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3 Director’s Note Mayor’s Proclamation 5 Donors
23 Closing Night 24 Outdoor Art Club
25 Live Performances at 142 Throckmorton Theatre
9 Event and Hotel Sponsors
27 New Movies Lab
11 Festival Information Maps and Venues
28 Children’s FilmFest
13 CFI Membership 15 CFI Board of Directors 17 In Memoriam 22 Opening Night
29 Youth Focus 31 CFI Outreach 35 The Tao of Film 39 Tribute to Helen Mirren
Alejandro González Iñárritu
48 Spotlight on Alejandro González Iñárritu
141 How to Become a Sponsor How to Volunteer
53 Tribute to Tim Robbins
143 In-Kind Donors Screening Committees and Sponsors
61 The Doors Going on 40 69 Film Categories Official Premiere Selection
145 Acknowledgments 147 Print Sources
70 Film Descriptions
152 Films by Filmmaker
101 Film Calendar
155 Films by Country
131 Creative Credits
159 Advertiser Index
132 Festival Staff
160 Title Index
137 CFI Members
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A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Welcome to the 29th Mill Valley Film Festival!
MAYOR’S PROCLAMATION City of Mill Valley, Office of the Mayor
Despite digital ﬁlmmaking’s democratization of the medium, a good ﬁlm is still a very difﬁcult thing to make. A successful ﬁlm that engages the audience relies more often than not on good, old-fashioned storytelling. This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival is blessed with compelling ﬁlms that are eloquent and passionate, with stories that transport us to other worlds—real, possible and fantastic. This 29th edition of MVFF will show 231 ﬁlms in 11 days: 104 features, of which 38 are premieres, and 127 short ﬁlms. Festival events include our everpopular Children’s FilmFest; the New Movies Lab with its opportunities for aspiring ﬁlmmakers to dialogue with veteran artists; our stellar and star-studded opening and closing galas; the MVFF tributes, awarded to those who exemplify excellence in their art; and a ﬁne complement of musical performances and other activities. This year we are proud to honor Helen Mirren, clearly one of the most highly regarded actors on stage or screen. Included in our tribute program is the screening of her latest award-winning performance in The Queen, from director Stephen Frears. We are also excited to have uncompromising ﬁlmmaker and superbly gifted actor Tim Robbins as a tributee this year. His latest ﬁlm Catch a Fire, directed by Phillip Noyce and with superb performances by Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna, screens at the Festival. The spotlight award this year goes to director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Closely on the heels of his ﬁrst two features, Amores Perros and 21 Grams, Babel, which will be shown as part of the spotlight program, has conﬁrmed initial critical and popular opinion that Iñárritu is a most original and signiﬁcant director. The Festival opens with two powerful ﬁlms: the US premiere of Breaking and Entering, Anthony Minghella’s multilayered relationship drama starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn; and Kevin Macdonald’s intense thriller The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker in a brilliant portrayal of former Ugandan president Idi Amin. Our closing ﬁlm is the world premiere of The Astronaut Farmer, the Polish brothers’ highly anticipated new feature starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen.
WHEREAS, the Mill Valley Film Festival has presented outstanding local and international films in this community for 29 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, Anne B. Solem, Mayor of the City of Mill Valley, take great pleasure in supporting the 29th Annual Festival by proclaiming October 5–15, 2006, as Mill Valley Film Festival Days in Mill Valley.
ANNE B. SOLEM Mayor of Mill Valley
Between opening and closing are literally hundreds of great shorts, documentaries and narrative ﬁlms from 43 countries. My hope is that you will have the chance to see as many of these incredible ﬁlms as possible. As always, I would like to remind our Festival attendees that in producing a festival of this caliber, approximately 50 percent of our income is generated by contributions. I also want to thank everyone who has once again worked tirelessly to make the Festival possible: to our generous donors, our dedicated staff, our board of directors and volunteer staff, our wonderful audiences and, of course, especially the artists whose creations we are so privileged and excited to share.
MARK FISHKIN MVFF Executive Director
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festival information maps and venues PARKING In Mill Valley: Two-hour parking meters in downtown Mill Valley operate 9:00 am–6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and cars parked over two hours are subject to ticketing. Although meters are free after 6:00 pm and on weekends, the two-hour limit is still enforced. See map for directions and parking areas. In San Rafael: There are parking garages throughout the downtown San Rafael area. Twohour parking meters in San Rafael operate 9:00 am–6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and cars parked for more than two hours are subject to ticketing. Meters are free after 6:00 pm and on Sundays. See map for directions and parking areas.
FESTIVAL SHOPS Visit our Festival shop for ofﬁcial Festival merchandise, which make great holiday gifts for yourself and other ﬁlm lovers. The Festival shop is located at the San Rafael ticket outlet and the Outdoor Art Club during the Festival.
ORDERING TICKETS We offer many convenient ways to purchase tickets. Tickets go on sale to members on September 14 and to the general public on September 18. You may purchase tickets in the following ways:
ETIQUETTE 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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RESERVED SEATING 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.
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION Membership information will be available at Festival ticket outlets, the Outdoor Art Club and at the Smith Rafael Film Center. New members may join, and old friends may renew or upgrade their existing memberships.
Ticket outlet hours and information about how to purchase tickets can be found on our Web site and on page 58 of the MVFF newsprint schedule.
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Levels of Participation: The nonprofit California Film Institute relies on the $55 Associate $100 Film Fan $200 Gold Star $325 Director’s Circle $650 Premier Patron $1250 Cinema Benefactor
generosity of its community to thrive. Your ﬁnancial support enables CFI to continue offering quality programming and events at the Rafael and the Mill Valley Film Festival, and to offer our free outreach and education program to children and young adults. More than 3,000 CFI members share our passion for great ﬁlm that inspires and challenges us to see the world from a new perspective.
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Ann Brebner Rita Cahill Mark Fishkin Sid Ganis Gary Meyer Gordon Radley Henry Timnick EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/FOUNDER Richard Idell
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Mark Fishkin, president Lois Kohl Shore, vice president Rita Cahill, secretary/CFO HONORARY ADVISORY BOARD
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In Memoriam: Joan Lehua OCTOBER 31, 1927—JULY 3, 2006
Joan Lehua embraced life with a love, openness and generosity that touched her family, her friends and, as a long-time volunteer at Mill Valley Film Festival, the local community. Many Festival-goers who might not have known her by name would recognize Joan by her graceful presence as she took tickets at the door of the Sequoia—one of the many roles she played in her incredible decade and a half of support for the Festival. She brought her warmth, her kindness and her sense of fun to many a backstage task, stufﬁng envelopes and the like even at times when her health was challenging. A 50-year resident of Strawberry, Joan was full of energy and enthusiasm for all she did. She loved to cook and regularly brought wonderful soups to the MVFF ofﬁces at the height of the Festival season; she loved to camp and she loved to dance—she was always the ﬁrst to tell you she had a great pair of legs. Most of all, she loved her family: her late husband, Manuel; her children, Connie (Katsumi), Janet and Robert; her grandchildren, Desone (Jackie) and Kahea; and her great-grandchild, Thalia.
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FOLLOWING THE OPENING NIGHT SCREENINGS AT THE RAFAEL AND THE SEQUOIA, COME JOIN US AT STRAWBERRY VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER FOR OUR OPENING GALA!
opening night Come party the night away, rubbing elbows with ﬁlmmakers and dignitaries, and enjoying music by local favorite The Edge and their rock-reggae celebration of the rhythms of New Orleans and Cuba.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY Thursday, October 5, 9:30 pm–12:00 am Strawberry Village Shopping Center SEE BELOW FOR TICKET OPTIONS
You and your taste buds will enjoy culinary delights provided by Strawberry Village restaurants Pasta Pomodoro and Pizza Antica, and by All Seasons Catering and Events Ondine, with delectable desserts by “Take a Dip” Fondue Fountains, Edible Arrangements and Dianda’s Italian Pastry.
BREAKING AND ENTERING Thursday, October 5, 7:00 and 7:15 pm CinéArts@Sequoia
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
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UK 2006 121 MINS Invited Guest: Forest Whitaker
UK 200 120 MINS Invited Guests: Robin Wright Penn, Sydney Pollack Director/Screenwriter Anthony Minghella Producers Sydney Pollack, Anthony Minghella, Timothy Bricknell Cinematographer Benoit Delhomme Editor Lisa Gunning Cast Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Raﬁ Gavron Print Source Weinstein/Miramax/MGM
Breaking in, breaking up, breaking the law—reality and metaphor crash loudly and with muted intensity throughout this multilayered drama by the talented Mr. Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, The English Patient). A successful landscape architect, Will (Jude Law) and his partner open a new high-tech ofﬁce in London’s sketchy King’s Cross neighborhood, where they’ve planned a grand redevelopment project. Within days, the ofﬁce is burglarized, and in the aftermath relationships quickly begin to unravel and intersect. Staking out the ofﬁce in hopes of intercepting the thieves, Will catches Miro, a teenage refugee from Sarajevo, in the act. Rather than have him arrested, Will ﬁnds himself impulsively drawn toward Miro’s single mother, Amira (Juliette Binoche). With distance growing between Will and Liv, his long-term Swedish-American girlfriend (Robin Wright Penn), Will becomes enmeshed in a complex tale of ﬁdelity, ethnicity, and the ﬁerce devotion of a mother to her child. —J. Parsont
Director Kevin Macdonald Producers Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood, Charles Steel Screenwriters Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle Editor Justine Wright Cast Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney Print Source Fox Searchlight Pictures
Through a ﬂuke, a young Scottish doctor becomes personal physician to brutal Ugandan president Idi Amin, in this compelling ﬁction set against actual historical events of the 1970s. Forest Whitaker carves a towering performance, equally funny and ferocious as the charismatic tyrant who makes a personal conﬁdant of his bedazzled medic, played by James McAvoy. At ﬁrst the doctor thoroughly enjoys his new power and privileges, with Amin’s eccentric bravado and seductive charm blinding him to the true nature of his Faustian bargain. By the time he discovers the extent of his leader’s murderous acts and atrocities, however, it may be too late for him to escape from the heart of darkness. Based on the novel by Giles Foden, and also starring Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson, this intense and absorbing thriller was ﬁlmed on location in Uganda by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Touching the Void). —R. Peterson Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories.
