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Carnage & A Dangerous Method set dates

The fine folks at Sony Pictures Classics have announced new release dates for two of the year’s hottest Oscar prospects:

David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method will open November 23rd — the same weekend The Artist and The Descendants in limited release, as well as Arthur Christmas, Hugo, The Muppets and Piranha 3DD.

Roman Polanski‘s Carnage will open December 16th — alongside premieres of The Iron Lady, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jon Pace for the link to The Film Society at Lincoln Center announcing two gala premieres:

Acclaimed directors David Cronenberg and Pedro Almodóvar will receive special Gala Screenings of their latest films at the 49th New York Film Festival, which takes place from September 30 to October 16 at the Lincoln Center. The occasion will mark Cronenberg’s first time at the festival, with A Dangerous Method, starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, and Keira Knightley, on October 5. Almodóvar, an NYFF veteran who is screening his ninth film at the festival, will be back on October 12 with The Skin I Live In with Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, and Marisa Paredes.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming David Cronenberg to the festival for the first time and to be welcoming back one of the NYFF’s closest friends, Pedro Almodóvar,” said Richard Peña, Selection Committee Chair & Film Society Program Director. “It’s a special pleasure to introduce our audiences to exciting new work by two of contemporary cinema’s most challenging artists.” The two Galas at Alice Tully Hall are a new addition to the New York Film festival lineup, joining Opening Night (Roman Polanski’s Carnage), Centerpiece (My Week with Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis), and Closing Night (to be announced) as topliners of the Festival.