Selections for the 2012 New York Film Festival have been announced and the line-up couldn't be more appealing.
Ang Lee's highly anticipated adaptation of "The Life of Pi" will open the festival. "Not Fade Away" by David Chase will serve as its Centerpiece Gala Selection, and "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis, will close out the event.
The festival's slate also includes "Beyond The Hills," "Holy Motors," "Like Someone In Love," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," and "Amour." All five films made their debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May. "Amour," the haunting story of an elderly man caring for his dying wife, took home the coveted Palme d'Or. The Michael Haneke directed French film is said to be a shoe in for a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination.
Last year's NY Film Festival selection boosted a number of films that eventually became awards season favorites. This includes "Shame," "Pina," "My Week with Marylyn," "The Descendants," "A Separation," which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and "The Artist," which went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Several films will also be screened at the Toronto Film Festival including, "Frances Ha," "Ginger and Rosa," "Barbara," "The Gate Keepers," "Hyde Park On Hudson," "The Last Time I Saw Monaco," "No," "Tabu" and "Passion."
"Passion," directed by Brian de Palma, is also set to debut at the Venice Film Festival this month.
Over the years, a number of standout films have been featured in the festival, such as "The Piano," "Roger and Me," "Hoop Dreams," "Talk to Her," "The White Ribbon," and "The Social Network." This year marks the festival's 50th anniversary.
The New York Film Festival Sept. 28 to Oct. 14 at the Lincoln Center Film Society.