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N.Y. Film Festival Celebrates A Half-Century With Its 50 Best Flicks

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting NYFF 50, the best 50 films from the last 50 New York Film Festivals. This special presentation runs now through September 28, the opening night of the 50th New York Film Festival.

Richard Pena has been the program director of the film festival for the last 25 years and he will retire with this 50th film festival.

"It's been a trip down memory lane and also, I think, a great way to see the kind of impact the New York Film Festival has had on film culture and really beyond that, the cultural life of New York City," says Pena.

"Hoop Dreams" premiered at the NYFF in 1994 and the director, Steve James, says debuting at that festival was very important.

"When we got into the New York Film Festival, I knew how special that was because it's so selective," says James.

The subject of the film, Arthur Agee, says his life was changed by being in "Hoop Dreams."

"Coming back, in retrospect, looking at it now and seeing some of the people who hadn't seen it, you know, it's their first time seeing it, you know, it was an overwhelming, very humbling experience," says Agee.

Among the films coming up are "Dogville" directed by Lars Von Triers, which played in the 2003 film festival, Pedro Almodovar's "Talk To Her," which premiered at the 2002 festival and Mike Leigh's "Topsy Turvy," which premiered back in 1999.

Tickets are still available for the series at filmlinc.com. So check out some of the great films from the last 50 years of the NYFF, before this year's festival starts on September 28.

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