WWT Talk: Film Festival Wrap-Up 2019: Marriage Story, Wasp Network, and Motherless Brooklyn with a Sneak Peek of Jojo Rabbit


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Marriage Story

A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

Director: Noah Baumbach

Produced by: David Heyman, Noah Baumbach

Cast: Merritt Wever, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver

Distributor: Netflix

Release Date: December 6, 2019

Runtime: 2 hour 16 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Rated: R

Wasp Network

A band of Cuban defectors infiltrates anti-Castro terrorist groups in Miami in the early 1990s.

Director: Olivier Assayas

Produced by: Charles Gillibert, Rodrigo Teixeira

Cast: Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Gael García Bernal

Release Date: September 1, 2019

Runtime: 2 hour 03 minutes

Genre: Thriller

Rated: R

Motherless Brooklyn

In an unusually bold adaptation, writer-director-producer Edward Norton has transplanted the main character of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel Motherless Brooklyn from modern Brooklyn into an entirely new, richly woven neo-noir narrative, reset in 1950s New York. Emotionally shattered by a botched job, Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective with Tourette syndrome, finds himself drawn into a multilayered conspiracy that expands to encompass the city’s ever-growing racial divide and the devious personal and political machinations of a Robert Moses–like master builder, played by Alec Baldwin. Featuring a rigorously controlled star turn by Norton and outstanding additional supporting performances by Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones, plus a haunting soundtrack (featuring a score by Daniel Pemberton, with orchestration by Wynton Marsalis, and an original song by Thom Yorke), Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of movie Hollywood almost never makes anymore, and a complexly conceived, robust evocation of a bygone era of New York that speaks to our present moment. A Warner Bros. Picture.

Director: Edward Norton

Produced by: Edward Norton, Gigi Pritzker, Bill Migliore

Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Runtime: 2 hour 24 minutes

Genre: Crime, Drama

Rated: R

Sneak Peek: Jojo Rabbit

Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend -- Adolf Hitler -- Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.

Director: Taika Waititi

Produced by: Taika Waititi, Chelsea Cohen, Carthew Neal

Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Runtime: 1 hour 04 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, War


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