New York Film Festival 2009 - Main slate

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1.
Wild Grass (2009)
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A wallet lost and found opens the door to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. After examining the ID papers of its owner... (104 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ Opening night ” - Buildings-and-Food
 
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Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ Centerpiece ” - Buildings-and-Food
 
3.
Broken Embraces (2009)
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Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. (127 mins.)
“ Closing night ” - Buildings-and-Food
 
4.
Around a Small Mountain (2009)
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Biopic based on the life of author Raymond Roussel. (84 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
5.
Antichrist (2009)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
6.
The Art of the Steal (2009 Documentary)
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Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. (101 mins.)
Director: Don Argott
 
7.
Bluebeard (2009)
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An adaptation of the classic tale of a wealthy aristocrat with a blue beard. (80 mins.)
 
8.
Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (2009)
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A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down. (64 mins.)
 
9.
Everyone Else (2009)
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While on a Mediterranean vacation, a seemingly happy boyfriend and girlfriend find their connection to one another tested as they bond with another couple. (119 mins.)
Director: Maren Ade
 
10.
Ghost Town (2009 Documentary)
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A remote village in southwest China is haunted by traces of its cultural past while its residents piece together their existence... (169 mins.)
Director: Dayong Zhao
 
11.
Hadewijch (2009)
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The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris... (105 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
12.
Inferno (2009 Documentary)
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Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno, is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary. (102 mins.)
 
13.
Kanikôsen (2009)
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(Japanese with English subtitles) Aboard the Japanese crab ship 'Kanikosen' equipped with a cannery facility... (109 mins.)
Director: SABU
 
14.
Lebanon (2009)
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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
 
15.
Life During Wartime (2009)
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Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. (98 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
16.
Tell Me Who You Are (2009)
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(135 mins.)
 
17.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
18.
Change Nothing (2009 Documentary)
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Intimate portrait of the French actress/singer Jeanne Balibar. (100 mins.)
Director: Pedro Costa
 
19.
Police, Adjective (2009)
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A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends. (115 mins.)
 
20.
Room and a Half (2009)
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A semi-fictional account of the life of Nobel-Prize-winning Russian poet Josif Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972. (130 mins.)
 
21.
Sweetgrass (2009 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana... (101 mins.)
 
22.
Tatarak (2009)
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In small-town Poland in the late 1950s, an aging woman married to a workaholic doctor meets a young man who makes her feel young again. Framed around this story, lead actress Krystyna Janda discusses the death of her husband from cancer. (85 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
23.
To Die Like a Man (2009)
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A transsexual woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son. (133 mins.)
 
24.
Vincere (2009)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
 
25.
White Material (2009)
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Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in Africa, a French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life. (106 mins.)
Director: Claire Denis
 
26.
The White Ribbon (2009)
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Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible? (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
27.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
28.
Independencia (2009)
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Mimicking early silent films, Independencia creates a lush metaphor that plays with cinematic illusions and the cultural and mythical history of the Philippines. (77 mins.)
Director: Raya Martin