Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Will Premiere in September at the New York Film Festival
Scorsese fans, it’s officially time to start freaking out. Years (decades?) in the making, The Irishman is finally almost ready for its premiere.
The New York Film Festival announced today that Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will debut as the fest’s Opening Night Selection on September 27 at Alice Tully Hall. Here is how the festival describes the film:
Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, it is a film about friendship and loyalty between men who commit unspeakable acts and turn on a dime against each other, and the possibility of redemption in a world where it seems as distant as the moon. The roster of talent behind and in front of the camera is astonishing, and at the core of The Irishman are four great artists collectively hitting a new peak: Joe Pesci as Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino, Al Pacino as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert De Niro as their right-hand man, Frank Sheeran, each working in the closest harmony imaginable with the film’s incomparable creator, Martin Scorsese.
The Irishman is Pacino’s first film with Martin Scorsese, and Scorsese’s first collaboration with De Niro since Casino in 1995. It’s also notable for having De Niro and the rest of the cast play their characters over several decades, with digital technology used to make them appear younger than their real ages in certain scenes. (The reported budget for the film is over $100 million; Wikipedia claims it cost double that.)
Here’s the one brief teaser for the film to date:
Tickets for the New York Film Festival go on sale to the general public on September 8. The film is expected to premiere on Netflix, who financed the movie, some time in the fall.
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