Tuesday, January 24, 2023




As the Fed has increased its rates, Credit Cards have generally followed suit, raising their interest rates.


Credit cards that were once reasonable, may now charge rates of 20% and more.  If you have been late just once, your credit card rate can go to 30% and more.  That means in about 3 years you pay as much interest as the amount of the original balance! 1! 2! 3! That is absurd.

If you pay your bill in full each month, there should be no interest on the amounts you charge during the next month.  Be sure to check that!

Some credit cards are now offering loans on your available credit at a much lower rate than the usual, regular credit card interest.  CHECK THE FINE PRINT!  But it might make more sense to buy a $10,000 item, say, on an 8% loan, than on an 18% credit card, and it might be billed the same way !?!?!

Terms, rules, and rates on these loans and credit cards vary dramatically, and often change, so research before you take a new card (if you can figure it out from the fine print in the loan agreement), and check the interest disclosure on the monthly statement every month if you have a card already.  It can help to have more than one card: use the card with the least current interest.

In some cases, your credit rating may improve if your average usage of available credit goes down. So, contrary to what you might expect, taking out a new credit card and spreading (the same level of) expenses over more cards, can sometimes improve your credit, by increasing your available credit while not using more of it.

Charges keep changing. Research and awareness are important to manage them! The ideas here are just a few suggestions of issues to consider.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2023




The United States does not have a two-party government. There are currently at least three parties in government:

(1) the Mainstream Democrats, led by President Biden; 

(2) the very conservative, right-wing Republicans, led by Kevin McCarthy; and 

(3) the Extreme Right,  anarchist, anti-democratic, anti-republican faction represented by GOP characteristics (Greed, Obstruction, Prejudice), currently opposing McCarthy in the vote for Speaker of the House.


There are several other parties in the US.  There are the independent and progressive Democrats, who have been supporting Biden to pass moderately progressive legislation.  There are the conservative Democrats, who have also been supporting Biden so that moderately progressive legislation could pass.  There is also the "Old Republican Party", that believes in a republic and democracy. They are mostly business (including international business) friendly, socially conservative, and supportive of the military. They are currently not a strong force in the current “Republican” party.


In addition to specific parties, there are also interest groups for every demographic, and every geography. The interests of the coastal states tend to be more international, more technical, and more social welfare supportive than the interior and southern states.


Many democratic countries have coalition governments. For much of US history, there have been coalitions which grouped themselves into two "Party"s .  Sometimes a Party would split, creating a year or a few years with a significant minor Party.

The "Republicans" are having trouble managing to create a working Party coalition. They could split into two Parties.

Right now, to create a House of Representatives that can function to support the needs of America, the Old Republicans should form a coalition with the Democrats to elect a Speaker of the House.

If there are six or more Old Republicans left in the House of Representatives, they should unite with the 212 Democrats that voted for Jeffries as Speaker of the House, to form a coalition in the House and create a moderate, pro-democratic, pro-republican, pro-American leadership for  a coalition Speaker of the House. 

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Monday, January 02, 2023




Two (at least) new XR headsets are launching at CES Jan 5-8, 2023.

HTC VIVE is launching at CES what is reported (by SadlyItsBradley, Verge, and RoadToVR) to be a Mixed Reality HMD, comparable in price, and similar, but possibly slightly better in specs, to the META Quest Pro. It is reported to use color passthrough (ie capture and display, not see-through) tech to sense the outside world; to have depth sensors to measure the distance to objects, and possibly a slightly improved, new SnapDragon chip for processing.




Jan 5, 2023

10 AM PST -- 1 PM EST 

SOMNIUM, a VR, Crypto based, Virtual Real Estate, Social Media Space, together with VRgineers, will be launching a PCVR Headset Dev Kit. The specs are impressive, including 2880x2880 display, and the ability to customize in a number of ways, including support for WiFi6.




15167 Central Hall, Tech East





Update: SONY and Sharp are also expected to show new HMD's, and Varjo has recently upscaled their HMD "focal" resolution. 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022




Control of MAGIC LEAP, the company founded by Rony Abovitz and once-upon-a- time funded by $$Billion of dollars from Google, has now been taken over by Saudi interests, who participated in another $Billion-or-so investment round in the last two years -- according to reporting by The Telegraph, posted on MSN.

Meta is currently the leading vendor of the headsets used for Virtual Reality, and is pouring tens of $Billions of dollars a year into research and technology for both Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality.  Microsoft was the first to market a Mixed Reality Headset, but the technology was primitive, and both sales and applications were limited. Magic Leap, hoping to develop new technology to greatly improve Mixed Reality then joined the competition, but never quite made much of a dent in either the technology or the sales of devices. And Apple has spent several years and many hires (according to "rumors") trying to enter the Mixed Reality industry with a new suite of products, which are "rumored" to be released this year (or delayed, according to "other rumors").

Virtual Reality is the presentation of a completely computer generated world to users, through a headset and other sensory devices (such as haptic -- sense of touch -- feedback and 3D sound).

Mixed Reality (sometimes branded as Augmented Reality) is the presentation of computer generated content overlaid on the real world. Google Glass was an early, very unsuccessful and poorly received, version of Augmented Reality.


It is widely (but not universally) believed among both the creators of technology and the commentators, that Mixed Reality can be used for more commercial applications than Virtual Reality, and in the long run will be a $$$Trillion dollar industry.  It is unclear how long the "long run" will be, but estimates run from 5 to 10 years more before there is substantial adoption.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022




Epic games has agreed to pay a $275 million dollar penalty fine, and refund customers $245 million dollars, for deliberately violating child privacy laws by, for example, setting voice chat to default to ON, exposing children to harassment; and by "dark patterns" of user interfaces, which are deceptive buttons that seem to have one function, but actually ("secretly") invoke credit card charges.

The FTC news announcement is here:


Monday, December 19, 2022




The Jan 6 Committee of the House of Representatives has held (what is expected, but not guaranteed to be) its final hearing.

It has sent a Criminal Referral to the Department of Justice for crimes it believes were committed by the former president, DJT, and others.

Its complete Final Report will be made public and distributed in a few days. It has just issued an Executive Summary to its Final Report; the 118 page Executive Summary is available here:



I hope that in the Final Report the Committee will

1 - Clearly explain how it was possible, despite early warnings and then obvious threats, and then actual attacks, for law enforcement and security to fail to provide adequate protection to the Capitol for so long.

2 - Clearly provide (even including a live event) a compelling picture of legislation and other measures need to prevent any such events as Jan 6, or any of the other schemes, or any of the lies, related to overthrowing the democratic transfer of power and the rule of law, from ever happening, or even ever getting any traction at all.

