Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” closing this year’s New York Film Festival

By Sean O’Connell Organizers of the 48th Annual New York Film Festival announced the full slate of films scheduled to screen during the multi-day event, and the big news out of Manhattan has to be the selection of Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” as the festival’s closer.

Eastwood’s film stars Matt Damon in a reflection on death, near-death and the afterlife. Beyond that we know very little regarding the film’s plot. That can be the case with Eastwood, who flies under the radar and follows his own production and marketing schedule from film to film. Still, the icon has to be taken seriously for Oscar consideration until his film is screened, which we now know will be sooner rather than later.

We already knew this year’s NYFF planned to open with David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” and that Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” was playing as the festival’s centerpiece. Other titles of note now include Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” which played Cannes; “Aurora,” by Cristi Puiu, director of “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu;” “Film Socialisme” by Jean-Luc Godard; “Inside Job” by Charles Ferguson; and Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff.”

Click here for a complete list of announced titles.

NYFF this year has a distinct international flavor to its programming, with films and filmmakers arriving from as nearby as Mexico and as far away as Russia and South Korea. Missing are a number of the anticipated Oscar contenders that Toronto and Venice nabbed. But NYFF doesn’t pretend to be a launch pad for awards campaigning, and instead focuses on the art over the business side of storytelling.

NYFF runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 10.

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