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AFTER THE CLOSING NIGHT SCREENINGS, HEAD ON DOWN TO THE BEAUTIFUL SAUSALITO WATERFRONT TO CELEBRATE THE FINALE OF 11 DAYS OF SUPERB CINEMA
THE ASTRONAUT FARMER Sunday, October 15, 5:30 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center FILM AND PARTY $65 ASTR15P FILM ONLY $25 ASTR15R
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US 2006 103 MINS Invited Guests: Michael and Mark Polish, Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen
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Director Michael Polish Producers Len Amato, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Paula Weinstein Screenwriters Mark Polish, Michael Polish Cinematographer M. David Mullen Editor James Haygood Cast Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Blake Nelson, J.K. Simmons Print Source Warner Independent Pictures
In the latest by the Polish Brothers (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork), Billy Bob Thornton is Charlie Farmer, a soft-spoken Texas rancher with a dream—a giant one that requires 10,000 pounds of high-grade jet fuel. Once an astronaut-in-training before his military career was derailed, Farmer is now days away from launching himself into space in the Mercury-era rocket he built himself. With the support of his wife Audie (Virginia Madsen), their children and Audie’s father Hal (Bruce Dern), Farmer battles foreclosure on their ranch, a small-town community of disbelievers, the FAA and an onslaught of federal agents—all determined to shut him down. When the media arrive, Farmer’s quest becomes a national cause célèbre, adding pressure that blasts the “Farmer space program” off in unexpected directions. But Farmer will not let himself be grounded again, remaining steadfast to his goal of breaking through Earth’s atmosphere and inspiring his children to pursue their own dreams.—J. Parsont
Stroll Sausalito’s Bay Model Visitor Center and mingle with ﬁlmmakers and other Festival attendees while sipping delicious drinks and enjoying sumptuous edibles from Perry’s Gourmet Catering. Additional treats will be provided by Edible Arrangements, Judy’s Breadsticks and “Take a Dip” Fondue Fountains. Sponsored by Qantas Airways.
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outdoor art club The Outdoor Art Club is the place to be during the Mill Valley Film Festival! From October 6–15, join us at the beautiful Bernard Maybeck–designed Outdoor Art Club (OAC) at 1 West Blithedale in Mill Valley, just across from CinéArts@Sequoia. Built in 1904, the OAC was formed by a group of Mill Valley women whose goal was to preserve the town’s beauty. Come to the OAC for Festival information and merchandise or to sign up to become a California Film Institute member.
Before and after the movies, meet your friends at the Festival Café for drinks and delicious food provided by Perry’s Deli & Gourmet Catering. Fresh wraps and sushi rolls, hot soups, delectable salads and desserts, as well as beer, wine, juices and Italian waters will be available for purchase each day. Live music by talented Bay Area musicians will be featured throughout the Festival. CAFÉ AND FESTIVAL STORE HOURS: WEEKDAYS 4:00 TO 8:00 pm WEEKENDS NOON TO 8:00 pm HAPPY HOUR 5:00 TO 7:00 pm The café will be closed Sunday, October 15.
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live performances at 142 throckmorton theatre A vibrant center for the arts and long-time friend of the Mill Valley Film Festival, 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 includes live entertainment with a hilarious night of stand-up comedy and three evenings of incredible music.
The Mill Valley Film Festival Presents G.E. SMITH AND FRIENDS Saturday, October 7, 9:00 pm $50 MUSC07T
In celebration of the new documentary 50 Watt Fuse (see ﬁlm description on page 24), guitarist, composer, singer and bandleader G.E. Smith has orchestrated a night of rock ’n’ roll with a little help from his friends. The former Saturday Night Live bandleader is known as a musician’s musician for his work with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, George Harrison, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Hall & Oates, Buddy Guy and Hot Tuna. For this very exciting event, G.E. Smith will perform with Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, The Flying Other Brothers, Taylor Barton and surprise guests. G.E. Smith
THE DOORS GOING ON 40: AN EVENING WITH RAY MANZAREK AND BEN FONG-TORRES Saturday, October 14, 9:00 pm $40 MUSC14T
In 1966, the Doors became the house band at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, and in 1967 they released their self-titled debut album. Frontman Jim Morrison’s commanding voice and the band’s groundbreaking blend of blues, jazz, rock and Eastern musical elements made them one of the most popular and inﬂuential American rock bands of all time. As the band approaches 40, founding member and keyboardist Ray Manzarek will join renowned rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres to discuss their upcoming book project The Doors by The Doors. Film clips and conversation will be followed by a special performance by Manzarek, with guests including acclaimed poet Michael McClure and eclectic bassist Rob Wasserman. The Doors (Photo by Paul Ferrara © DMC.)
