Festival sneaks peek at Stone series
A preview of upcoming Oliver Stone docu skein “The Untold History of the World” and HBO doc “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” with new footage based on recent events, are on the New York Film Festival’s roster of programming that complements its 27-feature main slate.
The 2011 edition of the fest is the first to incorporate the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s newly opened Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, with a total of three screens now available to bolster programming alongside the fest’s pre-existing spaces, the Walter Reade and Alice Tully Hall. New additions to the lineup include a Masterworks series of retrospectives and anniversary screenings, plus a documentary slate and a number of special-event screenings.
“Paradise Lost 3,” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s third film about three teens wrongfully accused of murder, screens as part of the doc series. Movie, airing on HBO next year, will include a new ending that incorporates footage from the release last week of the wrongly convicted trio.
Frederick Wiseman’s look at “Crazy Horse,” the erotic cabaret in Paris, also made the list of docus, as did Alex Stapleton’s “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel” as well as a handful of music docs: Xan Aranda’s “Andrew Bird: Fever Year,” Mike Kerry and Chris Hall’s “The Ballad of Mott the Hoople” and Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ “Music According to Tom Jobim.”
The first three episodes of “Untold History” — the 10-episode Stone miniseries bowing on Showtime next year and focusing on little-known events in American history — will screen as a special event. Also on that roster is animated Islamic superhero pic “The 99 — Unbound,” German telepic trilogy “Dreileben,” and a Rin Tin Tin-focused discussion with scribe Susan Orlean.
Added to the Masterworks series are restored versions of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” Hugo Santiago’s “Invasion” and Sara Driver’s “You Are Not I.” Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Luis Bunuel’s “The Exterminating Angel” and Hayao Miyazaki’s “Castle in the Sky” and “Spirited Away” are also on the list of retrospective screenings, as is “Howard’s End,” a 20-year-anniversary tribute to Sony Pictures Classics, which also will release the opener of the 2011 fest, “Carnage.”
Complementary fest programming already includes a comprehensive retrospective of Japanese production company Nikkatsu Films and individual pics including “Ben Hur.” NYFF runs Sept. 30-Oct. 16.