Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #25. Spike Jonze’s Her

Spike Jonze Her

Her

Director/Writer: Spike Jonze
Producer(s): Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, Vincent Landay
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Samantha Morton, Sam Jaeger, Portia Doubleday

Far from inactive, Spike Jonze has done tons of work since Where the Wild Things Are. Curiously, it won’t be the first time Jonze experiments with love and bots – his brilliant short, I’m Here had bot romance in a very human world. Hoyte Van Hoytema (most recently Mikael Marcimain’s Call Girl) is the dp and the pairing he nabbed from The Master along with Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara adds layers to this year’s Lars and the Real Girl type comedy.

Gist: In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.

Release Date: This will attract the big hitters: Fox, Weinsteins, Focus and perhaps they’ll square off at the Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)