The directorial debut of actor Rebecca Hall, this is a stunning, black-and-white adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel about two Black women, once childhood friends, who meet again years later in NYC. One of them, Clare (Ruth Negga), now ‘passes’ as white, and the effect of her reappearance on the life of her old friend Irene (Tessa Thompson) is fascinating to witness. A bold and thoughtful gem. Dave Calhoun
Each year, the New York Film Festival (which runs from Friday, September 24, to Sunday, October 10, 2021) sweeps up the best of the year’s international cinema. In 2021, the festival will open with the world premiere of Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, close with Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers and squeeze in a midway gala of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. In between, there’s a long list of new movies from around the globe, many of them from the best directors working today, including South Korea’s Hong Sangsoo, France’s Céline Sciamma and the UK’s Joanna Hogg. But which films are genuinely worth trying to get tickets for? That’s where we can help. These are Time Out’s picks of the program.
You’ll find the full NYFF program and information on times and tickets here.