Polanski’s ‘Carnage’ Opens New York Film Festival

The 17-day festival kicks off September 30 with Polanski adaptation of Broadway Tony winner

Last Updated: July 29, 2011 @ 6:01 PM

As New York gears up for its upcoming 49th annual film festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Friday that Roman Polanski’sCarnage” will be its opening night centerpiece.

The film is based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza. The premiere marks its North American debut.

Also read: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Rights to Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

"From ‘Knife in the Water’ to ‘Repulsion’ to ‘The Tenant,’ Roman Polanski has shown himself to be an absolute master at making the most restricted spaces come to dramatic life,” said The Film Society of Lincoln Center Selection Committee Chair & Program Director Richard Peña in a Friday release.

The film adaptation stars Academy Award winners Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, as well as Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly. It centers on two Brooklyn couples who meet after their children are involved in an evening playground fight.

It is the first movie Polanski has directed since narrowly avoiding extradition last year. 

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film from producer Ben Said and ICM’s Jeff Berg.

The 17-day New York Film Festival runs Sept. 30 – Oct. 16.