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New York Film Festival Adds ‘Dune,’ ‘French Dispatch’ to Lineup

Dune and The French Dispatch New York Film Festival
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The 2021 New York Film Festival has added Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Dune” and Wes Anderson’s star-studded latest, “The French Dispatch,” to its lineup, adding screenings of both titles as part of its Spotlight section.

In addition, the annual fall event, set to take place this year from Sept. 24-Oct. 10, has added screenings of Mike Mills’ “C’mon C’mon,” starring Joaquin Phoenix; Sean Baker’s “Red Rocket;” Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “The Lost Daughter,” starring Olivia Colman; and Charlotte Gainsbourg’s directorial debut, “Jane by Charlotte,” in which she profiles her mother, Jane Birkin. Other titles set to screen include Mamoru Hosoda’s “Belle” and Marco Bellocchio’s “Marx Can Wait.”

“Our spotlight section is a new part of our reshaped New York Film Festival, a place that this year encompasses a range of cinema, new and old,” NYFF director Eugene Hernandez said in a statement. “Of the new work, we’re showcasing a selection of anticipated films (and talent) from recent festivals (Wes & company! Olivia! Timmy! Jane & Charlotte! Joaquin! and more), while also looking back at our roots, celebrating the history of NYFF and New York City’s film culture by shining a special light on Amos Vogel. We hope that our Spotlight section, in year two, will again engage, enlighten, and entertain!”

The festival will require proof of vaccination for all audiences, filmmakers and staff members at venues. Attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of events, including in-person screening as well as outdoor and virtual events, with closing night screenings set to take place at the festival’s longtime home of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

For us unlucky enough to attend, both “Dune” and “The French Dispatch” will release in cinemas on October 22, 2021.