New York Film Festival 2022: 18 must-see films

More prestigious and well established than the “coolest” Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro in the early 2000s, the New York Film Festival is about to start.

The 60th edition of the cinema festival, presented by Film at Lincoln Center, will take over theaters in the five boroughs from September 30 to October 16.

There’s a lot to see, so we’ve broken it all down for you.

Here are the 18 must-see movies at this year’s New York Film Festival.

White noise

Noah Baumbach adapts Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel of the same name for the big screen, playing Adam Driver as Jack Gladney, a professor of “Hitlerian studies” and father of four married to the secretive Babette, an impeccable Greta Gerwig. In the aftermath of a toxic accident that could lead to an environmental disaster, the Gladney family struggles to find peace in this oddly funny exploration of the horrors of consumerism.

All the beauty and bloodshed

This documentary by Oscar winner Laura Poitras, Citizenfour Fame explores both the downfall of the Sackler family, the founders of the pharmaceutical companies many associate with the opioid epidemic, and the life and career of artist Nan Goldin, who fought against said companies .


In his first film role, actor Jeremy Pope stars as Ellis French, a gay Marine Corp at a boot camp on Parris Island in South Carolina who becomes the target of training instructor hazing practices. Leland Laws (Bokeem Woodbine) and recruits Laurence Harvey (Raúl Castillo) because of his sexual orientation. Gabrielle Union stars as Ellis’ mother, Inez French.

armageddon time

armageddon time is set in 1980 Queens, when sixth grader Paul Graff (Banks Repeta) dreams of becoming an artist while forming a friendship with his black classmate Johnny (Jaylin Webb), who is dealing with a racist teacher. Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway star as Graff’s parents, worried about their son while trying to navigate their Jewish-American identities in New York. The great Anthony Hopkins plays Graff’s grandfather, with whom he shares a very close bond.

After Sun

After Sun
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Scottish director Charlotte Wells’ debut is inspired by her beautiful relationship with her father. The whole film takes place in a seaside resort in Turkey, where a divorced father and his daughter spend an entire weekend and where they are often mistaken for siblings.

A couple

A couple
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Although based on a true story, A couple is a work of fiction based on Countess Sophia Behrs’ own diaries and her husband Leo Tolstoy’s letters to his beloved. Structured as a series of monologues, the play focuses on the couple’s 48-year marriage, which began when he was 34 and she was 18, their 13 children, and Behrs’ own identity as an artist.

Decision to leave

When a middle-aged businessman mysteriously falls and dies during a rock climbing expedition, Busan detective Hae-joon can’t seem to shake the case off. Add to all this the fact that the detective begins to fall in love with the businessman’s abused wife, a Chinese national, and you have a thriller not to be missed.

master gardener

Joel Edgerton is Narvel Roth, the head horticulturist at Gracewood Gardens, the historic estate of a certain Norma Haverhill (a great Sigourney Weaver). When Haverhill’s great-niece Maya (Quintessa Swindell) appears, however, the balance between the two characters shifts, potentially affecting the future of Gracewood Gardens.

A nice morning

A nice morning follows the life of Sandra (Léa Seydoux), a single mother and professional translator, who cares for her aging father (Pascal Greggory) while being romantically linked to a clearly unavailable married father (Melvil Poupaud).

To show up

To show up
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Michelle Williams returns to the big screen as Lizzy Carr, a sculptor about to have an artistic breakthrough while working on her latest gallery show and busying herself with her job at art school, a family fragmented and more. This is the fourth collaboration between Williams and director Kelly Reichardt. The two have previously worked together on Wendy and Lucia, Meek Cut and Some women.


Cate Blanchett is stunning in this portrayal of the fictional Lydia Tár, one of the world’s most renowned conductors and the first-ever female conductor of a major German orchestra. Noémie Merlant plays Tár’s assistant while Nina Hoss plays concertmaster Sharon Goodnow, also Tár’s wife.

triangle of sadness

This rather funny film won Swedish director Ruben Östlund his second Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and for good reason: the film follows two attractive young models as they embark on a satirical romance that will eventually lead them to a cruise for the very rich. The film is also Östlund’s first English-language feature film.

bones and all

call me by your name director Luca Guadagnino reunites with Timothée Chamalet in this adaptation of the eponymous novel by Camille DeAngelis. The film also stars Taylor Russell as Maren, a teenager who moves to small town Virginia with her father (Andre Holland) but soon runs away on her own again.

Personality Crisis: One Night Only

One night only
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Martin Scorsese does it again, this time focusing his camera on iconic American singer-songwriter David Johansen, the frontman of 1970s punk band The New York Dolls. But Johansen is much more than his music, as seen in the opening minutes of Scorsese’s documentary, which features new and archival interviews, concert recordings and more.

She says

Chronicling what many consider to be the start of the #MeToo movement, She says stars Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan as New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the story for the newspaper in 2017. Based on the best-selling book written by the journalists themselves, the film examines the decades of sexual harassment and assault that have defined the Hollywood industry.


The New York Film Festival celebrates 50 years of the legendary science fiction film Solaris with a special screening with live musical accompaniment. Expect a newly created score specially ordered for the event. As a reminder, the film focuses on scientist Chris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) as he travels to a space station “whose inhabitants attempted to make contact with the mysterious planet Solaris”, reads a synopsis. official.


Nigerian-American Chinonye Chukwu directs this harrowing film that tells the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), the American activist and educator who fought for justice after the 1955 lynching of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall). Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison and Haley Bennett round out the cast.

women who talk

women who talk
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Among the many highlights of Sarah Polley’s film women who talk is the excellent cast, which includes Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand, among others. The film is an adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel of the same name about a group of women in a remote religious community dealing with the aftermath of sexual assaults perpetrated by the men in the group.