Mistress America

Director: Noah Baumbach
Screenwriters: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig

Institute History


Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke—a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town—she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's new comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, and cat stealing.

Ten years ago, The Squid and the Whale premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Baumbach won the directing and the screenwriting awards. In 2012, he teamed up with Gerwig to create the enchanting Frances Ha, and their magic continues with Mistress America. Gerwig elevates her craft to new heights and imbues Brooke with fragile confidence and infectious charm. As Tracy, newcomer Lola Kirke is a revelation. Featuring incisive dialogue and boundless wit, Mistress America is a ride through New York that captures the hopes and dreams (some shattered) of those who are drawn there. —T.G.

— T.G.

Screening Details

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