Her Spike Jones New York Film

World premiere starring Joaquin Phoenix joins the 51st annual fest's main slate

The New York Film Festival has set the world preem of “Her,” the new Spike Jonze film starring Joaquin Phoenix, for its closing night gala screening in October.

The first feature from writer-director Jonze since “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Her” stars Phoenix as a man in the near future who begins to fall in love with an artificial intelligence named Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde also appear in the film.

“Her” marks the third title to be announced for the 51st annual NYFF so far. Also on the tightly curated main slate, which tends to comprise between 25 and 30 films, is opener “Captain Phillips,” the Paul Greengrass pic toplined by Tom Hanks, and centerpiece film “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” written and directed by Ben Stiller.

In recent years NYFF’s gala screenings have tended to revolve around prestige studio pics such as “Her,” “Captain Phillips” and “Walter Mitty.” Traditionally the NYFF roster has also included an array of international offerings, often faves of the festival circuit, alongside the higher profile American movies; the full upcoming slate is due to be announced in the next week or two.

NYFF runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13, with “Her” wrapping up the fest on its final night prior to its Nov. 20 release from Warner Bros.

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