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Director’s Note Mayor’s Proclamation Festival Information and Venues Membership Information Board of Directors Sponsors Event Sponsors Festival Hotels Special Events Overview Music Events In Memoriam Tribute to Michael Powell Tribute to Jean-Pierre Jeunet Tribute to Donald Sutherland Spotlight on Felicity Huffman Tribute to Jeff Daniels Children’s FilmFest Youth Workshops Outreach and Education

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New Movies Lab Film Categories Official Premiere Selection Opening Night Closing Night Films A to Z Movie Calendar Creative Credits Festival Staff In-Kind Donors Screening Committees and Sponsors Acknowledgments CFI Members Films by Filmmaker The Tao of Film Films by Country Print Sources Advertiser Index Title Index

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We are also very happy to again have the Maybeckdesigned Outdoor Art Club as our meeting place before and after films. Please consult the schedule for OAC hours and special music events, several of which are free. This year we also have a more comprehensive program at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, and we continue our Festival presence in San Rafael at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, which the California Film Institute owns and operates year round. This year’s outstanding offering of 200-plus films and 116 programs is bookended by opening films Mrs. Henderson Presents, by veteran director Stephen Frears, and The Matador, with superstar Pierce Brosnan, and closing night selections, the superbly cast Bee Season and Jeff Daniels’ latest, The Squid and the Whale. And then there’s every spectacular thing in between. Once again, I would like to thank our audience. The significance of the Bay Area audience for independent and specialty films cannot be underestimated: You make up one of the strongest markets in the US for independent films, both domestic and international. You support many of the most important film festivals in the US, among which we are honored to count this Festival. In addition to introducing new works and new talent, the Mill Valley Film Festival honors those who have contributed greatly to the art of film. Among this year’s tributes we include a celebration of Michael Powell, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Mr. Powell’s work with his partner, Emeric Pressburger, had a tremendous influence on today’s directors—those of us who grew up in those grand years of great directors will never forget films like The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. Thelma Schoonmaker, Mr. Powell’s widow

and an Academy Award -winning editor and icon in her own right, will present this tribute program. A retrospective of Powell’s work will continue at the Smith Rafael Film Center immediately following the Festival. ®

We are also pleased to honor Jean-Pierre Jeunet, truly one of the most creative and successful directors working in contemporary cinema. M. Jeunet’s tribute will include some of his rare shorts that are not only amazingly entertaining but show the evolution of a great artist. After the Festival, a retrospective of Jeunet’s work will continue at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Screen legend Donald Sutherland joins us for a tribute that will be followed by the premiere screening of the spectacular new Pride & Prejudice, in which Sutherland plays Mr. Bennet. Donald Sutherland is clearly one of the greatest actors in the world. Just a cursory glance at his filmography is mind-boggling—The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Klute, Don’t Look Now, The Day of the Locusts, 1900, Ordinary People. . . . He has made an indelible mark on the art of cinema. Showing tremendous versatility and commanding respect from audiences and his peers alike, Jeff Daniels is an actor’s actor, with credits ranging from Ragtime to Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Something Wild, 101 Dalmatians to dozens of other great films, including Pleasantville. We honor Mr. Daniels with a tribute, after which we will watch his astounding performance in The Squid and the Whale, our prestigious Closing Night co-film. The Festival’s Spotlight honors and acknowledges an artist who has shown the highest degree of artistic integrity in multiple areas over a recent period of time. It is our great pleasure to focus this year’s Spotlight on Felicity Huffman. Huffman has been nominated for an Emmy for her role as Lynette Scavo in the fabulously successful TV show Desperate Housewives, and during her Spotlight event we will present her film, Transamerica. It will be no surprise to those who have seen her inspired performance as a transsexual woman in Transamerica to find Huffman’s name mentioned regularly during the upcoming award season.

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While the Mill Valley Film Festival is a noncompetitive event, this year, in addition to our BAFTA Award, which honors short narrative films, we have added audience awards in the categories of narrative and documentary. The Festival has a history of strong documentaries; many from Festivals past have gone on to great theatrical success. This year is no exception.

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Welcome to the 28 Mill Valley Film Festival! Last year, when the CinéArts@Sequoia was under repair, and we had to move the Festival at the eleventh hour, I did say that the Mill Valley Film Festival was a state of mind; while this is true in a spiritual sense, we are truly delighted to be physically back in Mill Valley. th

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE AND MAYOR’S PROCLAMATION

Our 28 th annual Festival program is diverse in many ways. As usual, a fine array of countries are represented, 55 this year, and there are 32 premieres, of which 15 are world premieres. In both documentary and narrative films a theme has emerged this year—a current of spirituality, in its many forms and expressions, runs throughout the program. This topic is certainly vital to us at this time, and its appearance affirms film as an incredibly powerful medium: Whether dealing with contemporary issues or nurturing our youngest audience members through our Children’s FilmFest (in its 11th year), it is our hope that, even if these films cannot provide all the answers to personal or global problems, at least they address and illuminate the questions. Another of my fond but true annual sayings is that while it is impossible to see everything that is shown during these 11 days, we applaud those who try! I would also like to remind our audience that in producing a festival of this caliber, approximately 50 percent of our income is generated by contributions. I thank all of those who have worked so hard to make this possible: our generous donors, our dedicated and tireless staff, the board of directors and other volunteers, our extraordinary audience and, most of all, the artists who have offered us their unique visions.

Mark Fishkin MVFF Director/Founder

Mayor’s Proclamation

City of Mill Valley, Office of the Mayor WHEREAS, the Mill Valley Film Festival has presented outstanding local and international films in this community for 28

years; and WHEREAS, the Mill Valley Film Festival fulfills the important function of providing filmmakers an audience for their works;

and WHEREAS, international filmmakers and the film community in Marin County enhance our cultural life by participating

in the Mill Valley Film Festival; and WHEREAS, filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and filmgoers join together to make the Film Festival one of the Bay Area’s

social and cultural highlights of the year; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dennis P. Fisco, Mayor of the City of Mill Valley, take great pleasure in supporting the 28th Annual Festival by proclaiming October 6–16, 2005, as Mill Valley Film Festival Days in Mill Valley.

Dennis P. Fisco Mayor of Mill Valley

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FILM FESTIVAL VENUES CinéArts@Sequoia: SEQ 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

Century Cinema: CIN 1 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera

Lytton Plaza Corner of Miller and Sunnyside, Mill Valley

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center: RAF 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael

Outdoor Art Club: OAC 1 W. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley

Masonic Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley

Mill Valley Community Center 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Frantoio Ristorante 152 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley

142 Throckmorton Theatre: THR 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

Sweetwater 153 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

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In Mill Valley: Two-hour parking meters in downtown Mill Valley operate 9AM–6PM Monday through Friday, and cars parked over two hours are subject to ticketing. Although meters are free after 6PM and on weekends, the two-hour limit is still enforced. See map for directions and parking areas.

The Mill Valley Film Festival is made possible in part through the generous support of our sponsors and patrons. The reserved seating section at our screenings and events is provided for filmmakers and sponsors, to show our appreciation for their contributions and their generous support of the Mill Valley Film Festival.

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CINÉARTS@SEQUOIA AND 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE • By Mail/Fax* Visit our Festival shop for official From US 101, take the Tiburon/East Blithedale exit and proceed west on Blithedale toward downtown Mill Valley. Turn left onto Throckmorton. Ticket outlet hours and information Festival merchandise—they make about how to purchase tickets can be great holiday gifts for yourself and found on our web site and on page 50 of the MVFF newsprint other film lovers. The Festival shop is located at the San Rafael schedule. ticket outlet and the Outdoor Art Club during the Festival.

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As a courtesy and in fairness to others, we ask that you only hold one seat per person when attending screenings and events. Please turn off pagers, cell phones and watch alarms. Thank you and enjoy the films.

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20 0 5 O ffi ce rs Richard Idell, President W. Robert Griswold Jr., Vice President K.C. Lauck, Vice President Evelyn Topper, Secretary Zach Zeisler, Treasurer E m e r i tu s Boa rd Ann Brebner Rita Cahill Mark Fishkin Sid Ganis Gary Meyer Gordon Radley Henry Timnick E xe cu t i ve D i re c to r, Fo u n d e r Mark Fishkin

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EVELYN TOPPER

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Fo u n d i n g Boa rd Mark Fishkin, President Lois Kohl Shore, Vice President Rita Cahill, Secretary/CFO H o n o ra r y Ad v i so r y Boa rd Stewart and Barbara Boxer Peter Flaxman Robert Greber Linda Gruber Peggy Haas Nancy Hudson Andrew McGuire Mary Poland Lente and Eric Schwartz Michael and Susan Schwartz

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OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION to the following individuals and foundations for their annual support of the California Film Institute.

LEAD E R S H I P S PON SOR Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith MAJOR S PON SOR S Jennifer Coslett MacCready The Bernard Osher Foundation PLATI N U M CI RCLE Richard Barker Capital Group Companies County of Marin Gruber Family Foundation Margaret E. Haas The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Katz Family Foundation Bobbie Meyer Henry Timnick Lois and Mel Tukman Christine Zecca Foundation

S I LVE R CI RCLE Allen Family Fund William Hudson and Nora Gibson Michael Klein K.C. and Steve Lauck Marcia Lucas Northern Trust Bank Eric and Lente Louw Schwartz Michael and Susan Schwartz FE STIVAL CI RCLE Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Jennifer Barker David Berry and Kamala Geroux-Berry Stewart and Barbara Boxer Jack and Gloria Clumeck Brian and Marie Collins Alice Corning / Springcreek Foundation Nancy Curley

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Openi n g N i g ht

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Thursday Oct 6

Sunday Oct 16

THE MATADOR

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE with Tribute to Jeff Daniels

7PM and 7:15PM Sequoia 9:30PM–12AM Gala at Lytton Plaza, downtown Mill Valley

5PM Rafael 7:30–10:30PM Party at the Mill Valley Community Center

7PM Film and Gala $125 MATA06P 7PM Film Only $20 MATA06S

Film and Party $65 TRIB16P Film Only $20 TRIB16R Party Only $55 PARTY16

7:15PM Film and Gala $125 MAT206P 7:15PM Film Only $20 MAT206S Gala-Only tickets are not available.

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MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

5PM Sequoia 7:30–10:30PM Party at the Mill Valley Community Center

7PM Rafael 9:30PM–12AM Gala at Lytton Plaza, downtown Mill Valley Film and Gala $125 MRSH06P Film Only $20 MRSH06R

Film and Party $65 BEE16P Film Only $20 BEE16S Party Only $55 PARTY16

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See page 65 for details.

Child re n’s F i l m Fest Eve nts O p e n i n g Fi l m a n d Fest i v i t i es THE FAKIR

Ice Cream and Kazoos Saturday Oct 15

Saturday Oct 8

12–2PM Rafael

11:30AM Sequoia 2–4PM Party at Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

FREE with any 2005 Children’s FilmFest ticket stub

Film and Party $15 adults, $12 children FAKI08P Film Only $10 adults, $8 children FAKI08S Join us for the Western US Premiere of The Fakir, a dazzling Danish tale of magic and mayhem for all ages. See page 73 for film description. Our special opening event gives kids a sneak peek at the new book (to be published in November) A Movie Mouse, the story of Marcello Moustroiani. Marin residents Liz Hock inson and Kathryn Otoshi who wrote and illustrated the book, will read from it and project animated pages for our delight. Refreshments will follow.

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After our Short Films for Little People program (see page 85) at the Rafael Saturday morning, join us in a costume parade to Ben & Jerry’s, with every child kazooing along with troubadors Orange Sherbet (Tamsen Fynn and Jill Pierce).

Closing Film PELICAN MAN

Sunday Oct 16 2:45PM Rafael PELI16R Join director Liisa Helminen for her international award-winning film. See page 82 for film description.

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Tribute

Tr i b u te

M i c h a e l Powe l l presented by Thelma Schoonmaker

Donald Sutherland Saturday Oct 15

Saturday Oct 8

7PM Rafael

6:30PM Rafael

Tribute Program and Reception $50 TRIB15P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB15R

Tribute Program and Reception $50 TRIB08P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB08R Reception at the Outdoor Art Club follows the Tribute program. See page 35 for details.

Reception at the Outdoor Art Club follows the Tribute program. See page 47 for details.

Tribute Spotli g ht

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Fe l i c i ty H u ff m a n Sunday Oct 9

Jeff Daniels Sunday Oct 16

3PM Rafael

5PM Rafael

Spotlight Program and Reception $50 SPOT09P Spotlight Program Only $20 SPOT09R

Tribute Program and Closing Night Party $65 TRIB16P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB16R

Reception at the Outdoor Art Club follows the Spotlight program. See page 51 for details.

Closing Night Party at the Mill Valley Community Center follows the Tribute program. See page 65 for details.

O u td o o r A r t C l u b Daily Happy Hour Friday Oct 7–Saturday Oct 15

Tribute J ea n - P i e r re J e u n et Thursday Oct 13 7PM Rafael Tribute Program and Reception $75 TRIB13P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB13R Reception at Frantoio Ristorante follows the Tribute program. See page 41 for details.

5–7PM Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley Open to the public Before the movies, join us for Happy Hour with beer and wine specials from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Gallo of Sonoma. Music provided by Kimballs, opening its new San Rafael venue December 1.

The Outdoor Ar t Club Café Friday Oct 7–Saturday Oct 15 Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley Weekdays 4–8PM · Weekends 12–8PM Open to the public For a delicious snack or refreshing beverage between films, come to the Outdoor Art Club Café. Menu items provided by Chef’s Touch Catering. 925.866.9559 tickets

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Calvin Cooke

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

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LIVE AT THE SWEETWATER

Friday Oct 7 9PM $10 MUSC07O

PRESS ON: A SACRED STEEL CONCERT Robert Randolph and the Family Band

OAC, Mill Valley

with Special Guest Calvin Cooke

The celebrated Sun Kings set the stage for our ’60s-themed Hi De Ho Show (see page 76) with their fab renderings of Beatles tunes. Groove on the dance floor, or relax with a cocktail out on the patio and watch the fun unfold.

Saturday Oct 15 9PM $40 MUSC15W

Friday Oct 14 9PM $10 MUSC14O

OAC, Mill Valley

Make your way over to the OAC for the superb sounds of Swing Fever, dedicated to the music of the ’30s and ’40s. Get together with other Festival fans and guests, dance and enjoy the lively, casual atmosphere— a perfect break from days and nights of intense moving watching!

Sweetwater, Mill Valley Superstar of the pedal steel guitar, Robert Randolph makes a rare club appearance with his acclaimed Family Band and Calvin Cooke, one of Randolph’s mentors and a sacred steel legend in his own right. As Gillian Grisman’s fascinating new film Press On (see page 83 for film description) testifies, Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s rapid rise in the music business is nothing short of phenomenal. They’ll be sure to blow the roof off of the legendary Sweetwater in this very special event.

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142 Th ro c k m o r to n Th ea t re 142 Throckmorton Theatre returns as the premier venue for unique Festival screenings of works produced on video, including exciting new documentaries and the groundbreaking V(ision)Fest. This year’s schedule also includes live entertainment with a hilarious night of stand-up comedy and an evening of incredible music. A long-time friend of the Mill Valley Film Festival, 142 Throckmorton Theatre is a vibrant center for the arts yearround.

SOUND OF THE SOUL CONCERT Featuring Ustad Farida Mahwash, Khalil Ragheb, Ustad Aziz Herawi and Ehsan Ahmad Thursday Oct 13 8:30PM $20 MUSC13T

In Association with the Mill Valley Film Festival, 142 Throckmorton Theatre Presents TUESDAY NIGHT COMEDY Tuesday Oct 11 8PM $15 COME11T

Ustad Farida Mahwash

Add more laughter to your life! Join us for Tuesday Night Comedy with a fine line-up of comedians tipping their hats to the world of film. Patrons 16 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

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After attending the world premiere of the exciting new documentary SOUND OF THE SOUL: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, make a beeline to 142 Throckmorton Theatre for this live concert of Afghan music featuring acclaimed vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, with Khalil Ragheb on harmonium and vocals, Ustad Aziz Herawi on rubab and sitar and Ehsan Ahmad on tabla.

For more information on these artists, please visit www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com. See page 87 for film description.

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Ro bina Marchesi March 23, 1965–May 22, 2005 Robina Marchesi’s extraordinary grace, open heartedness and affability drove her incredible engagement with all that she loved. And it seemed as though everything she did, she loved. A graduate of the American School in Paris (in comparative literature) and of Golden Gate Law School, she shifted her attention and multiple talents toward film, joining the Mill Valley Film Festival as Festival manager for many years, as well as working with the Sundance, San Francisco and Berlin film festivals. In 2004, Gumby Dharma, the feature documentary she directed and produced, played to a delighted sold-out crowd at MVFF. Robina’s enthusiasm and kindness and her integrity and courage inspired the same in all those whose lives she touched–her friends and colleagues, her husband, Tim, and her dog, Karmalita.

I s mail Merchant December 25, 1936–May 25, 2005 Ismail Merchant’s filmmaking legacy is a cinematic oeuvre distinguished by eloquent, literary storytelling; lush, often architectural visuals; incredible casts; and a celebration of the human spirit—films so distinctive that the phrase Merchant-Ivory has become its own genre. Born in Bombay, Merchant met his longtime partner and director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala shortly after making his first film. Of this providential meeting a collaboration was formed that continued, in various permutations, for more than four decades and more than 40 films. Merchant received Academy Award® nominations for A Room with a View, Howards End and Remains of the Day; in 2001 he attended MVFF, where he was honored both as director of the opening night film, Mystic Masseur, and as the recipient of a tribute. We remember him for his brilliance, energy, supportiveness and his great charm.

Lesley Cootes January 2, 1958–September 19, 2004 Bay Area native Lesley Cootes had a passion for film, books, ideas and people that was matched by her astute intellect, insightful humor, honesty, warmth and care. These qualities served her well as a publicist (some would say publicist extraordinaire) whose work for Terry Hines and Associates and Bill Lanese Advertising earned her a reputation as one who would go out on a limb for films she loved. Lesley’s taste for the kind of brilliance that others might deem challenging or eccentric meant that there was indeed a champion for such films. Whether performing a small role in American Graffiti (as a teenager), promoting a film for clients like Miramax, or being a great friend, Lesley always lived life with the courage and confidence of her passions.

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the rugged cliffs and shores of the Scottish Shetlands. He co-directed the Arabian Nights classic The Thief of Bagdad (1940) while World War II was breaking out, and during the same period embarked on his historic partnership with Hungarian screenwriter Emeric Pressburger. The two soon cemented their association with their own independent production company, The Archers, and underlined their resolve to make unconventional movies by forging the singular screen credit “Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.”

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The Archers’ productions were indeed different; they were romantic and audacious in merging realism and fantasy. Their stories were innately British, while encompassing themes of art and myth and filled with surreal flourishes, eroticism and absurdist humor. As the team’s director, Powell experimented with visual poetry. Between the magical realism of A Canterbury Tale (1944) and I Know Where I’m Going! (1945), and the extravagant color canvases of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Archers’ unique wartime efforts hit the bulls-eye artistically. For critics steeped in traditional British realism, however, the films sometimes seemed odd and idiosyncratic.

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n the centenary of his birth, British director Michael Powell (1905–1990) is finally getting the recognition he deserves. During a recent boom of celebrations and retrospectives, it’s clear that film critics on his native soil have caught up with him; some have even called him Britain’s “greatest-ever” filmmaker. “It’s everything I wanted,” Thelma Schoonmaker said during a recent phone conversation. “I worked very hard on it, and it’s happened.” Then she laughs: “But I wish I weren’t doing a major motion picture at the same time!”

Schoonmaker is Powell’s widow and shared the final decade of his life. She is also one of America’s finest film editors, whose renowned longtime collaboration with director Martin Scorsese has earned her Academy Awards® for Raging Bull (1980) and The Aviator (2004). While working on their current production, The Departed, Schoonmaker spared a few minutes to discuss Michael, Marty and the bonds she shares with both. Michael Powell once said of Martin Scorsese, “He breakfasts on images,” but he could have said the same of himself. Born near Canterbury, in Kent, Powell fell in love with the movies as a teenager. In the 1920s he leapt into an apprenticeship with émigré Hollywood director Rex Ingram in the south of France. After working for Alfred Hitchcock back in England in the late 1920s, he cut his teeth as a director on low-budget pictures known as “quota quickies.” His first important film as director was a personal triumph: The Edge of the World (1937), a mystical tale of tragic romance filmed around

After the war The Archers worked toward what Powell conceived of as “composed” films. Collaborating with designers, cinematographers and composers, they achieved poetic heights with color spectacles such as Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948). In their 15-year partnership, Powell and Pressburger managed to stray from mainstream tastes even as their ambitions grew. The Red Shoes was a success in the US before it was properly accepted at home, and at least one little boy who saw it in a New York movie-house became obsessed with it. Martin Scorsese later told Thelma Schoonmaker that every frame of the film’s dazzling ballet sequence was an influence on him. Martin Scorsese looked up Powell during a visit to England in the mid-1970s, and found his hero virtually forgotten and unable to find work. In 1959, three years after he and Pressburger dissolved their partnership, Powell had made Peeping Tom, a thriller about voyeurism that shocked the critical establishment, and opportunities had been sporadic for him ever since. Powell was surprised and delighted that Scorsese knew his films and admired them for the very qualities that had alienated others. “After our meeting in London,” Scorsese later wrote, “Michael saw Mean Streets and sent me a letter saying how much he liked it—except that I used too much red. Too much red? It’s all over his films, and that’s where I got it from!” According to Schoonmaker, “The friendship with Michael and the long, wonderful resurgence of the movies began there.” Scorsese later brought Powell to the Telluride Film Festival and supported a major US release for Peeping Tom, which they introduced to a younger generation of filmgoers at the New York Film Festival. Around the same time in London, Ian Christie organized the first major Powell-Pressburger retrospective for the British Film Institute. In the late 1970s David Thomson invited Powell for a lectureship at Dartmouth College, and in 1980, Francis Ford Coppola hired Powell as senior director in residence at Zoetrope Studios in Los Angeles, where the revitalized artist tried to develop new directing projects and compose his autobiography. 925.866.9559 tickets

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be bold!’ The degree of thought that went into all that, the careful planning, and then the beautiful way it’s carried out. You have to have thought it all out. That’s the way that Marty works, too.” Powell’s health declined during the editing of Goodfellas (1990), while Scorsese was struggling with studio brass about the film’s edginess. For Schoonmaker, her husband’s unfailing support of Scorsese at that difficult time brought the men’s relationship full circle.

Martin Scorsese, Michael Powell and Thelma Schoonmaker

In 1979 Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker edited Raging Bull in the spare bedroom of the New York apartment he shared with his wife at that time, Isabella Rossellini. Schoonmaker had worked with Scorsese in the ’60s, but had not been able to resume their association until she joined the union on this production. “We had this insane schedule, and we were working all night,” she recalls, “and Marty was gradually educating me on Powell and Pressburger. At one point I came to work and he said, ‘Listen, I want you to go into the other room and watch this tape. I’ve just seen another Powell-Pressburger masterpiece.’ He had been afraid to look at it for a long time because he had thought he might not like it. So I took the tape of I Know Where I’m Going!, went in and watched it. For him to stop me working on Raging Bull was quite something!” Powell would call from Dartmouth late at night, and Schoonmaker often talked with him when Scorsese was busy. They met in person when Powell was invited to dinner one evening. “I just fell in love with him immediately.” Although Powell was 74 and Schoonmaker was 40, they were soon inseparable, living in New York when she was working and at other times in a cottage she had in San Quentin. “It was an idyllic little place, with a great view of the bay and the point. Michael loved it, and he enjoyed writing his book on the porch. He struck up a relationship with a mutt dog named Rocky who lived across the way.” Along with his autobiography, which exists today in two massive volumes, A Life in Movies and Million Dollar Movie, Powell worked on an unfinished story called The Dogs of San Quentin. Schoonmaker adds, “One of the things that’s becoming clearer with the centenary, I hope, is that Michael was a great writer himself.”

Both artists knew that pushing the boundaries could invite controversy. “On The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), when we were almost finished, we were under severe attack. Marty had bodyguards—it was horrible—and Michael was such a support. Marty was afraid to show him the rough cut because he thought he wouldn’t like it. Michael stood up at the end of the crucifixion, and he turned around and tears were just streaming down his face, and I knew that was the greatest gift he could have given to Marty.” “It was wonderful seeing the two of them together,” Thelma remembers. Richard Peterson is director of programming for the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. He will interview Thelma Schoonmaker onstage for the Mill Valley Film Festival tribute. Following the Festival, an extensive retrospective of Michael Powell’s films continues at the Smith Rafael Film Center. It will include the following films: Age of Consent (1969) Peeping Tom (1960) Gone to Earth (1950) The Small Back Room (1949) The Red Shoes (1948) Black Narcissus (1947) A Matter of Life and Death (1946) I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) A Canterbury Tale (1944) The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 49th Parallel (1941) The Thief of Bagdad (1940) The Spy in Black (1939) The Edge of the World (1937)

Scorsese tried to help Powell mount new film projects, and there were some tantalizing possibilities that never came to fruition. Nevertheless Powell remained an inspiration. “He was a great support to Marty,” says Schoonmaker, “and was very important to have around. For instance, he gave us the ending to After Hours (1985), and he’s the reason Raging Bull was in black and white.” What about the influence of Powell’s films on Scorsese? “Marty and I agree that the influence is so massive, so overwhelming, that it’s sometimes very hard to illustrate. In The Red Shoes ballet, it’s the daring camerawork and the absolutely wild, emotional style. And Marty says, ‘I live these films, they’re with me every day.’ It’s like great painters going to see another painter in the Louvre. It inspires them, but it doesn’t mean they mimic them. “. . . The amazing control that Michael had over these movies, that he could be a magician. He would say, ‘Make them believe—be bold,

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Age of Consent (1969) Peeping Tom (1960) Gone to Earth (1950) The Small Black Room (1949) The Red Shoes (1948) Black Narcissus(1947) A Matter of Life and Death(1946) I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) A Canterbury Tale (1944) The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) 49th Parallel (1941) The Thief of Bagdad (1940) The Spy in Black (1939) The Edge of the World (1937)

6:30PM Rafael Tribute Program and Reception $50 TRIB08P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB08R Reception at the Outdoor Art Club follows the Tribute program. Michael Powell, the sterling British director we celebrate on this 100th anniversary of his birth, teamed with screenwriter Emeric Pressburger to create stylistically radical romances such as The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. After a period of neglect, Powell was rediscovered by a younger generation of innovative filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. In an onstage interview with extensive film clips, Powell’s artistic legacy will be discussed and illustrated by Oscar®-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Powell’s widow, who met Powell through Martin Scorsese. As part of our tribute to Michael Powell, we will also be screening two of his classic films during the Festival:

I Know Where I’m Going! Sunday Oct 9 12:15PM Rafael IKNO09R UK 88 MINS 1945 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger conjured this enchanting masterpiece starring Wendy Hiller as a materialistic young woman who travels to the Scottish Hebrides to marry a rich industrialist. A storm tosses her in the path of a penniless laird (Roger Livesey), and her values and desires are transformed under the spell of the isles. This beautiful and romantic tale is suffused with moody landscapes, Celtic magic and eccentric humor. —R. Peterson Sponsored by San Francisco magazine

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The Red Shoes Wednesday Oct 12 8:30PM Rafael RED12R UK 133 MINS 1948 As the production team known as “The Archers,” director Michael Powell and writer Emeric Pressburger devised the concept of “composed” films that integrate music and color in expressive ways. Inspired by the Andersen fairy tale (embodied in a spectacular ballet sequence), this drama about art overshadowing life centers on a beautiful ballerina torn between her love for a young composer and her allegiance to the imposing impresario who made her a star. —R. Peterson

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Le Fabuleux destin of Jean-Pierre Jeunet By Kelly Clement With only five feature films in 10 years to his credit, Jean-Pierre Jeunet has carved a place in the cinematic lexicon that few filmmakers even dream of achieving. In the process he has managed to create an entirely new genre that defies formulation and has garnered him an international fan base. Born in Roanne, France, Jeunet had an early passion for comics and cartoons. He acquired his first movie camera as a boy and eagerly began to craft his own vision. His first forays into filmmaking were directing TV commercials and music videos; the world saw his first animated short films, L’Evasion (The Escape) in 1978 and Le Manège (The Merry-Go-Round) in 1980, the latter winning a César for best short film of the year. A fortuitous meeting with artist and comic-book creator Marc Caro, who recognized in Jeunet a kindred spirit with a love of the fantastic, began a successful 15-year collaboration. Their first short film, Le bunker de la dernière raffale (The Bunker of the Last Gunshots) in 1981, won prizes at festivals throughout France. It was followed in 1984 by Pas de repos pour Billy Brakko and in 1989 by Foutaises (Things I Like, Things I Don’t Like), which earned the pair another César. Emboldened by their success with short films, Jeunet and Caro co-wrote and co-directed their first feature, Delicatessen (1991), which quickly became an international art-house sen-

sation. It was with this film that the team developed their unique directing style, with Caro coordinating the artistic elements and Jeunet guiding the actors. Set in a surreal, post-apocalyptic world, Delicatessen focuses on the denizens of a boarding house and their carnivorous appetites, and it featured an ensemble cast that would appear in future Jeunet and Caro films. Delicatessen won César awards for best first film, original screenplay, editing and production design, and it picked up numerous awards on the international festival circuit. Jeunet and Caro next embarked on an ambitious project that had been simmering in their minds for nearly 10 years. It took four more years of preparation, but the resulting fantasy epic continued the creative team’s successful run. The City of Lost Children (1995) is an operatic adult fairy tale that follows an evil scientist who is out to steal the dreams of children. Filled with lush visuals, elaborate sets and an international cast, the film opened the Cannes Film Festival and received international acclaim. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood beckoned, on the weight of such commercial success, and while Caro chose to stay in France, Jeunet took the plunge and agreed to direct the fourth installment of the successful Alien series, Alien: Resurrection (1997). Teaming up Jeunet and the Alien franchise seemed like a good match. For Jeunet it was a challenging relationship, but it allowed him to continue to develop his vision. His appetite for Hollywood satisfied, Jeunet returned to France to create a more personal project that would become his big925.866.9559 tickets

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TRIBUTE TO JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET nary journey to discover the truth. Arguably Jeunet’s most mature work to date, the film is a tender romantic portrait of hope and passion in a world gone mad.

gest hit yet. Amélie (2001) features the wonderfully talented Audrey Tautou as a lovelorn young woman who discovers the key to happiness by touching the lives of others, often in magical ways. Full of bits and pieces of stories Jeunet had been accumulating for years, Amélie further demonstrated his distinctive visual style and marked a shift from the dark, futuristic surrealism of his earlier work to a brighter contemporary world filled with optimism. A critical and commercial success, Amélie received César awards for best film and director, best original music and best production design, as well as five Oscar® nominations.

