New York Film Festival next stop for 'Precious'
Lee Daniels' "Precious," the hit of the Toronto International and Sundance film festivals, is among the most high-profile of the 26 features slated for this year's New York Film Festival. The Tyler Perry-Oprah Winfrey-produced drama, which took home the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival last week and is widely considered to be a front-runner in this year's Academy Awards race, is the centerpiece of the New York fest. However, it will have to contend with other Oscar hopefuls, including Penelope Cruz's reunion with muse Pedro Almodovar, "Broken Embraces," and dark horse "Life During Wartime" from Todd Solondz.
The venerable Gotham fest also includes a wide and varied selection of new efforts from a host of arthouse legends, including Alain Resnais' "Wild Grass," Jacques Rivette's "Around a Small Mountain," Manoel de Oliviera's "Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl," Bong Joon-ho's "Mother," Andrzej Wajda's "Sweet Rush," Claire Denis' "White Material" and Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon." One could, quite possible, get a year of film school credit from that lineup alone.
The festival opens Friday and runs through Oct. 11.
-- Paul Gaita