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NYFF Captures Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR; Radius Releasing in October

If landing Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest wasn’t a major coup, the 52nd NYFF are now adding more film flair in this late addition of Laura Poitras’ highly anticipated (high up on our 2014 must see list) closing chapter in her 9/11 trilogy, titled CITIZENFOUR. RADiUS along with Participant Media and HBO Documentary Films will release the film theatrically on October 24th. The presentation for NYFF is slotted for Friday, October 10 at 6 p.m.. at Alice Tully Hall. This is followed by HBO Directors Dialogues on October 11 at 4 p.m., at the Walter Reade Theater. This is a primo docu item for 2014 folks. Here’s the fest’s synopsis which explains the film’s chosen title:

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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