The world eagerly awaits the next film from Jeunet, who is at the top of his game and who, in the years to come, will without doubt be considered one of the great storytellers of modern filmmaking.

Following the Festival, retrospective screenings of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films will continue at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. It will include the following films: Alien: Resurrection The City of Lost Children Delicatessen A Very Long Engagement

In his most recent work—and the third most expensive film in French history—Jeunet once again employed innovative camerawork, complex and fantastical storytelling, and lush landscapes. A Very Long Engagement (2004) is the epic tale of a young woman (Tautou) who refuses to believe her fiancé has died on a World War I battlefield and undertakes an extraordi-

Jeunet in His Own Words On new film technology:

“I think we are entering a new period of filmmaking that’s analogous to switching from black-and-white to color, or from silent to sound. The medium is completely flexible now, and it’s not bound by anything. If you imagine something, you can do it.” —A.V. Club interview, The Onion, October 2001. On contrasting Amélie with surrealistic, nightmarish elements in his earlier works:

“The City of Lost Children, yes, is a dark film, and probably darker that most people imagine. It has taken me a long time to realize just how dark it is. After Alien, I realized I had never made a truly positive film. This was of interest to me; to build, rather than destroy, presented me with a new, interesting challenge. I wanted to make a sweet film at this point in my career and my life, to see if I could make people dream and give them pleasure. This is my personal film, one I dreamed of for a long time.”

On whether he was satisfied with The City of Lost Children:

“You step back a little and accept that your film will be full of flaws, and that these flaws become part of the film. There is no perfect movie, ever—it doesn’t exist. If a film is successful, it’s due to a mixture of qualities and flaws. . . . At the same time, it’s a great source of frustration that there’s never perfection.” —Sony Pictures Classics™ interview, 1995.

—Filmmaker Magazine interview, fall 2001.

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A Very Long Engagement (2004) Amélie (2001) Alien: Resurrection (1997) The City of Lost Children (1995) Delicatessen (1991)

Tribute Program and Reception $75 TRIB13P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB13R Reception at award-winning Frantoio Ristorante, Mill Valley, follows the Tribute program. One of the most creative fabulists in the world of international cinema today, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s career thus far has been filled with the kind of cinematic triumphs most filmmakers can only dream of. Starting with his collaborations with designer Marc Caro, Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children, and most recently on his own with actress Audrey Tautou in Amélie and A Very Long Engagement, Jeunet has consistently amazed with a thoroughly original style. Our tribute will open with an onstage interview with the director, during which we will present clips from his films and from his rarely seen award-winning shorts. As part of our tribute to Jean-Pierre Jeunet, we will also screen two of his great films during the Festival:

Amélie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain) Saturday Oct 15 1:15PM Rafael AMEL15R BELGIUM/FRANCE 120 MINS 2001

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After discovering an old box hidden in her apartment and returning it anonymously to its owner, a shy waitress undertakes a mission to secretly intervene in her neighbors’ lives. Shooting in more than 80 Parisian locations to create this fanciful comedy, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children) applies his visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingénue.

Delicatessen Saturday Oct 8 9:15PM Rafael DELI08R FRANCE 99 MINS 1991 Delicatessen is a gloriously black comedy that follows the odd lifestyles and eating habits of the denizens of an ancient five-story block. . . . Jeunet and Caro directed in a complementary fusion. Caro supplied the look—costumes, décor, hair, make-up—leaving Jeunet to direct the actors. The resulting delicacies made this one of the hits of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. –Screen International

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DS: I went to the University of Toronto because I hoped to be able to act—even though I’d never acted before, nor seen a theater before, neither inside nor outside—in their Hart House Theatre, which had a Canadian reputation. My father asked me to study engineering—I had evidenced certain skills in mathematics—as a fallback when I failed in the theater. We were a pragmatic family. SW: You are the very definition of the working actor. You’ve appeared in more than a hundred films playing a wide variety of characters during a career that spans four decades and you’re still going strong. What do you think accounts for your longevity? DS: Passion and an excellent wife. SW: After reaching a certain point in their careers, some actors refuse to take small parts, but you’ve been willing to take both supporting and leading roles. Could you talk about that?

Donald Sutherland’s Passionate Pursuit An interview by Sura Wood He’s not your average leading man. Unlike many movie stars, who only play themselves, Donald Sutherland is phenomenally versatile. In both major and minor parts, he consistently achieves a seamlessness between character and actor, a quality that has no doubt contributed to his steady work in film for more than 40 years. And then there’s that extraordinary voice.

DS: In the theater that I was brought up in there was an old saw: “There are no small parts, only small actors.” I think probably that was passed around to assuage the regrets of the actors not playing the lead but, whatever, there’s a lot of relief to be found in performing when you’re not bearing a major part of the responsibility for the film’s success, and if you can find the delicious heart of the character and let him live inside you, it doesn’t make a lot of difference, creatively, how much time he spends on screen. The fellows in Backdraft, JFK, Johnny Got His Gun, Animal House, Little Murders, The Italian Job [and] Cold Mountain are all dear to my heart. SW: What set of criteria do you use in selecting a script? DS: It’s all changed over the years and it’s now down to whether or not it sings inside me. Whether or not I hear the character talking to me a couple of days after I’ve read the script. My natural inclination, though, is to turn it down, and I end up with either Josh Lieberman [his agent] or my son Roeg telling me to do it: Citizen X, Uprising, Path to War, Cold Mountain, Pride & Prejudice come immediately to mind. SW: Hollywood is notoriously obsessed with youth. Now that you’re over 35, are there fewer opportunities than there once were?

Sutherland began acting in 1963, but it was his breakthrough role as Hawkeye in Robert Altman’s cultural touchstone M*A*S*H DS: Twice 35, and ah, the joys of sexual congress. These young(1970) that transformed the lanky Canadian’s career. He has sters all have parents don’t they, and grandparents, and mentors worked with renowned directors from Federico Fellini (Casanova) and uncles galore. and Bernardo If you took the [ I a l w a y s t h o u g h t m y j o b w a s t o Bertolucci (1900) pains to avoid the d i s c o v e r t h e t r u t h o f t h e c h a r a c t e r a n d to Fred Schepisi pains of plastic (Six Degrees of reveal it to the audience... ] surgery you can Separation), Philip have a face that Kaufman (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Oliver Stone (JFK), will go pretty much till you die. Look at the joyous Jessica Tandy. Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen) and Alan J. Pakula (Klute). At 70, Sutherland shows no signs of slowing down. He has completed four films that are soon to be released and he can be seen right now in Pride & Prejudice, Lord of War and a new fall TV series, Commander-in-Chief, in which he plays the speaker of the House. Stay tuned.

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SW: You were politically active in the ’60s. Are you still? Looking at Jane Fonda, who starred with you in Klute, one can see that there can be a price to pay for speaking out. What do you think of actors who use their fame as a platform for their political beliefs? DS: I admire them, their passion, their commitment to the people who live in this world who have no voice. The Swift Boaters of this world, the Karl Roves and the Grover Norquists wait for them with salivating jaws to make mincemeat of their truths and then throw it in a big mélange with a sauce of lies into the feeding troughs of America. They are there with the reputations of John McCain and Cindy Sheehan and John Kerry, all mixed up with the discovered WMDs and the terrorist link between Saddam and Osama [bin Laden]. SW: Your son, Kiefer, is a successful actor in films and on Fox’s hit series, 24. Did you want him to become an actor, and has he taken any tips from the old man? DS: Everything is and was his own decision. I just wanted him to have as good a life as he could make of it. I have no tips to give, and I think he has an agent. M*A*S*H

and reveal it to the audience, that that was our relationship; that’s what Brecht said it was . . . I’m just a delivery system for that truth within the context of the filmmaker’s oeuvre. SW: I thought you were wonderful in Panic. Your character was a hit man—a satanic figure reminiscent of Vincent Price. If I remember correctly, you played William H. Macy’s father and Barbara Bain played your wife. As a couple, you seemed closer to the Macbeths than the Cleavers. What went into your performance? DS: That’s a question for the director. My work is subjective, and the fellow I was playing was doing a job, and he slept just fine. Do you think the reality of George Bush or Donald Rumsfeld is that much different? By degrees of course—but the reality of their crimes is infinitely greater than his, and I bet they sleep just fine, cosseted in the comfort of their lies.

SW: Speaking of TV, you’re playing the speaker of the House in Commander-in-Chief, a new TV series this fall. Why did you decide to take the role? How do you feel about working in television? DS: It’s like being a fellow inside a novel. It’s extraordinary. Rod Lurie and Marc Frydman are very gifted men. For someone who thinks his job is looking for the truth, this is the mother lode. SW: You’ve played everyone from well-heeled professionals to hippies and hit men. In an industry that tends to pigeonhole actors and keep them in a slot, you have defied classification. How did you pull that off? DS: It’s the same question and the answer’s the same. You look for the truth in the life of the character, and you try to give it—give the information about it to the filmmaker. That’s the job. It’s a passionate pursuit. Endlessly exciting. 

SW: You may be most readily associated with the character of Hawkeye in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H. Altman is known as an actor’s director. What was your experience working with him? DS: He wanted to fire me before I’d even met him. I’d been hired to play Hawkeye by Ingo Preminger [M*A*S*H’s producer] before Robert Altman was brought on the picture because of the role I played in Bob Aldrich’s Dirty Dozen, and Altman’s request that I be replaced by one of his acolytes was overruled by Ingo. Altman then wanted to give Elliott Gould first billing, and that, too, was overruled. What can I say, he left me in the picture, and I’m very grateful; it made my working life very interesting for me. SW: Are there any particular roles that have been especially important to you? The fascist Attila in Bertolucci’s 1900 was a departure, was it not? DS: No. Once again, the job’s about pursuing the truth. There are no departures. You either find the truth or you don’t.

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Saturday Oct 15 7PM Rafael Tribute Program and Reception $50 TRIB15P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB15R Reception at the Outdoor Art Club follows the Tribute Program. Some of the greatest directors in the world have recognized Donald Sutherland’s extraordinary chameleonlike talent that makes the characters he plays larger than life— Casanova for Fellini, Attila in Bertolucci’s 1900, and the unforgettable Hawkeye Pierce in Altman’s M*A*S*H. Our tribute will feature film clips and an onstage interview with Mr. Sutherland, followed by a screening of a new version of Pride & Prejudice, in which he plays the beleaguered but droll Mr. Bennet. Afterward, we adjourn to Mill Valley’s Outdoor Art Club, where we raise our glasses to one of cinema’s coolest actors. Sponsored by

Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith Pr i d e & P re j u d i ce UK 127 MINS 2005 Director Joe Wright Producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster Screenwriter Deborah Moggach Cinematographer Roman Osin Editor Paul Tothill Cast Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Judi Dench Print Source Focus Features Any straight-up, period-true adaptation of Jane Austen’s oft-retold Pride & Prejudice must contend with the long shadow of the wondrous 1995 BBC miniseries. In this perfectly cast and gorgeously filmed version, Keira Knightley expertly channels Elizabeth, by far the 20-year-old actress’ best role; and as her sparring, would-be lover Darcy, Matthew MacFadyen makes a dazzling match. The supporting cast are themselves worth the price of admission: Dame Judi Dench invents new levels of pique as the haughty Lady Catherine De Bourgh, and the peerless Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn are a mismatch made in heaven as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. The cinematography is Merchant-Ivory beautiful, even as the film reminds us that 19th-century England wasn’t exactly the cleanest era for romance. –J. Campbell

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Lord of War (2005) Pride & Prejudice (2005) Cold Mountain (2003) The Italian Job (2003) Panic (2000) Space Cowboys (2000) Without Limits (1998) A Time To Kill (1996) Six Degrees of Separation (1993) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) JFK (1991) Backdraft (1991) Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990) A Dry White Season (1989) Lost Angels (1989) Crackers (1984) Eye of the Needle (1981) Ordinary People (1980) The First Great Train Robbery (1979) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Animal House (1978) The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) The Eagle Has Landed (1976) Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini (1976) 1900 (1976) The Day of the Locust (1975) Don’t Look Now (1973) Johnny Got His Gun (1971) Klute (1971) Kelly’s Heroes (1970) Start the Revolution Without Me (1970) M*A*S*H (1970) The Dirty Dozen (1967) Il Castello Dei Morti Vivi (1964)

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SPOTLIGHT Huffman has appeared in a supporting role in many films, including Reversal of Fortune (1990), Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner (1997) and Magnolia (1999). On the small screen, she played Lady Bird Johnson in John Frankenheimer’s HBO miniseries Path to War (2002) and starred in the critically acclaimed Showtime series Out of Order (2003) with Eric Stoltz.

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Then she found a home on the soon-to-be famous Wisteria Lane. Huffman won the 2005 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Desperate Housewives. What attracted her to the role of Lynette Scavo was its raw and honest portrayal of motherhood. Huffman isn’t afraid to convey the notion that a mother can be completely normal and at the same time be driven to near insanity by her children. We watch as through their maddening trials, Lynette and her four kids grow in a way that rarely makes it to any screen, large or small. Lynette’s neighbors would never recognize her in Transamerica, in which Huffman plays Bree, a role that won her Best Actress at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. When asked why a man did not play the film’s transsexual main character, Huffman admitted she had initially had the same thought herself. In her first meeting with director Duncan Tucker, she had actually tried to convince him that this might be a more logical option. Lucky for us, Tucker stood by his choice, stressing that the film is not about what’s under Bree’s skirt, but about Bree’s journey in becoming who she truly is. The brilliance in Huffman’s performance of this role lies in her own journey to become more masculine as Bree learns to become more feminine. Ultimately, Huffman achieves full circle, taking Bree to a heightened, studied form of femininity that previously had been foreign to the actress herself. Whether she’s playing an intensely self-conscious transgendered woman, a sexy but neurotic television producer or a harried mother at the end of her rope on Wisteria Lane, Felicity Huffman is always honestly in the moment, and we can’t take our eyes off her. 

SPOTLIGHT on Felicity Huffman By Kristine Kolton Is it so wrong to be a little desperate? Perhaps a bit of reckless urgency provides the key element to understanding life “in the moment.” In her honest approach to scene and character Felicity Huffman makes both the familiar and the absurd moments not just hers, but ours. An alumna of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Huffman worked with David Mamet on stage in Speed the Plow and later won an Obie Award for her work in Mamet’s Cryptogram. She is a founding member of the Atlantic Theatre Company along with Mamet and her husband, actor William H. Macy. In the brilliant and all-too-short-lived ABC series Sports Night (1998), Huffman played Dana Whitaker, the feisty, no-nonsense producer of an ESPN-like sports show. The show, created by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin, showcased Huffman’s talent with a rich combination of fast-paced dialogue, smart storylines and memorable characters. 50

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Spotlight Program and Reception $50 SPOT09P Spotlight Program Only $20 SPOT09R Reception at the Outdoor Art Club follows the Spotlight Program. This year’s Spotlight focuses on the dynamic Felicity Huffman. Achieving the status of household name with her role as Lynette Scavo in the hit series Desperate Housewives, this classically trained, award-winning stage actress first gained attention for her television appearances on Frasier and Sports Night. Huffman’s latest, a courageous, Oscar®-caliber performance in Transamerica, is sure to garner her even more attention. Our Spotlight begins with an onstage inter view with Ms. Huffman, followed by a screening of Transamerica. After the screening, we head to the enchanting Outdoor Art Club, at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, for a reception with a delicious array of food and drink.

Transamerica (2005) Christmas with The Kranks (2004) Reversible Errors (2004) Raising Helen (2004) House Hunting (2003) Magnolia (1999) The Spanish Prisoner (1997) Hackers (1995) Reversal of Fortune (1990) Things Change (1988)

Not able Television Appearances Desperate Housewives (2004–2005) The D.A. (2004) Frasier (2003) Sports Night (1998–2000) Chicago Hope (1997) The X Files (1993) Law & Order (1992, 1997)

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Tra n sa m e r i ca US 103 MINS 2005 Director/Screenwriter Duncan Tucker Producers Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran Cinema tographers Stephen Kazmierski, Tom Camarda Editor Pam Wise Cast Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Peña Print Source The Wein stein Company In her moving portrayal of an emotionally frozen, closeted transsexual, Felicity Huffman sheds her Desperate Housewives image as ferociously as her character, Bree Osborne, wants to shed her masculinity. Bree is “living stealth,” estranged from her family and weeks away from the last surgical operation of her gender transformation, when the 17-year-old son she didn’t know she had calls from a Manhattan jail. Thus begins a series of events that leads to father and son journeying across the US from New York to Los Angeles. A humorous, mishap-laden road trip full of misperceptions, lies, smeared lipstick and fateful encounters (à la Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but in prim pastel skirt-suits), the film explores the difficulties of reconciling the past with the future, and desire with social mores. Transamerica’s hopeful message is that accepting and being seen for all that we are is the ultimate, true transformation. —J. Campbell

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It is his big-screen contribution, however, that has brought Daniels wide acclaim. His first memorable appearance was in Terms of Endearment (1983), as Debra Winger’s fallible husband. Woody Allen then cast him as the improbably decent archaeologist who walks through the screen into waitress Mia Farrow’s life in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). With his square jaw and can-do stride, Daniels evoked the earnestness of vintage matinee idols but without the self-seriousness. This marvelous sensibility has lent itself to both comedy and family drama, and Daniels rang every change as the uptight yuppie held captive by Melanie Griffith in Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild (1986). With a dignity and gravity that hearken back to an earlier era, Daniels shone as Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Gettysburg (1993), and again a decade later in Gods and Generals. In an opposing vein, he then embraced indignity, as Jim Carrey’s brother in Dumb and Dumber (1994), the movie that introduced the world to the Farrelly Brothers. Daniels has portrayed myriad characters with unusual nuance and subtlety, from his father roles in Fly Away Home (1996) and Because of Winn-Dixie (2002) to Clint Eastwood’s sidekick in the detective story Blood Work (2002) and Meryl Streep’s romantic rival in The Hours (2002). In his most recent film Daniels gives richly layered performance as a Brooklyn professor whose marriage is ending, in Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale. Daniels is a pretty fair guitar player and a practiced singer-songwriter. Perhaps he’ll swing by the Sweetwater while he’s in town and treat the crowd to tunes like “If William Shatner Can, I Can Too” or his antiwar song, “Michigan My Michigan”—songs that commemorate key moments and that he keeps in an overstuffed notebook. “If you really wanted to get to know me, you’d find me in there,” he has said. We do know Jeff Daniels—trustworthy, self-effacing and a heck of a good sport—from his films. As talented an actor as he is, he can’t disguise his nature. 

Jeff Daniels: The Triumph of Decency By Michael Fox From the moment he appears on screen, Jeff Daniels exudes likeability and trustworthiness. He’s the quintessential guy next door, with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get quality that’s as refreshing as it is reassuring. We tend to dismiss such naturalness in actors—and people—and underestimate their depth. Take Daniels’ note-perfect performance as the clean-cut, square Mr. Johnson who runs the corner soda shop in Pleasantville (1998). When the town awakens from its ’50s fog and begins to morph from black-and-white to color, Mr. Johnson blossoms into an enthusiastic painter. Such passion and talent behind that smooth veneer—who knew? The same might be said of Jeff Daniels, but only by someone who hasn’t been paying attention. From his start in the 1970s with Circle Repertory Company in Manhattan, Daniels displayed a fierce commitment to the stage. Later, after achieving some success in the movies, he founded the Purple Rose Theatre in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. Daniels has written a number of plays for the company, which provides a training ground for young talent. (His latest, Guest Artist, premieres this winter.) He also brought indie filmmaking to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for Escanaba in Da Moonlight, a family comedy Daniels wrote, directed and starred in. 54

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5PM Rafael Tribute Program and Closing Night Party $65 TRIB16P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB16R

The Squid and the Whale (2005) Imaginary Heroes (2004) The Goodbye Girl (2004) Gods and Generals (2003) The Hours (2002) Blood Work (2002) Super Sucker (2002) Escanaba In Da Moonlight (2001) Chasing Sleep (2000) My Favorite Martian (1999) Pleasantville (1998) 101 Dalmatians (1996) 2 Days In the Valley (1996) Fly Away Home (1996) Redwood Curtain (1995) Dumb and Dumber (1994) Speed (1994) Gettysburg (1993) There Goes the Neighborhood (1992) Rain Without Thunder (1992) The Butcher’s Wife (1991) Love Hurts (1991) Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990) Arachnophobia (1990) Checking Out (1989) Sweet Hearts Dance (1988) The House on Carroll Street (1988) Radio Days (1987) Something Wild (1986) Heartburn (1986) The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Terms of Endearment (1983) Ragtime (1981)

Closing Night Party at the Mill Valley Community Center follows the Tribute program.

The Squid and the Whale

Tr i b u te to J eff Da n i e l s Jeff Daniels’ affable everyman appeal makes him one of the most accessible actors on screen. He’s the perfect straight man, whether it’s to a flock of geese or a maniacal Jim Carrey. In a departure from his usual good-guy roles, Daniels is wrenchingly brilliant as a passive-aggressive husband in The Squid and the Whale. Our tribute begins with an onstage interview and is followed by a screening of the film. See page 65 for Closing Night Tribute information.

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THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE 11TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FILMFEST The Festival isn’t only for adults! Welcome to the 11th anniversary of the Children’s FilmFest. The wide, wide world is out there in superb children’s films—they just rarely make it into theaters. Let the Children’s FilmFest be your remedy! Among this year’s Festival selections: Harry Potter has competition in The Fakir, and imagination overruns its limits with a pelican who achieves his goal to be human in Pelican Man. Dutch films treat serious subjects like bullying and body image in XL and Bluebird and then take off like a hot air balloon with the fantasy Lepel. The great news for parents is that you will enjoy these films as much as your kids. And our hands-on filmmaking workshop for young people rounds out another fun family experience.

Opening Film and Festivities THE FAKIR

Saturday Oct 8 11:30AM Sequoia 2–4PM Party at Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

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Film and Party $15 adults, $12 children FAKI08P Film Only $10 adults, $8 children FAKI08S Bluebird In Dutch with English subtitles The Fakir In Danish with English subtitles Hoppity Goes to Town Immediate Boarding In French with English subtitles The Incomparable Miss C. In French with English subtitles Lepel In Dutch with English subtitles Let the Children Lead (Shorts Program) Max and Josef: Double Trouble In Swedish with English subtitles

Join us for the Western US Premiere of The Fakir, a dazzling Danish tale of magic and mayhem for all ages. See page 73 for film description. Our special opening event gives kids a sneak peek at the new book (to be published in November) A Movie Mouse, the story of Marcello Moustroiani. Marin residents Liz Hockinson and Kathryn Otoshi, who wrote and illustrated the book, will read from it and project animated pages for our delight. Refreshments will follow.

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Pelican Man In Finnish with English subtitles

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Short Films for Little People (Shorts Program)

After our Short Films for Little People program (see page 85) at the Rafael Saturday morning, join us in a costume parade to Ben & Jerry’s, with every child kazooing along with troubadors Orange Sherbet (Tamsen Fynn and Jill Pierce).

Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story Winter Song In Farsi with English subtitles Wolf Summer In Norwegian with English subtitles

Closing Film PELICAN MAN

Sunday Oct 16 2:45PM Rafael PELI16R Join director Liisa Helminen for her international award-winning film. See page 82 for film description.

About Subtitles

Age Recommendations

To enhance our younger audiences’ appreciation of foreign films appearing in the Children’s FilmFest, we provide simultaneous subtitle reading by professional vocal artists for many of the films that are not in English. We are unique among North American children’s film festivals in that subtitled children’s programs at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center can be heard through individual earphones, allowing those who wish to read the subtitles or listen closely to the original language to do so undisturbed. To avoid confusion and disappointment, please refer to the film listings below for subtitle information on individual programs.

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Saturday and Sunday Oct 8 workshop 10AM–1PM Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley

Oct 9 workshop 9AM–4PM Oct 9 film screening 8PM Masonic Hall, Mill Valley $200 WORK08 Limited Enrollment. Ages 8 to 18. Attendance required for both days. Includes individual ticket to screening.

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e’ve given our traditional workshop format a new twist. As always, it provides kids with the opportunity to be both cast and crew and participate in nearly every stage of the filmmaking process of their own fiction film. But this year, MVFF has partnered with an organization called Cinemasports to add a new feature: a creative race against the clock to make a film in a day. Cinemasports has kindly invited three local youth teams to participate, and we need young team members to help us achieve this incredible cinematic feat! Saturday we will learn basic filmmaking instruction and techniques and organize our teams and resources. Sunday we will join dozens of adult filmmaking teams in a race to make our movies! Here’s how it works: Sunday morning, each team will receive a short list of predetermined mandatory “ingredients” for their films, and they must return with a completed short (3 1⁄ 2 minutes or less) film by that same evening. The big payoff comes at 8PM with a public screening of the submitted entries. Everyone will get to see how each team used the same elements to create entirely different stories. So come be a filmmaker for a day, and invite your friends and families to witness the results at the screening Sunday night. (Separate admission tickets for nonteam members cost $10 and are available for purchase at the MVFF box office.)

Sweet and Sick Saturday Oct 15 11AM Rafael In addition to our youth-produced reel, Sweet and Sick, and the Children’s FilmFest, many films in the festival involve youth and children: 5@5: All I Really Want To Do 5@5: It’s All Over Now Baby Blue Boats out of Watermelon Rind Brick Bride of Silence Delwende The Devil’s Miner Fateless Hidden Flaws Innocent Voices The Squid and the Whale Toon for the Misbegotten Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars While Michael Powell’s The Red Shoes (see page 35) has no youth in it, the film has inspired young dancers throughout its history.

YOUNG CRITICS JURY AND THE YOUTH REEL Now in its fourth year, the Young Critics Jury is developing a rich history. It’s a three-day crash course in everything (and we mean everything) about film that we can cram in, through lectures, demonstrations, roundtable talks, film screenings and some hands-on work. Meeting in July, the young critics emerge from the course better prepared to understand the world of media around them. A special treat this year was a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a shot-by-shot remake of the Spielberg film done by three Mississippi teens, who appeared for a Q&A after the film and hung out with the students for a private hour. The second tier of the Young Critics Jury program is the jury itself. Six students chosen from the larger three-day group go on to judge entries from youth all over the country, winnowing the selection down to a 90minute program. This year’s Youth Reel, Sweet and Sick, was juried by six patient peers: Russell Aguilar, Caitlin Carter, Justin Newcomer, Jeremy Rice, Andrew Rose and Arianna Taboada.

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Califo r n i a F i l m I n st i tu te O u t rea c h CFI Outreach and Education: Building the Next Generation of Audiences and Filmmakers Film engages and inspires like no other medium. For nearly two decades, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the California Film Institute have pioneered film programs for Bay Area students of all ages, bringing film into the classroom as a personalized educational tool that expands and deepens our view of the world. Crossing disciplines as well as borders, CFI Outreach in-school programming provides language, history, science and social studies teachers alike with dynamic material and activities. Film screenings, guest speakers and study guides expose students to new ideas and different cultures and create a forum for students to speak with filmmakers and well-known cultural figures. Past programs have included filmmaker Sam Green, whose Academy Award®nominated The Weather Underground chronicles the turbulent political climate

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of the 1960s, who appeared with Bill Ayers, a Weathermen co-founder; and David Hickson, director of Beat the Drum, a dramatic film that looks at the AIDS epidemic in Africa through a young boy’s eyes. During the Mill Valley Film Festival, CFI Outreach goes behind the screen, offering workshops and seminars designed for young filmmakers to gain a better understanding of the medium, develop critical thinking skills and harness the power of film to find their own voices by creating their own stories. Please see page 59 for this year’s MVFF children and youth activities. CFI Outreach annually serves more than 3,000 Bay Area students and teachers. Most programs are free of charge, thanks to generous underwriting from our community partners. For additional information or to help support this vital education program, please visit us online at cafilm.org, or call 415.383.5256 x113 to speak with John Morrison, CFI Outreach manager.

