David Fincher’s "The Social Network" will open the 48th Annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Friday, September 24th. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. Sony Pictures Entertainment will release the film on October 1, 2010.
“It's exceptionally rare to discover a film that so powerfully captures the spirit of its time; 'The Social Network' is such a film," said Richard Peña, in a statement. "David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment, but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at forefront of contemporary cinema."
The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, and Ceán Chaffin and based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.
In the words of an official description: "On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications."
Chaired by Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director Richard Peña, the selection committee for this year's 17-day New York Film Festival includes freelance critic Melissa Anderson, Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas, Moving Image Source editor and freelance critic Dennis Lim, Editor, and Todd McCarthy, writer of the Deep Focus blog here at indieWIRE.
"Our mission is to bring our audience films that entertain, spark a dialogue, and speak to the moment. That is the best of what film can do, and it is why The Social Network is the perfect choice to kick off this year’s New York Film Festival," said Film Society executive director Mara Manus, in a statement, "David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin have focused their lenses on a story of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, with a multifaceted character at the center who is as complex as he is clever. This is just the kind of film that our audience wants to see and we’re thrilled to be hosting the world premiere."