The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Spike Jonze's "Her" will close the 51st New York Film Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13. "Her" is Jonze's first film since 2009's "Where the Wild Things Are" and his first original screenplay.
In a statement release by FSLC, Jonze noted, "“I’m very excited that it’s a premiere in the city. The New York Film Festival is where we premiered our first movie and that’s really special. It was our first U.S. premiere of 'Being John Malkovich' and we had all our friends there and it feels so nice to come back to NYFF."
Rose Kuo, the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, added, "In dealing with tragi-comic puppeteers, renegade orchid growers, an island of wild things, or a man's unique love affair, visionary film-maker Spike Jonze has shown himself to be the poet-laureate of our increasingly post-human world. Jonze’s extraordinary new film, 'Her,' features Joaquin Phoenix who delivers an unforgettable, emotionally nuanced performance. We are delighted to feature 'Her' as the Closing Night gala presentation of the 51st New York Film Festival."
Set in a near future Los Angeles, Phoenix plays a heartbroken man who succumbs to the charms of a seemingly sentient operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. The Warner Bros. film also Amy Adams and Rooney Mara and is scheduled for a limited release on Nov. 20.
"Her" is the bookend to what has become a highly anticipated triumvirate of premieres for NYFF this year. Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" will open the festival and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" will be the festival's Centerpiece Gala selection.
For those paying attention at home, this means the only potential awards season players that will not have screened by Oct. 18 include "American Hustle," "Saving Mr. Banks," "The Monuments Men," "The Book Thief," "Grace of Monaco" and "Diana." It's a safe bet that Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" could sneak at NYFF, but if not, you can add it to this list. Additionally, this list could shorten or lengthen with Telluride's premiere schedule unconfirmed and there is more than enough time for TIFF to add to its already buzz worthy lineup.
The 51st New York Film Festival runs Sept. 27 - Oct. 13.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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