Friday, October 14, 2022




META HORIZON WORLDS are looking for suggestions for how HW should evolve.  I posted on their site a list of suggestions.  I've been a member since almost the beginning, but I have not used it much because it is missing some features I need.  I have responded before in a similar way, but as HW has evolved and improved, many of my hoped-for features are still not available.

Many of these features are lacking on all other Social Sites as well. So I decided to post a list here of what I would like every (or one!) Social Site to provide for developers and creators.

(One thing I do not want a site to include is digital real-estate plots.  There are several Crypto focused sites with some nice features, but I will not pay to create content.)


1) Clear rules (eg TOU) that CREATORS maintain ALL IP while providing a limited permission to the SITE to display & promote & monetize the content.

2) Fair split of revenue to creator.

3) Powerful tools for creation including
   a) Importing text, audio, XR video, graphics, textures, 3D models, scripts, etc.
   b) Generous limits on capacity of assets
   c) Ability to use "standard" scripting models (like Unreal, Unity, Babylon) to build content
   d) Ability for Indie creators to interact in live 3D (and Broadcast in live 3D VR to large audiences)
   e) Ability to create Live Performance (theater, LPXR) and 3D VR films, live seminars and classes.

              * Allow the removal of the name from avatars.

              * Allow one or more 3D 360 cameras as scripted elements.

              * Allow dynamically rigged avatars with remote (live action capture) and scripted control.

              * Allow easy costume (avatar) changes; scenery (Room design) changes.

              * Allow dynamic importing and dynamic creation of assets, including 2D & 3D video, writing on a whiteboard, and other creative functions (such as demonstrating within the Site how to create objects and scripts for the Site).

   f) Avatars with legs; importable avatars; dynamically rigged avatars; a method for enabling “resting” avatars’ hands to be comfortably and elegantly located when just sitting and not using the hands (a particular issue with controllers).

4) Access for Indie Creator/Developers to pitch for development investments and funds.

5) Large number of simultaneous users of a Room (or World; or Local Site; or Game; or whatever a unit is called). And when the Room is full, some communication between the creator and new (unable to enter the original location) users. (This is particularly important to manage over-flowing events).

6) Backward compatibility, careful pre-release bug double-checking, and constantly updated documentation in a reliably located URL, to allow stability and continuity as the platform evolves.

7) Easy access to ALL Rooms through portals and doors branching from a Central Place (“Central Place” = where users normally enter) and from an easily searchable directory. Also, ability to directly enter a particular Room from outside the Site. (Especially important for events.)

8) Easy and fast sign-in for new visitors coming to an event at the Site (including checking “tickets” if reservations are needed).

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THE MURDER (an XR performance project!)



We're producing a quick 



LPXR (Live Performance in XR)

XR video

of a new play, The Murder, that Shakespeare wrote (with some collaborators) about current issues.

It's an experimental, zero-budget, no-pay-no-fee, not union, test of creation in XR, to be done immediately.

We're looking for


LeadsOne man, One woman 

Supporting: The audience - watching from within the performance space; some will be discussing the play and its relation to current issues with the leads, live & improvised (with a little structure).


Anyone who'd like to experience and experiment with the latest in-XR possibilities for media content development, including, for example, avatar-costumers, producers, XR-set-designers, etc...

Anyone and everyone participating MUST have a QUEST2 (or compatible) headset, and have access to and experience with Horizon Worlds and, perhaps, other XR Social media spaces like HUBS, VRChat, and Altspace, and MUST have lots of available time during the next few weeks.

To participate, please write to


with a cover letter describing

1) Your interest

2) Your experience with XR (see paragraph above).

3) Your other relevant experience (Shakespearean acting, or creating avatars, or producing film/video, or anything else that might be helpful).

Cast (or anyone) should also send a resume and headshot (cast!), but the letter is the MOST important.

Auditions and meetings and rehearsals will most likely take place in Horizon Worlds, (in avatars), starting within a few days. The location, for the performance and for creating the video, will be in avatars in a Social Media space, probably in the next two weeks.


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Monday, October 10, 2022


Preview: META CONNECT 2022


On Tuesday, Oct 11, META will be holding its annual CONNECT event. 

META currently has the most popular XR headset, the QUEST 2, with an estimated 15M sold. Meta is also currently one of the heaviest (perhaps THE heaviest) investor in software.

To watch the event live go to



Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote begins at 10 AM PT (1 PM NY; 6 PM UK; 7 PM France) Carmack will also be speaking, later. And there will be other talks about XR throughout the day.

The event will be live streamed, and can be watched, as usual, on a computer or mobile device. However, more interesting, is that it is possible to watch the keynote in XR in the Quest 2 (US only I think). You can register at the URL above. Be sure to register if you want to watch in XR. Instructions for preparing the Quest 2 to be ready can be found at:



META is expected to launch a new high-end HMD capable of Augmented and Mixed Reality, with a higher resolution than the Quest 2. It is designed especially for devoted gamers and for developers making the business applications that will make XR commercially important.

META, of course, obviously, brands their efforts as: developing the “Metaverse”, and MZ is likely to talk to talk about that.

The current status (briefly!) of XR is that the resolution and comfort and price of headsets,  and the quality and quantity of software is close to, but not quite enough, to create a tipping point to XR becoming the next platform (following Mobile << desktop << mini-computer << mainframe << calculator << slide rule).

The current decline in stock prices, change of policies by iPhone, and looming possibility of a recession, have impacted the near-term rate of progress in XR. META is having issues (see the NYT Business article on META on Monday 10/10). MS is having issues with its Hololens Mixed Reality Team. Google is doing little, except in AI.

There are new challenges (to META) coming, (and new opportunities for XR) with headsets likely coming next year from SONY and APPLE and, probably, from Chinese companies like picoxr, which just launched a Quest2 competitor in Europe.

Meanwhile, Meta & Qualcomm announced a partnership to develop custom chips for XR. There is a conference coming soon (Oct 13) on webXR production (https://webxr.events/event/webxr-production-summit/). And…  NVIDIA recently talked (at GTC – an AI conference) about their hardware and software development (note: this link might expire):



So, to be at the front of the line for new information, 

check out META CONNECT on 10/11.


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"The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2022 to

Ben S. Bernanke - The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA

Douglas W. Diamond - University of Chicago, IL, USA

Philip H. Dybvig - Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA

for research on banks and financial crises”


[10/07] PEACE

"The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organisation Memorial, and the Ukrainian human rights organisation Center for Civil Liberties." >> 

>> https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2022/press-release/ 


"The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2022 was awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux “for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory”. 



"The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 was awarded jointly to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless "for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry" - a method of simply combining molecules to create more comples molecules." 


[10/04] PHYSICS

Nobel Prize in Physics 2022: Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser, Anton Zeilinger, “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science”. 


[10/03] MEDICINE

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Svante Pääbo "for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution".



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Thursday, September 15, 2022





The Biden Administration worked very hard to bring both sides together and avert a rail strike. A rail strike would have been devastating to the economy. It appears the strike has been averted.


Also, in a separate event today, President Biden spoke eloquently, passionately, and from his heart, in assessing the danger to our democracy from hate crimes, white supremacists, and violent domestic terror. He announced a number of significant measures to oppose extreme radicalization and promote unity and compromise.

Dealing with hate crimes and domestic terror is of tremendous importance; stoking violent extremists to attack the Capitol to prevent or delay the peaceful transition of power in 2021 resulted in several deaths, and almost upended our constitutional system of democratic, republican government. (Shockingly, ABC World News tonight devoted most of its attention to the changing of Royalty in Britain, and did not even mention the initiatives to preserve democracy in the USA, or even Biden's speech.).







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Ethereum, the second most important cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, has completed a merge of new software technology, designed to reduce the environmental impact of "mining", and improve the scaling of transactions using Ethereum.  

Since blockchain smart contracts -- including NFT's -- and crypto transactions at large scale are a fundamental part of Ethereum's usage and business model, efficiency, accuracy, and speed of transactions are essential to its success.


The Merge was executed on September 15, 2022. This completed Ethereum's transition to proof-of-stake consensus, officially deprecating proof-of-work and reducing energy consumption by ~99.95%.


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Sunday, September 11, 2022


9/11 2001


No man is an island
Entire of itself. 

Each is a piece of the continent 
A part of the main. 

If a clod be washed away by the sea Europe is the less. 
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.

Each man's death diminishes me 
For I am involved in mankind. 

Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls...
It tolls for thee. 

John Donne, 1624

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Declaration of Independence, 1776

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The Gadsden Flag, 1775

The United States of America
a democratic republic
now & forever

Wednesday, September 07, 2022




Solid improvements. Nothing exciting, unless you are an outdoor adventurer.

The most interesting new feature is the ability to directly contact a satellite for emergency help, even if you are in the wilderness, off the Cellular and WiFi grid.  As this technology advances it may have some fascinating applications.

Also for adventurers, there is a new Apple Watch Ultra, with several special features for those people who need them.  For example, there is a scuba diving app that puts, they say, everything you need to know about your dive on your wrist.

For kids (and grownups) on trips in the woods, there's a feature for people who get lost.  The GPS tracking of your wanderings is saved and can show you how to retrace your steps.

For people who drive too fast, or drive where other people drive too fast, both the watches and the phones have crash detection, and can notify authorities if you cannot.

The still and video cameras are better, both with hardware improvements and continuing development of computational imaging (aka XRography - my term, not Apple's).

Air pods are getting personalized spatial audio.

The iPhone Pro models get a new, more powerful A16 (4 nanometer!) chip. It seems that the Pro models still have Lidar, and the others still do not.

Everything has more computation, longer battery life, improved still and video imaging, and some cosmetic changes. 

iPhone14 & iPhonePro 14 are 6.1"; the Plus models are 6.7". Prices (at least in dollars) are about the same as last year for the model 13's. Some trade-ins are possible. Orders begin 9/9; availability for different products varies, starting on 9/16/2022.

Nothing was said about the long rumored VR/AR Apple glasses. 

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Friday, September 02, 2022




At the Keynote Event for the IFA Tech Conference, Meta and Qualcomm announced a multi-year partnership to design and develop custom chips to power XR devices.

The agreement does not appear to require the chips to be exclusive to Meta.  This is very wise, and good news. Unlike Apple's attempts to completely silo their products (which negatively impacts competition and interoperability, and allows them to overcharge for their successful products), an open agreement will support the entire XR industry, result in lower costs, and allow wide-ranging innovation. 

As this is a multi-year agreement, it will support continuing improvement in XR technology.  It also provides important encouragement at a moment when fears of a recession are acting to discourage new investments in XR innovation.



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 What is going on at CNN?

It's clear that the head of Warner/Discovery is clearing out many culturally valuable properties.

But Licht (now running CNN) was the runner for Colbert. He does not seem like a GOP ideolog.

There have been reports that Licht wants CNN to feature "hard news" reporting and wants to get "Republicans" back into the interviews on CNN.

There are actual Republicans who still believe in the values of democracy and a republic. However, most RINOs in office, who call themselves "Republicans" have supported the anti-democratic, authoritarian, violence and lies that the defeated Previous President (dPP) used to try to overthrow the democratically mandated transfer of power to the President Elect.

You cannot be a Republican if you are attacking the very essence of what it means to believe that the USA should be a republic.

More fair attention can be given to Republicans like Kinzinger.

But most RINO's are spouting dangerously anti-democratic venom. It is a minority, but a significantly loud minority, that has shown it will use violence and lies to overthrow democracy. That is a one-way trip. Once democracy is lost it cannot be easily restored. Giving voice to lies, threats, fantasies, false conspiracies, and excuses, that attack American Democracy at its core, that threaten fair and honest elections and a peaceful transfer of power, is not "fair and balanced", it is a verbal war against American Democracy.

Journalism is about truth, it is not about giving publicity to lies; it is about exposing lies, not promoting them.

The pen is mightier than the sword. Emotional TV (and lies and false news reports can be very emotional) can be mightier than the pen, when they are not fact-checked.

Be careful who you invite in the interest of preserving honest, balanced reports. Be careful what you wish for.

FOX news has prospered because it is single minded in its devotion to twisted, one-sided, emotional propaganda, not because it presents "conservative" views. It is the opposite of journalism, and has done serious damage to democracy and truth. "News" that pretends to be honest, but does not challenge dishonesty, will be valuable neither culturally nor financially.

Why is CNN firing serious reporters like Harwood? It is inconsistent with good reporting, damaging to CNN's reputation, dangerous to democracy, and risky for the bottom line. Journalism needs to stand against lies. Journalism requires honesty.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022



SNAP announced a restructuring. They are cutting about 20% of the workforce and cutting many projects.

According to CEO Evan Spiegel's letter to the company,  "We are restructuring our business to increase focus on our three strategic priorities: community growth, revenue growth, and augmented reality." 

They will discontinue their "investments in Snap Originals, Minis, Games, and Pixy, among other areas....[and have] started the process of winding down the standalone applications Zenly and Voisey." 

Also, according to reports in Ad Age, Market Watch The Verge and others, Jeremi Gorman, who oversaw Snap’s ad business, and Peter Naylor, a VP of ad sales at Snap, will be leaving Snap to help jump start Netflix's new ad supported offerings. 

SNAP has been a leader in Mixed Reality (which they brand as "AR"),  which (it seems like) they will continue to develop. But Ad Sales (with macro economy effects in question, and Apple's App changes in effect), are not growing fast enough to support too much overhead in the next 6 - 12 months.



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Tuesday, August 09, 2022


QPORIT XR NEWS for 2022-08-09 - NYFF60 - 2022 MAIN SLATE





September 30–October 16, 2022


32 features including new films from

Noah Baumbach, Elegance Bratton, Margaret Brown,

Park Chan-wook, Davy Chou, Laura Citarella, Claire Denis,

Alice Diop, Todd Field, James Gray, Mia Hansen-Løve,

Joanna Hogg, Mark Jenkin, 

Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka,

Marie Kreutzer, Pietro Marcello, Cristian Mungiu,

 Ruben Östlund, Jafar Panahi, 

Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor,

Laura Poitras, Kelly Reichardt,

Hong Sangsoo, Cyril Schäublin, Paul Schrader,

Shaunak Sen, Albert Serra, Carla Simón, 

Jerzy Skolimowski, Charlotte Wells, 

and Frederick Wiseman

The 60th New York Film Festival (NYFF), takes place September 30–October 16 at Lincoln Center and in venues across the city.

This year’s Main Slate showcases films produced in 18 different countries, featuring new titles from renowned auteurs, exceptional work from returning NYFF directors as well as those making their NYFF debuts, and celebrated films from festivals worldwide,

including Cannes prizewinners:


Appearing in the NYFF Main Slate for the first time are:


NYFF60 2022

·       Hong Sangsoo marks his 18th and 19th film festival selections with The Novelist’s Film and Walk Up;

     Additional returning NYFF filmmakers include:



·     The Opening Night selection is Noah Baumbach’s White Noise;

·     Laura Poitras’s documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is the Centerpiece; and,

·     marking his first appearance in the festival, Elegance Bratton’s narrative debut The Inspection will close NYFF60.

·      James Gray’s Armageddon Time will be the NYFF 60th anniversary screening event, celebrating the enduring spirit of New York City and the New York Film Festival.

Courtesy of Anne Joyce / Focus Features
NYFF60 2022

     Currents, Revivals, Spotlight, and Talks sections will be announced in the coming weeks.

     { Note: This post is a lightly edited and formatted version of material supplied by FLC. I have not yet seen any of the films, and the descriptions below are in the singular style of NYFF previews.  Based on the filmmakers I know, and my experience with the NYFF over decades, every film selected will be very interesting, and some will be more fun and others more challenging. 

     Some films in which I am particularly interested, are the films by Mia Hansen-Løve , Cristian Mungiu, Clair Denis, and Hong Sangsoo as well as films with Cate Blanchett, Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, and Melvil Poupaud.  Actually, Lea and Melvil are both in Mia's film! 

     Side note... Mia Hanson-Løve Is not only a terrific filmmaker, and a lovely person -- I had the chance to talk with her after she presented a film at The Alliance Francaise -- but she also has one of the best names ever! 

     The film De Humani Corpus Fabrica sounds fascinating, but I did pass up the opportunity to dissect a frog in Biology class. (Three dimensional explorations of nature, viewed in a Virtual Reality Headset might get me into a virtual lab, some day soon.)

     This year, there seem to be many French language films (some, as noted above, prize winners at Cannes), and some films at least partly in Korean. Other non-English languages are sparsely represented.

     My sense, from the descriptions, is that this Main Slate will be, on the whole, a slightly dark collection of films. 

     The New York Film Festival has much more than the Main Slate.  There will be revivals, spotlight films, innovative films, and personal appearances. It is always a cornucopia of great film experiences! }

As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the New York Film Festival will offer festival screenings in all five boroughs of New York City in partnership with:

Please note: Masks are required for all staff, audiences, and filmmakers at all times at FLC indoor spaces. Proof of full vaccination is not required for NYFF60 audiences at FLC indoor spaces, but full vaccination is strongly recommended. Visit filmlinc.org/safety for more information. For health & safety protocols at partner venues, please visit their official websites.

The NYFF Main Slate selection committee, chaired by Dennis Lim, also includes Eugene Hernandez, Florence Almozini, K. Austin Collins, and Rachel Rosen.

Regina Riccitelli is the NYFF programming coordinator, and Violeta Bava, Michelle Carey, Leo Goldsmith, and Gina Telaroli serve as festival advisors.

Matt Bolish is the producer of NYFF.

Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival is non-competitive and highlights the best in world cinema. It will take place September 30–October 16, 2022.

Festival Passes are available in limited quantities with discounts through this Friday, August 12.

NYFF60 single tickets, including those for partner venue screenings, will go on sale to the General Public on Monday, September 19 at noon ET, with pre-sale access for FLC Members and Pass holders prior to this date.

Save 20% on FLC Memberships through August 16 with the code SUMMER22. Support of NYFF benefits Film at Lincoln Center in its nonprofit mission to promote the art and craft of cinema. 

FLC invites audiences to celebrate this milestone anniversary by reflecting on their NYFF experiences with our NYFF Memories survey and by taking part in our Letterboxd Watch Challenge.

The 60th New York Film Festival Main Slate


Opening Night

White Noise
Dir. Noah Baumbach


All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Dir. Laura Poitras

Closing Night

The Inspection
Dir. Elegance Bratton

NYFF 60th Anniversary Celebration

Armageddon Time
Dir. James Gray

Dir. Charlotte Wells

Dir. Carla Simón

All That Breathes
Dir. Shaunak Sen

Dir. Marie Kreutzer

A Couple
Dir. Frederick Wiseman

De Humani Corporis Fabrica
Dir. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Decision to Leave
Dir. Park Chan-wook

Dir. Margaret Brown

Enys Men
Dir. Mark Jenkin

Dir. Jerzy Skolimowski

The Eternal Daughter
Dir. Joanna Hogg

Master Gardener
Dir. Paul Schrader

No Bears
Dir. Jafar Panahi

The Novelist’s Film
Dir. Hong Sangsoo

One Fine Morning
Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve

Dir. Albert Serra

Dir. Cristian Mungiu

Return to Seoul
Dir. Davy Chou

Saint Omer
Dir. Alice Diop

Dir. Pietro Marcello

Showing Up
Dir. Kelly Reichardt

Stars at Noon
Dir. Claire Denis

Dir. Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka

Dir. Todd Field

Trenque Lauquen
Dir. Laura Citarella

Triangle of Sadness
Dir. Ruben Östlund

Dir. Cyril Schäublin

Walk Up
Dir. Hong Sangsoo


The 60th New York Film Festival 

Main Slate 

Film Descriptions

Opening Night

White Noise
Noah Baumbach, 2022, U.S., 135mNorth American Premiere
In one of the year’s most gratifyingly ambitious American films, Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) has adapted Don DeLillo’s epochal postmodern 1985 novel, White Noise, long perceived as unfilmable, into a richly layered, entirely unexpected work of contemporary satire. Adam Driver heartily embodies Jack Gladney, an ostentatious “Hitler Studies” professor and father of four whose comfortable suburban college town life and marriage to the secretive Babette (Greta Gerwig, perfectly donning a blonde mop of “important hair”) are upended after a horrifying nearby accident creates an airborne toxic event of frightening and unknowable proportions. In a tightrope walk of comedy and horror, Baumbach captures the essence of DeLillo’s cacophonous pop-philosophical nightmare on unbounded consumerism, ecological catastrophe, and the American obsession with death. Impeccably matching DeLillo’s and Baumbach’s similarly percussive form of stylized dialogue, White Noise is wonderfully abrasive and awe-inspiring, a precisely mounted period piece entirely befitting our modern, through-the-looking-glass pandemic reality. A Netflix release. Campari® is the presenting partner of Opening Night.

