New York Film Festival 55 (2017)

The New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center is one of America’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. It’s a big deal with movie stars, directors, filmmakers, premieres, and red carpets.

New York Film Festival 2017

The 55th New York Film Festival is at Film Society of Lincoln Center September 28 – October 15, 2017.

These films have a Latin connection. The rest are at

Main Slate

25 new feature films from around the world.


New Argentine Cinema director Lucrecia Martel (The Holy Girl, The Headless Woman) adapts Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel about Don Diego de Zama, an unimportant official of the Spanish colonial empire who is posted somewhere in Paraguay waiting for a promotion to a post in Buenos Aires.

The more Zama tries to finish his work, the more he gets stuck in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile his finances and mental state are deteriorating as he succumbs to lust and paranoia.

The novel was only translated into English in 2016 which brought it to critical attention.

U.S. Premiere
Saturday, September 30 at 6pm, Alice Tully Hall
Monday, October 2 at 6pm, Alice Tully Hall

Spotlight on Documentary

Portraits of artists and tales of social upheaval.

BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

"Boom for Real" Sara Driver (2017) | New York Film Festival

“Boom for Real” Sara Driver (2017) | New York Film Festival

Director Sara Driver explores the contrasts of the downtown New York art scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s that Basquiat mastered with his imagination his imagination in hand.

U.S. Premiere
Sunday, October 8 at 1pm, Alice Tully Hall
Wednesday, October 11 at 9pm, Francesca Beale Theater


"Cielo" Alison McAlpine (2017) | New York Film Festival

“Cielo” Alison McAlpine (2017) | New York Film Festival

Director Alison McAlpine (Second Sight) keeps one eye on the sky and the other on the astronomers, fishermen, miners, and cowboys in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

World Premiere
Friday, October 6 at 6pm, Walter Reade Theater
Saturday, October 7 at 2:45pm, Howard Gilman Theater

El mar la mar

Film and sound artist Joshua Bonnetta and filmmaker/anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki explore the beauty and danger of the Sonoran Desert, a migrant route from Mexico to the United States.

Friday, September 29 at 6:30pm, Walter Reade Theater
Sunday, October 1 at 8:45pm, Howard Gilman Theater

Piazza Vittorio

Director Abel Ferrara portraits the African musicians and restaurant workers, Chinese barkeeps and relocated eastern Europeans, homeless men and women, artists, members of the right wing movement CasaPound Italia, filmmaker Matteo Garrone, actor Willem Dafoe and other characters of Rome’s biggest public square.

North American Premiere
Thursday, October 12 at 6pm, Walter Reade Theater
Friday, October 13 at 9pm, Francesca Beale Theater


International experimental film and video that expands the possibilities of the moving image.

The Worldly Cave

"The Worldly Cave" Zhou Tao (2017) | New York Film Festival

“The Worldly Cave” Zhou Tao (2017) | New York Film Festival

Director Zhou Tao reminds us how small we really are with monumental views of the Incheon Sea (Korea), the Balearic island of Menorca (Spain), and the Sonoran Desert (Arizona/Mexico).

North American Premiere
Friday – Monday, October 6-9 at 12 and 9pm in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe theater. Free


Important movies by renowned filmmakers that have been restored.

Casa de Lava

"Casa de Lava" Pedro Costa (1994) | New York Film Festival

“Casa de Lava” Pedro Costa (1994) | New York Film Festival

Director Pedro Costa studies the Portuguese colonial legacy on the Cape Verde islands through the lives of some of its displaced colonists.

Friday, September 29 at 8:30pm, Francesca Beale Theater


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