In Association with the Mill Valley Film Festival, 142 Throckmorton Theatre Presents TUESDAY NIGHT COMEDY: MARK PITTA AND FRIENDS Tuesday, October 10, 8:00 pm $15 COME10T
Add a few good laughs to your life! Join us for Tuesday Night Comedy with Mark Pitta and Friends. Mark Pitta hosts an evening for established headliners and up-and-coming comics to work on new material. You might see several comics, an improv group, a comedy video or a scene from a play in progress. LINTON KWESI JOHNSON Thursday, October 12, 8:00 pm $20 GENERAL ADMISSION MUSC12T $30 VIP PRE-SEATING MUSV12T
Join us for a special evening with world-renowned Jamaican-British poet and musician Linton Kwesi Johnson in a performance of his latest work. Revered for his activist reggae poetry set to song, LKJ (as fans call him) released his ﬁrst record, the seminal Dread Beat an’ Blood, in 1978. In the UK, he became the ﬁrst black poet and the second living poet to be included in Penguin Books’ iconic Modern Classics series. Mi Revalueshanary Fren, published by Ausable Press, is Johnson’s longawaited book debut in America. For more information visit 142ThrockmortonTheatre.com. Linton Kwesi Johnson
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“One of the most beautiful cinemas I have been in. A true ‘cathedral of images’ as Fellini would say.” —Walter Salles “It’s a great theater! And the audience was terrific— no doubt because of the theater!”—Peter Bogdanovich “What a beautiful theater—such an incredible restoration.”—Rachel Weisz “A lovely venue for my presentations about visual effects and stop-motion animation.”—Ray Harryhausen “This is a great theater, great facility and great projection.”—Ang Lee “I will remember this amazing and warm welcome.”—Javier Bardem “This is not only a beautiful theater, but it brings great films and special programs...You have created a space that will endure for years to come.”—Diane Baker “(It) was where I saw my first motion picture...Thank you for nurturing the memory and the future.”—David Strathairn “A beautiful space to see movies and meet the community.”—Peter Riegert “I wish this theater were in my neck of the woods.”—Sam Elliott
PERHAPS THE MOST ELEGANT PLACE ON THE PLANET TO SEE GREAT FILMS When the curtain closes on this year’s Festival, plan to stick around. Throughout the year, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center keeps the festivities going with programs of independent and international films, visiting filmmakers and educational activities. Owned and operated by the California Film Institute, the non-profit organization that produces the Mill
Valley Film Festival, the Smith Rafael Film Center is a beautifully restored Art Deco gem, with three screens and state-of-the-art presentation. Since its unveiling in 1999, the Rafael has become a vital part of the lively Bay Area film scene, and it’s closer and more convenient than you might think.
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new movies lab THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING: CINEMATOGRAPHER STYLE Sunday, October 8 12:00–2:00 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center $15 SEM08R
In connection with the screening of Jon Fauer’s ﬁlm Cinematographer Style (see ﬁlm description on page 72), a group of highly regarded cinematographers will discuss their art and its relation to ﬁlmmaking as a collaborative process. This in-depth discussion will begin by taking up the ﬁlm’s subject, the art and craft of cinematography, and branch out to consider questions such as the cinematographer’s relationship to the director and other crew members; the way one becomes a cinematographer (many of those interviewed by Fauer initially set out to be painters, architects, graphic designers, even writers and actors); and the role of technology in art, speciﬁcally, the ways it might inﬂuence a cinematographer’s style. Invited guests: Jon Fauer ﬁlmmaker, cinematographer, author, university lecturer Stephen Lighthill cinematographer, The Grateful Dead, Nash Bridges, Boffo! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters; senior ﬁlmmaker-inresidence, AFI; member ASC Judy Irola cinematographer, Working Girls, The Wobblies; director, Cine Manifest (MVFF 2006); professor of cinematography, USC; member ASC Moderator: Robert Hoffman vice president of marketing, Technicolor Entertainment Services
CINEMASPORTS Sunday, October 8, Intro Meeting 9:00–9:30 am Old Mill Park, Mill Valley FREE
Sunday, October 8, Film Screening 8:00 pm 142 Throckmorton Theatre
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING An In-depth Discussion with Michael and Mark Polish Saturday, October 14 11:00 am–1:00 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center $15 SEM14R
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 arrive at 9:00 am self-equipped and ready to shoot and edit their own cinematic masterpieces by the same-day deadline. Everyone gets the same three lists of predetermined mandatory “ingredients” for their ﬁlms and must return with a completed short ﬁlm (3.5 minutes or less) by 7:00 pm that evening. Instant gratiﬁcation comes one hour later at a public screening of all entries submitted by deadline time, and everyone gets to marvel at the multifarious ways in which the same elements result in entirely different movies. For the second year in a row the Mill Valley Film Festival and Cinemasports are pleased to copresent this fun, exciting opportunity for ﬁlmmakers and ﬁlm enthusiasts alike. Come be a ﬁlmmaker for a day, or join us for the screening to behold the unique, miraculous and often hilarious results! For more information, visit www.cinemasports.com.
