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Breaking and Entering

The Astronaut Farmer

3 Director’s Note Mayor’s Proclamation 5 Donors

Helen Mirren

23 Closing Night 24 Outdoor Art Club

6 Sponsors

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

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29 Youth Focus 31 CFI Outreach 35 The Tao of Film 39 Tribute to Helen Mirren

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Tim Robbins

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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California Film Institute thanks the following individuals and foundations for their generous Annual Fund support, September 2005–September 2006 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith INVESTOR CIRCLE Anonymous Jennifer Coslett MacCready Gruber Family Foundation Marin Community Foundation Bernard Osher Foundation PLATINUM CIRCLE William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Henry Timnick Christine Zecca Foundation GOLD CIRCLE Anonymous Capital Group Companies County of Marin William Hudson and Nora Gibson Katz Family Foundation Michael Klein K.C. and Steve Lauck Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn Lente Louw and Eric Schwartz Susan and Michael Schwartz Lois and Mel Tukman SILVER CIRCLE Anonymous (4) Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jennifer Barker Richard Barker Kamala Geroux-Berry and David Berry Gloria and John Clumeck Consulate General of Canada Alice Corning/Springcreek Foundation Marie and Brian Collins Diane and Thomas Durst Margaret E. Haas Nancy Hudson LEF Foundation Bobbie Meyer Terese and Robert Payne Lynn Robbie and David Hering Joan K. Widdifield


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festival circle

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consulate support


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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.

• By Web site:* • By Phone: 925.866.9559* • In Person: Mill Valley ticket outlet, San Rafael Festival ticket outlet • By Mail/Fax*

PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO AND RECORDING Photography, video and audio recording are prohibited in all theatrical and other Festival venues.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Call Golden Gate Transit at 415.923.2000 for information about taking public transportation to and from the Mill Valley Film Festival.


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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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ORDER ONLINE: 24 hours daily from: September 13 at 5:00 pm – Members September 17 at 9:00 am – General Public ORDER BY FAX: 925.866.9597 24 hours daily from: September 13 at 5:00 pm – Members September 17 at 9:00 am – General Public ORDER BY PHONE: 925.866.9559 Members Only: September 13 5:00–8:00 pm Members Only: September 14–16 9:00 am–5:00 pm General Public: September 17–October 15 9:00 am–5:00 pm FREE SCHEDULE INFO! TEXT MVFF AND YOUR ZIP CODE TO 43KIX (43549)

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California Film Institute Members • See More Great Films • Meet More Remarkable Filmmakers • Attend More Extraordinary Events

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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board of directors


Richard Idell, president Christopher B. Smith, vice president Steve Shane, vice president Evelyn Topper, secretary Zach Zeisler, treasurer Richard Barker

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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

K.C. Lauck

Charles Mcglashan

Christopher B. Smith

Evelyn Topper

Bruce Katz

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Stewart and Barbara Boxer Jeff Fisher Peter Flaxman Robert Greber Linda Gruber Peggy Haas Nancy Hudson Amy Keroes Andrew McGuire Jann Moorhead Mary Poland Lente and Eric Schwartz Michael and Susan Schwartz

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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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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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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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closing night CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Sunday, October 15, 7:30–10:30 pm Bay Model Visitor Center


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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


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 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

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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

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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

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,


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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.


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


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.


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!

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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.

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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 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

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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.

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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:

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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

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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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“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


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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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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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Alejandro González Iñárritu listens to the music in his head. He understands that the combination of verse, chorus and bridge continues to penetrate the mind long after a song is heard, and creates an undeniable desire to hear it again. The verse tells a story. The chorus, by contrast, brings a driving force to that story and sets it in motion. One builds tension, the other releases it. And sometimes, but not always, the bridge creates an unexpected connection between verse and chorus that unites them and brings out a deeper meaning. Universal and timeless, it is this profound structure that Iñárritu uses to let his stories unfold. Undoubtedly, filmmaking is an enormously more elaborate process than songwriting. Yet Iñárritu’s work is drenched with a lyricism and collectiveness that evokes a comprehension of the power of musicality in the modern world. Beginning his career as a popular DJ and concert promoter in his native Mexico City, Iñárritu went on to become one of the youngest television producers in the country’s history. Directing TV commercials, he developed the ability to synthesize a story in seconds, a skill that would prepare him for the deeply complex stories he would weave in future films. A musician at heart, he also composed music for six Mexican features early in his career. When he met writer Guillermo Arriaga, the two men discovered a shared desire to explore the diverse and unifying qualities of their hometown, Mexico City. Their collaboration resulted in Iñárritu’s first feature film, the devastatingly beautiful Amores Perros (2000). This visceral masterpiece brings the city to life, with music serving as a pivotal character in the seemingly unconnected stories of three people who lack the strength to recognize or act on insightful life choices, and suffer the consequences.


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In English, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic with English subtitles • With the gut-wrenching potency of Amores Perros, the dynamic volatility of 21 Grams and a multilingual narrative of intense human depth, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel positions the Mexican director firmly in the pantheon of master filmmakers. In many ways, the film’s plot is a neverending chain of events; we enter in the Moroccan desert, where a rifle shot rings out, instantly interlinking many lives: an American tourist couple frantically struggling to survive, a nanny crossing illegally with two American children into Mexico and a deaf-mute Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo. Though separated by culture and distance, these people are all hurtling toward a shared destiny. From one gripping story line to the next, we are engrossed in the paradox of humanity’s interconnectedness, despite our inability to truly communicate. Yet you will leave the theater desperate to converse. Therein lies Babel’s brilliance.


After directing Powder Keg (2001), a short in the stylized series of films produced for BMW, Iñárritu represented Mexico with his contribution to 11'09"01—September 11 (2002), a collaboration featuring 11 directors from around the world exploring the tragedy from their different perspectives. Iñárritu’s second feature 21 Grams (2003) tackles another harrowing tale of lives unexpectedly intertwined. Each character represents a unique verse, utterly alone in the world, while imagery and sound form a chorus that evokes pain and desolation, pushing the story forward not chronologically, but emotionally. Bridging these is something like a stroke of fate or coincidence, which brings all the elements together, and contains the possibility of turning grief into redemption and desolation into hope. In collaboration with Arriaga, and with a stellar cast including Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro, Iñárritu’s success with 21 Grams made him an international auteur.

examination of vulnerability, loneliness and the power of misunderstanding. Clashing like disparate chords, pounding drumbeats and sheer silence, four different countries, cultures and languages come together as the film’s far-flung characters grapple with a single life-shattering event. The 2006 Cannes Film Festival awarded Iñárritu Best Director for this stunning study of the human condition. Through this cinematic surge of verse and chorus, Iñárritu reminds us that whether we are rich, poor, young or old, we experience similar hopes, dreams and pain. Language and culture are not barriers in the journey of a story or song, and when the bridge emerges to heighten the connection between narrative and refrain, the music in Iñárritu’s head becomes ours to behold.

Please join us for the spotlight award program, featuring the screening of Babel and an interview with Alejandro González Iñárritu. Following the Spotlight program, we move on to the new Smith & Hawken store at Strawberry Village Shopping Center for a party in honor of the talented director. The celebration features delicious food from Perry’s Gourmet Catering and fine Northern California wines. SPONSORED BY

Gruber Family Foundation FEATURE FILMOGRAPHY Babel (2006) 21 Grams (2003) Amores Perros (2000)

KRISTINE KOLTON works in film publicity for Terry Hines & Associates and is a freelance writer.

