Sept. 27 - Oct.
13 - Movie gluttons feasted on international delights for
two weeks at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th New
York Film Festival. No one could possibly attend all of the
screenings, so we pored over the festival schedule to select
films meeting our high standards for cultural relevance: those
attracting the biggest Celebs. In addition to the opening
night extravaganza (see below), star-magnets were Auto
Focus, Punch Drunk Love and Spanish director
Pedro Almodovar's Talk To Her.
who wrote Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, directed
Auto Focus, the story of sex-addicted TV star Bob Crane.
Greg Kinnear stars with Rita Wilson (Mrs.
Tom Hanks), Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello and Ron
Leibman. Actors Parker Posey, John Turturro,
Harvey Keitel and Kirsten Dunst joined Punch
Drunk Love's Adam Sandler, as goofy in person as
he is onscreen, Luis Guzman and director Paul Thomas
Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights). Talk To Her
could only be Almodovar's; it's the story of a friendship
between two men, both in love with comatose women. Rosario
Flores, who plays a female matador in the film, is also
a popular singer and Latin Grammy Award winner. Almodovar
is held in high esteem in filmdom, judging by the turnout
including actresses Jessica Lange and Kathleen Turner,
directors Wes Anderson, John Waters, Jim
Jarmusch and artist-director Julian Schnabel.