Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ To Open The New York Film Festival

Robert Zemeckis director of the Academy Award nominated ‘Flight’, will be bringing his latest production ‘The Walk’ to the 53rd New York Film Festival to make its world premiere as the opening night film.

The Walk follows the true story of Philippe Petit, based on Petit’s memoir To Reach the Clouds, the French high-wire artist who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974. The Walk will be the second 3D feature to open NYFF, after Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012, and also marks Zemeckis’s return to the festival three years after ‘Flight’ screened on Closing Night in 2012. Petit is portrayed on screen by Golden Globe nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

New York Film Festival director and Selection Committee chair Kent Jones commented on the selection saying “The Walk is surprising in so many ways, first of all, it plays like a classic heist movie in the tradition of The Asphalt Jungle or Bob le flambeur — the planning, the rehearsing, the execution, the last-minute problems — but here it’s not money that’s stolen but access to the world’s tallest buildings. It’s also an astonishing re-creation of Lower Manhattan in the ’70s. And then, it becomes something quite rare, rich, mysterious… and throughout it all, you’re on the edge of your seat.

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, Marian Masone, Gavin Smith, and Amy Taubin.

Robert Zemeckis also commented on the news saying “I am extremely honored and grateful that our film has been selected to open the 53rd New York Film Festival. The Walk is a New York story, so I am delighted to be presenting the film to New York audiences first. My hope is that Festival audiences will be immersed in the spectacle, but also to be enraptured by the celebration of a passionate artist who helped give the wonderful towers a soul.

Submissions for the 53rd edition of the festival, which will run from September 25th – October 11th are now open. Additionally, tickets for the 53rd New York Film Festival will go on sale in early September.


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Editor-in-Chief of Tastic Film Magazine James Rush.