The “Scandal” actress returns to the Great White Way to star in “American Son.”
It can be elitist, maddening and most of all inspiring — especially films like Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate.”
The lineup includes Cannes prizewinners, Oscar contenders and movies that challenge conventions and assumptions, all reasons to get up off that couch.
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.