June 28, 2007

Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" To Open 45th New York Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today an interesting quartet of films that will be playing at this years New York Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wes Anderson's latest comedy The Darjeeling Limited will open the 45th NYFF. I have attended the festival for the past three years, and unlike many festivals, which tend to open with good albeit less challenging films, the NYFF always seems to reserve the opening-night slot for something special. Previous opening-night films at the fest include Mystic River, Good Night, and Good Luck, and most recently The Queen. Commenting on Anderson's film, Richard Pena, president of the NYFF selection committee said, "It represents a big step for Wes. I hate to use the word 'matured,' but the humor and whimsy he uses is sharper, better focused and used more effectively."

The selection committee also announced that Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country For Old Men, a sensation at this years Cannes Film Festival, will be the festival's Centerpiece film, and that Cannes Palme D'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and Secret Sunshine (winner of the best actress award at Cannes) will also be featured. The full lineup will be announced in early August, and the festival will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 14.

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