Spike Jonze's 'Her' to Close New York Film Festival
Spike Jonze's Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson, will make its world premiere as the closing-night film at the 51st New York Film Festival in the fall.
The festival, which also will feature the world premiere of Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and a screening of Paul Greengrass' Tom Hanks starrer Captain Phillips, runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13.
Said Jonze 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.”
Jonze wrote and directed the futuristic Her, in which Phoenix plays a man who writes personal letters for other people. He soon becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system and ultimately falls in love with its female voice, "Samantha," supplied by Johansson.
The Warner Bros. movie is set to be released in select theaters Nov. 20.
“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, executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, added: "In dealing with tragi-comic pupeteers, renegade orchid growers, an island of wild things, or a man's unique love affair, visionary filmmaker Spike Jonze has shown himself to be the poet-laureate of our increasingly post-human world. Jonze’s extraordinary new film 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."
The festival previously announced Captain Phillips as its opening-night Gala selection and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as its Centerpiece Gala selection.
Her is produced by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and will feature music from Arcade Fire.