N.Y. fest gets ‘Royal’ premiere

25 pix from 12 countries to screen

NEW YORK — The 39th New York Film Festival gets a royal treatment with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” an ensemble piece featuring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Houston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller as a dysfunctional family of geniuses.

The Buena Vista release marks one of the few preems for the fest, which also features a number of pics that have already nabbed prizes at Cannes and Berlin. They include Nanni Moretti’s “The Son’s Room” (Palme d’Or, Cannes), Patrice Cherot’s “Intimacy” (Golden Bear and best actress, Berlin) and Lone Scherfig’s “Italian for Beginners” (jury prize, Berlin).

The fest will screen 25 pics from 12 countries, kicking off Sept. 28 at Lincoln Center with Jacques Rivette’s “Va Savoir” (Who Knows?) and wrapping Oct. 14 with Jean-Luc Godard’s “Eloge de l’amour” (In Praise of Love).

David Lynch will make his first appearance at the event with “Mulholland Drive,” the shelved ABC pilot that was picked up by Universal Focus after Lynch shared the director honors at Cannes.

Other U.S. selections at the NYFF include Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life” and Todd Solondz’s “Storytelling.”

Unique this year

“This year’s festival is unique in that it includes the work of established masters as well as several filmmakers who have just begun to develop their careers,” said Richard Pena, NYFF selection committee chair and director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

“Every year we try to approach the selection process without an agenda,” he said. “We feel that the program reflects the fact that some tough decisions have been made.”

The slate

The complete lineup for the festival is as follows:

“Va Savoir” (Who Knows?), Jacques Rivette, France-Italy-Germany

“Mulholland Drive,” David Lynch, France-U.S.

“Eloge de l’amour” (In Praise of Love), Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland

“All About Lily Chou-Chou,” Shunji Iwai, Japan

“Baran,” Majid Majidi, Iran

“La Cienaga,” Lucrecia Martel, Argentina-Spain

“Deep Breath,” Damien Odoul, France

“Fat Girl” (A Ma Soeur), Catherine Breillat, France-Italy

“I’m Going Home” (Je Rentre a la maison), Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal-France

“Intimacy,” Patrice Chereau, France

“Italian for Beginners,” Lone Scherfig, Denmark

“La Libertad,” Lisandro Alonso, Argentina

“The Lady and the Duke,” Eric Rohmer, France

“The Royal Tenenbaums,” Wes Anderson, U.S.

“Silence, We’re Rolling,” Youssef Chahine, Egypt-France

“Sobibor,” Claude Lanzmann, France

“The Son’s Room,” Nanni Moretti, Italy-France

“Storytelling,” Todd Solondz, U.S.

“That Old Dream That Moves,” Alain Guiraudie, France

“Time Out,” Laurent Cantet, France

“Waking Life,” Richard Linklater, U.S.

“Warm Water Under a Red Bridge,” Shohei Imamura, Japan-France

“What Time Is It There?,” Tsai Ming-Liang, France-Taiwan

“Y Tu Mama Tambien,” Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico

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