Her will be the closing night Gala for the New York Film Festival which runs from September 27th to October 13th.
Spike Jonze’s anticipated feature Her will have its World Premiere as the Closing Night Gala Presentation of the upcoming New York Film Festival. The romantic sci-fi satrring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson will close the 51st edition of the event, which runs from September 27 – October 13.
Written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze, the film centers on Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who lives in a near-future Los Angeles. Twombly, who is heartbroken by the recent end of a long relationship, makes a living writing touching, personal letters for others. He becomes intrigued, however, with a new “advanced operating system” that promises to be intuitive and unique in its own right. After initiating it, he meets “Samantha,” a bright female voice (Johansson) who proves insightful, sensitive, and even funny. Soon, their needs and desires flourish together and their friendship deepens into an eventual love.
“Like many people I’ve come to expect great and surprising things from Spike Jonze, but Her is something altogether new in cinema,” said NYFF Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. “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.”