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First Look: Noah Baumbach’s ‘Mistress America’ Starring Greta Gerwig, Plot Details Revealed

First Look: Noah Baumbach's 'Mistress America' Starring Greta Gerwig, Plot Details Revealed

You might have forgotten about this, but right after “Frances Ha” hit the festival circuit, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig quickly got to work shooting another movie, that, like their previous collaboration, was done below the radar. Indeed, no plot details were revealed, and neither director nor star gave away too much information about the project. In fact, Baumbach went on and made another movie afterward, “While We’re Young,” completed it, and debuted it at TIFF in September. Well, now it’s time to circle back to the Gerwig project.

Announced today as part of the Sundance Film Festival, we now have a first look at the film—titled “Mistress America“—which stars Gerwig (who also co-wrote the script with Baumbach) and Lola Kirke (the sister of Jemima Kirke from “Girls“), along with a complete plot synopsis. Here you go: 

Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

It sounds in a similar coming-of-college-age wheelhouse as “Frances Ha,” but we presume there is a different spin here. It’s certainly has something of a wackier vibe, at least based on the description. Either way, given that they knocked it out of the park last time, we’re excited to see what they cook up here.  The movie also features appearances by Rebecca Henderson (from “Appropriate Behavior“), Heather Lind (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Michael Chemus (“Captain Phillips“) Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (from the band Luna) composed the movie’s score (they wrote some music for previous Baumbach films and Wareham has a hilarious cameo in “While We’re Young”). No distribution yet, but this will likely be a hot ticket in Park City. 1/10/15: Fox Searchlight announced they’ve picked up the film ahead of Sundance.

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