Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Jonze's Her to close New York fest

Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the Spike Jonze film Her

Spike Jonze has revealed he is "excited" to premiere his latest drama Her at the closing night of the 2013 New York Film Festival.

The Warner Bros film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara, will have its world premiere with a gala screening at Lincoln Centre on October 13, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The filmmaker said: "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 US premiere of Being John Malkovich, and we had all our friends there, and it feels so nice to come back to NYFF."

Her, which was also written by Spike and features music by Arcade Fire, stars Joaquin as a man who falls in love with an operating system's female voice Samantha (voiced by Scarlett).

Kent Jones, the festival's director of programming added: "Like many people, I've come to expect great and surprising things from Spike Jonze, but Her is something altogether new in cinema.

"Joaquin Phoenix continues to be one of the most adventurous actors in movies, Rooney Mara and Amy Adams are unforgettable, Scarlett's voice will break your heart, and so will this impossibly delicate, funny, daring movie."

Tom Hanks' new film Captain Phillips will open the festival on September 27, while Ben Stiller's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty will feature in its Centrepiece Gala selection.

The New York Film Festival, now in its 51st year, runs from September 27 to October 13.

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