The Film Society of Lincoln Center has set as its closing film The Lost City Of Z, the period adventure that James Gray directed and scripted from the David Grann nonfiction book. The film, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, will make its world premiere at the festival’s final gala screening on Saturday, October 15.
Pic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), the British military man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Miller) and family. His plunge into the Amazon, shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji, alternates between rapture and dizzying terror.
Said New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones: “James Gray is one of the finest filmmakers we have. Each of his movies is so beautifully wrought, visually and emotionally, but The Lost City Of Z represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity.”
Said Gray, whose 2014 film The Immigrant played in the 51st New York Film Festival, called the selection “truly a dream come true for me to have The Lost City Of Z selected for the closing night of the New York Film Festival. “I couldn’t be more honored that the film’s world premiere will be in my hometown, a city I still love above all others.”
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, and Dale Armin Johnson produced, and Brad Pitt and Marc Butan are the exec producers.
NYFF previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th will open the festival, while the Mike Mills-directed 20th Century Women will premiere in the Centerpiece slot.