Michael Keaton and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' will close the New York Film Festival

By Will Ashton,

As more and more details become public as to what will be showcased at this year's now heavily anticipated New York Film Festival, it has just been revealed that Alejandro González Iñárritu's upcoming dark comedy Birdman will be closing out the festival.

The announcement about the movie, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifiankis and Edward Norton, among others, was made by the film festival. The screening will take place on Oct. 12, just five days before the highly-anticipated movie is set to come out in limited release in theaters.

"Birdman is a knockout. It’s consistently surprising and inventive—you think the movie is going in one direction and then Iñárritu shifts gears and takes you somewhere else completely unexpected," festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said. "The movie is like an intricate machine generating greater and greater amounts of beautiful radiant energy,"

This will not be the film's official premiere, however, as it has already been announced that the movie will be making its world debut at the Venice Film Festival, where it will be seen on Aug. 17.

Still, Birdman joins Inherent Vice and Gone Girl as three movies that will be showcased at the festival. Both of those latter films will be making their premieres as the centerpiece and opening films of the festival, respectively.

Birdman will be flying its way into theaters starting on Oct. 17. More details will be coming out about this year's New York Film Festival in the days to come.

Image courtesy of Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com

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