Under new management, namely the esteemed leadership of critic/filmmaker/programmer Kent Jones, the 51st New York Film Festival hunkers down into the starting blocks today. As in recent years (see 2012, 2011 and 2010), I have endeavored to gather posters for all 36 films in the Festival’s prestigious main slate. I wasn’t able to find anything for Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, Fred Wiseman’s At Berkeley, James Franco’s Child of God (he’s probably busy designing and screenprinting it himself), James Gray’s The Immigrant, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman or agnes b.’s My Name is Hmmm..., but I have managed to find keyart, in various stages of development, for 30 other films. Poster-wise, the standout has to be this Fauvist provocation above (banned in certain French cities this past summer) by artist Tom de Pekin for Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake. A close runner-up is that stark silhouette for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, below, which turns Bruce Dern’s hairline into an Ansel Adams landscape.
The rest I present in alphabetical order by English-language title. And do not adjust your sets, these first two really are in the New York Film Festival...
Above: About Time (Richard Curtis, UK).
Above: Alan Partridge (Declan Lowery, France/UK).
Above: All is Lost (J.C. Chandor, USA) and American Promise (Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, USA).
Above: Bastards (Claire Denis, France).
Above: Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, France).
Above: Burning Bush (Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic).
Above: Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, USA) and Gloria (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain).
Above: Her (Spike Jonze, USA).
Above: Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, USA) and Jealousy (Philippe Garrel, France).
Above: The Last of the Unjust (Claude Lanzmann, France).
Above: Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (Arnaud Desplechin, France) and Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan).
Above: The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, Cambodia).
Above: Nebraska (Alexander Payne, USA).
Above: Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea) and Norte, The End of History (Lav Diaz, Philippines).
Above: Omar (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestinian Territories) and Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, USA).
Above: Real (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller, USA).
Above: The Square (Jehane Noujaim, USA/Egypt).
Above: Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan).
Above: A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, China).
Above: Le Week-End (Roger Michell, UK) and When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania/France).
Above: The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan).