Scorsese, Wiseman tapped by NYFF

'Letter to Elia,' 'Boxing Gym' among offerings

The New York Film Festival has filled in the blanks in its 2010 sked, with the fest announcing retrospectives and companion programming including docs “A Letter to Elia,” “Boxing Gym” and “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu.”

Also among the offerings are the U.S. bow of “Nuremberg,” a restoration of Stuart Schulberg’s 1948 account of the Nuremberg trial, which never got a Stateside release, as well as public discussions with fest filmmakers Olivier Assayas (“Carlos”) and Mike Leigh (“Another Year”).

Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones’ Elia Kazan docu “Letter to Elia” will be paired with Kazan’s 1963 movie “America, America,” based on the life of Kazan’s uncle. Both Frederick Wiseman’s “Boxing Gym,” chronicling life at a Texas gym, and Andrei Ujica’s unconventionally structured “Autobiography” of former Romanian president Ceausescu, had their world preems at Cannes earlier this year.

Retrospectives programmed under the Masterworks banner include a 12-pic showcase of the works of Japanese helmer Masahiro Shinoda (including “Pale Flower” and “Double Suicide”) as well as screenings of three films about the Mexican revolution from Fernando de Fuentes.

Also on the slate are Joe Dante’s 3D horror film “The Hole,” which played Venice last year; a screening of the 1931 Spanish-language “Dracula,” with live accompaniment from guitarist Gary Lucas; and a doc about Willets Point, Queens, called “Foreign Parts.”

A collection of experimental films, presented in the fest’s Views From the Avant-Garde sidebar, will be seen, as will a sampler of the work of Spanish filmmaker Segundo de Chomon. A screening of Jonathan Glazer’s “Birth” (2004), starring Nicole Kidman, will be introduced by critic David Thomson. Such complementary programming looks likely to expand in coming editions of the festival, after two newly constructed theaters on the Lincoln Center campus open next year.

The 2010 edition of NYFF runs Sept. 24-Oct. 1, kicking off with David Fincher’s “The Social Network.”

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