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“Bridge of Spies” highlights the NYFF Main Slate

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HOLLYWOOD CONTENDERS: Earlier today, the New York Film Festival announced the movies that would be playing in their Main Slate at the 2015 incarnation of the fest. We already knew that the Opening Night film would be The Walk, the Centerpiece film would be Steve Jobs, and the Closing Night film would be Miles Ahead, but now we know a great deal more about what will be on tap this fall. Unsurprisingly, there’s a ton of Oscar bait, just the way we like it around here. NYFF always tends to deliver the goods, but even by their own high standards they really seem to have nailed the slate this time around, including the debut of a big time Best Picture player.

Yes, the big addition is the World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Cold War spy thriller Bridge of Spies. Initially thought of as a likely premiere, it wasn’t among the initial three announcements, but the powers that be now have a big four, it seems. Spielberg’s latest has got to be considered a pretty major Academy Award contender, so launching here at the fest gives it just another added boost in helping to appeal to voters as the fall turns into the winter. Spielberg took Lincoln to NYFF a few years back as a Secret Screening, so he’s no stranger to the environment. Presumably, he’d like a similarly rapturous response this time around, though time will obviously tell in that regard.

Also of note among the Main Slate (which you’ll see below) are Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, and Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next. That’s just a small sampling of what the New York Film Festival will have to offer. Those will likely be potential Oscar nominees this year, but there will be plenty of eclectic things to check out. That’s part of NYFF’s charm…the overt variety.

Take a gander at the list of titles within the NYFF press release from this afternoon:

The 53rd New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night
The Walk
Director: Robert Zemeckis

Centerpiece
Steve Jobs
Director: Danny Boyle

Closing Night
Miles Ahead
Director: Don Cheadle

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One
Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One
Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One
Director: Miguel Gomes

The Assassin
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

Bridge of Spies
Director: Steven Spielberg

Brooklyn
Director: John Crowley

Carol
Director: Todd Haynes

Cemetery of Splendour
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Les Cowboys
Director: Thomas Bidegain

Don’t Blink: Robert Frank
Director: Laura Israel

Experimenter
Director: Michael Almereyda

The Forbidden Room
Directors: Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson

In the Shadow of Women / L’Ombre des femmes
Director: Philippe Garrel

Journey to the Shore / Kishibe no tabi
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

The Lobster
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Maggie’s Plan
Director: Rebecca Miller

The Measure of a Man / La Loi du marché
Stéphane Brizé

Mia Madre
Director: Nanni Moretti

Microbe & Gasoline / Microbe et Gasoil
Director: Michel Gondry

Mountains May Depart
Director: Jia Zhangke

My Golden Days / Trois Souvenirs de ma jeunesse
Director: Arnaud Desplechin

No Home Movie
Director: Chantal Akerman

Right Now, Wrong Then
Director: Hong Sangsoo

The Treasure / Comoara
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Where To Invade Next
Director: Michael Moore

Time will tell which of these flicks are contenders and which ones are just classy pretenders, but all of them have my attention at this point and time. Personally, I’m most looking forward to The Assassin, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, The Lobster, Miles Ahead, Steve Jobs, The Walk, and Where to Invade Next, but that’s just me. I’m sure I’ll find some surprises along the way. Honestly, we could be in for an all time great NYFF if most of the films hit like they potentially can. Sit tight to find out…

Stay tuned for much more on the 2015 New York Film Festival!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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