The NYFF Opening Acts, a 10-day series, will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 25 and will compliment the 52nd New York Film Festival (Sept. 26–Oct. 12).

This year’s rich lineup comprises many of the brightest lights in world cinema and is designed to whet the appetites of cinephiles with a sampling of past triumphs from a bevy of luminaries.

To make that happen, HBO has teamed up with NYFF in support of two unique programs: On Cinema and HBO Directors Dialogues.

On Cinema, entering its sixth year as part of NYFF’s annual master class, will feature an in-depth conversation with film director Paul Thomas Anderson and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones (Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall). His upcoming film “Inherent Vice” is considered a “must see” for the 2014 festival.

The films of Anderson are, in a word, visceral and filled with characters who have a way of penetrating into the viewer’s subconscious. Some of his award-winning films are “Boogie Nights,” “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master.” Tickets for On Cinema are $12 for students, $15 for Film Society of Lincoln Center members and $20 for the general public.

The HBO Directors Dialogues series, which is free, returns to the New York Film Festival with an impressive lineup, including Mathieu Amalric (“The Blue Room”) Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.; Pedro Costa (“Horse Money”) Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.; Mike Leigh (“Mr. Turner”) Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m.; and Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”) Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

These four filmmakers will be paired with a member of the NYFF Selection Committee to discuss their careers, their approaches to making movies and their views on the current state of the art of filmmaking. Free tickets will be distributed one hour before the event.

For more information, go to or download the NYFF App, available for iOS and Android.

Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work and enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals, including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Latinbeat, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.