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The New York Film Festival's Best Screenings and Events

Courtesy of New York Film Festival
Courtesy of New York Film Festival
Courtesy of New York Film Festival

Like every acronymed attraction in New York City that you’re expected to understand, use in conversation, and hashtag, — NYFW, TFF, NYCWFF — the New York Film Festival, or NYFF, can feel intimidating. But this annual celebration of all things cinematic is anything but exclusive. Returning to Lincoln Center for its 56th year, the festival is open to the public from September 28th through October 14th. Non-members of the Film Society will pay $25 for most screenings, and you can catch free events throughout.

This season’s lineup includes a roster of brand new, and beloved old films, all portraying a breadth of experience and perspectives in various languages. And taking a date to a world premiere screening is so much more impressive than splurging for the reclining seats at AMC.

Choose from highly anticipated documentary debuts, classic revivals relatively unknown to millennials, and immersive VR events that will actually get you excited about the future of artsy filmmaking. The eight-part screening of Argentinian cult classic La Flor will appeal to binge-watchers, and the shorts series will slake more limited attention spans. Before the imminent cold weather tempts you to retire what’s left of your MoviePass for an endless streaming Netflix session, check out these standout happenings at the NYFF.  

Courtesy of IFC Films
Courtesy of IFC Films
Courtesy of IFC Films

Main Slate

Multiple Locations
Main Slate selections are essentially the festival’s headliners: 30 films from around the world curated to inspire, intrigue, and fulfill curiosities. Private Life (October 1,3), Tamara Jenkins’ first film in a decade, is a New York story: Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti play an artsy, aging, East Village couple desperate for a child. Other highlights include Paul Dano’s Wildlife (September 30, October 1), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as the parents in a dysfunctional family, and the US premiere of Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late to Die Young (September 29, 30, October 14), a teenage girl’s coming-of-age story in 1990s Chile.

Courtesy of A&E Indie Films
Courtesy of A&E Indie Films
Courtesy of A&E Indie Films

Spotlight on Documentary

Multiple locations
The documentaries in this series are some of the festival’s buzziest debuts. The premiere of Alexis Bloom’s Fox News tell-all Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes will be followed by a talk with the director (October 3-4). The world premiere of Mark Bozek’s The Times of Bill Cunningham will be followed by talks on the legendary New York photographer’s life, and his portrayal in the film (October 11, 14).

Courtesy of Lux Film
Courtesy of Lux Film
Courtesy of Lux Film

Revivals

Multiple locations
For film buffs with a penchant for black-and-white treasures, or those of us who just want to watch something so obscure we’ll sound smart and cultured referencing it in conversation for years to come, NYFF’s Revivals series brings back historic films from all over the globe. Enamorada (1946), one of the most famous Mexican films of all time, portrays a love story during the Mexican Revolution. The musical comedy Neapolitan Carousel (1954) is one of Italy’s first color films. And odds are the next person you’re trying to impress at a party has never heard of either.

Courtesy of Tremolo Productions and Royal Road Entertainment
Courtesy of Tremolo Productions and Royal Road Entertainment
Courtesy of Tremolo Productions and Royal Road Entertainment

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead

Alice Tully Hall, September 29
Morgan Neville’s film about filmmaking tracks the trajectory of Orson Welles’ The Other Side of The Wind, which was unfinished at the time of the Citizen Kane director’s death in 1985. The documentary delves into 1970s-era Hollywood, when Welles began work on the project, and illustrates how his final film came to life decades after the filmmaker passed away.

Courtesy of Americas Film Conservancy
Courtesy of Americas Film Conservancy
Courtesy of Americas Film Conservancy

The Other Side of the Wind Conversation

Alice Tully Hall, September 29
After you find out how it got got made at They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, see the actual subject matter at this long-awaited screening of Orson Welles’ final film. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the team who completed the project after Welles’ death.

New York Stories

Walter Reade Theater, October 1
If you struggle to make it through New York Magazine and/or The New Yorker each week, but are seriously obsessively in love with New York and its culture (just maybe a little time crunched for reading), head to this program of shorts dedicated to short, attention-worthy films about all the things we love (and hate) about this city. The lineup includes Eleanore Pienta’s Ada, Ashley Connor and Joe Stankus’ The Chore, Barbara Cigarroa’s God Never Dies and more. $17.

New York Film Festival
New York Film Festival
New York Film Festival

On Cinema: Claire Denis

Walter Reade Theater, October 3
Every year, NYFF Director Kent Jones taps a special filmmaker to engage in an in-depth conversation about inspiration and creativity. This year, the French filmmaker and longtime NYFF contributor Claire Denis will talk about her new intergalactic science fiction film, High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.

Courtesy of Participant Media Esperanto Filmoj
Courtesy of Participant Media Esperanto Filmoj
Courtesy of Participant Media Esperanto Filmoj

Directors Dialogues: Alfonso Cuarón

Walter Reade Theater, October 6
This hour-long free talk will feature a sit-down with the Oscar-winning director of Y tu mamá también, Children of Men, and Gravity. Along with commentary on his previous work, Cuarón will also discuss his newest film, ROMA, which will screen throughout the festival.

Courtesy of New York Film Festival
Courtesy of New York Film Festival
Courtesy of New York Film Festival

Directors Dialogues: Alice Rohrwacher

Lincoln Center Amphitheater, October 7
Watching (and re-watching) DVD commentary may be a thing of the past, but NYFF is bringing back opportunities to get into a director’s brain with this free chat. Alice Rohrwacher, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 2016 Artist in Residence who directed the Cannes-awarded drama Happy as Lazzaro, will discuss her script-to-screen process.

Courtesy of Metro Pictures Corporation
Courtesy of Metro Pictures Corporation
Courtesy of Metro Pictures Corporation

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in concert

Walter Reade Theater, October 9
This special screening Rex Ingram’s 1921 silent film will be accompanied by a new, live score composed and performed by musicians Matthew Nolan, Seán Mac Erlaine, Adrian Crowley, Kevin Murphy, and Barry Adamson — a concert and a movie for just $25!

Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center
Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center
Courtesy of Film Society of Lincoln Center

Convergence

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater and the Rose Studio
Back for its seventh year, this virtual reality immersive cinema experience combines visuals with storytelling to unique and compelling effect. Free screenings include Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab’s immersive version of Frankenstein (October 13) and Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill’s What Goes Up/Must Come Down (October 14) — a documentary exploring the real life implications of what we dream.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

Melissa Kravitz is a contributor to Thrillist.

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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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