Roman Polanski's God of Carnage Film, Simply Titled "Carnage," to Open New York Film Festival

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"Carnage," the Roman Polanski film of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy God of Carnage, starring John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, will open the New York Film Festival, according to Variety.

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

As previously reported, Reza and director Roman Polanski collaborated on the film, which is set in Brooklyn, but was filmed in Paris. God of Carnage centers on two sets of upper-middle class parents who attempt and fail to resolve a playground dispute between their children. A discussion over coffee and clafoutis turns into an animalistic battle of the sexes.

The Festival is scheduled to run Sept. 30-Oct. 16.

In a statement, Rose Kuo, executive director of Film Society of Lincoln Center, said, "We are delighted to kick off the festival with a quintessential New York story featuring superb performances from a quartet of the finest actors working today... The film will certainly provoke the kind of discussions about contemporary issues that guarantee a memorable night."

The industry paper previously reported that the film will debut at The Venice Film Festival, which runs Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

God of Carnage opened to raves on Broadway March 22, 2009, where it played to sold-out houses with its original cast. The production closed June 6, 2010, after 452 regular performances and 24 previews.

The original Broadway cast included Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. The Broadway production was directed by Matthew Warchus, who earned a Tony for his work. The dramatic comedy also took the Tony Award for Best Play.

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