Organizers of the New York Film Festival have chosen Todd Haynes’ latest work, Wonderstruck, as the Centerpiece selection for this year’s fest. The film garnered solid reviews and Oscar talk when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Amazon Studios produced the film, adapted from Brian Selznick’s 2011 YA novel of the same name.
“Todd Haynes and Brian Selznick have pulled off something truly remarkable here — a powerful evocation of childhood, with all of its mysteries and terrors and flights of imagination and longings; richly textured re-creations of Manhattan in the ’20s and the ’70s; and a magical and intricately plotted quest story that builds to a beautiful climax. Wonderstruck is fun, emotionally potent, and… it’s a great New York movie,” New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said in a statement.
Haynes, long considered the leading figure of the New Queer Cinema movement in the 1990’s, screened his lesbian love story Carol at the New York Film Festival two years ago.
Awards buzz for Wonderstruck has been building since Cannes, especially for young newcomer Millicent Simmonds. Haynes collaborator Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, Safe) also stars, along with Michelle Williams. The film opens in limited release on October 20. Check out a short clip below.