NYFF60 2022


All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Laura Poitras, 2022, U.S., 116m
In her essential, urgent, and arrestingly structured new documentary, Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) weaves two narratives: the fabled life and career of era-defining artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty greatly responsible for the opioid epidemic’s unfathomable death toll. Following her own personal struggle with opioid addiction, Goldin, who rose from the New York “No Wave” underground to become one of the great photographers of the late 20th century, put herself at the forefront of the battle against the Sacklers, both as an activist at art institutions around the world that had accepted millions from the family and as an advocate for the de-stigmatization of drug addiction. Illustrated with a rich trove of photographs by Goldin, who mesmerizingly narrates her own story, including her dysfunctional suburban upbringing, the loss of her teenage sister, and her community’s fight against AIDS in the eighties, Poitras’s film is an enthralling, empowering work that stirringly connects personal tragedy, political awareness, and artistic expression.

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The Inspection
Elegance Bratton, 2022, U.S., 93m
U.S. Premiere
Known for his affecting and dynamic documentary Pier Kids, about homeless queer and transgender youth in New York, and the Viceland series My House, on underground competitive ballroom dancing, filmmaker and photographer Elegance Bratton has made his ambitious narrative debut, a knockout drama based on his own experiences as a gay man in Marine Corps basic training following a decade of living on the streets. In a breathtaking first cinematic starring role, Tony and Emmy–nominated actor Jeremy Pope is run through an emotional and physical gauntlet as a young man dealing with the intimidation of a sadistic sergeant (Bokeem Woodbine), his desire for a sympathetic superior (Raúl Castillo), and his complicated feelings toward the mother who rejected him (a revelatory Gabrielle Union). Bratton’s film is a nuanced portrait of American masculinity and evocation of the military during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era, as well as a forceful, electric work of autobiography. An A24 release.

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Armageddon Time
James Gray, 2022, U.S., 114m
The most personal film yet from James Gray (The Immigrant, The Lost City of Z) is also one of his greatest, an exquisitely detailed and deeply emotional etching of a time and place: Queens, 1980. Set against the backdrop of a country on the cusp of ominous sociopolitical change, Armageddon Time follows Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), a sixth grader who dreams of becoming an artist. At the same time that Paul builds a friendship with classmate Johnny (Jaylin Webb), who’s mercilessly targeted by their racist teacher, he finds himself increasingly at odds with his parents (Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway), for whom financial success and assimilation are key to the family’s Jewish-American identity. Paul feels on firmest ground with his kind grandfather (a marvelous Anthony Hopkins), whose life experiences have granted him a weathered compassion. Rejecting easy nostalgia for a more difficult, painful form of recall, Gray’s film—shot with intimate naturalism by Darius Khondji—is a perceptive and humane coming-of-age story that does what only cinema can do, elevating the smallest moments into the greatest drama. A Focus Features release.

Charlotte Wells, 2022, U.K., 98m
In one of the most assured and spellbinding feature debuts in years, Scottish director Charlotte Wells has fashioned a textured memory piece inspired by her relationship with her dad, taking place over the course of a brooding weekend at a coastal resort in Turkey. The charismatic Paul Mescal and naturalistic newcomer Francesca Corio fully inhabit Calum and Sophie, a divorced father and his daughter often mistaken for brother and sister, who share a close and loving bond that creates an entire world unto itself. Wells employs an unusual and gorgeous aesthetic that brings us into the interior space of this parent and child, even as she judiciously withholds details, an approach that finally grants the film a singular emotional wallop. Aftersun reimagines the coming-of-age narrative as a poignant, ultimately ungraspable chimera, informed by the present as much as the past. Winner of the French Touch Prize of the Jury at this year’s Cannes Festival. An A24 release.

Carla Simón, 2022, Spain/Italy, 120m
Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale Festival, Carla Simón’s follow-up to her acclaimed childhood drama Summer 1993 is a ruminative, lived-in portrait of a rural family in present-day Catalonia whose way of life is rapidly changing. The Solé clan live in a small village, annually harvesting peaches for local business and export. However, their livelihood is put in jeopardy by the looming threat of the construction of solar panels, which would necessitate the destruction of their orchard. From this simple narrative, pitting agricultural tradition against the onrushing train of modern progress, Simón weaves a marvelously textured film that moves to the unpredictable rhythms and caprices of nature and family life. A MUBI release.

Courtesy of Sideshow, Submarine Deluxe, HBO Documentary Films
NYFF60 2022

All That Breathes
Shaunak Sen, 2022, India/U.K./USA, 94m
Hindi with English subtitles
High above bustling New Delhi, birds of prey known as black kites have for years routinely been falling from the skies due to injuries sustained from pollution or manja, the dangerous cotton threads of paper kites that slice through their wings. For decades, brothers Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad—who believe in the interconnectedness of human and animal life—have taken it upon themselves to save the birds, which the general city population largely sees as nuisances despite their essential role in the city’s ecosystem. In his hypnotic, poignant, and beautifully crafted documentary, New Delhi–based filmmaker Shaunak Sen immerses himself with Saud and Shehzad for a portrayal of their struggle to make change that doubles as a diagnosis of a city rocked by turmoil. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary (World Cinema) at Sundance and the L'OEil d'or for Best Documentary at Cannes. A Sideshow and Submarine Deluxe release in association with HBO Documentary Films.

Marie Kreutzer, 2022, Austria, France, Germany 113m
German, French, English, Hungarian with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
In a perceptive, nuanced performance, Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) quietly dominates the screen as Empress Elizabeth of Austria, who begins to see her life of royal privilege as a prison as she reaches her 40th birthday. Marie Kreutzer boldly imagines Elizabeth’s cloistered, late-19th-century world within the Austro-Hungarian Empire with both austere realism and fanciful anachronism, while staying true and intensely close to the woman’s private melancholy and political struggle amidst a crumbling, combative marriage and escalating scrutiny. Star and director have together created a remarkable vision of a strong-willed political figure whose emergence from a veiled, corseted existence stands for a Europe on the cusp of major, irrevocable transformation. An IFC Films release.

