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Thread: MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Oct. 6-16, 2016

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    39th Mill Valley Film Festival, October 6 – 16, 2016
    Celebrating the Best in Independent and World Cinema

    Filmleaf Festival Coverage thread

    MVFF website

    MVFF: Catalog of all the films 2016

    Links to reviews:

    Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho 2016)
    Solo/Assolo (Laura Morante 2016)
    Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
    Christine (Antonio Campos 2016)
    Company Town (Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow 2016)
    Confessions, The/Le confessioni (Roberto Andò 2016)
    Death By Design (Sue Williams 2016)
    Do Not Resist (Craig Atkinson 2016)
    Egon Schiele—Death and the Maiden/Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen(Dieter Berner 2016)
    Keeper (Guillaume Senez 2016)
    Land Legs/Tempête (Samuel Collardey 2015)
    Neruda (Pablo Larraín 2016)
    Occupy, Texas (Jeff Barry 2015)
    Paterson (Jim Jarmusch 2016)
    What's in the Darkness (Wang Yichun 2015)

    Mill Valley has an impressive festival nearby that I've never covered. I will try to remedy that a little bit by reviewing some of their features this year. Here is the opening publicity bulletin, in part:


    Tributes to Nicole Kidman and Julie Dash
    Spotlights on Ewan McGregor, Gael García Bernal, and Aaron Eckhart
    SAN RAFAEL, CA (September 12, 2016) – The Mill Valley Film Festival, presented by the California Film Institute, announced today the complete lineup for the 39th edition of the Festival (October 6 – 16, 2016). The 11-day event will screen films across Marin County and will feature premieres, panel discussions, and live musical performances. Every year the Festival provides attendees a first glimpse at the potential Academy Award contenders while discovering acclaimed films from local filmmakers and filmmakers across the globe.

    OPENING NIGHT | La La Land and Arrival
    The Festival will begin with two of the Fall’s most buzzed about films. La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s (Whiplash, MVFF 2014) love letter to dreamers, artists, Hollywood and to filmmaking, will open the Festival alongside Denis Villeneuve’s (Sicario, Prisoners) riveting and thoughtful drama Arrival. Chazelle will be on hand for Opening Night with actress Emma Stone for the Bay Area Premiere of La La Land. Following both films, MVFF will host the Opening Night Gala at Marin Country Mart.
    La La Land screens Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm & 7:15pm at CinéArts Sequoia in Mill Valley. Arrival screens Thursday, October 6, 7:00pm at Century Cinema in Corte Madera

    Following the two films, MVFF39 kicks off this year’s festivities with an Opening Night Gala, celebrating the glamor of cinema and our beautiful home in Marin County, at the Marin Country Mart. Enjoy fabulous food provided by Belcampo, Big Jim’s BBQ, El Huarache Loco, FarmShop, Fiorello’s, Gerard’s Paella, Johnny Donuts, Pizza Antica and Sol Food, refreshing beverages provided by Coppola Wines, Bartenders Unlimited, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Equator Coffee, and dance the night away to live music from Ethan Tucker Band. Opening Night sponsored by Wells Fargo and co-sponsored by our Official MVFF39 Airline, Delta Air Lines.
    Thursday, October 6 at 9:00pm – 12:00pm at Marin Country Mart
    CENTERPIECE SPOTLIGHT | 20th Century Women
    Director Mike Mills, actress Annette Bening and actor Lucas Jade Zumann will be in attendance for the Centerpiece Spotlight presentation of 20th Century Women. The film follows a single mother who enlists the help of two younger women (Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig) to help raise her teenage son in the hopes that he will grow to understand women. Following the program, Frantoio will host a reception.Centerpiece Spotlight sponsored by Marin Community Foundation.
    Thursday, October 13 at 7:00pm at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael; Centerpiece Spotlight Reception will follow screening from 9:00pm to 11:00pm at Frantoio
    CLOSING NIGHT | Loving
    The Festival will close with Loving, Jeff Nichols’ moving love story about Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose love helped change interracial marriage laws in the U.S. Nichols’ will be on hand with actors Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
    Following the film is our legendary Closing Night Party, this year being held at the breathtakingly beautiful Cavallo Point in Sausalito. Enjoy delectable food provided by Cavallo Point, Farm Burger, Green Chile Kitchen, Sydney’s Sweets and more, beverages provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company, Coppola Wine and Equator Coffee and live music from Afrolicious. Closing Night sponsored by Jackson Square Partners.
    Sunday, October 16 at 5:00pm & 5:15pm at CinéArts Sequoia in Mill Valley;Sunday, October 16 at 5:00pm at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael
    Closing Night Party will follow screenings at 7:30pm – 11:30pm at Cavallo Point in Sausalito
    TRIBUTE | Nicole Kidman
    Academy Award winning actress Nicole Kidman will be the recipient of an MVFF Tribute for her work in Garth Davis’ upcoming drama Lion. Kidman’s past work will also be highlighted and she will be presented with the MVFF Award in recognition for her remarkable career. Tribute Sponsor: Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith.
    Sunday, October 9 at 3:00pm at the Century Cinema in Corte Madera

    SPOTLIGHT | Ewan McGregor
    Acclaimed actor Ewan McGregor will be on hand for the Bay Area premiere of his directorial debut American Pastoral, an adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Philip Roth novel. An on-stage conversation will accompany the screening. The program will be followed by a reception at Il Fornaio.
    Sunday, October 9 at 7:00pm at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

    SPOTLIGHT | Gael García Bernal
    Actor, director and producer Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También, The Motorcycle Diaries) will be the recipient of a Spotlight program highlighting his work in Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, the acclaimed bio-pic about beloved poet Pablo Neruda. The program will be followed by a reception at Le Comptoir. Spotlight Sponsor: Jennifer Coslett MacCready.
    Monday, October 10 at 7:00pm at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

    TRIBUTE | Julie Dash
    25 years after Daughters of the Dust first premiered, filmmaker and author Julie Dash will be the recipient of a Tribute program at MVFF featuring an onstage conversation with Dash, a clip reel of her work, and a screening of a restored version of Daughters of the Dust. The program will be followed by a reception at Green Chile Kitchen.
    Friday, October 14 at 7:30pm at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

    SPOTLIGHT | Aaron Eckhart
    Acclaimed actor Aaron Eckhart will receive an MVFF Spotlight for his role in Ben Younger’s highly anticipated film Bleed For This, in which he stars as the veteran trainer Kevin Rooney helping Vinnie Pazienza (Miles Teller) recover from his horrific accident. This program will be followed by a reception at Il Davide. Spotlight Sponsor: Wareham Development
    Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 11-21-2016 at 08:47 PM.

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    Mill Valley Film Festival: Other events.

    Star Wars Trilogy Event
    To help commemorate the final days of the Century Cinema in Corte Madera, MVFF39 will host a special daylong event showcasing the original Star Wars Trilogy, all which showed at the theater. The family friendly event will feature a costume parade, prizes and special guests. Sponsored by Ghilotti Construction Company.
    Saturday, October 8 at the Century Cinema in Corte Madera
    11:00am - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    2:30pm - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    6:30pm - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
    MVFF Music
    MVFF Music returns for a second year of live performances at the Sweetwater Music Hall. The nine nights include performances by artists featured in MVFF39 films as well as prominent local, national, and international musicians. Confirmed events include Thao Nguyen, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Erika Wennerstrom, BANG! Bert Berns Celebration, Fred Hersch, Alejandro Escovedo Trio, and The Great Mill Valley Gospel Show. MVFF Music is sponsored by Marin General Hospital.
    Starts Saturday, October 7 and runs till Saturday, October 15 at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley

    MIND THE GAP | Women, Film, Tech
    MVFF’s women’s initiative, Mind The Gap, is a celebration and call to arms to empower women in film and technology. The Festival-wide programming will feature screenings, Q&A’s, panels, master classes, and special events highlighting and exploring the work and impact of women in these fields. Highlights include: the first narrative feature from Eleanor Coppola, Paris Can Wait; a digital restoration of Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust; a panel about the creation of Hidden Figures, the highly anticipated film about female scientists at NASA; and a discussion with the women who work behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Mind The Gap is sponsored by Glassdoor, Marin Community Foundation and AMPAS.

    ACTIVE CINEMA | Questions, Engage, Transform

    Every year MVFF Active Cinema films explore the world and the issues facing it by engaging and transforming audiences. This year the Festival will team with special guests, co-presenters, and partners to help turn ideas into action. Highlights include: Craig Atkinson’s look at the militarization of the police force in Do Not Resist; Gianfranco Rossi’s Berlin Golden Bear Winner Fire At Sea; Company Town, Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s look at San Francisco’s changing culture; and the Active Cinema Hike, a networking in Nature event.

    ¡Viva el Cine! is MVFF’s survey of the best Spanish-language and Latin American films from 2016. Highlights include: the controversial Brazilian film Aquarius; Pedro Almodovar’s latest film Julieta, Spain’s official foreign language Oscar submission;Finding Oscar, about the investigation into the 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village; Visitor’s Day, a quiet look at a group home for at risk boys in Mexico; andThe Long Night of Francisco Sanctis from Argentina.

    MVFF39 will host a special focus on original stories from Germany that center on female characters and creators. Films in this focus include: Germany’s official foreign language Oscar submission Toni Erdmann; Doris Dörrie looks at two women – one European, one Japanese – who form a special bond in the shadow of Fukushima’s post-tsunami wasteland in Fukushima, Mon Amour; vivid animation and music enhance the monster tale Molly Monster; and 24 Weeks, Anne Zohra Berrached’s powerful drama about a woman facing a moral dilemma when she learns of a complication deep into her pregnancy.

    FOCUS | Culinary Cinema
    Celebrating a delicious selection of culinary films, MVFF will present a special focus on films that deal with cuisine in cinema. Films in this focus include: Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table a celebration of the life of Ella Brennan;Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent follows the rise of California and Bay Area culinary legend Jeremiah Tower; Paris Can Wait, Eleanor Coppola’s narrative directorial debut starring Alec Baldwin and Diane Lane; and Theater of Life which follows Massimo Bottera as he launches a project to feed the poor in Milan, Italy.

    FOCUS | Smoke Screens
    Sponsored by Bloom Farms
    On Saturday, October 8, MVFF39 will host a full day of film programming and panel discussions about cannabis. Starting off with Panel Great Sports! Cannabis In Athletics, which will discuss the role cannabis can play in the world of sports and followed by films including Rolling Papers, Green Is Gold, and One Week and a Day. The day will also include a special MVFF Music Show at the Sweetwater Café. The festival will be offering a $50 Canna-Pass, which provides access to all Smoke Screens programs and events.

    Additional Highlights
    MVFF39 is pleased to host the following Bay Area premieres: After The Storm, the latest work from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda; The Architect, starring Parker Posey and Eric McCormack; Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women starring Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern; Antonio Campos’ haunting drama Christine; Oscar winner Danis Tanovic’s Death In Sarajevo; Denialstarring Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall; Otto Bell’s parable of female empowerment The Eagle Huntress; Paul Verhoeven’s Elle starring Isabelle Huppert; Jim Jarmusch’s documentary about rock legend Iggy Pop, Gimme Danger; The Handmaiden, the latest drama from South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook; Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake; James Franco’s In Dubious Battle, an adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel; Paolo Virzi’s acclaimed Italian comedy Like Crazy; Kenneth Lonergan’s masterworkManchester By The Sea; Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack’s rare look at the life of Maya Angelou in Maya Angelou And Still I Rise; Barry Jenkins’ gritty drama Moonlight; Paterson starring Adam Driver and directed by Jim Jarmusch; Terrence Davies’ Emily Dickinson bio-pic A Quiet Passion; the acclaimed Studio Ghibli feature The Red Turtle; Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman; Mia Hansen-Love’s Things To Come starring Isabelle Huppert; and Keith Maitland’s SXSW Award Winner Tower.

    About the Mill Valley Film Festival
    For nearly four decades, the world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has maintained its position as a vital showcase of the global film community, attracting iconic red-carpet talent, burgeoning filmmakers, passionate audiences, and astutely curated premieres. An in-demand destination for film lovers, drawn by unmatched locale and a diverse program of mainstream studio features and new visions from independent voices from around the world, MVFF also hosts an exciting array of filmmaker and industry conversations, panels, parties, and live music performances, featuring the most acclaimed emerging and veteran actors, filmmakers, and musicians of our time. A destination event for cinephiles everywhere, and known for launching new films and creating awards season buzz, MVFF has earned a deserved reputation as a “filmmaker’s festival” by celebrating the best in American, independent, and world cinema alongside high profile and prestigious award contenders. Presented by the California Film Institute, this year’s Festival runs October 6 – 16, 2016. Opening Night Gala will be held at Marin Country Mart and Closing Night Party will be held at Cavallo Point. Delta Airlines is the official MVFF39 airline.
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 09-17-2016 at 10:20 PM.

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    Viewing list with release dates*
    *Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho 2016) (14 Oct.)
    After the Storm/Umi yori mo mada fukaku (Hirokazu Koreeda 2016) (Film Movement releasing it)
    Bleed for This (Ben Younger 2016) (4 Nov.)
    *Christine (Antonio Campos 2016) (14 Oct.)
    *Company Town (Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow 2016)(28 Oct.- Roxie SF)
    *Confessions, The/Le confessioni (Roberto Andò 2016)
    *Death By Design (Sue Williams)
    *Do Not Resist (Craig Atkinson 2016) (30 Sept.)
    *Egon Schiele—Death and the Maiden/Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen (Dieter Berner 2016)
    In Dubious Battle (James Franco 2016)
    Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (Lydia Tenaglia 2016)
    *Keeper (Guillaume Senez 2015) (23 Mar. France; AlloCiné 3.8)
    *Land Legs/Tempête (Samuel Collardey 2015) (24 FEb. France; AlloCiné 3.9)
    Long Night of Francisco Sanctis/La lunga noche de Francisco Sanctis (Andrea Testa, Francisco Márquez 2016) (Argentina 10 Nov.)
    Neruda (Pablo Larraín 2016) (16 Dec.)
    *Nine, The (Katy Grannan 2016)
    *Occupy, Texas (Jeff Barry 2016) (15 Apr. 2017)
    Salesman, The/فروشنده [Forushande] (Asghar Farhadi 2016) (Oscar nom; Dec. 27)
    *Solo (Laura Morante 2016)
    What's in the Darkness/Hei Chu You Shen Me (Wang Yichun 2016)
    *Have reviews coming.
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    Mill Valley: Some notes. Reviews of these and more films in the festival will come soon in the Filmleaf Festival Coverage section.

    Three documentaries:
    Do Not Resist (Craig Atkinson). The government is systematically militarizing local police departments throughout America. And if you have equipment, you use it.
    Death by Design (Sue Williams). You love those little electronic devices you hold in your hands so much. So convenient, so elegant, so compact. But they're just the tip of a vast iceberg of human and environmental damage.
    Company Town (Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow). San Francisco, city of hills and light, is filling with skyscrapers full of Silicon Valley techies. But a new councilman of a key district wants to restore local autonomy
    Two Italian films:
    Confessions, The/Le confessioni (Roberto Andò). The cunning Toni Servillo (Il Divo) is back again in a drama about global economists and a white-robed monk.
    Assolo/Solo (Laura Morante). A beautiful Roman woman enters her fifties full of doubts and seeks help from lovers, ex-husbands, sons, and friends, but a mistreated little dog may be her best friend.
    Four portraits:
    Aquarius (Kleber Mendoça Filho). A regal, stubborn woman (the great Sônia Braga) fights developers in the Brazilian seaside town of Recife, refusing to leave the little Forties "Aquarius" apartment building they want to tear down.
    Christine (Antonio Campos). Rebecca Hall, in a great performance, is Christine Chubbuck, the 1970's Sarasota TV newswoman who blew her brains out on live TV. (Surprisingly, there is much to sympathize with and be amused by here in Campos' more mainstream effort, one of the most interesting and original movies of the year.)
    Egon Shiele (Dieter Berner). The true story of the unique Viennese artist who was a key influence of early twentieth century art and style. A handsome, intimate portrait.
    Land Legs/Tempête (Samuel Collardey). Dominique Leborne, playing himself in Collardey's engaging neorealist drama, is a French deep sea fisherman who has to rethink his life of lose his teenage children.

    Dominique Leborne, Samauel Collardey at Cannes 2016
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    DO NOT RESIST (Craig Atkinson 2016)

    An explosive exposé of militarization of local US police departments supplied with surplus from the country's many wars. Police are indoctrinated with a culture of violence and repression from Ferguson to every small town in America and get the heavy equipment for overkill. Opened at Film Forum NYC 30 Sept 2016, at Mill Valley and nationally mid-October.

    DEATH BY DESIGN (Sue Williams 2016)

    With local footage and expert talking heads Williams lays out the devastating human and environmental damage done by tech gadgets' manufacture - and outsourcing the supply chain to China doesn't help us. Metal is metal: it all flats back. A few pioneers are leading a way back. In the Mill Valley festival 7 & 11 Oct. The filmmakers are seeking viewers to host local screenings and organize grassroots involvement; learn how you can slow down the process at

    Click on the titles above for the reviews in Filmleaf's Festival Coverage section.

    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 10-01-2016 at 01:43 PM.

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    COMPANY TOWN (Deborah Kaufman, Alan Snitow 2016)

    Kaufman and Snitow's documentary describes the pushback by longtime San Franciscans against the encorachments of Silicon Valley. Former SF City Council chairman wins a battle to represent the crucial Third District of the city promising to represent people against so-called "shared economy" plutocrats who falsely present Uber, Airbnb, Lyft etc. as populist enterprises while they really displace the middle class and benefit the 1% uber-rich.

    Company Town has its world premiere at the Mill Valley 9 & 15 Oct. 2016.

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    KEEPER (Guillaume Senez 2015)

    A little drama about unplanned teen pregnancy by young Belgian filmmaker Senez. The actors are 15, like their characters. The boy is played by Swiss-French actor Kacey Mottet Klein, who has been interesting ever since Ursula Meier discovered him when he was eight and build her next movie, Sister/L'enfant d'en haut around him. The theme is familiar here but the treatment is delicate and low-keyed and the film has scored four festival wins and three nominations.

    Showing in the Mill Valley festival 11 and 12 Oct. 2016.

    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 10-09-2016 at 11:24 AM.

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    Starring Toni Servilo as a monk in white robe invited to an IMF conference. This is an indictment of rich countries for their indifference to the poor, etc., along with a superficial whodonit. The film has a tendency to lecture us, and the always-watchable Servillo has less to do this time than in Andò's previous film Long Life Freedom. This has Connie Nielsen, Marie-Josée Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino, and Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Auteuil in a key role.

    The Confessions showed at Mill Valley 14 & 15 Oct. 2016.
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 11-02-2016 at 04:33 AM.

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