The full New York Film Festival lineup will include a slew of this year's major Oscar contenders including Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and this year's Sundance winner Whiplash. They join the already-announced opening film Gone Girl from director David Fincher, centerpiece gala section Inherent Vice from Paul Thomas Anderson, and closing night gala selection Birdman from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in the lineup. The festival runs from September 26 to October 12 at the Film Society for Lincoln Center.
Miller's Foxcatcher focuses on the arresting true story of the Olympic wrestling camp run by eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carrell), and how his relationship with the medal-winning Schultz brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) spun disastrously out of control. It won a Best Director prize at Cannes and is tipped for further awards success, particularly for its actors.
Mr. Turner is another biopic, of eccentric British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall), whose controversial work flourished in the early Victorian age. It has attracted raves on the festival circuit and won a Best Actor prize at Cannes for Spall. Leigh hasn't directed a film that failed to get an Oscar nomination since 2002's All or Nothing.
Maps to the Stars is a biting Hollywood satire starring Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson; Whiplash, which focuses on an intense, abusive jazz teacher (J.K. Simmons) and his young student (Miles Teller), won raves and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last winter; both Inherent Vice and Gone Girl are both making their world premieres at the festival.
The festival will also include a number of new efforts from major arthouse directors, like Olivier Assayas (with Clouds of Sils Maria), Mia Hansen-Love (Eden), the Dardennes brothers (Two Days, One Night) and Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language). It is also showcasing a new print of the late Alain Resnais' classic Hiroshima Mon Amour, to go along with his last film The Life of Riley, which premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival.