Appearing on many of the 2017 Best Movies lists, Barnard grad and Athena Award winner Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, loosely based on her teen years in Sacramento, stars Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, who navigates the pressures and constraints of Catholic school with awkward self-assuredness. Longing to break free, she dreams of a future full of East Coast skyscrapers, Ivy League universities, and a cosmopolitan culture. The New York Times, A.O. Scott calls the movie, with its “exceptionally well-written script, full of wordplay and lively argument,” “perfect.”
Greta Gerwig is an American actress and filmmaker. She was born in Sacramento, California, and graduated from Barnard College, where she studied English and philosophy. She worked with directors such as Ti West, Whit Stillman. She also co-wrote Frances Ha (2012) with Noah Baumbach. In 2011, Gerwig received an award for Acting from the Athena Film Festival for her artistry as one of Hollywood’s definitive screen actresses of her generation.