The 59th New York Film Festival Will Return to Physical Screenings

The 59th edition of the New York Film Festival is taking shape.

Unlike the 2020 New York Film Festival, which was staged online due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the 2021 festival will return to physical screenings at Lincoln Centre.

Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth has been announced as the opening film, and Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers has been announced as the closing film, with additional films to be announced.

The Tragedy of Macbeth is an upcoming American black-and-white film written and directed by Joel Coen and based on the tragedy of the same name by William Shakespeare.

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.

Parallel Mothers, starring Penélope Cruz and directed by Pedro Almodovar, is “a stirring and somber exploration of secrets and hidden histories”.

Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant, and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s long relationship with the New York Film Festival spans more than three decades and a dozen films.

“It is always a privilege and an honor to feel that I am part of the most significant films of the season,” Pedro Almodóvar.

The festival continues an enduring tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema. The NYFF Main Slate selection committee, chaired by Dennis Lim, also includes Eugene Hernandez, Florence Almozini, K. Austin Collins, and Rachel Rosen.

An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963.

The 59th New York Film Festival will take place from September 24 to October 10, 2021.

The New York Film Festival (NYFF) is a film festival held every autumn in New York City, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Founded in 1963 by Richard Roud and Amos Vogel with the support of Lincoln Center president William Schuman, it is one of the longest-running and most prestigious film festivals in the United States. Programming is led by a rotating selection committee, chaired by the director of the New York Film Festival, with many committee members remaining from year to year.

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