- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - David Fincher’s “The Social Network” will be the opening night film at the New York Film Festival.

Fincher’s eagerly anticipated movie about Facebook and its young co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, will kick off the festival on Sept. 24 at Alice Tully Hall. The film is written by Aaron Sorkin and stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg.

Richard Pena, the selection committee chair and program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said “The Social Network” is the rare film that “powerfully captures the spirit of its time.”

The 48th annual New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 10.


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