A two-time nominee for the Best Director Oscar before the age of 35, Jason Reitman found success early—and took that as motivation to keep challenging himself with stories of moral complexity that speak to the way we live today.
Born in Montreal and raised in Los Angeles, Reitman grew up just as his father, Ivan, was finding his own foothold in Hollywood, helming blockbusters such as Ghostbusters (84). The decision to study creative writing at university seemed like a move away from the family trade, but Reitman began directing shorts while still in school and wasted little time in making his first feature, Thank You for Smoking (05), which screened at the Miami Film Festival and was nominated for two Golden Globes.
The phenomenal success of Juno (07) and Up in the Air (09) suggested that Reitman had inherited his father’s genius for comedy and adapted it for a new century, where teen pregnancy and middle-management era alienation could prove fruitful subjects for poignant humor—not to mention career pinnacles for Ellen Page and George Clooney. Yet Reitman used those hits as a platform upon which to launch more somber, knotty dramas, such Young Adult (11) and Men, Women & Children (14). Reuniting with Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and Young Adult star Charlize Theron, Tully (18) promises to expand Reitman’s purview further still—and we could not be more excited to showcase it as our Opening Night film.