A California high school student plans to escape from her family and small town by going to college in New York.
This is the solo directorial debut of filmmaker/actress Greta Gerwig, who is best known for her previous collaborations with Noah Baumbach, including Greenberg and Frances Ha (which earned her a Golden Globes nomination). Lady Bird has been described as semi-autobiographical, but Gerwig made sure to clarify that nothing depicted in the film is taken verbatim from her life. It is merely based in in a core truth of what she knows. One of her goals with the film was to create a female companion piece to Richard Linklater's 2014 drama, Boyhood.
Lady Bird premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2017, earning widespread critical acclaim for its captivating performances and brutally honest portrayal of adolescence. It has emerged as one of the favorites on the awards circuit, with Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in particular generating Oscar buzz. Lady Bird is also expected to be a contender in the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay categories at the Academy Awards, signaling Gerwig's arrival as a talented director with a unique voice and vision.
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