The New York Film Festival has tapped Nicole Kidman and Richard Pena, the outgoing program director at Film Society of Lincoln Center, to be the honorees of the first NYFF gala tributes, with Lee Daniels’ Kidman-starrer “The Paperboy” added to the fest’s main slate.
Also joining the NYFF lineup are a batch of screenings outside of the 2012 slate, which this year tallies an unusually hefty 33 films. Those sidebar titles include the remastered “Lawrence of Arabia,” a preview of Oliver Stone’s upcoming Showtime skein “The Untold History of the United States” and two new themed subsets of ancillary festival programming.
The Kidman gala, set for Oct. 3, honors the actress for a body of work that encompasses both studio and indie fare, stretching from “Dead Calm” to “To Die For” to “Eyes Wide Shut” to “The Hours.” Pena, meanwhile, will be honored with an Oct. 10 fete as he wraps up his 25-year tenure with the Film Society and NYFF, stepping down at the conclusion of this year’s fest.
Meanwhile, the continuing expansion of NYFF’s sidebar offerings takes advantage of the two additional screens now available to the fest with the June 2011 opening of Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
Cinema Reflected, one of the two new sidebar sections, screens docs about movies and filmmakers, with this year’s lineup including Dheeraj Akolkar’s “Liv and Ingmar,” Marina Zenovich’s “Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out” and “Room 237,” Rodney Ascher’s look at the lore that surrounds Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.”
Centering on the performing arts, the On the Arts section will include the world preem of Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein’s magician portrait “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay” plus Keith Jones and Deon Maas’ “Punk in Africa,” among other films.
This year’s slate of masterworks centers on David Lean’s 1962 “Lawrence of Arabia,” in a restored version that bowed at Cannes earlier this year. There’s also a screening of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” timed to celebrate the 1937 pic’s 75th anniversary, plus a 25th anniversary showing of Rob Reiner’s 1987 fairy tale “The Princess Bride” that will reunite the helmer with members of the cast.
Other special screenings on the sidebar docket include the “Untold History” preview, which will showcase the first three episodes of Stone’s upcoming documentary series, and the world preem of “Once Every Day,” a new experimental feature from veteran downtown legit name Richard Foreman.
The 17-day NYFF kicks off Sept. 28 with opener “Life of Pi.”