With her penchant for autobiography and assured grasp of the humor underlying quotidian existence, writer-director Nicole Holofcener has avoided the pitfalls of trite sentimentality in crafting her genuinely funny and moving films about the complex bonds between women.
The daughter of a stage-actor father and set-decorator mother, Holofcener grew up in New York City and Santa Monica, CA. Through her stepfather, Charles Joffe, Holofcener landed her first job in the movie industry as a production assistant on Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982). Her aspirations solidified by her stint as an apprentice editor on Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Holofcener got her graduate degree in film at Columbia University in the late ‘80s, where her sly student short Angry already presaged her ability to turn her personal experiences into smart comedy.
It took Holofcener six years, however, to make her first feature. Based on her conflicted emotions over her best friend’s impending… read more