NEW YORK -- It’s no illusion: Spike Jonze’s “Her” will make its premiere at the
The movie about a man (
Set in a slightly futuristic Los Angeles, "Her" centers on Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), a man who was once happily married but now feels alone and turns to a computer program named "Samantha" for companionship. He hears and interacts with Samantha as a voice on his smartphone.
The movie follows in the footsteps of whimsical films such as Craig Gillespie 2007 art-house hit “Lars and the Real Girl” and
’s 2002 sci-fi musing “S1m0ne” in examining a man who falls in love with a woman who is not quite real. The trailer shows a certain tenderness, and plausibility, in the relationship, and also taps into the complexities of dating in the digital era, as my colleague Amy Kaufman
In commenting on the announcement, NYFF programming director Kent Jones set the bar high. "Like many people, I've come to expect great and surprising things from Spike Jonze, but 'Her' is something altogether new in cinema," he said. "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."
"Her" is Jonze's first directorial effort since his 2009 children's-book adaptation "
The announcement marks the third world premiere at the gathering after "Captain Phillips" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" were announced as the opening and centerpiece screenings, respectively.
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