The Polish brothers have written, produced and directed four feature ﬁlms: Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot, Northfork and their most recent, The Astronaut Farmer (see ﬁlm description on pages 23 and 77), which has its world premiere as the closing ﬁlm at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival. Recounting their artistic rite of passage for aspiring movie makers everywhere, Michael and Mark Polish have written The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking, a practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring, promoting and distributing both short and feature ﬁlms. In this spirit, they will share their practical knowledge of ﬁlmmaking, from a ﬁlm’s inception to its distribution, and answer questions. This is a unique opportunity to hear ﬁrsthand what it takes to survive (and thrive) as an independent in the ever-changing landscape of ﬁlmmaking. The only one you can count on to get your ﬁlm made is you. Left to chance and other people, your screenplay will likely collect dust and your ﬁlm may never get made. So if you are attempting to make your ﬁrst ﬁlm, learn from our successes, and learn from our mistakes. If you hear yourself saying, “No one wants to make my movie,” make sure that “no one” doesn’t include you. —The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking
ON ACTING (AND LIFE) Saturday, October 14 1:30–3:30pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center $15 SEM214R
A distinguished panel of actors address what it takes to sustain their work, their creativity and their lives. Sharing the experience and wisdom they’ve gained practicing the art and craft of acting for ﬁlm, television and theater, they will discuss what it’s like to develop and maintain the life of a working artist, and recall the inﬂuences and high spots thus far in their careers. In a business known for changeability, is it possible to maintain a balance among the nurturance of the creative self, the pursuit of inspiring roles, and the dayto-day business that the profession entails? The insights of this incredible group promise to be intriguing, whether you are an aﬁcionado of ﬁlm or an aﬁcionado of life. Invited guests: Shawn Ashmore actor, 3 Needles (MVFF 2006), X Men: The Last Stand Karen Black actor, Read You Like a Book (MVFF 2006), Five Easy Pieces, Nashville; MVFF 1996 tributee Virginia Madsen actor, The Astronaut Farmer (MVFF 2006), A Prairie Home Companion, Sideways Michele Shay actor, Gem of the Ocean, He Got Game, Seven Guitars Moderator: Ann Brebner stage director, writer, agent, casting director
Please note: The lineup of panelists may change. We cannot guarantee that those listed will be the ﬁnal guests. Updates will be listed at the Festival ticket outlets, or you may check our Web site, mvff.com.
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children’s filmfest THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE 12TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FILMFEST
When was the last time someone called you childish? Never? Every day? We invite you to come and enjoy being childish, and bring the kids. Festivals offer the chance to see ﬁlms you may never see in theaters, since so many children’s ﬁlms from around the world don’t otherwise appear on American screens.
CHILDREN’S FILMFEST PROGRAMS
Our 11 feature ﬁlms prove that Disney and Pixar aren’t the only game in town. The opening ﬁlm, Hinokio, from Japan, is the US premiere of a fascinating tale of a wheelchair-bound boy’s Pinocchiolike robot that serves as his only way to attend school and to play. In other ﬁlms animals abound, in stories about elephants (Bonkers), dragons (Dobrinya), cats (Pettson and Findus) and an entire ark of animals two by two (Raining Cats and Frogs). Learn how to build a peace tree, and see a rare children’s ﬁlm by renowned producer-director Michael Powell. Plus, we have two short-ﬁlm programs: one for kids up to age 8 and one for kids over 8.
The Boy Who Turned Yellow
Dobrinya and the Dragon Fuss, Mess and Scrumble Grown Up
children’s ﬁlmfest events OPENING FILM AND FESTIVITIES HINOKIO Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am CinéArts@Sequoia Saturday, October 7, 12:00 pm Party at the Outdoor Art Club
Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear Lorange, Mufﬁn and Dartanjang Midsummer Dream
FILM AND PARTY $15 ADULTS, $12 CHILDREN HINO07P
Join us for the US premiere of the Japanese ﬁlm Hinokio, a touching story of a boy, his robot avatar and a tough girl in a near future world. See ﬁlm description on page 82.
FILM ONLY $10 ADULTS, $8 CHILDREN HINO07S PARTY ONLY $5 ADULTS, $4 CHILDREN PARTY07
Our party for kids at the Outdoor Art Club, directly across the street from CinéArts@Sequoia, will feature scrumptious food from Whole Foods Market Mill Valley, desserts from “Take a Dip” Fondue Fountains and live entertainment from family favorite The Bubble Lady!
FREE with any Children’s FilmFest ticket stub.
The Peace Tree Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise Raining Cats and Frogs
About Subtitles To enhance our very young viewer’s appreciation of foreignlanguage movies in the Children’s FilmFest, we provide the unique service of having actors read subtitles aloud, and we play these through individual headphones, which allows those who do not require the service to have an equally pleasurable ﬁlm experience. We have a limited number of headsets, so the arrangement is ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served. The headphone symbol indicates these screenings.
CLOSING FILM AND FESTIVITIES THE PEACE TREE Sunday, October 15, 12:45 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center FILM AND EVENT $10 ADULTS, $8 CHILDREN PEAC15R
After the film, join director Mitra Sen as we build our very own peace tree at the Marin Youth Center, one block from the theater on Third Street. This after-film event is free. See ﬁlm description on page 92.
Move Your World
After our short ﬁlms program, Fuss, Mess and Scrumble (see page 80) join us in a kazoo parade around the block, led by troubadors Orange Sherbet (Tamsen Fynn and Jill Pierce). Free ice cream afterward.
SATURDAY PARADE ICE CREAM AND KAZOOS Saturday, October 14, 1:30 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Age Recommendations Please bear in mind that the age ranges that follow each children’s ﬁlm program description are approximations, and may reﬂect only consideration of a program’s length or subject matter and not necessarily whether the content is appropriate for your child. Every child is different and every parent has different standards.
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youth focus YOUNG CRITICS JURY AND THE YOUTH REEL The Young Critics Jury has developed a rich program during its five years in existence. The three-day crash course held each July includes everything about film we can cram in, through lectures, demonstrations, round-table talks, film screenings and hands-on work. Young critics depart the course significantly better prepared to understand the world of this medium. This summer’s star guests included Mark Brown from Pixar, Susan Gerhard from SF360.org and Jeff White, a creature-creator from ILM. Eddie Muller lectured on film noir, and Bruce Loeb talked to students about music in film and played the organ for a silent Buster Keaton short. Director Finn Taylor showed clips from his upcoming comedy film The Darwin Awards, and Ian Inaba showed clips from his new documentary American Blackout. Rory Enke was a particular hit, screening clips from films and explaining what he does as a location scout. And rounding out the film experience, Joel Bachar from Microcinema International gave the students a taste of avant-garde and personal cinema.
Following these three days, six students from the group were chosen to jury and curate the MVFF youth reel. They watched hours of tapes and DVDs, from which they put together a 90-minute show for the Festival. (See page 83 for the program description for this year’s youth reel, Hyphy.)
In addition to our youth-produced program, Hyphy, and the films in the Children’s FilmFest, the Festival always includes other films that involve youth and children. The list below gives you a reference to these films. Note: Please review film descriptions (see pages 70–99), and use your own judgment as to whether a film is appropriate for your child.
YOUTH FOCUS PROGRAMS Fourteen films from all over the US and one from Australia are included in this year’s program. Jury members were Juliana Britto Schwartz, Lauren Kane, Melissa Chapman, Trevor Fisher, Trevor Green-Smith, Max Sokoloff and Matt Firpo. At the Hyphy screening on October 14, the filmmakers whose work was accepted for the reel will each receive a copy of Final Draft, the premier screenwriting software for professionals, donated by Final Draft.
1:1 The Cave of the Yellow Dog China Blue God Grew Tired of Us Holly Hyphy I Am
CFI’s Outreach will begin accepting applications for its 2007 Young Critics Jury course in April. For more information please call 415.383.5256 x113, or visit our Web site at cafilm.org.
The Liar Shepherd Nail Polish The Trials of Darryl Hunt
youth workshop In this comprehensive, highly interactive workshop, kids will be both cast and crew in producing their own ﬁction ﬁlm. Instructors will lead participants through a fast-paced race against the clock to make a ﬁlm in a day, as part of MVFF’s Cinemasports program. See page 27 for more information on Cinemasports, known as the Iron Chef of Filmmaking! Limited Enrollment. Ages 8 to 18. Attendance required for both days. Includes individual ticket to screening.
SCRIPT TO SCREEN TWO-DAY WORKSHOP: YOUNG FILMMAKERS PLAY CINEMASPORTS! Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am–1:00 pm Sunday, October 8, 9:00 am–4:00 pm Outdoor Art Club Sunday, October 8, ﬁlm screening, 8:00 pm 142 Throckmorton Theatre $200 WORK07
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Entertaining. Educating. Engaging.
Tia Warner Whiteaker and students. Photo by Noah Whiteaker.
At the California Film Institute, we are pleased to bring ďŹ lm to the community of Marin throughout the year. In addition to presenting the annual Mill Valley Film Festival, we proudly own and operate the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, and with CFI Outreach we are able to bring the world of ďŹ lm to local schools and organizations.
A special thank you to San Rafael High School art instructor Tia Warner Whiteaker, who has been representing CFI for 14 years at the Italian Street Painting Festival.
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Building the Next Generation of Audiences and Filmmakers Film engages and inspires like no other medium. For two decades the Mill Valley Film Festival and CFI Outreach have pioneered creative ﬁlm programs for Bay Area young people, providing year-round screenings, interactive sessions with ﬁlm professionals and hands-on activities to introduce students to the power of ﬁlm as a vibrant tool of communication.
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CFI Outreach serves more than 4,000 students every year. Join us, and help us grow! We’re Not Just at the Festival In addition to our activities at the Festival, CFI Outreach presents programs at the superb Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in Marin and other Bay Area theaters. We also come directly to schools with our interdisciplinary, intercultural ﬁlm-study programs that are designed to supplement the ﬁelds of literature, history, science and social studies. We’ve created companion study guides for ﬁlms, which add depth to the viewing experience and conform to California educational standards. Here are some of our current programs:
The Bernard Osher Foundation
In-School Filmmaker Program During the Mill Valley Film Festival this year, three interns will work with the Outreach director to bring ﬁlmmakers and their ﬁlms from the Mill Valley Film Festival into Bay Area schools. In midAugust we signed up schools and teachers, and in September matched up ﬁlmmakers with schools for an exciting classroom exchange between students and ﬁlmmakers. It’s easy for teachers to sign up by calling or emailing CFI Outreach (see contact information above). Selected Screenings for Schools Throughout the year we provide schools with free monthly screenings of important ﬁlms. In addition, every year we select six to eight feature ﬁlms from the more than two hundred ﬁlms in the Festival and screen them for schools for free during Festival time. Most of these screenings occur during the school day at the Smith Rafael Film Center; others are held at theaters in the East Bay and San Francisco. After each screening, question-and-answer sessions with ﬁlmmakers challenge students to think their way through the ﬁlms and to consider what goes on both behind and in front of the camera. ONLINE mvff.com
Young Critics Jury Held every July, the Young Critics Jury is a threeday intensive workshop for youth ages 13–18 to learn media literacy skills directly from ﬁlmmakers and ﬁlm historians. Directors, screenwriters, location scouts, actors, animators, critics, documentary ﬁlmmakers, cinematographers and others make this event an exceptional educational experience. Six students are then chosen from the workshop to spend the following week as jury and curators of the Mill Valley Film Festival Youth Reel. Applications for this program are available on our Web site. A Place in the World This six-ﬁlm curriculum is designed as a schoolyearlong study of youth from youth’s point of view. Teachers sign up groups of students who commit to viewing and examining the content of a selection of international ﬁlms focusing on deﬁning moments in young people’s lives that make them who they are as adults. The ﬁlms explore topics such as school, death, war, sexuality, imagination and family, and are supplemented by speakers, study guides and other tools that explain the ﬁlms and amplify their themes. Now in its second year, this program has received rave reviews from teachers and students alike. New Education Program With generous assistance from the Marin Community Foundation, the My Place program will begin spring 2007. Our ﬁrst ﬁlmmaking program, it combines hands-on ﬁlmmaking with viewing ﬁlms. With help from local directors, location scouts and the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, students learn how to take a fresh look at their environment, to see where they live through different eyes—such as those of a location scout, for example.
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tribute to helen mirren The Actress, the Detective, the Queen and Her Namesake BY ZOË ELTON
The National Youth Theatre’s production of Anthony and Cleopatra caused a sensation in London in 1965, not because they had chosen a Shakespearean play with a heroine more often played by actresses much older than their age group, but because the young woman in that role had just given a phenomenal performance. The theater scene was abuzz, and 19-year-old Helen Mirren was immediately hailed as a talent to be reckoned with. Her advent into London theater as the powerful, passionate, charismatic and, yes, sexual Queen Cleopatra was perhaps portentous, setting her on a track that has become a remarkable career spanning four decades on stage, screen and television. It may be fearlessness that has made Mirren stand out from the beginning as one of the actresses of her generation. If so, it is a fearlessness tempered with acuity and insight, generosity and a sharp intelligence, and driven by a wonderfully straightforward sexuality and an irreverent sense of humor. All qualities that, in the late ’60s, were exactly suited to the generation of burgeoning talent entering the performing arts in England, many of them at the Royal Shakespeare Company, which Mirren joined in 1967. Her tenure there gave her an incredible grounding in the classics and a string of ﬁne performances in leading roles— Cressida, Ophelia, Miss Julie, Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, again—that established her fame in England. Mirren began working in ﬁlm around the same time, performing in Michael Powell’s The Age of Consent (1969), Ken Russell’s Savage Messiah (1972) and Lindsay Anderson’s O Lucky Man! (1973). In a country with a deeply rooted theatrical heritage, it was unusual for someone considered a classical (translation: serious) actress to be seen as a movie star. Yet here was Helen Mirren, achieving acclaim in both arenas. What was the British public to think? Of this time in her life, Mirren says:
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The Long Good Friday
“When I was about 25, I was really depressed and fucked up. I went to a hand-reader, this Indian guy in a funky neighborhood. He said: ‘the height of your success won’t happen until you’re in your late 40s.’ From that moment on, I felt much better because I realized I didn’t want to know what was going to happen, I just wanted to get on with it.” In 1972, Mirren pursued yet another direction in her work. Director Peter Brook, well known for his brilliant and innovative theater works, took an international troupe of actors across the Sahara to search for and research new, miraculous forms of theater. This odyssey of theatrical experimentation demanded total commitment, as the company devised and performed new works along the way. Not for the fainthearted, it was also not a journey many up-and-coming movie stars would undertake. In his 1977 book on the project, Conference of the Birds (also the title of a play the company developed in Africa), John Heilpern writes of Mirren: “Make no mistake, she’s potentially one of the most exciting actresses alive.” That potential has been proven repeatedly over the years. What continues to astound is the apparent ﬂuidity with which Mirren shifts from one medium to the next. Many actors predominantly known for their theater work dabble in television or ﬁlm, but Mirren has done extensive and exciting work in all these media. She says, “I am lucky. I mean, a part of that is because I have always diversiﬁed, and working in the theater is a big part of that as there are great roles in the theater, so, that is a part of it.” And ﬁne roles both classical and contemporary have continued to mark her work onstage: Nina in The Seagull (1975), Natalya in A Month in the Country (1994), Alice in Dance of Death (2001), and the alcoholic rock singer in David Hare’s Teeth ’n’ Smiles (1975) and Grace in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (1981). Mirren’s ﬁlm work, which has become a more and more signiﬁcant part of her career since
I was probably more nervous about this role than almost any other role I’ve ever done.... the mid-’80s, is similarly notable for its richly diverse roles. Think of The Long Good Friday (1979), with Bob Hoskins; of White Nights (1985), directed by Taylor Hackford, to whom she is now married; Cal (1984), for which she won the ﬁrst of two best actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival; and The Madness of King George (1994), for which she won the second and was also nominated for an Academy Award. Mirren’s willingness to experiment with the unconventional is evidenced in Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), while her performance in Gosford Park (2002) brought another Academy Award nomination. Projects like these have cemented her international reputation. As the hand-reader had predicted, however, it was in her late 40s that Mirren embarked on a role that brought her household recognition. In 1991, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison made her debut on television’s Prime Suspect in Britain. The show aired in the US the following year, bringing the magic of Mirren to a whole new audience, winning her an Emmy and making her the “pin-up woman” of the ’90s at PBS. She has reprised the role seven times to date, most recently this year. Her performance as the ﬂawed, work-obsessed, discriminated-against DCI with a messy personal life has brought great sympathy to a character that is not particularly sympathetic. It’s beautiful work that complements the show’s great writing, bringing a riveting complexity to a role ripe for virtuoso treatment—not a bad project for an actress with a penchant for a good script, and one who has been outspoken about the need for substantial roles for women, particularly on-screen.
Mirren now also has the curious distinction of having portrayed both Queen Elizabeths, recently winning an Emmy for her Elizabeth I (2005), and this year’s Venice Film Festival best actress award—and a ﬁfteen-minute standing ovation—for The Queen, in which she plays Elizabeth II. Director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan’s ﬁlm examines the interactions between the queen and then newly elected prime minister Tony Blair following the death of Princess Diana. Mirren says, “Given the iconic status of the queen, I was terriﬁed. I was probably more nervous about this role than almost any other role I’ve ever done. . . . Then I found a thought that relaxed me—which was to think of myself as a portrait painter. What good portraitists do is to bring their own perception of their subject and then reproduce that person through their own personality, their own psychology and, thus, every portrait is different.” Her most recent portrait of a queen promises to be every bit as exciting an event as her teenage depiction of Cleopatra, and her many extraordinary roles in between. Of the parts she has played, Mirren has said, “You know, I don’t choose my roles really; they choose me to a certain extent. You can only do what you’re asked to do in the end. Of course all great roles have to do with conﬂict, without a question, whether it’s internal or external conﬂict. And you know, I’ve played many, many, many different sorts of roles in my career, which has been incredible fun.” ZOË ELTON is director of programming for MVFF, and has worked in theater as a writer and director in the Bay Area and in her native England.
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tribute to helen mirren
TRIBUTE TO HELEN MIRREN Saturday, October 7, 6:30 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Reception to follow at the Outdoor Art Club TRIBUTE AND RECEPTION $50 TRIB07P TRIBUTE ONLY $25 TRIB07R
UK 2006 103 MINS
Director Stephen Frears Producers Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward Screenwriter Peter Morgan Cinematographer Affonso Beato Editor Lucia Zucchetti Cast Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms Print Source Miramax Films
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY The Queen (2006) Prime Suspect VII (2006 TV) Shadowboxer (2005) Elizabeth I (2005 TV) The Clearing (2004) Raising Helen (2004) Calendar Girls (2003) Prime Suspect VI (2003 TV) The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003 TV) Door to Door (2002 TV) Georgetown (2002 TV) Gosford Park (2001) Last Orders (2001) The Pledge (2001) Monster (aka No Such Thing) (2001) Greenfingers (2000) Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999 TV) Painted Lady (1997 TV) Some Mother’s Son (1996) Losing Chase (1996 TV) Prime Suspect V (1996 TV) Prime Suspect IV (1995 TV) The Madness of King George (1994) The Prince of Jutland (1994) The Hawk (1993) Prime Suspect III (1993 TV) The Hidden Room (1993 TV) Prime Suspect II (1992 TV) Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) Prime Suspect (1991 TV)
The Comfort of Strangers (1990) Bethune, Making of a Hero (1990) The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) When the Whales Came (1989) Red King, White Knight (1989 TV) Pascali’s Island (1988) Cause Célèbre (1987 TV) The Mosquito Coast (1986) Heavenly Pursuits (1985) White Nights (1985) Coming Through (1985 TV) 2010 (1984) Cal (1984) Cymbeline (1982 TV) Excalibur (1981) Mrs. Reinhardt (1981 TV) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1981 TV) The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980) The Long Good Friday (1980) Hussy (1980) Caligula (1979) The Quiz Kid (1979 TV) As You Like It (1978 TV) The Collection (1976 TV) Caesar and Claretta (1975 TV) The Philanthropist (1975 TV) Bellamira (1974 TV) O Lucky Man! (1973) Savage Messiah (1972) Age of Consent (1969)
After her stunning television performance last year as Elizabeth I, the masterful Helen Mirren returns to reclaim the crown as a very different Queen Elizabeth, England’s present monarch. Director Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette; Mrs. Henderson Presents, MVFF 2005) focuses on the events of the week following Princess Diana’s death, and the effect of those events on the country, the queen and the people. Tony Blair (brilliantly played by Michael Sheen) had just been elected prime minister and tension was already mounting. When the monarchy remained silent on the subject of Diana, the public became outraged; they loved Diana. Behind the scenes, Blair successfully negotiated a change in position. While details of the queen’s private life are exposed, the ﬁlm never sensationalizes as it reveals a real sense of the isolation that royalty maintains. Frears has created a fascinating drama with just the right amount of humor and a terriﬁc supporting cast. —G. Meyer
Please join us for the tribute program of clips and conversation with Helen Mirren and the screening of The Queen. After the film, the evening will continue with a dinner reception in honor of Dame Helen at the beautiful Outdoor Art Club. Wander in the club’s lovely gardens and sample the fine food of Perry’s Gourmet Catering and delicious wines of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. SPONSORED BY
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