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Cannes Palme dOr winner Titane, about a serial killer with rather unorthodox sexual tastes, and the Sundance critical hit Passing, an adaptation of the Harlem Renaissance novel by Nella Larsen, are among the highlights of the 59th New York Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.
After last years virtual edition, screenings will be held in-person with proof of vaccination required, although there will be some outdoor and virtual events. (More details on pandemic protocols will be released in the coming weeks.)
As previously announced, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel Coens solo directing debut, will play opening night, Sept. 24. A take on the play by Shakespeare, it stars Denzel Washington in the title role and Frances McDormand, the directors wife, as Lady Macbeth. The centerpiece of the festival will be The Power of the Dog, the first Jane Campion film in more than a decade, and Parallel Mothers, from Pedro Almodóvar, will be the closing-night title.
The main slate will feature a mix of premieres and highlights from earlier festivals. The body horror tale Titane made headlines last month when its director, Julia Ducournau, became only the second woman (after Campion in 1993) to win Cannes top prize. Other titles from the French festival heading to New York include Benedetta, Paul Verhoevens 17th-century lesbian nun potboiler; The Souvenir Part II, Joanna Hoggs follow-up to her 2019 semiautobiographical drama about a film student in 1980s London; and The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes documentary about the band synonymous with Andy Warhols New York.
From Sundance, Passing, directed by actress Rebecca Hall, who adapted Larsens 1929 novel, stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga as childhood friends who reconnect from opposite sides of the color line. Jonas Poher Rasmussens animated Flee, which won the Sundance world cinema documentary prize, focuses on a gay Afghan refugee in Denmark.
Other titles of note include Mia Hansen-Loves Bergman Island, starring Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth; the comic-drama Hit the Road, from Panah Panahi, son of Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi; and two films from Korean director Hong Sangsoo, In Front of Your Face and Introduction.
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Passes are on sale now; tickets to individual films will go on sale Sept. 7. Go to filmlinc.org for more details.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times