Martin Scorsese's gangster film The Irishman is set to debut at this year's New York Film Festival.
There was concern over the movie possibly not featuring at the event as it was still being worked on, with the filmmaker applying the finishing touches to the VFX. But it will be the Opening Night film for the 57th New York.
The Irishman stars Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, whom gangster movie fans should be quite familiar with as they've appeared together in hits such as Goodfellas and A Bronx Tale, among others. It also marks Scorsese's first project involving the legendary Al Pacino.
Below are images from the movie, as well as a synopsis from Film at Lincoln Center:
The Irishman is a richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity. Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, it is a film about friendship and loyalty between men who commit unspeakable acts and turn on a dime against each other, and the possibility of redemption in a world where it seems as distant as the moon. The roster of talent behind and in front of the camera is astonishing, and at the core of The Irishman are four great artists collectively hitting a new peak: Joe Pesci as Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino, Al Pacino as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert De Niro as their right-hand man, Frank Sheeran, each working in the closest harmony imaginable with the film’s incomparable creator, Martin Scorsese.
- Via FilmLinc.org
Scorsese claims to be honored by the fact that his movie has been chosen to open the festival.
“It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year,” he says. “The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”
The Irishman is based on the True Crime book I Heard You Paint Houses. Scorsese is, of course, no stranger to such projects but he had to take a different route this time around as the movie's timeline consists of several decades, prompting him to use VFX to make the actors appear younger, as Marvel did with Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel.
The New York Film Festival runs from September 27 - October 13. But you need not worry if you won't be in attendance as the movie will also launch on Netflix sometime this fall.