A Couple
Frederick Wiseman, 2022, U.S., 63m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Countess Sophia Behrs married Leo Tolstoy when she was 18 and he was 34. They were husband and wife for 48 years, had 13 children, and she outlived him by nine years. Yet their relationship, among the most discussed and written about in literary history, was anything but harmonious, as Sophia, an artist in her own right—a photographer, memoirist, and editor—was constantly forced to negotiate her happiness with her husband’s infidelities. Inspired by Sophia’s story, legendary American documentarian Frederick Wiseman has made a film based on Sophia’s diaries and letters from Leo to Sophia, structured as a series of monologues delivered with magnificent poise and gathering intensity by star and co-writer Nathalie Boutefeu, pillowed by graceful images of natural beauty from the film’s bucolic French setting. Wiseman’s captivating one-woman portrait presents a remarkably contemporary rendering of a marriage. A Zipporah Films release.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica
Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2022,France/Switzerland/U.S., 117m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
In their thrilling new work of nonfiction exploration, Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, best known for such aesthetically and ethnographically revelatory films as Leviathan and Caniba, burrow deeper than ever, using microscopic cameras and specially designed recording devices to survey the wondrous landscape of the human body. More transfixing than clinical, the film, shot in hospitals in and around Paris, eschews the normal narrative parameters for medical documentation in favor of a rigorously detached, expressionistic look at our tactile yet essentially unknowable flesh and viscera. With its unshakable images of biopsies, cesarean delivery, endoscopic procedures, and the little-seen crevices inside all of us, De Humani Corporis Fabrica both demystifies and celebrates life and death. A Grasshopper Film and Gratitude Films release.

Decision to Leave
Park Chan-wook, 2022, South Korea, 138m
Korean and Chinese with English subtitles
Busan detective Hae-joon finds that he’s increasingly obsessed with a puzzling new case: a middle-aged businessman has mysteriously fallen to his death during a rock climbing expedition. Upon discovering photos of his abused wife, a Chinese national named Seo-rae (Tang Wei), Hae-joon begins to suspect it wasn’t an accident, all the while becoming emotionally and erotically drawn to her. From this Hitchcockian situation, director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) weaves a swelling, expanding, ever more complex tale about a possible black widow and the investigator who just might be fashioning his own web. One of Park’s most enveloping and accomplished thrillers, which earned him the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Decision to Leave is a constantly surprising, elegantly constructed film that builds in power to a truly haunting denouement. A MUBI release.

Margaret Brown, 2022, U.S., 109m
In 1860, decades after the U.S. banned the practice of kidnapping and importing humans for enslavement, yet five years before the 13th amendment emancipated the nation’s already enslaved people, a ship named the Clotilda docked in Mobile, Alabama. There, it unloaded more than one hundred African souls before it was ordered destroyed and sunk to eradicate evidence. Freed in 1865, yet unable to return to their homeland, the survivors founded Africatown—a testament to their strength which persists today despite the town’s governmental neglect and economic disparity. This long submerged history symbolizes a nation’s forgotten atrocities in this poignant and cathartic documentary from nonfiction veteran Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths). Reckoning with the legacy of this history and giving voice to the descendants of these enslaved people, Brown’s intricately drawn film tells an urgent tale of community revitalization, environmental action, and racial justice. A Netflix release.

Enys Men
Mark Jenkin, 2022, U.K., 91m
U.S. Premiere
In 1973, on an uninhabited, windswept, rocky island off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England, an isolated middle-aged woman (Mary Woodvine) spends her days in enigmatic environmental study. When she’s not tending to the moss-covered stone cottage in which she lodges, her central preoccupation is a cluster of wildflowers at cliff’s edge, their subtle changes noted in a daily ledger. Yet she’s also increasingly haunted by her own nightmarish visitations, which seem both summoned from her own past and brought up from the very soil and ceremonial history of this mysterious place. Shot on enveloping, period-evocative 16mm, this eerie, texturally rich experience from Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin conjures works of classic British folk horror but remains its own strange being, a genuine transmission from a weird other world. A NEON release.

Courtesy of Janus Films and Sideshow
NYFF60 2022


Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022, Poland/Italy, 86m
Polish, Italian, English, French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
At age 84, legendary director Jerzy Skolimowski (The Deep End, Moonlighting) has directed one of his spryest, most visually inventive films, following the travels of a peripatetic donkey named EO. After being removed from the only life he’s ever known in a traveling circus, EO begins a journey across the Polish and Italian countryside, experiencing cruelty and kindness, captivity and freedom. Skolimowski imagines the animal’s mesmerizing journey as an ever-shifting interior landscape, marked by absurdity and warmth in equal measure, putting the viewer in the unique perspective of the protagonist. Skolimowski has constructed his own bold vision about the follies of human nature, seen from the ultimate outsider’s perspective. A Sideshow and Janus Films release.

Courtesy of A24
NYFF60 2022

The Eternal Daughter
Joanna Hogg, 2022, U.K./U.S., 96m
One gloomy night, a middle-aged filmmaker and her elderly mother arrive at a fog-enshrouded hotel in the English countryside. An ominously brusque clerk, an apparent lack of other guests, and disturbing sounds from the room above theirs bode a less-than-welcome arrival. Yet all is not what it seems on this increasingly emotional trip into the past for these two women, one of whom has definitely been here before. Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), among today’s foremost filmmakers, uses this Victorian gothic scenario for an entirely surprising, impeccably crafted, and, finally, overwhelming excavation of a parent-child relationship and the impulse toward artistic creation. And Tilda Swinton, in a performance of rich, endless surprise, turns in one of the most remarkable acting feats in her astonishing career. An A24 release.

Master Gardener
Paul Schrader, 2022, U.S., 107m
North American Premiere
Narvel Roth (Joel Edgerton) takes great care and pride in his work as the longtime head horticulturist at Gracewood Gardens, the historic estate of the demanding, imperious Norma Haverhill (Sigourney Weaver). An enclosed, scrupulously run world of its own, Gracewood has been in the Haverhill family for generations, and Norma trusts no one other than Narvel to continue its traditions. However, a threat of change is harkened by the arrival of Norma’s troubled grand-niece, Maya (Quintessa Swindell), whose presence sets off a chain reaction of events that catalyze Narvel into coming to terms with his own shocking past. Following First Reformed and The Card Counter, Paul Schrader continues his dramatic renaissance with an equally effective, startling tale about dormant violence and the possibility of regeneration.

