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Michael Fassbender

Highlights of the 53rd New York Film Festival

To make way for Pope Francis, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks off a day late this year. But beginning Saturday and running for the following two weeks, the culture cathedral of Lincoln Center will bless New York with its curation of the best cinema of the year, from Cannes hits anticipated on American shores (Todd Haynes' "Carol," the Holocaust drama "Son of Saul") to the latest from international heavyweights like Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien ("The Assassin"). Opening the festival is Robert Zemeckis' "The Walk," a 3-D recreation of high-wire artist Philippe Petit's famous 1974 walk between the World Trade Center Towers. ...