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The Assistant

Jane gets a job as an assistant to a major movie mogul. The corporate culture turns out to be totally depraved in all its fibers. Based on the Harvey Weinstein affair.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Due to the lockdown, Rialto will be closed until January 20th. This means that today there are no screenings.

The Assistant

Recent college graduate Jane (Julia Garner) is an aspiring film producer. Her dream career seems to become more realistic when she lands a job as a junior assistant to a major New York film mogul. Working long hours mainly doing tedious jobs – photocopying, making coffee, ordering lunch – she grows increasingly fed up with the work climate. Her boss, a bullying, irate man, has made the company a place dominated by arbitrariness, sexism, and fear. Jane decides to go see HR exec Wilcock.

After the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, director Kitty Green decided to take a closer look at the corporate culture at Weinstein's film company Miramax. She interviewed anyone who could tell anything about what it was like to work there, discovering that the administrative assistants were the ones who knew most. In The Assistant, for which she also wrote the script, Green presents one day in the life of such an assistant. The boss remains nameless and faceless.

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