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New York Film Festival Cherry Picks World Fests for Slate of 30 --What's Missing?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2014 at 1:10PM

The New York Film Festival Main Slate official selection has landed, with 30 features including many Cannes entries and potential Oscar contenders.
Viggo Mortensen in "Jauja"
Viggo Mortensen in "Jauja"
The New York Film Festival Main Slate official selection has landed, with 30 features including many Cannes entries and potential Oscar contenders. They include French actor Mathieu Amalric’s adaptation of Georges Simenon’s novel "The Blue Room" (Sudnance Selects), Lisandro Alonso's 19th century road quest "Jauja," starring Viggo Mortensen, Asia Argento's autobiographical "Misunderstood," Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria" starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart (IFC), David Cronenberg's "Maps of the Stars," starring Cannes-winner Julianne Moore and Rob Pattinson (EOne), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne's "Two Days, One Night" starring Marion Cotillard (IFC), Jean-Luc Godard’s first 3D feature, "Goodbye to Language," Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" starring Cannes-winner Timothy Spall (Sony Pictures Classics), Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, which won Best Director at Cannes (SPC), and Alice Rohrwacher’s "The Wonders," which took home the Cannes 2014 Grand Prix Award.

Damien Chazelle’s "Whiplash," starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (SPC) also played Cannes after scoring the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, where Alex Ross Perry's debuted New York writers story "Listen Up Philip," starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss (Tribeca Film). "Life of Riley," the final feature from the late Alain Resnais, earned the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.
Clouds of Sils Maria

Other titles will debut in Locarno, Venice, Telluride and/or Toronto before playing at NYFF, including documentarian Nick Broomfield's "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," Pedro Costa's "Horse Money," a portrait of Cape Verdean Ventura, Abel Ferrara's biopic "Pasolini," starring Willem Dafoe in the title role, Oren Moverman's "Time Out of Mind," starring Richard Gere as a New York homeless man, and Josh & Benny Safdie's "Heaven Knows What," about two heroin-addicted New York lovers.

Notably missing are Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Winter Sleep" (Adopt Films), Xavier Dolan's outrageous "Mommy" (Roadside Attractions), Tommy Lee Jones' western "The Homesman," starring Hilary Swank (Saban & Roadside), Russian corruption tale "Leviathan" (SPC), unforgettable Ukrainian Kiev doc "Maidan," and "Wild Tales" (SPC), an hilariously dark comedy from Argentina. Sony Pictures Classics may have orchestrated their NYFF slate a tad--Oscar contender "Whiplash" has been around the block a few times and is about to open, while "Wild Tales" and "Leviathan" are possible foreign Oscar entries that may not open until 2015. They may also play Telluride, along with "The Homesman" and "Mommy." 

Also missing is higher-profile "Fury," David Ayer's Brad Pitt war film, Martin Scorsese's HBO doc on the New York review of Books, "The 50 Year Argument," and other fall releases that may not be ready for prime time including Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," Tim Burton's "Big Eyes," Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," Rob Marshall musical "Into the Woods," Ridley Scott's Bible epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings," Christopher Nolan's space odyssey "Interstellar," Ava DuVernay's sprawling Martin Luther King biopic "Selma," and J.C. Chandor's follow-up to "All Is Lost," 1980s crime drama "A Most Violent Year." 

More on earlier NYFF galas and world premieres here. Full slate below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.