Apocalypse, cults and Marilyn Monroe: an eclectic lineup for the fest's 49th go-round
The 49th edition of the New York Film Festival, which unspools from Sept. 30 to Oct. 16 at Lincoln Center, plays host to an eclectic mix of directors and visions. Opening with Roman Polanski (“Carnage”), ending with Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) and spotlighting everyone from Lars Von Trier to Pedro Almodovar in between, the 2011 NYFF promises to be a big, bold and distinctive movie marathon. A quick tour through 15 can't-miss titles from the Big Apple’s biggest movie event. —Steve Snyder
New York Film Festival: Sept. 30–Oct. 16 at Walter Reade Theater, Alice Tully Hall and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. For the full schedule, visit filmlinc.com
Pictured: Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'