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tribute to tim robbins A Political Animal BY MICHAEL FOX

When Tim Robbins appeared on the scene in Bull Durham in 1988, we could scarcely have guessed that this baby-faced giant was a political animal with a steel backbone. Nor could we have imagined that he was not only a joyful, unpredictable actor, but a writer and director of profound conscience. In the intervening two decades, Robbins has gone on to reveal himself as such, and to amass a body of marvelous and important work. But he has accomplished something even rarer: He has matured into an artist of singular integrity. In a sense, Robbins holds two distinct spots in the public mind. He is widely appreciated as an affably off-center actor whose occasional presence in mainstream movies such as IQ (1994), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Arlington Road (1999) and Mystic River ([2003] the role that won him an Oscar for best supporting actor) is cause for celebration. Robbins and the directors who cast him cleverly use his nice-guy persona to lull and misdirect audiences before revealing a darker, deeper side. Seemingly without fail, the approachability and benign innocence his characters exude turn out to mask icy cruelty or a devious agenda. Yet Robbins’ talent is so distilled and his charm so persuasive, that even at that point in the story he retains our sympathy, if not our affinity. Robbins has studiously avoided being typecast, which makes him a bit of a moving target for moviegoers. “What I’ve tried to do throughout my career is play different kinds of people from movie to movie,” he told an interviewer in the mid-’90s. “This has been very beneficial in the long run because now I’m offered different kinds of roles. The downside is that audiences can’t get a grasp of who you are, so you’re not as bankable as [is] someone who tends to play the same role over and over.” The unexpected consequence of his versatility is that, to the general public, Robbins’ distinguishing characteristic may be his outspoken political and ONLINE

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social views, which are incontrovertibly linked, of course, with the stances and stature of his longtime partner, Susan Sarandon. The importance of independent thinking was ingrained in him during childhood, he told Playboy in 1995. “I think there are lessons you take from your parents, and one of the strongest ones I took from mine was that a mob isn’t right. Just because your opinion is outnumbered doesn’t mean you’re wrong. Many times throughout history, it’s been a sole voice that’s been the right one.” Robbins’ awareness and commitment extend well beyond participating in protest marches or making pointed remarks at an Academy Awards ceremony. Like his peer and pal Sean Penn, Robbins gets his greatest satisfaction behind the camera. His work as a screenwriter and director has elevated him to the plane of political filmmaker, a description so rare in contemporary American culture as to be nearly extinct. Bob Roberts (1992), Dead Man Walking (for which he received an Oscar nomination for best director in1995) and Cradle Will Rock (1999) are arguably the most pungent sociopolitical commentaries the American cinema has produced since the early days of the Reagan era. They are brave and uncompromising reflections of their creator. Robbins was born in Southern California in 1958, but his family moved to New York when he was an infant, and he grew up in Greenwich Village. His dad was an actor and a folksinger (in the Highwaymen) and managed the Gaslight Café; one of Tim’s earliest memories is basking in the audience response to his dad’s live show. His older sisters were involved in the Theater for the New City, and Robbins would sometimes join them and watch rehearsals. He found himself spending more and more time there, “clowning around,” as he puts it, and he was given a role in a play. Twelve years old, and he’d caught the bug. For the next seven years, when he wasn’t at school he was at the New City, handling the spotlight, sweeping up, manning the box office, running the lighting board and acting. By the time he headed off to a state university and his first exposure to a traditional theater department, Robbins had a wealth of experience in nuts-and-bolts stagecraft. In other words, he got the kind of all-around education in acting, audience response, business, imagination and human nature that young actors haven’t received since the days of vaudeville. Robbins quickly saw the limitations of his college drama department and set his sights on UCLA. He moved to Los Angeles and worked in a warehouse for a year, establishing residency and earning enough to pay for school. He ended up graduating with honors, and in his early 20s formed the Actors’ Gang with several fellow aspiring


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He’ll never be a play-it-safe guy, in his work or in his public life; it’s simply not his nature. “I view it as my responsibility to continue to be what I’ve always been.” thespians. Athletically oriented men who were into bands like the Clash, they wanted to bring the energy, anarchy and raw power of punk to the stage. Their first show, a midnight production of Ubu Roi, was bloody, shocking and attentiongrabbing. From the outset, Robbins created his own opportunities as an actor—and as a writer. He wrote several plays the Actors’ Gang staged, and he’s still closely linked with the company. His most recent play, Embedded, a savage satire that tackles the invasion of Iraq, the cynicism of the current US administration and the sycophancy of the mainstream media, was performed by the troupe and filmed for a recent broadcast on the Sundance channel. Committed to the theater, Robbins originally considered TV and film roles a way to sustain his true profession. He started out with bit parts in TV shows, gradually working his way up to major roles in awful films. When he scored as the unschooled minor-league pitcher “Nuke” Laloosh in Ron Shelton’s surprise hit Bull Durham, all sorts of doors opened. He was fortunate to come under Robert Altman’s wing, playing a venal Hollywood studio exec in The Player (for which he won Best Actor at Cannes in 1992) and an LA cop with a mean streak in Short Cuts (MVFF 1993). Their collaboration coincided with the release of Bob Roberts, a blistering satire of modern-day personality politics that marked Robbins’ directorial debut. It also earned him a load of brickbats, primarily from those in favor of movie stars limiting themselves to posing for magazine covers and kibitzing with Jay Leno. Altman, who’s endured as much criticism as any American filmmaker you can name, was singularly

well suited to support Robbins’s accomplishment and, more importantly, his ambition. Now in his late 40s, Robbins is primed for another burst of important roles in morally charged films. In Phillip Noyce’s apartheid-era political thriller Catch a Fire (MVFF 2006), Robbins employs his typical first-class blend of amiable geniality and quiet menace in his portrayal of an Afrikaner policeman of dubious motives. Perhaps his performance will prod moviegoers to check out Code 46 (2003), Michael Winterbottom’s underrated tale of a dystopian society, which features Robbins in a wonderfully subtle turn as a privileged executive with a forbidden lover. We also wait with great anticipation for Robbins’ next directorial effort, which is bound to be timely, provocative and risky. He’ll never be a play-it-safe guy, in his work or in his public life; it’s simply not his nature. “I view it as my responsibility to continue to be what I’ve always been,” he told Playboy. “I’ve always been involved with the society at large. There aren’t a whole lot of actors and celebrities who speak out anymore. When someone is publicly castigated, it has an effect. You think, ‘Should I do this? Should I buck this trend? Or should I just shut up and not worry about this stuff? Because it’s going to cost me professionally.’ I think most people opt for the latter.”

It’s our good luck that Tim Robbins has never cared a hoot about what other people think. MICHAEL FOX is a Bay Area film critic and journalist for and SF Weekly, and the curator and host of the Friday night CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco.

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SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY Actor Catch a Fire (2006) Noise (2006) The Pick of Destiny (2006) The White Rose (2006) Embedded (2005) The Secret Life of Words (2005) War of the Worlds (2005) Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Code 46 (2003) The Day My God Died (2003 voice) Mystic River (2003) Antitrust (2001) Human Nature (2001) The Truth About Charlie (2001) High Fidelity (2000) Mission to Mars (2000) Arlington Road (1999) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) Cradle Will Rock (1999 voice) Nothing to Lose (1997) I.Q. (1994) The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Prêt-à-Porter (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Short Cuts (1993) Bob Roberts (1992) The Player (1992) Jungle Fever (1991) Cadillac Man (1990) Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Erik the Viking (1989) Miss Firecracker (1989) Tapeheads (1988) Bull Durham (1988) Twister (1988) Five Corners (1987) Howard the Duck (1986) Top Gun (1986) Fraternity Vacation (1985) The Sure Thing (1985) No Small Affair (1984) Toy Soldiers (1984)

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Turn Out the Lights: Ray Manzarek on Cinema and the Doors BY GREG CAHILL

“I like the whole idea of manipulating darkness and quiet, the sense of entering into a darkened room, the sense you get watching shadow puppets on a screen—these projections of light that take on a life that is totally ephemeral, yet deeply psychological, rooting around in your subconscious,” Ray Manzarek muses. “The ideas of cinema can be more real than life itself. You could walk through life with blinders on but when you enter the darkened auditorium and the projection begins, life takes on a whole new reality.”

Cinema has played a major role in Manzarek’s life. The Doors’ keyboardist and songwriter first met singer Jim Morrison in the mid-1960s when both were enrolled at the UCLA film school. And the Doors’ music has been pivotal in film history: The anthemic “Break on Through (to the Other Side)” buoyed Forrest Gump’s breakaway scene, and their disturbing Oedipal work “The End” drove the turbulent climax of Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. This year, the Mill Valley Film Festival presents “The Doors Going on 40: An Evening with Ray Manzarek and Ben FongTorres.” Manzarek and Bay Area writer Fong-Torres will chat with Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal about their upcoming book, The Doors by the Doors, and look at a series


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of film clips. Later in the evening, Manzarek will be joined for an onstage musical performance by Beat poet Michael McClure and bassist Rob Wasserman, among others. During the heyday of ’60s rock, the Doors (who took their name from Aldous Huxley’s 1954 ode to altered states, The Doors of Perception), released five psychedelia-tinged recordings, including the chart-topping 1968 album Waiting for the Sun. Model-handsome, charismatic and with a sensual, commanding 62

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mysterious circumstances. Amid rumors that Morrison had faked his death to escape the pressures of celebrity, the rocker and former film student was buried in the exclusive Père Lachaise Cemetery, among an abundance of entombed artists and intellectuals such as Honoré de Balzac, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde and Gertrude Stein (and Alice B. Toklas). Manzarek, who has emerged as the keeper of the band’s legacy, says that anyone interested in understanding the Doors’ artistic essence should explore the band’s connection between film and music, particularly the influence of German film director Josef von Sternberg, one of the first film auteurs. “Jim and I both had classes with von Sternberg, who directed Marlene Dietrich in films such as Blonde Venus and Shanghai Express,” he explains. “He was the most brilliant filmmaker I ever encountered. More than anything, having a class with von Sternberg changed my life and my outlook on what cinema could be, what drama could be. The whole psychological dark side of life became very intriguing. His influence certainly infused the Doors’ music with that sort of existential dread he was capable of manufacturing back in the ’30s and that we tried to emulate in the ’60s.”

song structure of cinematic compositions such as “The End,” “When the Music’s Over” and “The Unknown Soldier.” Film has remained a prominent force in Manzarek’s life, though not always to his liking. He has had the chance to glimpse the film experience both from behind the camera and as a character on the big screen; in 1991, he was portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in director Oliver Stone’s biopic The Doors. Val Kilmer played Morrison. It was an experience that Manzarek found disquieting. “I leaned over to a friend of mine an hour into the screening and said, ‘I think I’m ready to quit the band,’” he says with a laugh. “The film has a spun-out, eyes wide, blazing, bloodshot look. I don’t think he understood the Doors. Consequently, the movie is all about Jim Morrison hell-bent for leather. . . . The Jim Morrison you saw on-screen was not the Jim Morrison I knew: the poet.”

GREG CAHILL is the editor of Strings magazine and a longtime contributor to the Mill Valley Film Festival program.

Overall, film school helped shape the band’s sense of drama, Manzarek adds, as evidenced by the vivid imagery and complex

G.E. Brings Good Things to Life Guitarist and former Saturday Night Live bandleader G. E. Smith—whose résumé includes stints with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Neil Young—will take center stage at a second music-related event during this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival. Celebrating Taylor Barton’s documentary 50 Watt Fuse (see page 72), which showcases the Grammynominated Smith, the concert includes Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, the Flying Other Brothers, Taylor Barton and special surprise guests. The G.E. Smith concert and Ray Manzarek talk and performance continue the Festival’s tradition of music events, which over the years have featured prominent musicians such as producer Hal Willner, Marianne Faithfull, Elvis Costello, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the Funk Brothers and Chris Isaak, to name just a few.

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The Astronaut Farmer August Days Bonkers Breaking and Entering Café Setareh Cine Manifest Dobrinya and the Dragon Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox Drifting Elegant Figner: The End of a Silent Century Forgiveness Frozen City Going Private A Guest of Life Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Hinokio Holly


Michael Polish


Marc Recha


Martin Koolhoven


Anthony Minghella


Saman Moghaddam


Judy Irola


Ilya Maksimov


Sara Lamm


Amy Glazer


Nathalie Alonso Casale


Udi Aloni


Aku Louhimies


Stina Werenfels


Tibor Szemzo


Connie Field


Takahiko Akiyama


Guy Moshe


Brice Cauvin


I’ll Call You

Lam Tze Chung


I’m Seducible

Xiao-Yen Wang


Hotel Harabati

Klunkerz Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear The Liar Shepherd Live! Longing Men at Work

Billy Savage


Wolfgang Murnberger


Siroos Hassanpour


Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen


Valeska Grisebach


Mani Haghighi


Angel de la Cruz, Manolo Gomez


Pilar Anguita-MacKay


David Evans


The Mystery of the Sardine

Erik van Zuylen


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Jane Ainbinder


Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel, Arthur Wilinski


Midsummer Dream The Moon on the Snow Mysterious Creatures

The Orange Thief Pan

Rob Nilsson


Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise Jørgen Lerdam, Anders Sørensen


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Robert N. Zagone


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Official Premiere Selection Sponsored by Strawberry Village. 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. World Cinema Sponsored by Qantas Airways. 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 community. US Cinema 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. 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. V(ision)Fest 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. 5@5 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. Children’s FilmFest 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.


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Saturday, October 7 Wednesday, October 11

5:30 pm 4:30 pm

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Director Annette K. Olesen Producer Ib Tardini Screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson Cinematographer Kim Hogh Mikkelsen Editor Molly Malene Stensgaard Cast Mohammed Ali Bakier, Joy K. Petersen, Annette Støvelbaek, Jonas Busckist, Brian Lentz Print Source Danish Film Institute

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In English and Danish with English subtitles • The utopian vision of post–World War II public housing gets an update in Annette Olesen’s 1:1. Residents of the same sprawling suburban Copenhagen housing project, Mie and Shadi, she a white Dane, he a Palestinian, enjoy a nice teenage romance until “immigrants” beat Mie’s brother into a coma, and ethnic tension floods their relationship. When Shadi reveals he might know something about the crime, everyone feels they must declare their loyalty to their families, their lovers and the truth. Occasional raw camerawork and an understated style reveal Olesen’s connection to Denmark’s purist Dogma movement. But she embraces more celluloid elements of filmmaking as well, such as archival footage of the early days of Europe’s council-estate dream, freeze frames and stellar use of sound, making 1:1 a more traditional cinematic outing. This directorial mastery, along with Annette Støvelbaek’s astonishing performance as Mie’s mother, makes 1:1 a family drama for our time.—A. Lazenby

3 Needles Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15

CANADA 2005 127 MINS

7:15 pm 12:15 pm


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Director/Screenwriter Thom Fitzgerald Producer Bryan Hofbauer Cinematographer Thomas M. Harting Editor Susan Shanks Cast Shawn Ashmore, Stockard Channing, Olympia Dukakis, Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Chloë Sevigny Print Source Wolfe Releasing

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In English, Mandarin, Xhosa, French and Afrikaans with English subtitles • With epic scope and an extraordinary cast, Thom Fitzgerald’s tripartite tale forgoes headline sensationalism to focus on the ways different communities and families in varying corners of the world cope with AIDS. Villagers in a Chinese ethnic minority farming town begin dying after donating blood to a spurious government contractor; a mother (Stockard Channing) in French Canada, who has just lost her husband to lung cancer, fears she will not be able to support her HIV-positive son (Shawn Ashmore); and three missionary nuns (Olympia Dukakis, Sandra Oh, Chloë Sevigny) in South Africa are faced with a moral dilemma when children in the local village are orphaned by the disease. While the film’s images belie any possibility of an easy happy ending to the AIDS crisis, its stories are humorous as well as heart wrenching. 3 Needles personalizes a global epidemic while investigating the root geopolitical causes of its international reach. —J. Preissel Sponsored by SF Weekly.

5@5: Change Your Mind Thursday, October 12 Friday, October 13



5:00 pm 5:00 pm

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When our minds play tricks on us, many strange and beautiful things can happen. From deep dreams to mental challenges, these shorts travel the byways of our brains to great effect. A man and a woman chase love in their separate—but equal—dreams in Massimo Amici’s She He (Italy 9 mins). In Jackie Oudney’s Vagabond Shoes (UK 18 mins), a homeless man reveals a new persona when a lost suit allows him to crash a swank New Year’s Eve party. In Hoku Uchiyama’s Rose (US 34 mins), young Travis meets a teenage girl whose friendship, and murder, he is destined to revisit each year. The graphic artistry of Bert&Bertie’s Phobias (UK 8 mins) explores the inner worlds of the bizarre fears that can afflict us. Assertiveness training goes to a new level in Nick Reed’s Assertion Techniques (UK 3 mins). And when two men find themselves trapped in a well in Jeremy Haccoun’s Paradox (UK 19 mins), who’s got the real story—the one who thinks he’s in his own backyard, or the one who thinks they’re prisoners in a medieval dungeon?—J. Parsont

5@5: Comes a Time Monday, October 9 Friday, October 13



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There comes a time when our lives call out for change. The colorful characters in this array of shorts embark on singular searches for that new way of life. In Brian Hennigan’s quirky Duck Man (UK 10 mins), a simple guy becomes a celebrity after taking a job overseeing local waterfowl. Deva Palmier’s Fishy (UK 10 mins) stars Shirley Henderson as a lonely, unemployed woman envious of her goldfish’s trouble-free life. In brisk black and white, Laurence Walsh’s Cold Kenya (Poland 31 mins) follows the daily, often wretched, existence of a successful businessman exploring avenues of escape. Fed up with life’s constant little indignities, one woman takes control in Jörgen Hjerdt‘s It’s My Turn Now (Sweden 7 mins). Ready (US 2 mins), from Lev Yilmaz’s pencil-drawn Tales of Mere Existence, contemplates that seemingly simplest of routines: preparing to start the day. Swimming lessons help an overweight woman become thin in Stefanie Berk’s Disappearing (US 16 mins). And in Chris Waitt’s Dupe (Scotland 10 mins) a lazy dude buys a clone machine on eBay so he can have someone else keep his apartment clean.—J. Parsont

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5@5: Falling off the Face of the Earth Tuesday, October 10 Wednesday, October 11

5:00 pm 5:00 pm


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With suspense, humor, poignancy and often surprising equanimity, these captivating shorts encourage us to consider death and mortality—some with a gentle nudge and others with a solid punch. David Strathairn stars in Nick Childs’ The Shovel (US 15 mins) as a weekender who digs up a possible murder mystery in his next-door-neighbor’s yard. In Alex Merkin’s Across the Hall (US 25 mins), Adrian Grenier (The Devil Wears Prada) tries to stop his best friend from exacting revenge on a potentially unfaithful girlfriend. A young woman with a fatal form of telepathy laments her rather annoying gift in Cindy Baer’s Morbid Curiosity (US 6 mins). In Talya Lavie’s The Substitute (Israel 19 mins), an Israeli army clerk’s transfer is threatened when her replacement exhibits suicidal tendencies. David Baeumler brings a Norwegian woman’s gentle ghost back to the material world in Kuboå (US/Norway 6 mins). And Jennie Garth stars as a conniving wife plotting her husband’s murder with hired gun Joe Mantegna in Phoef Sutton’s clever ’Til Death (US 14 mins).—J. Parsont

5@5: I Am a Child Monday, October 9 Tuesday, October 10


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Family dynamics are an endless source of funny, heartbreaking and rich stories. And, as these shorts show, often it is our childhood experiences that set up the tales told later. In Simon Blyth’s Father’s Day (Australia 9 mins), ten-yearold Michael is about to meet his father for the first time, while in William Farley’s The Stories (US 5 mins), a man anticipating his ailing father’s last breath, desperately tries to understand what’s going through dad’s mind. Transporting a body to a funeral home becomes a journey of sibling rivalry and reconciliation in Eric Lin’s What Remains (US 15 mins). A special day of gifts and attention for young Hannah holds great consequence in Nicole Barnette’s Fourteen (US 7 mins). In Allison Cook’s Locked Upstairs (US 15 mins), a girl and her senile grandmother become unexpectedly reacquainted. In Ohad Domb’s The Ranch (Israel 22 mins), a single father is resigned to imminent eviction from his Sinai home, but his son refuses to concede. And in Jarrah Gurrie’s Bright Lights (Australia 7 mins), a teenager recounts his life, through puberty, Catholic school guilt and a grandmother’s love.—J. Parsont The Ranch is sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel Pacific Northwest.

5@5: Truth Be Known Friday, October 6 Thursday, October 12

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These shorts about passion, both blossoming and breaking, explore the beautiful, complicated choreography of love from many angles. Through the shared wall of adjoining apartments, neighborly irritation turns to auditory attraction in Richard Smith’s Mono (UK 10 mins). Discovering an unexpected commonality, two young Chicanas develop a reluctant bond in Risa Machuca and Fanny Veliz’s Shortstop (US 17 mins). In Xochitl Dorsey’s Orange Blossom (US 7 mins), a determined Mexican girl seeks a job as a flower vendor—but finds much more. From Lev Yilmaz’s comicsstyled Tales of Mere Existence, I’m Not Going to Think About Her (US 2 mins) mines memories of a lost love. Myra Velasquez explores the complicated realm of history, ethnicity and emotion in The Lovers (US 31 mins), a powerful present-day tale of a relationship between a Japanese man and a Chinese woman that is haunted by the memories of the 1937 Nanking massacre. Cascading sand and sensuality mark Carmen Rozestraten’s exquisite Breathe Me (US 9 mins), a hypnotic dance of lovers remembered, while Jason Jakaitis’s locally shot Minutiae (US 9 mins) offers intimate narration of the idiosyncracies new lovers discover.—J. Parsont


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How do we judge what’s true and what’s real? How can film or video manipulate truth and fabricate a new reality? Complicated questions call for shrewd shorts: Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm recreate newsreel footage of Gandhi’s secret 1927 visit—and nonviolent hitting—at Yankee Stadum in Gandhi at the Bat (US 11 mins). Ewan Telford’s brilliant remix of classic cinema, Apocalypse Oz (US 25 mins) brings The Wizard of Oz crashing head-on into Apocalypse Now. Oh, the horror! Jason Mitchell’s Filter (US 12 mins) tracks news media interpretations of a convenience-store robbery, deriving insightful interpretations of his own. In another convenience store a continent away, a philosophizing customer forces us to reconsider the ideals of our interconnectedness in Sainath Choudhury’s Cataract (Germany 10 mins). On the anniversary of the 2005 London subway bombings, a grieving mother wrestles with her anguish, fears and prejudices on a flight back to England in Anthony Green’s Screening (Canada 15 mins). In Xavier De Choudens’ 00h17 (France 10 mins), a group of young men awaiting the midnight train find a surprisingly stellar way to entertain themselves.—J. Parsont