No Bears
Jafar Panahi, 2022, Iran, 107m
Farsi, Azerbaijani, Turkish with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
One of the world’s great cinematic artists, Jafar Panahi has been carefully crafting self-reflexive works about artistic, personal, and political freedom for the past three decades, and his risk-taking output has never slowed down even amidst his globally condemned treatment by the Iranian government. Now, as the international film community vehemently denounces Panahi’s summer 2022 arrest, this time for his vocal support of a fellow artist’s independence, he has gifted us all with a new film, and it’s another virtuosic sleight of hand. In No Bears, as in many of his recent titles, he centers himself, having relocated temporarily to a rural border town to remotely oversee the making of a new film in Tehran, the story of which comes to sharply mirror disturbing events that begin to occur around him. In these parallel yet cross-hatching narratives, Panahi keeps pulling the narrative rug out from under the viewer as he confronts tradition and progress, city and country, spiritual belief and photographic evidence, and the human desire to escape from oppression.

The Novelist’s Film
Hong Sangsoo, 2022, South Korea, 92m
Korean with English subtitles
North American Premiere
For his playful and gently thought-provoking 27th feature, Hong Sangsoo takes on the perspective of a prickly middle-aged novelist, Junhee (Lee Hyeyoung, the magnetic star of Hong’s In Front of Your Face). After revisiting an old friend who now runs a bookshop outside of Seoul, she embarks on a restorative journey that leads her to a chance encounter with a famous actress and former movie star (Kim Minhee); the two make an instant connection that stokes both women’s dormant creative impulses. Within this simple, loose-limbed premise, Hong locates a deep well of emotional truth, and poses a bounty of questions about the necessities and expectations of art-making, leading to a poignant, entirely unexpected, mode-shifting climax. A Cinema Guild release.

One Fine Morning
Mia Hansen-Løve, 2022, France, 112m
French with English subtitles
Few filmmakers are as adept at exploring the contours of modern love and grief as Mia Hansen-Løve (Bergman Island), whose intensely poignant and deeply personal latest drama stars Léa Seydoux as Sandra, a professional translator and single mother at a crossroads. Her father (Pascal Greggory), rapidly deteriorating from a neurological illness, will soon require facility care, and her new lover (Melvil Poupaud) is a married dad whose unavailability only seems to draw her nearer to him, despite—or because of—the fact that she’s going through an overwhelming time in her life. Hansen-Løve, so finely observant of the small nuances of human interaction, creates, in harmonious concert with a magnificent Seydoux, a complicated portrait of a woman torn between romantic desire and familial tragedy that is a marvel of emotional and formal economy. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

Albert Serra, 2022, France/Spain/Germany/Portugal, 162m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra reconfirms his centrality in the contemporary cinematic landscape with this mesmerizing portrait of a French bureaucrat (a monumental Benoît Magimel) drifting through a fateful trip to a French Polynesian island with increasing anxiety. Pacifiction charts the various uneasy relationships that develop between Magimel’s autocratic yet avuncular High Commissioner, De Roller, and the Indigenous locals (including nonprofessional actor Pahoa Mahagafanau in a hypnotic breakthrough as De Roller’s trusted right hand and maybe lover) who operate essentially under his faux-benevolent thumb, many of whom we meet at a resort that caters to the prurient exoticism of foreign tourists. Serra’s gripping, atmospheric thriller is a slow-building fever dream that lulls before catching us by surprise with the depths of its darkness, a film that allows its incisive social commentary about the remnants of colonialism to surface through quiet observation and aesthetic audacity. A Grasshopper Film and Gratitude Films release.

Cristian Mungiu, 2022, Romania/France, 125m
Romanian with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Cristian Mungiu, whose bravura films such as 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and Beyond the Hills dramatize the tensions of a modern Romania still beholden to dangerous traditions, returns with a gripping, mosaic-like portrait of a rural Transylvanian town riven by ethnic conflicts, economic resentment, and personal turmoil. Matthias (a glowering Marin Grigore) has returned to the village after an altercation at his job in a German slaughterhouse, only to find that his estranged wife has grown more distant and his young son has stopped talking after witnessing something disturbing in the forest near their home. Meanwhile his former lover, Csila (Judith State), with whom he hopes to rekindle an affair, has become involved in an escalating controversy when her local bread factory hires Sri Lankan migrants. These strands converge in increasing combustibility, building to an unsettling climax and a bravura town hall sequence that ranks with Mungiu’s best work. An IFC Films release.

Return to Seoul
Davy Chou, 2022, France/Germany/South Korea/Belgium, 115m
English, French, and Korean with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Freddie (Park Ji-Min), a young French woman, finds herself spontaneously tracking down the South Korean birth parents she has never met while on vacation in Seoul. From this seemingly simple premise, Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou spins an unpredictable, careering narrative that takes place over the course of several years, always staying close on the roving heels of its impetuous protagonist, who moves to her own turbulent rhythms (as does the galvanizing Park, a singular new screen presence). Chou elegantly creates probing psychological portraiture from a character whose feelings of unbelonging have kept her at an emotional distance from nearly everyone in her life; it’s an enormously moving film made with verve, sensitivity, and boundless energy. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

Courtesy of Cyrille Choupas
NYFF60 2022

Saint Omer
Alice Diop, 2022, France, 118m
French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Rama (Kayije Kagame), a successful journalist and author living in Paris, has come to Saint Omer, a town in the north of France, to attend the trial of a young Senegalese woman, Laurence Coly (Guslagie Malanga), who allegedly murdered her baby daughter. Although she admits to killing the child, she cannot or will not provide motivation, claiming it was a kind of sorcery out of her control. Rama’s plan to write about Laurence in a book inspired by the Medea myth increasingly unravels as she becomes overwhelmed by the case, and reckons with memories of her immigrant mother as well as her own impending motherhood. In her consummate fiction feature debut, Alice Diop (We) constructs an arresting yet highly sensitive, superbly acted film of constantly revealing layers. Saint Omer is at once a tense courtroom drama, a work of abstracted psychological portraiture, an inquiry into human agency, and a provocative examination of the limits of myth and cross-cultural knowledge.

Pietro Marcello, 2022, France/Italy/Germany, 103m
French with English subtitles
North American Premiere
Pietro Marcello, one of contemporary cinema’s most versatile talents, follows his dramatic breakthrough Martin Eden with an enchanting period fable based on a beloved 1923 novel by Russian writer Alexander Grin. Beginning as the tale of a sensitive brute (Räphael Terry) who returns home from World War I to his rural French village to discover his wife has died and that he must take care of their baby daughter, Juliette, the film blossoms into a pastoral portrait of Juliette as a free-spirited young woman (Juliette Jouan) reckoning with a local witch’s prophecy for her future and falling for the modern man (Louis Garrel) who literally drops from the sky. In his first film made in France, Marcello proves again he is as comfortable in the realm of folklore as he is in creative nonfiction, delicately interweaving realist drama, ethereal romance, and musical flights of fancy.

