Steve Jobs movie gets prestigious film festival slot

July 28, 2015, 9:58 PM UTC
Courtesy of Universal Pictures

The new Steve Jobs biopic just landed a prestigious spot in this fall’s New York Film Festival, putting the movie in award-winning company.

The film, called Steve Jobs and starring actor Michael Fassbender in the title role, is the latest biopic to tackle the subject of the Apple (AAPL) cofounder (after 2013’s Jobs) and it’s one of two films about Jobs due to hit theaters this year, with the other being Alex Gibney’s documentary. And, on Tuesday, the NYFF announced that Fassbender-as-Jobs will screen as the festival’s “centerpiece” film on October 3, a week before its wide release. Films featured as the festival’s centerpiece feature in recent years include Oscar-nominated fare such as 2014’s Inherent Vice, 2011’s My Week With Marilyn, and 2007’s No Country For Old Men.

Produced and distributed by Comcast’s (CMCSA) Universal, the new biopic already had plenty of awards buzz thanks to its star (Fassbender was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar last year) as well as director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours) and writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network and 127 Hours).

Steve Jobs is dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it’s extremely sharp; it’s wildly entertaining, and the actors just soar—you can feel their joy as they bite into their material,” NYFF Director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said in a statement.