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    MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Oct. 6-16, 2016



    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:

    THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS COMPLETE LINEUP FOR 39TH EDITION
    Highlights Include LA LA LAND, ARRIVAL, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, LOVING

    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

    OPENING NIGHT GALA
    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.
    CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
    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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