george cThe 43rd annual New York Film Festival will open on September 23 with a screening of George Clooney'sGood Night and Good Luck.  The fest will close on October 9 with Cache, the film that won Michael Haneke Best Director honors at Cannes. In between, viewers will be treated to works by, among others, Lars von Trier, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Soderbergh, and Hou Hsai-hsien.

Unintentionally, this year's fest has a pair of loose themes, according to program coordinator Richard Pena. The first is history, specifically "how [it] is treated, re-created and expressed onscreen and in art." For example, both von Trier's and Hsai-hsien's films explore very specific historical periods, as does Goodnight and Good Luck. Secondly, the program features an unusual number of films from Eastern Europe, with Pena says reflects the re-emergence of cinema in places like Poland and the Czech Republic.

Tickets go on sale to Film Society of Lincoln Center members on August 26, while the general public can begin buying on September 11. If you'd like to start planning your obsessive viewing (I'm making my own list as we speak), the full list of films and events can be found here.
categories Movies, Cinematical