First Look at Martin Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN, Which Will Premiere at New York Film Festival

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It looks like Martin Scorsese is finally almost finished with his upcoming film The Irishman and ready to screen it for audiences! The highly anticipated crime epic is set to have its world premiere as the Opening Night film of the 57th New York Film Festival. Along with that news comes a first look at the film thanks to two photos that have been released that you can see below.

The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, and there's a lot of controversy surrounding the story as it's based on the deathbed confession of Frank "The Irishman” Sheeran. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, and Bobby Cannavale. Many of the actors will be de-aged for the film as the story spans over decades.

Here’s the synopsis that was released for the film:

The Irishman is a richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity. Based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, it is a film about friendship and loyalty between men who commit unspeakable acts and turn on a dime against each other, and the possibility of redemption in a world where it seems as distant as the moon. The roster of talent behind and in front of the camera is astonishing, and at the core of The Irishman are four great artists collectively hitting a new peak: Joe Pesci as Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino, Al Pacino as Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, and Robert De Niro as their right-hand man, Frank Sheeran, each working in the closest harmony imaginable with the film’s incomparable creator, Martin Scorsese.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones had this to say in a statement:

“The Irishman is so many things: rich, funny, troubling, entertaining and, like all great movies, absolutely singular. It’s the work of masters, made with a command of the art of cinema that I’ve seen very rarely in my lifetime, and it plays out at a level of subtlety and human intimacy that truly stunned me. All I can say is that the minute it was over my immediate reaction was that I wanted to watch it all over again.” 

Scorsese added:

“It’s an incredible honor that The Irishman has been selected as the Opening Night of the New York Film Festival. I greatly admire the bold and visionary selections that the festival presents to audiences year after year. The festival is critical to bringing awareness to cinema from around the world. I am grateful to have the opportunity to premiere my new picture in New York alongside my wonderful cast and crew.”

The 57th New York Film Festival, which takes place from September 27th to October 13th. Following its premiere at the film festival, Netflix will release it in theaters and on their streaming service later this year.

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