September 25 – October 11, 2009
About the Film Festival
The 47th New York Film Festival (NYFF) of The Film Society of Lincoln Center is a 17-day fest for film-lovers to check out a range of films. The festival screens around 28 feature films and 12 shorts per year.
Entries are accepted from all over the world. Unlike most other film festivals, there are no category divisions and no prizes
The opening film is Sony Pictures Wild Grass / Les Herbes Folles, directed by French director Alain Resnais. An exquisite human comedy of manners, mystery and romance.
This year’s centerpiece is Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
Directed by Lee Daniels, the film recounts the horrific life of Clareece “Precious” Jones, an obese, barely literate 16-year-old living in late ’80s Harlem.
The closing night will feature Broken
Embraces / Los Abrazos Rotos. In this
director Pedro Almodóvar takes you on an emotional roller-coaster that pans from
comedy to romance to melodrama to the dark alleys of film noir.
A Heart as Big as the World: The
Films of Guru Dutt
October 7–11: The classic films of actor/director/producer Guru Dutt (1925–1964) will be screened in the NYFF Masterworks category. Dutt’s lyrical and deeply personal works still remain among the best-loved classics of Indian cinema.
His masterworks include: Aar Paar (Heads or Tails), Baaz (The Hawk), Baazi (The Gamble or A Game of Chance), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Full Moon), In Search of Guru Dutt, Kagaz Ke Phool
(Paper Flowers), Mr. & Mrs ’55, Pyaasa (Thirst or The Thirsty One) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (Master, Mistress and Servant).
The Wizard of Oz
Director: Victor Fleming, 1939, US.