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New York Film Fest Lineup Includes Work From Gerwig, Varda, Haynes, Baker
This image released by Amazon Studios shows Julianne Moore in a scene from, “WonderStruck,” the Centerpiece Gala presentation at the upcoming New York Film Festival (Mary Cybulski/Amazon Studios via AP)
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Films by Greta Gerwig, Sean Baker and Agnes Varda are headed to the 55th New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the selections of 25 films for its main slate on Tuesday, including eight directed by women.

The festival, held annually at Lincoln Center, is one of the most prestigious of the fall season. Among the films selected are Baker's acclaimed Cannes entry "The Florida Project," the 89-year-old Varda's "Faces Places" and Gerwig's directorial debut "Lady Bird." Gerwig's frequent collaborator and romantic partner Noah Baumbach will also return to the festival with his Netflix release "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)."

Many of the selections, as usual, include previous festival standouts. Luca Guadagnino's "Call Me by Your Name" and Dee Rees' "Mudbound" will come to the festival after lauded debuts at Sundance. Other Cannes hits include Ruben Ostlund's Palme d'Or winning comedy "The Square" and Robin Campillo's AIDS activist drama "BPM (Beats Per Minute)."

The festival previously announced its three galas, all of which happen to be Amazon Studios releases. Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying," a kind of sequel to Hal Ashby's "The Last Detail," will open the festival. Todd Haynes' Brian Selznick adaptation "Wonderstruck" is the centerpiece, and Woody Allen's 1950s Coney Island tale "Wonder Wheel" will close.

The New York Film Festival runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 15.

The 55th New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night
Last Flag Flying
Dir. Richard Linklater

Dir. Todd Haynes

Closing Night
Wonder Wheel

Dir. Woody Allen

Before We Vanish
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

BPM (Beats Per Minute)/120 battements par minute
Dir. Robin Campillo

Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur
Dir. Claire Denis

Call Me by Your Name
Dir. Luca Guadagnino

The Day After
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

Faces Places/Visages villages
Dir. Agnès Varda & JR

Dir. Alain Gomis

The Florida Project
Dir. Sean Baker

Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin

Lady Bird 
Dir. Greta Gerwig

Lover for a Day/L’Amant d’un jour
Dir. Philippe Garrel

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Mrs. Hyde/Madame Hyde
Dir. Serge Bozon

Dir. Dee Rees

On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki

The Rider
Dir. Chloé Zhao

Dir. Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik

The Square
Dir. Ruben Östlund

Dir. Joachim Trier

Dir. Valeska Grisebach

Dir. Lucrecia Martel

NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Revivals, Convergence, and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks.