'Lady Bird' trailer puts Sacramento in the spotlight

The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teenager trying to find her way out of California as she struggles with a strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), her Catholic high school and her
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See some local sights in the trailer for Sacramento-set film ‘Lady Bird’

By Carla Meyer

cmeyer@sacbee.com

September 05, 2017 02:04 PM

The trailer is now out for “Lady Bird,” the Sacramento-set coming-of-age comedy directed by actress, screenwriter and Sacramento native Greta Gerwig.

In between snippets of high school senior Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan) cracking wise to her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and Catholic school classmates, the trailer reveals glimpses of the Tower Bridge as well as Thrift Town on El Camino Avenue. The production also shot scenes at an East Sacramento home this past fall.

Gerwig, a Saint Francis Catholic High School graduate who attended New York City’s Barnard College, wrote and makes her solo directing debut with “Lady Bird,” in which the lead character rails against her mother and Sacramento provincialism while dreaming of attending college on the East Coast.

Gerwig collaborated with director Noah Baumbach on the script for the 2013 film “Frances Ha,” for which Gerwig was nominated for an acting Golden Globe. Gerwig co-directed the 2008 film “Nights & Weekends” with Joe Swanberg.

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The trailer’s release follows a glowing reception for the film at the Telluride Film Festival, where it premiered Sept. 1. Indiewire.com critic Eric Kohn wrote that the film “confirms that Gerwig’s plucky screen presence translates into a richly confident filmmaking voice.”

Barry Jenkins, director of 2017 Oscar best picture winner “Moonlight,” tweeted after watching the film that “‘Lady Bird’ is all kinds of lovely. At once a no (nonsense) depiction of working class strain on life/love/family and ... just romantic and lovely.”

“Lady Bird” is being released by “Moonlight’s” distributor, A24, and is being positioned as an awards-season contender. It will screen Friday at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. It is scheduled to open Nov. 17 at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento.