The Forty-Year-Old Version

The Forty-Year-Old Version is a 2020 American comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Radha Blank, in her feature directorial debut. It stars Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin, and Reed Birney.[1]

The Forty-Year-Old Version
Official poster
Directed byRadha Blank
Written byRadha Blank
Screenplay byRadha Blank
Produced by
  • Lena Waithe
  • Jordan Fudge
  • Radha Blank
  • Inuka Bacote-Capiga
  • Jennifer Semler
  • Rishi Rajani
Starring
CinematographyEric Branco
Edited byRobert Grigsby Wilson
Music byGuy C. Routte
Production
companies
  • New Slate Ventures
  • Hillman Grad Productions
  • Endeavor Content
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • January 25, 2020 (2020-01-25) (Sundance)
  • October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09) (United States)
Running time
129 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Loosely based on Blank's own life, the film sees her playing Radha, a playwright and teacher who turns to rapping when she finds herself nearing her 40th birthday.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020, where Blank won the U.S Dramatic Competition Directing Award, and was released on October 9, 2020, by Netflix. It was named one of the ten best films of 2020 by the National Board of Review.[2]


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