Cannes Film Fest 2019: Almodovar, Bong Joon-ho, and Other Highlights–Impact on Global Cinema

Pedro Almodóvar and Bong Joon-ho are some of the directors whose latest works will be shown at this year’s New York Film Festival, which runs September 27-October 13 at the Lincoln Center.

The festival, which was founded in 1963, has become a crucial site for filmmakers hoping to propel their films into the awards race.  Almodóvar and Bong will bring “Pain and Glory” and “Parasite,” two movies that earned positive reviews at the Cannes Film Fest (in May) and that may be major contenders for this year’s best international film Oscar.

Reichardt, an indie maverick who has previously scored with “Meeks Crossing” and “Night Moves,” will show “First Cow,” a drama that unfolds in the old West.

Their movies are among the 29 films screening as part of the festival’s main slate. Other films that will get splashy premieres at Alice Tully Hall include Olivier Assayas’ “Wasp Network,” a spy drama with Penélope Cruz and Gael García Bernal; Arnaud Desplechin’s “Oh Mercy!,” a police procedural about a murder investigation; and Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” a look at art and forbidden romance that ignited Cannes when it screened at the seaside festival.

This year’s slate showcases films from 17 different countries.

“Cinema is the domain of freedom, and it’s an ongoing struggle to maintain that freedom,” NYFF director Kent Jones said in a statement. “It’s getting harder and harder for anyone to make films of real ambition anywhere in this world. Each and every movie in this lineup, big or small, whether it’s made in Italy or Senegal or New York City, is the result of artists behind the camera fighting on multiple fronts to realize a vision and create something new in the world.”

The festival previously announced that Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will open the festival, Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” is its centerpiece feature, and Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn” will be its closing film. Film at Lincoln Center produces the 17-day event.

Opening Night
The Irishman
Dir. Martin Scorsese

Marriage Story
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Closing Night
Motherless Brooklyn
Dir. Edward Norton

Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story
Dir. Mati Diop

Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Dir. Kantemir Balagov

Fire Will Come
Dir. Oliver Laxe

First Cow
Dir. Kelly Reichardt

A Girl Missing
Dir. Koji Fukada

I Was at Home, But…

Dir. Angela Schanelec

Dir. Albert Serra

Martin Eden
Dir. Pietro Marcello

The Moneychanger
Dir. Federico Veiroj

Oh Mercy!
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin

Pain and Glory

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar


Dir. Bong Joon-ho

Film Comment Presents
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Dir. Céline Sciamma

Saturday Fiction
Dir. Lou Ye

Dir. Justine Triet

Dir. Nadav Lapid

To the Ends of the Earth
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa