The 58th New York Film Festival (NYFF58), presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, includes an impressive cross-section of international films. The Main Slate includes new films from 19 different countries, including new titles from renowned auteurs, exceptional work from directors making their NYFF debuts, and an especially strong slate of documentary features.

“The disorientation and uncertainty of this tough year had the effect of returning us to core principles,” said Dennis Lim, Director of Programming for NYFF. “To put it simply, the Main Slate is our collective response to one central question: which films matter to us right now? Movies are neither made nor experienced in a vacuum, and while the works in our program predate the current moment of crisis, it’s striking to me just how many of them resonate with our unsettled present, or represent a means of transcending it."

NYFF58 will run September 17 – October 11. Those in the New York area will be able to screen many of the films at drive-in theater locations. Others around the world will be able to purchase tickets for the virtual theater. Purchase tickets here.

Here are our favorites from this impressive slate. (Check back to this page regularly as we will be posting reviews beginning on September 18.)

The Calming
directed by Song Fan
A beguiling and meditative movie about a young film director who finds a antidotes to chaos through silent walks through city and rural landscapes.

Boston mayorCity Hall
directed by Frederick Wiseman
A detailed documentary showing the many things a city government does for its citizens.

Aditya ModakThe Disciple
directed by Chaitanya Tamhane
Touching portrait of an aspiring singer of Indian classical music and his journey to master his art.

Michelle Pfeiffer in French ExitFrench Exit
directed by Azazel Jacobs
An impeccable comedy of manners full of quirky performances.

I Carry You with Me
directed by Heidi Ewing
A love story about two gay immigrants that is full of surprises.

directed by Sam Pollard
A riveting and morally provocative look at the unrelenting crusade by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI against civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Frances McDormand in NomadlandNomadland
directed by Chloe Zhao
The remarkable odyssey of a feisty woman who finds community and her true self in her home on the road

Logann Autuofermo as LucThe Salt of Tears
directed by Philippe Garrel
Chronicle of a man and three different women who discover the disappointments, heartbreaks, and surprises in romantic relationships.

Truffle hunterThe Truffle Hunters
directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw
An absolutely charming cinematic romp with elders and their dogs hunting for a rare delicacy.

The Woman Who RanThe Woman Who Ran
directed by Hong Sang-soo
Korean character-driven film about the uses of conversation revealed in three visits to old friends.