Netflix has provided Vital Thrills with the trailer and poster for The Forty-Year-Old Version, winner of the Directing Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film will hit the streaming service on October 9.
The Forty-Year-Old Version is a hilariously candid and deeply personal debut from writer/director Radha Blank. A fresh addition to the New York City slice-of-life canon shot in lush black and white 35mm, Blank’s film is an ode to the unfulfilled, and those whose adversity gives them a one-of-a-kind story to tell.
In the movie, Radha is a down-on-her-luck NY playwright who is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime.
The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater on a quest to find her true voice.
Written and directed by Radha Blank, the movie stars Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, Imani Lewis, Haskiri Velazquez, Antonio Ortiz, TJ Atoms, Jacob Ming Trent, Stacey Sargeant, William Oliver Watkins, Meghan O’Neill, André Ward, Welker White, and Reed Birney.
The movie was produced by Lena Waithe, Jordan Fudge, Radha Blank, Inuka Bacote-Capiga, Jennifer Semler, and Rishi Rajani.
“It took years of trying to get this film made. It’s my love letter to NY and its struggling artists as well as the NY artistic institutions that raised me – Hip Hop and Theater,” said Blank.
“I made this film in the spirit of the great NY auteurs who came before me but from an angle not often seen.”
She added: “I’m so very proud of the artisans, many from New York, who helped me craft this movie with such loving and capable hands. As a new member of the Netflix family, I’m excited about the global audience that this film will reach.
“I hope it will spark the next generation of fearless filmmakers in ANY part of the world. I’m thrilled that this came together with Netflix.”
Radha Blank is a performer, writer, and proud native New Yorker. A Helen Merrill Award recipient, Radha’s acclaimed play Seed was deemed “fresh, lively…and poetic” by HuffPost. She’s since written for Empire (FOX) and She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix).
Radha’s script for The 40-Year-Old Version was chosen for the 2017 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Labs and garnered the 2017 Adrienne Shelly Women’s Filmmaker Award and the 2018 Maryland Film Festival Producers Club Award.
When not writing for the stage and screen, Radha performs as RadhaMUSprime, whose brand of hip-hop comedy has sold out shows from New York to Norway.
Variety has named her one of “10 Directors to Watch for 2020.”