Film at Lincoln Center has unveiled the 61st New York Film Festival poster by iconic filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, director of seven NYFF selections including NYFF24 Opening Night film Down by Law. NYFF posters are a yearly artistic signature of the film festival, and Jarmusch joins a stellar lineup of renowned artists who have contributed their work to the festival, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Saul Bass, John Waters, Cindy Sherman, Pedro Almodóvar, Kara Walker, and last year’s artist, Nan Goldin.
Jarmusch says of his design: “Since arriving in New York City decades ago, attending the NYFF has been my version of going to church. I’m honored to have been asked to create the poster for the 61st NYFF, joining a list of filmmakers, artists, and friends who have done so in the past. “
“For this poster the image was pulled from the files of several thousand useless photographs I’ve taken since getting my hands on a camera as a teenager,” he continued. “I consider them to be useless not necessarily in a negative way, but because they’ve almost never had any intended ‘use.’
“Most of my favorites are random, playful, or accidental,” added the filmmaker. “This one’s from the late ’70s, an incidental portrait of a friend, hiding her face with a Japanese album cover from the 1960s. Its image is of film star Yûzô Kayama (The Sword of Doom, Red Beard, Sanjuro, etc.) and rock musician (!)—an LP of his psychedelic surf band, The Launchers.”
The limited edition posters are now available for purchase via Posteritati. Additionally, a limited number of posters will be available for purchase during the festival at Film at Lincoln Center’s merchandise store located in Alice Tully Hall. Each limited edition poster is available for $85, with a 10% discount for FLC Members.
Jim Jarmusch is a film director, writer, musician, producer, and artist. His films include Stranger than Paradise (1984, NYFF22); Down by Law (1986, NYFF24 Opening Night); Dead Man (1999); Broken Flowers (2005); Only Lovers Left Alive (2013, NYFF51); and Paterson (2016, NYFF54). His book Some Collages was published by Anthology Editions in 2021. He records and performs music with his band SQÜRL as well as with the lutenist Jozef Van Wissem. Additional NYFF appearances include Main Slate selections Mystery Train (1989, NYFF27) and Night on Earth (1991, NYFF29), as well as NYFF54 Special Event Gimme Danger in 2016.
Presented by Film at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema and takes place September 29–October 15, 2023. An annual bellwether of the state of cinema that has shaped film culture since 1963, the festival continues an enduring tradition of introducing audiences to bold and remarkable works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.
Explore NYFF61’s Main Slate. Currents, Revivals, Spotlight, and Talks sections will be announced in the coming weeks––sign up for NYFF updates for the latest news. Secure your seats with Festival Passes, limited quantities on sale now with discounts through August 17. NYFF61 single tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, September 19 at noon ET, with pre-sale access for FLC Members and Pass holders prior to this date. Become an FLC Member by August 15 to secure pre-sale access.