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New M ov i es L a b 15 RULES ON SPIN

CINEMASPORTS

THE FUTURE OF FAMILY FILMS

Saturday Oct 8 11AM—12:30PM Rafael $15 LAB08R

Sunday Oct 9 Intro Meeting 9–9:30AM FREE Masonic Hall, Mill Valley

Sunday Oct 16 11AM–12:30PM 142 Throckmorton

An essential for filmmakers, this workshop gives the fundamental tools of media communications. Learn how to prepare, to be empowered and to instantly win over your audience. Lynda Hansen will cover the different approaches needed for TV, radio and print interviews. Your passion, your experience, your story and how you tell it will win the attention of reps, festival programmers and future funders. Once you know the 15 rules, you can do anything. Workshop Leader: Lynda Hansen CEO of Lynda A. Hansen & Associates, Ltd. Her credits include: The New York Foundation for the Arts; Hamptons Film Festival; Berlin Film Festival; American Independents and Features Abroad. Presented in as s o c i a t i o n w i t h F i l m A r t s Foundation. FRAME BY FRAME: FILM, PHILANTHROPY AND CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT

Saturday Oct 8 1:30—3:30PM Rafael $15 SEM08R Social-issue films so often inspire the question, what can I do? This panel addresses some of the ways filmmakers answer that question, creating work that engages with disenfranchised communities and with issues of social, racial, political and environmental justice. The panelists are all working on projects creatively involved in changing the world through film. This promises to be an inspiring discussion for filmmakers and film lovers alike.

Sunday Oct 9 Film Screening 8PM Masonic Hall, Mill Valley $10 CSP09M An energetic fusion of imagination, collaboration and tournament, Cinemasports is a race against the clock to make a film in a day! The requirements: Crews of any shape and size arrive at 9AM self-equipped and ready to shoot and edit their own films by the same-day deadline. They receive a short list of predetermined mandatory “ingredients” for the films and must return with a completed short film (31⁄2 minutes or less) by 6:30PM that evening. The payoff comes at 8PM at a public screening of the submitted entries, where we will witness the various ways in which the same elements have been used to make entirely different movies. The Mill Valley Film Festival and Cinemasports are pleased to co-present this exciting opportunity for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. Come be a filmmaker for a day, or just join us to behold the results! DIGITAL INDEPENDENCE: NEXT-GENERATION INNOVATIONS

$15 SEM16T Family Films: What are they, who makes them (and how do they make them), who watches them, how do you find them and how do you know you can take your children to them? Our panelists will shed light on this elusive genre. Invited guests: Jim Steyer author, The Other Parent; founder, Common Sense Media Liisa Helminen writer-director, Pelican Man, Urpo and Turpo Mary Jane Burke Marin superintendent of schools Bob Peterson writer, Finding Nemo Mark Rendall actor, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story GOING OUT TO THE MOVIES: IS THE ROMANCE OVER?

Sunday Oct 16 1:30–3PM 142 Throckmorton $15 LAB16T

Indie media makers are rapidly learning to surf the new waves of offline, online and on-demand production, postproduction and delivery systems. Come learn the latest tricks and treats of the trade from this stellar line-up of specialists operating in the high and low-tech domains.

While newspapers, Entertainment Weekly and CNN predict the doom of the theatrical movie industry, audiences are flocking to films like March of the Penguins. Are on-demand and plasma TV and DVDs destroying America’s greatest pastime? Is the industry simply not paying attention or is it turning fear into reality? Join industry veterans, directors and others on the frontlines—sales agents and distributors—in a discussion about the future of cinema.

Invited guests:

Invited guests:

Panelists to be announced.

Facilitator: Shakti Butler PhD, executive director, World Trust Educational Services; producerdirector, The Way Home, Light in the Shadows

Jin Woo Joo founder, Cinemasports

John Karr director, New Media, the Asia Foundation

Sandy Pearlman producer, music critic and former president, 415 Records

Nancy Kelly producer-director, Smitten, Downside Up, Thousand Pieces of Gold

Brant J. Smith Vice President, Lasoo On-Demand Television, and producer, Quality of Life

Silvije Petranovic director, The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

Bart Weiss founder, Video Association of Dallas

Elizabeth Silkes executive director, FilmAid International

Sunday Oct 9 10:30AM–12:30PM Rafael $15 LAB09R

Doug McMillan creative director and R&D development director, elementFX

Aerlyn Weissman director, Web Cam Girls Facilitator: Karen Schwartzman, Creative Axis International

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o assist you in selecting your films, our Festival categories, described below, are identified next to each film’s description. Look out as well for two special Focus categories: Fespaco/PRAI (the Paul Robeson Awards Initiative), celebrating award-winning films from Africa and the African diaspora; and Women Make Movies, honoring the New York-based distributor that has helped women’s voices be heard throughout the world.

[ Official Premiere Selection ] Accidents Ramón Alòs Sánchez, Miloje Popovic, Toni Trupia Italy Amongst White Clouds Edward A. Burger Canada/China The Art of Breaking Up Michel Deville France Bed Stories Kirill Serebrennikov Russia

[ Official Premiere Selection ]

The Official Premiere Selection introduces new domestic and international films to the US. The popularity of independent international films in the San Francisco Bay Area makes MVFF an important launching pad into the American market.

Been Rich All My Life Heather Lyn MacDonald US Berkeley Bobby Roth US Brotherly Jazz: The Music and Stories of Percy, Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath Jesse Block US

[ World Cinema ]

Bye-Bye Blackbird Robinson Savary France/Luxembourg/Germany/UK/Austria

Whether their objective is to move, provoke, entertain, amuse or thrill, the films in the World Cinema section tell stories that reveal elements of the universal, while changing our ways of seeing and understanding our global neighbors.

The Californians Jonathan Parker US

[ US Cinema ]

Dallas Among Us Robert Adrian Pejo Hungary/Germany/Austria

Carpatia Andrzej Klamt, Ulrich Rydzewski Germany/Austria

A showcase for new American films, US Cinema celebrates the work of well-known masters and emerging filmmakers who share a common talent for independent, insightful storytelling.

Delwende S. Pierre Yaméogo Burkina Faso/France Frozen Land Aku Louhimies Finland The Girl from Auschwitz Stefan Jarl Sweden

[ Valley of the Docs ]

Reality spins some of the most fascinating yarns of all. The Valley of the Docs presents the latest in documentary filmmaking, in which filmmakers from around the world explore the consequences of truth.

Girlfriend, Someone Please Stop the World Ryuichi Hiroki Japan Guernsey Nanouk Leopold Netherlands Hidden Flaws Paula van der Oest Netherlands

[ V(ision)Fest ]

Moon and Cherry Yuki Tanada Japan

Tomorrow’s technology is today’s medium for the imagination. V(ision)Fest mediamakers come from the school of all possibilities. They are the innovators and experimenters who are ready to shake, rattle and reboot the state of cinema.

My Nikifor Krzysztof Krauze Poland

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Niji No Shita Ni / Under the Rainbow J.R. Heffelfinger Japan/US

Need Rob Nilsson US

This popular daily screening series is a testament to the fine art of the short film. Eclectic in both content and filmmaking style, the series each year is an assortment of filmic gems by emerging and established makers and masters.

North Country Niki Caro US The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls Colin Nutley Sweden/UK Round Trip Alessandro Paci, Giancarlo Torri Italy

[ Children’s Filmfest ]

Saratan Ernest Abdyshaparov Kyrgzstan/Germany

A cinematic globetrot for kids of all ages, the Children’s FilmFest gives young people a taste of cultures and adventures they won’t get anywhere else, as well as hands-on filmmaking workshops.

Scared New World Chris Brown US Sophie Scholl: The Last Days Marc Rothemud Germany SOUND OF THE SOUL: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Stephen Olsson US Springtime Ryu Jang-ha Korea The Undeserved Brad Coley US Video Out Paul Vlachos, Meredith Finkelstein US

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OPENING NIGHT

Mill Valley Film Festival

THE MATADOR

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

Thursday Oct 6

Thursday Oct 6

7PM and 7:15PM Sequoia

7PM Rafael

7PM Film Only $20 MATA06S Film and Gala $125 MATA06P 7:15PM Film Only $20 MAT206S Film and Gala $125 MAT206P

Film only $20 MRSH06R Film and Gala $125 MRSH06P UK 2005 103 MINS Director Stephen Frears Producer Norma Heyman Screenwriter Martin Sherman Cinematographer Andrew Dunn Editor Lucia Zucchetti Cast Bob Hoskins, Judi Dench, Christopher Guest, Kelly Reilly, Will Young Print Source The Weinstein Company

US 2004 97 MINS Director/Screenwriter Richard Shepard Producers Pierce Brosnan, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst Cinematographer David Tattersall Editor Carole Kravetz Cast Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall, Adam Scott, Dylan Baker Print Source The Weinstein Company

Raise your hand if you love Judi Dench! The unparalleled queen of the screen pairs up here with Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons) for an Oscar®-baiting musical comedy that re-creates the true story of Laura Henderson, a wealthy eccentric who founded the ill-reputed Windmill Theatre during World War II. In cahoots with irascible producer Vivian van Damm (Bob Hoskins), Mrs. Henderson hits on a scheme to mix musical revues and vaudeville acts with some titillating naughty bits to create “Revudeville.” Juxtaposing the gorgeously art-directed musical numbers with the encroaching threat of Nazism, Frears demonstrates a masterful touch. The cast is a joy to watch, filled out with comic stalwarts (Christopher Guest playing against type as the starchy Lord Chamberlain) and talented eye candy in the stage roles (including British pop star Will Young). Mix Topsy Turvy dramatics with a dash of Full Monty fun, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful night at the movies. —D. Quinones

In this stylish, hilarious confection about a hit man and the damage done, Pierce Brosnan drags his impeccable James Bond persona through the wringer and down several flights of stairs to create Julian Noble, a gone-to-seed assassin whose killer’s vanity is only matched by his love of liquor and sex. His own vanity forgotten, Brosnan makes Noble—a “facilitator of fatalities”—outrageously inappropriate, a profane wreck. Happenstance throws Noble together with chirpy suburban husband Danny Wright (Greg Kinnear); as this unlikely pair runs out of luck in Mexico City, each desperately wants what the other has. With gorgeous visuals (courtesy of Star Wars’ Tattersall) and a great soundtrack, the film crackles along as each man confronts his own Faustian bargain to a strangely sweet end. Still, it’s Brosnan and his magnetic cauldron of preening, pleading, irrepressible charm that really kills. —J. Campbell

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KICK OFF the 28th MVFF with two fabulous films, followed by our gorgeous opening night gala. O p e n i n g N i g ht G a l a Thursday Oct 6 9:30PM–12AM Lytton Plaza, downtown Mill Valley Opening Night Film and Gala $125 (see above) Gala-Only tickets are not available We’re back! Come celebrate our return to the CinéArts@Sequoia Theater—and to the heart of Mill Valley— after an unexpected year away. Whether you attend your opening night film at the Rafael or the Sequoia, please join us after your screening in downtown Mill Valley on the historic plaza to celebrate the Opening Night of Mill Valley Film Festival no. 28. Toast the stars under the sequoias, in the perfect environment for film.

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Mill Valley Film Festival

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Tribute to Jeff Daniels BEE SEASON

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

Sunday Oct 16

Sunday Oct 16 5PM Rafael

5PM Sequoia Film and Party $65 BEE16P Film Only $20 BEE16S

7:45PM Sequoia $20 BEE216S Film Only US 2005 104 MINS Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel Producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa Screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens Editor Lauren Zuckerman Cast Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross, Max Minghella, Kate Bosworth Print Source Fox Searchlight Pictures The fragile, mystical connections of God and family are at the heart of this moving adaptation of Myla Goldberg’s novel Bee Season. As 9-year-old Eliza Naumann, whose gift for spelling has more to do with divine visions than studious practice, Flora Cross holds her own with the never-more-luminous Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche—indeed, Cross is a revelation herself. Preternaturally self-assured, Eliza starts winning spelling bees, and this upsets her family’s delicate balance. Her intellectual father, Saul (Gere), begins obsessively tutoring Eliza in Jewish mysticism, while neglected son Aaron (Max Minghella) fills the void with another kind of family, and mother Miriam (Binoche) secretly slides into her own shattered past. The characters’ interior landscapes are evocatively translated into sparkling imagery, playful visual metaphors of word and light that embody the numinous spaces inside us. Each character seeks the gift of holy, transcendent healing, and this rare film delivers it. —J. Campbell

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C l os i n g N i g ht Pa r ty Sunday Oct 16 7:30–10:30PM

Tribute Program and Party $65 TRIB16P Tribute Program Only $20 TRIB16R US 2005 89 MINS Director/Screenwriter Noah Baumbach Producers Wes Anderson, Peter Newman, Charles Corwin, Clara Markowicz Cinematographer Robert Yeoman Editor Tim Streeto Cast Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline Print Source IDP Distribution Jeff Daniels soars to new heights (and plummets to many painful lows) as failing novelist-turned-academic Bernard Berkman, in writer-director Noah Baumbach’s brilliant depiction of the fallout of divorce, circa 1986. When Brooklyn intellectuals Bernard and Joan (Laura Linney, MVFF Spotlight 2004) end their marriage, the impact hits their sons, Walt and Frank, with the greatest force—no surprise to anyone, perhaps, except Bernard and Joan. Adolescent uncertainty, confusion and insecurity ooze from every pore as the boys endure a shared custody arranged by their ego-driven, equally confused parents. A coming-of-age story for both generations, The Squid and the Whale deftly navigates family breakdown with sharp humor, wit and true understanding that at times feels like a punch in the stomach. Baumbach’s treatment is a timeless, all-too-real exposition of a family under the influence—of the parents. —J. Parsont

AFTER 11 DAYS of fabulous cinema and celebration, round out the 2005 MVFF with two more exceptional films and our closing night party.

Mill Valley Community Center Party Only $55 PARTY16 One of our favorite parties of the year is the one where we can sleep in the next day! Whether you compare notes on who saw the most films or which director was hottest, or schmooze with Bee Season directors or Closing Night Tributee Jeff Daniels, you won’t want to miss the last fandango as we say goodnight and good-bye. Tents, lights, music and a rocking party at the Mill Valley Community Center are our final farewell to another fabulous Festival.

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39 Po u n ds of Love

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Mill Valley Film Festival US 2005 70 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 79 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

1:30 PM

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Friday Oct 14

9 PM

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Director Dani Menkin Producers Dani Menkin, Daniel Chalfen Screenwriters Dani Menkin, Ilan Heitner Cinematographer Yoav Klanman Editor Geoff Bartz Print Source Priddy Brothers Entertainment

Ami Ankilewitz’s feather-light body is confined to a wheelchair, but he suffers no such limitations himself as he embraces life in all its humor, pathos and trials. He was diagnosed during infancy with a rare form of muscular dystrophy; the diagnosing physician predicted the child would not live beyond the age of 6. Now 34, Ankilewitz is a 3-D animator living in Israel; his signature character is a bird in flight. In pursuit of a lifelong ambition, Ankilewitz undertakes an American road trip with his best friend, Asaf, during which he plans to reconnect with his brother, ride a Harley and find the doctor whose original diagnosis was so terribly incorrect. Ankilewitz calls the journey his “Mt. Everest.” —S. Uyehara Preceded by The First Thing I Remember Director Tamara Meem

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AUSTRALIA 2005 9 MINS This tender tale looks back with longing at the source of our deepest desires.

5 @ 5 : A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

TOTAL PROGRAM 81 MINS

Monday Oct 10

5 PM

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Tuesday Oct 11

5 PM

5AT511R

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War, peace and technology intersect with the natural world in these compelling shorts. Guy Dimenstein’s Messiah (Israel 13 mins) takes a sardonic look at the goings-on at an Israeli checkpoint. Monteith McCollum’s arresting Lawn (US 12 mins) beautifully draws a parallel between fastidious lawn care and a fear of nature. In Taika Waititi’s exquisitely humorous Tama Tü (New Zealand 18 mins), six Maori soldiers wait things out in a bombed-out building. In Eric Escobar’s riveting One Weekend a Month (US 12 mins), a single mother tries to find someone to take care of her children on the eve of her National Guard unit’s deployment to Iraq. Neil Jack’s droll, animated The Tree Officer (Scotland 8 mins) portrays the bureaucratic woes of a passionate botanist whose job is to cut trees down. Gabriela Tollman’s ravishing fable Birth of Industry (US 13 mins) personifies the industrial revolution as a mother who gives birth to a rapacious son. Kenzo Hakuta and Jimmy Mathew’s elegant Fall (US 5 mins) is a dreamy vision of life, death and the natural world. —A. Monga

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5 @ 5 : A l l I Really Want to Do

TOTAL PROGRAM 84 MINS

Friday Oct 7

5 PM

5AT507S

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Monday Oct 10

5 PM

5AT510R

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The human experience in all its glory and variety is the subject of these shorts. Gaëlle Denis’s breathtakingly inventive use of live action and animated filmmaking in City Paradise (UK 5 mins) tells the strange story of a Japanese girl in a very odd London. Cordelia Beresford’s gothic The Eye Inside (Australia 14 mins) is based on a true story of a Parisian teenager imprisoned in an asylum by a voyeuristic doctor. The Daily Show’s Ed Helms is a very differentlyabled citizen in Nick Poppy’s wickedly wry Zombie-American (US 9 mins). Phil Johnston’s loopy Flightless Birds (US 22 mins) tells how the residents of Fairburn, South Dakota, band together to save their dying town. In Justin Edgar’s wonderful comedy Special People (UK 13 mins), a group of smart, unenthusiastic kids in wheelchairs ascend a mountain to fulfill a depressed director’s vision of an art film. Israeli directors Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis adapt a surrealistic story by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami in their hauntingly beautiful Tuesday’s Women (Israel 20 mins). —A. Monga

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Wednesday Oct 12

5 PM

5AT512S

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Thursday Oct 13

5 PM

5AT513R

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The pain, triumphs and sheer goofiness of childhood link these shorts. In Kim Spurlock’s beautiful Afternoon (US 10 mins), family bonds cannot be broken by death. Topaz Adizes’ poignant Seven Miles Alone (US 15 mins) tells of two adopted brothers whose paths diverge but come together years later in a boxing ring. Shaz Bennett’s penetrating voiceover counterpoints the lovely visuals in her memory film Top of the Circle (US 5 mins). Sugar Mountain (US 28 mins) by Aaron Himelstein (of Joan of Arcadia) is a brilliantly acted drama about a boy who has survived a deep childhood trauma. Keith Bearden captures the cadence of a boyhood summer with amazing authenticity in The Raftman’s Razor (US 8 mins). Karen Carpenter deftly gets the inchoate longing of small-town girl misfits in her beautiful My Scarlet Letter (US 10 mins). Holger Ernst’s exquisite short Rain Is Falling (Germany 15 mins) is based on an Iranian story about a small girl caring for her ailing mother. —A. Monga

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5 @ 5 : Le o pa rd -S k i n P i l l b ox H a t

TOTAL PROGRAM 103 MINS

Tuesday Oct 11

4:45 PM

5AT511S

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Wednesday Oct 12

4:45 PM

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Sometimes the strangest stories are the most affecting. In Thor Freudenthal’s Motel (US 8 mins), a guy happens upon an abandoned motel with every amenity—but there’s a catch. An experimental filmmaker comes to a Mexican town in Scott Coleman Miller’s Uso Justo (US 22 mins), with his uproarious found-footage masterpiece. John Harden’s profound La Vie d’un Chien (US 13 mins) tips its hat to Chris Marker’s La Jetée in its exploration of love and freedom. Phil Ramuno’s boisterous Bringing Up BayBay (US 14 mins) critiques infotainment, as a supremely ambitious reporter chases down a celebrity known as BayBay Girl. Dali drops into Freud’s office in Delaney Bishop’s dazzling The Death of Salvador Dali (US 18 mins). Géza M. Tóth’s superb Maestro (Hungary 5 mins) is an animated behind-the-scenes look at an artist preparing for his big moment. Selma Blair and Elias Koteas star in J. Lisa Chang and Newton Thomas Sigel’s eccentric The Big Empty (US 20 mins), in which an unconventional gynecologist and patient take their show on the road. —A. Monga

5 @ 5 : S i m p l e Tw i st of Fa te

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TOTAL PROGRAM 85 MINS

Friday Oct 14

5 PM

5AT514S

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Saturday Oct 15

5 PM

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In these shorts, roads diverge and choices must be made and that, to paraphrase the poet, makes all the difference. Sandra Oh stars in Jon Goldman’s sparkling Kind of a Blur (US 10 mins), about a romantic, drunken camping trip. In the truly magical bar of La Magique Noire (US 12 mins), ordering a drink can be perilous. A bathing grandmother (Brenda Fricker, MVFF Tributee 1996) plays an unsettling trick in Peter Mackie Burns’s perverse Milk (Scotland 10 mins). In James Twyford’s wonderfully pithy Little Things (UK 5 mins) a little girl picks up an unintentional message. A boy “test drives” a dysfunctional family in Lance Slaton’s surreal Life Ride (US 11 mins). In Simon Hynd’s delirious comedy Tumshie McFadgen’s Bid for Ultimate Bliss, the eponymous star tries to perfect his experience of pleasure. A commitment-phobic man can see any relationship’s future through his grandfather’s magic glasses, in Hank Azaria’s Nobody’s Perfect (US 23 mins). Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s jewel Pas de repos pour Billy Brakko (France 5 mins) feels autobiographical in its frenetic catalog of film references. —A. Monga

5 @ 5 : Ta n g l e d U p i n Bl u e

5@5

TOTAL PROGRAM 77 MINS

Thursday Oct 13

5 PM

5AT513S

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Friday Oct 14

5 PM

5AT514R

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Each one of these extraordinary shorts illustrates a deep sympathy for the human condition, focusing on relationships that abound with peculiarities and contradictions. Jacques Thelemaque’s Transaction (US 15 mins) limns the oldest transaction in the world, prostitution, with compassion and insight, featuring brilliant performances by Edmund L. Shaff and Diane Gaidry. Ken Wardrop films his beautiful, self-possessed 60-some-year-old mother reflecting on her life in Undressing My Mother (Ireland 6 mins). Renji Philip’s An American Dream (US 23 mins) turns to nightmare as a simple road trip devolves into a surrealistic Lynchian voyage. Shelly Silver explains her obsession with photographing strangers in the exquisite What I’m Looking For (US 15 mins). In John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker’s Goodnight Bill (US 19 mins), an odd couple—a cantankerous old homophobe and an elderly gay man—are forced to share a hospital room, where phobia finally turns to friendship. —A. Monga

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Special added short to be included at Rafael on Oct 14 (total program 86 mins).

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ITALY 2005 100 MINS

Thursday Oct 13

8:15 PM

ACCI13R

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Saturday Oct 15

12:15 PM

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Directors/Screenwriters Ramón Alòs Sánchez, Miloje Popovic, Toni Trupia Producer Centro Sperimentali di Cinematographia Cast Lando Buzzanca, Silvia Ferreri, Leo Gullotta, Ernesto Mahieux, Ralph Palka, Renato Scarpa, Emilio Solfrizzi, Manuela Ungaro, Adriano Wajskol Print Source Bruno Bossio/PromoFest

Three young cutting-edge Italian filmmakers present bravura variations on a theme in this triptych that provides a rich palette of cinematic styles as well as a peek at the future of European cinema. Toni Trupia gives a nod to Fellini in Good Friends Near and Far, a colorful, surrealistic fable about the carnival atmosphere that arises after game-show judge Ermes dies in a car crash and makes a public display of haunting the show’s vain and shallow host Lello. In The Day Nothing Happened, Ramón Alòs Sánchez combines live action with stills, animation and even a puppet show to reimagine the life, final hours and the motorcycle accident that killed British hero, T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia). Finally, in Miloje Popvi’s Nothing Serious, a man who regains consciousness after a horrible wreck looks back over his life as he waits for help. —P. Grady

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A l - G h a zali: The Alchemist of Happiness

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Mill Valley Film Festival UK 2004 80 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

7:15 PM

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Monday Oct 10

7:15 PM

ALGH10R

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Director/Producer Ovidio Salazar Screenwriter Simon van der Borgh Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari Editor Gabriela Enis Cast Ghorban Nadjafi, Robert Powell, Daryush Arjmand, Mitra Hajjar Print Source Matmedia Productions

How can we best follow the path of love in the current world of confusion, fanaticism and terror? Ovidio Salazar’s exquisitely shot film takes us deep into the past for answers from Al-Ghazali, Islam’s greatest philosopher. Though AlGhazali lived in Iran a thousand years ago, his understanding of the mysteries of existence makes his teachings—and more importantly, his example—eternally relevant. Through a compelling blend of documentary footage and inspired dramatic re-creations shot in ancient locations in Iran, we follow this passionate thinker’s journey as he transforms a crisis of faith into a reawakening of the soul, reconciling faith with reason and moving beyond the intellectual mind and the limitations of religious dogma. Director Salazar beautifully bridges the centuries to connect us in the present with this profound man’s insights; watching a contemporary teacher speak to a crowd in Isfahan’s main square, we see that Al-Ghazali’s work continues. —N. Isaacs

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A m o n g st White Clouds

CANADA/CHINA 2005 86 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

12:30 PM

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Monday Oct 10

9 PM

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Director/Cinematographer/Editor Edward A. Burger Producer Chad Pankewitz Print Source Cosmos Pictures Inc.

This meditative journey through the remote peaks, gorges and coves of China’s Zhongnan Mountains allows us a glimpse of the hidden lives of zealous students, gaunt hermits and wise masters following ancient Buddhist monastic traditions once thought to have disappeared forever. As Zen student, filmmaker and songwriter Edward A. Burger treks through the lush mountain terrain searching for wisdom, he studies scripture with a Chinese master; soaks up knowledge from saints and sages young and old, female and male; and learns ancient truths from poets and ascetics. Despite the great physical and mental hardships of this five-thousand-year-old solitary hermitage tradition, the monks’ single-minded devotion to liberation results in a tangible sense of joy and serenity, providing timeless insight for even the most modern among us into the causes of suffering—and the importance of finding freedom within our own hearts and minds, no matter what the circumstances. —N. Isaacs Presented in association with International Buddhist Film Festival

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Th e A r t of Breaking Up

FRANCE 2005 80 MINS

Friday Oct 7

9:15 PM

ART07R

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Saturday Oct 15

9:15 PM

ART15S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Michel Deville Producer Rosalinde Deville Cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn Editor Andréa Sedlachova Cast Emmanuelle Béart, Charles Bearling, Sara Forestier, Dominique Blanc, Mathieu Demy Print Source Films Distribution

A bouncing romp of a bedroom farce, this final film of veteran director Michel Deville takes full advantage of Emmanuelle Beart’s brimming energy, as the chanteuse Lucette, and the spot-on comic timing of the cast caught in her irresistible orbit. As an ex-husband, a wealthy suitor and an adoring journalist vie for her attention, Lucette reunites with Edouard, the lover she’s missed so fervently. But a circus of ringing bells and slamming chamber doors prevents Lucette from learning that her true love is attempting to break it off with her and marry the heiress Viviane that afternoon. And of course, Edouard is unaware Lucette has been engaged by Viviane’s mother to sing at the wedding. Lush costume design and a galloping musical score combine with flash pans, a permeable “fourth wall” and a playful sauciness à la Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones, as these memorable characters sweep us off our feet. —E. King

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Bea h : A Black Woman Speaks

US 2003 90 MINS

Saturday Oct 15

12:30 PM

BEAH15R

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Sunday Oct 16

5:15 PM

BEAH16S

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Director/Screenwriter LisaGay Hamilton Producers Neda Armian, Jonathan Demme, LisaGay Hamilton, Joe Viola Cinematographer Soronto Green Editor Kate Amend Print Source Women Make Movies

Focus: Fespaco/PRAI and Women Make Movies Beah Richards does speak—with passion, humor and a sense of ongoing struggle—about her journey from childhood in the segregated South to a legendary career as an actress, poet and activist. Widely recognized as Sidney Poitier’s mother in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, Richards fills the camera with her fiery presence in both interviews and excerpts from her stage and screen performances. Perhaps most remarkable are her performances of her own poetry: visionary, radical words which have brought audiences to their feet, and which triggered an FBI investigation during the 1950s and ’60s. Director LisaGay Hamilton, who met Richards on the set of Beloved, lets us into their frank conversations that range from the limitations of Hollywood roles for African American women to Richards’ resolute belief in the power of words. —A. Corbin

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Be d Sto r i es

RUSSIA 2004 70 MINS

Friday Oct 7

9:45 PM

BED07R

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Sunday Oct 9

6:45 PM

BED09R

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Director Kirill Serebrennikov Producers Ilya Khzghanovsky, Alexander Dullerain Screenwriters The Presnyakov Brothers Cinematographer Sergei Astakhov Editors Alexei Beresnev, Boris Taloverov Cast Alexander Sirin, Iya Savvina, Marina Golub, Natalia Kolyakanova Print Source Intercinema XXI Century

In this series of seven interwoven stories, acclaimed Russian stage director Kirill Serebrennikov follows in the tradition of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, delving into the myriad ways that human lives are intricately connected yet perpetually isolated. Shot within the confines of the most private spaces—a soldier’s bunk, a hotel room, the boudoir of a wellkept wife—Bed Stories alternates between claustrophobia and intimacy as everyday dramas unfold via tragicomic misfires and miscommunications. From a middle-aged man browbeaten by his invalid mother, to a videotaped seduction gone horribly wrong, each vignette presents the bed as the focal point for our most basic emotions, the twilit relationship between love and death in all their gradations. As the ties (familial, sexual, or otherwise) between them are slowly revealed, the characters’ collective loneliness is not alleviated but rather deepens with an unspoken pathos that’s achingly recognizable. —A. Balkrishna

Be e n R i c h A l l M y L i fe

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US 2005 82 MINS

Tuesday Oct 11

7:15 PM

BEEN11S

Sequoia

Wednesday Oct 12

9:15 PM

BEEN12T

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Director/Producer Heather Lyn MacDonald Cinematographers Heather Lyn MacDonald, Jon Miller Editors Heather Lyn MacDonald, BB Jorissen Print Source Toots Crackin Productions

Meet the Silver Belles, the classiest, sassiest Harlem chorus girls ever to grace the stage . . . then and now. Ranging in age from 84 to 96, the women of this affectionate, be-bopping documentary are still dancing, relishing life and sharing a friendship that makes it all worthwhile. Weaving together their life stories—their glory days as the original 1930s Apollo Theatre Rockettes; working alongside the likes of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald; USO tours and wartime work as barmaids and ship welders—director Heather Lyn McDonald conveys how deeply their art has kept these funny, passionate, fiercely independent women connected to each other and to the world around them. Newsreels and vintage stills illuminate their tales, creating a vivid picture of the past, while current rehearsals, performances and laughter-and-tears moments form an intimate, lovely portrait of a group of artists gleaming in their golden years. —D. Quinones Sponsored by Coldwell Banker

Be r ke l ey

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US 2005 87 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

6:45 PM

BERK08S

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Tuesday Oct 11

6:15 PM

BERK11R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Bobby Roth Producers Jeff White, Bobby Roth Cinematographer Steve Burns Editors Carsten Becker, Emily Wallin Cast Nick Roth, Laura Jordan, Henry Winkler, Sarah Carter, Tom Morello, Bonnie Bedelia, Sebastian Tillinger, Wade Allain-Marcus, Sarah Bibb, Thomas Gibson Print Source Jungnrestless Films

Shot on location, Berkeley flows with energy, ideas and music that capture the excitement and danger of an iconic time and place. It’s 1968, and a world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll explodes around Ben Sweet, a clean-cut freshman at Cal. During class he studies math and literature, but it’s in the real world, among a colorful crew of new friends and lovers, where Ben’s true education occurs. Filmmaker Bobby Roth (Jack the Dog, MVFF 2001) has mined further into his life story to produce this vibrant portrait of a young man’s search for truth, love and meaning amid a cultural revolution, “. . . not because I thought myself so remarkable, but because I thought I was so very much a symbol of my generation.” Roth’s son, Nick, is Ben, adding a final touch of verisimilitude to this personal homage to a momentous era and the people who lived it. —B. Peterson Sponsored by The Richmonds, Jane and Peter

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NETHERLANDS 2004 76 MINS

4:15 PM

BLUE11R

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Director Mijke de Jong Producer Hans de Wolf Screenwriter Heleen van der Meulen Cinematographer Goert Giltay Editor Dorith Vinke Cast Elske Rotteveel, Kees Scholten, Elsie de Brauw, Jaap Spijkers, Bright O’Richards Print Source Bonded Services

In Dutch with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. Merel is

not a typical target for bullies. She is well liked in school, talented in her diving class and active in a local teen production of Turandot. In addition, she is the main form of entertainment for her adopted little brother, who is severely handicapped. Nevertheless, this lively yet bookish girl is plagued by a gang of boys and girls who are making her life miserable. Director Mijke de Jong deftly tackles a common theme with uncommon restraint, allowing her extraordinary lead actress, Elske Rotteveel, to shine. In a performance worthy of an Academy Award®, Rotteveel makes even the simplest gesture profound; just as Merel’s life seems to unravel around her, she surprises us with a gentle strength of spirit. Ages 9+ —J. Morrison Sponsored by Comcast

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Mill Valley Film Festival TURKEY 2004 101 MINS

Tuesday Oct 11

9 PM

BOAT11R

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Wednesday Oct 12

8:30 PM

BOAT12S

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Director/Screenwriter Ahmet Uluçay Producer Serkan Çakarer Cinematographer Ilker Berke Editors Senad Preseva, Mustafa Preseva Cast Ismail Hakki Taslak, Kadir Kaymaz, Gülayse Erkoç, Boncuk Yilmaz, Hasbiye Gunay Print Source IFR A.S.

A Turkish 400 Blows, Director Ahmet Uluçay’s clever first feature tells the coming-of-age story of two friends whose passion for cinema is unstoppable. Recep and Mehmet dream of being film directors, but Recep’s apprenticeship to a watermelon vendor and Mehmet’s to an abusive barber yield little money, so the movie camera in a shop window is only a dream. Undaunted, they build a projector out of wood and a battery-run lamp, and manually pull scavenged filmstrips through the gate, trying to achieve the mystical formula of 24 frames per second. Along the way, Recep falls in love with a haughty town beauty who refuses to return his affection, and Mehmet reluctantly acts as the liaison for his smitten friend. Shot in the director’s own village of Tepecek, Boats out of Watermelon Rinds gives us a rare peek into rural Turkish culture and a reminder, perhaps, of our own adolescent dreams. —S. Handsher Sponsored by Bellam Self-Storage & Boxes

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Brick

US 2005 119 MINS

Friday Oct 14

9 PM

BRIC14S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

7:45 PM

BRIC16R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Rian Johnson Producer Ram Bergman Cinematographer Steve Yedlin Cast Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Megan Good, Noah Segan, Nora Zehetner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emilie de Ravin Print Source Focus Features

A buzz-generating entry at Sundance this year, Brick won its first-time writer-director a Special Jury Prize for originality of vision. And what a vision it is—a dizzying amalgam of film noir tropes, classic detective-story banter, contemporary stylized visuals and a heavy dose of dark humor. Despite its high school setting, the film’s stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Third Rock from the Sun) and Lukas Haas (Witness), are all grown up and give inspired performances as Brendan, a fast-talking loner who begins a relentless search to solve the murder of the girl he loves, and The Pin, a 26-year-old drug dealer living in his mother’s basement. Twisting familiar character types in unexpected ways, Brick makes a fascinating and completely fresh study of contemporary teen angst. Along with the ultracool visuals and music, the film’s biggest draw is the revelation of Rian Johnson, whose debut promises more great things to come. —D. Quinones Sponsored by WIRED magazine

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B r i d e of Silence

VIETNAM/GERMANY 2005 114 MINS

Tuesday Oct 11

6:15 PM

BRID11S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

4 PM

BRID16R

Rafael

Directors Doan Minh Phuong, Doan Thanh Nghia Producer/Screenwriter Doan Minh Phuong Cinematographer Mak Hoi Man Editor Matt Villa Cast Truong Ngoc Anh, Truong Huu Quy, Nguyen Manh Thang Print Source Moonfish Films

The brother-sister directing team of Doan Thanh Nghia and Doan Minh Phuong conjures a long-ago, precolonial Vietnam of tiny villages and verdant forests that is glorious both to look at and listen to—the soundtrack is a luscious blend of Bach, traditional Vietnamese music and the deeply hypnotic buzz of the surrounding natural world. Ly An, a willful young unmarried woman, has been secretly slipping away from her village and is ostracized when she becomes pregnant, an unforgivable, and cruelly punishable, crime. Many years later, her child, now a young man, asks his stepfather to tell him about the mother he barely knew. Photographed with startling beauty, the film unfolds in overlapping flashbacks as young Hien spends years searching for his mother’s identity. The stories of mother and son blend past and present into a sad and vivid legend as Bride of Silence superbly evokes a myth in the making. —T. Booth Sponsored by THE SAK

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Th e B r i d ge So Far : A Suspense Stor y Saturday Oct 8

12 PM

US 2005 56 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 86 MINS

BRDG08S

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Director/Producer David L. Brown Screenwriter Stephen Most Cinematographers Vicente Franco, Dave Drum Editors Tal Skloot, Steven Baigel, Shirley Gutierrez Print Source David L. Brown Productions

Millions of dollars and thousands of lives at stake, catastrophic natural disaster looming in the not-too-distant future— the hallmarks of the thriller apply to the very current San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge’s eastern span affair, swirling in controversy 15 years after the bridge’s partial collapse during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Exposing forces behind outrageous delays and cost overruns, The Bridge So Far presents with coherence and humor a debacle that seems impossibly absurd, convoluted and without end. Originally conceived of by Emperor Norton, a Gold Rush tycoon who subsequently went broke and lost his mind, the Bay Bridge seems to embody Norton’s spirit, and madness reigns while everyone hopes the Big One won’t strike until the new span is completed. —T. Lopez Preceded by My Eyes Were Fresh, The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann Director Jane Reed

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US 2005 30 MINS San Francisco’s fascinating history is brought into focus through Gutmann’s impressive work.

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B rot h e r l y Ja zz : Th e M u s i c a n d Sto r i es of Pe rcy, J i m my a n d A l b e r t “ To ot i e” H ea th

US 2005 73 MINS

Friday Oct 7

7:15 PM

BROT07S

Sequoia

Saturday Oct 8

9:30 PM

BROT08T

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Director/Cinematographer/Editor Jesse Block Producer Danny Scher Print Source TeleVisual Studios

In jazz, as in baseball and haute cuisine, the most consistently reliable performers are often overshadowed by mediaanointed superstars or this year’s model. So it is with the Heath Brothers, the legendary Philadelphia triumvirate of jazz. Together and apart, these unassuming professional musicians have lent their talents to an amazing array of wonderful albums, including the Modern Jazz Quartet. Local filmmaker Jesse Block’s joyful tribute (produced by fellow Bay Area resident and renowned music man Danny Scher, who originated the project in his backyard) exudes affection and low-key mastery, blending upbeat interviews with invigorating music. The Heath Brothers may not swing as hard as they once did, but that’s only because—like veteran shortstops or chefs—they’ve eliminated all unnecessary motion. —M. Fox Sponsored by Subaru

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FRANCE/LUXEMBOURG/GERMANY/UK/AUSTRIA 2005 99 MINS

Friday Oct 14

8:45 PM

BYE14R

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Sunday Oct 16

1:30 PM

BYE16R

Rafael

Director Robinson Savary Producer Jani Thiltges Screenwriter Arif Ali Shah Cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne Cast James Thiérée, Izabella Miko, Derek Jacobi, Jodhi May, Michael Lonsdale Print Source Samsa Film

This period drama set in the early years of the 20th century features a bravura performance by James Thiérrée (grandson of the late great Charlie Chaplin), who choreographed the thrilling aerial sequences and shares with his legendary forebear a prodigious gift for physical business. Thiérrée plays Josef, a former construction worker who delighted in dancing on girders high above the city but who now sweeps up at the circus. Once the big top’s owner spots the young roustabout defying gravity on the trapeze, however, he endeavors to pair Josef with his aerialist daughter Alice in a perilous sky-high pas de deux. First-time feature director Robinson Savary deftly offers a romantic view of big top life, with a poetic sensibility that speaks to the heart. Enhanced by cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne’s incandescent compositions, the graceful young actor is mesmerizing and heartbreaking, the very picture of a motheaten angel in his feathered, tattered costume. —P. Grady Sponsored by Marin Independent Journal

Th e Ca l i fo r n i a n s

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US 2005 91 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

2 PM

CALI08S

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Wednesday Oct 12

6 PM

CALI12R

Rafael

Director Jonathan Parker Producers/Screenwriters Jonathan Parker, Catherine di Napoli Cinematographer Steven Fierberg Editor Rick Le Compte Cast Noah Wyle, Illeana Douglas, Kate Mara, Cloris Leachman, Keith Carradine, Valerie Perrine, Joanne Whalley, Jane Lynch Print Source Parker Film Company

The hills of Marin County are alive with the sounds of bulldozers and protest songs in Jonathan Parker’s winning and witty adaptation of Henry James’ satirical novel The Bostonians, shot on location throughout Marin. Developer Gavin Ransom (Noah Wyle) and his environmentalist sister, Olive (Illeana Douglas), are squaring off over Gavin’s controversial plan to create a coastal tract of McMansions, when they meet Zoe Tripp (Kate Mara), a vibrant young folksinger who’s come to protest the planned project. Brother and sister both become infatuated with Tripp, and their battle for her affection leads each of them into deep water, emotionally and politically. The story’s updated scenario, from the women’s suffrage movement of the 1890s to the current eco-wars over development, provides director Parker with plenty of ripe targets for satire. Abetted by a top-notch cast, he succeeds in gently lampooning both sides of the struggle. —P. Moore Sponsored by Marin Acura

Ca r pa t i a

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GERMANY/AUSTRIA 2004 127 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

12 PM

CARP09R

Rafael

Thursday Oct 13

9 PM

CARP13S

Sequoia

Directors/Producers/Screenwriters/Editors Andrzej Klamt, Ulrich Rydzewski Cinematographer Ulrich Rydzewski Print Source Hektor + Rydzewski GmbH

At the meeting points of Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Ukraine lies a rugged, isolated stretch of land unknown to tourists and forgotten by time. This fascinating snapshot of life in the region’s small towns and villages is Andrzej Klamt and Ulrich Rydzewski’s captivating vérité update of a vintage German “mountain film,” painting poetic portraits of the landscapes and personalities that make up this rural Eastern European intersection. Everyone gets to speak his piece, from street musicians and carnival magicians to the gypsies, rabbis, cowboys and others who populate the area’s rustic hamlets. The harsh climate and hand-to-mouth daily living may not make this terra incognita a Shangri-La, but the quiet dignity and reserve of the people nips all maudlin sentimentality in the bud. “For me, this isn’t the middle of nowhere,” one of the subjects proudly says, “this is the place that I call home.” —D. Fear Presented in association with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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Da l e ca r l ians

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Mill Valley Film Festival SWEDEN 2004 98 MINS

Friday Oct 14

6:30 PM

DALE14R

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Sunday Oct 16

12 PM

DALE16S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Maria Blom Producer Lars Jönsson Cinematographer Peter Mokrosinski Editors Petra Ahlin, Michal Leszczylowski Cast Sofia Helin, Kajsa Ernst, Ann Petrén, Lars G. Aronsson, Barbro Enberg, Joakim Lindberg Print Source Swedish Film Institute

When unmarried thirty-something urbanite Mia (Sofia Helin) reluctantly returns to her hometown of Dalarna, in rural Sweden, to attend her father’s 70th birthday celebration, her re-entry causes turbulence throughout the village. The provincial townspeople overwhelm her and she is at odds with her two older sisters, both mothers, one deeply resentful and the other ditzy and newly divorced. Outrageous amounts of alcohol fuel arguments, entanglements and revelations, reminiscent of Thomas Vinterburg’s masterful The Celebration, with its inebriated indiscretions during a party. Director Maria Blom wades confidently into the fray, drawing a rich portrait of small-town life and expertly blending genres, revealing a penchant for dark humor as she lightens the dramatic load with small comedic moments and intimate familial scenes. Brilliant performances by its excellent ensemble cast highlight the sharp edges of this tragicomedy that turns the Wolfian dictum “you can’t go home again” on its head. —R. Armstrong

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Da l l a s A mong Us

HUNGARY/GERMANY/AUSTRIA 2005 93 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

4:30 PM

DALL08S

Sequoia

Thursday Oct 13

6 PM

DALL13R

Rafael

Director Robert Adrian Pejo Producer Lá Szló Ra’ntor Screenwriters G. Csemer, Adrian Robert Pejo Cinematographer Vivi Dragan Vasile Editor Rèka Lemhènyi Print Source Magyar Filmunió

Love and community somehow survive a precarious balance of poverty, hope and cynicism in this beautifully shot, darkly humorous tale of life on the edge in contemporary Romania. Radu, a young Roma teacher living in the city, returns home to bury his father. Home is Dallas, as it’s referred to by its Roma inhabitants, a shantytown situated next to a toxic trash dump where the residents work for a living. Though he wants to return to the city as soon as possible, Radu is instead drawn back into the world of his hometown, reencountering his first love, Oana, and slowly shedding his city ways, eventually entangling himself with the villagers’ fate and confronting his own. Reminiscent of Slavic filmmaker Emir Kusturica’s best work, Pejo’s satire of Eastern Bloc corruption and social rot treats its community of hustlers and glue-sniffing teens with both affection and acidic wit as it cuts to the bone. —D. Fear

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D e l we n d e

BURKINA FASO/FRANCE 2005 90 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

7:45 PM

DELW09R

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Thursday Oct 13

8:45 PM

DELW13S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter S. Pierre Yaméogo Producers S. Pierre Yaméogo, Pierre-Alain Meier Cinematographer Jürg Hassler Editor JeanChristophe Ané Cast Blandine Yaméogo, Claire Ilboudo, Célestin Zongo Print Source New Yorker Films

The intertwined stories of a mother and daughter caught in crises that force them to face their lot as women in a rural village are powerfully rendered by lead actresses Claire Ilboudo and Blandine Yaméogo, whose characters confront injustice exacerbated by the manipulation of traditional beliefs. Pougbila (Ilboudo) suffers an untenable situation that is compounded by the mysterious deaths of several children in the village. Witchcraft is suspected, and after Pougbila is dispatched to an early marriage in a neighboring village, ostensibly for her protection, her mother, Napoko (Yaméogo), is identified as the witch and banished. Pougbila then sets out to find her mother in the city and encounters a world starkly different from the villages she knows. As she scours women’s shelters in search of Napoko, Pougbila grows into the righteous strength she has inherited from her mother. Underscored by Wasis Diop’s beautiful soundtrack, director S. Pierre Yaméogo’s vision of contemporary Africa is compelling viewing. —Z. Elton Sponsored by Gordon Radley

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Th e D ev il’s Miner

GERMANY/US 2005 82 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

1 PM

DEVI08R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 9

3:30 PM

DEVI09T

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Directors/Producers Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani Cinematographer Richard Ladkani Editor Kief Davidson Print Source Emerging Pictures

Fourteen-year-old Basilio is the main breadwinner in his family and one of 800 Indio children who work alongside the men digging silver out of Bolivia’s Cerro Rico mountains. The mines are an exceedingly nasty place, with 24hour shifts of exploding dynamite, lung-coating dust and hurtling wagons. The workers and their families trust God to protect them on the outside, but they believe the mines are the domain of the devil, Tio, whom they venerate with effigies and offerings in each of the 500 tunnels that honeycomb the mountain. Basilio’s dreams extend far beyond Cerro Rico, but his future is hardly assured: He’s already worked in the mines for two years with no end in sight. Co-directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani have crafted a sobering film without a whiff of cheap sympathy or political polemic. Above all, their portrait is infused with the resilience and optimism of youth. —M. Fox Sponsored by KQED

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D i ffe re nt D r u m m e rs Sunday Oct 9

TOTAL PROGRAM 82 MINS

5:30 PM

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This septet of shorts sizzles with the wit, whimsy and wherewithal of the iconoclasts whose lives form the centerpiece of each tale. Theo Lipfert’s Taubman Sucks (7 mins) soliloquizes on the ethics of globalization, while Renate Fleischer’s Fast Crapper (7 mins) celebrates the idiosyncrasies of small-town life. Erin Hudson and Ben Wu’s Unhitched (13 mins) explores a community of mobile-home residents struggling to survive among the upwardly mobile, and Beth Armstrong’s Passion With a Pedigree (6 mins) honors the ageless tradition of true love Down Under. Leah Wolchok’s City of Mermaids (16 mins) takes us to Weekiwachee Spring, Florida, to meet a group of sexy senior sirens of the deep and Nancy Kelly’s Smitten (29 mins) presents Northern California’s most eccentric and ebullient art-lover, Rene di Rosa, and his magnificent collection. Samantha Rebillet’s Butterfly Man (6 mins) closes the show with a tender look at a man beginning to emerge from his cocoon. —K. Davis Presented in association with Marin Arts Council valley of the docs

Drum

US/SOUTH AFRICA 2004 94 MINS

Friday Oct 14

6:15 PM

DRUM14R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 16

2:15 PM

DRUM16S

Sequoia

Director Zola Maseko Producers Chris Sievernich, Dumisani Dlamini, Rudolf Wichmann Screenwriter Jason Filardi Cinematographer Lisa Rinzler Editor Troy Takaki Cast Taye Diggs, Jason Flemyng, Gabriel Mann, Tumisho Masha, Moshidi Motshegwa, Tanya Baleson Print Source Armada Pictures International

Focus: Fespaco/PRAI Sophiatown, South Africa, in the mid-50s: an interracial oasis of musicians, gangsters and hipsters; home to the likes of Henry Nxumalo (Taye Diggs), sportswriter for the magazine Drum, and his friends, such as the charismatic young political activist Nelson Mandela. Nxumalo’s world revolves around the seductions of nightclub life—to the frustration of his otherwise adoring wife (beautifully portrayed by Moshidi Motshegwa). Everything changes when he volunteers for an undercover assignment as a farm laborer for a brutal white boss. His subsequent exposé of the appalling conditions he experiences projects him and the magazine—along with his editor and German photographer-sidekick, both white—into the front lines of the growing resistance to apartheid. Based on a real-life story, director Zola Maseko’s impressive debut feature is a portrait of courage, interracial camaraderie and transcendence in adversity, superbly filtered through the tale of Nxumalo’s transformation from hedonist to investigative journalist par excellence. —Z. Elton

E l l e kt ra

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BELGIUM/GERMANY/NETHERLANDS 2005 103 MINS

Tuesday Oct 11

8:45 PM

ELLE11S

Sequoia

Saturday Oct 15

5:30 PM

ELLE15R

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Director/Producer Rudolf Mestdagh Screenwriters Daniel Lamberts, Rudolf Mestdagh Cinematographer Danny Elsen Editor Jan Hammeuw Cast Axelle Red, Gert Portael, Serge-Henri Valcke, Matthias Schoenaerts Print Source Cosmo Kino

This provocative postmodern allegory unfolds most potently in the gritty panache of its visuals. During the opening credits, a pair of long silver shears tear violently into newsprint, showing us what the characters will soon learn: In this world, cuts happen fast and unexpectedly, and they transform us irrevocably. Set in a mobster-controlled Brussels that has never looked more shell-shocked and decadent, Ellektra shuffles a dozen unconnected lives like a lurid, stacked deck of cards; each person meets his or her unique fate and loses “the thing you love most.” A mother loses her child, a DJ his hearing, a perfumer his nose and, with gut-wrenching swiftness, all tumble headlong into the film’s central dilemma: How do you cope with such damage? In the end, a binder of newspaper clippings, gathered by the elusive Ellen, holds the answer to how these lost souls might bind and heal their wounds. —J. Campbell

Th e Fa k i r

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DENMARK 2004 90 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

11:30 AM

FAKI08S

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Wednesday Oct 12

4 PM

FAKI12R

Rafael

Director Peter Flinth Producers Tivi Magnusson, Mie Andreasen Screenwriter Mette Heeno Cinematographer Eric Kress Editor Mogens Hagedorn Christiansen Cast Sidse Babett Knudsen, Moritz Bleibtreu, Julie Zangenberg, Aksel Leth, Ole Thestrup, Lisa Nilsson, Fares Fares, Peter Gantzler, Ashwani Chopra Print Source Danish Film Institute

In Danish with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. A series

of unfortunate events befalls twins Emma and Tom when their father is killed and their mother relocates them to a small town where the local realtor/undertaker giddily signs a creaky, creepy mansion over to them. Soon they discover they are not alone . . . and the fun begins, in this sweetly off-kilter adventure that mixes magic, mystery and a big dollop of dark humor. Once in the house, the twins begin to uncover its secrets—not the least of which is Lombardo, a Spanish magician clamoring for release from a pen he’s been trapped in for 50 years. When a pair of jewel thieves make a menacing appearance, the resourceful siblings join forces with Lombardo and pull out all the stops to protect their new home and, ultimately, make their family happy and whole again. Ages 7+ —D. Quinones Presented in association with the Danish Consulate

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Fa te l ess

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Mill Valley Film Festival HUNGARY 2005 130 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

5:45 PM

FATE09R

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Monday Oct 10

8:15 PM

FATE10R

Rafael

Director Lajos Koltai Producer Handras Hamori Screenwriter Imre Kértesz Cinematographer Gyuda Pados Editor Hajanl Sello Cast Marcell Nagy, Áron Dimény, András M. Kecskés, József Gyabronka, Endre Harkányi, Daniel Craig Print Source THINKFilm

Special Screening Exquisitely modulated and with exceptional performances, this masterpiece of cinema emerges

as a genuinely new way of looking at the Holocaust, speaking to a more profound dimension of the human condition. The film is based on the 2002 Nobel laureate Imre Kertész’s moving novel about his endurance of German concentration camps as a 14-year-old boy, and his attempts after the war to reconcile his experiences. Told from the point of view of a young boy, the story opens in Budapest, where the boy’s extended family watches as his father is shipped off to what they believe is a forced labor camp. Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Lajos Koltai (associated with director Istvan Szabo’s Mephisto, Sunshine and Being Julia) makes a grand directorial debut, demonstrating equal expertise with intimate character development and large-scale tableaux. —J. Plotkin Sponsored by Gruber Family Foundation

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Fo r ty S hades of Blue Friday Oct 7

US 2005 107 MINS

9:30 PM

FORT07S

Sequoia

Director Ira Sachs Producers Margot Bridger, Ira Sachs, Mary Bing, Jawal Nga, Donald Rosenfeld Screenwriters Ira Sachs, Michael Rohatyn Cinematographer Julian Whatley Editor Affonso Goncalves Cast Rip Torn, Dina Korzun, Darren Burrows, Paprika Steen, Red West, Jenny O’Hara, Jerry Chipman, Andrew Henderson Print Source Capital Ent/First Look Pictures

Soaked in smoky R&B and deep soul grooves, Forty Shades of Blue tells the story of Laura, a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older legendary music producer. In bars and bedrooms a love triangle forms, the film following Laura’s gradual estrangement in the wake of her ill-fated affair with her lover’s alienated son. As buried emotions burn their way to the surface, the characters reveal not only private anguish but a profound search for inner peace. Rip Torn is mesmerizing in a brilliant performance reminiscent of his work in edgy ’70s films like Payday and Coming Apart. Winner of the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Forty Shades of Blue is a multilayered, exquisite illumination of the hearts and souls of three tangled lives. —J. Shepard Sponsored by SAGIndie

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Fr i s b e e : The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher

US 2005 95 MINS

Wednesday Oct 12

7:15 PM

FRIS12S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

4 PM

FRIS16T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Cinematographer David Di Sabatino Editor Ron Zauneker Print Source Jester Media

One of the most fascinating, enigmatic characters to grace a movie screen this year, Lonnie Frisbee was a charismatic Pied Piper who found God as a teenager, gave up LSD and became one of the original Jesus freaks. His story corkscrews from Orange County to the Haight to a homemade seminary in Novato and back to Southern California, where his talent with young people manifested itself in enormous growth in the Calvary Chapel and Vineyard church movements. A true believer of uncommon integrity, Frisbee was also a conflicted gay man whose homosexuality proved a revelation that his church could not abide. Frisbee was asked to leave his ministry, and, more than a decade after his death from AIDS, he has been erased from history or simply forgotten. Propelled by a touching soundtrack of vintage Christian folk-rock, David Di Sabatino’s remarkably evenhanded “Bible story” examines a key chapter in California spirituality with passion and insight. —M. Fox

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Froze n Angels

US/GERMANY/FRANCE 2005 92 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

3:45 PM

FROA09S

Sequoia

Monday Oct 10

6 PM

FROA10R

Rafael

Directors/Producers Eric Black, Frauke Sandig Cinematographer Eric Black Editor Silke Botsch Print Source Umbrella Films

What would humanity look like if we could choose our offsprings’ genetic makeup—or at least their appearance? It’s already underway. In our increasingly tech-tailored world, the degree to which reproduction is customized (mostly in the form of blond hair and blue eyes) shouldn’t be shocking, but it is. Set in Los Angeles—identified as the fertility capital of the world—this visually stunning film reads reality as science fiction in its thorough examination of reproduction technology, from surrogacy to egg donation to choosing the sex of fetuses. Candid stories from all sides emerge through an interweave of interviews, cinema vérité and shots of dark urban landscapes. While it’s understood that children are gifts no matter how they get here, questions about mortality and issues of race, class and globalism come together here to create a portrait of reproduction in the balance. —C. Lozano

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Froze n L a n d

FINLAND 2005 124 MINS

Thursday Oct 13

9:30 PM

FROL13R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

2:45 PM

FROL15R

Rafael

Director Aku Louhimies Producer Markus Selin Screenwriters Aku Louhimies, Jari Rantala Cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen Editor Samu Heikkila Cast Jasper Paakkonen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola, Petteri Summanen Matleena Kuushiemi, Mikko Kouki Print Source The Finnish Film Foundation

A hot 500 Euro note ignites a string of interwoven tales in this negative “pay it forward” story that tracks near misses and bullseye hits in the gritty, icy streets of Helsinki. Niko, son of an unemployed professor, kicks off the downward spiral, using his best friend Tuomas’ computer hacker tools to forge the money, which subsequently lands petty criminal Isto in jail. Isto’s high jinks cannot be contained, but the comedy becomes a bit skewed when he meets a recovering-alcoholic vacuum salesman who falls off the wagon with a vengeance. Policewoman Hannele arrives at the scene to help. An unhappy mother with a disempowered professor husband, Hannele crosses paths with Tuomas, and their lives, as well as Niko’s, are changed forever. Director Aku Louhimies (Lovers and Leavers, MVFF 2003) employs semi-improvised dialogue and gripping visuals to guide his characters through the depths. —E. King

Th e G i r l f ro m Au sc hw i tz Saturday Oct 8

3 PM

world cinema

SWEDEN 2005 76 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 106 MINS

GIRL08R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Stefan Jarl Cinematographer Haldor Gunnarsson Print Source Stefan Jarl AB

Against a backdrop of searing historical footage lyrically interwoven with images of daily struggle in contemporary Israel, we meet Cordelia Edvardson, a journalist, author and Auschwitz survivor who has dedicated her career to exposing injustice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a child in Auschwitz she learned a terrible lesson: “You have to care, or else you’ll die.” As an adult, Edvardson left a life in Sweden to take up her self-appointed task in Jerusalem. Renowned documentary filmmaker Stefan Jarl has created an unusually sensitive film that sounds out deep resonances as it moves carefully among Edvardson’s camp experience, Jarl’s own understanding of the Holocaust and Edvardson’s efforts to address oppression today. —M. Simon Preceded by Poumy Director Sam Ball FRANCE/US 2004 30 MINS Extraordinary circumstances turn an ordinary young French Jewish mother into an ardent member of the underground resistance.

