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David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' To Open The New York Film Festival

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by Edward Davis
July 16, 2014 7:52 PM
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The fall film festival season does not start until the last week of August, but many of the major decisions have been made – now it’s a matter of unveiling them. The first major announcement came last week: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s “Birdmanwill debut at the Venice Film Festival. Now the second biggest salvo of the season has hit too, and it’s a huge one: David Fincher’s“Gone Girl”will open the New York Film Festival at the end of September.

It’s a bold announcement, but perhaps not a surprising one. The NYFF courted Fincher in 2010 and landed one of the biggest festival premieres that year with “The Social Network” which became an awards season favorite. While “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” did not show up at NYFF, its Christmas release and tight shooting schedule ensured it wouldn’t be ready for any festival that year. Clearly the relationship between Fincher and NYFF has been established here and its continuing to be nurtured.

Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike lead the thriller about a man who becomes embroiled within an intense media circus after he's suspected in the disappearance of his wife. “Gone Girl” opens nationwide on Oct. 3rd. NYFF begins September 26th and “Gone Girl” screen as the Opening Night gala selection. In the meantime, here’s our Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals. [Variety]

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5 Comments

  • Lorcan | July 21, 2014 8:22 AMReply

    Fincher can pull off drastic twists in plot so well, i.e Fight Club and Se7en, and after reading the novel I'm absolutely convinced he'll be able to pull Gone Girl's epic change of tone brilliantly and Rosamund Pike defiantly has the capability to portray Amy Dunne, a character who I believe could go down in cinema history.

  • Catarina | July 17, 2014 12:15 PMReply

    Wow that's amazing! Ben Affleck is a great actor and I'm sick of people judging him just because in the past he was the protagonist of some of the failures in the history of cinema! C'mon, he deserves to be recognized he has been working hard to overcome the bad decisions of his career, look at "Argo" or "The Town", great movies! I'm seeing a major evolution and I hope this is just the begin of his high moment! I can't wait for "Gone Girl" and "Batman VS Superman" come out!

  • LIONEL MESSI | July 16, 2014 8:30 PMReply

    Not really feeling this film. I mean, Ben Affleck is just a bad actor, no matter how many times you want to convince yourself that he is a talented filmmaker. Fincher is great, but I predict this will be an above average thriller and nothing more. I'd love to see this turn out to be the heir to Zodiac, though I doubt it.

  • LIONEL MESSI | July 16, 2014 8:30 PMReply

    Not really feeling this film. I mean, Ben Affleck is just a bad actor, no matter how many times you want to convince yourself that he is a talented filmmaker. Fincher is great, but I predict this will be an above average thriller and nothing more. I'd love to see this turn out to be the heir to Zodiac, though I doubt it.

  • Harry Lime | July 16, 2014 8:04 PMReply

    The Social Network was released in 2010, not 2009.

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