New York Film Festival Favorites

New York Film Festival Favorites

40 Episodes

Celebrating its sixtieth edition this fall, the New York Film Festival is a cornerstone of American film culture, introducing U.S. audiences to some of the most exciting films from around the world for six decades running. This selection of some of the festival’s greatest hits stretches back to its inaugural 1963 edition, and attests to its programming team’s keen curatorial eye, studded with art-house landmarks (THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL), daring experimental works (ZORNS LEMMA, PRIVILEGE), and wildly acclaimed contemporary classics (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, LA CIÉNAGA).

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  • Knife in the Water

    Episode 1

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1962 • Poland
    Starring Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz

    Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotio...

  • Harakiri

    Episode 2

    Directed by Masaki Kobayashi • 1962 • Japan
    Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentaro Mikuni, Akira Ishihama

    Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, belie...

  • The Exterminating Angel

    Episode 3

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1962 • Mexico
    Starring Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, José Baviera

    A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR)...

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    Episode 4

    Directed by Yasujiro Ozu • 1962 • Japan
    Starring Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada

    The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man’s dignifed resignation to life’s shifting currents and society’s modernization. Though the widower Shuhei...

  • Muriel, or The Time of Return

    Episode 5

    Directed by Alain Resnais • 1963 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kérien, Nita Klein

    Alain Resnais's MURIEL, OR THE TIME OF RETURN, the director's follow-up to LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, is as radical a reflection on the nature of time and memory as its predecessor. The always luminou...

  • Gertrud

    Episode 6

    Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1964 • Denmark
    Starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode

    Carl Dreyer’s last film neatly crowns his career: a meditation on tragedy, individual will and the refusal to compromise. A woman leaves her unfulfilling marriage and embarks on a search for ideal love—b...

  • Fists in the Pocket

    Episode 7

    Directed by Marco Bellocchio • 1965 • Italy
    Starring Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé

    Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. With its coo...

  • Loves of a Blonde

    Episode 8

    Directed by Miloš Forman • 1965 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Vladimíra Pucholta, Vladimír Menšik, Ivan Kheil

    With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate search for love—that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her long...

  • Masculin féminin

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • 1966 • France
    Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert

    With MASCULIN FÉMININ (“Masculine Feminine”), ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engag...

  • Au hasard Balthazar

    Episode 10

    Directed by Robert Bresson • 1966 • France
    Starring Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge

    A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, Robert Bresson’s AU HASARD BALTHAZAR follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some ...

  • The Battle of Algiers

    Episode 11

    Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo • 1966 • Algeria, Italy
    Starring Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef

    One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the o...

  • Mandabi

    Episode 12

    Directed by Ousmane Sembène • 1968 • Senegal
    Starring Makuredia Guey, Yunus Ndiaye, Isseu Niang

    This second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by,...

  • Zorns Lemma

    Episode 13

    Directed by Hollis Frampton • 1970 • United States

    This sixty-minute film was the first feature-length avant-garde work ever screened at the New York Film Festival, where it premiered in 1970.

  • Love in the Afternoon

    Episode 14

    Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1972 • France

    Though happily married to his adoring wife Hélène, with whom he is expecting a second child, the thoroughly bourgeois business executive Frédéric cannot banish from his mind the multitude of attractive Parisian women who pass him by every day. His flirtati...

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Episode 15

    Directed by Jacques Rivette • 1974 • France
    Starring Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier

    Whiling away a summer in Paris, director Jacques Rivette, working in close collaboration with his stars and coconspirators Juliet Berto and Dominique Labourier, set out to rewrite the rules of cin...

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    Episode 16

    Directed by John Cassavetes • 1974 • United States
    Starring Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk

    This uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family’s struggle to save her from herself. Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk give unforgettably harro...

  • India Song

    Episode 17

    Directed by Marguerite Duras • 1975 • France
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière

    The most celebrated of writer-filmmaker Marguerite Duras’s singular features unfolds within the decaying decadence of an embassy in 1930s India, where a French diplomat’s wife (Delphine Seyr...

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    Episode 18

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1977 • France
    Starring Valérie Mairesse, Thérèse Liotard, Ali Raffi

    In the early 1960s in Paris, two young women become friends. Pomme is an aspiring singer. Suzanne is a pregnant country girl unable to support a third child. Pomme lends Suzanne the money for an illegal...

  • The Marriage of Maria Braun

    Episode 19

    Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder • 1978 • West Germany
    Starring Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny

    Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries Hermann Braun in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. Alone, Maria puts to use her beauty and ambition in order to find...

  • The Last Metro

    Episode 20

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1980 • France
    Starring Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Poiret

    Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in François Truffaut’s gripping, humanist character st...

  • À nos amours

    Episode 21

    Directed by Maurice Pialat • 1983 • France
    Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Evelyne Ker, Maurice Pialat

    With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching À NOS AMOURS is one of his greatest achievements. In a revelatory film debut...

  • Paris, Texas

    Episode 22

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1984 • France, West Germany
    Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski

    New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (WINGS OF DESIRE) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in PARIS, TEXAS, a profoundly moving character study written by ...

  • Down by Law

    Episode 23

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1986 • United States
    Starring Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni

    Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film STRANGER THAN PARADISE with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together t...

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives

    Episode 24

    Directed by Terence Davies • 1988 • United Kingdom, Germany
    Starring Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh

    Winner of the International Critics’ Prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Terence Davies’s revelatory feature debut heralded the arrival of one of Britain’s finest filmmaking tal...