A film by
Philippe Falardeau

Written by
Philippe Falardeau

Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth, Brìan F. O’Byrne, Colm Feore

Based on the book My Salinger Year, by Joanna Rakoff

2020 – Canada – English – 101 minutes  – Color

Awards & Festivals
70th Berlinale – Opening Film





New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna gets hired as an assistant to Margaret, the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office – where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches – and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend.

Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer’s voice, begins to discover her own.


Director: Philippe Falardeau
Writers: Philippe Falardeau
Producers: Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Co-Producers: Ruth Coady, Susan Mullen

Cinematographer: Sara Mishara
Production designer: Elise de Blois
Costume designer: Patricia McNeil
Editor: Mary Finlay
Original score: Martin Léon
Sound: Claude La Haye, Fionan Higgins, Bernard Gariépy Strobl