New York Film Festival To Honor Coen Brothers

NEW YORK, NY (June 28, 2007) — The New York Film Festival will open with Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” and honor the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men” as its centerpiece in a particularly American slate for the internationally minded festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which produces the festival, announced the opening and centerpiece films Thursday, but not the closing movie. The 45th annual festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 14.

“The Darjeeling Limited” is the third film by Anderson to be screened at the festival. His “Rushmore” (1998) and “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) were also shown. Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, “The Darjeeling Limited” is a comedy about three brothers traveling through India.

“No Country for Old Men,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, drew critical acclaim when screened earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel, the thriller stars Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem. The Coen brothers’ “Miller’s Crossing” (1990) and “Blood Simple” (1984) were shown at earlier New York Film Festivals.

It’s the third time two American films have been the opening-night and centerpiece films at the festival since 1995, when the centerpiece showcases began.

Unlike most film festivals, the New York Film Festival doesn’t give awards, but showcases a very select group of movies.

Also announced for this year’s slate were the Cannes Palme d’Or winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” directed by Cristian Mungiu of Romania, and “Secret Sunshine,” by Korean director Lee Chang-dong.

This year’s festival will be held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center due to ongoing renovations at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

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