There’s no doubt about it, the 2014 New York Film Festival is on fire. First they nabbed David Fincher’s Gone Girl as their opening night film, then they set the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice as their centerpiece film. Now they’ve announced that Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance will close out the festival on October 12th, just five days before the film opens in limited release on October 17th. The black comedy stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. NYFF director Kent Jones describes the pic as “consistently surprising and inventive”, which is no surprise given that Iñárritu shot the movie to look like it’s one giant continuous take.
Birdman will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 17th. The NYFF press release makes no mention of this being the film’s North American premiere, so a Telluride or TIFF debut in September seems likely. NYFF 2014 runs from September 26th – October 12th. Read the press release after the jump.