Like every acronymed attraction in New York City that you’re expected to understand, use in conversation, and hashtag, -- NYFW, TFF, NYCWFF -- the New York Film Festival, or NYFF, can feel intimidating. But this annual celebration of all things cinematic is anything but exclusive. Returning to Lincoln Center for its 56th year, the festival is open to the public from September 28th through October 14th. Non-members of the Film Society will pay $25 for most screenings, and you can catch free events throughout.
This season’s lineup includes a roster of brand new, and beloved old films, all portraying a breadth of experience and perspectives in various languages. And taking a date to a world premiere screening is so much more impressive than splurging for the reclining seats at AMC.
Choose from highly anticipated documentary debuts, classic revivals relatively unknown to millennials, and immersive VR events that will actually get you excited about the future of artsy filmmaking. The eight-part screening of Argentinian cult classic La Flor will appeal to binge-watchers, and the shorts series will slake more limited attention spans. Before the imminent cold weather tempts you to retire what’s left of your MoviePass for an endless streaming Netflix session, check out these standout happenings at the NYFF.