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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 8, 2013 at 12:33PM

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.
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Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"
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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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.