As expected, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson
’s “Inherent Vice
,” a ’70s detective comedy, will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4, declaring itself as a fall awards contender. The fest has launched awards campaigns in recent years for “A Social Network,” “Life of Pi,” “Flight,” “Her,” “Hugo” and “Captain Phillips.”
Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel boasts a top-flight cast: Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”), Josh Brolin (“W”), Reese Witherspoon (“Legally Blonde”), Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”) and Owen Wilson (“Midnight in Paris”). This is Anderson’s third fest outing after “Boogie Nights” (1997) and “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002). Warner Bros. will open the film limited on December 12, 2014 and wide on January 9, 2015.
“‘Inherent Vice’ is a journey through the past, bringing the texture of the early 70s SoCal counterculture back to full blown life,” says NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. “It’s a wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed, and altogether stunning movie.” One open question is whether maverick Anderson will book the film in other another venue before NYFF as he did with “The Master,” which did not wind up at Telluride after it screened at 70 mm venues around the country, and “There Will Be Blood,” which debuted unannounced at 2007 Fantastic Fest.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents the JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production in association with IAC Films. Anderson directed from his own screenplay, based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon. JoAnne Sellar, Daniel Lupi and Anderson produced the film, with Scott Rudin and Adam Somner as executive producers.
The New York Film Festival selection committee chaired by Jones is now comprised entirely of Film Society of Lincoln Center affiliates, although word is that may change in future after FSLC Senior Programming Advisor Marian Masone and Film Comment Contributing Editor Amy Taubin reach the end of their terms. FSLC staffers Dennis Lim, Director of Programming, and Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Gavin Smith are also on the committee.
Already announced for the festival: Opening Night selection “Gone Girl,” a retrospective on Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Revivals selections “Burroughs: The Movie,” “The Color of Pomegranates,” the restored “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Once Upon a Time in America.” Another popular NYFF decision this year: the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green.