The 45th New York Film Festival kicks off tonight at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with the North American premiere of the Wes Anderson comedy, The Darjeeling Limited, starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers re-forging family ties during a train ride across India. In the festival’s Closing Night selection, Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution comes to life onscreen through the animations of Vincent Paronnaud and the voice talents of Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux and Simon Abkarian.
Mathieu Mathieu Amalric (right) as French editor Jean-Dominique Bauby in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Directed by Julian Schnabel, France, 2007; 112m
Photo Credit: Etienne George/Courtesy of Miramax Films
In between, the festival’s Centerpiece film—Joel and Ethan Coen’s bold Cormac McCarthy adaptation No Country for Old Men. Sidney Lumet returns with his new crime film, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, while Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding; Abel Ferrara’s Go Go Tales; Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There; Julian Schnabel’s French co-production The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; and Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park complete the films by the festival’s American returnees. Brian De Palma (Redacted), John Landis (Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project), Ira Sachs (Married Life) and noted documentarians Ed Pincus and Lucia Small (The Axe in the Attic) each make their New York Film Festival debuts.
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