Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel" Will Close NYFF55

Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel" is the Closing Night selection of the 55th New York Film Festival (September 28 - October 15), making its World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, October 14. Amazon Studios will release Wonder Wheel on December 1, 2017, the first film the studio will distribute independently.

The film stars Justin Timberlake, James Belushi, and Kate Winslet.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, "I'm not quite sure what I expected when I sat down to watch Wonder Wheel, but when the lights came up I was speechless. There are elements in the film that will certainly be familiar to anyone who knows Woody Allen's work, but here he holds them up to a completely new light. I mean that literally and figuratively, because Allen and Vittorio Storaro use light and color in a way that is stunning in and of itself but also integral to the mounting emotional power of the film. And at the center of it all is Kate Winslet's absolutely remarkable performance-precious few actors are that talented, or fearless."

Read more about "Wonder Wheel" here, and about the events of NYFF55 starting September 28th.

The 18-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Florence Almozini, FSLC Associate Director of Programming; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.

Earlier this summer, NYFF announced Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying as Opening Night and Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck as the Centerpiece selection. The retrospective section honors Robert Mitchum's centenary.

Tickets for the 55th New York Film Festival will go on sale September 10. VIP passes and packages are on sale now and offer one of the earliest opportunities to purchase tickets and secure seats at some of the festival's biggest events, including the just-announced Closing Night.

Opening Film: Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying
Centerpiece Film: Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck
Closing Film: Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel
Full Festival List: Films and Descriptions
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