Nicole Holofcener

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Nicole Holofcener
Born (1960-03-22) March 22, 1960 (age 55)
New York City, New York
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Benjamin Allanoff (1993–2002; divorced; 2 children)

Nicole Holofcener (born March 22, 1960) is an American film and television director and screenwriter. She has directed five feature films, including Friends With Money and Enough Said.

Life and career[edit]

Holofcener was born in New York City. The daughter of artist Lawrence Holofcener and set decorator Carol Holofcener, Nicole's parents divorced when she was one year old. When she was eight, her mother married film producer Charles H. Joffe, who moved the family to Hollywood. Since her stepfather produced Woody Allen's films, Nicole spent enough time on Allen's sets to be an extra in Sleeper and Take the Money and Run.[1] Joffe was responsible for Holofcener's first "real" job in the movie industry: a production assistant on Woody Allen's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy in 1982. She moved up to apprentice editor for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).

Holofcener's first experiences with film as a child left her either frightened or sad; she recalled her fright at Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor. Returning East to college, Holofcener originally wanted to become an artist like her father, but felt she wasn't as talented as others in her classes. From there she gravitated into taking some film courses.[1] She studied film at Columbia University, and made two shorts titled Angry[2] and It's Richard I Love.[3] While at Columbia, she was taught by Martin Scorsese.[4] After viewing one of her college works, her stepfather wondered aloud if she shouldn't make a career change. Disappointed, she became a clerk at a video store for a while, then entered Columbia's graduate school program.[1] At the time of his death in 2008,[5] Charles Joffe had become one of the most ardent fans of his stepdaughter's work.[1] Angry received critical praise at the Sundance Film Festival.[1][6]

Feature film career[edit]

Holofcener made her feature film writing and directing debut with Walking and Talking, which starred Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd Field, Liev Schreiber, and Kevin Corrigan.[3][7] The film was critically acclaimed.[8] Her understanding of modern, professional women made her an ideal choice to direct female-centric television shows like Sex and the City, Leap of Faith and Gilmore Girls.[3]

She followed in 2001 with her second feature, Lovely and Amazing.[9] Featuring performances by Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer and newcomer Raven Goodwin, the film was not only critically acclaimed[3] but did well at the box office.[citation needed]

After directing two episodes of the series Six Feet Under, Holofcener began work on her third film, Friends with Money, which featured Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Frances McDormand and Catherine Keener. The film opened the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and its screenplay was nominated for the 2006 Independent Spirit Award, while Frances McDormand won the award for Best Supporting Female.[10]

Holofcener's fourth feature film, Please Give, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. It stars Keener in the duo's fourth collaboration and was released in 2010.[1][4] The film also features Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet and Sarah Steele.[11]

Holofcener followed up with Enough Said starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2015 it was announced that Holofcener was working on an adaptation of Lee Israel's memoir with Julianne Moore in consideration to the lead role.[12]







  • 1993: Mi Vida Loca .... Warden
  • 1982: Rollercoaster to Hell .... Vera


  1. ^ a b c d e f Erickson, Steve (May 2010). "The Lovely and Amazing Nicole Holofcener". LA Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Loynd, Ray (July 2, 1993). "'Short Film Festival' Opens 'Alive' Season". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bozzola, Lucia. "Nicole Holofcener". All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Ella (April 20, 2010). "Nicole Holofcener On Her New Film Please Give". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Woo, Elaine (July 12, 2008). "Talent agent co-produced most Woody Allen films". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Turan, Kenneth (January 20, 2010). "The festival's eternal conflicts: commerce vs. art". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Thomas, Kevin (July 17, 1996). "'Walking and Talking' Is a Wry Look at Friendships". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ Allon, Yorma; Cullen, Del; Patterson, Hannah, eds. (2002). Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide. Wallflower Press. p. 560. ISBN 1-903364-52-3. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Kevin (June 20, 2002). "A Mom's Tale Kicks Off L.A. Festival". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Friends With Money awards". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Please Give Official Site". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Julianne Moore to Star in Nicole Holofcener’s ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 10 April 2015. 

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