After taking a year off from indoor screenings due to Covid-19, the New York Film Festival returned to Alice Tully Hall on Friday night with the world premiere of “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
The kickoff to the 59th edition of the fall celebration of independent movies, held at Lincoln Center, felt like old times. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand — who play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the latest onscreen adaptation of the Shakespeare drama — received a rapturous standing ovation after the film’s first (of two) screenings at 6 p.m.
Apple and A24 will release the black-and-white movie, which is being positioned as an awards contender in next year’s Oscars race.
But it wasn’t all business as usual. The screening adhered to strict Covid protocols, as guests were told twice before the movie played to keep their masks on — covering both their noses and mouths.