New York was America’s first film city and is now second after Hollywood. We have many film festivals. In addition to commercial movie theaters, NYC has film presenters that screen movies before commercial release. Drive-ins are popular during the pandemic.
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Berlin Golden Bear), Rada Jude’s comedy about a teacher whose husband accidentally puts their personal sex tape online, opens at Film at Lincoln Center on Fri, Nov 19. $15 filmlinc.org 🇷🇴
Dune, by French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, opened citywide on Fri, Oct 22. 🇨🇦
“Passing” by Rebecca Hall, a thoughtful film about passing as White, is at IFC Center in the West Village to Thu, Dec 4.
Cannes Palme d’Or winner Titane by Julia Ducournau at IFC Center in the West Village keeps getting extended to Tue, Nov 16. 🇫🇷
Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven’s story of a nun’s forbidden passion, opens at Film at Lincoln Center on Fri, Dec 3. $15 filmlinc.org 🇫🇷
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story opens citywide on Fri, Dec 10. westsidestory.com
France, Bruno Dumont’s tragicomedy about a journalist whose life is upended by driving into a delivery man on the street, opens at Film at Lincoln Cener on Fri, Dec 10. $15 filmlinc.org 🇫🇷
Parallel Mothers, Pedro Almodóvar’s story of two women who meet in a maternity ward and find themselves linked by a historical secret (Penelope, opens at Film at Lincoln Center on Fri, Dec 24. $15 filmlinc.org 🇪🇸
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
THEATERS & HBO MAX
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Hudson Square, NYC
April 2 – May 13, 2021
kickingandscreening.com 🇮🇱🎞 Wednesday, March 31, 2021
DISNEY PLUS | Friday, July 3, 2020
Previously in NYC Film
El Planeta by Amalia Ulman is at IFC Center in the West Village to Thu, Oct 21. $13 🇪🇸
Illustrious Corpses (1976), by Francesco Rosi, screens at Film Forum in Hudson Square to Oct 21. $15 🇮🇹
Edwin Pagán’s Bronx horror movie Wolfen (1980) screens with live music by Bobby Sanabria & Project X and director Q&As at the Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory in Foxhurst, The Bronx on Fri, Oct 29 at 7pm. $10 with reservation to (917) 557-2354. Facebook @bxmusic 🇵🇷
Son of Monarchs by Alexis Gambis is at Cinema Village and Cobble Hill Cinemas to Thu, Oct 21. sonofmonarchs.com 🇲🇽
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It is streaming on American Masters on PBS Thirteen to Wed, Oct 20. FREE 🇵🇷
Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless is at Film Forum in Hudson Square to Oct 14. 🇫🇷
The Kicking and Screening soccer film festival screens Rayados 75, Fernando Kalife’s film about 2019 Mexican champions CF Monterrey at Scandinavia House in Murray Hill, Manhattan on Thu, Oct 14 at 7pm. $20. 🇲🇽
The Kicking and Screening soccer film festival screens Big-Time Soccer: The Remarkable Rise & Fall of the NASL (featuring Pelé at the NY Cosmos) at Upper 90 in Astoria, Queens on Wed, Oct 13 at 7pm. $20. 🇧🇷
Arrebato (1979) by Iván Zulueta, Pedro Almodóvar’s favorite horror film, is at IFC Center in the West Village Fri-Sat, Oct 8-9. $17. 🇪🇸
GoodFellas (1990), the Scorsese masterpiece, is at Film Forum in Hudson Square to Thu, Oct 7. 🇮🇹
Veinte por veinte (20 for 20), MoMA Film’s tribute to Cinema Tropical, the leading Latin American film presenter in the U.S., is streaming for MoMA members to Oct 5. moma.org
Little Girl (2020) by Sébastien Lifshitz, a gentle story of how a 3-year old boy deals with the world after declaring herself a girl, is at Film Forum in Hudson Square to Sep 30. 🇫🇷🏳️🌈
Annette by Leos Carax, starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver at IFC Center in the West Village to Sep 30. 🇫🇷
Tango Shalom is a cute Jewish Argentine tango movie. ✡️🇦🇷
Azor (2021) by Andreas Fontana, a Swiss film about Argentine finance in the 1970s, at Lincoln Center ends Thu, Sep 23. 🇦🇷
Annette by Leos Carax, starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver at Lincoln Center ends Sun, Sep 19. 🇫🇷
Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), by Questlove, is about the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, the Black Woodstock. Ends Sep 16 at cinemavillage.com 🇺🇸
The Lost Leonardo by Andreas Koefoed (2021), is about the world record $450 million “Salvator Mundi” painting. Includes Jerry Saltz. Ended Sep 16, 2021 at filmforum.org 🇫🇷
La Piscine by Jacques Deray (1969), is a sleeper romantic hit in NYC. It ended Sep 16, 2021 at filmforum.org 🇫🇷
The New York Film Scene
American cinema started here before moving to Hollywood. The City remains important because it is the world media capital.
The History of Cinema
The first cinema was created in Paris, France in 1895. 🇫🇷
American cinema began in NYC in 1896. Some of the very first American films were New York street scenes.
The industry developed in Fort Lee, New Jersey before moving to Hollywood for California sunshine.
The Types of Films a Country Makes Reveal the State of the Nation
Hollywood wastes its creativity on shoot-em-ups and superheroes. Independent filmmakers produce much more interesting work. The Latin world is more diverse and more connected to family and community, so Latin films reflect that.
The Colonial Period and then Cold War communist-hunting unleashed mayhem on Latin America that led to instability and civil wars from which we are still recovering.
As filmmaking gear has gotten better and cheaper, filmmakers across the Latin world have been energized.
The types of films a country makes, say a lot about that country. Countries that are very violent make Hollywood style shoot-em-up films. Countries that have been taken over by narcotics traffickers make drug films. Countries that have gone through civil war, make war movies.
But when countries begin to heal, they begin to make films about reconciliation, diversity and so on. That is the great beauty of Latin film. It’s not Hollywood, it’s real life.