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New York Film Festival 2001

New York Film Festival 2001


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Old school meets new school at the 39th New York Festival, where a formidable faction of Nouvelle Vague auteurs and their upstarts overwhelm the program. There are 10 features from France (including several co-productions), with aging masters Manoel de Oliveira, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard, and Eric Rohmer lending sincere self-reflexivity to films obsessed with the relationship between art and life. This is a common theme at this year’s festival, which includes David Lynch’s penetrating Mulholland Drive, a cautionary tale about La La Land’s magnetic pull, and Richard Linklater Walking Life, whose radical aesthetic evokes a slacker’s philosophical awakening.

Equally impressive, Catherine Breillat offers another polemical rite of passage with Fat Girl, and Nanni Moretti, Wes Anderson, and Shohei Imamura bemoan and celebrate the joys and thorns of family living. But the festival’s highlight could very well be the return of a ghoulish friend: Almost 50 years after its original release, Charles Laughton’s gothic The Night of the Hunter is still the most cutting and precise inquisition of American puritanism. Without a divisive Dancer in the Dark to set political hearts afire, New York will have to settle for Laughton’s vision of wayward godliness; it’s sure to cast a serendipitous shadow over a terrorist-wounded city coping with a sense of lost innocence.

The 39th New York Film Festival will take place from September 28 to October 14, 2001. For more information please check the festival’s main program.

All About Lily Chou-Chou (Shunji Iwai)
Baran (Majid Majidi)
La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel)
Deep Breath (Damien Odoul)
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat)
I’m Going Home (Manoel de Oliveira)
Intimacy (Patrice Chéreau)
Italian for Beginners (Lone Scherfig)
The Lady and the Duke (Eric Rohmer)
La Libertad (Lisandro Alonso)
That Old Dream that Moves (Alain Guiraudie)
Mulholland Drive (David Lynch)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
Silence…We’re Rolling (Youssef Chahine)
Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 P.M. (Claude Lanzmann)
The Son’s Room (Nanni Moretti)
Storytelling (Todd Solondz)
Time Out (Laurent Cantet)
Va Savoir (Jacques Rivette)
Waking Life (Richard Linklater)
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Shohei Imamura)
What Time Is It There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón)
The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
My Voyage to Italy (Martin Scorsese)