The latest documentary by Laura Poitras, who won a 2015 Academy Award for “Citizenfour,” and a new film about Nora Ephron, directed by her son, are among the world premieres on tap for the 2015 New York Film Festival’s 2015 Spotlight on Documentary programming.
Also on the roster are “In Jackson Heights,” the new one from Frederick Wiseman about the Queens neighborhood, as well “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang,” Walter Salles’ look at the Chinese director whose movie “Mountains May Depart” will screen as part of NYFF’s Main Slate this year.
Poitras’ work, “Field of Vision: New Episodic Nonfiction,” collects shortform works by the filmmaker, including a preview of her upcoming series “Asylum,” in which she follows Julian Assange as he publishes classified documents and seeks asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
“Field of Vision” and Jacob Bernstein’s “Everything Is Copy,” about Ephron’s life and career as a reporter, essayist and novelist and filmmaker, are on a roster of a dozen documentaries added to the 2015 NYFF lineup, with additional titles that include Stig Bjorkman’s Ingrid Bergman doc “In Her Own Words.”
The documentary selections are the latest news from the festival following the recent announcement of special events and revivals as well as the new-media-centric Convergence programming. Special events include the world premiere of “Junun,” a Paul Thomas Anderson documentary about musician Jonny Greenwood’s journey to northern India to record an album, and a 15th anniversary screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” while the revival slate has Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” and Ousmane Sembene’s “Black Girl,” among others, on the list.
The 53rd annual New York Film Festival runs Sept. 25-Oct. 11, opening with Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.