LINCOLN CENTER — As you wish!
Hundreds of fans are ecstatic over the "inconceivable" reunion of the cast of the 1987 classic "The Princess Bride" at this year's New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.
The 25th year reunion pulls together cast members Cary Elwes, who played Westley; his on-screen love, Robin Wright, as the princess; Mandy Patinkin, who played the revenge-minded Inigo Montoya; on-screen baddie Chris Sarandon, who played Prince Humperdink; would-be evil mastermind Wallace Shawn and comedic geniuses Billy Crystal and Carol Kane, for an Oct. 2 screening of the film as part of The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 50th annual New York Film Festival Friday, which opens Friday.
Andre the Giant, who played Fezzik the lovable strongman, died in 1993 at the age of 46.
The film's cult following is so strong that the event, co-sponsored with the Acaedemy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and held in the 1,000-plus-seat Alice Tully Hall, is sold out and only standby tickets remain.
The festival includes a mix of feature-length, short, fiction and documentary films, ranging from a family-friendly 75th anniversary screening of Disney's animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to a screening/discussion combination called "McCarren Park Part I: Hipster Dinos, Transmedia, and Producing Something for Nothing" on producing budget films, among other things.
The main focus of festival features 33 "main slate" new films from around the world.
"There’s a lot of foreign films in there, there’s a lot of award-winners that have been screened in Cannes," said Courtney Ott, the director of public relations and marketing for the society.
The festival both looks back, with "Masterworks" screenings like Lawrence of Arabia, and forward, with a roster of "Convergence" sessions that "explore the future of storytelling with the makers, thinkers, and theorists driving the evolution of how we are informed and entertained."
Another feature of the festival generating buzz is a tribute to Nicole Kidman and the premiere of her latest film The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels, on Oct. 3.
The first feature film from Sopranos director David Chase is also having its world premiere at the festival on Oct. 6: Fade Away stars James Gandolfini.
To close, the festival is hosting the world premiere of Flight starring Denzel Washington, about a pilot who pulls off an incredible crash landing while flying under the influence.
Find the complete schedule here.