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Presented in association with the Swedish Consulate

G i r l f r i e n d , So m e o n e P l ea se Sto p t h e World Friday Oct 7

7:30 PM

GIRF07R

JAPAN 2004 105 MINS

Rafael

Director Ryuichi Hiroki Screenwriter Shotaro Oikawa Cinematographer Kazuhiro Suzuki Editor Junichi Kikuchi Cast Kinuo Yamada, Aoba Kawai, Tomorrowo Taguchi Print Source Open Sesame Co., Ltd.

This visually haunting, beautiful character study follows the intimate, complex connection of two young Japanese women. Kyoko is a photographer in search of a subject; Miho, a hairdresser in search of her father. From the moment they meet, when Kyoko asks Miho to pose, these dynamic women form a bond that transcends the pain and confusion of their respective realities. The fragmented story is built around distinct moments in time, the camera capturing the young women as they navigate the delicate world around them. Director Hiroki combines still photographs and long stretches of film without dialogue to create a dreamy, hypnotic collage that unfolds like a distant memory. With subtle, stunning performances from the two lead actresses and a fascinating focus on the power of the camera eye, this film quietly becomes a stirring meditation on the power of love and friendship that resonates well after the final frame. —B. Peterson

G u e r n sey

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BELGIUM/NETHERLANDS 2005 90 MINS

Friday Oct 7

9 PM

GUER07R

Rafael

Tuesday Oct 11

9:30 PM

GUER11S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Nanouk Leopold Producers Stienette Bosklopper, Rudolf Mestdagh Cinematographer Richard Van Oosterhout Editor Katarina Wartena Cast Fedja van Huêt, Maria Kraakman, Johannater Steege, Frank Vercruyssen Print Source Holland Film

With visual self-assurance and narrative skill, Nanouk Leopold wastes not a syllable but lets elegant, moody image after image build to tell her story. In this way, we come to occupy the same watchful position as the film’s protagonist, Anna, an international aid worker who travels every few weeks to Egypt, leaving her husband and son at home in Holland. On one trip, Anna discovers the suicide of a co-worker whom everyone, even the co-worker’s husband, thought was happy. This leads Anna to begin questioning her own closest relationships—what secrets, if any, lurk there, unspoken and hidden behind the facade of pleasantries? Guernsey explores the sometimes vast, silent terrain that can develop in long-term relationships, and it does so in the language of glances and gestures that so often substitute for conversation. It is, in other words, that cinematic rarity: a picture really worth a thousand late-night talks. —J. Campbell

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Th e H i De Ho Show

no.

28

Mill Valley Film Festival

Saturday Oct 8

10 PM

HIDE08S

Sequoia

MVFF’s musicologist in residence, grand vizier of the vox populi and über-meister of all things—well, all culturally eclectic things—returns to Mill Valley with the Hi De Ho Show. This year, John Goddard promises to reveal his take on the ’60s, that pivotal decade that made the twentieth century come of age, ready or not. This selection from Goddard’s personal video archive will be an array of gems from the bobby-sox-and-blue-jeans innocence of the early part of the decade to the decadence of flower power and psychedelia. Whether you lived, cruised, slept or surfed through the ’60s; whether you weren’t born yet; or whether you just can’t remember . . . this year’s Hi De Ho show celebrates an incredible time in our musical and cultural lives. After all, it’s the era that took us from Venus in Blue Jeans to Careful With That Axe, Eugene—in a single decade. Don’t miss it! —Z. Elton Sponsored by Tureaud Events

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H i d d e n Flaws

NETHERLANDS 2004 92 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

1:30 PM

HIDD09S

Sequoia

Director Paula van der Oest Producers Jacqueline de Goeij, Bob Last Screenwriter Tamara Bos Cinematographer Bert Pot Editor Sander Vos Cast Henry Orri, Priscilla Knetemann, Bram van den Hooven Print Source Holland Film

When a shroud of mist off the coast of Scotland parts to reveal her ferry from the Netherlands, Agnes, clutching the urn containing her brother, is shaken from troubled memories to find two children hiding in her car. Runaway Chrissy is fiercely protective of her little brother and only warily accepts the shelter of Agnes’ childhood summer home. Despite a 60-year age gap, these two begin to uncover what they have in common, including a complex relationship each had with an older brother. What the young girl is running from, and what Agnes cannot face, is the link holding together this tenuous connection, but when their cottage hideaway is threatened, an instinctive struggle to defend each other has tragic consequences. Director Paula van der Oest (Oscar®-nominated Zus and Zo) draws flawless performances from young and old, bringing these complex characters into their own in gorgeous, widescreen Scotland. —E. King Sponsored by Crystal Geyser

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H i g hway Cour tesans Saturday Oct 15

US/INDIA 2005 71 MINS

3 PM

HIGH15R

Rafael

Director Mystelle Brabbeé Producers Mystelle Brabbeé, Anura Idupuga, Tom Donahue Cinematographers Mystelle Brabbeé, Todd Holmes, Craig McTurk, Purva Naresh Editor Todd Holmes Print Source Women Make Movies

Focus: Women Make Movies Bucking tradition is never easy, but in central India’s rural Bachara community, Guddi Chauhan finds it nearly impossible. Situated along a busy trucking route, Bachara has for centuries made prostitution its primary profession. When Guddi tries to reject the traditional fate of women in her village—a life, she says, “on the road to nowhere”—she faces ridicule and threats from the men closest to her. Alcoholism, AIDS and abuse complicate her already vulnerable position. Sensitively and beautifuly shot over a timespan of nearly 10 years, this powerful film records Guddi’s transformation from a 17-year-old girl loyally selling herself to support her family into a young woman determined to control her destiny. Highway Courtesans captures both resignation and hope in a region where fathers sell their daughters for sex and marriage, and offers rare perspective into this ancient community, whose very existence is challenged by the goal of a better life. —C. Lozano

valley of the docs

H o m e l a nd: Four Por traits of Native Action

US 2005 88 MINS

Wednesday Oct 12

9:15 PM

HOME12R

Rafael

Friday Oct 14

6:45 PM

HOME14T

142 Throckmorton

Director Roberta Grossman Producer Lisa B. Thomas Cinematographer Dyanna Taylor Editors Vivien Hillgrove, Blake West Print Source Katahdin Productions

According to Gwich’in Athabascan mythology, a piece of caribou heart lives inside every human heart, and a piece of human heart lives within every caribou one; in this way, each knows what the other is doing. This integrated worldview is Homeland’s central theme. A cinematic weaving together of the lives of indigenous peoples in disparate parts of the US—the Gwich’in Athabascan tribes of Alaska, the Northern Cheyenne in Montana, the Navajo in New Mexico and the Penobscot in Maine—Homeland argues that the fate of native peoples, and our own fate as well, depends on the outcome of their struggles for cultural and environment preservation against a formidable opponent: an alliance of corporations and the federal government. In four deeply moving tales, Homeland paints a powerful portrait of Native American activists fighting the “new Indian wars” over their homelands with skill and determined resistance. —S. Hollister Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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H o p p i ty G o es to Tow n Sunday Oct 9

11:30 AM

US 1941 78 MINS

HOPP09S

Sequoia

Director Dave Fleischer Print Source Paramount Repertory

Dave and Max Fleischer’s genius far exceeded the renown of their most popular characters, Popeye and Betty Boop. Opening a studio five years before Disney in 1915, Dave Fleischer developed the technique of “rotoscoping” live images, which turned them into animated ones and gave lifelike motion to the most basic characters. This new print (a stunning transfer originally done by UCLA Film Archives) of Hoppity Goes to Town, one of the studio’s best features, exemplifies the Fleischer Brothers’ sophisticated tone and exceptional storytelling. A village of insects in a city lot is threatened by construction. Hoppity, a Jimmy Stewart-like self-effacing hero who comes to the city to be with Honey Bee, gets embroiled in what amounts to a good old-fashioned real estate scandal. With swinging songs and a hive of great characters, Hoppity is fresh and classic, a real delight. All ages —J. Morrison Presented in association with Marin Country Day School

Im m e d i a te Boa rd i n g

children’s filmfest

SWEDEN 2003 89 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

10 AM

IMME09R

Rafael

Tuesday Oct 11

4 PM

IMME11R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Ella Lemhagen Producers Charlotta Denward, Tomas Michaelsson Cinematographer Anders Bohman Editor Malin Lindström Cast Amanda Davin, Helena AF Sandeberg, Jørgen Langhelle, Torkel Petersson Print Source Swedish Film Institute

In Swedish with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. Move

over Hayley Mills and Lindsay Lohan! Swedish tween Amanda Davin takes the classic Parent Trap dual role one better—she plays Julia, a smart-mouthed tomboy, and her (unrelated) look-alike, Martin, a shy piano prodigy. Total strangers who meet in a chance encounter at the airport as each is being sent off to visit the absent half of their divorced parents, they pull a sudden switcheroo and the fun begins: Impulsive Julia lands happily on Martin’s father’s pig farm, and straight-laced Martin is overwhelmed by the dazzling weirdness of life with Julia’s mom and the flashy TV-star “gladiator” she’s about to marry. Though the parents are delighted by their troublesome children’s seemingly new attitudes, things soon go haywire, until the eventual arrival at a happy ending, where the kids discover how much they are loved for who they really are. Ages 8+ —D. Quinones

In M e m o r y of M y Fa t h e r

children’s filmfest

US 2005 96 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

6 PM

INME08R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 9

4:15 PM

INME09R

Rafael

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Christopher Jaymes Cinematographer Abe Levy Editors Christopher Jaymes, Eric Cole Cast Jeremy Sisto, Christopher Jaymes, Judy Greer, Monet Mazur, Matt Keeslar, Eric Michael Cole, Pat Healy, Christine Lakin, Nicholle Tom Print Source TCDM & Associates

An aged Hollywood producer’s wake brings together his dysfunctional offspring for a marathon day of drug-taking, infidelity and amateur filmmaking. The youngest of the three grown sons, Chris (writer-producer-director Christopher Jaymes) has been charged by the now-deceased patriarch with documenting his death and its aftermath. Shot on handheld video, the film plays out as a more frenetic version of the Dogme 95 style, oscillating from moments of wild laughter to awkward tears. The oft-filmed premise is energized by a tender musical score from Scottish pop heroes Belle and Sebastian and by a quirky ensemble cast whose pitch-perfect improvisation lends a remarkable quality of authenticity to the faux-documentary aesthetic. In Memory of My Father will surely garner comparisons to Six Feet Under, not only due to Jeremy Sisto’s knockout performance, but also due to the film’s deceptively intelligent rendering of the innumerable transgressions that come with being human. —M. Talbott Sponsored by A Party Center

Th e I n co m pa ra b l e M i ss C . Sunday Oct 16

11 AM

us cinema

CANADA 2004 105 MINS

INCO16R

Rafael

Director Richard Ciupka Producers Jacques Bonin, Claude Veille Screenwriter Dominique Demers Cinematographer Steve Danyluk Editor Simon Webb Cast Marie-Chantal Perron, Pierre Lebeau Print Source Films Vision 4

In French with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. Life in a dreary town gets an unexpected but much-needed jolt when a postman’s mail sack lands in front of Miss C., and she becomes the self-appointed postlady—an excellent position from which to interfere in residents’ affairs and restore joy to their lives. Among those who need her aid are 12-year-old Léonie, who is angry and confused about her father’s disappearance; and Abraham and Napoléon, the repressed sons of a strait-laced prime minister who sees only life’s duties. Miss C. engages Léonie’s help in her mail deliveries, and together they bring the boys and their tutor, Timothée, out into the world. As this group turns its attention to restoring the town’s rundown theater, a devious gambling mogul, Mr. Moron, plots to expand his casino empire, with sinister implications for the town. Only Miss C. can stop him, and share with all her incomparable touch of “spling.” Ages 7+ —R. McNair

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I n n o ce nt Voices

no.

28

Mill Valley Film Festival MEXICO/US/PUERTO RICO 2004 120 MINS

Monday Oct 10

6:30 PM

INNO10C

Cinema

Director Luis Mandoki Producers Lawrence Bender, Luis Mandoki, Alejandro Soberon Kuri Screenwriters Oscar Torres, Luis Mandoki Cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchía Editor Aleshka Ferrero Cast Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Gustavo Muñoz, José María Yazpik, Ofelia Medina, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Jesus Ochoa Print Source BB Entertainment Marketing

At an age when most children are running carefree on a playground, Chava must agonize over the possibility of being drafted into war. El Salvador in the 1980s was a bloody battlefield and no place for an 11-year-old. Although he works to help his newly single mother and wants desperately to explore a crush on a pretty classmate, Chava’s innocence is threatened most by a corrupt government conscripting children to bolster its failing effort to suppress the FMLN peasant resistance. Despite a forbidden anthem of love and peace that reaches him via a treasured radio, there actually seems to be little hope for Chava. The remarkable script is based on the true story of writer Oscar Orlando Torres’ embattled childhood. With strong performances and a stunningly lush landscape, renowned Mexican director Luis Mandoki (When a Man Loves a Woman) superbly details the plight of child soldiers everywhere. —E. King Friend of the Festival Screening Free to members, ticket required Sponsored by Tamalpais Bank

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i Th e m ba | Hope

US 2005 58 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 84 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

5:15 PM

ITHE08T

142 Throckmorton

Wednesday Oct 12

7:15 PM

ITHE12R

Rafael

Directors Keefe Murren, Nelson Walker Producers Jason Harlow, Keefe Murren, Nelson Walker Cinematographers Keefe Murren, Brock Graham, Mary Molina, Mary Robertson Editor Lynn True Print Source Murren-Walker Films

As Zinhle, a young South African woman with AIDS, recounts her initial denial of the diagnosis and her subsequent antiretroviral treatment, we witness her evolution into a captivating spokeswoman and an inspiration to those around her. iThemba follows Zinhle as her HIV-positive Sinikithemba Choir travels to an international AIDS conference to perform and uplift—and to remind us that, as Zinhle declares, helping people is part of being human. —A. Corbin Preceded by Rosevelt’s America Directors Roger Weisberg, Tod Lending US 2004 26 MINS A new émigré from Liberia, Rosevelt Henderson notices aspects of America often overlooked—such as its peace and comparatively open middle class—and considers them a miracle. This hopeful yet very down-to-earth documentary lets its characters narrate their own ups and downs, including Rosevelt’s capricious employment situation and weekly phone calls with the wife he had to leave behind.

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Th e L a d y from Sockholm

US 2005 71 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 84 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

4:15 PM

LADY08R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

12 PM

LADY15T

142 Throckmorton

Directors Eddy Von Mueller, Evan Lieberman Producer/Screenwriter Lynn Lamousin Cinematographers Evan Lieberman, Jon Swindall Editors Jon Swindall, Jacob Gentry Cast Vince Tortorici, Chris Clabe, Eric Guins, Reay Kaplan, Melanie Parker, Annie Petere, R.T. Steckel, Melanie Walker, Evy Wright Print Source Kittyboy Creations, Inc.

It’s Wool War II and Knitler’s forces are on the march—out to unravel the tightknit operation of private eye Terrence M. Cotton. Ensnared by the villainous stinkers Big Toeny and Phoot Fung-us, Cotton tracks the disappearance of a stooge named Darnell and falls under the spell of femme fatale Heelda Brum in this absolutely delightful send-up of a 1940s film noir, enacted entirely by an all-star cast of thespian sock puppets! Hilarious scenes tread lightly and deftly on screen classics such as Double Indemnity, Chinatown, and of course Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai —but all film references aside, this one is pure pleasure for the whole family in a one-size-fits-all tale that spins a ripping good yarn. —K. Davis Preceded by The Blue Aspic Director Thomas J. Cabela

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US 2004 13 MINS A lugubrious, darkly funny film-noirette based on the tale by Edward Gorey.

Th e L a st Moon

CHILE 2004 105 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

8:30 PM

LAST09S

Sequoia

Tuesday Oct 11

9:30 PM

LAST11R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Miguel Littin Producer Coke Infante Cinematographer Miguel Joan Littin M. Editor Rudolfo Wedeles Cast Ayman Zbu Zoulouf, Tamara Acosta, Alejandro Goic, Francisca Merino Print Source Vision International

A steady flow of immigrants traveled between South America and the Middle East in the early 1900s, and acclaimed Chilean writer-director Miguel Littin, himself a descendant of Palestinian Christian immigrants, examines this historical footnote with The Last Moon. In this bittersweet tale of two unlikely friends in Palestine in 1914 as World War I looms, Jacob, a newly arrived Argentinian Jew, buys land from Soliman, a Palestinian Orthodox Christian, in order to build a home. The two strike up a friendship, little knowing that this small parcel of arid land will become a deciding factor in the men’s friendship and in the violence that slowly engulfs them. Littin captures this world through affectionate scenes of daily life—tea with guests; the postman reading the mail to its recipients; weddings and other festivities. In the end, no one can escape the conflict that sweeps down upon them all. —S. Hollister

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Le p e l

NETHERLANDS 2005 92 MINS

Friday Oct 14

4:15 PM

LEPE14R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 16

10 AM

LEPE16S

Sequoia

Director Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen Producers Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries Screenwriter Mieke de Jong Cinematographer Guido van Gennep Editor Wouter Jansen Cast Loes Luca, Carke van Houten, Barry Atsma, Joep Truijen, Neelhe de Vree, Kees Hulst Print Source Lemming Film

In Dutch with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. There’s

something about kids’ films from the Netherlands. Subtle absurdities and visual quirks mix with clever storytelling and endearing characters, making it impossible for viewers of any age to resist their charms. Lepel is just such a film. Hilarious and heartbreaking all at once, and with terrific performances by its young stars, it is the story of a 9-year-old boy’s search for a family. Lepel (“Spoon” in Dutch), who lives a lonely life with his grandmother, uses his astonishing skill with numbers to keep inventory of the millions of stolen buttons she traffics for a living, while he waits for his parents to return from a round-the-world hot-air balloon trip and restore his happiness. When he encounters a girl living inside a clothing display at the local department store, Lepel’s life takes a dramatic turn, and he discovers what it takes to make one’s dreams come true. Ages 7+ —D. Quinones Sponsored by Nutella

Let t h e C h i l d re n Lea d Saturday Oct 8

10:30 AM

children’s filmfest

2005 - TOTAL PROGRAM 87 MINS

LET08T

142 Throckmorton

Beneath labels like “lost generation,” “me generation,” “gen X” and “gen Y,” youth continues as ever to be a touchstone for change. This cache of short films testifies to all kinds of change, some historical and some very personal. An adolescent preoccupation exploited by popular media, negative body image is addressed both in Holland’s XL (in Dutch with English subtitles; earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only), in which two girls and a boy pose some thought-provoking alternatives to the norm, and in the United States’ Flutter Kick, about a boy who can’t take off his T-shirt while swimming. The concept of terrorism is challenged when a Pakistani child wanders across an invisible border in the Academy Award®-nominated The Little Terrorist (in English). When adults got bogged down in politics during the ’60s civil rights actions, young people assumed leadership roles, in the Academy Award®-winning Mighty Times: The Children’s March. Ages 10+ —J. Morrison children’s filmfest

L i ve a n d Be co m e Tuesday Oct 11

FRANCE/BRAZIL/ISRAEL/ITALY 2005 148 MINS

6:30 PM

LIVE11R

Rafael

Director Radu Mihaileanu Producers Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil, Radu Mihaileanu Screenwriters Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc Cinematographer Remy Chevrin Editor Ludo Troch Cast Yael Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Mosche Abebe, Sirak M. Sabahat, Roni Hadar, Meki Shibru Sivan, Mimi Abonesh Kebebe, Yitzhak Edgar Print Source Menemsha Films

Special Screening: Spotlight on Human Rights In the mid-1980s, Ethiopians displaced by civil war and famine await help in a Sudanese refugee camp. Hope is at hand for Falashas—Ethiopians Jews—as “Operation Moses” begins, and thousands are airlifted to new homes in Israel. Seizing an opportunity, a non-Jewish mother sends her son to join the exodus in the identity of another boy who has recently died. Placed with liberal adoptive parents, the newly named Schlomo (the wonderful Moshe Agazai) struggles not only with his secret, but with a new country and culture, and with insidious racism. But he’s smart and thrives academically, and he finds support within his family and in Qes Amhra (Yitzhak Edgar), an Ethiopian community leader and sometime-mentor. Epic in scope, human to the core, director Mihaileanu’s achievement is impressive as big issues—famine, racism, love and compassion—are played out in a single life. —Z. Elton Sponsored by Jennifer Coslett MacCready

M a x a n d J osef: D o u b l e Tro u b l e

world cinema

SWEDEN 2004 82 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

10 AM

MAX08S

Sequoia

Saturday Oct 15

10:15 AM

MAX15R

Rafael

Director Erik Leijonborg Producers Waldemar Bergendahl, Cecilia Norman Screenwriter Lars Lundström Cinematographer Rolf Lindström Editor Anders Nylander Cast Axel Skogberg, Per Svensson, Tintin Anderzon, Johan Rheborg, Leo Holm, Jonas Karlsson Print Source Swedish Film Institute

In Swedish with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. Adored all his life, 8-year-old Max happily anticipates becoming the big brother of a new baby boy. When that boy is born a girl, his hopes are dashed. Feeling invisible to his parents and displaced by his mewling baby sister, Max takes bad advice from Josef, a devious talking turtle who convinces the boy that he may soon be on sale at the Kid Store. One seriocomical misunderstanding follows another, as Max falls under the spell of Josef’s subversive, self-serving interpretations of Max’s parents’ innocent but clumsy actions. The film’s sunny, colorful look is a sharp counterpoint to Max’s unfounded yet understandable fears. In Sweden’s first foray into live action with a computer-generated character, the motor-mouthed Josef makes a dubious yet strangely endearing companion for Max, and their relationship illuminates believable and humorous responses to the age-old dilemma of sibling rivalry. Ages 8+ —R. McNair

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Th e M i l k Can

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Mill Valley Film Festival US 2005 95 MINS

Friday Oct 14

7:15 PM

MILK14R

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Saturday Oct 15

9:30 PM

MILK15R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Matt Kresling Producer Seth Toedter Cast Grady Cousins, Donna Wieczorkowski, Bennett Jones, Wes Atkinson, Joe Collins Print Source Matt Kresling

Fortuna blitzes, but Ferndale lets loose a long bomb! Sound like football? It’s not; when the annual football game in a 70-year rivalry between two rural Northern California towns is called on account of weather, war ceases to be a metaphor and becomes reality. First-time director Matt Kresling’s fast-paced, inventive satire races toward a smalltown apocalyptic showdown, hauling everyone in its wake, including the chess club and Linus, a history teacher inspired by past battles and by a wartime romance with the local deputy. On the one hand, you think, “It can’t happen here”; on the other, you begin to believe that it just might. Aided by a tightly written script and effective acting, The Milk Can is an ingenious no-budget production that is a treat to watch. —P. Moore Sponsored by Blake’s at Boundary Oak

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M o o n a n d Cherr y Sunday Oct 9

JAPAN 2004 82 MINS

8:30 PM

MOON09R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Yuki Tanada Cinematographer Kei Yasuda Editor Sumivo Mihashi Cast Noriko Eguchi, Tasuku Nagaoka, Misato Hirata, Akira Emoto Print Source Open Sesame Co., Ltd.

In this tender and unique coming-of-age story, college student Tadokoro joins an erotic fiction writing club— comprised of a band of nerdy guys who don’t fit in anywhere else. There is one young woman in the group, Mayama, and Tadokoro slowly falls in love with her. She, however, has something else in mind. She uses Tadokoro as a kind of guinea pig for sexual research for her writing—pushing his limits into some uncomfortable, even dark, realms of sexuality. Though a winsome young co-worker tries to start a romance with Tadokoro, he is drawn to the intense, unpredictable and highly sexual Mayama. Will she break his heart, or will he win hers? Erotic, intelligent and very funny, Moon and Cherry is a striking new work from the young woman director Yuki Tanada, clearly a filmmaker to watch. —J. Shepard world cinema

M u s i c I s My Life, Politics My Mistress

US 2005 110 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

5 PM

MUSI09S

Sequoia

Monday Oct 10

9 PM

MUSI10T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Producer Donnie L. Betts Cinematographers Mark Alston, Charles Gary Editor Dave Wruck Print Source No Credits Productions, LLC

Poet, jazz singer, stage actor, composer, trade union activist, radio host and senatorial candidate, Oscar Brown Jr. was a self-educated polymath whose voice, both musical and political, reached the empowered and disempowered alike. Born into one of Chicago’s most respected African American families, Brown took personal and professional risks few others dared to; at the height of his career as a Broadway playwright and singer, he maintained an active affiliation with both the American Meat Packers’ Association and the American Communist Party. This jazzy, highenergy biographical portrait mixes a masterful blend of archival and animated sequences and features renowned friends and fans including Al Jarreau, Abbey Lincoln, Studs Terkel and Amiri Baraka. Irrepressible, outspoken and extraordinarily talented, Brown lived life in the thick of things, and he made miracles happen. Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress keeps his dancing spirit alive. —A. Carleton-Glen

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M y N i k i for

POLAND 2004 100 MINS

Friday Oct 14

6:30 PM

MYNI14S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

12:15 PM

MYNI16R

Rafael

Director Krzysztof Krauze Producer Juliusz Machulski Screenwriters Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze Cinematographer Krzysztof Ptak, p.s. c. Editor Krzysztof Szpetmánski Cast Krystyna Feldman, Roman Gancarczyk, Lucyna Malec, Jerzy Gudejko, Artur Steranko, Jowita Miondlikowska Print Source Film Polski-Promotion Agency

In an extraordinary cross-gender performance, actress Krystyna Feldman becomes the curmudgeonly Polish folk artist Nikifor, a naïve painter whose prolific talent and sheer stubbornness brought him national fame. Based on a true story, My Nikifor (Crystal Globe award, Karlovy Vary 2005) unfolds in mid-20th-century Poland across a gray winter landscape further oppressed by Communist party politics and perpetual shortages. The sickly beggar Nikifor, a cantankerous troll who dismisses everything and everyone, freely invades other people’s homes uninvited in order to paint. When he claims the studio of state-employed painter Marian Wlosinski, Wlosinski’s life begins to unravel. He can’t figure out where Nikifor came from or where he belongs, can’t get rid of him and, ultimately, can’t help but adopt him at the expense of his own comfort and family. This vivid character study presents Nikifor as the necessary grit that upsets complacency, leaving us to ponder the Nikifors in our world today. —J. Campbell Sponsored by Joie de Vivre Hospitality

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my t i ny u n i ve rse

US 2004 94 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 105 MINS

Friday Oct 7

6:45 PM

MYTI07R

Rafael

Wednesday Oct 12

9:30 PM

MYTI12S

Sequoia

Directors/Screenwriters Glen Scantlebury, Lucy Phillips Producer Lucy Phillips Cinematographer Eliot Rockett Editors Todd Miller, Glen Scantlebury Cast John Heard, Lesley Ann Warren, Debi Mazar, Andy Comeau Print Source Pavement Pictures Inc.

Crackling, animated performances and witty dialogue fuel the frenzied action in this fast-paced satire of life in Tinseltown. Dickie Bates is a washed up actor ready to cash it in. Bobby Devillin is a sleazy A-list producer with a disgruntled wife and a pregnant mistress. When a twist of fate brings them together, an acerbic and surprising series of events unfolds. Luring Devillin to his home, Dickie pushes the big-shot player’s weak spots by toying with the one thing that matters—his cell phone. The actor’s small house soon fills with an irrepressible crowd of characters linked to the messy lives of these two men. Abetted by a superb cast, directors and former Bay Area residents Glen Scantlebury and Lucy Phillips (My Dubious Sex Drive, MVFF 1995; Steal America, MVFF 1991) deliver the goods. —B. Peterson Preceded by Ruby’s Tuesday Director Heather Cappiello

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US 2005 11 MINS Should Ruby yield to temptation on this luscious afternoon?

Need

Sponsored by Frank Howard Allen Realtors US 2004 95 MINS

Thursday Oct 13

7:15 PM

NEED13R

Rafael

Friday Oct 14

9:30 PM

NEED14S

Sequoia

Director Rob Nilsson Screenwriters Bruce Marovich, Rob Nilsson Cinematographer Mickey Freeman Editors Chikara Motomura, Alix Lacoste Cast Brette McCabe, Marianne Heath, Diane Galdry, Gabriela Maltz-Larkin, David Fine, Cory Duval Print Source 9 @ Night Films

San Francisco Tenderloin district denizens of the night reluctantly emerge in the darkness of the day during a solar eclipse. There’s Lou, a sex trade worker with an addiction problem—love, men, false hope and promises—a life adrift in search of an anchor. Jane, Lou’s daughter, is the apple that tries desperately to fall a bit further from the tree, working in a strip club but eager for a way out. And Petite is a call girl and small-time crook, new to the streets and dangerously sure of herself. Rob Nilsson’s (SAMT, MVFF 2004; Attitude MVFF 2003) singular style of free-jazz filmmaking, accompanied by the talents of the Tenderloin Y Group and Mickey Freeman’s stunning cinematography, are masterfully at work in this complex narrative of nuanced characters set in San Francisco’s untouristed and decidedly unglamorous underworld. You need to see for yourself. —K. Davis Sponsored by SF Weekly

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JAPAN/US 2005 75 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 91 MINS

Saturday Oct 15

4 PM

NIJI15T

142 Throckmorton

Sunday Oct 16

12:15 PM

NIJI16S

Sequoia

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor J.R. Heffelfinger Cast Yasuda Haruki, Abe Shigeyoshi, Junyko Takahashi, Oshigane Atsuko, Shibayama Tokio, Yasunori Yoshimi Print Source J.R. Heffelfinger

Yasuda, an overburdened and underappreciated salaryman, works tirelessly at his job. Confined to his cubicle and suffocating under an avalanche of incomplete work orders, there’s more than a hint of bathos in his voice as he answers the phone: “Rainbow Travel—We Sell Dreams.” Outpaced by younger colleagues and badgered at home, Yasuda escapes into his imagination to discover the world of pop music, pachinko parlors and tragic teenage love, in this nuanced portrait of life in 21st-century Japan. J.R. Heffelfinger’s delightful first feature is touched by the spirits of Kurosawa and Imamura, filled with unexpected wonders and gentle humor, and radiating with the resiliant glow of life. —K. Davis Preceded by Depression Served Six Ways Director Christian Svanes Kolding

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DENMARK 2005 16 MINS An odd assemblage of condominium-dwelling Danes nervously await Nostradamus’ predictions in this hilarious short.

N o r t h Co u nt r y

US 2005 130 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

9 PM

NORT08S

Sequoia

Monday Oct 10

8:45 PM

NORT10S

Sequoia

Director Niki Caro Producers Jeff Skoll, Nick Wechsler, Nana Greenwald Screenwriter Michael Seitzman Cinematographer Chris Menges Editor David Coulson Cast Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, Woody Harrelson, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins Print Source Warner Bros. Pictures

An extraordinary cast drives this gripping story of Josey Ames, a single mother who returns to her hometown in northern Minnesota in hopes of building a better life. Josey—a beautiful performance by Charlize Theron—accepts the help of Glory (the wonderful Frances McDormand) in getting a job as one of the few female workers at the local mining company. It’s demanding work, though it offers a chance for self-sufficiency not available elsewhere; but the constant, ugly harassment of the women by male co-workers reveals a sexism both base and brutish. Against the odds, Josey struggles to stand up for her beliefs—even if it means standing alone. Director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) again proves her keen eye for landscape as she juxtaposes the majesty of the northern countryside and its industrial pockmarks against the interior landscapes and personal struggles explored in this true story. It’s a riveting journey. —Z. Elton Sponsored by Fireman’s Fund

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O n e Love

no.

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Mill Valley Film Festival UK/JAMAICA 2003 96 MINS

Wednesday Oct 12

8:45 PM

ONEL12R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

9:30 PM

ONEL15S

Sequoia

Directors Rick Elgood, Don Letts Producers Yvonne Deutschman, Shelaagh Ferrell Screenwriter Trevor Rhone Cinematographers John Christian Rosenlund Cast Ky-mani Marley, Cherine Anderson, Idris Elba Print Source One Love Films Ltd.

Focus: Fespaco/PRAI Jamaica is more than the backdrop for this sweet tale of star-crossed lovers drawn to one another through the love of music; it is a lush and fertile presence that creates a story that could have grown nowhere else. Ky-Mani Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, is Kassa, a soulful Rasta musician whose musical ambitions are imbued with a deep love for Jamaica and desire to help his people. Cherine Anderson is Serena, the loved and protected daughter of a Christian minister, whose rich, clear voice longs to soar beyond the restrictions of her Gospel choir. When Kassa and Serena meet during a World Music competition, they realize their connection transcends the barriers of their beliefs and social restrictions, proving that the deep musical need that is uniquely Jamaican truly triumphs over prejudice. —R. McNair Sponsored by KGO Newstalk AM810

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Pa ra d i se Now

FRANCE/GERMANY/NETHERLANDS/ISRAEL 2005 94 MINS

Saturday Oct 15

7 PM

PARA15S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

6:45 PM

PARA16R

Rafael

Director/Producer Hany Abu-Assad Screenwriters Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer, Pierre Hodgson Cinematographer Antoine Heberlé Editor Sandor Vos Cast Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Luba Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Haim Abbass Print Source Warner Independent Pictures

This remarkable drama by Dutch-Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Rana’s Wedding, Ford Transit) focuses on two Palestinians who have been recruited as suicide bombers. Khaled and Said are mechanics and friends since childhood. For these young men the next 24 hours not only include detailed preparation but also fear, anger and reflection. Filmed amid actual violence in Nablus on the West Bank, Paradise Now puts human faces on its protagonists without glorifying their undertaking. Abu-Assad establishes a Palestinian perspective by depicting the daily humiliations of military occupation and checkpoints, and then generates moral debate through Suha, the daughter of a legendary fighter, who is opposed to bombing and lethal martyrdom as methods of resistance. Urgent, thoughtful and, like the reality it depicts, a story with no easy answers, this gripping, controversial movie received the Amnesty International prize following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. —R. Peterson

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Pe l i ca n Man

FINLAND 2004 89 MINS

Thursday Oct 13

4 PM

PELI13R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 16

2:45 PM

PELI16R

Rafael

Director Liisa Helminen Producer Hanna Hemilä Screenwriters Liisa Helminen, William Aldridge Cinematographer Timo Salminen Editor Jukka Nykänen Cast Kari Ketonen, Roni Haarakangas, Inka Nuorgam Print Source Finnish Film Foundation

In Finnish with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. Reeling

over his parents’ separation, 10-year-old Emil brightens when he spots a pelican hitchhiking on the side of the road. That would be Mr. Berd, whose curiosity leads him to hide his plumage beneath a smartly tailored suit that transforms him into an elegant gentleman. Even though Mr. Berd catches herring in his mouth and sheds feathers when he’s excited, only Emil can see through his disguise. The pair quickly become best friends, and Emil teaches his pal the ways of humans, while pelican-man offers the child refuge from his unhappy home life. Kari Ketonen received a Jussi (Finland’s Oscar®) award nomination for his inspired comic performance as the bird that never becomes quite comfortable in human skin. This lively, funny children’s fable celebrates the tight bond of friendship while offering gentle lessons on tolerance and the importance of taking kids and their concerns seriously. Ages 5+ —P. Grady

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E l Pe r ro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War

NETHERLANDS 2005 84 MINS

Friday Oct 7

9:30 PM

PERR07T

142 Throckmorton

Saturday Oct 15

12:15 PM

PERR15S

Sequoia

Director Péter Forgács Producer Cesar Messemaker Editor Kathi Juhász Print Source Lumen Film

A fascinating collection of antique home movies fuels this remarkable documentary about the personal drama and historical turbulence of life in Spain in the 1930s, before and during the Spanish Civil War. Hungarian filmmaker Péter Forgács pieces together amateur film footage, photos and letters from both sides of the conflict into a singularly balanced portrait of a country overturned by fascism, labor unrest and the rise of anarchy. Focusing on the biographical details of people actively engaged in the events of their time, Forgács tells the stories of Joan Salvans Piero, a Catalan industrialist, and Ernesto Diaz Noriega, a student from Madrid. The quality and breadth of the 70year-old footage, which includes unique 9.5mm home-movie stock, is an astounding tribute to the talent and perspective of hobbyist filmmakers, and the resulting fusion of images, sound and music creates an unusually illuminating, very intimate history lesson. —B. Peterson Presented in association with the San Francisco Cinematheque

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A P i e ce of B rea d Saturday Oct 8

IRAN 2005 93 MINS

12:30 PM

PIEC08R

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Director Kamal Tabrizi Screenwriter Mohammadreza Gohari Cinematographer Hossein Jafarian Editor Hossein Zandbaf Cast Esmeel Khalaj, Ahmad Aghaloo, Reza Kianian, Roya Nonahal Print Source Cimi Media International (CMI)

In this satirical critique of the Iranian clerics who banned his previous feature, The Lizard, director Tabrizi illustrates that anyone can reach God. On a dusty road trip with an abusive commanding officer and a condescending mullah, an illiterate, naïve soldier is the only character open to inexplicable wonders. The threesome drive to a remote village to investigate a supposed miracle: A woman unschooled even in her own language of Farsi has been miraculously empowered to read the Koran in Arabic. Hopeful pilgrims believe she has healing powers. Ignored by men racing to compete for jobs, harassed by the sergeant, chided by the mullah for practicing his signature on a precious shroud and injured by disabled people seeking a cure, the young soldier manages to learn from mysterious strangers how to pray. In the end, everyone—including the audience—discovers how wrong they have been: Compassion is what religion is supposed to teach us, Tabrizi insists. —S. Handsher

P ress O n

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US 2005 77 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 83 MINS

Saturday Oct 15

4:30 PM

PRES15S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

2:30 PM

PRES16R

Rafael

Director/Cinematographer Gillian Grisman Producer Alicia Sams Editor Charles Marquardt Print Source 11th Hour Productions

Let the joy of this wondrous documentary by Gillian Grisman (Grateful Dawg, MVFF 2000) wash over you. “Sacred steel music” has been a part of church communities in the US for more than 60 years. It is now reaching rock and roll audiences via 25-year-old pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph. Interviews with Randolph’s mentors and with famous musicians and historians trace the evolution of a musical genre that combines gospel, blues, country, jazz and rock. But it’s the performance footage that will leave you breathless. This celebration of the power of music explodes with infectious energy and excitement. —B. Peterson Preceded by The Big Race Director Phil Aupperle

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US/MADAGASCAR 2004 6 MINS Two boys create their own fun in the picturesque town of Antsirabe, Madagascar.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Calvin Cooke perform live at the Sweetwater Saturday, Oct. 15. See page 24.

Prime Tuesday Oct 11

US 2005 111 MINS

7 PM

PRIM11C

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Director/Screenwriter Ben Younger Producers Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd Cinematographer William Rexer Editor Kristina Boden Cast Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg, Jon Abrahams Print Source Universal Pictures

Prime, starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, is a sophisticated character comedy about Rafi (Thurman), a recently divorced 37-year-old career woman from Manhattan, and what happens when Dave, a 23-year-old painter from Brooklyn (Bryan Greenberg), falls in love with her. Rafi’s therapist, Lisa (Streep), is gingerly helping Rafi out of her post-divorce slump and through the urgent alarm of her ticking biological clock. Prime looks at love from everyone’s point of view—friends, relatives, and in this case, Rafi’s therapist—and follows all who come apart, and some who pull it together, when two people fall in love. The film is written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room) and is produced by Team Todd. Sponsored by American Airlines us cinema

Th e Q u e e n of S h e ba ’s Pea r l s

SWEDEN/UK 2004 132 MINS

Friday Oct 7

9:15 PM

QUEE07S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 9

8:45 PM

QUEE09R

Rafael

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Colin Nutley Cinematographer Jens Fischer Editor Perry Schaffer Cast Helena Bergström, Lorcan Cranitch, Tim Dutton, Lindsay Duncan, Rolf Lassgård, Natasha Little, Elizabeth Spriggs Print Source Swedish Film Institute

A lush period piece set in post-World War II England, The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls touches on several universal themes: coming of age, mortality, longing—and on the fine line between reality and illusion. Eight years after the death of Emily Pretty, a beloved mother and wife, a beautiful stranger (Swedish actress and director Colin Nutley’s wife, Helena Bergstrom) who looks identical to the dead woman, arrives at the family’s home. The stranger’s presence throws the close-knit family into upheaval when she inexplicably stays on as the housekeeper. As the mystery of the stranger’s identity unfolds and a family secret is revealed, each character goes through life-altering changes. Working from his own excellent script and with a superb cast, Nutley artfully weaves together the film’s engaging subplots, bringing this complex and powerful tale of love and redemption to dramatic, extremely satisfying conclusion. —N. Isaacs Sponsored by Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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Ra ce I s the Place

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Mill Valley Film Festival

Saturday Oct 15

US 2005 91 MINS

6:45 PM

RACE15S

Sequoia

Directors/Producers Ray Telles, Rick Tejada-Flores Cinematographers Vicente Franco, Robert Shephard, Emiko Omori Editor Herb Ferrette II Print Source Paradigm Productions

With in-your-face immediacy, a panoply of contemporary performance artists, comics and poets transform experiences of racism into art, turning anger and sorrow into cathartic expressions of humor, righteousness, rage and hope. Some are elders—James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Piri Thomas—and some are young turks, like hip-hop performance artist Danny Hoch. Threaded through the interviews and performance clips, a vivid collage of historical images from cartoons, newsreels, packaging and films reminds us of the dehumanizing caricatures that were once an acceptable part of popular culture. As this sharp, fast-moving film attests, despite social progress these stereotypes haven’t been erased but only submerged, obscured and made polite. There is nothing polite about the performers here, however. They raise a holy ruckus—preferring to “make art than commit murder,” as one Hawaiian poet says— and their passion is a healing antidote. —J. Campbell

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Retu r n to the Land of Wonders

UK 2005 91 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 97 MINS

Friday Oct 7

7 PM

RETU07T

142 Throckmorton

Sunday Oct 9

12:15 PM

RETU09S

Sequoia

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor Maysoon Pachachi Print Source Type Cast Films/AFD

Despite the continuing debate over the legitimacy of the US occupation of Iraq, few Americans have heard unmediated, firsthand accounts from Iraqis about the events reconfiguring their nation. Iraqi-born director Maysoon Pachachi provides such reportage, filmed during her return to her homeland in 2004 with her father, Adnan Pachachi, former Iraqi foreign minister and head of the committee drafting Iraq’s constitution. The film is both a lyrical personal diary and an impassioned vérité account of deeply frustrating political struggles. With resilience, nobility and candor, Iraqis reflect on their burned-out paradise, where amid war and loss they still fight for their rights, and a new generation takes up hope. —D. Kaufman Preceded by An Iraqi Lullaby Directors Allie Light, Irving Saraf

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US 2005 6 MINS A requiem to all the childen, body and soul, lost to a war that could not be stopped.

Ro m á nt i co

US 2005 80 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 84 MINS

Sunday Oct 16

2:45 PM

ROMA16S

Sequoia

Director/Producer/Cinematographer Mark Becker Print Source Meteor Films

Often seen strolling down the streets of San Francisco’s Mission district, mariachis have long been a fixture of this newly gentrified, traditionally Latino neighborhood. Former Bay Area producer-director-cinematographer Mark Becker slips underneath the festive costume and vibrant music to reveal a bittersweet portrait of Carmelo, a musician from Salvatierra, Mexico, who is torn between his desire to provide for his family in Mexico and his own subsistence on the meager income he makes from tips. This universal plight for migrant workers is inflected by Carmelo’s various roles as a struggling husband, father and musician whose soulful guitar and true voice win you over as he and his best friend, Arturo, play the restaurants, bars and street corners. The tale takes a turn when Carmelo is called back home to Mexico. A profound, poetic film, Romántico consistently rings true. —S. Uyehara Preceded by Police Blotter Director Kristen Nutile

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US 2004 4 MINS The view from a police patrol car reveals the tense relationship between class and crime.

Presented in association with the International Latino Film Festival Sponsored by Kodak

Ro u n d Trip

ITALY 2004 115 MINS

Friday Oct 14

9 PM

ROUN14R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 16

12 PM

ROUN16R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Marco Ponti Producer Roberto Buttafarro Cinematographer Marcello Montarsi Editor Walter Fasano Cast Kabir Bedi, Vanessa Incontrada, Libero De Rienzo, Giovanni Carretta Print Source Bruno Bossio/PromoFest

Hip Italian bike messenger Dante Cruciani bids friends and family farewell, ostensibly to globe-trot for a year, when really he’s on the run from neighborhood thugs eagerly awaiting repayment of a hefty loan. Flight attendant Nina departs from Spain for another day of work. Both fall victim to a nationwide Italian airline strike just before Christmas, and their paths collide after Dante is forced to return to his hometown but is unable to stay in his apartment for fear of retribution. When he does go back, things have changed quite drastically, including the decor. Meanwhile, Nina’s boyfriend dumps her via voicemail. What do either of them have going for them at home now that “home” is a distinctly different place than it was when they left? Slick aesthetics and lovably eccentric characters shine in this breakneckpaced, cosmopolitan action/suspense/romantic comedy. Fasten your seatbelts, because Round Trip won’t leave you stranded. —T. Lopez Presented in association with Instituto Italiano di Cultura

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Sa ra ta n Saturday Oct 8

KYRGYZSTAN/GERMANY 2004 85 MINS

4 PM

SARA08R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Ernest Abdyshaparov Producers Tynai Ibragimov, Kanat Sartov, Herbert Schwering, Hans-Erich Viet Cinematographer Jorzsh Hamitski Cast Kümöndör Abylov, Askat Sulaimanov, Tabyldy Aktanov Print Source mdc int. GmbH

While the fall of the Soviet Union has so far brought more confusion and bitterness than joy, it has provided fodder for a new generation of wonderfully poignant tragicomic cinema. Armed with the odd pairing of classic post-communist cynicism and carpe diem ethics, Saratan is dedicated to the here and now, proclaiming, “Don’t wait for better times!” Absurd bureaucratic rules, scarcity and the loss of value systems put a tiny Kyrgyz village on edge. While several stories unfold under this overarching theme (most prominently a policeman’s tracking of a cattle rustler), first-time feature director Ernest Abdyshaparov focuses on the dark humor and sublime beauty of the everyday, the ordinary details that make life bearable in inconceivable times. Truly impressive, Abdyshaparov conveys his aesthetic without preaching or pandering. Hilarious slapstick usually carries the plot forward, but, as in the best neorealist films, it is in the quiet moments that Saratan speaks loudest. —S. Uyehara

Sca re d N ew Wo r l d

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US 2005 82 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

7:45 PM

SCAR09S

Sequoia

Wednesday Oct 12

7 PM

SCAR12T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Cinematographer Chris Brown Producer/Screenwriter/Editor yahn soon Cast Lena Zee, Fanny Ara-Herms, yahn soon, Harriet Schiffer-Scott, Zachary Schramm, Josh Millican Print Source John Balquist Productions

Director Chris Brown (Daughters, MVFF 1997) returns to the Festival with his latest, an emotionally satisfying, tightly scripted film—that has such people in it. Affairs are tempestuous, indeed, for a substitute teacher and struggling novelist; a pot-dealing single mother; and a sexually reckless French exchange student, all sharing a house in Oakland. But their intertwining lives, and the lives of those they touch, are brought to the screen with such tenderness and grace that you root for them to make it through the storm. There is bravery too in the filmmaking, which uses acting and dialogue instead of special effects to tell the story (it’s almost revolutionary to see a drug trip portrayed through the character’s behavior rather than through “trippy” camera tricks). This may be a Scared New World for some, but it augurs a bright future of filmmaking. —P. Moore

Shopgirl Monday Oct 10

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US 2005 104 MINS

7 PM

SHOP10R

Rafael

Director Anand Tucker Producers Ashok Amritraj, Jon Jashni, Steve Martin Screenwriter Steve Martin Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky Editor David Gamble Cast Steve Martin, Claire Danes, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras Print Source Touchstone Pictures/Hyde Park Entertainment

Based on Steve Martin’s bestselling novella, Shopgirl is a funny and poignant story of love in the modern age. The film catches a glimpse inside the lives of three very different people on diverse paths, but all in search of the same thing. Mirabelle (Claire Danes) is a “plain Jane” overseeing the rarely frequented glove counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. An artist struggling to keep up with even the minimum payment on her credit card and student loans, she keeps to herself until a rich, handsome fifty-something named Ray Porter (Steve Martin) sweeps her off her feet. Simultaneously, Mirabelle is being pursued by Jeremy (Jason Schwartzman), a basic bachelor who’s not quite as cultured and successful as Ray. When fate steps in, the outcome may not always be a storybook ending, because in the end . . . it was life. Sponsored by CBS 5

S h o r t F i l m s fo r L i tt l e Pe o p l e

us cinema

2005 - TOTAL PROGRAM 83 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

11 AM

SHOR09T

142 Throckmorton

Saturday Oct 15

10 AM

SHOR15R

Rafael

A bagful of pleasures for the smallest person in the house. Duck says “quack” to red and blue states in Duck for President, and his rubber likeness hunts for that perfect bathtub in Rubber Duckling. In Oakland, bread rises to music in the wonderfully simple but excitingly kid-friendly Feed the Starter; also from the East Bay, Train and Truck brings big excitement right to the level of the youngest audience member, with fun music from the ’50s. The classic children’s author Jane Yolen explains all in How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, and Jules Feiffer, the classic author of angst, follows the trials and tribulations of a little girl’s search in I Lost My Bear! Can Arnie the Doughnut find the perfect person, who won’t eat him? Will our old friend Pingu prove charming as always in the brand new Pingu and the Band and Pingu Digs a Hole? Come and see. All ages —J. Morrison children’s filmfest

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S i r ! N o Sir!

no.

28

Mill Valley Film Festival US 2005 83 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

5:15 PM

SIR08S

Sequoia

Tuesday Oct 11

7 PM

SIR11R

Rafael

Director/Screenwriter David Zeiger Producers Evangeline Griego, Aaron Zarrow Cinematographers May Rigler, David Zeiger Editor May Rigler Print Source Peter Broderick

The story of those who burned their draft cards and refused to serve in Vietnam is well known; what makes this eyeopening documentary unique is its chronicle of the near-collapse of the entire US army from within its own ranks. Sir! No Sir! is the long-overdue tale of the enlisted men and women who began a nationwide resistance movement and what they risked to do so. Archival footage reveals the heroic—and sometimes shocking—resistance activities among the soldiers and the harsh penalties that awaited them. Contemporary scenes place us in intimate contact with veterans and activists (including the inimitable “GI Jane” Fonda), as passionate about their convictions now as they were 40 years ago. A must-see for anyone interested in understanding the real forces at play during the Vietnam era, this vital historical document brings to light the largely untold activities that helped to bring the government to its knees. —A. Carleton-Glen

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Th e S l e eping Child

BELGIUM/MOROCCO 2004 110 MINS

Wednesday Oct 12

6:15 PM

SLEE12R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

4:45 PM

SLEE15S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Yasmine Kassari Producer Jean-Jacques Andrien Cinematographer Yorgos Arvanitis Editor Susana Roosberg Cast Mounia Osfour, Rachida Brakni Print Source Les Films de la Drève

Exquisitely shot in the desert landscapes of Morocco, Yasmine Kassari’s insightful feature debut takes place in the extreme simplicity and poverty of a rural village. Newly married, Zeinab soon finds herself pregnant, but her husband, along with the other menfolk, has left to join the clandestine labor force in Europe. So she uses a charm to have her unborn infant sleep until a more auspicious time for its birth. Meanwhile, Zeinab’s friend Halima pursues an encounter with a young man from a neighboring village, to the ire of her elders. With no telephone, the women go to enormous lengths to communicate with the men, via videos and photographs made in a town nearby—it’s as though everyone, like the unborn baby, is stuck in time. Kassari’s poetic visuals reveal lives supported and sustained by so little tangible stuff, yet driven by a passion and intelligence that even illiteracy will not stop. —Z. Elton

world cinema

So C l ose, So Far

IRAN 2005 121 MINS

Thursday Oct 13

6 PM

SOCL13S

Sequoia

Saturday Oct 15

12 PM

SOCL15S

Sequoia

Director/Producer Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi Screenwriter Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi, Mohammad Reza Gohari Cinematographer Hamid Khozouie-Abyane Editor Bahram Ardalan Cast Masoud Raygan, Alshin Hashemi, Elham Hamidi Print Source Reza Mir-Karimi/Soureh Cinema

Director Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi (Under the Moonlight) is known for his subtle integration of a timeless spirituality into his contemporary Iranian dramas, and in his newest feature he focuses on a lost soul forced to confront his core values in the face of personal tragedy. Mahmoud Alem, a highly successful but self-absorbed neurologist, is shocked to discover that the 18-year-old son he has long neglected is terminally ill. Setting off to locate and reconcile with his child, who has left on an astronomy project in the desert, Alem’s travels soon become a journey of self-discovery as he encounters along the way a number of seemingly ordinary people who challenge his very limited view of the world. A rare gem of a film, So Close, So Far is a compelling new vision of Iranian society, with exquisite cinematography that reveals the desert’s sweeping grandeur as you have never seen it before. —K. Clement

world cinema

Th e So c iety of Jesus (The Jesuits)

CROATIA 2004 95 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

6 PM

SOCI09S

Sequoia

Tuesday Oct 11

8:30 PM

SOCI11R

Rafael

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Silvije Petranovic Cinematographer Miso Orepic Editor Andrija Zafranovic Cast Leona Paraminski, Milan Plestina, Ivica Vidovic Print Source Maydi Film

A missionary assigned to be the confessor for a rich young widow is urged by his superiors to sway her into “donating” her land and wealth to the church. The elegant, lonely countess, meanwhile, has her own, slightly more carnal ulterior motive for keeping the handsome priest around. While the battle for the priest’s soul rages, he struggles against both his own temptations of the flesh and the machinations of a post-medieval Faith, Inc. Epic panoramic visuals contrast with the characters’ aims and efforts, reminding us of life’s awesome natural beauty. Masterfully performed by an all-star Croatian cast, director Silvije Petranovic’s tale of repression and religion may take place in 17th-century Eastern Europe, but don’t let the historical setting fool you: Substitute the film’s power-hungry Jesuits with the corrupt factions that have run roughshod over the Balkans during the last fifty years, and the message would remain the same. —D. Fear

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So p h i e Sc h o l l : Th e L a st Days Friday Oct 7

6:30 PM

GERMANY 2005 117 MINS

SOPH07S

Sequoia

Director Marc Rothemud Producers Christoph Müller, Sven Burgemeister Screenwriter Fred Breinersdorfer Cinematographer Martin Langer Editor Hans Funck Cast Julia Jentsch, Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs, Johanna Gastdorf Print Source Zeitgeist Films

In what began with idealistic, if naïve, determination, disillusioned university students decide to resist the government by distributing leaflets advocating passive resistance; the action results in their arrest, interrogation and trial. In 1942, Sophie and Hans Scholl were students at the University of Munich, when their group of friends, sharing a love of the arts and a passion for philosophy and theology, formed the underground anti-Nazi group the White Rose. The film focuses on a psychological war of will and determination in which Sophie, played unerringly by Julia Jentsch (The Edukators), spars, unapologetic and defiant, first with her Gestapo interrogator and later with the show trial’s judge. Drawing from recently released transcripts of these sessions and with artful and assured direction, Sophie Scholl: The Finals Days is an impassioned, unforgettable experience. Jentsch’s performance of a lifetime won her Best Actress at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. —R. McNair Presented in association with the Goethe Institute Sponsored by Hartmann Studios

So u l of J u st i ce : Th e l to n H e n d e rso n’s A m e r i ca n J o u r n ey

world cinema

US 2005 62 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 77 MINS

Sunday Oct 9

2:45 PM

SOUL09S

Sequoia

Monday Oct 10

7 PM

SOUL10T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Producer Abby Ginzberg Screenwriter/Editor Rick Goldsmith Cinematographers Vicente Franco, Eli Adler Print Source California Newsreel

From the inhumane treatment of inmates at California’s Pelican Bay prison to the annihilation of dolphins by tuna harvesters, Judge Thelton Henderson has heard countless abuses of power and has consistently ruled on the side of justice. A quietly eloquent man of unsurpassed character, Henderson was the first black attorney recruited for the Civil Rights Division of Robert F. Kennedy’s Department of Justice, and was appointed to the federal bench in 1980. Never one to seek the spotlight, Henderson drew strong public criticism from conservatives after ruling Prop. 209 (which ended affirmative action) to be unconstitutional. Local filmmaker Abby Ginzberg delivers a rousing profile in courage. —M. Fox Preceded by Lion Director Adam Pilkington

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US/ZAMBIA 2005 15 MINS One of the innumerable orphans AIDS has created in Zambia, 15-year-old Anthony “jumps up” from street life to attend high school.

SO U N D O F T H E SO U L : Th e Fez Fest i va l of World Sacred Music US 2005 70 MINS Sunday Oct 9

5:45 PM

SOUN09R

Rafael

Thursday Oct 13

7 PM

SOUN13S

Sequoia

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Stephen Olsson Cinematographers Andy Black, Stephen Olsson Editors Rhonda Collins, Marianne Yusavage Print Source Cultural and Educational Media

The human spirit’s communion with others, with God and through music shines in Stephen Olsson’s glorious homage to the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco. He begins with Fez itself: its ancient heritage of tolerance, as a city of Muslim, Jewish and Christian inhabitants; its Sufi foundations; its evocative medieval sites. It’s the ideal location for a festival that brings together an incredible array of musicians, including an early music ensemble from France, a group of north African Berber women, a Portuguese Fado singer, players from Afghanistan, Russia, Ireland, England and, of course, Moroccan Sufis. All are bound by the expression of love and longing through their artistry, and by the communication of the divine they impart to their audiences. Olsson captures a glimpse of this ecstasy for us and reveals the heartbeat behind brilliant Afghan singer Farida Mahwash’s observation, “Music is the sound of the soul.” —Z. Elton Ustad Farida Mahwash performs live at 142 Throckmorton, Thursday Oct 13. See page 24. Sponsored by Katz Family Foundation

S p i r i t Bea r : Th e S i m o n Ja c kso n Sto r y Sunday Oct 9

1:30 PM

SPIR09T

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CANADA 2004 92 MINS

142 Throckmorton

Director Stefan Scaini Producers Heather Haldane, Mary Young Leckie Screenwriter Kent Staines Cinematographer Michael Storey Editor Michael Lee Cast Mark Rendall, Graham Greene, Ed Begley Jr. Print Source Marvista

In English British Columbian teen Simon Jackson stopped a lumber conglomerate in its tracks in the late 1990s when it became evident that its business threatened the habitat of a rare white bear called “Spirit Bear” by native Indians. Jackson was no superhero; he wasn’t even a perfect kid, just a boy with a strong love of nature whose personal commitment bloomed into a large grassroots organization—before he had even graduated from high school. Mark Rendall gives a standout performance as Jackson, who jockeys for public attention with his archenemy, timber magnate Frank Perdue, played with some sympathy by Ed Begley Jr. Graham Greene plays a wonderful character who finds his own redemption in Simon’s campaign. Told with honesty and immediacy, Spirit Bear speaks to youth who want to make a difference in the world. Ages 9+ —J. Morrison

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S p r i n g t i me

no.

28

Mill Valley Film Festival KOREA 2004 128 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

2:15 PM

SPRI08S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 9

2:45 PM

SPRI09R

Rafael

Director Ryu Jang-ha Producer Choi Yong-bae Cinematographer Lee Mo-gae Editor Kim Hyun Cast Choi Min-sik, Jang Sin-young, Kim Kang-woo Print Source TUBE Entertainment

Lee Hyeon-woo is dangerously close to hitting rock bottom. A former professional trumpeter and composer, Lee has been reduced to giving music lessons for petty cash. His bitterness has alienated his friends, his ex-wife and his mother, who’s ready for her cantankerous son to quit moping around her house. In desperation, Lee leaves Seoul and begrudgingly accepts a job teaching band classes in a small-town middle school. It is only once he gets to know his tone-deaf students that Lee finds the courage to slowly rebuild his life from the ground up. A popular hit at home, this South Korean drama about second chances never stoops to conquer with easy sentimentality or sappy moral codas. Grounded by a beautifully understated performance from Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Springtime is the rare inspirational movie that doesn’t require an insulin shot and finds true grace in its seasonal tale of rebirth and blooming anew. —D. Fear Presented in association with NAATA

world cinema

Sta te of Fear

US/PERU 2005 94 MINS

Monday Oct 10

9:30 PM

STAT10R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

2:15 PM

STAT15S

Sequoia

Director Pamela Yates Producer Paco de Onís Screenwriters Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy, Paco de Onís Cinematographer Juan Durán Editor Peter Kinoy Print Source Skylight Pictures

Insurgents attack the military and murder their fellow countrymen without remorse. Government officials go beyond the law to curb the terrorist threat they begin to see in every face. Sound familiar? No, not Iraq, but Peru, whose blood-soaked 20-year “war on terror” (1980–2000) erupted out of a volatile atmosphere of desperation, corruption and ideology gone wrong. Oscar®-winning filmmaker Pamela Yates (Poverty Outlaw, MVFF 1997) traces the war’s origins and lays bare its devastations, giving equal weight to the fanatic Marxist-Maoist Shining Path movement and the power-hungry government of President Alberto Fujimori for creating a state of fear and escalating violence that left 70,000 civilians dead. Interviews with both perpetrators and victims, paired with archival footage and a sharply focused historical overview, make this masterful documentary essential viewing for anyone still unclear about how the commodities of democracy and terrorism can be traded against the people for personal and political gain. —D. Quinones

valley of the docs

Swe et a nd Sick

2005 - TOTAL PROGRAM 74 MINS

Saturday Oct 15

11 AM

SWEE15R

Rafael

Out of the drizzle and fog of Seattle, Washington, and the deserts of Santa Fe, New Mexico; along the Delaware River in New Jersey, and from Idyllwild, San Francisco and the sweet smell of redwoods in Marin County in California come those indefatigable youths holding cameras and boom mikes—the filmmakers of tomorrow. Borrowing two favorite teen words as its title, this reel of short films was peer juried, as it is every July, by the Young Critics’ Jury, and it’s full of surprises. It’s been a banner year for all genres, with films that range from the mature and thoughtful to the immature and rude, from documentary to personal cinema and from political to apolitical. No apologies for age here, either; anyone of any age would be proud of these films. Many of the 15-year-old and older filmmakers will be at the screening to answer questions afterward. —J. Morrison

youth produced

Te n d e r Gender Benders Saturday Oct 8

2:45 PM

2005 - TOTAL PROGRAM 101 MINS

TEND08T

142 Throckmorton

In the world of sexuality one thing is true: We are all unique. This delightful collection of gay and lesbian shorts bares extraordinary passions. Gay families are described through the eyes of their children in Jacqui Frost’s What Is Gay? (25 mins). In Kathy Huang and Leigh Iacobucci’s Jaywalking (9 mins), local drag king performance artists Jay Walker (Jeanne Sevelius), Elvis Herselvis (Leigh Crow) and Arty Fishal (Leslie Einhorn) push the gender limit. Chaste love is transformative, in San Francisco-based filmmaker Eric Smith’s Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road (23 mins) and Michael Wallin’s To Hold a Heart (13 mins). Colorado filmmakers Wade Gardner and Josh Weinberg’s Beers, Steers and Queers (7 mins) liberates rodeo from stereotypes. In Antonia Kao’s Pup (23 mins), devout Bay Area gay Christian men expose what they like to do for fun. —J. Plotkin

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A To o n fo r t h e M i s b e g otte n Saturday Oct 15

4:15 PM

2005 - TOTAL PROGRAM 98 MINS

TOON15R

Rafael

In these animated shorts, you may want to be careful around John Cernak’s Dear, Sweet Emma (US 6 mins), as she may just kill you with kindness, while Derek Flood’s Emelia (US 9 mins) shows Goth may not be as dark as you think. Tim Burton’s protégé director Henry Selick brings you Moongirl (US 9 mins), taking you on an enlightened journey to the moon, and Burton has recently picked up Shane Acker’s Student Academy Award®-winning film 9 (US 11 mins) to produce as a feature. Frédéric Tremblay’s Remote Paradise (Canada 7 mins) takes you away from your TV adventures, and Dwight Hwang’s Goo’d War (US 15 mins) shows you the oxymoron of the title. Aaron Sorenson’s Bastard Wants to Hit Me (US 3 mins) is the newest music video from They Might Be Giants; Alex George’s Santa Claus Happy Tyme Show (US 30 mins) takes you behind Toy Town. Mike Blum’s The Zit (US 5 mins) brings you youth’s common foe, while Robert Taylor and Michael McCormick’s Arrest Assured (US 3 mins) has a burglar’s bungles. —S. Reder animation

A To u c h of S p i ce

TURKEY/GREECE 2003 108 MINS

Friday Oct 7

6:30 PM

TOUC07R

Rafael

Monday Oct 10

6:30 PM

TOUC10S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Tassos Boulmetis Producers Harry Antonopoulos, Lily Papadopoulos Cinematographer Takis Zervoulakos Editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis Cast Georges Corraface, Ieroklis Michaelidis, Renia Louizidou Print Source Menemsha Films

In this all-time biggest box office hit in Greece, a boy is taught by his grandfather that both food and life need a little salt to give them flavor. A delectable foodie movie told in three bittersweet courses, the story is based on writerdirector Tassos Boulmetis’s own experience. Set against a backdrop of political tension between Turkey and Greece, it is filmed in sensuous detail, beginning in the dusty splendor of Constantinople in 1959, shifting to Athens, and then back to the modern-day city now known as Istanbul. Once the boy, Fanis, is separated from his grandfather, he loses his connection to the culinary life lessons that once guided him, and it takes him 35 years to realize the effect. After decades of feeling torn between his Greek ethnicity and his home in Turkey, Fanis’s journey of reconciliation is handled with warmth, humor and just the right amount of metaphorical flavoring. —D. Quinones Sponsored by Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan

Tro o p 1 5 0 0 : G i r l Sco u ts Beyo n d Ba rs Saturday Oct 15

7:15 PM

world cinema

US 2004 68 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 76 MINS

TROO15R

Rafael

Directors Ellen Spiro, Karen Bernstein Producer Karen Bernstein Cinematographers Ellen Spiro, Deborah Eve Lewis Editors Lilian Benson, Ellen Spiro, Jenn Garison Print Source Women Make Movies

Focus: Women Make Movies This heart-wrenching, provocative doc from firebrand filmmakers Ellen Spiro and

Karen Bernstein explores a truly innovative Girl Scout program by spotlighting seven resilient scouts and their moms, who are serving time for crimes ranging from drug dealing to murder. Filmed in part by the girls themselves during specially arranged visits at Hilltop prison in Gatesville, Texas, the “girlcams” capture emotionally charged interviews with their mothers as they confront each other’s fears, reveal their hopes and repair broken trust. Balancing the inherent drama with playfully intercut vintage Girl Scout newsreels, Troop 1500 offers an empathetic but clear-eyed perspective on each subject’s personal tug-of-war with the responsibilities of family, society and self-determination. —D. Quinones Preceded by The Mother in Me Director Leigh Iacobucci

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US 2005 8 MINS A young woman deconstructs generations of mother-messages and discovers they also lie within.

Tro p i c of Ca n ce r

MEXICO 2004 52 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 70 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

6:45 PM

TROP08R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

2:15 PM

TROP15T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor Eugenio Polgovsky Print Source Cinema School/CCC

Alternately seductive and jarring, Eugenio Polgovsky’s riveting film is a prime example of the new wave of contemporary observational cinema. With stunning imagery that at times rivals the best nature photography and human portraiture, this unforgettable film presents the people and desert habitat of one of the poorest areas of the world, Mexico’s San Luis Potosi region, and depicts the daily existence of a community whose subsistence depends on hunting and gathering snakes, birds and cacti to eat and sell at the tourist-frequented roadside. There is nearly no dialogue; instead, a quiet intensity marks the clash between a respectful realization of the Spartan existence of its human subjects and the stark pictorial beauty of their environment. —S. Uyehara Preceded by Ripples of Light Director Lesley McClintock

v(ision)fest

US 2005 18 MINS This experimental elegy to a great river honors California’s Tuolumne.

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Tr u d e l l

no.

28

Mill Valley Film Festival US 2005 80 MINS

Monday Oct 10

6:45 PM

TRUD10S

Sequoia

Sunday Oct 16

7:30 PM

TRUD16S

Sequoia

Director Heather Rae Producers Heather Rae, Elyse Katz Screenwriter B. Russell Friedenberg Cinematographer Gilbert Salas Editor Gregory Bayne Print Source Appaloosa Pictures

Branded by the FBI as “extremely eloquent, therefore extremely dangerous,” John Trudell, Native American activist, organizer, poet, performer and visionary, is one of those extraordinary individuals who remain clearsighted and strong in the face of tragedy, both personal and cultural. Supported by moving testimony from his many supporters and friends, including Sam Shepard, Robert Redford, Val Kilmer, Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson, the film interweaves Trudell’s earth-centered poetry and music with compelling accounts of his rise to activism in the 1960s with the American Indian Movement. Director Heather Rae transcends a divisive “us versus them” argument and masterfully reveals the universality of Trudell’s inclusive, uplifting message. The result is a rare film that, like its subject, reminds us of our own power and place in the universe and inspires us to participate. —D. Wolens

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Th e U n d eser ved

US 2005 106 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

8:30 PM

UNDE08R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 9

7:45 PM

UNDE09T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Screenwriter Brad Coley Producer Csaba Bereczky Cinematographer Lasse Toft, Dave Daniel Editor Seth E. Anderson Cast Frank Wood, Sean Gullette, Paul Sado, James Martinez, Autumn Dornfeld, Alexandra Geis Print Source Carmichael Films

A mysterious murder sets the stage for this highly improvised, character-driven film. On the surface, the small town of Athens, Vermont, might seem like any rural New England hamlet that’s home to salt-of-the-earth locals and a progressive school for gifted students. Look beneath the placid exterior, however, and you’re apt to find any number of less-than-saintly activities. First-time feature filmmaker Brad Coley plunges viewers into a world where everyone—a young college-bound genius, his perpetually screwed-up best friend, a lecherous teacher, the pretty blond girl who suddenly leaves town—harbors dark secrets. Like a New England version of Twin Peaks this indie drama slowly turns a quaint portrait of northeastern living into an American Gothic nightmare where the mysteries keep unraveling layer upon layer until the dramatic conclusion. —D. Fear Sponsored by Chef’s Touch Catering

us cinema

Us h p i z i n

ISRAEL 2004 90 MINS

Saturday Oct 15

8:30 PM

USHP15R

Rafael

Sunday Oct 16

5:15 PM

USHP16R

Rafael

Director Gidi Dar Producer Rafi Bu-kaee Screenwriter Shuli Rand Cinematographer Amit Yasar Editors Isaac Sehayak, Nadav Havel Cast Shuli Rand, Michael Bat Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi, Daniel Dayan Print Source Picturehouse

Ushpizin (the word comes from the ancient Aramaic, meaning “royal guests”), reveals a world of miracles and wonder in the Jerusalem courtyards of pious ultra-Orthodox Jews. On the eve of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkoth, Moshe, an impoverished ultra-Orthodox man struggling to make ends meet, and his wife, Mali, need a miracle. They pray fervently, and as unexpected events begin to occur, two escaped parolees from Moshe’s wild, secular past appear. Believing they are being tested by the divine, the couple invite their guests to stay, with unpredictable results. This first collaborative effort between Israel’s religious and secular communities, which was made possible due to a promise to strictly adhere to religious law, features a first-class cast of many non-professional actors from the religious community. Critically acclaimed Israeli actor Shuli Rand, who gave up his wildly successful career to return to religion nine years ago, wrote the script and plays Moshe. —J. Plotkin Presented in association with the Israeli Consulate

world cinema

Vi d e o O ut

US 2005 83 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 89 MINS

Friday Oct 14

9:30 PM

VIDE14R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

8:45 PM

VIDE15T

142 Throckmorton

Directors/Producers Paul Vlachos, Meredith Finkelstein Cinematographer Paul Vlachos Editor Meredith Finkelstein Print Source 13BIT Productions LLC

The lineage of VJs and video artists featured in Video Out traces a fascinating timeline in the history of media technology, from the rock ’n’ roll lightshows of the 1960s to the latest in laptop plug ’n’ play club creations. With nothing more than plates of oil on water, overhead projectors and, eventually, Sony Porta-Paks on their shoulders, these bicoastal visionaries of light and sound scripted the soundtrack of the late-20th century and ushered in the 21st with their wizardry and self-taught savoir faire. Most of these heroes—Joshua White, Glenn McKay, Jerry Abrams, Bill Etra, Steina and Woody Vasulka—remain unknown outside their field. Video Out sings their well-deserved praises and lets them shine. —K. Davis Preceded by Second Sight Directors Stephanie Maxwell, Allan Schindler, Peter Byrne

v(ision)fest

US 2005 6 MINS This skilled digital video artwork combines color, abstraction and form with a hypnotic audio design.

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Th e Wa n d e r i ng S h a d ows Wednesday Oct 12

6:30 PM

COLOMBIA 2004 89 MINS

WAND12S

Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Ciro Guerra Producer Jaime Osorio Gómez Cinematographer Emanuel Rojas Editors Ricardo Cortés, Iván Wild Cast César Badillo, Ignacio Prieto, Lowin Allende, Inés Prieto Saravia, Adelaida Corredor, Julián Díaz Print Source Tucán Producciones Cinematográficas Ltda.

Indigent, one-legged Mane is at the mercy of both the landlord who keeps threatening to evict him and the street toughs who beat him up for sport. One of these muggings leaves him sprawled on a Bogotá roadway where the Chair Man, who ekes out a subsistence transporting people via a chair anchored to his back, comes to his aid. An awkward friendship develops between them, eagerly sought by Mane but greeted with ambivalence by his reticent new pal, who seems bent on atoning for some past sin. Reflected in this uneasy relationship is the sometimeshorrifying price ordinary Colombians have paid for their country’s decades of violent struggle. This stark, black-andwhite and, at times, nearly silent drama leavens its doleful tale with a rich, unexpected measure of black humor and surrealistic flourishes. It is an impressive debut by 24-year-old Guerra, who seems equally inspired by David Lynch and Italian neorealism. —P. Grady

We b Ca m G i r l s

world cinema

CANADA 2004 53 MINS - TOTAL PROGRAM 81 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

9 PM

WEB08R

Rafael

Saturday Oct 15

6:30 PM

WEB15T

142 Throckmorton

Director/Screenwriter Aerlyn Weissman Producers Harry Sutherland, Carl Green, Frank van de Ven, Aerlyn Weissman Cinematographer Rolf Cutts Editor Heather Frise Print Source Picture Box Distribution Inc.

Web Cam Girls introduces us to some of the savvy and sexy pioneers of cyberspace who turn the camera on themselves and use technology to generate art, money and fame by creating, projecting and controlling their own images over the Internet: Ducky Doolittle, “sexologist” and postmodern burlesque queen; Ana Voog, visual artist with the moniker “Hello Kitty with a gun”; Dionne Loewen, former used-car saleswoman and successful entrepreneur; and Teresa Senft, PhD and media historian. This wonderfully stylish and smart film examines and celebrates the politics of “microcelebrity,” where on the Web everyone is famous—not for 15 minutes, but for 15 people. —M. Simon Preceded by Dear Reid Director Aliaa Remtilla

v(ision)fest

US 2005 28 MINS This tenderhearted, technology-driven Godardian love story explores longing, presence and absence over the Internet in a tragicomic tale of unrequited love for the modern age.

We l l sto n e !

US 2004 88 MINS

Saturday Oct 8

7:30 PM

WELL08S

Sequoia

Monday Oct 10

9:30 PM

WELL10R

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Directors Dan Luke, Lu Lippold, Laurie Stern Producer Pam Colby Screenwriter Laurie Stern Cinematographers Bob Durland, Ed Matney Editors Dan Luke, Lu Lippold Print Source Hard Working Pictures

As a high school wrestler, Paul Wellstone could only take on someone his own (diminutive) size. Once he was free to pick his battles, all bets were off. Wellstone was a tenacious organizer and activist who challenged the exploitation of workers, racial injustice and immoral wars. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants took an unlikely path to electoral politics, winning acolytes as a political science professor. Minnesotans recognized the unpolished, enthusiastic Wellstone as a man of the people, unlike the multimillionaire movie stars and Ivy League ranchers who masquerade as populists. This affectionate but evenhanded portrait also honors his wife, Sheila, a passionate crusader against domestic violence. Tragically, just days before the voters were to decide whether to give Wellstone a third term in 2002, the couple and their daughter were killed in a plane crash. Progressives still mourn, but take inspiration from this Wellstone adage: “Sometimes you’ve got to start a fight to win one.”—M. Fox

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Director/Editor Farhad Mehranfar Screenwriters Farhad Mehranfar, Musa Alijani Cinematographer Nader Masoumi Cast Nazbanu Mohammadyari, Simin Amidi, Musa Alijani Print Source Farabi Cinema Foundation

In Farsi with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only. Nazbanu lives with her four children in the rural Delfak mountains. With the nearest school a day’s walk away, the calm but authoritative Nazbanu assertively petitions for a teacher for her rascally, ragtag brood. The young urban woman who arrives to take the job finds she must use tree stumps for desks and the side of the house as a chalkboard; goats, geese and the occasional donkey wander through the outdoor classroom. A visit from the male music teacher from over the hill, however, brightens the harsh winter, and by springtime, everyone has adjusted to each other. Director Farhad Mehranfar (Paper Airplanes, MVFF 2001) allows his background in documentary film to infuse his gentle, eccentric dramatic comedy with a very real love of place and local customs. You too will feel you’ve lived with this marvelous family. Ages 9+—J. Morrison

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Director/Screenwriter Peder Norlund Producers Axel Helgeland, Kaare Storemyr, Ellen Jacobsen Cinematographer Harald G. Paalgaard Editor Zaklina Stojcevska Cast Julia Boracco Braaten, Line Verndal, Niklas James Knudsen, Jørgen Langhelle, Samuel Fröer, Ingar Helge Gimle, Aksel Hennie, Robert Skjaerstad, Asne Serierstad Print Source Norwegian Film Institute

In Norwegian with English subtitles. Earphones for children for audio of English subtitles at Rafael only.

Twelve-year-old Kim has a talent for rock climbing—and for getting into trouble. Her wild nature, which bewilders her mother, leads Kim into the adventure of a lifetime: Attempting a dangerous solo climb, she is badly injured in a fall and is rescued by a nurturing mother wolf. Forming an instant bond with the wolf and her sweet cub, Kim soon discovers that local hunters are out to kill the sheep-hunting wolf pack, and she dedicates herself to saving the animals. This tense, moving portrait of a friendship formed against all odds combines the urgent drama and spirited playfulness that make animal adventure films enduringly popular. Filmed in beautiful locations in Norway and Montana, the film stars a remarkable young actress and amazing real wolves you’ll be cheering for as their race for freedom becomes a matter of life or death for them all. Ages 9+ —D. Quinones

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Contributing Writers Rod Armstrong Anna Balkrishna Tod Booth Jeff Campbell A. Carleton-Glen Kelly Clement Amy Corbin KD Davis Zoë Elton David Fear Michael Fox Pam Grady

contributing writers

Sandy Handsher Sidney Hollister Nora Isaacs Deborah Kaufman Erin King Kristine Kolton Trina Lopez Carrie Lozano Roberta McNair Anita Monga Peter Moore John Morrison

Joanne Parsont Brendan Peterson Richard Peterson Janis Plotkin Deanna Quinones Steven Reder Joel Shepard Molli Amara Simon Michael Talbott Sean Uyehara Doug Wolens

Our tribute to Jean-Pierre Jeunet continues after the Festival at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, with a series of retrospective screenings of his films: ALIEN: RESURRECTION THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN DELICATESSEN A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT Jean-Pierre Jeunet retrospective

Dates and showtimes to be announced. Check the fall Rafael calendar or look for updates on our website at cafilm.org.

Following the Festival, the Michael Powell centenary celebration will continue at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, running through December 4 with retrospective screenings of these additional films: THE AGE OF CONSENT BLACK NARCISSUS A CANTERBURY TALE THE EDGE OF THE WORLD 49TH PARALLEL GONE TO EARTH Michael Powell retrospective

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH PEEPING TOM THE SPY IN BLACK THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

Dates and showtimes to be announced. Check the fall Rafael calendar or look for updates on our website at cafilm.org.

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PROGRAM 2005 TRAILER Agency Scheyer/SF Creative Director Dennis Scheyer Director George Hickenlooper Producer Katie Burke Production Company Right Brain Media Executive Producer Stuart Wilson Producer Lisa Sechser Editorial Right Brain Media Editor Jennifer Tiexiera Cast Maintenance Man: Xander Berkeley Silver-Haired Buyer: Michael Des Barres Gallery Owner: Meredith Ostrom Young Pretty Woman: Marian Faddis Music Ubiquity Recordings Music Composer Quantic Soul Orchestra “The Conspirator” (W. Holland) Full Thought Publishing courtesy of Ubiquity courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc., www.ubiquityrecords.com and Tru Thoughts / Full Thought Publishing UK www.tru-thoughts.co.uk Music Executive Producer Andrew Jervis Director of Photography Igor Meglic Assistant Director Mike Risoli 2nd Assistant Director Kimberly Daniels Assistant Camera Paul Janossy Steadicam George Billinger Art Director Arnd Stockhausen Set Director Ralph Herscu Sculpture Nick Van Woert Gaffer Tim Morton Best Boy Electric Brian Gowan Electrician Mark Goodwin Grip/Electric E & M Lighting Key Grip Peter Chrimes Best Boy Grip Hiro Kakuhair Grips Bobby Ukeda, Ron Edmondson Sound Taylor Tosh VTR Kai Morrison Wardrobe Miriam Burke Makeup Bridgett O’Neal Production Assistants Zakk Moore, Karen Pelloni, Rob Del Valle Client Services Todd Basil Catering RTS Food Service Talent Payment American Residuals & Talent Inc. Camera The Camera House Dolly Chapman Leonard Genny Illumination Dynamics Insurance Marsh Risk & Insurance Permits Film This Production Supplies Miller Production Supplies Location Rec Center Studio Trucks Budget Car Rental Film Stock Kodak Post-production Sound Services Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California Re-recording Mixer Juan Peralta

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Assistant Manager Ryan Hastie

Youth Workshop Coordinator Joanne Parsont

Director of Programming Zoë Elton

Shift Managers Jennifer Johnson Brandon Wisecarver

Print Traffic Coordinator Jennifer Bauman

CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE Operations Manager Steven Reder Director of Marketing and Public Relations Cheryl Moody

Print Traffic Assistant Gabriel Garza

Program Consultant Jan Klingelhofer

Interns Jesse Edwards, Adam Gothelf, Virginia Kelley, Katelyn King, Jay McBride, Sofia Phillips, Beverly Thorman, Blake Thorman

Intern Danny Kasman

Outreach Manager John Morrison

FESTIVAL STAFF Festival Coordinator David Owen

Executive Assistant JoAnn Hastings

Events Manager Dave Tureaud

Finance Manager Connie Chang

Events Assistant/Merchandise Manager Shelley Goodale

Graphic/Web Designer Michele Johnston

Logistics Manager Paul Hegarty

Graphic Designer Justin Wambolt-Reynolds

Logistics Assistant Craig Walton

IT Consultant Tom Herrington

Photography Coordinator Patrik Argast

Database Designer Sandy Gow

Volunteer Coordinator Jacquelyn Chi

Managing Editor Joanne Parsont

Interns James Chenney, Tom Filcich, Gary Flatow, Lisa Katovich, Richard Vance

Volunteer Assistant Ilya Tovbis

Copy Editor Carrie Pickett

Theater Operations Jill Brooke

Proofreaders Linda Moore Christine Rickerby

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Programmers Kelly Clement Janis Plotkin Anita Monga

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Holly Kulak Anne-Marie Kurstein Brent Kush Thea Langer Joe Lawrence Pam Lawrence Ledger Film & Theatre Services Yoonhyung Lee Joan Lehua Sydney Levine Lee Lewis Christine Light Sheri Lloyd Ken Lockerbie Johanna Lopez William Lowe Tom Luddy Michael Lumpkin Ms. M Jennifer Coslett MacCready Becky MacDonald Scott MacQueen Miss Madhi “Bless Her” Van and Lydia Maroevich Dan Martin Christine McCafferty John McGuirk Erin McKinney Mary Jane, Paul & Phoebe McKown Bill McLeod Mary Ella Medina Ann Marie Melanephy Menemsha Entertainment Lucy Mercer Gary Meyer Marcia Michael Anthony Minitti Anita Monga Anne Montgomery Cornelius Moore Peter Moore Dani Moresi Tamara Moresi Danyel Morgan Julie Morgan Jennifer Morris Jennifer Moss Clay Christophe Musitelli Sue Muzzin NAATA Patricia Nagle Ariana Nash Roy Nee Andrea Nelson Harlow Newton Nikolaj Nikitin Norwegian Film Institute Catherine Olin Pamela On Steve Orgain Marjorie Orth Bernard and Babro Osher Meredith Ostrom Pacific Film Archive Shiva Pakdel Diana Peters Tom Peters Ira & Pat Potovsky Dianne Provenzano Marcus Pun Billie Purdie Deanna Quinones

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Pat Qwimby Gordon Radley Irene Ramos Marcus Randolph Robert Randolph Richard Repas Peter and Jane Richmond Rosemary Roach Peter Rodgers Jena Rose Rachel Rosen Roxie Cinema Lisa Russell Josiane Sadoun Christine Sansom Patricia Sarris Dennis Scheyer Michael Schlesinger Ray Schmalz Cynthia Schwartz Phyllis Secosky Kathy Severson Ali Reza Shahroki Rhody Shaw Gail Silva, Film Arts Foundation Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith Fiske Smith Joseph Smith Mandy Smith Mary Smith Steve Smith Kaufman-Snitow Productions Brian Sparks Dwayne Sparks Josh Sperry Shelley Spicer Becky Steere Tom Steere Melissa Stolper Judy Stone Strand Releasing Jackie Suzuki Swedish Film Institute Sweetwater Reza Takkeshori Mark Talucci Melanie Tebb The Finnish Film Foundation Andrew Thompson/Public Affairs, Consulate General of Canada David Thomson Bev Thorman Blake Thorman Kyle Thorpe Evelyn Topper Trilogy Productions Staff Renick Turley C. Sade Turnipseed Richard Vance John Weaver Joanne Webster Erin Weir Anne Wintroub Doug Wolens Jean Young Simon Yung Christine and Roberto Zecca Pamela Zeh Debra Zimmerman

