Almodovar's Bad Education to play New York Film Festival
Agnes Jaoui's Look at Me (Comme un image) has been selected to open the 42nd New York Film Festival, Richard Pena, chairman of the festival's selection committee, has announced. Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education has been chosen to screen as the fest's Centerpiece presentation, and Alexander Payne's Sideways will serve as the closing-night feature. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival will run October 1-17 at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Walter Reed Theater at Lincoln Center. Sony Pictures Classics will release Bad Education on November 19, following its appearance in the fest's Centerpiece slot. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Fele Martinez, the film is a Hitchcockian thriller-romance about two former schoolmates who reunite in the '80s. One has become a film director, struggling to find a subject for his next picture, and the other is an aspiring screenwriter and drag queen. The film, which played Out of Competition as the opening-night film at Cannes, explores their Catholic boyhoods, sexual desires, and shared passion for film. The festival's complete slate of films will be announced next month.