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New York Film Festival selects Gerwig, Varda for main slate

By The Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — Films by Greta Gerwig, Sean Baker and Agnes Varda are headed to the 55th New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the selections of 25 films for its main slate on Tuesday, including eight directed by women.

The festival, held annually at Lincoln Center, is one of the most prestigious of the fall season. Among the films selected are Baker's acclaimed Cannes entry "The Florida Project," the 89-year-old Varda's "Faces Places" and Gerwig's directorial debut "Lady Bird." Gerwig's frequent collaborator and romantic partner Noah Baumbach will also return to the festival with his Netflix release "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)."

Many of the selections, as usual, include previous festival standouts. Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me by Your Name" and Dee Rees' "Mudbound" will come to the festival after lauded debuts at Sundance. Other Cannes hits include Ruben Ostlund's Palme d'Or winning comedy "The Square" and Robin Campillo's AIDS activist drama "BPM (Beats Per Minute)."

The festival previously announced its three galas, all of which happen to be Amazon Studios releases. Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying," a kind of sequel to Hal Ashby's "The Last Detail," will open the festival. Todd Haynes' Brian Selznick adaptation "Wonderstruck" is the centerpiece, and Woody Allen's 1950s Coney Island tale "Wonder Wheel" will close.

The New York Film Festival runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 15.

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