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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the lineup for the New York Film Festival 2004, and it looks like NY will again benefit from being, arguably, the world's last major film festival by getting films that have played at other festivals by the time the NYFF starts October 1. Opening the festival will be Agnes Jaoui's Look At Me (premiered at Cannes); Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education (also at Cannes) is the centerpiece, as well there being a Pedro retrospective (Viva Pedro!); and Alexander Payne's Sideways will close the festival. Indiewire has a good article about the festival's lineup, and we've taken their lineup list and reproduced it here (after the jump).

Films Gothamist is personally excited for: Hou Hsou-Hsien's Cafe Lumiere, Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers (Cannes), Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musique, David Gordon Green's Undertow, Ingmar Bergman's Saraband, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Tropical Malady (Cannes), Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (Sundance, Cannes), Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, and Eric Rohmer's Triple Agent, not to mention the Infernal Affairs trilogy from Andrew Lau and Alan Mak and the retrospective of Almodovar films. We're surprised Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou (see the trailer) is not premiering, especially since Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums premiered at previous festivals.

The NYFF's selection is very different from other festivals - usually by the time films come to the NYFF, they already have distributors and marketing plans in place, unlike Sundance where many films are waiting to be bought and Cannes, where many films are looking for critical recognition. The Toronto Film Festival, which starts soon, is widely considered the premier film festival in North America, but it does have an awards component, which the NYFF doesn't. The NYFF remains important because of its heritage and the fact that NY is a media capital and the film gets a prestigious U.S. premiere. The full schedule will be available on Monday.

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

"Look At Me," directed by Agnès Jaoui (France)
"Bad Education," directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
"Sideways," directed by Alexander Payne (USA)
"The 10th District Court: Judicial Hearings," directed by Raymond Depardon (France)
"The Big Red One," directed by Samuel Fuller (USA) 1980 (Restored 2004)
"Cafe Lumiere," directed by Hou Hsou-Hsien (Japan/Taiwan)
"The Gate Of The Sun," directed by Yousry Nasrallah (France/Egypt)
"The Holy Girl," directed by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina)
"House Of Flying Daggers," directed by Zhang Yimou (China)
"In The Battlefields," directed by Danielle Arbid (Lebanon/France)
"Keane," directed by Lodge Kerrigan (USA)
"Kings And Queen," directed by Arnaud Desplechin (France)
"Moolade," directed by Ousmane Sembene (Senegal)
"Notre Musique," directed by Jean-Luc Godard (Switzerland/France)
"Or (My Treasure)," directed by Keren Yedaya (Israel)
"Palindromes," directed by Todd Solondz (USA)
"Rolling Family," directed by Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
"Saraband," directed by Ingmar Bergman (Sweden)
"Tarnation," directed by Jonathan Caouette (USA)
"Triple Agent," directed by Eric Rohmer (France)
"Tropical Malady," directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)
"Undertow," directed by David Gordon Green (USA)
"Vera Drake," directed by Mike Leigh (UK)
"Woman Is The Future Of Man," directed by Hong Sang-Soo (South Korea/France)
"The World," directed by Jia Zhangke (China)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS

"Infernal Affairs Trilogy," Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (Hong Kong)
"Macunaima," Joaquim Pedro De Andrade (Brazil)
"Miles Electric: A Different Kind Of Blue," Murray Lerner (USA)
"Selling Democracy: Films Of The Marshall Plan," 1947-55
"Elegance, Passion, And Cold Hard Steel: A Tribute To Shaw Brothers Studios"
"Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson," Ken Burns (USA)
"Views From The Avant-Garde"

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