Courtesy of A24
NYFF60 2022

Showing Up

Kelly Reichardt, 2022, U.S., 108m
North American Premiere
Continuing one of the richest collaborations in modern American cinema, director Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) reunites with star Michelle Williams for this marvelously particularized portrait of a sculptor’s daily work and frustrations in an artists’ enclave in Portland. Lizzy (Williams) struggles to put the finishing touches on her latest pieces for a gallery show, all the while juggling admin work at the local art school; dealing with the neglect of her well-meaning landlord (a funny and nuanced Hong Chau), who also happens to be a rising-star conceptual artist; and tending to the emotional wellbeing of her increasingly fragmented family. Christopher Blauvelt’s patient camerawork, Reichardt’s precise cutting, and Williams’s physically transformative performance coalesce to create something remarkable in Showing Up, a delicately humorous drama of the experience of being a creative person that avoids all clichés that plague films about artists. An A24 release.

Stars at Noon
Claire Denis, 2022, France, 137m
English and Spanish with English subtitles
North American Premiere
A dissolute young American journalist (Margaret Qualley) and an English businessman (Joe Alwyn) with ties to the oil industry meet by chance while on different, mysterious assignments in modern-day Nicaragua. The two tumble into a whirlwind romance despite knowing little about each other’s true professional identities—all while abstract forces close in on them as they desperately try to book it out of a country that won’t seem to let them leave. Stars at Noon, based on the 1986 novel by Denis Johnson, represents a new mode for director Claire Denis, a contemporary thriller suffused with political intrigue and languid eroticism, moving entirely to the tactile rhythms of its actors, especially rising star Qualley, who gives a live-wire performance of fervid spontaneity and mercurial passion. Winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. An A24 release.

Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka, Japan, 148m
Hunanese with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
For more than a decade, Beijing-based wife-and-husband team Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka have been making films about the lives of young people in China—in many cases “left-behind children,” or those whose parents are forced to leave their families to find jobs in cities. Expanding their project, their gripping, humane yet uncompromising latest, shot with a precise formal economy by Otsuka (who also serves as cinematographer), focuses on a year in the life of Lynn, a flight-attendant-in-training whose plans to finish college are thrown into doubt when she discovers she’s pregnant. Not wanting an abortion (a decision she hides from her callow, absent boyfriend, away on modeling and party-hosting gigs), she hopes to give the child away after carrying it to term, while staying afloat amidst a series of dead-end jobs. As incarnated by the filmmakers’ quietly potent recurring star Yao Honggui, Lynn—whose story continues after being the center of the filmmakers’ acclaimed The Foolish Bird (2007)—is both a fully rounded character and the vessel for an urgent critique of a modern-day social structure that has few options for women in need of care.

Courtesy of Focus Features
NYFF60 2022

Todd Field, 2022, U.S., 157m
The charisma and emotional precision of Cate Blanchett are put to astounding use in this deft showcase for the actor’s nearly musical artistry, a stinging portrait of a world-famous orchestra conductor’s gradual unraveling that is the first film in sixteen years from director Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children). A Focus Features release.

Trenque Lauquen
Laura Citarella, 2022, Argentina, 250m (presented in 2 parts)
Spanish with English subtitles
North American Premiere
In her dazzling and enormously pleasurable new opus, Laura Citarella takes the viewer on a limitless, mercurial journey through stories nested within stories set in and around the Argentinean city of Trenque Lauquen (“Round Lake”) and centered on the strange disappearance of a local academic named Laura (Laura Paredes). Through initial inquiries by two colleagues—older boyfriend Rafael and a driver named Ezequiel with whom she had grown secretly close—we learn about her recent discoveries, including a new, unclassified species of flower and a series of old love letters hidden at the local library, which may help them track her down. Yet as flashbacks and anecdotes pile up, we—and the film’s intrepid investigators—begin to realize that this intricately structured tale is larger and stranger than we could have imagined. Citarella, a producer of the equally remarkable shape-shifting epic La Flor, has confidently crafted a series of interlocked romantic, biological, and ecological mysteries that create parallels between past lives and present dangers, invoke the rapture of obsessive pursuit, and salute the human need to find personal freedom and happiness. Trenque Lauquen is told in 12 chapters spread across two feature films.

Triangle of Sadness
Ruben Östlund, 2022, Sweden/France/UK/Turkey/Germany, 147m
Cinematic mischief maker Ruben Östlund liberally applies his customary playfulness to the wide canvas of his wildly ambitious, frequently hilarious latest film, which won the Swedish director his second Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Kicking off as a satirical romance, following the bickering, money-soured relationship between two hot young models (Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean), the three-part film escalates into increasing absurdity after they are invited on a luxury cruise, where they rub elbows with the super-rich, as well as a disheveled and disillusioned, Marx-spouting sea captain (Woody Harrelson). To tell more would ruin the Buñuelian twists of this poison-dipped farce on class and economic disparity, which doesn’t skewer contemporary culture so much as dunk it in raw sewage. A NEON release.

Courtesy of KimStim
NYFF60 2022

Cyril Schäublin, 2022, Switzerland, 93m
Swiss German, Russian and French with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
A film of immense delicacy and precision, Cyril Schäublin’s complexly woven timepiece is set in the hushed environs of the Swiss watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the 1870s. In this unlikely place, a youthful Pyotr Kropotkin, who would become a noted anarchist and socialist philosopher, experiences a quiet revolution, finding himself inspired by the buzzing activity of the town’s denizens, from the photographers and cartographers surveying its people and land; to the growing anarchist collective at the local watermill, raising funds for strikes abroad; to the organizing workers at the watch factory, whose craft is depicted with exacting detail and devotion. Schäublin’s abstracted, geometric visual approach reinforces the singularly contemplative nature of his project: this is a film about time—its tyranny as well as its comforts—and how it relates to work, leisure, and the larger processes that shape history. A KimStim release.

Walk Up
Hong Sangsoo, 2022, South Korea, 97m
Korean with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere
Hong Sangsoo uses a delicately radical structure in his latest exploration of the complexities of relationships, growing older, and artistic pursuit. Successful middle-aged filmmaker Byungsoo (Kwon Haehyo) drops by to visit and introduce his daughter to an old friend, Mrs. Kim (Lee Hyeyoung), the owner of a charming apartment building that houses a restaurant on the ground floor. After Mrs. Kim tries to persuade him to move into one of the walk-up units, the film and Byungsoo’s future take a series of unexpected turns, as the various floors of the apartment come to contain different stages of his romantic and professional lives—or perhaps they’re different realities? Hong’s playfully existential drama consistently surprises, asking provocative, unresolvable questions about desire, illusion, and satisfaction and what we need—and take—from one another as we seek our own answers. A Cinema Guild release.


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