Category: 55th New York Film Festival

BEFORE WE VANISH, NYFF 55 Film Review

Can a whimsical, end-of-the-world sci-fi feature about aliens from another planet attract big audiences, if, one, it isn’t directed/produced by Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Berg, J.J. Abrams, Paul Verhoeven, Luc Besson, George Lucas, M. Night Shyamalan; two, lacks mind boggling special effects; three, is short on gloom, doom and carnage; and, four, might actually be about the power of love?

WESTERN Film Review, 55th New York Film Festival

Valeska Grisebach’s WESTERN tells a story about an all-male group of German workers building a hydroelectric power plant in remote rural Bulgaria near the Greek border, and the conflict that arises between a new hire and his redneck site supervisor, as well as conflicts between the German workers and the local Bulgarian townees whose town is located not far from the border with Greece. Lots of metaphors here!

Special Events and Shorts for the 55th New York Film Festival

Includes World Premiere docs about Steven Spielberg, Bob Dylan, and the Metropolitan Opera; a series of four new films by Claude Lanzmann; a conversation with Kate Winslet and a master class with cinematographers Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman; a new restoration of G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box premiering a new score; the return of Film Comment Presents; and more