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“Diary of a teenage girl” is the most important coming-of-age movie in years

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Alexander Skarsgard’s movie “Diary of a teenage girl” opened the New Directors / New Films Festival in NYC last night, and following on from the reactions it received at both Sundance and Berlinale, the movie has been heaped with critical praise.

According to FilmSchoolRejects it is the “most important coming-of-age movie in years”.

When director and screenwriter Marielle Heller introduced her debut feature, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, at last night’s New Directors/New Films kickoff premiere in New York, she likened Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel to Catcher In the Rye for girls. The book, which features Gloeckner’s own original drawings and is reportedly loosely based on her own coming-of-age, making it a bit of a novel/graphic novel/autobiography hybrid, is just that seminal and that original, so it’s only fitting that Heller’s film is also an instant classic in its own right.

Heller’s film – a years-long passionate project – premiered back at Sundance in January, where it was almost instantaneously hailed as one of the best of the fest (I remember the cavalcade of tweets that clogged up my feed as soon as the film’s first screening let out, combined with the horrific panic when I realized there was no way I could make a subsequent screening of the film fit into my packed schedule) and then quickly snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics. It’s easy enough to describe the film as a coming-of-age story, but the film is deeply creative and uncomfortably honest in ways that are often missing from current coming-of-age stories. It cuts to the bone, and then it keeps going.

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“Diary” to open New Directors / New Films 2015

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Alexander Skarsgard’s movie “Diary of a Teenage Girl” is to open New Directors / New Films 2015 in New York. The festival will run from 18 to 29 March.

According to Variety

Marie Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” the Sundance favorite that recently earned a prize at the Berlin Film Festival, will open the 44th annual outing of New Directors/New Films, the New York festival presented every year by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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