Here’s Jim Jarmusch’s Original Poster for the 2023 New York Film Festival: Exclusive

"Attending the NYFF has been my version of going to church," says the filmmaker

Jim Jarmusch
Jim Jarmusch, photo by Zhen Qin

    Film at Lincoln Center has revealed the poster and poster artist for the 61st New York Film Festival, tapping Jim Jarmusch for the honor. The acclaimed filmmaker’s films have been selected by NYFF seven times in the past, with Down by Law opening the 24th edition of the festival in 1986.

    As a poster artist for NYFF, Jarmusch joins the ranks of Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, David Hockney, Diane Arbus, Martin Scorsese, Julian Schnabel, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Almodóvar, and John Waters. Jarmusch said in an official statement that “since arriving in New York City decades ago, attending the NYFF has been my version of going to church.”

    The image for the poster, he continued…

    “was pulled from the files of several thousand useless photographs I’ve taken since getting my hands on a camera as a teenager. I consider them to be useless not necessarily in a negative way, but because they’ve almost never had any intended ‘use.’ Most of my favorites are random, playful, or accidental. This one’s from the late ’70s, an incidental portrait of a friend, hiding her face with a Japanese album cover from the 1960s. Its image is of film star Yûzô Kayama (The Sword of Doom, Red Beard, Sanjuro, etc.) and rock musician (!)—an LP of his psychedelic surf band, The Launchers.”


    To order a poster, visit Posteritati — they’ll also be available for sale at Film at Lincoln Center’s merchandise store located in Alice Tully Hall during the festival. The limited edition poster is available for $85, with a 10% discount for FLC Members.

    NYFF61 begins September 29th, opening with Todd Haynes’ May December, starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. Take a look at the poster below, and also read Spencer Kauffman’s recent interview with Jarmusch about his other passion — music.

    NYFF61 Poster Jim Jarmusch

    Courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center