‘Flesh’ goes live at N.Y. fest

NEW YORK — Pedro Almodovar’s new film “Live Flesh” will make its world premiere at the 35th New York Film Festival. The Spanish pic is one of 28 films on the slate of the NYFF, which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12 at Lincoln Center.

“Live Flesh,” set in Madrid and involving the interrelationship of two cops and a philandering wife, is the festival closer. In the centerpiece slot is Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s Cannes Grand Prize winner “The Sweet Hereafter,” about a British Columbian town coping with the aftermath of a tragic school bus crash. Pic is distributed by Fine Line.

The eight U.S. films chosen for the NYFF include New Line’s “Boogie Nights,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and about a teen porn star in Southern California; “The Apostle,” the story of a Texas Pentecostal preacher, written, directed and financed by Robert Duvall, who also stars; Joe Eszterhas’ immigrant story “Telling Lies in America,” distributed by Banner Entertainment; and Agnieszka Holland’s “Washington Square,” a Hollywood/Caravan release based on the Henry James novella that was also the source material for the play and pic “The Heiress.”

American documentary offerings include “Public Housing,” directed by Frederick Wiseman; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control,” helmed by Errol Morris; and experimental filmmaker Warren Sonbert’s collage “Whiplash.” Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm” will open the fest, as previously announced.

The fest, which is sponsored by Grand Marnier, features six French films, which include Bruno Dumont’s “La Vie de Jesus” and “Post Coitum, Animal Triste,” directed by and starring Brigitte Rouan. French-funded or co-produced offerings include Youssef Chahine’s “Destiny,” Arturo Ripstein’s “Deep Crimson” (New Yorker Films), first-time director Alain Berliner’s “Ma Vie En Rose” (Sony Classics), Manoel de Oliveira’s “Voyage to the Beginning of the World” (Strand), and Danielle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub’s “From Today Until Tomorrow.”

Asian selections include three from Hong Kong: “Happy Together” and “Fallen Angels,” both directed by Wong Kar-Wai and distributed by Kino Intl., and Yim Ho’s “Kitchen.” The one Japanese selection is Takeshi Kitano’s “Hana-Bi.”

Two films from Iran are Abbas Kiarostami’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Taste of Cherries” and Forough Farrokhzad’s “The House Is Black.”

The NYFF retrospective film is a director’s cut of “The Saragossa Manuscript” by Polish director Wojciech Has.

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