New York Film Fest slate announced


Indiewire relays the news that Wes Anderson's new film, "The Darjeeling Limited," will kick off the 45th New York Film Festival on September 28. "Darjeeling" stars Anderson rep company members Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson plus new conscript Adrien Brody as three estranged brothers traveling across India after the death of their father. David Poland read the script last year and says it's all a big metaphor for three '70s Hollywood honchos: Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and Jack Nicholson. Which sounds sort of silly until you learn the three brothers in the movie are named Francis, Peter, and Jack. And that Roman Coppola co-wrote the script. That makes Roger Corman dad. Anyway, Anjelica Huston and Natalie Portman co-star; the film goes to theaters Christmas day.

Even more exciting (for my money) is the news that the NYFF will also screen the Coen brothers' latest, "No Country for Old Men," adapted from a Cormac McCarthy novel and featuring by all accounts a hellacious performance by Javier Bardem as a killer stalking the modern West. The movie tore up Cannes recently; you can see some clips from the film (with French subtitles) here.

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