Fiennes will be honored in conjunction with the NYFF screening of “The Invisible Woman,” the biographical drama he helmed and in which he stars as Charles Dickens. Blanchett, currently winning raves for her toplining role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” isn’t appearing in a film as part of this year’s 35-film main slate, but the gala in her honor will feature clips from her film work as well as an onstage discussion with the actress.
The Blanchett and Fiennes galas, each set for an October date during NYFF’s 17-day run, join three other gala screenings of titles from the main slate, already announced. “Captain Phillips,” the Paul Greengrass pirate drama starring Tom Hanks, will open the fest, with Ben Stiller’s directorial outing “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” tapped for the centerpiece and Spike Jonze’s “Her” set to close out the 2013 fest.
Prior NYFF tribute honorees have included Pedro Almodovar, David Cronenberg and last year’s tribute subjects, Nicole Kidman (who starred in 2012 main slate title “The Paperboy”) and Richard Pena, then the outgoing leader of NYFF and its presenting org Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 2013 NYFF is the first under the stewardship of Kent Jones, who took over as director of programming and selection committee chair earlier this year.
The Blanchett event is skedded for Oct. 2 with the Fiennes gala on tap for Oct. 9. The 2013 NYFF runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13.