NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) announced the inclusion of nine curated films and one episodic program to the in-person screening lineup for its 33rd annual, Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF). In-person screenings will take place between November 3-8 at The Prytania Theatre, Jazz Market New Orleans, The Broad Theater 1, The Broad Theater 4 presented by Gilead Sciences Inc., The Broadside, and Second Line Stages.

The addition of these films follows an announcement earlier this week that The Inspection will open the festival on Thursday, November 3.

Individual screening tickets are now available for purchase by NOFS members at neworleansfilmfestival.org. Tickets will be available for purchase by the public starting Friday, October 21, at 12 PM CT.

The 2022 New Orleans Film Festival’s Spotlight Films bring together a selection of films that are soon to be award season favorites, including:

  • Causeway – An intimate portrait of a soldier (Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence) struggling to adjust to her life after returning home to New Orleans.
  • Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film Close is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.
  • Winner of the U.S. grand jury award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Nanny is writer and director Nikyatu Jusu’s debut feature: an American horror film about a Senegalese woman working for a wealthy New York couple.
  • Women Talking – based on Miriam Toew’s bestseller, explores the experiences of several women in an isolated Mennonite community, and stars Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand.

Narrative Features

A New Orleans Noel | Dir. Angela Tucker | 2022 | USA | 85 min.
Two opposite personalities (Keisha Knight Pullman & Brad James) find themselves working together on a New Orleans architecture project for New Orleans praline icon Loretta Brown (Patti Labelle) in this locally set Christmas movie.

Causeway | Dir. Lila Neugebauer | 2022 | USA | 92 min.
U.S. soldier Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence) experiences a traumatic brain injury during her tour in Afghanistan, which forces her to return home, where she struggles to return to her daily life. Trailer: https://youtu.be/VojBOTd6Euo

Close | Dir. Lukas Dhont | 2022 | France | 105 min.
Leo and Remi are two thirteen-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EJGnU2AmV4

Empire of Light | Dir. Sam Mendes | 2022 | United Kingdom, USA | 119 min.
Set in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, EMPIRE OF LIGHT is a compelling and poignant drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, from Academy Award® winning director Sam Mendes and starring Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, with Toby Jones and Colin Firth.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdMPTgYi-0w

Nanny | Dir. Nikyatu Jusu | 2022 | USA | 97 min.
Aisha is an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the son she left behind in West Africa, a violent presence invades her reality, threatening the American Dream she is painstakingly piecing together.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/jW-XKkSC63k

Women Talking | Dir. Sarah Polley | 2022 | USA | 104 min.
In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith. Based on the novel by Miriam Toews and starring Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Frances McDormand, Jessie Buckley, and Ben Wishaw.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/pD0mFhMqDCE

Documentary Features

Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues | Dir. Sacha Jenkins | 2022 | USA | 131 min.
“Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues” offers an intimate and revealing look at the world-changing musician, presented through a lens of archival footage and never-before-heard home recordings and personal conversations.

Last Dance | Dir. Coline Albert | 2022 | France | 101 min.
After starting a successful drag workshop in New Orleans and helping to build a robust drag community in the city, iconic drag queen Vinsantos grows tired of the character that has taken over his life and decides to say goodbye to Lady Vinsantos by releasing his greatest dream: one last show in Paris.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_qm_RDyeNc

Wildcat | Dirs. Trevor Frost and Melissa Lesh | 2022 | USA | 106 min.
Back from war in Afghanistan, a young British soldier struggling with depression and PTSD finds a second chance in the Amazon rainforest when he meets an American scientist, and together they foster an orphaned baby ocelot.

Episodic Program

Algiers, America | Dir. Jackson Fager | 2022 | USA | 58 min.
The pilot episode of a five-part series that tells the story of a remarkable Edna Karr High School football coach in the center of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, and the community that’s fighting together there for hope and survival.

See the film guide and schedule at noff2022.eventive.org/films

ATTENDING NOFF2022

The NOFF screening schedule and film guide are now available at neworleansfilmfestival.org. In-person screenings will take place between November 3-8 at The Prytania Theatre, Jazz Market New Orleans, The Broad Theater 1, The Broad Theater 4 presented by Gilead Sciences Inc., The Broadside, and Second Line Stages.

Festivalgoers can purchase an All Access Pass, good for admission and priority entry to in-person screenings and the NOFF Virtual Cinema, parties and receptions, panels, and events; or purchase individual tickets for each screening. Individual tickets for in-person and the Virtual Cinema go on sale to NOFS members on October 14 at 12 PM, and to the public on October 21 at 12 PM at neworleansfilmfestival.org.

The NOFF Virtual Cinema will run from November 3-13 and offer nearly all 130+ films in the festival lineup! Film lovers can buy a Virtual Pass For One or a Virtual Household Pass to watch all films in the lineup throughout the festival; a Six Film Pass to watch any six films virtually or in-person or buy individual tickets for each virtual screening. Heavily discounted Student and Teacher Passes are also available.

New Orleans Film Society members receive $50 off All Access passes, $3 off in-person screening tickets, and $2 off NOFF Virtual Cinema tickets. Now is the perfect time to become a NOFS member and save with these great benefits! Sign up for membership here.

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