This year's 53rd New York Film Festival kicks off on Friday—and a special sneak preview for Sunday, September 27, was just announced: The Film Society of Lincoln Center will be presenting the eagerly anticipated The Martian at 9 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall. And, yes, tickets are on sale now!
The film, directed by Ridley Scott and based on Andy Weir's book, is "a gripping drama of survival infused with warmth and humor," according to the FSLC:
Matt Damon plays astronaut/botanist Mark Watney, left for dead when a lethal sandstorm forces his crewmates to cut their mission to Mars short with an emergency liftoff. Like Robinson Crusoe, Watney uses his ingenuity and knowledge to survive on the mission’s still-functioning base as he awaits rescue, while back on earth the NASA team (Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Community star Donald Glover) and his former crew members in space (led by Jessica Chastain) pull out all the stops to bring him home. As ever with Scott, the filmmaking is dynamic, the visuals spectacular, and the cast note-perfect. Anchored by another winning performance from Damon, this is what-if, problem-solving drama at its absolute finest.
Scott and cast members will be present at the screening.
This year's festival line-up includes Robert Zemeckis's dramatization of Philippe Petit's Twin Towers derring-do with The Walk, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in, uh, Steve Jobs, and Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, in addition to its Convergence program, killer revival screenings, special programs (like Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's Brian de Palma doc) and more. There will also be a free tribute to the late, great documentarian Albert Maysles on October 4.