NEW YORK --Let's have a toast!The New York Film Festival recently annonuced that it will have its first honoree at an Alice Tully Hall event when it pays tribue to the the highly acclaimed Australian actress Nicole Kidman.
The event will include a on-stage conservation with Kidman as well well as a screening of her latest film, The Paperboy. Co-starring fellow heavy hitters Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Zac Efron, the film has been added to the festival's main slate after being one of the most talked about films at Cannes this year. In the film, Kidman -- who won an Academy Award in 2002 for playing Virigina Woolf in The Hours -- plays the fianceé of a death row inmate (Cusack) who eventually works with a journalist (McConaughey) to solve a case surrounding her husband. She later meets the journalist's younger brother (Efron), who takes a liking to her.
"Nicole Kidman is one of film's finest contemporary actresses," the Film Society of Lincoln Center program director Richard Peña said in a statement. "Since her breakthrough performance in To Die For and her bold and provocative appearances in Lars Von Trier's Dogville, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, as well as her awarding-winning portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours, Kidman has insisted on finding roles that are complex, bold and demanding. We are excited to honor her with a tribute at the New York Film Festival."
Peña himself will also be honored later during the festival after leaving his role following 25 years of service. He joined the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1988 -- though he first attended NYFF in 1965 as a 12-year-old who was lovestruck with the festival. He has attended every year since except for one year when he was on a trip to South America.
"I saw so many great films in the festival. Films which really marked the way I think about film and certainly what my work would be in the future," Peña said.
Speaking of Peña, Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo said: "[He] helped us discover directors like Pedro Almodovar, Abbas Kiarostami, Olivier Assayas, Lars Von Trier and Hou Hsiao-hsien, making an indelible contribution to film culture in New York City and around the world. We hope that his friends and colleagues will join us for a special evening to celebrate his achievements."
General public tickets for the festival go on sale Sept. 9. There will be a pre-sale ticketing period for film society patrons and members before that date. Join the film society by Aug. 29 to take advantage of this priority period. For more info on attending the 50th NYFF, please visit the NYFF tickets section.