The New York Film Festival made history, presenting its first-ever premiere at the Apollo Theater for If Beale Street Could Talk. Ahead of the Harlem screening, we spoke with writer-director Barry Jenkins about adapting James Baldwin in his lush, powerful romance. Jenkins, who returns to the festival following Moonlight (NYFF54), discussed the power of community in his latest film and how watching the work of Claire Denis and Wong Kar-wai makes him approach filmmaking in a different way.
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. Since 1963, NYFF 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, the avant-garde showcase Projections, and much more.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.
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