New York Film Fest 2015: Docus, Revivals, Restorations

A new documentary from Paul Thomas Anderson and a new documentary about Brian De Palma are part of the line-up of special presentations that will screen at the New York Film Festival, which runs from September 25 to October 11.

Presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the fest also announced a 15th anniversary screening of Joel and Ethan Coen’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, starring George Clooney.


Anderson’s doc, Junun, a world premiere, centers on a trip the director took with composer Jonny Greenwood to Rajasthan in northwest India where Greenwood and Radiohead engineer Nigel Godrich recorded an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.

De Palma

The film about De Palma, titled simply De Palma, is directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow and explores the work of the director of such films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out. In conjunction with the doc, the festival also plans to screen the 1981 Blow Out as part of its revivals sidebar.

Other special presentations include Lauri Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, an autobiographical film that touches on the artist’s late dog Lolabelle as well as life in downtown New York in the wake of 9/11
Laszlo Nemes Son of Saul, the drama set in the Auschwitz death camp, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
Chevalier, a psychodrama directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari, who is the Film Society’s 2015 Filmmaker in Residence.

In addition to Blow Out, the revivals line-up consists of:

Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, which opened the 1985 edition of the festival

King Hu’s A Touch of Zen

Manoel de Oliveira’s Visit, or Memories and Confessions.

The festival also will present seven new restorations from the Martin ScorsesevFilm Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

They are:

Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl/La Noire de…;

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Boys from Fengkuei;

Ernst Lubitsh’s Heaven Can Wait;

Lino Brocka’s Insiang;

John Ford’s The Long Voyage Home;

Marcel Ophuls The Memory of Justice;

Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers.