Photos by G.
My favorite film at the 51st New York Film Festival was “Her” directed by Spike Jonze. It appears the festival saved the best for last as the film was screened throughout the day on October 12, 2013 – the final day of the NYFF. I attended the press screening in the morning which was attended by the film’s director Spike Jonze. Also joining him for a question and answer session were some of the stars of the film: Joaquin Phoneix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde.
“Her,” is set in the not so far off in the future Los Angeles and it focuses on the love life of Theodore Twombly (portrayed brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix). Theodore lives in a world of technology and he falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). As expected in a Spike Jonze film, there are funny, touching and very quirky moments. For music lovers, the film was scored by the ultra-hip Arcade Fire, so you definitely will not want to miss this film.
As you watch this film, you will immediately be sucked into Theodore’s world and you will scarily not find it too far fetched that a person could fall in love with a virtual operating system. I don’t want to spoil the film because I want you to see it when it gets released, but I can assure you, if you liked “Being John Malkovich,” you will also like “Her.” Once the screening was over, I had a few nice photo ops and you can see those after the jump. Thanks to everyone who was nice enough to take photos with me and also for your great performances!
Not surprisingly, Joaquin Phoenix wanted no part of taking a photo and opted to chain smoke instead as he appeared to look completely disoriented about where he was (slightly after noon). Hopefully he will not become a casualty like his brother, especially since his performance was Oscar-worthy, according2g. Thanks again Spike, Amy, Rooney and Olivia! What a great way to end the festival and good luck to all of you at awards season!