Spike Jonze’s newest film Her (2013), starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson will make its world premiere as the closing film at the 51st New York Film Festival this fall.
Reported earlier this month, the New York Film Festival will also feature the world premiere of Paul Greengrass’s Capital Phillips starring Tom Hanks. The festival will run from September 27th to October 13th and will also serve as the platform for the world premiere of Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The festival previously announced Captain Phillips as its Opening Night Gala selection and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as its Centerpiece Gala selection.
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Jonze said in a statement, “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.”
The Warner Brother’s movie is set to be released in select theaters on November 20th later this year. Her is produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and will feature music from Arcade Fire.
Jonze wrote and directed the futuristic Her. Phoenix stars as a man who writes personal letters for other people. He soon becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system and falls in love with its female voice, “Samantha,” supplied by Johansson.
“Like many people I’ve come to expect great and surprising things from Spike Jonze, but Her is something altogether new in cinema,” the festival’s director of programming and selection committee chair Kent Jones said in a statement. “To discuss even a little bit of the plot – let’s just say that it’s about lonely people and artificial intelligence – is to deprive first-time viewers of the opportunity of discovering it themselves. The tone is magical, the freedom of the narrative is breathtaking, Joaquin Phoenix continues to be one of the most adventurous actors in movies, Rooney Mara and Amy Adams are unforgettable, Scarlett Johansson’s voice will break your heart, and so will this impossibly delicate, funny, daring movie.”
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.”
Past credits of Jonze include Where The Wild Things Are, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter