New York Film Festival Adds Documentary, Restoration SidebarsPosted: August 26, 2013
Originally posted on Variety:
Documentaries and restored narrative pics dominate the sidebar programming of the 2013 New York Film Festival, with more than 30 titles — including producer-thesp Gael Garcia Bernal in docu “Who is Dayani Cristal?” and a newly restored version of Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” — added to the fest to screen alongside the 36-film main slate.
With the docs grouped thematically, this year’s collection of sidebar films seems presented and organized with a bit more clarity than has been the case in prior years. That could be a product of the fest’s new topper, Kent Jones, who this year stepped into the role of director of programming and selection committee chair following the exit of longtime leader Richard Pena.
Three sections make up NYFF’s lineup of sidebar documentaries. One group, “Motion Portraits,” focuses on feature-length looks at individuals, including “Dayani Cristal,” Marc Silver’s Sundance alum that features Bernal in a doc-narrative mash-up centered around an unidentified body found in the Arizona desert. Also on the list are Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren’s “The Dog,” about the man who inspired “Dog Day Afternoon;” ”What Now? Remind Me,” Joaquim Pinto’s recent winner of the Special Jury Prize at Locarno; and ”Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq,” Nancy Buirski’s bio of George Balanchine’s wife.