I brought you news a couple of weeks ago that the first five invitations had been sent for the New York Film Festival this fall. Scott Foundas,LA Weekly film critic and member of the selection committee, said in a videotaped discussion that the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men, Korean director Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine and Romanian drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, along with two other unidentified films, had been invited. IndieWire is now confirming that those three titles will be screening at the festival; No Country For Old Men will be the Centerpiece screening. In addition, IndieWire reports that Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited will be the Opening Night Presentation.

Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere points out that two other Anderson films have played at the festival: Rushmore in 1998 and The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001. (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou did not play in 2004.) With only four features completed, Anderson has provoked both love and hatred among film fans, but I find myself squarely in the middle: his work has been amusing but never insightful or dazzling. Still, I admire the way that his stories unravel and I have yet to feel cheated about spending time and money watching his films. The Darjeerling Limited is an "emotional comedy" starring Adrian Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers traveling through India after the death of their father. Anjelica Huston and Natalie Portman are also featured; Anderson, Schwartzman and Roman Coppola collaborated on the script.

IndieWire quotes "film insiders" as saying the Opening Slot slot has become more important in recent years because "fest openers have gone on to awards season acclaim and, in many cases, Oscars at the annual Academy Awards." Rather than heighten my interest, that makes me worry that The Darjeerling Limited might be some kind of acting showcase wallowing in emotion, like recent openers The Queen, Mystic River and About Schmidt. I hope that's not the case. Fox Searchlight plans to release it in November 2007.
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