For a prestigious film festival, the New York Film Festival is small. The curators are selective about what they include, seeking to create a carefully chosen batch of some of the most exciting, and often austere, new works. The fest, which begins on Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 1, is still vast, as well as diverse. Here’s your guide, by category, on how to find the biggies, the less-biggies and the diamonds in the rough:
No fest could live without earthquaking, star-studded product, some of which will hit theaters soon after their splashy (and pricey) appearances. NYFF has itself three huge premieres. “The Walk,” Robert Zemeckis’ no doubt tricked out retelling of Philippe Petit’s World Trade Center stroll (already related in “Man on Wire,” but give Zemeckis the benefit of the doubt), is the opener. Don Cheadle’s delightfully nutso-sounding Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead” is the closer. In between there’s Steven Spielberg’s latest WWII romp, “Bridge of Spies,” which pairs Tom Hanks with the rightfully renowned theater god Mark Rylance in his hugest screen role yet.