Fincher’s ‘Social Network’ to Open N.Y. Film Festival

Written by Aaron Sorkin, film is about founding of Facebook

Last Updated: July 8, 2010 @ 11:16 AM

David Fincher's "The Social Network," about the founding of Facebook, is the opening-night film for the 48th annual New York Film Festival, screening Sept. 24 at Alice Tully Hall.

The festival runs Sept. 24-Oct. 10 and is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Scripted by Aaron Sorkin, "Social Network" stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake. Sony Pictures will release the movie on Oct. 1.

“It's exceptionally rare to discover a film that so powerfully captures the spirit of its time; 'The Social Network' is such a film," said Richard Peña, the festival's selection committee chair and program director, in a statement. "David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin are a director/writer team, like Lumet and Chayefsky before them, that make this movie not only of the moment, but reflective of larger cultural issues as well, and confirm their position at forefront of contemporary cinema.”

"The Social Network" is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin and based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.

Watch the teaser trailer for the movie here.