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Saturday, July 19, 2014


Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, Inherent Vice, opens limited on December 12, wide on January 9, 2015, but will be having its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 4 as the centerpiece selection.  NYFF has been landing some of the highest profile world premieres of any festival over the past few years.  2012 opened with Life of Pi (11 Oscar nominations) and closed with Flight (2 Oscar nominations, 2013 opened with Captain Phillips (6 Oscar nominations), centerpiece was The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and closing was Her (5 Oscar nominations - are you seeing a trend?).  2014 will open with David Fincher's Gone Girl.

I think studios use the New York Film Festival as the launching point for some of their awards films because the movies chosen for the opening, centerpiece, and closing night spots are the only world premieres, which allows those films to stand out.  In a festival like Toronto where many studios world premiere their big awards films, there are so many movies competing for attention that it's harder for one or two to truly stand out.  At New York, there are three slots and that's it.  Though it is a major festival, it only programs a select number of films, which makes the world premieres huge showcases.

The closing night film is the only large slot that's not been announced, but I assume it'll be announced any day since the opening night and centerpiece selections were announced within days of one another.  I believe the following could close: A24 with J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year, Universal with Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, Paramount with Selma (though highly unlikely), or Columbia with David Ayres' Fury.  We will get the answer soon enough.  

The following is the press release from the Film Society of Lincoln Center:



New York, NY (July 18, 2014) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Paul Thomas Anderson’sInherent Vice will make its World Premiere as the Centerpiece selection for the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) on Saturday, October 4. The first feature film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin; Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Benicio Del Toro; Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and newcomer Katherine Waterston. This marks Anderson’s third time at the festival, having previously screened Boogie Nights (1997) and Punch-Drunk Love (2002). The Warner Bros. Pictures release is slated to open in limited release on December 12, 2014 and wide on January 9, 2015.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones said: “Every new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is an event, an experience – when the lights come up, you feel like you’ve been somewhere, and come back with your mind altered. Inherent Vice is a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early 70s SoCal counterculture back to full blown life. It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.”

Inherent Vice is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with IAC Films, a JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production.  Anderson directed from his own screenplay, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.  JoAnne Sellar, Daniel Lupi and Anderson produced the film, with Scott Rudin and Adam Somner serving as executive producers.

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Marian Masone, FSLC Senior Programming Advisor; Gavin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.

NYFF previously announced the Opening Night selection Gone Girl, retrospective Joseph L. Mankiewicz: The Essential Iconoclast, as well as initial selections in the Revivals section of the festival to include Burroughs: The MovieThe Color of PomegranatesHiroshima Mon Amour, and Once Upon a Time in America

Tickets for the 52nd New York Film Festival will go on sale to the general public at noon on Sunday, September 7. Becoming a Film Society member before July 31 provides access to a pre-sale period for single tickets to festival screenings and events ahead of the general public on-sale date.

Subscription Packages and VIP Passes to NYFF52 give the buyer the earliest access to tickets and are on sale through July 31. Depending on the level purchased, packages and passes provide access to Main Slate and Special Event screenings including those on the Opening, Centerpiece and Closing nights of the festival. VIP passes also provide access to many exciting events including the invitation-only Opening Night party, “Evening With…” Dinner, Filmmaker Brunch, and VIP Lounge. For information about purchasing Subscription Packages and VIP Passes, go to To find out how to become a Film Society member, visit

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Latinbeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Commentmagazine, The Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, HBO®, the Kobal Collection, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Row NYC Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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