New York Film Festival ready for 'Carnage' tonight


Image Credit: Guy Ferrandis

Tonight, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the Tony-winning play, Carnage, raises the curtain on the 49th New York Film Festival, a 17-day event that showcases some of the most promising films of this awards season. Like many of the other high-profile films set to screen in New York, Carnage, which stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, and Christoph Waltz, had its world premiere elsewhere — in Carnage‘s case, Venice — but the New York reception to it and other such films as Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, Steve McQueen’s Shame, and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method could help set the board for Oscar season.

One true world premiere that the industry is anticipating is My Week With Marilyn (Oct. 9), with Michelle Williams playing Marilyn Monroe during the 1957 production of The Prince and the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Williams is already receiving some buzz for her portrayal of the fragile icon, and it will be equally fun to see Branagh play the filmmaker he’s always been most compared to.

Though it’s screened previously, Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary, Living in the Material World, will also show this Tuesday, one day before it debuts on HBO.

There’s lots to see, but the hottest ticket, for my money anyway, isn’t for a screening. Wes Anderson is sitting for an Apple Store Q&A on Oct. 13. Royal Tenenbaums anyone?

Read more:
Roman Polanksi returns to Zurich Film Festival
‘Carnage’ trailer
Dave Karger’s OscarWatch

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  • Barry

    Yep, lets have a convicted pedophile’s new movie open a prestigious event like this.

    • MR

      I know! I lose respect for people who work with him.

    • DJK

      Believe it or not, it’s possible for someone to be a crappy human being and to be a brilliant artist. It’s apples and oranges. You’re free to boycott Polanski if he offends you, but if you think his status as a “convicted pedophile” somehow influences the artistic merit of “Chinatown” or “The Pianist,” then you’re an idiot. I for one would go see “Carnage” in a second. Just as I saw and enjoyed “Midnight in Paris,” while still believing that Woody Allen’s behavior with Soon-Yi Previn was pretty vile.

      • Barry

        Woody Allen didn’t drug his wife to have sex with her. This pervert did drug a young girl, was convicted & then ran away to escape jail.

      • DJK

        You’re missing my point, which is that his actions (whatever they were and however vile) are not relevant to judging art. Would I watch Polanski’s movies? Definitely. Would I leave my 13 year old daughter in his care? Not a chance in hell.

      • Woot

        I think a good example of DJK’s point is with a documentary called “Triumph of the Will.” I saw it a few years ago in my film studies class, and it is a Nazi/Hitler propaganda movie. We know how vile their message is, yet the film is still studied and appreciated today because it was made so well, had some innovative arial shots and was just highly effective. Sometimes you have to look past the artist when it comes to art.

    • Karen

      Yes, there will be a sequel. Actually there is going to be a part 4 and part 5 to the fcrhanise. Who the villains are going to be nobody knows until it all gets finalized. Although Tobey Maguire might not be back for #4 and #5, as well as Kirsten Dunst. As far as Venom is concerned, it is a rather good possibility that he will return. If you remember when Dr. Connors had a specimen of the alien symbiote at the the labs for analysis, so there is still a copy of the organism. Also, if you remember the scene where the symbiote was dropping off the bell tower, it first lands on Eddie’s jacket..then he rips it off, the rest of it lands on his hands and then it starts to form. Not sure if the jacket might come into play, but I know that Conners still has a sample. Also, now I doubt this is going to happen, but in the comics the longer you kept the symbiote on the less likely you can lose it, because it eventually bonds to your DNA. Now, since he only had it for like a day in the movie, they MIGHT use that as a good continuation. Although, anyone who has read the comics would know otherwise. Also, you might be able to play the alternate symbiote card and if anyone has ever played Separation Anxiety for the SNES, you will know what I am talking about.

  • Woot

    So excited! I have tickets to The Artist and The Descendants. Hopefully both will be great!

  • Mary

    I get people why you are all so upset but i have to agree with @DKJ Polanski as a director is a genius so i think actors dont go thinking oh yeah lets make a movie with that pedophile is pretty much like in real life you not always work with someone you like but maybe the result is amazing!

    • J

      So by that logic, I assume you would have no problem working side by side with a pedophile, even one who is a genius at what he does?

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