LONDON — Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s untitled documentary about the New York Review of Books has been added to the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special line-up, where it will be shown as a work in progress, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and key contributors.
Scorsese, Tedeschi and producer Margaret Bodde will attend, along with the NYREV’s editor, Robert Silvers, and publisher, Rea Hederman, and other special guests.
Making use of rare footage and photographs to provide historical context, the film includes writers like James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky and Norman Mailer, along with new footage of Joan Didion, Michael Chabon, Mary Beard and Timothy Garton Ash.
“For over 50 years, The New York Review of Books has been one of the most interesting and sophisticated magazines on culture and politics, with content by outstanding writers and thinkers,” said Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.
“In their wonderful documentary, Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi reveal the inner workings of the publication and its legendary editor, from its birth during the 1963 New York Times’ newspaper strike, through its continued relevance in today’s digital universe. We’re very pleased that we’ll be closing this year’s Berlinale Special with this highlight.”
Scorsese has been a frequent guest at the Berlinale, including in 2010 with “Shutter Island” and in 2008 with “Shine a Light” in the Competition program.