New Films Take the New York Film Festival by Storm

By Erjona Pecci

The New York Film Festival makes its way up to Lincoln Center for the 51st time.  Created in 1963, the festival has been a major part of the New York City film scene.

The New York Film Festival (NYFF) is a non-competitive festival whose films are chosen by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The festival ran from September 27th to October 13th. Many films featured during the festival were, in fact, world premieres. Members of the audience have the unique opportunity to form their own opinions before learning the opinions of film critics.

To celebrate 51 years, the festival is honoring two actors who have shown exemplary dedication to the film world. The festival directors have called the honoring event a Gala Tribute.

Cate Blanchett was one of the honorees. She deserves the acclaim because of the fine work she has done in the film industry. Films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Aviator, Elizabeth, and, most recently, Blue Jasmine, show her enormous talent.

Ralph Fiennes was also honored. He has acted in over 50 films, and has been nominated for numerous awards. The Invisible Woman, a selected NYFF film, is Ralph Fiennes’s directorial debut.

The NYFF also showcases films that have never been released in American theaters. For example, 12 Years a Slave will make its American debut at the NYFF.

Cindy Qiu ’14 said, “I find it amazing how films are premiered here in New York, and how filmmakers take the time to meet with the audience.”

NYFF has separated films based on demand and importance. Therefore, certain films are considered the main events of the festival. The directors show their films during the “Centerpiece Gala Presentation.” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which stars familiar names such as Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, was given this honor during the festival.

The other main films were part of the festival’s “Official Selection”, which included 12 Years A Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, and Captain Philips, this year. After receiving great acclaim at other film festivals, a majority of these films have been labeled as major competitors for the awards season.

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