In addition to opening the Venice Film Festival this month, Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s White Noise will kick off the 60th New York Film Festival. Film at Lincoln Center, which takes place at the annual New York Festival, announced Tuesday that White Noise will release this year’s edition on September 30 at Alice Tully Hall. Baumbach’s film, starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, is an adaptation of DeLillo’s classic 1985 novel about a toxic event in a suburban college town.
Netflix is already slated to open for the 79th Venice Film Festival on August 31. But Bombash, a native of New York, has a long history with the New York Film Festival, which he attended regularly as a child. Six of his previous films have made the New York Festival’s main list, from 1995’s Kicking and Screaming to 2019’s Marriage Story, which was the festival’s main selection that year.
“In 1985, my dad and I flew from Brooklyn to see Ran from Kurosawa open the 23rd NYFF, the same year he brought home the hardcover for Don DeLillo’s White Noise,” Baumbach said in a statement. “The opening of the 60th New York Film Festival with white noise is really special to me. This festival has been part of my film education and has been home to me and many of my films over the years.”
Dennis Lim, the festival’s artistic director, described Bombach’s adaptation as “an unmistakable triumph: a fun and deeply funny meditation on the way we live now, and it’s also the director’s most ambitious and expansive film.”
The New York Film Festival runs from September 30 to October. 16.