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New York Film Festival 59 Is Back in Person!

Image: "Titane" by Julia Ducournau

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and takes place September 24 – October 10, 2021. An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues an enduring tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. 

NYFF59 will feature in-person screenings, as well as select outdoor and virtual events. In response to distributor and filmmaker partners and in light of festivals returning and theaters reopening across the country, NYFF will not offer virtual screenings for this year’s edition.

All the lineup has been announced and France is present in Main Slate, Spotlight, Currents and Revivals selections! Take a look on this extraordinary presence: 

Main Slate

This year’s Main Slate showcases films produced in 31 different countries, featuring new titles from renowned auteurs, exceptional work from directors making their NYFF debuts, and celebrated films from festivals worldwide.

  • Ahed’s Knee

Nadav Lapid, 2021, France/Israel/Germany, Hebrew with English subtitles, 109 minutes

Y., an Israeli filmmaker in his mid-forties, arrives in a remote village at the far end of the desert to present one of his films. There he meets Yahalom, an officer for the Ministry of Culture, and finds himself fighting two losing battles: one against the death of freedom in his country, the other against the death of his mother.

  • Benedetta

Paul Verhoeven, 2021, France/Netherlands, French with English subtitles, 127 minutes

In the late 17th century, with plague ravaging the land, Benedetta Carlini joins the convent in Pescia, Tuscany, as a novice. Capable from an early age of performing miracles, Benedetta’s impact on life in the community is immediate and momentous.

  • Bergman Island

Mia Hansen-Løve, 2021, France/Germany/Belgium/Sweden, English, French, and Swedish with English subtitles, 112 minutes

A couple of American filmmakers, Chris (P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread superstar Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth) retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the Summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart.

  • Il Buco

Michelangelo Frammartino, 2021, Italy/France/Germany, Italian with English subtitles, 93 minutes

During the economic boom of the 60s, Europe’s highest building is being built in Italy’s prosperous North. At the other end of the country, speleologists visit the Calabrian plateau in the untouched Calabrian hinterland. There, the young conquerors explore one of the deepest caves in the world, 700 meters below Earth, that no one had ever reached the bottom of.

The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighbouring village, but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau. His heart and soul soon intertwine with the group’s journey.

IL BUCO chronicles a visit through depth and darkness to discover the unknown, where time and space wither away.

  • The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Avi Mograbi, 2021, France/Finland/Israel/Germany, Hebrew and English with English subtitles, 110 minutes

How to succeed in an occupation for at least 54 years? Mograbi, director and narrator, builds the handbook of the perfect occupier based on testimonies from Israeli soldiers and archive footage.

5 million Palestinians live in the occupied territories under Israeli military rule, 2 million of them in the Gaza Strip, under total siege for the past several years. “The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has already lasted for 54 years.” This statement does not tell much about occupation. What does “occupation” imply?
The first 54 years aims to provide an exclusive insight into the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people while it is still ongoing. Describing their orders, their missions and their actions, Israeli soldiers witnesses report on the mechanisms of oppression of Palestinians from 1967 to the present day. With these testimonies, they reveal the factory of the occupation machine.

  • Flee

Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2021, Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway, Danish, English, Russian, Swedish, and Dari with English subtitles, 90 minutes

FLEE is the true story about a man’s need to confront his past in order to truly have a future. Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, at 36, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for over 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built for himself. For the first time he is sharing his story with his close friend.

  • France

Bruno Dumont, 2021, France/Germany/Belgium/Italy, French with English subtitles,133 minutes

Paris, today.

France de Meurs is a star journalist running between a television set, a distant war and the hustle and bustle of her busy family life.

Her frantic high-profile world is suddenly turned upside down after a traffic accident in which she injures a pedestrian. This unexpected irruption of reality calls everything into question.

As France attempts to slow down and retreat into a simple anonymous life, her fame continues to pursue her until a mystified love affair seems to put an end to her quest

  • Memoria

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021, Colombia/Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Mexico/Qatar, English and Spanish with English subtitles, 136 minutes

Ever since being startled by a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is unable to sleep. In Bogotá to visit her sister, she befriends Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), an archaeologist studying human remains discovered within a tunnel under construction. Jessica travels to see Agnes at the excavation site. In a small town nearby, she encounters a fish scaler, Hernan (Elkin Diaz). They share memories by the river. As the day comes to a close, Jessica is awakened to a sense of clarity. 

  • Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma, 2021, France, French with English subtitles, 72 minutes

8-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mom, Marion, used to play and built the treehouse she’s heard so much about. One day her mother abruptly leaves. That’s when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse. Her name is Marion.

  • Titane

Julia Ducournau, 2021, France, French with English subtitles, 108 minutes

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane : A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

  • Vortex

Gaspar Noé, 202, France, French with English subtitles, 142 minutes

Life is a short party that will soon be forgotten.


Spotlight is NYFF’s showcase of sneak previews, gala events, screenings with live elements, and other special evenings.

  • Jane by Charlotte

Charlotte Gainsbourg, 2021, France, French with English subtitles, 86 minutes

Charlotte Gainsbourg looks at her mother Jane Birkin in a way she never did, overcoming a sense of reserve. Using a camera lens, they expose themselves to each other, begin to step back, leaving space for a mother-daughter relationship.


