×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New York Film Festival Adds Documentary, Restoration Sidebars

Documentaries and restored narrative pics dominate the sidebar programming of the 2013 New York Film Festival, with more than 30 titles — including producer-thesp Gael Garcia Bernal in docu “Who is Dayani Cristal?” and a newly restored version of Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” — added to the fest to screen alongside the 36-film main slate.

With the docs grouped thematically, this year’s collection of sidebar films seems presented and organized with a bit more clarity than has been the case in prior years. That could be a product of the fest’s new topper, Kent Jones, who this year stepped into the role of director of programming and selection committee chair following the exit of longtime leader Richard Pena.

Three sections make up NYFF’s lineup of sidebar documentaries. One group, “Motion Portraits,” focuses on feature-length looks at individuals, including “Dayani Cristal,” Marc Silver’s Sundance alum that features Bernal in a doc-narrative mash-up centered around an unidentified body found in the Arizona desert. Also on the list are Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s “The Dog,” about the man who inspired “Dog Day Afternoon;” “What Now? Remind Me,” Joaquim Pinto’s recent winner of the Special Jury Prize at Locarno; and “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq,” Nancy Buirski’s bio of George Balanchine’s wife.

A trio of docs about technology-driven Utopian projects comprises “Applied Science,” including “Google and the World Brain,” Ben Lewis’ take on Google’s attempt to digitize every book written; “Particle Fever,” a look at the CERN super-collider by Mark Levinson; and “Tim’s Vermeer,” a film by Teller (of Penn and Teller) about a tech genius’ attempt to re-paint a Vermeer painting. A third section, “How Democracy Works Now,” will screen 10 films by Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson (“Well-Founded Fear”), all part of their series of docs about immigration.

Popular on Variety

The sidebar roster devoted to restored films, formerly called “Masterworks” but now tagged “Revivals,” lines up 11 recently restored features. Alongside “Age of Innocence,” the roster also includes two films by Nicholas Ray (“They Live By Night” and “The Lusty Men”), two by Leos Carax (“Boy Meets Girl,” “Mauvais Sang”), Arthur Ripley’s “The Chase,” Alain Resnais’ “Providence” and Apichatpong Weerasetakhul’s “Mysterious Object at Noon.”

Additional sidebar programming, including events in the transmedia-centric initiative Convergence, remains to be announced for the 2013 fest, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13.

More Film

  • Parasite

    What Happens When a Best International Film Nominee Is Also a Best Picture Contender?

    There is, in the Oscar prognostication game, no such thing as a sure bet. But as close as we’re likely to get this year is Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” receiving South Korea’s first-ever best international film (formerly best foreign language film) Academy Award nomination. In 2018, Lee Chang-dong’s brilliant “Burning” was the first South Korean [...]

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto poses during a photo

    Oscar Winning Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Signs Publishing Deal With Kobalt (EXCLUSIVE)

    Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning composer renowned for scores ranging from 1983’s “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” to 2015’s “The Revenant,” has signed on with Kobalt for a publishing deal that covers most of his catalogue around the world, with the exception of his native Japan. “Kobalt is an exciting company,” Sakamoto said in [...]

  • John Boyega

    John Boyega on if He'll Do More 'Star Wars': 'You Ain't Going to Disney Plus Me!'

    If you know anything about “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” it’s that the movie from director J.J. Abrams marks the official conclusion of the three-trilogy Skywalker Saga. But that does not necessarily mean that the characters created for the final trilogy — especially Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) [...]

  • Nathalia, Juan-pablo, Andrés (L-R)

    Magma Cine, Chemistry Unveil Strategic Production Alliance (EXCLUSIVE)

    Magma Cine, a pioneering company on the pan-Latin American co-production scene, and top Mexican post-production house Chemistry have sealed a strategic alliance to produce high-quality contents. Unveiled at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, the partnership aims to respond to the strong appetite of regional OTT services as well as pan-regional studios, and forms part of an [...]

  • Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent

    Karim Debbagh's Kasbah Films Lines Up 'Cherry,' 'The Forgiven,' 'Kidnapped' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Tapping into Morocco’s recently launched tax rebate, Karim Debbagh’s leading Tangier-based line producer Kasbah Films already has three major international productions in the pipeline for 2020. These include “Cherry” with Tom Holland, “The Forgiven” with Ralph Fiennes, a big-budget South Korean film “Kidnapped.” “Cherry” is an American crime drama film directed by Anthony and Joe [...]

  • Karnawal

    Juan Pablo Félix Debut ‘Karnawal’ Screens at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte

    For his debut feature “Karnawal,” Juan Pablo Félix and his Bikini Films partner and executive producer Edson Sidonie recruited around the world for help in bringing to the big screen an original story about a young dancer, screening this week in Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte. Joining Argentina’s Bikini Films, Brazil’s 3 Moinhos Produçoes, Chile’s Picardía [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content