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‘Pollock joins ‘Dancer’ in N.Y. Film Fest spotlight

25 films representing 15 countries to be screened

Ed Harris’s contentious biopic “Pollock,” along with some Cannes fest highlights, will be the centerpieces of the 38th annual New York Film Festival.

Pic, centered on the stormy life of the abstract expressionist painter, Jackson Pollock, stars Harris, Val Kilmer, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Connelly, John Heard and Bud Cort.

One of 25 films representing 15 countries included in the fest, pic marks Harris’ helming debut.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will announce today the lineup for the rest of the fest, which will kick off Sept. 22 with the North American bow of Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark” and wrap Oct. 9 with the North American premiere of Ang Lee-helmed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Film rainbow

“I believe we’ve come up with a diverse program in terms of film style and in terms of geographical diversity,” Film Society program director Richard Pena told Daily Variety. “We didn’t set out with a mandate to do this but it’s great when such things happen naturally.”

Other highlights include Julian Schnabel’s sophomore effort “Before Night Falls,” starring Johnny Depp; Atom Egoyan’s “Krapp’s Last Tape”; Japanese helmer Takeshi Kitano’s provocative “Brother”; and three films expected to engender some discussion — Iranian helmer Jafar Panahi’s “Circle”; Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Amores Perros”; and Amos Gitai’s Israeli-French pic “Kippur.”

The complete list of films follows:

Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark”

Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Ed Harris’ “Pollock”

Julian Schnabel’s “Before Night Falls”

Takeshi Kitano’s “Brother”

Jafar Panahi’s “Circle”

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Amores Perros”

Amos Gitai’s “Kippur”

Edward Yang’s “Yi Yi”

Terence Davies’ “The House of Mirth”

Raul Ruiz’s “The Comedy of Innocence”

Im Kwon-Taek’s “Chunhyang” South Korean

John Berr’s “Boesman and Lena”

David Gordon Green’s “George Washington, USA”

Liv Ullmann’s “Faithless”

Shinji Aoyama’s “Eureka”

Agnes Varda’s “The Gleaners and I”

Atom Egoyan “Krapp’s Last Tape”

Neil Jordan’s “Not I”

Sergio Bianchi’s “Chronically Unfeasible”

Wong Kar-wei’s “In the Mood for Love”

Jia Zhangke’s “Platform”

Nagisa Oshima’s “Gohatto”

Bahman Farmanara’s “Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine”

Agnes Jaoui’s “The Taste of Others.”

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