The Currents section includes 15 features and 36 short films, representing 27 countries, and complements the Main Slate, tracing a more complete picture of contemporary cinema with an emphasis on new and innovative forms and voices. The section presents a diverse offering of short and feature-length productions by filmmakers and artists working at the vanguard of the medium. 

  • El Gran Movimiento

Kiro Russo, 2021, Bolivia/France/Qatar/Switzerland, Spanish with English subtitles, 85 minutes

Bolivia, today.
After walking for a week, Elder and his miner companions arrive in La Pazto demand for the reinstatement of their job. Suddenly, Elder starts to feel sick...

With the help of the elderly Mamá Pancha, Elder and his friends find work in the market. But Elder's condition worsens, he's choking and struggling for breath…
Mamá Pancha sends him to Max – a witch doctor, hermit and clown – who may be able to bring the young man back to life.

  • I Want to Talk About Duras

Claire Simon, 2021, France, French with English subtitles, 95 minutes

A man involved in a passionate relationship with a celebrated writer of 30 years his senior needs to talk. He is fascinated by her and yet he feels he just cannot go on anymore. He opens up, in an attempt to put into words the intensity of his love and he describes it with great clarity.

  • Just a Movement

Vincent Meessen, 2021, Belgium/France, Mandarin, French, and Wolof with English subtitles, 110 minutes

«Omar is dead!», a voice cried out in Dakar, 11 May 1973. The eldest of the Blondin Diop family, a young militant philosopher, and the articulate Maoist in Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise had allegedly committed suicide in his Gorée Island prison cell. His family and friends did not believe a word of it, demanding that light be shed on this political crime. A phantom haunts the Senegalese capital, itself in a state of unrest.

  • Nature

Artavazd Peleshian, 2020, France/Germany/Armenia, 63 minutes

Legendary Armenian visual essayist Artavazd Peleshian’s first feature film in nearly 30 years is an epic return to his major theme: humanity in harmony and conflict with the natural world. Sublime and terrifying, the forces of Nature are captured in a relentless montage of found disaster videos—of capsizing icebergs, inky black dust clouds, ferocious winds, pitiless floodwaters. Rendered in stark black and white and subject to the distinctive mode of montage that Peleshian has developed over six decades, these images take on an uncanny mix of timelessness and immediacy, imparting an overwhelming experience of nature’s vast, destructive processes of regeneration, and of humanity’s precarious existence amid constantly unfolding catastrophe.

  • A Night of Knowing Nothing

Payal Kapadia, 2021, France/India, Bengali and Hindi with English subtitles, 96 minutes

A university student in India, writes letters to her estranged lover, while he is away. Through these letters, we get a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her. Merging reality with fiction, dreams, memories, fantasies and anxieties, an amorphous narrative unfolds.

  • Returning to Reims

Jean-Gabriel Périot, 2021, France, French with English subtitles, 83 minutes

Through the text of Didier Eribon interpreted by Adèle Haenel, Retour à Reims [Fragments] tells in archives an intimate and political story of the French working class from the beginning of the 1950s to today.

  • The Tale of King Crab

Alessio Rigo de Righi Matteo Zoppis, 2021, Italy/Argentina/France, Italian and Spanish with English subtitles, 99 minutes

Small town in Italy, end of the 19th century. Luciano, a drunk, accidentally kills his lover during a revolt against the local Prince. To pay for his crime, he is forced into exile on the most remote island in the world, Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego. The hunt for the shipwreck treasure hidden on the island becomes his opportunity for redemption.
The film tells how this story is recalled today in different versions of the oral tales. In his homeland, some believe Luciano was just a murderer, while others consider him to be a Saint. On the other side of the world, his story has turned into a legend, the Legend of the King Crab.

  • Kindertotenlieder, in Currents Program 2: Critical Mass

Virgil Vernier, 2021, France, 27m
French with English subtitles

Through television news bulletins, Kindertotenlieder revisits the 2005 riots in France, sparked by the deaths of two teenagers from the Parisian banlieue of Clichy-sur-Bois, who were killed during a police chaseHere, the static formal conventions of TV news—vox pop interviews, B-roll of burning cars, outraged neighbors—slowly reveal a subtler narrative beneath the surface: one of neglect, oppression, and ethnic and class divisions.

  • (No Subject), in Currents Program 3: Free Form

Guillermo Moncayo, 2021, France/Colombia, 29m
Spanish with English subtitles

A film about a zookeeper and his renewed relationship with his estranged daughter is fragmented and interrupted by the filmmaker’s own voice, reading an email to his sister about the roots of this story in their own shared history with an absent father. Through memory, dreams, and fiction, (No Subject) probes the various ways of representing the past in order to process and break free of it.


The Revivals section connects cinema’s historical significance and present-day cultural influence through a selection of world premieres of restorations, rarities, and more. 

  • Ratcatcher

Lynne Ramsay, 1999, UK/France, 93 minutes

An naïve young lad navigates the dirty squalid streets of 1973 Glasgow, and the poor youth around him.

  • Sambizanga

Sarah Maldoror, 1972, Angola/France, Portuguese with English subtitles, 102 minutes

Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola. He does not betray his companions, but is beaten to death in prison, and not knowing he is dead, his wife goes from a prison station to another, trying in vain to know where he is.

More info on the festival and its lineup here.