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In 90s New York City, recent grad and aspiring writer Joanna (Margaret Qualley) lands a job as assistant to J.D. Salinger’s literary agent Margaret (Sigourney Weaver). While responding to Salinger’s fanmail, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s generic letter, and begins personalising each response. Joanna, in adopting the great writer’s voice, soon begins to discover her own.

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Cast: Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth

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"If you’re an aspiring literary type, this is the film for you: a sweet — if slight — entry in the coming-of-age canon, buoyed by strong turns from Qualley and Weaver."

John Nugent, Empire

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view from our programmer, Eve Allin:

Sigourney Weaver stars in this adaptation of ‘My Salinger Year’, a memoir by Joanna Rakoff about her time working for J. D. Salinger’s literary agent. Rakoff, played by Margaret Qualley, is tasked with reading and destroying the letters of Salinger’s many fans and fanatics. Weaver is glacial and understated as the literary agent; never seen without a hair out of place, she evokes Meryl Streep’s icy exterior in ‘Devil Wears Prada’. Ultimately a tale about self-discovery and connection, ‘My New York Year’ interweaves the joyful, terrifying leap from youth to adulthood with the power and responsibility that is tied with becoming great literary voice.