The Film Society of Lincoln Center has chosen the Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs as the Centerpiece of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival, to screen on Saturday, October 3. The fest runs from September 25 through October 11.
Michael Fassbender stars as Steve Jobs, the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, in the film based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and and Katherine Waterston also star.
New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said: “You hear that a bio of Steve Jobs is being produced, and of course you see multiple possible movies in your head . . . but not this one. Steve Jobs is dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it’s extremely sharp; it’s wildly entertaining, and the actors just soar—you can feel their joy as they bite into their material.”
“I am honored that our film has been selected as the Centrepiece of this year’s festival,” said Boyle. “And thrilled and terrified too, unlike the subject of our film, who would have taken the whole thing very much in his stride. Steve Jobs was a thoroughly contradictory and complex character who forged our digital age. He’s the kind of brilliant, flawed character that Shakespeare would have relished writing about, and storytellers of all kinds will be fashioning and re-fashioning the mythology of the digital revolution for generations to come. I hope that festivalgoers enjoy our take.”
Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady, Scott Rudin, Boyle, and Christian Colson are the producers.
NYFF previously announced Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk as Opening Night, Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead as Closing Night and Luminous Intimacy: The Cinema of Nathaniel Dorsky and Jerome Hiler, the first-ever complete dual retrospective of the experimental filmmakers.