Program 2018

Mistress America

Noah Baumbach, USA 2015, 84’
POLISH PREMIERE

The latest film from Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig (after Frances Ha) - the pair co-wrote the script, Baumbach directed while Gerwig played the lead of an energetic bu somewhat lost woman in search of something elusive who enjoys big city life to the hilt. That impresses her younger friend Tracy (Lola Kirke), who just arrived in New York and can't make friends at school. The two women spend time together clubbing and talking of things trivial and deep alike. Gerwig's character has tons of indistinct plans; the only thing she's sure of is her own exceptionality. Tracy initially seems to have her feet planted more firmly on the ground, but ultimately she just wants to know what's in it for her. The two are stereotypical millennials what with their narcissism and lack of direction, which takes away none of their charm. The film precisely catches New York reality where an uncertain living situation is the norm and opening your own restaurant requires a fortune.

Noah Baumbach

Ever since his debut, Kicking and Screaming, New York director Noah Baumbach has made a career out of showing people doing very little in a fascinating way. His films often include autobiographical themes. Kicking and Screaming was about the suspended animation of post-college life while The Squid and the Whale is about two brothers suffering through their parents' divorce. Baumbach and Wes Anderson co-wrote the latter's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Mistress America is his third film made with Greta Gerwig.

Selected filmography

1995 Kicking and Screaming

2005 Walka żywiołów / The Squid and the Whale

2007 Margot jedzie na ślub / Margot at the Wedding

2012 Frances Ha

2015 Mistress America

Related articles
Official site

Cast & Crew

director Noah Baumbach
screenplay Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
cinematography Sam Levy
editing Jennifer Lame
music Brita Phillips, Dean Wareham
cast Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
producer Noah Baumbach, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub
production RT Features
Polish distributor Imperial CinePix
language English
colouration colour
stay in touch
festival partners