Flagstaff Premiere: My Salinger Year


Film Info
Event Type:Flagstaff Premiere
Release Year:2020
Run Time:101 minutes
Production Country:Canada, Ireland
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Philippe Falardeau
Cast:Sigourney Weaver
Margaret Qualley
Douglas Booth
Brian F. O'Byrne
Colm Feore


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the acclaimed new drama “My Salinger Year” on Wednesday, March 10 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres.

A wide-eyed aspiring writer (Margaret Qualley) lands a dream job as assistant to the iconic old-world literary agent (Sigourney Weaver) representing J.D. Salinger in “My Salinger Year”, directed by Philippe Falardeau.

New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna gets hired as an assistant to Margaret, the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger.

Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office — where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches — and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend.

Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer’s voice, begins to discover her own.

“A pair of knockout performances. It’s a casting triumph.” — The Times UK

“Philippe Falardeau’s gentle adaptation is full of charm and intelligence.” — The Arts Desk

This Flagstaff Cinema Series Event is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff.