Good news for New York’s Urban Haute Bourgeoisie. Damsels in Distress, the first film from hometown hero Whit Stillman in over a decade, will make its debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the heavy-hitter directors potentially screening their new works for the first time — Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and, for some reason, Madonna — Mr. Stillman was given the coveted closing spot.
The new picture from the man who made the still-perfect Metropolitan centers around the goings-on at a cozy liberal arts school. With Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig!) as their ringleader, three female students take a transfer student under their wing and try to tame the boorish men of the school. Expect bulk servings of fine-tuned dialog, entitlement, and bone-dry wit.
The festival closes September 10.
The Observer ran into Mr. Stillman at a party last week, at the Boom Boom Room, for the premiere of Another Earth. He told us Damsels was getting tighter and tigher with each new edit. We became visibly excited.
If you can’t make it out to Venice in September (the wide release date has not yet been announced) tide yourself over with another spin through The Last Days of Disco. And then, per Mr. Stillman’s request, go get drinks at Petrossian afterwards.