James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’ Stands As Closing Film at NYFF 2016

city-sqThis year’s 54th annual New York Film Festival (held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in Manhattan) served as the launching pad for a number of top films from around the world, giving us an exciting preview of what to look forward to in the coming year.

Running from September 30th to October 16th, the 17-day festival came to an end showcasing a particularly moving film that has gone on to create a buzz and grace in the weekend’s headlines worldwide. From screenwriter/director James Gray (The Immigrant) comes The Lost City of Z, a two-hour and 20-minute film adaptation of American journalist David Grann’s 2009 best-selling historical non-fiction book The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.


The Lost City of Z is a true-life drama that centers on the story of British army officer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett who, in 1906, left his wife Nina (played by Sienna Miler) behind as he ventured out into the unchartered South American jungle. In the 1920s he began his search for a mysterious and lost ancient civilization that he called Z. Fawcett (played by actor Charlie Hunnam) disappeared in 1925 on his third expedition in search of the lost city with his 21-year-old son Jack (played by Tom Holland).

With journalist Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter saying the film is “a rare piece of contemporary classical cinema,” the inspiring and adventurous true story speaks of faith, love, imagination, and the exciting search to know the unknown.”

The Lost City of Z also stars actor Robert Pattinson (Water for Elephants), and Angus Macfayden (Macbeth Unhinged). It lands in theaters April 21, 2017.

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