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New York Film Festival Loads 2016 Main Slate With Festival-Circuit Favorites

The 2016 New York Film Festival has filled its 25-title Main Slate with buzzmagnet favorites from other stops on the festival circuit, with organizers announcing a lineup that includes “I, Daniel Blake,” “Toni Erdmann” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” about a man struggling to apply for government benefits after a heart attack, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, while Maren Ade’s comedy “Toni Erdmann,” centering on a hippie dad and his corporate-exec daughter, scored the Critics’ Prize. Olivier Assayas’ team-up with star Kristen Stewart, “Personal Shopper,” and Cristian Mungiu’s drama “Graduation,” both also in NYFF, tied for the Cannes director prize. Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” starring Adam Driver, also screened at Cannes, as did Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Sundance buzzmagnet “Manchester by the Sea” marks Kenneth Longergan’s first outing at NYFF, while Berlin titles “Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi’s Golden Bear-winning documentary, and “Things to Come,” which won Mia Hansen-Love that festival’s director award, also are featured.

Actress Isabelle Huppert stars in two NYFF films, “Things to Come” and Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” while Stewart appears in both “Personal Shopper” and Kelly Reichart’s “Certain Women.” The latter also stars Michelle Williams, who appears in “Manchester by the Sea.”

The previously announced films in the Main Slate, screening in highest profile slots, are Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th” in the opening night spot, Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” as centerpiece, and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” on tap for closing.

The 54th annual New York Film Festival, presented every year by Film Society of Lincoln Center, runs Sept. 30-Oct. 16, with further sidebar programming to be announced. The full list of the 2016 Main Slate follows.

54TH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALMain Slate

Opening Night
“The 13th”
Directed by Ava DuVernay

Centerpiece
“20th Century Women”
Directed by Mike Mills

Closing Night
“The Lost City of Z”
Directed by James Gray

“Aquarius”
Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

“Certain Women”
Directed by Kelly Reichardt

“Elle”
Directed by Paul Verhoeven

“Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare”
Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

“Graduation / Bacalaureat”
Directed by Cristian Mungiu

“Hermia and Helena”
Directed by Matías Piñeiro

“I, Daniel Blake”
Directed by Ken Loach

“Julieta”
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

“Manchester by the Sea”
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan

“Moonlight”
Directed by Barry Jenkins

“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”
Directed by Dash Shaw

“Neruda”
Directed by Pablo Larraín

“Paterson”
Directed by Jim Jarmusch

“Personal Shopper”
Directed by Olivier Assayas

“The Rehearsal”
Directed by Alison Maclean

“Sieranevada”
Directed by Cristi Puiu

“Son of Joseph / Le fils de Joseph”
Directed by Eugène Green

“Staying Vertical / Rester vertical”
Directed by Alain Guiraudie

“Things to Come / L’Avenir”
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

“Toni Erdmann”
Directed by Maren Ade

“The Unknown Girl”
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

“Yourself and Yours”
Directed by Hong Sangsoo

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