Friday, October 6 Wednesday, October 11




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50 Watt Fuse Friday, October 6 Wednesday, October 11


8:00 pm 9:15 pm


Rafael 142 Throckmorton

Director/Screenwriter Taylor Barton Producers Taylor Barton, Peter Murphy Crowley Cinematographer Peter Murphy Crowley Editor Nick Martin Print Source 50 Watt

Best known as the pony-tailed guitarist fronting Saturday Night Live’s house band, G.E. Smith is one of the most prolific, respected guitarists and musicologists working today. 50 Watt Fuse begins at Fender headquarters with the production of a G.E. Smith–model Fender Telecaster guitar. With thoughtful interviews and classic performances from Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Rosanne Cash and others, this is the curriculum vitae of an immense musical talent and quintessential sideman.—S. Uyehara PRECEDED BY

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Darryl Henriques Is in Show Business Director William Farley US 2006 28 MINS Struggling with his own eccentricities, an artist tries to access a larger audience without compromising his spontaneity or humor. Discussion and mini-set by G.E. Smith and Simon Kirke follows the October 6 screening. G.E. Smith & Friends perform a live concert at 142 Throckmorton Theatre on Saturday, October 7. See page 24. Sponsored by KQED.

After the Wedding Monday, October 9 Wednesday, October 11


7:00 pm 7:15 pm


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Director Susanne Bier Producer Sisse Graum Jørgensen Screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen Cinematographer Morten Søborg Editors Pernille Bech Christensen, Morton Højbjerg Cast Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård Print Source IFC Films

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In Danish with English subtitles • Acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier (Brothers, Open Hearts) takes the stuff of melodrama and spins it into cinematic gold. Her latest is no exception. Mads Mikkelson is Jacob, an idealistic humanitarian who runs an orphanage in India. His institution is offered a large donation on one condition: that he travel to Denmark to meet his benefactor in person. In Copenhagen he meets Jorgen (Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård), a rich and somewhat arrogant industrialist, who invites him to his daughter’s wedding. Jorgen is married to Helene (Sidse Babett Knudsen), and it immediately becomes apparent that she and Jacob share a past. Working again with master screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, Bier brings us up close to her characters, their shattering revelations and difficult choices.—A. Saknussen Friend of the Festival screening on October 9 is free to CFI members with a ticket from the box office. Sponsored by Tamalpais Bank.

The Astronaut Farmer Sunday, October 15 Sunday, October 15

US 2006 103 MINS

5:30 pm 6:00 pm


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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

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CLOSING NIGHT • 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 For Closing Night event information, see page 23. Sponsored by Qantas Airways.

August Days Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9

SPAIN 2006 93 MINS

5:45 pm 9:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Marc Recha Producer Xavier Atance Yagüe Cinematographer Hélène Louvart Editor Sergi Dies Cast David Recha, Marc Recha, Mariona Ordóñez, Pere Subirana, Fina Susín Print Source Benece Producciones S.L.

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In Catalan with English subtitles • Taking a break from his efforts to research the life of his old friend, the late journalist Ramon Barnils, Marc and his twin brother, David, embark on a tour of Catalonia. They travel between reservoirs in the drought-stricken but ravishingly beautiful region, making new acquaintances, stumbling upon folklore and touching on history as they catch glimpses of the Spanish Civil War and of Barnils’ past and their own family ghosts. Casting himself and his brother David as the twins, writer-director Marc Recha blends fact and fiction, autobiography, drama and travelogue. Nearly dialogue free and narrated by a woman as apt to break into passionate song as tell the siblings’ story, August Days is a lyrical meditation on what Recha has described as paradise lost. But in his meticulous pacing and cinematographer Hélène Louvart’s shimmering images of idyllic landscapes, it also paints a glorious picture of paradise regained.—P. Grady

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Avenue Montaigne Friday, October 6 Sunday, October 8

FRANCE 2005 106 MINS

6:45 pm 3:45 pm


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Director Danièle Thompson Producer Christine Gozlan Screenwriters Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson Cinematographer Jean-Marc Fabre Editor Sylvie Landra Cast Cécile De France, Valérie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel, Laura Morante, Claude Brasseur, Christopher Thompson, Sydney Pollack Print Source THINKFilm

In French with English subtitles • As breezy as a stroll along the chic Parisian street where it unfolds, this engaging romantic comedy from filmmaker Danièle Thompson filters several stories of the upscale Champs-Elysées cultural scene through the eyes of a waitress—a penniless, fresh-faced charmer from the provinces played by Cécile De France. On the eve of an important concert, pianist Albert Dupontel wants to call it quits, something that seriously concerns wife Laura Morante, who is also his manager. Claude Brasseur is a mogul auctioning his lifetime art collection while sparring with his academic son (Christopher Thompson, who co-scripted the movie with his mother). And Valérie Lemercier virtually steals the show as a popular but neurotic TV star desperate for serious recognition as an actress. She sets out to win the plum role of Simone de Beauvoir from a visiting American film director, portrayed by Sydney Pollack, who brings bilingual flair to this all-star soufflé.—R. Peterson

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Babel Sunday, October 8

US 2006 142 MINS

4:00 pm




Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Producers Jon Kilik, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Steve Golin Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto Editors Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione Cast Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Gael García Bernal, Jamie McBride, Kôji Yakusho, Lynsey Beauchamp, Paul Terrell Clayton, Fernandez Mattos Dulce, Nathan Gamble Print Source Paramount Vantage

SPOTLIGHT ON ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU • In English, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic with English subtitles • With the gut-wrenching potency of Amores Perros, the dynamic volatility of 21 Grams and a multilingual narrative of intense human depth, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel positions the Mexican director firmly in the pantheon of master filmmakers. In many ways, the film’s plot is a never-ending chain of events; we enter in the Moroccan desert, where a rifle shot rings out, instantly interlinking many lives: an American tourist couple frantically struggling to survive, a nanny crossing illegally with two American children into Mexico and a deaf-mute Japanese teen rebel whose father is sought by the police in Tokyo. Though separated by culture and distance, these people are all hurtling toward a shared destiny. From one gripping story line to the next, we are engrossed in the paradox of humanity’s interconnectedness, despite our inability to truly communicate. Yet you will leave the theater desperate to converse. Therein lies Babel’s brilliance. For Spotlight event information, see page 48. Sponsored by the Gruber Family Foundation.

Beneath the Southern Cross Sunday, October 8

10:30 am

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Christmas comes in summer and water drains in the other direction, but filmmakers south of the equator are anything but backward. These eclectic shorts demonstrate keen attention to the human condition and the ways that others’ choices can dramatically affect our lives. In Lala Rolls’ Fish out of Water (New Zealand 9 mins), a clever commuter finds his maritime morning ritual rudely altered. Veialu Aila-Unsworth’s Blue Willow (New Zealand 14 mins) is a uniquely animated tragic love story based on an antique china pattern. In Elalini (Place of Rest) (South Africa 27 mins) by Tristan Holmes, a policewoman is revisited by her past and the family she tried to leave behind. Shona McCullagh’s Break (New Zealand 14 mins) is a beautifully choreographed dance between a mixed-race couple and their child, capturing the emotions that bring them together and tear them apart. In Story of Hong (Australia/ Singapore 15 mins), Cassandra Wong reveals the extreme social and academic pressures on a young girl. And in Damon Fepulea’i’s Karma (New Zealand 9 mins), what comes around, goes around.—J. Parsont special shorts

Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender Friday, October 13

9:15 pm




Director/Producer Thomas Wartmann Screenwriters Thomas Wartmann, Dorothea Rieker Cinematographer/Editor Thomas Riedelsheimer Print Source Telepool

