Some directors and actors just seem made for one another: From Martin Scorsese and his dual acting muses Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio to Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart, a particular magic happens when certain auteurs meets certain thespians and audiences generally respond in kind, swept up themselves in undeniable fire and chemistry that practically leaps from the silver screen.
Director Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, The Bling Ring) and actor Bill Murray (Groundhog Day, Broken Flowers) made cinematic gold when they first teamed up back in 2003 for the gem Lost in Translation. The film, which dealt with a down on his luck actor (Murray, in fine form) in Tokyo who has a fortuitous and instant connection with a kindred spirit (Scarlett Johansson), garnered all kinds of awards and, more importantly, endeared itself to a large swath of the movie-going audience. Movie studios A24 and Apple Original Films are waging that lightning can strike twice with Coppola’s newest film On the Rocks which, nearly twenty years after their first collaboration, sees the two industry stalwarts reuniting for a tale about a father-daughter duo (Murray and the always entertaining Rashida Jones) who join forces to discover whether or not the daughter’s husband is stepping out on her with another woman.
On the Rocks has already garnered significant buzz when it comes to possible awards and, in the spirit of the unstoppable juggernaut word of mouth is making this film out to be, Sofia Coppola’s slice of life story has been announced as having its world premiere at the distinguished New York Film Festival. The soiree will be presented by Film at Lincoln Center and is scheduled to run between September 17 and October 11, 2020. The film marks the first project announced by A24 (the same production house Coppola worked with on the underrated- and underseen The Bling Ring) in conjunction with its brand spanking new partnership with new upstart Apple TV+.
In a statement about On the Rocks and other films premiering at the noted festival (including director Spike Lee’s new film American Utopia), NY Film Festival director Eugene Hernandez said that “prior to the pandemic, Dennis Lim and I spent time talking with each other and the Film at Lincoln Center staff about how we might reshape and focus the New York Film Festival. We agreed that among the annual highlights are those special, one-of-a-kind events that unveil an anticipated new film by a well-known filmmaker, dig deeper into a topic or theme with a substantive conversation, showcase something new or unexpected, and even have some fun!”
“This is what we’re aiming to do with our new Spotlight section, which this year features cinema’s brightest names (Spike! Pedro! Sofia! Tilda! Orson!), but also explores big topics and important ideas that our society is grappling with today: voter suppression and police brutality. Even though we’ll gather digitally and at drive-ins this year, rather than en masse at Lincoln Center, we hope our first Spotlight section will engage, enlighten, and entertain.”
On the Rocks will see an official release for general audiences this October and you can check out the trailer for what looks to be one of the best films of 2020 here.