Edward Norton’s ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ to Close NYFF57

Edward Norton directing Motherless Brooklyn

This week has been a big one for the 2019 New York Film Festival (NYFF 57), which announced Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as the Opening Night Selection and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story as the Centerpiece.

Now, today, the festival has announced that Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, which will be released via Warner Bros., will close out the festival and have its New York premiere at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 11.

Motherless Brooklyn, based on Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel, tweaks the story from a modern Brooklyn neo-noir narrative to a 1950s New York neo-noir. Norton stars as Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective with Tourrette’s, who finds himself drawn into a multilayered conspiracy that expands to encompass the city’s ever-growing racial divide. The film also stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones.

Stay tuned for more on NYFF 57, including the full slate, coming very soon.