In Hindi with English subtitles • This intimate and provocative work explores the complexities of sexuality, class, gender and identity of India’s eunuchs, the hijra. Biologically male but culturally female, the hijra are officially viewed as social outcasts and carve out an identity independent of both genders that is both alluring and intimidating, wrought with contradiction. Acting as a guide through the streets of Bombay, photographer Anita Khemka begins as a passive observer but soon becomes immersed in the hijra’s colorful lives and sacred rituals as she draws frank and insightful testimony from three distinct personalities of this insular world: Asha, a prostitute hardened by 17 years on the street; Rhamba, a vision of femininity and maternal instinct; and Laxmi, a Brahmin-born dance instructor living a double life. Gracefully interwoven, these stories portray a visually arresting and thriving subculture, a testament to the strength and empowerment that comes with the sense of true identity.—H. Roach


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Black Gold Sunday, October 8 Saturday, October 14

UK 2005 78 MINS

2:00 pm 2:00 pm


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Directors/Screenwriters/Cinematographers Mark Francis, Nick Francis Producer Christopher Hird Editor Hugh Williams Print Source International Film Circuit

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In English, Amharic and Oromifa with English subtitles • For many people coffee is an enjoyable part of daily routine; for Ethiopian coffee farmers it represents the corrupt side of a global economy that engages the labor of more than 15 million Ethiopians. Exposing the far-reaching consequences of the worldwide coffee business, Black Gold stops at the International Cupping Competition of Taste Testers before leading us to Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. There we meet Tadesse Meskela of the Oromo Coffee Farmers Co-op Union, which represents more than 70,000 impoverished Ethiopian coffee farmers. Meskela offers a compelling insider’s look at the sub-standard labor conditions of the workers responsible for some of the best beans in the world. These scenes are juxtaposed with those of the marketplace, where exchanges set coffee prices to benefit Western corporations, whose consumers then get their two-buck cup. Marc and Nick Francis’ intricate, elegant film will forever change the way you think about your double latte.—B. Peterson

Bonkers Thursday, October 12


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Director Martin Koolhoven Producers Leontine Petit, Joost de Vries Screenwriter Mieke de Jong Cinematographer Menno Westendorp Editor Job ter Burg Cast Jesse Rinsma, Tom van Kessel, Carice van Houten, Daan Schuurmans, Leny Breederveld, Edo Brunner, Frieda Pittoors, Judith Bovenberg Print Source Lemming Film

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FOCUS: THE NETHERLANDS • In Dutch with English subtitles • “An elephant in trouble does exactly what’s good for him,” narrates nine-year-old Bonnie. “That’s called instinct.” Played by the sparkling and spunky Jesse Rinsma, Bonnie is the beloved daughter and granddaughter of a family whose love of elephants is only one of their eccentricities. Bonnie’s grandmother takes care of the little family that includes Bonnie and her “bonkers” mother Lis, whose wild mood swings take her from hibernation (as Bonnie interprets it) to stampeding interludes. When her grandmother is killed in an accident, Bonnie encounters a host of difficulties: possible government intervention, her mother’s selfish new boyfriend, a world she doesn’t fit into and her own demons. Relying on instinct, on what she’s learned from her grandmother and—of course—on her knowledge of elephants, Bonnie faces down these challenges with an ingenuity and wisdom beyond her tender years. Ages 7+—R. McNair

The Boy Who Turned Yellow Sunday, October 15

10:00 am




Director Michael Powell Producer/Screenwriter Emeric Pressburger Cinematographer Christopher Challis Editor Peter Boita Cast Mark Dightam, Robert Eddison, Helen Weir, Brian Worth Print Source BFI Collections

This delicious fantasy is part of our traditional screening of a rare children’s classic. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger produced some of the finest films of the 1940s and ‘50s, including big-budget family favorites like The Red Shoes (MVFF 2005) and The Thief of Baghdad. Later in their careers they produced this marvelous low-budget British TV film about a young boy turned yellow by aliens. Framed as a daydream, the story uses TV as a dreammedium, through which our young hero surfs the airwaves in a unique way. Print courtesy of the Children’s Film Foundation and the British Film Institute.—J. Morrison PRECEDED BY

Director Irina Boiko

The Thief

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GREECE 2005 17 MINS In Greek with English subtitles • An eight-year-old boy is lured into a life of “crime” during summer vacation by an older femme fatale, aged nine. Ages 4+

Breaking and Entering Thursday, October 5 Thursday, October 5

UK 2005 120 MINS

7:00 pm 7:15 pm


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$25 $25

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

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OPENING NIGHT • Breaking in, breaking up, breaking the law—reality and metaphor crash loudly and with muted intensity throughout this brilliant, 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 repeatedly 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 honesty, fidelity, ethnicity, class and the fierce devotion of a mother to her child.—J. Parsont For Opening Night event information, see page 22. Sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd. 2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

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The Breast Cancer Diaries Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

10:45 am 5:15 pm



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Director Linda Pattillo Producers Linda Pattillo, Ann Murray Paige, Kate Nelligan Screenwriters Linda Pattillo, Ann Murray Paige Cinematographers Linda Pattillo, Ann Murray Paige, David Murray Editor Kate Nelligan Print Source 7th Art Releasing

With grace, grit and humor, TV journalist and mom Ann Murray Paige documents her journey with stage 2 breast cancer. Through nine months of medical treatment, she goes through hell and keeps going, fighting to maintain a sense of herself as a woman, mother, wife and professional. Director and award-winning TV news correspondent Linda Pattillo seamlessly tracks the simple desire to live and love that carries Paige through to remission.—C. Harada PRECEDED BY

Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer Director Megan Siler US 2006 41 MINS Better living through chemistry? Not in Cape Cod, Bayview Hunters Point or Silicon Valley, where researchers link alarmingly high breast-cancer rates with lifetime exposure to toxins. Megan Siler informs, infuriates and inspires, urging us to adopt saner industry standards rather than live as unwilling guinea pigs.

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Discussion with special guests from the film follows screenings. Presented in association with the Breast Cancer Coordinating Council of Marin.

Café Setareh Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9

IRAN 2006 102 MINS

12:30 pm 9:15 pm


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Director Saman Moghaddam Producer Mostafa Shayesteh Screenwriter Peyman Moadi Cinematographer Bahram Badakhshani Editor Mohammad Reza Moueini Cast Afsaneh Baygan, Pejman Bazeghi, Haniyeh Tavasoli, Roya Teimalrian Print Source Farabi Cinema Foundation

In Farsi with English subtitles • Through the watchful eye of director Saman Moghaddam, we follow the lives of three Iranian women: Faribah, who runs the neighborhood Café Setareh; young Salome, who dreams of marriage and a comfortable life; and middle-aged Moluk, who has her eye on a younger man. As they navigate the lively living rooms, quiet back streets and private apartments of their tight-knit community in modern Tehran, we see how the deeply engrained codes of moral conduct, family obligation and gender roles affect the inner lives of these women and their families. This intriguing film speaks to the universal experiences of love, loss, honor and duty that transcend time and place. Perhaps more importantly, Moghaddam demystifies the Iranian experience, illustrating how, no matter where we live or what we do, we all share the same deep-seated desires to be happy, healthy and free.—N. Isaacs

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace Saturday, October 7 Sunday, October 8

12:30 pm 2:30 pm

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Director/Producer/Screenwriter Lilly Rivlin Cinematographers Andrei Brauns, Shiri Bar On, Barbara Becker, Larry Price, Lilly Rivlin Editor Pola Rapaport Print Source Lilly’s Productions

Lilly Rivlin’s passionate documentary focuses on Israeli and Palestinian women who insist on dialogue across enemy lines. The mother of a slain Israeli soldier and the sister of a Palestinian woman killed in Jerusalem speak publicly together to stop the deadly violence that has overtaken the Middle East. The two look so much alike that audiences may have difficulty recognizing which is Israeli and which Palestinian. Other voices include fearless Israeli female volunteers who intervene at checkpoints on behalf of Palestinians and Palestinian women who seek alternatives to suicide bombing for the young. These women are truly among the saviors of our time.—S. Handsher PRECEDED BY

Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq? Directors Valerie Mih, Don Richards US 2006 28 MINS Military professionals and the mother of a fallen soldier give nonpartisan analyses of Iraq war policy.

