Lanthimos’ vicious 18th century tragicomedy “The Favourite” features Emma Stone. (Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)
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For a festival that prides itself on remaining outside of the fray, the 56th New York Film Festival kicked off with a royal feast of savagery and scheming.More than in any recent year, the New York Film Festival has chosen not to participate in the kind of palace intrigue that generally governs the festival world.The New York Film Festival, which will run through Oct. 14, has always eschewed many of the distractions that can engulf other festivals for a more curated slate, soberly chosen, that reflects much of the year's best, often culling substantially from more high-wattage festivals like Cannes, Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Rather than chose films that might not have been up to snuff, Kent Jones, festival director, Dennis Lim, programming director, and Florence Almozini, associate director of programming, have opted to value quality over world premiere bragging rights.Jenkins and New York filmmaker Alex Ross Perry ("Her Smell") are some of the hometown directors among this year's slate.
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