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The official lineup for the New York Film Festival is here!

Joshua Rothkopf
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Joshua Rothkopf

August is generally a toxic wasteland for movie fans, although this year is proving to be a glorious exception with Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing Detroit, The Glass Castle, Wind River and the instant NYC crime classic Good Time all on local screens this week (and Steven Soderbergh's riotous NASCAR heist comedy, Logan Lucky, on deck). That said, nothing turns our eye more to the serious fall movies—indies, foreign and otherwise—than the early August announcement of the New York Film Festival's "main slate," the hand-picked selection of cutting-edge cinema that will unspool in late September and early October.

This morning, that annual announcement arrived, and it's a doozy. In addition to three previously disclosed titles—opening night's world premiere of Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying (a quasi-sequel to 1973's The Last Detail); Todd Haynes's centerpiece selection, Wonderstruck; and Woody Allen's latest bit of '50s Coney Island nostalgia, Wonder Wheel—there are several hugely anticipated movies sure to dominate awards chatter and critics' year-end lists.

In addition to the Sundance heartbreaker Call Me By Your Name—a coming-out drama on par with Brokeback Mountain and Carol—the NYFF will show Cannes' well-received The Florida Project (co-starring Willem Dafoe in a turn that might finally get him his Oscar) and Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories, starring Dustin Hoffman (happy 80th birthday, Dustin!).

But the movie we're most excited about is the California-set Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, starring Saoirse Ronan, the latter who gave 2015's best performance in Brooklyn. Lady Bird will world-premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September (we'll be there), but New Yorkers won't have long to wait.

Here's the full lineup announced today (expect a few additional surprises in the coming weeks):

Opening Night Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater

Centerpiece Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes

Closing Night Wonder Wheel, directed by Woody Allen

Before We Vanish, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

BPM (Beats Per Minute)/120 battements par minute, directed by Robin Campillo

Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur, directed by Claire Denis

Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino

The Day After, directed by Hong Sang-soo

Faces Places/Visages villages, directed by Agnès Varda & JR

Félicité, directed by Alain Gomis

The Florida Project, directed by Sean Baker

Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël, directed by Arnaud Desplechin

Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig

Lover for a Day/L’Amant d’un jour, directed by Philippe Garrel

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), directed by Noah Baumbach

Mrs. Hyde/Madame Hyde, directed by Serge Bozon

Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees

On the Beach at Night Alone, directed by Hong Sang-soo

The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen, directed by Aki Kaurismäki

The Rider, directed by Chloé Zhao

Spoor/Pokot, directed by Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik

The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund

Thelma, directed by Joachim Trier

Western, directed by Valeska Grisebach

Zama, directed by Lucrecia Martel

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