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Discussion with special guests from the film follows screenings. Presented in association with the Israel Center and the Women’s Interfaith Dialogue on the Middle East.

Candy Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15


7:15 pm 9:15 pm


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Director Neil Armfield Producers Margaret Fink, Emile Sherman Screenwriters Neil Armfield, Luke Davies Cinematographer Garry Phillips Editor Dany Cooper Cast Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Noni Hazlehurst, Garry McDonald Print Source THINKFilm

Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish give electrifying performances in this seductive and harrowing tale of two junkies in love, directed by Australian theater wizard Neil Armfield and based on the novel by Luke Davies. Dan and Candy are beautiful, artistic and completely intoxicated with each other, so it doesn’t seem a giant step when Candy asks Dan to initiate her in heroin injection. At first they appear to defy gravity, but as the pretty poison takes its toll, their headfirst plunge down the rabbit hole becomes a nightmare of crime, prostitution and worse. Candy’s middle-class parents try to pull her back, blaming Dan for everything, but the lovers see themselves in this together, “bound by passion till the end of time.” Geoffrey Rush delivers a splendid turn as Casper, the droll chemistry professor who is Dan’s mentor, fellow user and the go-to guy when they’re in a fix (or need one).—R. Peterson


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Catch a Fire Tuesday, October 10 Saturday, October 14

US 2006 102 MINS

7:00 pm 6:45 pm


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Director Phillip Noyce Producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anthony Minghella, Robyn Slovo Screenwriter Shawn Slovo Cinematographers Ron Fortunato, Garry Phillips Editor Jill Bilcock Cast Tim Robbins, Derek Luke, Bonnie Henna Print Source Focus Features

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Australian director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, MVFF 2002) is at his best, combining an interest in socialjustice dramas with his skill in making suspenseful thrillers to tell the true story of Patrick Chamusso. A power plant worker and devoted family man, Chamusso stays out of politics. However, after being falsely arrested by overzealous terrorism investigator Nic Vos, convincingly played by MVFF 2006 tributee Tim Robbins (The Player, Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River), Chamusso does an about-face. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) is riveting in his portrayal of a man fleeing the oppression of South Africa’s apartheid era for Mozambique, where he trains with the ANC for the revolution, until he is sent back to place bombs in the plant he knows intimately. Screenwriter Shawn Slovo (A World Apart) develops the characters we care so much about while secrets are revealed that may unravel the delicate threads holding this family together.—G. Meyer Sponsored by the Post Street Surgery Center.

The Cave of the Yellow Dog Saturday, October 7

11:00 am




Director/Producer/Screenwriter Byambasuren Davaa Cinematographer Daniel Schoenauer Editor Sarah Clara Weber Cast Batchuluun Urjindorj, Buyandulam Daramdadi Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun, Batbayer Batchuluun Print Source Tartan Films USA

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In Mongolian with English subtitles • Co-director of The Story of the Weeping Camel, Byambasuren Davaa makes a welcome return to the Mongolian steppes for an engaging story infused with serene charm and breathtaking beauty. At the center is six-year-old Nansal, the oldest of three children in a nomadic clan of shepherds, who finds a stray dog near the family’s yurt. Her father, concerned about bad luck from a dog that might have associated with wolves, orders her to get rid of him. But Nansal asserts a steely persistence, attempting to hide her new friend. As in her previous film, Davaa uses an actual nomadic family to enact the tale, and her skillful combination of documentary material and dramatic techniques invests this warmhearted story with great authenticity. The film’s reverence for nature is reflected in its fascinating details of day-to-day survival and its illustration of human-animal interdependence in the windy Mongolian grasslands.—A. Saknussen

China Blue Saturday, October 7 Sunday, October 8


3:15 pm 5:00 pm


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Director/Producer/Cinematographer Micha Peled Editor Manuel Tsingaris Print Source Teddy Bear Fims

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In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles • California’s nostalgia for blue jeans as an icon of savvy Gold Rush-era entrepreneurship is turned inside out in China Blue. This potent documentary enters a sweatshop in China, to look at daily life for the mostly teenage girls who put in the zippers and snip the loose threads on the jeans the West craves. Millions of people have migrated from rural life to factories for the “opportunity” to earn a handful of pennies an hour. Focusing on three such workers as well as the factory’s owner, director Micha Peled movingly captures this intersection of Chinese society and international commerce. Undervalued, overworked and misled— much like their bosses, who are constantly under pressure by the likes of Wal-Mart and Levi’s to lower costs—these girls remain simply themselves, giggling and dreaming, writing stories, radiating sweetness. It will be hard not to think of them every time you shop.—J. Campbell Sponsored by the Katz Family Foundation.

Chronicle of an Escape Tuesday, October 10


9:15 pm



Director Israel Adrián Caetano Producers Oscar Kramer, Hugo Sigman Screenwriters Israel Adrián Caetano, Esteban Student, Julián Loyola Cinematographer Julián Apezteguia Editor Alberto Ponce Cast Rodrigo de la Serna, Nazareno Casero, Lautaro Delgado, Matías Marmorato, Pablo Echarri Print Source The Weinstein Company

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In Spanish with English subtitles • Based on a true story, Chronicle of an Escape combines the tense excitement of psychological and escape thrillers with strong ensemble performances. Rodrigo de la Serna (Motorcycle Diaries) is Claudio, a soccer player and one of the thousands of Argentines abducted, tortured and disappeared by the country’s 1976–1983 military dictatorship. Abducted in Buenos Aires in 1977 by a mysterious “task group,” Claudio is accused of being a leftist terrorist. At an abandoned villa on the city’s outskirts he is interrogated for four months about activities he knows nothing about. He is repeatedly questioned, physically and psychologically tortured, stripped naked and thrown into an empty room with three other prisoners. Struggling desperately for sanity and survival, the four take a chance for escape. Carefully controlled cinematography deepens the atmosphere early on and ratchets up the pace later as internationally renowned director Israel Adrián Caetano’s intense film races to its edge-of-the-seat conclusion.—M. Landazuri

2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

9/20/06 4:13:18 PM

Cine Manifest Sunday, October 8 Saturday, October 14


6:00 pm 9:15 pm


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Director/Producer/Cinematographer Judy Irola Editor Nels Bangerter Print Source Judy Irola

What do you get when you cross an idealistic group of young filmmakers with a radical Marxist collective? According to former member Judy Irola: “a car wreck.” Irola’s hilarious, fascinating film, featuring a memorable musical score by David Schickele, charts the life of a unique political film collective that arose from the utopian ideologies of the ’60s and survived the tumult of the ‘70s. United by strict egalitarian regulations and the belief that their films should have a message and an audience, they produced impressive results, including the award-winning films Over-Under, Sideways-Down and Northern Lights. In spite of countless criticism sessions and the services of a Reichian therapist, time, ego and success ultimately took its toll on the group. But what a ride it was!—K. Davis PRECEDED BY

Director Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

McLaren’s Negatives

CANADA 2006 10 MINS The late Canadian animator Norman McLaren describes his innovative and inimitable style


in this lovingly-crafted short.

Cinematographer Style Friday, October 6 Saturday, October 7

US 2006 86 MINS

9:00 pm 12:15 pm


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Director/Producer Jon Fauer Screenwriters Jon Fauer, Volker Bahnemann Cinematographers Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller, Jon Fauer Editor Matt Blute Print Source ARRI Inc.

