A List of All 50 New York Film Festival Opening Films

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | The Lost Boys August 13, 2012 at 2:49PM

With the announcement of Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" opening this year's New York Film Festival (as a world premiere, no less... that that, TIFF and Venice), I figured I might as well offer up this list of each and every opening night film in the festival's now 50 year history for any nerds out there. Notably, the selection of 'Pi'  allows Lee to join Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have had more than one film chosen to open NYFF ('The Ice Storm' did so in 1997).
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With the announcement of Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" opening this year's New York Film Festival (as a world premiere, no less... that that, TIFF and Venice), I figured I might as well offer up this list of each and every opening night film in the festival's now 50 year history for any nerds out there. Notably, the selection of 'Pi'  allows Lee to join Robert Altman, Pedro Almodóvar and François Truffaut as the only directors to have had more than one film chosen to open NYFF ('The Ice Storm' did so in 1997).

New York Film Festival Opening Night Films:

1963            The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, Mexico)

1964             Hamlet (Grigori Kozintsev, USSR)

1965             Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, France)

1966             Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia)

1967             The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria)

1968             Capricious Summer (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia)

1969             Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Paul Mazursky, US)

1970             The Wild Child (François Truffaut, France)

1971             The Debut (Gleb Panfilov, Soviet Union)

1972             Chloe in the Afternoon (Eric Rohmer, France)

1973             Day for Night (François Truffaut, France)

1974             Don't Cry With Your Mouth Full (Pascal Thomas, France)

1975             Conversation Piece (Luchino Visconti, Italy)

1976             Small Change (François Truffaut, France)

1977             One Sings, The Other Doesn't (Agnès Varda, France)

1978             A Wedding (Robert Altman, US)

1979             Luna (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy/US)

1980             Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, US)

1981            Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, UK)

1982             Veronika Voss (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany)

1983             The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, US)

1984            Country (Richard Pearce, US)

1985            Ran (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

1986            Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch, US)

1987             Dark Eyes (Nikita Mikhalkov, Soviet Union)

1988             Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)

1989             Too Beautiful For You (Bertrand Blier, France)

1990            Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen, US)

1991             The Double Life of Veronique (Krysztof Kieslowski, Poland/France)

1992             Olivier Olivier (Agnieszka Holland, France)

1993             Short Cuts (Robert Altman, US)

1994             Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, US)

1995            Shanghai Triad (Zhang Yimou, China)

1996             Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, UK)

1997            The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, US)

1998            Celebrity (Woody Allen, US)

1999            All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)

2000            Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark)

2001            Va Savoir (Jacques Rivette, France)

2002            About Schmidt (Alexander Payne, US)

2003            Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, US)

2004            Look At Me (Agnès Jaoui, France)

2005            Good Night, and Good Luck. (George Clooney, US)

2006            The Queen (Stephen Frears, UK)

2007            The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, US)

2008            The Class (Laurent Cantet, France)

2009            Wild Grass (Alain Resnais, France)

2010            The Social Network (David Fincher, US)

2011            Carnage (Roman Polanski, France/Poland)

2012            Life of Pi (Ang Lee, US)

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