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Special Presentations

MY SALINGER YEAR

Year 2020
Runtime 101 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
Streaming Information
  • Online & In-Cinema
  • Availability: Full Festival

Set in 1990's New York, 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 (Tim Post). Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, Joanna spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office 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.

Oscar nominated French-Canadian Director Philippe Falardeau (THE GOOD LIE, MONSIEUR LAZHAR, MY INTERNSHIP IN CANADA) returns to the festival with MY SALINGER YEAR based upon the memoir of the same name by Joanna Rakoff.

Countries

Canada Ireland
Festivals
Berlinale 2020
Director
Philippe Falardeau
Producer
Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Screenwriter
Philippe Falardeau
Cinematographer
Sara Mishara
Editor
Mary Finlay
Music
Martin Léon
Cast
Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley, Douglas Booth