The 57th New York Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman on 27th September 2019. This year’s festival runs until 13th October.
Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, Scorsese’s The Irishman features Joe Pesci as Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino, Al Pacino as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert De Niro as their right-hand man, Frank Sheeran.
“It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year,” said Martin Scorsese. “The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”
“The Irishman is so many things: rich, funny, troubling, entertaining and, like all great movies, absolutely singular,” said New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. “It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me. All I can say is that the minute it was over my immediate reaction was that I wanted to watch it all over again.”
Tickets for the 57th New York Film Festival will go on sale to the general public on 8th September. Festival and VIP passes are on sale now. The Irishman will be released in select cinemas and on Netflix later this year.