Documentaries from Frederick Wiseman, Claude Lanzmann, Jehane Noujaim (pictured), Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson are among the selections for the 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF), which kicks off on September 27.
The festival will host the U.S. premiere of Lanzmann’s Holocaust doc The Last of the Unjust, as revealed by realscreen in July; along with Noujaim’s Egypt doc The Square and Wiseman’s academia-focused At Berkeley. All three docs come to the Big Apple after playing in Toronto earlier in September.
In addition, the festival will screen Brewster and Stephenson’s Sundance-winning longitudinal documentary American Promise, which sees the two Brooklyn filmmakers following two children through the U.S. education system.
Also playing in New York is Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture (L’image manquante), a Cambodian documentary about the Khmer Rouge, which played at the Cannes Film Festival and took the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section.
“Cinema is a vast terrain with a complex ecology, encompassing a mind-bending array of species and habitats,” said NYFF director of programming Kent Jones. “I love the level of diversity in the main slate selections, which includes documentaries, biographies, comedies, adventures, epics, chamber pieces, elegies, explorations and affirmations.”
The 51st NYFF runs from September 27 to October 13.