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Trailer Watch: Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Stars Indie Fave Gerwig

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 14, 2012 at 12:54PM

Check out the new trailer for Whit Stillman's long anticipated college comedy "Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics, April 6). The movie, which has been on the fest circuit since September, where it played Toronto (reviews here), is just what you'd expect from Stillman ("Metropolitan," "Last Days of Disco"). Fitfully charming and disarmingly punchy, it's Stillman's first movie in fourteen years. "Damsels in Distress" features a pack of co-eds aiming to revive the standard of life at an East Coast University. 
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Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress"
Sony Pictures Classics Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress"

Check out the new trailer for Whit Stillman's long anticipated college comedy "Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics, April 6). The movie, which has been on the fest circuit since September, where it played Toronto (reviews here), is just what you'd expect from Stillman ("Metropolitan," "Last Days of Disco"). Fitfully charming and disarmingly punchy, it's Stillman's first movie in fourteen years. "Damsels in Distress" features a pack of co-eds aiming to revive the standard of life at an East Coast University. 

Greta Gerwig ("Greenberg," "Arthur"), who is also marvelous in current indie release "The Dish & the Spoon" (TOH's interview here), ably carries this one too, matching up well with Stillman's quick wit and quirky world view. She plays Violet, the head of a prim pack of girls who take a new student, Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy Stupid Love"), under their tutelage. The movie also stars Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Aubrey Plaza.

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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.