Update: The New York Film Festival, celebrating its 50th year, is always a tough ticket. Never was this truer than last night when a sold out audience at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall enjoyed a secret screening of Lincoln. The film opens nationwide on November 9th.

We have been looking forward to Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic in our house for some time, not least because the Hayfoot has a thing for both Abe and Daniel Day-Lewis. Apparently the film has been sitting in the can for some time, since spring. From what I understand the director waited for a late November release because he did not want the film to influence the presidential election in any way. At first I though this was silly, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. Intentionally or not–and it is too good a marketing angle to think it was not a factor the decision of when to release–a November opening also means that the film coincides with the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. This year Spielberg will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Dedication Day ceremony on November 19th.

(image/Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln)