Coming to theatres and to VOD via Netflix today, Friday, October 27:
JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD
New York Film Festival 2017
An expansive portrait of the celebrated, influential author and journalist by her nephew.
As much a look at America over the past half century as it is a tribute to one of its most insightful chroniclers, Dunne’s film is engaging, candid, and as accessible to newcomers to Didion’s work as it is to her devotees. Despite her small frame, Didion’s presence on camera is imposing, perhaps even more so in the central interview of the film now, in her 80s, than in the archival materials following her eruption onto the literary scene in the early 1960s after several years writing for Vogue. Dunne covers her major work, from PLAY IT AS IT LAYS to more recent achievements like THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, while framing the film largely through the lens of her long personal and professional partnership with husband John Gregory Dunne until his death in 2003. Through it all, Didion’s matter-of-fact reflections, accompanied by excerpts from her writing, underscore her uncanny ability to encapsulate and illuminate existential truths.