New movie based on life of a Harvey Weinstein assistant debuts at Telluride Film Festival
Harvey Weinstein buzz is returning to the film festival circuit — but he’s an on-screen villain, not a VIP, this time.
The Telluride Film Festival revealed Thursday that a new movie loosely based on the life of a Weinstein assistant will premiere Friday at the glitterati gathering in Colorado.
The flick, starring “Ozark” actress Julia Garner and aptly titled “The Assistant,” follows a young woman working the desk of a domineering film executive who preys on young actresses for his sexual gratification.
The Telluride lineup remains hush-hush every year until the secret slate is announced the day before the festival starts.
Weinstein’s name isn’t mentioned in the movie, but producers confirmed in a press release that “the original impulse for this film came from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.”
“Suddenly the Weinstein story was everywhere,” Green said in a statement. “As a female filmmaker, I was very familiar with sexual misconduct, some of which is easy to talk about and some of it more difficult. I like to funnel my anxieties and fears into my art, so I decided to turn the focus of the film toward Hollywood.”
She said her movie’s abusive boss character later became a hybrid of “powerful figures in the film industry.”
“I feel like it would be reductive to say it’s about The Weinstein Company or any specific one because it is a problem everywhere in industry and it’s global,” she told Deadline. “But I do think there are a lot of details that I’m sure people that worked in Weinstein’s company will recognize.”