New York Film Festival Announces Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ as Centerpiece

Millicent Simmonds in Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck

Today, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed that Todd Haynes’ latest film Wonderstruck will be the Centerpiece selection for the 55th edition of New York Film Festival (taking place from September 28 – October 15). It will make its NY premiere at Alice Tully Hall beginning on October 7 and will be released theatrically on October 20 by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions.

Wonderstruck joins Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying (which will open the festival) as the festival’s first two big selections, as we await the closing night selection and the rest of the main slate.

Here’s the synopsis of Wonderstruck posted below:

“In 1977, following the death of his single mother, Ben (Oakes Fegley) loses his hearing in a freak accident and makes his way from Minnesota to New York, hoping to learn about the father he has never met. A half-century earlier, another deaf 12-year-old, Rose (Millicent Simmonds), flees her restrictive Hoboken home, captivated by the bustle and romance of the nearby big city. Each of these parallel adventures, unfolding largely without dialogue, is an exuberant love letter to a bygone era of New York. The mystery of how they ultimately converge, which involves Julianne Moore in a lovely dual role, provides the film’s emotional core. Adapted from a young-adult novel by The Invention of Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck is an all-ages enchantment, entirely true to director Todd Haynes’s sensibility: an intelligent, deeply personal, and lovingly intricate tribute to the power of obsession.”

This will be Haynes’ 4th film shown at the festival, with the previous ones being Velvet Goldmine in 1998, I’m Not There in 2007, and, most recently, Carol in 2015, which we reviewed at the time.