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51st Annual New York Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

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The 51st annual New York Film Festival gets underway Friday at Lincoln Center with the premiere of the new Tom Hanks movie "Captain Phillips." NY1's George Whipple kicks off two weeks of daily coverage with a preview of what you can expect at this year's festival.

"Prestige" is the buzzword at this year's New York Film Festival, which kicks off with the world premiere of "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks as the real-life hero whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

"All is Lost" is another adventure at sea featuring screen legend Robert Redford as a man trying to survive a shipwreck.

The Coen brothers return to the big screen with "Inside Llewyn Davis," a new film set in the New York folk music scene of the early 1960's.

Director Alexander Payne follows up "The Descendants" with "Nebraska," a distinctively melancholy look at family relations.

Fresh off its rapturous reception at the Toronto Film Festival, "12 Years A Slave" tells the story of a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery in 1841.

This year's Palme d'Or winner at Cannes, "Blue is the Warmest Color," will have its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. The sexually charged tale of two female lovers is adapted from a celebrated graphic novel.

Ben Stiller's long awaited remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will have its world premiere as the festival's centerpiece selection. Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine and Kristen Wiig co-star in this comedic fantasy.

Award winning actress Cate Blanchett will be honored by Film At Lincoln Center with a gala tribute. Ralph Fiennes will also get a tribute, and he'll premiere "The Invisible Woman," which he directed and stars in.

The festival wraps up with the world premiere of Spike Jonze's "Her". Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man who falls in love with his computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

The New York Film Festival runs through October 13th. For more information on screenings and tickets, visit

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