Nicole Holofcener to receive Screenwriters Tribute Award at Nantucket Film Festival

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Nicole Holofcener [Courtesy photo]

An award-winning filmmaker whose work spans three decades, Nicole Holofcener will receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award at summer’s Nantucket Film Festival.

The Screenwriters Tribute Award is the highest honor presented by the Nantucket Film Festival, recognizing writers and filmmakers from film and television for their significant contributions to the art of storytelling. These honors are presented annually during the film festival at a gala celebration.

Established in 1998, the Screenwriters Tribute Award honors an individual whose history in screenwriting has made a distinct impact on American cinema. The Screenwriters Tribute Award is not a “lifetime achievement” award, but rather an acknowledgment of the indelible mark these artists have made on the hearts and minds of people all over the world through their writing for the screen, according to a news release.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences for her relatable writing and personal directing style, Holofcener has created seminal films about relationships, class, loyalty and love with realistic and multidimensional characters, including “Friends with Money,” “Please Give” and “Enough Said,” with the latter starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini.

In recent years, Holofcener has become a sought-after collaborator and has produced films like the Oscar-nominated screenplay “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” which she co-wrote with Jeff Whitty, and The National Board of Review-winning film “The Last Duel,” directed by Ridley Scott.

In addition to her films, she has directed numerous television series, including “Mrs. Fletcher,” “Enlightened”  and the upcoming shows “Extrapolations,”  starring Marion Cotillard, Tobey Maguire and Forest Whitaker, and “Straight Man,”  starring Bob Odenkirk, Mireille Enos, and Olivia Scott Welch, both expected to be released in 2023.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in “You Hurt My Feelings,” a film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, which was an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. [Courtesy of Sundance Institute]

The writer-director’s most recent film, “You Hurt My Feelings,” premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, marking Holofcener’s fourth time at the January event in Park City, Utah.

Starring Louis-Dreyfus and Tobias Menzies, the film follows New York novelist Beth, who has been working for years on the follow-up to her somewhat successful memoir, sharing countless drafts with her approving, supportive husband Don. Beth’s world quickly unravels when she overhears Don admit to her brother-in-law, a sensitive actor named Mark (played with charm by Arian Moayed), that actually, he doesn’t like the new book.

Beth vents to her sister, Sara (Michaela Watkins), that decades of a loving, committed marriage pale in comparison to this immense betrayal. Meanwhile, therapist Don faces his own professional problems as he finds himself unable to care about or even recall his unhappy patients’ issues anymore – and they’ve begun to notice.

The Nantucket Film Festival is set for June 21-26 on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The mission of the festival is to celebrate the vast diversity of human experience through the art of screenwriting and storytelling.

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