Check out the new trailer for Whit Stillman's long anticipated college comedy "Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics, April 6). The movie, which has been on the fest circuit since September, where it played Toronto (reviews here), is just what you'd expect from Stillman ("Metropolitan," "Last Days of Disco"). Fitfully charming and disarmingly punchy, it's Stillman's first movie in fourteen years. "Damsels in Distress" features a pack of co-eds aiming to revive the standard of life at an East Coast University.
Greta Gerwig ("Greenberg," "Arthur"), who is also marvelous in current indie release "The Dish & the Spoon" (TOH's interview here), ably carries this one too, matching up well with Stillman's quick wit and quirky world view. She plays Violet, the head of a prim pack of girls who take a new student, Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy Stupid Love"), under their tutelage. The movie also stars Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Aubrey Plaza.