Netflix will open the festival on September 27th.
With a budget of over 140 million dollars, the film represents De Niro’s new collaboration with Scorsese and Pacino’s first film with the American filmmaker.
The cast includes Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, and Ray Romano.
“The Irishman” is an epic saga about American organized crime after the Second World War, exposed through the eyes of war veteran Frank Sheeran, a crook and assassin who worked for some of the most famous characters of the 20th century.
A story that spans over several decades, the film follows one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in American history – the disappearance of legendary trade union president Jimmy Hoffa – and presents an extraordinary journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: how it works, rivalries and ties with politics.
Pacino is Jimmy Hoffa, and De Niro plays the role of Frank Sheeran, a syndicate leader.
Netflix released the first pictures of Charles Brandt’s “I Heard You Paint Houses” on Monday.
“”The Irishman” is so rich, amusing, disturbing, fun, and like all the big movies, absolutely singular,” said Kent Jones, director of the festival, in a Variety quote.
In turn, Scorsese said: “I very much appreciate the courageous and visionary selections that the festival presented to the audience year after year. The festival is decisive in terms of world cinema. I am grateful to have the opportunity to launch my new film in New York along with the wonderful team.”
De Niro and Pesci worked most recently with Scorsese for “Casino” (1995) and Keitel for “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1987).
The New York Film Festival will take place between September 27 and October 13.