“Lincoln” is to unspool next Monday (Oct. 8) as part of the 50th annual New York Film Festival. Steven Spielberg‘s biopic of the nation’s 16th president is one of the last of the top Oscar contenders yet to be seen.
The pedigree of the project is first-rate: a two-time Best Director at the helm, working from a script by two-time Tony champ Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) and a cast led by a trio of Oscar winners — Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, Sally Field as his First Lady and Tommy Lee Jones as a political foe.
The golden anniversary of the filmfest opened Sept. 28 with another hot prospect — “Life of Pi,” directed by Oscar champ Ang Lee — and closes on Oct. 14 with “Flight,” the first live-action film from Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis in 12 years.
Still in the wings are films from three other Oscar-winning directors: Kathryn Bigelow‘s “Zero Dark Thirty“; Tom Hooper‘s adaptation of “Les Miserables” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Jackson‘s prequel to his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Last year, Martin Scorsese previewed “Hugo” at the Gotham filmfest. The rousing reception for this sneak peek of his unfinished film spurred it on to a leading 11 Oscar nominations. It tied with “The Artist” at five wins apiece.
A two-minute trailer for “Lincoln” (see below) aired right after Wednesday’s night presidential debate. The teaser, entitled “Unite,” focuses on a leader who worked with his rivals during a time of national crisis.