Still Alice is a 2014 American independent drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland and based on Lisa Genovas 2007 bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a professor at Columbia diagnosed with familial Alzheimers disease. Alec Baldwin plays her husband, John, and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Still Alice had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8,2014. Alice Howland, a professor at Columbia University, celebrates her 50th birthday with her physician husband John. After she forgets a word during a lecture and becomes lost during a jog on campus, Alices eldest daughter, Anna, and son, Tom get tested. Alices younger daughter, aspiring actress Lydia, decides not to know, as Alices memory begins to fade, she daydreams of her mother and sister, who died in a car crash when she was a teenager. She memorizes words and sets a series of questions on her phone. She hides sleeping pills in her room, and records a message instructing her future self to swallow the pills when she can no longer answer the questions. As her disease advances, she unable to give focused lectures and loses her job. She becomes lost searching for the bathroom in her own home, John is offered a job at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Alice asks him to postpone it, but he feels this is impossible, Alice begins to have difficulty answering her phone questions. She loses the phone, causing her anxiety, John finds it a later in the freezer. Later, Alice and John visit Anna in the hospital to meet their newborn twin grandchildren, after a video call with Lydia, Alice inadvertently opens the video with the suicide instructions. John, unable to watch his wife continue to deteriorate, eventually moves to Minnesota to take the job in the clinic while Lydia, Lydia reads her a section of the play Angels in America and asks her what she thinks it is about. Alice, barely able to speak, responds with a single word and it was executive produced by American journalist and author Maria Shriver along with Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Declan Baldwin of Big Indie pictures. Principal photography began in New York City on March 3,2014, scenes were shot at 162nd Street between Edgecombe and Amsterdam in New York as well as at Columbia University, Lido Beach, New York and Dobbs Ferry, New York. On July 22,2014, with the announcement of films premiere at TIFF, Sony Pictures Classics bought the US distribution rights for the film in a low seven figure deal that was announced on September 11,2014. SPC gave the film a one-week qualifying run for the Oscars starting December 5,2014, the film went into full wide release in the United States on February 27,2015
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Moore received critical acclaim and numerous accolades for her performance.