The 59th edition of the New York Film Festival wrapped up last week. Over the course of two weeks, filmmakers unveiled dozens of new titles at Lincoln Center, the festival’s home base in Manhattan.
New York Times chief film critic A.O. Scott took the time to highlight his favorites, which included Jane Campton’s POWER OF THE DOG, Ethan Cohen’s THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, and Mike Mills’ C’MON C’MON. Many of these films feature Hollywood A-Listers such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Denzel Washington, and Joaquin Phoenix and are expected to be in the running for awards in the upcoming season.
Other titles dug into niche stories, which could appeal to art-house audiences. Films like Cannes Palme D’Or winner TITANE, BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, and MEMORIA may not be for everyone, but Scott welcomed their oddity and the return of a festival dialogue about filmmaking, distant from the gloomy news of politics or the pandemic.