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N.Y. fest to open with ‘Short Cuts’

Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts” will kick off the 1993 New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center Oct. 1. The 17-day fest, featuring 27 programs of films from 19 countries, will close with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Among the other notable pix set for a festival screening are the world premiere of Touchstone’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton; Paramount’s “It’s All True,” a Richard Wilson-Myron Meisel-Bill Krohn docu about Orson Welles that includes reconstructed portions of his long-missing 1942 film of the same title; and Derek Jarman’s “Blue.”

Three Chinese entries

Three Chinese films prominently featured in the lineup: Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine”; Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Puppetmaster”; and Tian Zuangzuang’s “The Blue Kite.”

The Welles documentary is one of several docus in the festival.

Ray Muller’s “The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl” examines the German filmmaker who worked for Hitler. It includes interviews with the 90 -year-old Riefenstahl.

Also up is D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ “The War Room,” a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, and “Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer,” Nick Broomfield’s account of the much-publicized trial of the prostitute who murdered seven men.

First time for Frears

Director Stephen Frears makes his New York Film Festival debut with “The Snapper,” and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Gregg Araki, whose “The Living End” was shown last year, returns with “Totally F***ed Up.”

Others include “The Story of a Cheat” by Sacha Guitry; “Shades of Doubt,” Aline Issermann; “Raining Stones,” Ken Loach; “The Night,” Mohammad Malas; “Passage a l’acte,” Martin Arnold; “Poverties,” Laurie Dunphy; “Dottie Gets Spanked,” Todd Haynes; “Valley of Abraham,” Manoel de Oliveira; “Ruby in Paradise,” Victor Nunez; “Wendemi,” S. Pierre Yameogo; “Untrue Stories,” John Petrizelli, Cezary Jaworski; “The Scent of the Green Papaya,” Tran Anh Hung; “Blue,” Krzysztof Kieslowski; “Fiorile,” Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani; “Birthplace,” Pavel Lozinski; “Naked,” Mike Leigh; “Calendar,” Atom Egoyan; and “Moving In,” Chantal Akerman.

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