Eastwood’s ‘Hereafter’ to close N.Y. fest

Film festival to include Mike Leigh's 'Another Year'

Clint Eastwood’s supernatural thriller “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon, has been selected to close the 48th annual New York Film Festival on Oct. 10, joining galas for David Fincher’s opening-nighter “The Social Network” and Julie Taymor’s centerpiece premiere “The Tempest” in the full lineup unveiled Monday.

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the fall event is characteristically heavy on pics culled from the Cannes Film Festival. Fourteen of the 28 titles announced had their world premieres on the Croisette in May, including Mike Leigh’s “Another Year”; Cristi Puiu’s “Aurora”; Jean-Luc Godard’s “Film Socialisme”; Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”; and Xavier Beauvois’ Grand Prix honoree “Of Gods and Men.”

Slate is the first under exec director Rose Kuo, who replaced Mara Manus after Manus’ relatively brief tenure of just under two years ended in July.

Warner Bros.’ “Hereafter” is billed as a U.S. premiere in New York, suggesting it will have its world preem at either Venice or Toronto. Its inclusion in the New York fest, along with Sony’s “The Social Network” and Touchstone’s “The Tempest,” will lend the event more red-carpet wattage than its 2009 edition, which was criticized in some quarters, particularly the New York Times, as being too grim and esoteric.

But while Film Society program director Richard Pena acknowledged the presence of name directors such as Eastwood and Fincher “might ease the entry for some people,” he added that this year’s selection wasn’t necessarily more accessible or less compromising than last year’s, and showed many filmmakers pursuing ideas to their artistic extremes.

“‘Directors going for broke’ is one of the way I’ve thought about our lineup this year,” Pena said. “There’s an interesting experimental edge to a lot of the films.”

Olivier Assayas, whose 5 1/2-hour miniseries “Carlos” joins the lineup, will be on hand at the fest for a conversation about his filmic influences with Pena.

Besides “Carlos,” other Cannes imports are Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” starring Cannes actress winner Juliette Binoche; “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s docu on the global economic crisis; Michelangelo Frammartino’s meditation on Italian goats, “Le quattro volte”; Sergei Loznitsa’s “My Joy”; Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry”; Manoel de Oliveira’s “The Strange Case of Angelica”; Radu Muntean’s “Tuesday, After Christmas”; and Jorge Michel Grau’s cannibal thriller “We Are What We Are.”

Michael Epstein’s upcoming PBS docu on John Lennon, “LennonNYC,” and Chilean helmer Sebastian Silva’s “Old Cats” join “The Social Network” as the New York fest’s three world premieres.

Also in the lineup are two selections from this year’s Berlinale: Benjamin Heisenberg’s Austrian-German thriller “The Robber” and Mexican omnibus pic “Revolucion,” from helmers including Carlos Reygadas, Gerardo Naranjo, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Black Venus,” Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff,” Hong Sang-soo’s “Oki’s Movie,” Pablo Larrain’s “Post Mortem,” Aleksei Fedrochenko’s “Silent Souls,” Patrick Keiller’s “Robinson in Ruins” and Taymor’s “The Tempest” will launch at Venice before making their way to Gotham, while Raul Ruiz’s “Mysteries of Lisbon” will segue to New York from Toronto.

Sony is strongly represented throughout the program, bringing “The Social Network” as well as a trio of Sony Classics releases: “Inside Job,” “Another Year” and “Of Gods and Men.” IFC Films is distributing “Carlos,” “Certified Copy” and “We Are What We Are” Stateside.

Fest’s main slate was programmed by Pena, Film Society associate program director Scott Foundas, former Variety chief film critic Todd McCarthy and critics Dennis Lim and Melissa Anderson.

Lineups for two Masterworks programs, in addition to selections for Views From the Avant-Garde and 10 special-event screenings, will be announced later this week.

Primarily based at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the fest runs Sept. 24-Oct. 10.

(Gordon Cox contributed to this report.)

OPENER
“The Social Network,” David Fincher (U.S.)

CENTERPIECE
“The Tempest,” Julie Taymor (U.S.)

CLOSER
“Hereafter,” Clint Eastwood (U.S.)

LINEUP
“Another Year,” Mike Leigh (U.K.)
“Aurora,” Cristi Puiu (Romania)
“Black Venus,” Abdellatif Kechiche (France)
“Carlos,” Olivier Assayas (France)
“Certified Copy,” Abbas Kiarostami (France-Italy)
“Film Socialisme,” Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland)
“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson (U.S.)
“Le quattro volte,” Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy)
“LennonNYC,” Michael Epstein (U.S.)
“Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)
“My Joy,” Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine-Germany)
“Mysteries of Lisbon,” Raul Ruiz (Portugal-France)
“Of Gods and Men,” Xavier Beauvois (France)
“Oki’s Movie,” Hong Sang-soo (South Korea)
“Old Cats,” Sebastian Silva (Chile)
“Poetry,” Lee Chang-dong (South Korea)
“Post Mortem,” Pablo Larrain (Chile-Mexico-Germany)
“Revolucion,” Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Embecke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pla, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen (Mexico)
“The Robber,” Benjamin Heisenberg (Austria-Germany)
“Robinson in Ruins,” Patrick Keiller (U.K.)
“Silent Souls,” Alexei Fedorchenko (Russia)
“The Strange Case of Angelica,” Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal)
“Tuesday After Christmas,” Radu Muntean (Romania)
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Apichatpong Weerasethakul (U.K.-Thailand-France-Germany-Spain)
“We Are What We Are,” Jorge Michel Grau (Mexico)

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