The fall movie season is getting closer and closer each week. The recent announcement of the NYFF Spotlight section gives further impetus to the awards from the likes of “Women Talking” and “Lei She Said”, while the TIFF lineup of documentaries adds some non-fiction titles to the mix.

Believe it or not, though, Oscar’s buzz isn’t the only factor worth anticipating in the coming months. Venice, TIFF, Telluride and NYFF promise to unleash a wide range of movie theaters loaded with promise, whether or not they get a boost from the Academy at the end of the season.

In this week’s Screen Talk, some of these titles come into focus. With Anne Thompson on leave, Eric Kohn is joined by chief film critic David Ehrlich to share their lists of the most exciting fall titles with zero Oscar-worthy excitement, at least for now. Anything can happen in the months to come. Their lists, which include everything from “Pearl” (above) to “Self Portrait as a Coffee Pot”, provide a preview of the surprises that await us.

Before they get to that, they discuss IndieWire’s week-long celebration of the best cinema of the 90s, including the decision making behind that surprising # 1 pick.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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