Edward Norton’s latest film in which he also directs, Motherless Brooklyn closes the 2019 New York Film Festival. The film also stars Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Alec Baldwin.
Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, “Motherless Brooklyn” follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.
In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
The film was written by Jonathan Lethem and Edward Norton. Produced by Adrian Alperovich, Michael Bederman and Sue Kroll.
Motherless Brooklyn opens in theaters on November 1.