Much like cased meat is the lifeblood of Chicago, film is the lifeblood of New York. To celebrate this heritage, get thee to the 2009 New York Film Festival, proudly sponsored by 42Below Vodka.
Held for 17 days in the gloriously transformed Alice Tully Hall, this year's Fest will spotlight 29 films from 17 countries -- from Almodovar and Penelope Cruz's latest tour de force Broken Embraces, to a Portuguese drag-queen tragicomedy, to a 70th Anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz, whose comely star inspired many Portuguese drag queens. Because delicious vodka is about sharing, 42Below's giving away pairs of tickets to eight great entries, including:
Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl: This whimsical retelling of life's oldest tale (fall in love with hot woman, attempt to win her over by becoming rich) is directed by Manoel de Oliveira, who at 100-years-young is the world's oldest active filmmaker, and one of the world's oldest active anythings.
Trash Humpers: Harmony Korine's latest follows the adventures of a miscreant crew as they "go around brutalizing dolls, molesting plant life and...rubbing up against garbage cans" -- a film you'd re-title "Just Another Tuesday".
The Art of the Steal: This raved-about doc follows the attempt by a group of prominent Philadelphians to wrestle control over the Barnes Collection, in defiance of the eccentric billionaire's last will and testament, which oddly also included a clause about making his cat President of the Moon.
For a chance at a pair of tickets to 8 different shows, just hit thrillist.com/42below, typing as quickly as your sausage-fingers will allow.