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Fincher's The Social Network to Open New York Film Festival

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2010 at 5:59AM

The 48th annual New York Film Festival will kick off September 24 with the world premiere of David Fincher's The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire in history. This is bad news for those of us who were hoping to catch the film at the Venice, Telluride or Toronto Festivals, because opening nights are usually exclusives.
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The 48th annual New York Film Festival will kick off September 24 with the world premiere of David Fincher's The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire in history. This is bad news for those of us who were hoping to catch the film at the Venice, Telluride or Toronto Festivals, because opening nights are usually exclusives.

It's a good sign that the movie might actually be good, because the Film Society of Lincoln Center's selection committee is notoriously picky and is perfectly willing to slot a movie like Alain Resnais' Wild Grass in the opening night slot.

The film, produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Ceán Chaffin, is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, and also stars the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. Sony will released the film on October 1, 2010. The New York Film Festival runs September 24th – October 10th, 2010. Filmlinc.com has posted an exclusive trailer.
 

According to NYFF director Richard Pena, the film:

“powerfully captures the spirit of its time...David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment, but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at forefront of contemporary cinema.”


 
Adds Mara Manus, executive director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, who has been pushing for more mainstream offerings at the Fest:

"David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin have focused their lenses on a story of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, with a multifaceted character at the center who is as complex as he is clever. This is just the kind of film that our audience wants to see and we’re thrilled to be hosting the world premiere.”

This year's selection committee includes: critic Melissa Anderson, the Film Society's associate program director, critic Scott Foundas, Moving Image Source editor and critic Dennis Lim and indieWIRE's own Todd McCarthy, who leaked me nothing!

Here's the second trailer:

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Headliners, Studios, Stuck In Love, David Fincher, NYFF, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.