It’s never happened before. But to understand why the New York Film Festival has for the first time in its 52-year history added a movie to its main slate after that main slate was officially announced, one need turn only to the reaction of the event’s chief executive.
From Scott Feinberg’s Hollywood Reporter item:
New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said in a statement, “Seeing CITIZENFOUR for the first time is an experience I’ll never forget. The film operates on multiple levels at the same time: a character study (of Edward Snowden)… A real-life suspense story… And a chilling exposé. When the lights came up, everyone in the room was alternately stunned, excited and deeply troubled. A brave documentary, but also a powerful work from a master storyteller.”
Directed by Laura Poitras, CITIZENFOUR will premiere as a “Special Presentation” Friday October 10. Poitras will also participate in a free HBO Directors Dialogues Q&A on Saturday, October 11.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Who Should Oliver Stone Cast as Edward Snowden?
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