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New Yorker fest preems ‘Contender’

Second fest theme focuses on politics

In harmony with the theme “Political Pix: The New Yorker Goes to the Movies,” the second New Yorker magazine film festival has landed the U.S. preem of DreamWorks’ “The Contender,” starring Joan Allen and Gary Oldman and directed by Rod Lurie.

The festival runs Oct. 10-14 in New York and Oct. 17-20 in San Francisco. Other pics on the platform are “The Manchurian Candidate,” “All the King’s Men” and “A Lion in the Streets.”

Organized by the magazine’s film critic David Denby and by Kent Jones, the co-curator of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the series is timed to coincide with the politics issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands Oct. 9.

“We try to do things like this that bear some relationship to the magazine,” said editor David Remnick, “but it’s also a lot of fun. Film and film people have been part and parcel of the magazine to begin with.”

Last year’s fest opened with Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown,” a New Yorker contributor.

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