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'Gone Girl' to have world premiere at the New York Film Festival

New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones called "Gone Girl" a "great American movie based on a literary phenomenon, directed by one of the best filmmakers alive."

By Karen Butler
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'Gone Girl' to have world premiere at the New York Film Festival
Actor Ben Affleck presents Team Hoyt comprised of father and son Dick and Rick Hoyt the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2013 ESPY Awards show at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on July 17, 2013. The 20th annual ESPY's honor the best in sports in the past year. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- Director David Fincher's big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl is to open the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced.

The Sept. 26 screening at Manhattan's Alice Tully Hall will mark the thriller's world premiere.

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Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, the film is to be released in theaters Oct. 3.

"Gone Girl is so many things at once: sharp as a razor about many aspects of American life that have been untouched by movies, very tough and just as funny, brilliantly acted, and 100 percent entertaining -- a wild ride from start to finish," New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said in a statement Thursday. "In short, a great American movie based on a literary phenomenon, directed by one of the best filmmakers alive. I'm so proud to have the world premiere of this film as our opening night."

The book and film are about what happens when Nick Dunne's wife Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.

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