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My Salinger Year (2020)

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Releasing at December 25, 2020 in theaters

Drama

New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna (Margaret Qualley) gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office – where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches – and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend.

Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer’s voice, begins to discover her own.

It primiered at February 20, 2020 on Berlin International Film Festival.

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Writers: Philippe Falardeau, Joanna Smith Rakoff (novel)

Stars: Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake, Brían F. O’Byrne, Colm Feore, Théodore Pellerin

►Cast

Margaret QualleyJoanna
Sigourney WeaverMargaret
Douglas BoothDon
Seána KerslakeJenny
Brían F. O’ByrneHugh
Colm FeoreDaniel
Théodore PellerinBoy from Winston-Salem
Yanic TruesdaleMax
Hamza HaqKarl
Leni ParkerPam
Ellen DavidPlacement Agent
Romane DenisHigh school girl
Tim PostJ.D. Salinger
Gavin DreaMark
Matt HollandClifford Bradbury
Xiao SunLisa
Gillian DoriaJudy Blume
Maud DruineAnh
Alexandre DuboisNew Yorker Guy 1
Jonathan DubskyBrett
Elana DunkelmanOffice Assistant
Samantha HodhodAssistant #1
Arthur HoldenDean
Hayley KezberRachel Cusk
Christine LanVietnamese Girl
Carlo MestroniDoorman
Mariya MonakhovaPolish woman
Andres Romo SalidoMexican Worker
Sylvia StewartNew Yorker Receptionist

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