With the real-life Harvey Weinstein sitting in a New York City courtroom, a new look at Kitty Green’s The Assistant, an upcoming fictionalized film inspired by the ex-mogul’s alleged criminal behavior, was released today by Bleecker Street.
In the clip (watch it above), Jane, the producer’s assistant of the title (played by Julia Garner) is told by the company’s receptionist that a young woman has arrived to see the boss (we never see him). In a scene that seems akin to Bombshell‘s famous elevator ride, Jane might or might not be aware of what the young woman might encounter.
The synopsis: The Assistant follows a day in the life of Jane, a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has just landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.
The Assistant, which premieres tomorrow at the Sundance Film Festival, was written and directed by Green and, in addition to Garner, stars Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini and Noah Robbins. The film is produced by Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus, P. Jennifer Dana and Ross Jacobson.
Bleecker Street opens The Assistant January 31. Check out the newly released clip above, and the film’s first trailer here.
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