The main slate mixes work from established international filmmakers with directorial debuts.
The director’s first movie since winning two Oscars for the 2013 film “Gravity,” offers an autobiographical look at his early years in Mexico.
The unusual crossover occurred when Kent Jones, the festival chief, submitted his drama, “Diane,” to the downtown event. He won best narrative feature.
The main lineup includes highlights from Cannes and Sundance along with already announced premieres from Woody Allen and Richard Linklater.
He gambled on hyperreal visuals for the drama, a look that has been heavily criticized before. At the New York Film Festival, the reaction was mixed.
Two selections at this event, “Memories of the Underdevelopment” and “Patria o Muerte,” cast a hard look at the island’s past and its present.
The festival, which runs through Oct. 16, tends to front-load its big premieres, but it has grown so large that attendees can still find plenty to watch.
Among the noncommercial and avant-garde works in the festival is a gem from Robert Beavers, “From the Notebook of …” Our critic calls it a masterpiece.
The director of “13th,” a documentary about race and mass incarceration, explains how prisoners are being enslaved while those at the top make money off punishment.