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Alexander’s Decorative Rugs Nigel Algar Joan Allen Gunnar Almer Anastasia Alvarado Tamar Argov, Consulate of Israel Tiffany Bair Paul Bales Cara Ballard Rick Barsotti Carol Batte Greg Beal Melissa Belli Peter Belsito Alexander Berkeley Andrea Bertolini Tim Bird J. Alan Blackburn Gerry Blake Pamela Blinn Constanza Blondet Richard Board Janis Bosenko Bruno Bossio Ann Brebner Marty Brenneis Gary Brickley Anne Broeker Arianna Brook Tom Bruchs Patti Burke Cindy Bussing Rita Cahill California Film Institute Volunteers! California Newsreel Jeff Campbell Coran Capshaw Caroline Chapman Micheline Chau James Chenney Chicago Film Festival Cima Media International Rebeca Conget Patti Cook Calvin Cooke Roberta Cootes Cassandra Cosby Peter Coyote Grover Crisp Jason Crosby Jennifer Cuneo Dalila Cunha Bridget Cunningham Danish Film Institute Nisha Darbar Jodie Davis Ninfa Dawson Ed Delman Karl Dennecker Denver Film Festival Michael Des Barres Frédéric Desagneaux Stephen Dobbs Julie Dolan Dolby Laboratories Dot Mouse Downes Ruth Downing Rama & Bernard Dunayevich Steve Elkins Moy Eng Marian Faddis

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ASSOCIATE Joseph and Anne Abbott, Mimi Abers, Dr. Holly Abrams, Noma Adelman, Michele Affronte and Gabov Bunda, Charles Agler, Gary and Maureen Aguilar, Phil Akers, Bob Akka, Merry Alberigi, J. James Albrecht, Eugene Albright, S. Alfandari, Mary Alger, Dolores E. Ali, John Aliano, Kim Allen, Marlena Allison, Paula Alsterlind, Bunny Alsup, Lorraine P. Altamirano, Bob Alto, Alfonso Alvarez, Rosemary Ames, Annette Amorello, Carol Anderson, Hilary Anderson, Marliyn Anderson, Robert E. Anderson, Trent W. Anderson, David Andes, Shahla Ansari-Jaberi, Laura Arago, Judy Ardzrooni, Robert C. Aregger, Derick Aripol, Jean Arnold, Mary Arnold, Steve Arnold, Mindy Aronoff, Wendy A. Arthurs, Sandra Ash, Nancy Aurley, Chris and Lorraine Avery, Tracy Ayres, Sonia Azar, Pamela Bacci Scott, Laura Bachman, Paula Bailey, Patricia Bailey, Christopher H. Baldwin, Katheryn M. Baldwin, Georgie Ball, Chuck Ballinger, Brian Barbaria, Sara Barbieri, Jeremy D. Barcan, Barbara Barclay, Newcomb Barger, Joan Barnes, Cora Baron, Alice Bartholomew, Mai L. Bartling, Jim Barton, Sara Basque, Rickie Baum, Anne Baxter, Kate Bayart, Elizabeth Baylis, Diane Bazler, Katherine Beacock, Suzanne Bean, Lyda Beardsley, Tony Beccaccio, Scott Ray Becker, John Becker, Aaron Becker, Larry Becker, Kathy Beckerley, K.O. Beckman, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Beebe, Daniel and Sue Beittel, Elizabeth Benedict, Gary C. Bennett, Robin Bentel and Bruce McAboy, William and Beverlee Bentley, JoAnn Berman, Sally Berman, Ann Bernhardt, Philip M. Bernstein, Jackie Berreman, Caroline Berry, Deborah Bertola, Walter and Rebecca Bess, Deborah Beveridge, Kathyrn Beyers, Gigi L. Bibeault, Mai Billaud, Christina Birch, Beverly and Mark Birnbaum, Steven Birnbaum, Michelle L. Blaisdell, Jim Blakeley, Bruce Blakely, Lynn Blankfort and Steven Martin, La Vonne Blasche, J. David Blatchford, Patricia Blau, Kathy Bliss, Edward Bloomberg, Julia Bloomfield, Andrea Blum, Dafna Blum, Nancy Bohnet, Bonnie Borenstein, Carolyn Botts, James Boyce, Kanda Boykin, Rebecca Brackman, Patricia Bradley, Catherine Brady, Phyllis Bragdon, Alison Brantley, Linda L. Breeden, J.D. Brewer, Suzanne Brice, Fran Brigmann, Bridget Brink, Emily Brockman, Hannah Brodzinsky, Amy Brokering, Mary Lee Bronzo, Karla Brooke and Peter Roodhuyzen, Kerry Brossier, Charles Brousse, Josie and Martin Brown, Chris Brown, Devi Brown, Peter Brown, Becky Brudniak, Jay Brusseau, Susie Buck, Anna Buoncristiani Irvine, Gertrude Burke, Peggy Burke, Shirley Burnett, Sally Burr, Carolyn Burt, Robert and Elza Burton, Jan Burval and Leslie Katz, Marti Bush, Tara Bushore, Libby Byers, Bob Cahn and Jackie Engstrom, Meridith Cahn, Patricia A. Cambron, Sally Mars Carey, Joe and Sue Carlomagno, Matt Carlson, Kathy Carrasco, Jennifer Carrick, Albert Casselhoff, Sue Castagna, Francine Castner, Mario Cattaneo, Barbara Cerutti, Lindsay Chambers, Monika Chan, Stewart Chapman, Shirley S. Chater, Lucia Chaudron, Steven Che, Tiffany Che, Jane Cheshire-Allen, Catherine Chiosso, John Chiosso, Julie H. Chrisman, Sondra Claire, Gillian Clark, Megan Clark, Naomi Z. Clark, Leanne Clayton, Lita Clear Sky, Skip and Lorinda Clemens, Karen Clothier, Janet Clover, Ronald and Clyman, Mary Coccellato, Jeffrey and Bonnie Cohen, Alexander J. Cohen, Joan Cohen, Nina R. Cohen, Suzi Cohen, Denise Cohn, Michael Colacchio, Brian and Barbara Comnes, Patricia A. Connelly, F. Conrad, Sophia Constantinou, Meli Cook, Fred and Mary Coons, Sondra P. Cooper, Amy Corbin, Al and Maggie Cornwell, Teresa Corrigan, Carolyn Sue Couls, Brigitte Coutu and Kevin Klatt, Jack K. Covington, Frances Cowan, Janice Coyne, Marney Craig,

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Mill Valley Film Festival Martling, Laura Marx, Deborah Masters, Don Mathews, Brandon Matthews, Dianne Maxon, Gary Maxworthy, Heidi Mayer, Peter and Sarah McAndrew, Matt Mcbride, Cristi McCabe, Maureen McCabe, Michael McCabe, Frances McCain, Ian McCamey, Scott McCargar, Tully McCarroll, Lynn McCarthy and David Malone, Mark and Auriela McCarthy, Charles P. McCarthy, Kieran McCartney, Mark McCaustland, Charmene McClarren, Mary Beth McClure and Paul Marra, Mary Margaret McClure, Nancy McCombs and Ken Lai, Corky McCord, Susan Madeline McCormick, Jane and Ian McDonald, Timothy and Susan McDonald, Nancy K. McDonald, Sue McDowell, Bill McGlashan, Teresa McGlashan, Mickey McGowan, Shirley McGrath, Beverly McIntosh, Mikki Mcintyre, Elizabeth M. McKersie, Wendy McLaughlin, Mike McLennan, Joe McLoughlin, Deborah McMahan, Laura McNabo, Nancy McNary, Jo McPeak, Martin McReynolds, Carolyn Means, Gail M. Meblin, Dennie Mehocich, Nita B. Mehrten, Juan’s Place, Daniel Meltzer, Loretta Merat, Janet Mercer, Jennifer Merkle, Glinda Messina, Marcia Meyers, Doreen Miao, Blossom Michaeloff, Golda Michelson, Caleb and Terri Miller, Marc Miller and Patrice Forte-Miller, Ina Miller, Ronald Miller, Victoria L. Miller, Frances Miller, Kristina Millikan, Abigail Millikan-State, Will Minor, Joan Miura, Curt Miyashiro, Jayme Mogen, Karen Mondoux, Lynn Monica, Carol Monpere, Susan Montrose, Michael Moore, Gail Morfin, Tamara Morgan, Marjorie Morgenstern, Patricia Morris, Doris Mortensen, Sharon L. Mortenson, Cindy Morton, Jan Mosgofian, Gerald M. Moskowitz, Philip Moyer, John Muller, Anne Mulvaney, Susan Mulvey, Catherine Munson, Laura Murra, Barbara Myers, Ursula Nachtrieb, Hilda Namm, Nadine N. Narita, Ali Navarro, Lisa Nave, Richard Neill, James Nelson and Mary Armour Nelson, Jean R. Nelson, Robert Neumann, William Newland, Amy Ng, Doug Nichol, Pamela Nichter, Jill Nicols and John Harris, Robin Niemeyer, Jan Nilsen, Joan Nilsen, Rob Nilsson, Dan Nishimura, Susan Nissim, Nancy Ziegler Nodelman, Mark and Kay Noguchi, Inger Norman, Clair Norman, Marion Novasic, Karla Nygaard, Lynne Oberlander, Lily O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Robert O’Donnell, Karen P. Offereins, Kaori Okada, Carol Oldham, David Oliver, Susan Olsen, Lane and Steven Olson, Jeffrey Olson, Laurie Oman and Brian Gould, Karyn Omohundro, Caroline Oreilly, Lesley Orford, Eileen Ormiston, Judy Osborne, Stephen B. Oshry, George Osterkamp, David Ostiller, Gary Oswald, Dianna and David Overmyer, Burr Overstreet, Joan Owen, Christine Owens, Victoria Palmason, Pat Palmer, Solvig PalmNicholls, Darci Palmquist, Anita Palonsky, Eric Palubinskas, Beverly Parayno and Isso Noir, Dwight and Celeste Parcell, Davida Pardo, John Parker, Denise Parsons, Margaret Partlow, Michael Patten, Lois Patton, Drew Pearce, Cybelle Pelcher, Yveline Pelletier, Dana Pepp, Penny Pera, P.J. Perring, Alicia Perry, James Pesavento, Tamra Peters and Bill Carney, Johanna Petersen, Linda Petri, Sherry Petrini, John Petrovsky, Ronald Pharis, Woody and CC Phillips, David W. Phillips, Mark Phillips, Susan Piallat, Jeanne Pieters, Kathlyn Pihl, William A. Piltzer, Mindy Pines, Selma Pinsker, Jacob Pispecky, Joanna Plocki, Harry Podany, Dave Pogrel and Chalita Photikoe, Michael Polaire, Maggie Polan, Carol and William Pollak, Edward Pollak, Chris Pollock, Susan Porth, Emily Porzia, Robert Powell, Madeleine L. Powers, Francesca Prada, Flora Praszker, Sean and Eileen Prendiville, Paul Preston, Paul Pribuss, Carol Price, Sandra Prickitt, Fred and Ineke Priest, Val Pristera, Charlotte Prozan, Alan Ptashek, Audrey K. Pulis, Jon Paul Puno, Conan Putman, Kenn Rabin, Sue Ellen Raby, Howard and Evi Rachelson, Alissa Ralston, Michael Ralston, Alan S. Ramadan, Lewis Rambo, Ingrid Ramsay, Su Ranft, Nani L. Ranken, Patricia Ravitz, Douglas Reilly, Ulla Reilly, Steven Reinstein, Haydn Reiss, Robert Riboli, Sheri Rice, Lori Rifkin, Mimi Riley, Fred Ritzenberg and Stacey Cooper, Ann Rivo, John

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Dan Ivanick Arnie the Doughnut

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Heather Cappiello Ruby’s Tuesday

Derek Flood Emelia

Neil Jack The Tree Officer

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Manuel Carmons Ché in Our Lives

Melissa Jacobs Solemates

Topaz Adizes Seven Miles Alone

Niki Caro North Country

Péter Forgács El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War

Maciek Albrecht Duck for President How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

Marc Caro Delicatessen

Beth Armstrong Passion with a Pedigree Phil Aupperle The Big Race

Stephen Frears Mrs. Henderson Presents Thor Freudenthal Motel

Karen Dee Carpenter My Scarlet Letter

Jacqui Frost What Is Gay?

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Daniel Garcia Ché in Our Lives

John Cernak Dear, Sweet Emma

Hank Azaria Nobody’s Perfect

Wade Gardner Beers, Steers and Queers

Tania Cervantes Victims of Fashion

Sam Ball Poumy Noah Baumbach The Squid and the Whale Keith Bearden The Raftman’s Razor

Tyler Garner Victims of Fashion

J. Lisa Chang The Big Empty

Alex George The Santa Claus Happy Tyme Show

Aloura M. Charles La Magique Noire

Abby Ginzberg Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey

Richard Ciupka The Incomparable Miss C.

Mark Becker Romántico

Ryu Jang-ha Springtime Stefan Jarl The Girl from Auschwitz Christopher Jaymes In Memory of My Father Jean-Pierre Jeunet Amélie Delicatessen Pas de repos pour Billy Brakko Youna Jin The Gift Rian Johnson Brick Phil Johnston Flightless Birds Antonia Kao Pup

Jon Goldman Kind of a Blur

Yasmine Kassari The Sleeping Child

Gillian Grisman Press On

Nancy Kelly Smitten

Gidi Dar Ushpizin

Roberta Grossman Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action

Tamarind King Solemates

Kief Davidson The Devil’s Miner

Ciro Guerra The Wandering Shadows

Oded Binnun Tuesday’s Women

Nicole de Coteau Train Truck

Lucas Guilkey The Weight of Justice

Delaney Bishop The Death of Salvador Dali

Mijke de Jong Bluebird

Eric Black Frozen Angels

Gaelle Denis City Paradise

Blair Academy MSU Chapel

Michel Deville The Art of Breaking Up

Jesse Block Brotherly Jazz: The Music and Stories of Percy, Jimmy & Albert “Tootie” Heath

David Di Sabatino Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher

Maria Blom Dalecarlians

Guy Dimenstein The Messiah

Aaron Himelstein Sugar Mountain

Mike Blum The Zit

Clara Dudley Indebted Joyfully

Tassos Boulmetis A Touch of Spice

Justin Edgar Special People

Ryuichi Hiroki Girlfriend, Someone Please Stop the World

Mystelle Brabbeé Highway Courtesans

Rick Elgood One Love

Mihal Brezis Tuesday’s Women

Holger Ernst Rain Is Falling

David L. Brown The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story

Eric Escobar One Weekend a Month

Chris Brown Scared New World

Jules Feiffer I Lost My Bear!

Edward A. Burger Amongst White Clouds

Meredith Finkelstein Video Out

Peter Mackie Burns Milk

Renate Fleischer Fast Crapper

Peter Byrne Second Sight

Dave Fleischer Hoppity Goes to Town

Brad Coley The Undeserved

Shaz Bennett Top of the Circle

Paul Couvela Pingu Digs a Hole

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Kenzo Hakuta Fall LisaGay Hamilton Beah: A Black Woman Speaks John Harden La Vie d’un Chien J.R. Heffelfinger Niji No Shita Ni / Under the Rainbow Liisa Helminen Pelican Man

Alex Hoof Hearts Will Break Bobby Houston Mighty Times: The Children’s March Kathy Huang Jaywalking Erin Hudson Unhitched Dwight Hwang The Goo’d War Simon Hynd Tumshie McFadgen’s Bid for Ultimate Bliss Leigh Iacobucci Jaywalking The Mother in Me

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Theo Lipfert Taubman Sucks Lu Lippold Wellstone! Miguel Littin The Last Moon Aku Louhimies Frozen Land Sarah Lovrien Examining the Teenage Girl Dan Luke Wellstone! Heather Lyn MacDonald Been Rich All My Life Luis Mandoki Innocent Voices James Mangold Walk the Line Samantha Marx Solemates Zola Maseko Drum Jimmy Mathew Fall Stephanie Maxwell Second Sight Lesley McClintock Ripples of Light Monteith McCollum Lawn Michael McCormick Arrest Assured Scott McGehee Bee Season Tamara Meem The First Thing I Remember Farhad Mehranfar The Winter Song Dani Menkin 39 Pounds of Love Rudolf Mestdagh Ellektra Radu Mihaileanu Live and Become Coleman Miller Uso Justo Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi So Close, So Far John Mitchell Goodnight Bill Keefe Murren iThemba | Hope Doan Thanh Nghia Bride of Silence Rob Nilsson Need Peder Norlund Wolf Summer Kristen Nutile Police Blotter Colin Nutley The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls

Stephen Olsson SOUND OF THE SOUL: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Maysoon Pachachi Return to the Land of Wonders Jonathan Parker The Californians Robert Adrian Pejo Dallas Among Us Silvije Petranovic The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) Renji Philip An American Dream Lucy Phillips my tiny universe Jarrell Phillips Victims of Fashion Doan Minh Phuong Bride of Silence Adam Pilkington Lion Eugenio Polgovsky Tropic of Cancer Marco Ponti Round Trip Miloje Popovic Accidents Nick Poppy Zombie-American Michael Powell I Know Where I’m Going! The Red Shoes Emeric Pressburger I Know Where I’m Going! The Red Shoes Heather Rae Trudell Phil Ramuno Bringing Up BayBay Samantha Rebillet Butterfly Man Jane Reed My Eyes Were Fresh, The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann Matt Reiter Hearts Will Break Aliaa Remtilla Dear Reid Carina Renner The Virgin Suicides Jody Rice The Rubber Duckling Bobby Roth Berkeley Marc Rothemud Sophie Scholl: The Last Days Ulrich Rydzewski Carpatia Ira Sachs Forty Shades of Blue Ovidio Salazar Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness Ramon Alos Sanchez Accidents

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Irving Saraf An Iraqi Lullaby

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Robinson Savary Bye-Bye Blackbird

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Stefan Scaini Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story

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Allan Schindler Second Sight

Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen Lepel

Henry Selick Moongirl

Paula van der Oest Hidden Flaws

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David Siegel Bee Season

Nelson Walker iThemba | Hope

Newton Thomas Sigel The Big Empty

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Daniel Silber-Baker Hearts Will Break

Michael Wallin To Hold a Heart

Shelly Silver What I’m Looking For

Ken Wardrop Undressing My Mother

Lance Slaton Life Ride

Josh Weinberg Beers, Steers and Queers

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Roger Weisberg Rosevelt’s America

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Kamal Tabrizi A Piece of Bread

Pamela Yates State of Fear

Yuki Tanada Moon and Cherry

Ben Younger Prime

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Ushpizin Picture House Films elizabeth.brambilla@picturehouse films.com www.ushpizin.com Uso Justo Coleman Miller splurn@aol.com 612.728.9190 phone www.colemanmiller.com

Wellstone! Hard Working Pictures dan@hwpics.com 651.641.0792 phone 651.641.8573 fax www.hwpics.com

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A Party Center Adolph Gasser Alexander’s Rugs Ambatalia Fabrics American Airlines

154 56 149 49 141 2

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

154

Arab Film Distribution

146

Aroma Cafe

150

Art Works Downtown

149

At Home at Sweet Things At Home In Marin – Jonathan Marks Bank of Marin Baskin Robbins

43 25 IFC 149

Bellam Self-Storage & Boxes 114 Best Beverage Catering

98

Blake’s at Boundary Oak

136

Bogie’s Cafe/Soup to Nuts Catering Brickley Productions

110 96

Budish Insurance Services

150

Carpet Concepts

141

CBS 5

120

Chef’s Touch Catering

100

Cingular Wireless

140

Coldwell Banker

19

Comcast

15

Cook Paging

154

Corporate Media Systems

149

Courtyard Larkspur Landing

116

Fiske Video Productions The Folk Art Gallery Frank Howard Allen Realtors Frank Howard Allen – Downtown Mill Valley

118 150 107 25 99

Frantoio Ristorante

20

G2 Mill Valley

141 57

MECCA

116

Mill Valley Art & Paper

146

Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce

146

Mill Valley Services

154

Montecito Shopping Center

130 134

Grace Street Catering

133

MW General Contracting

44

Nutella

42 13

Groove Eleven

62

128

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

102

Skywalker Sound

132

Sounds Ahead

114

Sparkology

134

Strawberry Village Dental Care-Joseph L. Bauer

96

Strawberry Village

97

Stefano’s Pizzeria

148

Stephan-Hill

57

Stephanie Witt - Pacific Union

44

Subaru

119

Hotel Sausalito

115

Patrik Argast

130

Idyllwild Arts

148

Pearl’s Phat Burgers

146

Innovative Remodeling & Design

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

113

124

Take A Dip Fondue Fountains 148

Point 360

130

Tamalpais Bank

Public Design

104

Teak Motion Visuals

Rec Center Studio

124

Technicolor

Rental Express Video

134

Tureaud Events

133

Ubiquity Records

125

University of California Press

154

Intero Real Estate Services – Larkspur Landing Jennie Low’s Joe Pucci & Sons Seafood Joie de Vivre Hospitality Jonathan Sprague

IBC 43 126 36 124

Judy’s Breadsticks

38

KGO Newstalk AM810

27

Kimball’s

121

Kodak

60

KQED

112

La Ginestra

44

Lexus of Marin

57

The Lodge at Tiburon

140

Lucasfilm Ltd.

BC 111

132

Marin BMW Motorcycles

38

Marin Community Foundation

30

Marin Hotels

125

Richard J. Idell Richardson Architects The Richmonds — Jane and Peter Right Brain Media Rims & Goggles

43 148 53 106 96

Robyn Color

114

Ritz Carlton Hotel

118

Russel & Davis Architects SAGIndie

109

THE SAK

129

San Francisco magazine San Rafael BID

9

Swan Dive

149

Sweetwater

134

18 141 48

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 117 WIRED magazine

12

World of Sound

96

Yet Wah Restaurant

132

14 1

San Rafael Joe’s

146

SBC SMART Yellow Pages – West

127

44

Marin Independent Journal

8

Scandinavian Designs

37

Evo Spa

97

Marin Luxury Cars

4

Scheyer/SF

28

Fabrizio Ristorante

148

Marin Oriental Rugs

105

Scorpion Graphix

108

Falco Construction

116

Marin Suites Hotel

101

Seawood Photo

150

Marich Confectionary

146

SF MOMA

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Sutton Suzuki Architects

6

ElementFX

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SF Weekly

Old Mill Properties

DigiQuest Learning Center

52

126

103

Marin Acura

Fireman’s Fund

SF Station

Hartmann Studios

118

148

26

Mountain Home Inn

Design Within Reach

Dorothy J. Slattery, DDS

150

144

29

32

10

Giraffex Graphic Design

Crystal Geyser Water Company

Dolby Laboratories

Massage Therapists Group McGuire Real Estate

Frank Howard Allen – Strawberry Village

Frogs

Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan

28

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TITLE INDEX

Mill Valley Film Festival 39 Pounds of Love

66

Dear Reid Dear, Sweet Emma

5@5: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

66

5@5: All I Really Want to Do

66

5@5: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 66 5@5: Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat

67

5@5: Simple Twist of Fate

67

5@5: Tangled Up in Blue

67

9

89

Accidents

67

91 89

88

Delicatessen

41

Kind of a Blur

67

Delwende

26

The Lady from Sockholm

81

The Devil’s Miner

72

Different Drummers

73

Drum

73

Duck for President

85

Ellektra

73

Emelia

89

Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness

68

Amélie

41

An American Dream

67

Fall

66

Amongst White Clouds

68

Fast Crapper

73

Fateless

74

Feed the Starter

85

Arrest Assured

89

78

Jaywalking

66

85

iThemba|Hope 67

Afternoon

Arnie the Doughnut

88

The Death of Salvador Dali

Depression Served Six Ways

Examining the Teenage Girl (Sweet and Sick)

88

The Eye Inside

66

The Fakir

73

83 47

Let the Children Lead

79

Prime

83

Life Ride

67

Pup

88

88

The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls

83

Lion

87

Race Is the Place

84

The Little Terrorist

79

The Raftman’s Razor

66

Little Things

67

Rain Is Falling

66

Live and Become

79

The Red Shoes

35

Maestro

67

Remote Paradise

89

La Magique Noire

67

The Matador

64

Return to the Land of Wonders

84

Ripples of Light

89

Light in an Elevator (Sweet and Sick)

Max and Josef: Double Trouble

79

Romántico

84

66

Rooted in Rebellion (Sweet and Sick)

Milk

67

Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher 74

The Milk Can

80

Moon and Cherry

80

Frozen Angels

74

Moongirl

89

Frozen Land

75

Motel

67

The Gift (Sweet and Sick)

88

The Mother in Me

89

The Girl from Auschwitz

75

Mrs. Henderson Presents

64

67

The Big Race

79

83

Girlfriend, Someone Please Stop the World 75

MSU Chapel (Sweet and Sick)

88

Birth of Industry

66

The Goo’d War

89

The Blue Aspic

78

Goodnight Bill

67

Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress

80

Bluebird

69

Guernsey

75

Boats out of Watermelon Rinds

70

Hearts Will Break (Sweet and Sick)

88

Brick

70

The Hi De Ho Show

76

Hidden Flaws

76

Highway Courtesans

76

Bride of Silence

70

The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story

70

Bringing Up BayBay

67

Brotherly Jazz: The Music and Stories of Percy, Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath 71 Butterfly Man Bye-Bye Blackbird

73 71

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action

76

Hoppity Goes to Town

77

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? I Know Where I’m Going!

85 35

The Californians

71

I Lost My Bear!

85

Carpatia

71

Immediate Boarding

77

Ché in Our Lives (Sweet and Sick)

88

In Memory of My Father

77

City of Mermaids

73

The Incomparable Miss C.

77

City Paradise

66

Indebted Joyfully (Sweet and Sick)

88

Dalecarlians

72

Innocent Voices

78

Dallas Among Us

72

An Iraqi Lullaby

84

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88

Pride & Prejudice

74

The Big Empty

To Hold a Heart

Press On

Forty Shades of Blue

69

88

79

79

88

73

Tender Gender Benders

66

Flutter Kick

Berkeley

Taubman Sucks

Lepel

Mighty Times: The Children’s March

Beers, Steers and Queers

84

Lawn

66

69

66

Police Blotter

75

Flightless Birds

Been Rich All My Life

88

Tama Tü

Poumy

The Messiah

65

Sweet and Sick

85

78

The First Thing I Remember 66

69

85

Pingu and the Band

The Last Moon

68

Bee Season

Pingu Digs a Hole

88

89

Bed Stories

66

78

Bastard Wants to Hit Me

68

Sugar Mountain

Postcards from Paris (Sweet and Sick)

The Art of Breaking Up

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks

83

A Piece of Bread

Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road

My Eyes Were Fresh, The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann

70

45

Tribute: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

39

Tribute: Jeff Daniels

54

Tribute: Michael Powell

33

Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

89

Tropic of Cancer

89

78 84

67

The Rubber Duckling

85

The Undeserved

90

Ruby’s Tuesday

81

The Santa Claus Happy Tyme Show

Undressing My Mother

67

Unhitched

73

89

Ushpizin

90

Saratan

85

Uso Justo

67

Scared New World

85

Second Sight

90

Victims of Fashion (Sweet and Sick)

88

Seven Miles Alone

66

Video Out

90

Shopgirl

85

La Vie d’un Chien

67

Short Films for Little People 85

The Virgin Suicides (Sweet and Sick)

88

Sir! No Sir!

86

The Wandering Shadows

91

The Sleeping Child

86

Web Cam Girls

91

Smitten

73

So Close, So Far

86

The Weight of Justice (Sweet and Sick)

88

Wellstone!

91

81

Nobody’s Perfect

67

North Country

81

¡Ole! (Sweet and Sick)

88

One Love

82

One Weekend a Month

66

online

66

Tribute: Donald Sutherland

Round Trip

Niji No Shita Ni / Under the Rainbow

82

The Tree Officer

Rosevelt’s America

81

El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War

51

66

Need

82

67

Transamerica

Tumshie McFadgen’s Bid for Ultimate Bliss

81

Pelican Man

Transaction

Tuesday’s Women

my tiny universe

73

85

88

The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits)

Passion With a Pedigree

Train

85

80

67

89

90

66

Pas de repos pour Billy Brakko

66

A Touch of Spice

Trudell

My Scarlet Letter

82

Top of the Circle

Truck

My Nikifor

Paradise Now

A Toon for the Misbegotten 89

86

What I’m Looking For

67

Solemates (Sweet and Sick) 88

What Is Gay?

88

Sophie Scholl: The Last Days

The Winner (Sweet and Sick)

88

The Winter Song

91

Wolf Summer

91

Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey

87

87

SOUND OF THE SOUL: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

87

Special People

66

Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story

87

Spotlight: Felicity Huffman

50

Springtime

88

The Squid and the Whale

65

State of Fear

88

XL

79

The Zit

89

Zombie-American

66

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