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Settling Up the Award Contenders at New York Film Festival ‘22

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By Roger Costa

WHITE NOISE

An ambitious contemporary satire, director Noah Baumbach’s adaptation on Don DeLillo’s post-modern novel stars Adam Driver as a professor and the always luminous Greta Gerwig as his secretive wife. This year’s Opening Night Film addresses issues such as consumerism, ecological changes, and human obsession. It is Baumbach’s third project produced by Netflix.

(Oscar potential: Director, Actor, Screenplay.)

TILL

A heartbreaking, searing drama about the brutality of racism directed by Chinonye Chukwu, this Whoopi Goldberg co-produced drama tells the real story of a 1950’s American boy who was lynched to death while visiting cousins in Mississippi. Actress Danielle Deadwyler delivers an astonishing performance as the mother seeking justice for one of America’s most horrifying portraits of racial hate.

(Oscar potential: Picture, Director, Actress, Screenplay.)

TAR

Cate Blanchett is storming up the season in the role of a compulsively talented orchestra conductor in this piercing drama crafted by director Todd Field, after a long hiatus of 16 years. His previews films, “In The Bedroom” and “Little Children” defined him as an accomplished auteur of contemporary American cinema. This shouldn’t be different.

(Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Screenplay.)

STARS AT NOON

French favorite Claire Denis brings her second film this year, a steaming erotic thriller set in Nicaragua. Winner of the Grand Prix Award at Cannes, it centers on the complicated and passionate relationship between a young American journalist and an English businessman. Based on Denis Johnson’s novel, it is a thriller about political intrigue that confirms Denis as one of the most committed and active female filmmakers of our times.

(Oscar caliber: Director, Screenplay.)

THE INSPECTION

An ambitious narrative debut from photographer turned filmmaker Elegance Bratton, this autobiographic drama centers on his own experiences and challenges as a gay man in the Marine Corps. Intimate, provocative and deeply moving, it brings top notch performances from newcomer Jeremy Pope as the protagonist and Gabrielle Union as his homophobic mother.

(Oscar Caliber: Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay.)

SHE SAID

Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan deliver explosive performances in this intense and suspenseful thriller directed by Maria Schrader. It centers on the investigative work of two journalists disclosing sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, which led them to persecute Harvey Weinstein. Patricia Clarkson and Samantha Morton also round the cast.

(Oscar Caliber: Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Screenplay.)

(Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the 60th New York Film Festival runs September 30th thru October 16th. Go to  https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2022/ for details.)


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