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'Carnage' rains on New York Film Festival

Cast from left:Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph

Cast from left:Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet Photo Credit: Cast from left:Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet

Some notable challengers have emerged in the 48 years since the first New York Film Festival, but the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s tony event remains the crown jewel on NYC’s movie calendar.

This year’s high-quality NYFF lineup reaffirms that top-dog status. Local audiences will be treated to A-list premieres, screenings of big hits from Cannes and Toronto, and special events such as the much-anticipated showing of a restored “Ben-Hur.”

The festival runs Friday through Oct. 16. We’ve parsed the roster to spotlight some of the many notable offerings:

‘Carnage’
The fest kicks off with “Carnage,” Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage,” which ended its Broadway run in 2010 after 452 performances. Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz star as two sets of Brooklyn parents who meet to discuss things after their kids get into a schoolyard fight.

‘The Artist’
Critics and festival audiences have flipped for this contemporary silent movie about the romance between a dashing matinee idol (Jean Dujardin, best-actor winner at Cannes) and an actress (Berenice Bejo). It might be a Best Picture contender at the Oscars, so see it before the word gets out.

‘A Separation’
Despite censorship and other obstacles, there’s an ongoing cinematic renaissance in Iran, as evidenced by this drama, a front-runner for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar after winning the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival. A movie about the separation of a middle-class couple, it’s the latest from highly praised writer-director Asghar Farhadi.

‘A Dangerous Method’
A departure of sorts for David Cronenberg, best known for intense horror flicks such as “The Fly” and violent contemporary dramas such as “Eastern Promises,” this period piece parallels the birth of psychoanalysis with the possibly true story of the steamy love affair between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his patient, Sabina Spielrein (an amazing Keira Knightley).


If you go: For more information and a full schedule go to filmlinc.com/nyff2011

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