Fuggedaboutit! Martin Scorsese’s 'The Irishman’ Opening the New York Film Festival
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited crime drama ‘The Irishman’ will indeed be ready to premiere at the 57th annual New York Film Festival after some worries that the post-production process may not be completed in time.
The film represents the ninth time that Scorsese has worked with Robert De Niro, his career-long muse, and the first time he’s worked with Al Pacino. The cast also includes Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, and Ray Romano.
The plot is based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses,’ focusing on the relationship between labor union leader and hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), the Teamsters’ honcho who disappeared in 1975 in mysterious circumstance. He was declared dead in absentia in 1982. Pesci will play Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino while Keitel will co-star as mobster Angelo Bruno.
“I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year,” said Scorsese. “The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”
The 17-day New York Film Festival is presented by Film at Lincoln Center. It runs from September 27 through October 13.