With Wolf of Wall Street on the block for award season, Martin Scorsese is at work on a more subdued project, a documentary about the New York Review of Books. Variety reports the film will be shown as a work-in-progress at the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale next month.
Using archival footage, Scorsese’s film will include appearances from writers such as James Baldwin, Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, Noam Chomsky, Norman Mailer, and Susan Sontag.
Festival director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement:
For over 50 years, The New York Review of Books has been one of the most interesting and sophisticated magazines on culture and politics, with content by outstanding writers and thinkers. In their wonderful documentary, Martin Scorsese and [co-director] David Tedeschi reveal the inner workings of the publication and its legendary editor, from its birth during the 1963 New York Times‘ newspaper strike, through its continued relevance in today’s digital universe. We’re very pleased that we’ll be closing this year’s Berlinale Special with this highlight.
Scorsese, 71, has produced an impressive catalogue of documentaries, including The Last Waltz, a concert film of The Band’s final, star-studded show, and Shine a Light, a career-spanning doc about the Rolling Stones, among other feature-length and television docs.