don cheadle (as miles davis with trumpet)

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in ‘Miles Ahead.’

*The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced its 53rd New York Film Festival starting September 25 through October 11.

This year’s New York Film Festival (NYFF) Main Slate covers a vast range of emotions and styles and concerns, and offers 26 individual answers to the question “What is cinema?”

Miles Ahead,” starring Don Cheadle, is the World Premiere Closing Night film. How do you make a movie about Miles Davis? You get to know him inside and out, which is exactly what Don Cheadle does as a director, a writer, and an actor with this remarkable portrait of the artist, refracted through his tumultuous days in the late-70s.

Opening Night and World Premiere is the Robert Zemeckis’s film about Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his walk between the Twin Towers that plays like a heist movie. A heart-stopping technical marvel and a perfect 3-D re-creation of Lower Manhattan in the 1970s, The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley as Petit’s mentor.

Steve Jobs” is the Festival’s Centerpiece. Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin joined forces to create this dynamically character-driven portrait of the controversial man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, and Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan.

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobbs in 'Steve Jobs.'

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in ‘Steve Jobs.’

Included in the line-up are Arabian Nights: Volume 1, 2, and 3, “The Assassin,” Steven Spielberg’s “Bride of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Cemetery of Splendour,” “Les Cowboys,” “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank,” “Experimenter,” “The Forbidden Room,” “In the Shadow of Women,” “The Lobster,” “Maggie’s Plan,” “The Measure of a Man,” “Mia Madre,” “Microbe & Gasoline,” “Mountains May Depart,” “My Golden Days,” “No Home Movie,” “Right Now, Wrong Then,” “The Treasure,” “Where To Invade Next,”the always enlightening Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next,” “Shorts Program 1: International,” “Shorts Prrogram 2: Horror,” “Shorts Program 3: Animation,” and “Shorts Program 4: New York Shorts.” 

Tickets for the 53rd NYFF will go on sale to Film Society patrons at the end of August, ahead of the general public. Learn more about the patron program at filmlinc.org/patrons. Becoming a Film Society Member offers the exclusive member ticket discounts to the New York Film Festival and Film Society programming year-round plus other great benefits. Current members at the Film Buff Level or above enjoy early ticket access to NYFF screenings and events ahead of the general public. Learn more at filmlinc.org/membership.

For even more access, VIP Passes offer buyers the earliest opportunity to purchase tickets and secure seats at the festival’s biggest events including Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Nights. VIP passes also provide access to many exciting events including the invitation-only Opening Night party, “ An Evening With…” Dinner, Filmmaker Brunch, and VIP Lounge. Benefits vary based on the pass type. For more information about purchasing VIP Passes, go to filmlinc.org/NYFF or contact [email protected].

Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]