In Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, Ben Stiller played a depressed and embittered never-was rocker whose life had stalled. It’s a theme that the New York auteur revisits in Frances Ha, his upcoming black-and-white film that stars Stiller’s Greenberg co-star Greta Gerwig. Baumbach and Gerwig co-wrote the script, which tells the story of a 27-year-old aspiring dancer in Brooklyn whose life has failed to take off since graduating from Vassar. She’s still stuck in Girls mode, clinging to a girlfriend (Mickey Sumner) and career aspirations that drift further away with every false step. (Even Adam Driver has a supporting role!)
The minimalist looking film, shot by Wendy & Lucy cinematographer Sam Levy, debuted at last September’s Telluride Film Festival and is currently screening at the Berlin International Film Festival. Judging from an exclusive clip, Frances Ha has all the brutal truth and uncomfortable exchanges that fans of Margot at the Wedding and The Squid and the Whale have come to expect from Baumbach.
Frances Ha is due in theaters May 17.