20th Century Women is a poignant, heart-warming portrait of fifteen-year-old Jamie, who is being brought up by his eccentric mother and two younger women. The film is a love-letter to those who bring us up and the years that shape us. Her wonderful portrayal of Jamie’s mother brought Annette Benning (American Beauty) a Golden Globe nomination. Other roles are played by Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha, Jackie), Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon), Billy Crudup (Spotlight) and up-and-coming talent Lucas Jade Zumann. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Festival director Bero Beyer: “We are particularly pleased to have the heart-warming 20th Century Women as the closing film of IFFR 2017. Director Mills uses humor, emotion and a dash of nostalgia in a visual celebration of women and a mother, played splendidly by Annette Benning, which holds up to us a mirror-image of our times.”