Mike Mills’ new comedy 20th Century Women will be the 2016 centerpiece film of the New York Film Festival on Oct. 8 where it will make its world premiere. Last year Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender landed this prestigious spot.
According to the press release, the comedy is a “group portrait of particular people in a particular place (Santa Barbara) at a particular moment in the 20th century (1979), one lovingly attended detail at a time.”
Annette Bening plays a single mother “raising her teenage son (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) in a sprawling bohemian house, shared by an itinerant carpenter (Billy Crudup) and a punk artist with a Bowie haircut (Greta Gerwig), and frequented by her son’s rebellious friend (Elle Fanning).”
“Everyone who worked on this film is so honored we’re a part of NYFF,” added Mills. “It’s very exciting for me to premiere my film in the city where I discovered I wanted to be a writer and director, and at the film festival where I saw so many films that inspired me and truly showed me the way. My first film school was a combination of Kim’s Video on Avenue A, Theatre 80 St Marks, and all the innovations I saw at NYFF—so beginning this film’s public life here is especially meaningful to me.”
20th Century Women will be released by A24 in December and is produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley.
The 17-day New York Film Festival will take place September 30 – October 16, 2016 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.