The Lost City of Z, the much-anticipated upcoming film written and directed by James Gray (The Immigrant), will world premiere on the closing night of the 2016 New York Film Festival.
The Lost City of Z stars Charlie Hunnam as Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett, who explored the Amazon jungle for decades looking for an ancient and forgotten city. Also stars Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.
This year’s New York Film Festival will open with the screen premiere of Ava DuVernay’s The 13th and will have Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women as its centerpiece films.
“James Gray is one of the finest filmmakers we have,” New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said in a statement. “Each of his movies is so beautifully wrought, visually and emotionally, but The Lost City of Z represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity.”
According to Jones, who also pushed for Gray’s The Immigrant to screen, The Lost City of Z “represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity.”
According to the official synopsis:
“James Gray’s emotionally and visually resplendent epic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (a remarkable Charlie Hunnam), the British military-man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children, and his very existence. Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji cast quite a spell, exquisitely pitched between rapture and dizzying terror. Also starring Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, The Lost City of Z represents a form of epic storytelling that has all but vanished from the landscape of modern cinema, and a rare level of artistry.”
“I’m very excited; it’s going to be a huge challenge,” Gray told Film Stage in April 2015, when announcing The Lost City of Z. “But I’m very scared, and I’m under no illusions that I’m going to go to the jungle and have a great time and it’s going to have a party. I mean, it’s going to be an epic struggle, and I’m going to try and do my very best. I have many, many ideas. The project’s been gestating for a long time, and, in some respects, that’s a challenge in and of itself, because you have many, many ideas, and you want to make sure the project has a unity and a singularity and a uniqueness and a consistency.”
The 54th New York Film Festival will begin on September 30.
The Lost City of Z will premiere on October 15.