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Here’s the official lineup for the New York Film Festival

Joshua Rothkopf
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Joshua Rothkopf

This morning at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, an invited group of press got the scoop on the forthcoming lineup for the 54th New York Film Festival, which will run from September 30 through October 16. Today's 22 "main slate" titles come in addition to the fest's three gala world premieres already announced. Those are Ava DuVernay's race-related incarceration documentary The 13th, the opening-night selection; Mike Mills's centerpiece title 20th Century Women, a 1979 period drama starring Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig; and The Lost City of Z, the closing-night film from NYFF favorite James Gray (The Immigrant).

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The new titles paint in an extremely strong edition, with stellar picks from earlier festivals. Sundance's Manchester by the Sea, one of the most emotionally shattering films in years, makes the cut, predictably and deservedly. May's Cannes Film Festival has offered up its highlights, including the droll German father-daughter comedy Toni Erdmann, Jim Jarmusch's poetic-bus-driver curiosity Paterson (starring Adam Driver) and Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake. Major foreign directors like Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta), Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper) and Hong Sang-soo (Yourself and Yours) add their prestige.

Lending me a little private insight, NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said he was "delighted" that Alison Maclean has returned to making movies. He compared The Rehearsal (Maclean's first fiction movie since 1999's Jesus' Son) to Before Sunset. James Gray's The Lost City of Z is "so beautiful" and a labor of love (Jones reminded me that the director tried to make it unsuccessfully with Brad Pitt for years). And lastly, a little nostalgia for Jones: "I felt like I was back there," he said of Mike Mills's Carter-era 20th Century Women. "It was uncanny to me. And I can't even tell you how good Annette Bening is in it. She's just frightening."

Here's a list of the full lineup:

Opening Night The 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay

Centerpiece 20th Century Women, directed by Mike Mills

Closing Night The Lost City of Z, directed by James Gray

Aquarius, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt

Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven

Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Graduation, directed by Cristian Mungiu

Hermia and Helena, directed by Matías Piñeiro

I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach

Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Manchester by the Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, directed by Dash Shaw

Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín

Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch

Personal Shopper, directed by Olivier Assayas

The Rehearsal, directed by Alison Maclean

Sieranevada, directed by Cristi Puiu

Son of Joseph, directed by Eugène Green

Staying Vertical, directed by Alain Guiraudie

Things to Come, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

Toni Erdmann, directed by Maren Ade

The Unknown Girl, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Yourself and Yours, directed by Hong Sang-soo

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