NEW YORK, NY – October 25, 2019 – Bleecker Street announced it has secured U.S. distribution rights to director Kitty Green’s The Assistant. The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival to critical acclaim and will be released on January 31, 2020.
The Assistant follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently 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. 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.
Kitty Green said, “I’m so thrilled that ‘The Assistant’ is in the hands of a team with such passion and vision for sharing it with the world.”
“We’re so proud of this movie, both on its own terms as a cinematic experience and for how it contributes to the ongoing conversation about gender, power, and women’s roles in the workplace,” said producer Jen Dana. “It is wonderful to have a partner in Bleecker Street who will support both Kitty as a filmmaker and help drive the necessary broader conversation surrounding the movie.”
Earlier this year, the filmmakers, producers and financiers announced an exciting partnership with The New York Women’s Foundation. This partnership will see 10% of their profits set aside to support the organization.
The film is produced by Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus, and P. Jennifer Dana and Ross Jacobson of 3311 Productions. Executive producers are John Howard, Philipp Engelhorn and Leah Giblin of Cinereach, Abigail E. Disney, The Level Forward Team, Mark Roberts, Sean King O’Grady and Avy Eschesnasy.
The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street and the producers.
The Assistant will be the first release for Bleecker Street’s 2020 slate on January 31. Additionally, Bleecker Street has announced release dates for Ordinary Love, starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson (February 14), Sally Potter’s latest film with Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning (March 13), Military Wives starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan (March 27) and Dream Horse with Toni Collette and Damien Lewis (May 1).