Johansson & Birch in Ghost World
Scarlett Johansson (left) and Thora Birch in Ghost World

Tying into the 2011 Comic-Con experience, the San Diego Film Critics Society is holding a special 10th Anniversary screening of “Ghost World”. Presented in 35mm, the film will show at 9PM on Saturday, July 23, at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas in downtown San Diego. Tickets for the event are only $5, and Comic-Con badges are not required.

“Not every movie adapted from a comic book or graphic novel is about superheroes. Ghost World proves that comics and movies can stay closer to reality and still have a major emotional impact,” said Anders Wright, President of the San Diego Film Critics Society. “Daniel Clowes’ original graphic novel was groundbreaking—it was funny and strange and touching, and his collaboration with Zwigoff truly captured its spirit on film.”

The movie follows two recent high school graduates, Enid and Rebecca, played by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, respectively, who impulsively play a nasty prank on middle-aged middle-manager Seymour (Steve Buscemi), which results in a friendship between Enid and Seymour that will have a lasting impact on each of them.

- Thora Birch receiving her 2001 Best Actress Award from the SDFCS.
Photo credit: Kathy Foster

Upon its release, the San Diego Film Critics Society awarded Ghost World with Best Picture honors at the end of the year, and gave Zwigoff its annual Best Director award. The film also earned Zwigoff and Clowes a Best Adapted Screenplay award, and lead actress Thora Birch was named Best Actress.

Thora Birch and several members of the San Diego Film Critics Society will be on hand for the screening, and will host a discussion after the movie. Reading Gaslamp Cinemas is located at 701 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92101. Tickets are available online HERE or at the box office.

Ghost World Poster