee Chang-dong, Jia Zhangke, and Christian Petzold. Other filmmakers include Alice Rohrwacher and Pawel Pawlikowski.

The festival will kick off on September 28 and run through October 14.

As previously announced, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” will open the festival while Alfonso Cuaron’s “ROMA” is the centerpiece and Julan Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate” will close the festival.

“Francis Ford Coppola said that the cinema would become a real art form only when the tools of moviemaking became as inexpensive as paints, brushes, and canvases,” NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said in a statement. “That has come to pass, but at the same time it’s become increasingly tough to do serious work that is beholden to nothing but the filmmaker’s need to express these emotions in this form in moving images and sound. So if I were pressed to choose one word to describe the films in this year’s Main Slate, it would be: bravery.”

See below for the festival’s main slate:

The Favourite (Opening Night)

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos

ROMA (Centerpiece)

Dir. Alfonso Cuarón

At Eternity’s Gate (Closing Night)

Dir. Julian Schnabel

3 Faces

Dir. Jafar Panahi

Asako I & II

Dir. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ash Is Purest White

Dir. Jia Zhangke

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Dir. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen


Dir. Lee Chang-dong

Cold War

Dir. Paweł Pawlikowski

A Faithful Man / L’Homme fidèle

Dir. Louis Garrel

A Family Tour

Dir. Ying Liang

La Flor

Dir. Mariano Llinás


Dir. Hong Sangsoo

Happy as Lazzaro / Lazzaro felice

Dir. Alice Rohrwacher

Her Smell

Dir. Alex Ross Perry

High Life

Dir. Claire Denis

Hotel by the River

Dir. Hong Sangsoo

If Beale Street Could Talk

Dir. Barry Jenkins 

The Image Book / Le Livre d’image

Dir. Jean-Luc GodardBi Gan

In My Room

Dir. Ulrich Köhler

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Dir. Bi Gan

Monrovia, Indiana

Dir. Frederick Wiseman

Non-Fiction / Doubles vies

Dir. Olivier Assayas

Private Life

Dir. Tamara Jenkins


Dir. Richard Billingham


Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda

Sorry Angel

Dir. Christophe Honoré

Too Late to Die Young

Dir. Dominga Sotomayor


Dir. Christian Petzold


Dir. Paul Dano