Closing-night selection is Payne's 'Sideways'

The 42nd annual New York Film Festival has announced three key gala screenings, kicking off Oct. 1 with Agnes Jaoui’s drama “Look at Me.”

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film out of Cannes, where it picked up a screenplay award for Jaoui.

Film chronicles the tense relationships between a group of Parisians.

Also from Cannes, “Bad Education,” Pedro Almodovar’s noirish melodrama starring Gael Garcia Bernal, will serve as the fest’s centerpiece film.

Closing-night selection is “Sideways,” the latest work from Alexander Payne. “Sideways” was co-written with Payne’s screenwriting partner, Jim Taylor, and stars Paul Giamatti.

Payne’s “About Schmidt” opened the fest in 2001.

Fox Searchlight will release “Sideways” on Oct. 20.

Sony Pictures will release “Bad Education” and “Look at Me” on Nov. 19 and in February, respectively.

Fest runs through Oct. 17 and is hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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