Curtain goes up on a documentary-rich New York Film Festival

The Associated Press


The world premiere of Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” will kick off the 55th New York Film Festival on Thursday night.

“Last Flag Flying” is about the road-trip reunion of three former Navy men who are something like older, grown-up versions of the main characters in Hal Ashby’s 1973 film, “The Last Detail.” It stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne. The trio reunites to bring home the dead son of Carell’s character, a young soldier killed in Iraq.

The 18-day festival will include new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Agnes Varda and Greta Gerwig.

Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” will close the festival, one of the most prestigious in North America. “Wonder Wheel” is set in 1950s Coney Island and stars Kate Winslet.


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