New York Film Festival 2014 #1: Starting With A Bang

September 16, 2014 9:53 PM

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I love the New York Film Festival. Unlike most film festivals which seem to be about the market or the industry or the press, the New York Film Festival is really and truly for New Yorkers. If -- like me -- you can't afford to go to Sundance and Telluride and Cannes and Venice and Toronto, why the people at the NYFF do it for you, spot the best films and then bring as many as they can to New York. I want that job! This year is no exception and looks to be the strongest in memory.

While NYFF has always been a curating gem, it hasn't always thrown its weight around for world premieres and exclusives. That wasn't the game they played, though of course everyone needs a flashy opening night and closing film. Still, just as Toronto worried it was being overshadowed by Telluride, N...

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