New York Film Festival 56 (2018)

The New York Film Festival 56 is at Film Society of Lincoln Center, September 28 – October 14, 2018. #NYFF

The New York Film Festival is a well-rounded festival with something for everyone.

Opening Night

The Favorite (2018) by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos stars Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman as the Duchess of Marlborough, her servant and Queen Anne battling for dominance in 18th century England during the War of Spanish Succession (1701 – 1714).

The film screens on Friday, September 28. The 6 pm & 9 pm screenings in Alice Tully Hall will be attended by the director and cast members.


ROMA (2018), by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, is an autobiographically-inspired, cinematographer’s dream about a live-in nanny who holds together a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City. This is the big Latin film. It’s a Netflix release.

The film screens:

October 5

  • 6 pm in Alice Tully Hall (Director present)
  • 6:30 pm in the Walter Reade Theater
  • 9:15 pm in Alice Tully Hall (Director present)
  • 9:45 pm in the Walter Reade Theater

October 6 at 12 noon in Alice Tully Hall

Closing Night

At Eternity’s Gate (2018) by Jewish artist Julian Schnabel, tells the story of the last days of Vincent van Gogh, starring Willem Dafoe.

The film screens on Sunday, October 12:

  • 6 pm in Alice Tully Hall with Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe present
  • 6:30 pm in the Walter Reade Theater
  • 9 pm in Alice Tully Hall with Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe present

Main Slate

The Main Slate presents 30 features from around the world. In addition to opening night, the centerpiece, and closing night, the Latin films are:

A Faithful Man (2018) by French director Louis Garrel

La Flor (2018) by Argentine director Mariano Llinás

Happy as Lazzaro (2018) by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher

High Life (2018) by French director Claire Denis

The Image Book (2018) y French director Jean-Luc Godard

Non-Fiction (2018) by French director Olivier Assayas

Sorry Angel (2018) by French director Christophe Honoré

Too Late to Die Young (2018) by Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor

Spotlight on Documentary

The Spotlight on Documentary features artist portraits and human rights issues.

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018) by Italian director Roberto Minervini

Special Events


Projections features film and video that push the boundaries of the moving image.

Roi Soleil (2018) by Catalan Spanish director Albert Serra


Revivals presents restored classics.

Enamorada (1946) by Mexican director Emilio Fernández

I Am Cuba (1964) by Russian director Mikhail Kalatosov

Neapolitan Carousel (1954) by Italian director Ettore Giannini


There are retrospectives of work by producer Dan Talbot, Pierre Rissient, and three documentaries on cinema.

Tribute to Dan Talbot (producer)

Before the Revolution (1964) by Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci

Straub-Huillet Program presents three shorts by French directors Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.

Every Man for Himself (1980) by French director Jean-Luc Godard

My Dinner with Andrè (1981) by French director Louis Malle.

Tribute to Pierre Rissient (French director)

Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) by Filipino director Lino Brocka


Shorts are, well, short.


Talks get renowned directors to talk about their work.

This Festival includes French filmmaker Claire Denis, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line), Jia Zhangke, and Argentine director Mariano Llinás


Convergence looks at innovative forms of interactive storytelling.

The 56th New York Film Festival poster is by Ed Lachman and French artist JR.

Pricing varies by section.Save money by becoming a member. There are student discounts.

Many events sell out. Buy early to make sure you get a seat.

  • Main Slate, Spotlight on Documentary, Talks: $20 – $25
  • Retrospective, Revivals, Projections, Shorts: $12 – $17
  • Convergence: $7 – $25
  • Opening Night: $100
  • Closing Night & Centerpiece: $75

Free events require a ticket from the venue’s box office which opens one hour before the event. Lines form early.

Rush tickets are announced in the daily festival newsletter and on the festival web site the day before.

Festival Passes

Festival passes are available from $350 – $20,000.

Box Office

Alice Tully Hall
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm

Day-off tickets must be purchased at the venue’s box office.


Due to security, arrive at least 30 minutes early and don’t bring any bags.

Film Society has two theater complexes across the street from each other on West 65th St.

Alice Tully Hall

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(at 65th St)
Lincoln Center, Manhattan

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

144 West 65th St, New York, NY 10023
(South side between Amsterdam & Columbus)
Lincoln Center, Manhattan

  • Francesca Beale Theater is a 140-seat theater.
  • Howard Gilman Theater is an 85-seat theater.
  • Amphitheater is a 75-capacity theater with a 152″ plasma screen television.

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center is Film Society’s main box office.

Wining and Dining

You can grab a quick bite or have a glass of wine before your movie at the Indie Food and Wine café.

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th St, New York, NY 10023
(North side between Amsterdam & Columbus)
Lincoln Center, Manhattan

The Walter Reade Theater is a 268-seat theater across the street from the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center.


  • (1) to 66th St – Lincoln Center
  • (2) (3) to 72nd St
  • (A) (C) to 59th St – Columbus Circle
  • (B) (D) to 59th St – Columbus Circle


  • Uptown / Downtown: M5, M7, M10, M11 and M104
  • Crosstown: M66


There is an entrance to Lincoln Center’s Parking Garage on 65th St.