By Nicole Sperling
July 08, 2010 at 06:38 PM EDT

Call it the start of the Oscar road for David Fincher’s The Social Network. The New York Film Festival has chosen the film — which depicts the start of the Facebook revolution — as its opening night movie for the 48th Annual New York Film Festival, which begins Friday, Sept. 24. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, Sony’s new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, and multi-hyphenate Justin Timberlake. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script.

Says Richard Pena, selection committee chair of The Film Society of Lincoln Center, of the film: “It’s exceptionally rare to discover a film that so powerfully captures the spirit of its time. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at the forefront of contemporary cinema.”

The film is set to open nationwide Oct. 1.