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Your guide to what the critics are saying about the films in the 50th anniversary edition.

By David Hudson September 28, 2012

It’s only natural, since the New York Film Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary edition this year, that overviews such as A.O. Scott‘s in the Times and Nick Pinkerton‘s in the Voice would begin by looking back at the first NYFF in 1963. It was a helluva lineup. Luis Buñuel‘s Exterminating Angel, Chris Marker‘s Le Joli Mai, Roman Polanski’s Knife in the Water, Alain Resnais’s Muriel… The most fun way of scanning it is to scroll up and down Adrian Curry‘s Notebook collection of posters for 19 of the 21 features.

Adrian‘s also got another batch for this year’s edition, which boasts 33 features in the Main Slate. As the titles below turn into to links, they’ll take you to summaries of the latest reviews; some of them have earlier entries, marked with the names of the festivals they’ve come from. I look forward, too, to adding entries on films lined up for Views from the Avant-Garde, Midnight Movies, and the truly tantalizing programs Cinéastes/Cinema of Our Time, Men of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and the Cinema Mac Mahon, and Cinema Reflected.


Olivier Assayas‘s Something in the Air. Venice and Toronto.

Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha. Telluride and Toronto.

Alan Berliner‘s First Cousin Once Removed.

Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void. Venice and Toronto.

Leos Carax’s Holy Motors. Cannes.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s Leviathan. Toronto.

David Chase’s Not Fade Away.

Lee Daniels’s The Paperboy. Cannes.

Brian De Palma’s Passion. Venice and Toronto.

Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Here and There.

Song Fang’s Memories Look at Me.

Miguel Gomes‘s Tabu. Toronto.

Michael Haneke‘s Amour. Cannes.

Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love. Cannes.

Joachim Lafosse‘s Our Children.

Jun Robles Lana’s Bwakaw.

Pablo Larraín‘s No. Cannes.

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Rewinds.

Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on the Hudson.

Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers.

Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills. Cannes.

Christian Petzold‘s Barbara.

Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa.

Javier Rebollo’s The Dead Man and Being Happy.

Alain Resnais’s You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet. Cannes.

João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata’s The Last Time I Saw Macao.

Raúl Ruiz‘s Night Across the Street. Cannes.

Valeria Sarmiento’s Lines of Wellington. Venice and Toronto.

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani‘s Caesar Must Die.

Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s Araf – Somewhere In Between.

Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids.

Robert Zemeckis’s Flight.


The art for this year's poster is by Cindy Sherman


Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.


We’re gathering reviews of all the films in the program here.


Rodney Ascher’s Room 237.


Barry Levinson’s The Bay.

Jamie Stuart gets Martin Scorsese, Michael Moore, Noah Baumbach, Christine Vachon, and more to talk about their NYFF Memories:

Update, 10/16: Criticwire‘s polled its contributors, and Steve Greene introduces the results. Categories: Best Film, Best Documentary, Most Disappointing Film, Best Lead Performance, and Best Supporting Performance at this year’s edition.

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One Comment »

  • Vultures says:

    NY Film Fest is a second rate festival. Any movie that is worth a damn has already been consumed and absorbed. It’s a festival of leftovers.

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