Foxcatcher, Maps to the Stars Highlight NY Film Fest Main Slate

Maps to the Stars
Mia Wasikowska and Julianne Moore in “Maps to the Stars”

The New York Film Festival has just announced its main slate of films, with some of the selections already receiving Oscar buzz. The festival will run from September 26 to October 12, 2014.

Already announced, are the opening night film, David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”; Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice”; closing night, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.”

Here are the new additions:

“Beloved Sisters” by Dominik Graf, about the 18th Century love triangle of German poet Friedrich Schiller and two sisters of noble birth.

Mathieu Amalric’s “The Blue Room.” The French actor has directed his adaption of Georges Simenon’s domestic crime novel.

Olivier Assayas “Clouds of Sils Maria,” starring Juliet Binoche, who plays an aging actress, and Kristen Stewart as her savvy personal assistant, who helps her boss prepare for the role of her life but may have her own personal agenda. Chloe Grace Moretz plays an infamous young super star in an “All About Eve” angle to the story.

Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” based on the experiences of her brother and co-writer, Sven, one of the pioneering DJ’s of the French 1990’s rave scene.

Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is already getting Oscar buzz for an unrecognizable Steve Carell, who plays billionaire John E. Du pont. The film also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as brothers and championship wrestlers recruited by the delusional billionaire to create a national wrestling team at his family’s sprawling estate in Pennsylvania. The tragic story is based on real life events.

“Goodbye to Language,” the 43rd feature by iconic French master director Jean-Luc Godard, starring his dog Roxy and shot in 3-D.

The U.S. premiere of “Heaven Knows What” by Josh and Benny Safdie.

“Hill of Freedom,” directed by Hong Sang-Soo, based on a series of love letters.

Pedro Costa’s “Horse Money.”

“JauJa” by Lisandro Alonso, stars Viggo Mortensen as a Danish military engineer who traverses a visually stunning area of Patagonia in search of his teenage daughter.

“Life of Riley” is the final work of iconic French director Alain Resnais, based on British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s “Relatively Speaking.”

Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” is a sly portrait of artistic egomania that draws on literary models mainly based on William Gaddis and Philip Roth.

“Maps to the Stars” is David Cronenberg’s pitch-black satire of Hollywood. The cast includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

Asia Argento’s “Misunderstood,” which takes place in Rome, 1984, and follows a nine-year-old girl dealing with her selfish parents, who are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria’s needs.

New York Film Festival favorite Mike Leigh returns with “Mr. Turner” about the last 25 years of the eccentric British painter J. M. W. Turner, portrayed by Timothy Spall, who received the best actor award for his role at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Pasolini” directed by Abel Ferrara, stars Willem Dafoe in the title role.

“The Princess of France,” by Matias Pineiro, follows a group of young people in a radio production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” is set during the hedonistic, wildly creative decade (1967-77) in Yves Saint Laurent’s career.

Eugene Green’s “La Sapienza,” about an unhappy married couple, who travel to Italy and meet a couple whose friendship helps restore their sense of inner balance.

“’71,” directed by Yann Demange, a thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast.

“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” directed by Nick Broomfield, a documentary about the Grim Sleeper serial killer in South Central Los Angeles.

“Timbuktu,” directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, set in Malian city of Timbuktu, about the chaos and terror that ensues when the city becomes occupied by foreign Islamic jihadists.

“Time Out of Mind,” directed by Oren Moverman, stars Richard Gere as a man evicted from his apartment and forced onto the streets.

“Two Days, One Night,” by the brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne about a factory worker (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) on the verge of losing her job unless she can convince her co-workers to forgo their bonuses.

“Two Shots Fired” by Martin Rejtman, about a family’s unusual way of coping with their teenage son’s suicide attempt.

In “Whiplash,” Miles Teller has been getting kudos and awards buzz for his role as an eager jazz drummer at an unnamed New York music academy bullied and terrorized by his teacher (J.K. Simmons), whose methods, though beyond questionable, get results. This film should spark some lively debates. Directed by Damien Chazelle, it was a smash at Sundance Film Festival, where it received both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

“The Wonders” by Alice Rohrwacher is a story of teenage yearning and confusion.


One response to “Foxcatcher, Maps to the Stars Highlight NY Film Fest Main Slate”

  1. Claudia Avatar

    So delectable! That seems to be impressive.

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