Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about 'The Martian' at the 53rd New York Film Fest. More info: filmlinc.org/NYFF
Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s best seller, and his third film set in outer space, is a gripping drama of survival infused with warmth and humor. Matt Damon plays astronaut/botanist Mark Watney, left for dead when a lethal sandstorm forces his crewmates to cut their mission to Mars short with an emergency liftoff. Like Robinson Crusoe, Watney uses his ingenuity and knowledge to survive on the mission’s still-functioning base as he awaits rescue, while back on earth the NASA team (Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Community star Donald Glover) and his former crew members in space (led by Jessica Chastain) pull out all the stops to bring him home. As ever with Scott, the filmmaking is dynamic, the visuals spectacular, and the cast note-perfect. Anchored by another winning performance from Damon, this is what-if, problem-solving drama at its absolute finest. A 20th Century Fox release.
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Marian Masone, FSLC Senior Programming Advisor; Gavin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Film Comment; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more.