Jason Reitman “Up in the Air” starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga will close teh 2009 Woodstock Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated director of “Juno”‘s latest is the story of Ryan Bingham (Clooney) a corporate downsizer and consummate modern business traveler who, after years of staying happily airborne, suddenly finds himself ready to make a real connection.
When he falls for a simpatico fellow traveler (Farmiga), Ryan’s boss (Jason Bateman), inspired by a young, upstart efficiency expert (Anna Kendrick), threatens to permanently call him in from the road. Faced with the prospect, at once terrifying and exhilarating, of being grounded, Ryan begins to contemplate what it might actually mean to have a home.
“We are thrilled to close this year’s festival with the newest work by one of today’s sharpest directors,” stated Woodstock Film Festival co-founder/executive director Meira Baustein in a statement. “By exploring the lives of the people affected by socially relevant issues, Reitman’s films uncover the unexpected human aspect so easily overlooked. ‘Up in the Air’’s beauty comes from that human perspective.”
Reitman’s screenplay for “Up in the Air” and co-written by Sheldon Turner, is based on the novel by Walter Kirn. The 10th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival kicks off Wednesday Sept. 30 through Sunday October 4. with nearly 150 premieres panels, concerts and special events are featured including 51 premieres.