Director's Cut of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to Be Featured at New York Film Festival

Director's Cut of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to Be Featured at New York Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today its 2012 NYFF HBO Films® Directors Dialogues participants would be Abbas Kiarostami, David Chase and Robert Zemeckis and the popular On Cinema conversation will feature two directors - Noah Baumbach and Brian De Palma. FSLC also announced additional titles as part of its Masterworks program, including the Director's Cut of Frank Oz's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, restored versions of Michael Cimino's HEAVEN'S GATE, Laurence Olivier's RICHARD III and Peter Whitehead's THE ROLLING STONES – CHARLING IS MY DARLING – IRELAND 1965, as well as two special sidebar presentations as part of the festival's 50th Anniversary celebration.

The fourth edition of NYFF's annual master class, On Cinema, will feature, for the first time, two directors sharing the stage for this expansive dialogue about their influences, filmmaking choices, and their own personal histories of cinema. Brian De Palma (PASSION), a master of suspense; and Noah Baumbach (FRANCES HA) will discuss their influences in film, show clips and take questions from the audience in what promises to be a can't-miss event on Sunday, October 7.

The popular HBO Films® Directors Dialogues returns to the New York Film Festival with an eclectic trio of filmmakers. The Directors Dialogues pair a director with a journalist as they discuss the filmmaker's career, views on their own approach to making movies as well as the current state of the art of filmmaking. This year's lineup will feature Abbas Kiarostami (LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE), David Chase (NOT FADE AWAY) and Robert Zemeckis (FLIGHT).

Abbas Kiarostami will be joined by Philip Lopate (Former NYFF Selection Committee member and contributor to Film Comment) in conversation on Saturday, October 6 at 2:00PM.

David Chase will be joined by Scott Foundas (NYFF Selection Committee, FSLC Associate Program Director and contributing editor, Film Comment) in conversation on Sunday, October 7 at 1:45PM.

Robert Zemeckis will be joined by Richard Peña (Chairman of the NYFF Selection Committee and FSLC Programming Director) in conversation on Saturday, October 13 at 6:00PM.

Additions to NYFF's Masterworks lineup are led by a presentation of the Director's Cut of Frank Oz's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986) with the director, Ellen Greene, and film restorer Kurt Galvao attending; restored versions of Laurence Olivier's RICHARD III (1955); Federico Fellini's FELLINI SATYRICON (1969); Michael Cimino's HEAVEN'S GATE (1980); and the World Premiere of a new version of the long unseen Peter Whitehead's THE ROLLING STONES – CHARLIE IS MY DARLING - IRELAND 1965 (1966/2012).

Other must-sees, include a 30th Anniversary screening of Amos Gitai's FIELD DIARY (1982), a 40th Anniversary screening of Bob Rafelson's THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (1972), with both screenings including appearances by the filmmakers, and a rare screening of Pierre Chenal's NATIVE SON (1951) with Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image division at the Library of
Congress participating in a post-screening discussion.

The two special sidebar presentations added as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration are Cinéastes de notre temps/Cinéma, de notre temps (Filmmakers of Our Time) and Men of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and the Cinema MacMahon.

Cinéastes de notre temps/Cinéma, de notre temps (Filmmakers of Our Time) was created in 1964,when film critic and filmmaker André S. Labarthe, together with Janine Bazin, widow of influential film theorist André Bazin, approached the French television channel ORTF about starting a program that would resemble the long, in-depth interviews with film directors that magazines such as Cahiers du cinéma and Positif regularly published. Many of the programs were dedicated to older directors, then in retirement or in the final stages of their careers. Instead of film critics or journalists, Labarthe and Bazin would often ask well-known film directors to make these programs: thus, Jacques Rivette on Jean Renoir, or Jacques Rozier on Jean Vigo. The New York Film Festival will present 37 of these programs on filmmakers, sometimes in tandem due to length, featuring directors like Chantal Akerman, Busby Berkeley, Luis Buñuel, John Cassavetes, George Cukor, Samuel Fuller, Jerry Lewis, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, and Raoul Walsh, among several others. André S. Labarthe will also attend the first few days of the series.

The Men of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and the Cinema MacMahon section has its beginnings in the early 1950s, when the future critic-publicist-programmer Pierre Rissient and his band of film-crazed friends (mostly high-school students from the nearby lycée Carnot) convinced the theater owner to let them commandeer the programming, ushering in a tidal wave of American movies-especially film noirs and other genre fare-directed by the likes of Fritz Lang, Joseph Losey, Otto Preminger and Raoul Walsh (collectively dubbed the "Four Aces").

Of the selection of films for the program, Rissient (who will be in attendance) says: "Along with Mizoguchi's OHARU and UGETSU, these magnificent seven films make an almost accurate autobiography of my youth and discovery of cinema."

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Peña also includes: Melissa Anderson, Contributor, Village Voice; Scott Foundas, Associate Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Todd McCarthy, Chief Film Critic, The Hollywood Reporter; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight and Sound.

The New York Film Festival is generously sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, illy, HBO, Trump International Hotel and Tower, WABC, WNET, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts.

General Public tickets will be available September 9th. There will be an advance ticketing opportunity for Film Society of Lincoln Center Patrons and Members prior to that date. For more information visit or call 212 875 5601.


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