2011 Toronto Film Festival

Watch the First Three Clips from Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress'

One of my most anticipated films of the year

Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Greta Gerwig in Damsels in Distress
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Writer/director Whit Stillman is has returned to the director's chair for the first time in 13 years. His last film was the excellent The Last Days of Disco starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny and with Damsels in Distress he's surrounded himself with a whole new crop of up-and-coming female talent and I have the first three clips from the film which will have its world premiere screening next Saturday, September 10 at the Venice Film Festival and coincidentally I'll be seeing it one day later in Toronto.

Described as a comedy, the film, written by Stillman, centers on Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and Heather (Carrie MacLemore) as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university. They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group, which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men – including smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker), the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) – who threaten the girls' friendship and sanity.

I have still yet to see Stillman's 1994 feature Barcelona, but after seen Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan, it was a no-brainer when I made Damsels in Distress one of my most anticipated films coming in the second half of 2011.

As for those clips, this is the first footage from the film to be released online and you can watch all three clips directly below. Sony Pictures Classics has not yet set an official release date.

Lily & Charlie Discuss "The Algebra of Love"

Violet & Lily Comfort Priss

Lily Introduces Charlie to Violet, Heather & Rose
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  • Corbijn

    this looks really interesting...maybe great...maybe far too pretentious. I'm wondering if these clips influenced your anticipation in any way? did you watch them?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Nope, didn't watch them. Don't want to spoil anything since I'll be seeing it very soon.

  • Scott

    Barcelona is one of my favorites. You really need to watch it. It deals with some big ideas, but very playfully. The warning of the AFL CIA union is fantastic.

    • Mike

      Barcelona is his best of the 3 by far. It's such a good romantic comedy, about so many different things, that it's hard to call it a romantic comedy by today's standards, since the genre's been so debased.