Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 59th New York Film Festival

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The annual round-up of posters for the main slate of the NYFF.

By Adrian Curry

Since 2010, on the last Friday of every September, I have gathered all the posters for the films in the main slate of the New York Film Festival. Last year, six months into the pandemic, I didn’t do it. There was a New York Film Festival, and there was a main slate, but with most of the films only screening online, it just didn’t seem like the real thing and my heart wasn’t in it. This year the NYFF is back and entirely IRL and, although we’re still not out of the pandemic woods, I feel that the wonderful new poster for Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee is emblematic of the moment: people, lots of them, (vaccinated, hopefully), coming together.

Aside from the Flee poster, the highlights of this year would have to be Javier Jaén’s two posters for Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers: especially his now legendary teaser which was initially censored by social media. After that my favorite designs are the release poster for The Velvet Underground (though it pales in comparison to the negative version released a year ago as a teaser which was my second favorite poster of 2020), the Shine Horovits poster for Ahed’s Knee and the relatively simple uncredited design for The Girl and the Spider. I’m also quite partial to the title treatment for Neptune Frost. We are also unveiling the brand new poster for MUBI’s own release of What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

I’ve been able to find posters, or at least some sort of key art (see The Tragedy of Macbeth) for almost all of the 32 main slate films, with the exception of Jonas Carpignano’s A Chiara and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir Part II. Eight of the films premiered in competition at Cannes in July and so a couple of these posters were already featured in my Cannes round-up, but I have tried to find alternate versions where possible.

See the posters here.