New York Film Festival Announces Spike Jonze's 'Her' as Closing Night Gala

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by Beth Hanna
August 8, 2013 12:33 PM
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Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"

A day after its first trailer being released online, Spike Jonze's "Her" has been announced as the Closing Night Gala for the New York Film Festival. It will be making its world premiere at the fest. Check out a new image below.

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who starts up a "relationship" with a computer operating system (tantalizingly voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt also star.

NYFF director of programming Kent Jones states of the film:

“Like many people I’ve come to expect great and surprising things from Spike Jonze, but HER is something altogether new in cinema. 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.”

The film is set for a November 20 release, via Warner Bros.

"Captain Phillips" was previously announced as the Opening Night Gala for NYFF. The fest runs September 27 through October 13.



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