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Feb 14 14 10:06 PM
Alexander Skarsgard projects
The diary of a teenage girl (2014)
Directed and written by Marielle Heller. Based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner
Feb 22 14 12:23 AM
On the set of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
On the set of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Mar 24 14 6:19 PM
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Aug 7 14 10:08 AM
Marielle Heller is all set to make her feature directorial debut from her adapted screenplay of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
It tells the tale about a candid teenage artist in the 1970s San
Francisco who sleeps with her mother’s boyfriend. As announced Bert Hamelinck and Madeline Samit of Caviar will produce with Miranda Bailey of Cold Iron and Anne Carey of Archer Gray. Amanda Marshall of Cold Iron and Michael Sagol of Caviar will serve as executive producers along with Jorma Taccone. As per sources UTA will handle the domestic sales of the film while k5 International will handle foreign sales.
Powley is best known for her theater roles, including her roles in the Royal Court Theatre’s West End production of Tusk Tusk, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia on Broadway, and the recent Royal Court Theatre and West End production of Jumpy. Kristen Wiig was most recently seen Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. On the other hand Skarsgard is known for playing vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood and was most recently seen in the film The East and What Maisie Knew. Also, his next project include the adaption of Giver.
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Another still of Alex and Kristen Wiig in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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Alex as “Monroe” in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
The film will be screening in the “U.S. Dramatic Competition” at the Sundance Film Festival during January 2015!
"Here are the 16 feature films competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival…
‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’
U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Marielle Heller) — Minnie Goetze
is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze
of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around
her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s
sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend. Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander
Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig.”
"The dramatic lineup will also feature a surfeit of comedians and
comedy actors, some of them in change-of-pace dramatic roles. These
include Sarah Silverman as a self-destructive wife and mother in Adam
Salky’s “I Smile Back”; Jack Black as a guy attending his 20th
high-school reunion in “The D Train,” written and directed by Jarrad
Paul and Andrew Mogul; Jemaine Clement as a newly divorced graphic
novelist in James C. Strouse’s “People, Places, Things”; and Kristen Wiig as a woman whose boyfriend is sleeping with her daughter in Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
(Wiig will also be seen in the Next entry “Nasty Baby,” directed by
Sundance perennial Sebastian Silva of “The Maid,” “Crystal Fairy” and
“Magic Magic” fame.)
“Sundance Institute announced today the films
selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary
Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the
2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt
Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah…
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films,
the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at
groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl / U.S.A. (Director
and screenwriter: Marielle Heller) — Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old
aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in
San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a
pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her
mother’s boyfriend. Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher
Meloni, Kristen Wiig.”
Photo credits: Originals: Variety.com, CaviarContent.com & JohnParsons.com
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Within a month and a half, Marielle Heller is giving birth twice: to her writing-directing debut “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
(premiering in competition at Sundance) and on Dec. 12 to son Wylie Red
Heller Taccone, her first child with husband Jorma Taccone.
SEE MORE: From the December 04, 2014 issue of Variety
So if Heller seems to be bubbling with enthusiasm, it’s
understandable: Brutally frank and yet whimsical enough to withstand
animated doodles and other stylistic embellishments, the Holden
Caulfield-esque tale of a sexually insecure teen (played by British
newcomer Bel Powley) who shags the stud (Alexander Skarsgard) dating her
mom (Kristen Wiig) is the fulfillment of an 8-year dream that began
when her younger sister gave the UCLA/RADA-trained actress a copy of
Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel as a Christmas present.
“I had one of those totally compelled experiences where I closed the
cover and called the publisher, not even really knowing what I was going
to say,” she recalls, “just babbling about how I wanted to make this
into something and how moved I was by the story.” At the time, she says,
“I was interested in finding more interesting female voices, and that
wasn’t in anything I was reading and auditioning for.”
After a year of lobbying, Gloeckner agreed to sell her the theatrical
rights, from which Heller produced an Off Broadway multimedia show
featuring herself in the lead role. From there, Heller was invited to
workshop the project at Sundance’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs.
Heller, 35, says she also “learned a lot about how to be really scrappy
and make things happen” from Taccone, who exec produced the feature: She
got a script to Skarsgard via their friend Jack McBrayer, and
hesitantly sent it to her pal Wiig, who costarred with her in Taccone’s
helming debut “MacGruber.”
Writing the “Diary” play also inspired Heller to pen other film and
and TV scripts, from the comic adaptation “Renegade X” for Disney
Channel to projects with writing partner Cailin Goldberg-Meehan,
including ABC pilot “The Big Apple” (about twentysomething foodie pals)
and gal-centric “Superbad”-style laffer “Fifteen to Life.”
With the arrival of her first produced project, she says she’s open
to direct, write and act in TV or film, including a new “personal
script” idea similar to the “not totally realistic world (of “Diary”)
with animation, exploring different mediums and ways of storytelling.
I’m interested in character-driven women’s stories — and all stories —
telling them in ambitious and crazy ways that other people might think
are insane,” she says.
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Seeing the film based on her novel, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl,"
for the first time at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is bound to be
memorable for Phoebe Gloeckner.
The University of Michigan
associate professor already has been through the stage version of her
acclaimed book, a graphic novel-prose hybrid with autobiographical
"When I saw the play, it was as if I was watching ghosts
of my past just walking and talking and living and breathing," she
says. "The movie's like that as well. So it's very emotional for me.
It's a wonderful experience and very strange."
"The Diary of a
Teenage Girl" will have several screenings at Sundance. It's competing
in the U.S. drama category of the celebrated Utah event, which runs
through Feb. 1.
The coming-of-age movie stars British newcomer Bel
Powley as Minnie Goetze, a teen navigating the experimental haze of
1970s San Francisco without much guidance from any adults. Kristen Wiig
plays Minnie's mother, while Alexander Skarsgard (HBO's "True Blood")
plays her mom's boyfriend, with whom Minnie has an affair.
book came out in 2002. It stirred controversy and also drew much praise
for its honest, unflinching, often painful story told from a young
"Minnie is one of the most believable teenage
protagonists ever written, a complicated, contradictory child posing as a
woman. Her 'Diary' is a page-turner of a very high order and a tour de
force of emotional intensity and damage," said the San Francisco
The book was named one of Rolling Stone's 50 best
non-superhero graphic novels and continues to connect with readers. One
of its fans, Marielle Heller, was so moved by the subject matter that
she lobbied Gloeckner for the theatrical rights and adapted it as a play
that earned good reviews during a 2010 off-Broadway run.
admits she was leery of seeing the play and only decided to accept an
invitation to an early run-through in Los Angeles at the last minute. "I
was afraid it would be so horrible, it would just kill me," she
recalls. "I went to the play and I was just in tears. It was pretty
Heller's devotion to "Diary" has continued with the film
adaptation, which she wrote and directed. It's executive-produced by
her husband, Jorma Taccone, one-third of the comedy music trio the
Lonely Island (with Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer) and the director of
Gloeckner says she spent about eight days on the set
during filming. She hasn't seen the final cut yet. During a
sound-mixing session at the Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif.,
Heller asked Gloeckner if she was ready to watch it.
guy turned around really quickly and he said to me, 'Look, if you have a
choice whether or not to see the movie, I would wait until the
premiere, because if you see it now, you're not going to experience it
with the excitement you would (there). You're going to be looking at
other people for their reaction,' " Gloeckner recalls.
She took his advice and plans to see it at Sundance.
2004, Gloeckner has been in Ann Arbor, where she teaches at the U-M
Stamps School of Art & Design. She's currently taking the semester
off to focus on her latest project, for which she received a Guggenheim
Fellowship in 2008.
It's the story of a teenage girl from Mexico
who was murdered and the family she left behind. Gloeckner, who's spent
years on the research, plans to do a print version as well as a
multimedia electronic novel that will include animation.
For Gloeckner, one of the joys of "Diary" reaching the big screen is knowing the novel has staying power.
continue to get letters from people and invitations to talk about it.
I'm so grateful for that. When I work on something, I work really hard. I
don't do things just to make a splash and make some money. I put
everything into it."
Contact Detroit Free Press writer Julie Hinds: 313-222-6427 or [email protected]
Jan 23 15 4:55 PM
Alex, Bel Powley and Marielle Heller at the IMDb & Amazon Instant Video Studio during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 23, 2015, Park City, Utah.
(Originals: IMDb.com & Skarsgard Gallery)
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