The New York Film Festival will open Sept. 27 with Akira Kurosawa's "Ran," the famed Japanese director's rendering of the King Lear story, set in 16th-Century feudal Japan.
Scheduled for the Oct. 13 closing-night presentation is "Chaos," an adaptation of four Pirandello stories by the Italian directing team of Paolo and Vittorio Taviana.
The international flavor of the opening and closing features will predominate throughout the 23rd annual festival at Lincoln Center.
Included among the many European entries in this year's festival, several by newer or first-time directors, are Jean-Luc Godard's already controversial film "Hail Mary," Swiss director Alain Tanner's "No Man's Land" and the late Joseph Losey's "Steaming."
The three American films, all made independently of the Hollywood studio system, are "Chair Letters," a feature by New York-based avant-garde director Mark Rappaport, and two full-length documentaries--"Huey Long" by Ken Burns and "Private Conversations" by Christian Blackwood.