As a visual art form relying on the visionary and collaborative spirit of its practitioners, film would languish in darkness without the illuminating magic of cinematographers. Customarily comfortable behind the camera, more than 100 of the medium’s most gifted directors of photography step into the limelight to discuss their craft in this dream doc for film fanatics. Renowned lensmen, including László Kovács, Vittorio Storaro, Haskell Wexler and Gordon Willis, share their diverse approaches to shooting some of the greatest films ever made, from The Godfather to Last Tango in Paris. Rarely have filmgoers had an opportunity to hear the best in the business talk about their mysterious process of shedding light on sets and sensibilities. Not surprisingly, this is a gorgeously photographed documentary, and likely the only one you’ll see all year that champions the unsung heroes of the film set: gaffers, key grips and focus pullers. Here’s to these bringers of light!—S. Jenkins

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For information on our cinematography seminar, The Art of Visual Storytelling, see page 27. Sponsored by Technicolor.

Days of Glory Sunday, October 8 Wednesday, October 11

FRANCE 2005 120 MINS

7:45 pm 9:15 pm


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Director Rachid Bouchareb Producers Jean Bréhat, Jamel Debbouze, Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Muriel Merlin Screenwriters Olivier Lorelle, Rachid Bouchareb Cinematographer Patrick Blossier Editor Yannick Kergoat Cast Jamel Debbouze, Samy Nacéri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan, Mathieu Simonet, Benoît Giros, Mélanie Laurent, Antoine Chappey, Assaad Bouab, Dioucounda Koma, Philippe Beglia Print Source The Weinstein Company/IFC

In French and Arabic with English subtitles • Winner at Cannes this year of the prize for male ensemble acting and honored there as a film that “best reflects the reality of our world,” the latest by Rachid Bouchareb (Cheb, MVFF 1992; Little Senegal, MVFF 2001) is as powerful visually as it is emotionally. In World War II, 150,000 men from the former colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, called “indigenous,” served as infantrymen for France against the Nazis, under the flag that had once waved over the revolution for liberté, egalité and fraternité—ideals (and their accompanying benefits) not extended to France’s North African brethren. Without cliché or gore, Days of Glory follows five soldiers through Europe to Alsace, where they face not only a German battalion but their own test of allegiance. It’s a stirring, unsentimental epic with memorable performances, particularly by Sami Bouajila as a born leader tragically mistaken for a mere rebel. Not to be missed.—F. Loden

Deliver Us from Evil Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

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US 2006 101 MINS

6:30 pm 1:00 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Amy Berg Producers Amy Berg, Hermas Lassalle, Frank Donner Cinematographers Jacob Kusk, Jens Schlosser Editors David Serafin, Phillip Kimsey Print Source LionsGate Entertainment

With 100,000 victims of clergy abuse, one billion dollars in settlements and expenses, and 556 priests accused in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Catholic Church has taken a serious hit in the wake of recent pedophile priest scandals. But what is the human face of this debacle? Meet Father Oliver O’Grady, whose abuse of children in Northern California over three decades resulted in repeated parish reassignments, followed by the proverbial slap on the wrist by the Vatican, while victims like Ann Jyono and Nancy Sloan (and their families) were left to pick up the pieces of their broken lives and faith. The guilelessly candid interviews filmmaker Amy Berg elicited from O’Grady are astonishing; Deliver Us from Evil boldly etches a chilling portrait of moral deception and innocence lost centering on one of the most unsettling documentary protagonists in memory—the twinkle-eyed local parish priest with the treacherous heart of gold.—A. Bailey


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Dobrinya and the Dragon Saturday, October 7


1:15 pm



Director Ilya Maksimov Producers Sergei Selyanov, Alexander Boyarsky Screenwriters Maksim Sveshnikov, Alexander Boyarskiy Editor S. Glezin Cast Sergei Makovetsky, Valeri Solovyov, Oleg Kulikovich, Yuri Tarasov, Natalya Danilova Print Source Melnitsa Animation Studios

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In Russian with English subtitles • A classic Russian fairy tale reimagined with a gleefully modern sensibility, Dobrinya and the Dragon is wildly colorful, silly and charming. In a medieval kingdom long, long ago, beautiful princess Zabava is secretly in love with a lowly messenger boy. When her uncle, the duke, discovers their plan to elope, he plots to marry her off quickly and kicks off his selfish scheme by having Zabava kidnapped by the fearsome three-headed dragon, Gorynych. Only the great hero Dobrinya can save her, but the task isn’t so easy with the lovesick messenger tagging along in hopes of becoming a hero himself. Visual tricks and slapstick hilarity abound as Matrix-like fight scenes and an eye-popping MTV-style dance number are interspersed with the wonderfully animated cast of maidens, witches, villagers, greedy no-goodniks and that “terrifying” dragon who turns out to be as dangerous as a declawed kitten. Great fun! Ages 4+—D. Quinones

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox Tuesday, October 10 Wednesday, October 11


9:15 pm 9:15 pm


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Director Sara Lamm Producers Sara Lamm, Zachary Mortensen, Cheri Anderson Cinematographers Andrew Nagata, Sara Lamm, Stewart Nelsen Editor Katy Finch Print Source Ghost Robot

Dr. Bronner’s famous peppermint pure-Castile soap is one of the great enigmas of American consumerism—you can’t beat the product, and you can’t make heads or tails of the text-heavy, cosmologically confounding label. The whole megillah is the brainchild of a live-wire German Jewish chemist with a fervent All-One-God philosophy, who came to the US in 1929 and built the company that thrives today under his son, Ralph. Part visionary, part psycho case (FBI terminology), the late Dr. Bronner inspires irreverence as well as respect, and director Sara Lamm cheerfully obliges on both counts. Black sheep and prodigal son Ralph has a similar effect and is the linchpin of this endlessly surprising documentary that begins in Wackyland and ends in the Promised Land of genuine inspiration.—M. Fox v(ision)fest


Director Avishag Leibovich

Diet Leibovich

ISRAEL 2005 16 MINS A corpulent but circumspect Israeli family embarks on a weight-loss regime.

Sponsored by Inhance Digital – The Ultimate Presentation Experience.

Dreaming of Space Sunday, October 8


3:45 pm



Director/Screenwriter Alexey Uchitel Producers Alexander Mindadze, Alexey Uchitel Cast Yevgeny Mironov, Yevgeny Tsiganov, Irina Pegova Print Source Intercinema XXI Century

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The affectionately named Horsie is a simple lad who leads a carefree existence in a Russian border town in 1957. The affable Horsie cooks cutlets, bikes around town and makes love in the forest with his girlfriend. Together they longingly search the sky for signs of the Soviet Union’s proud new satellites. When an unannounced stranger slips into the port town, he generally arouses suspicion, while Horsie admires him. The secretive man is a skilled boxer and owns a contraband transistor radio; more striking, however, is his steely gaze, full of achievement and purpose. As the mystery of the man’s origin deepens, Horsie labors to mold himself after his newfound friend and finds his own fate changed. Alexey Uchitel’s (His Wife’s Diary, MVFF 2000) Dreaming of Space captures a delicate shortlived moment preceding the space race that was filled with patriotic zeal, blissful uncertainty and youthful aspiration.—I. Tovbis

Drifting Elegant Saturday, October 7 Wednesday, October 11

US 2006 87 MINS

8:00 pm 9:00 pm


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Director Amy Glazer Producers Barnaby Dallas, Nick Martinez, Mitch Glazer, Rick Hubert Screenwriter Stephen Belber Cinematographer Jim Orr Editor Matt Barber Cast Josh Stamberg, Coby Bell, Donnie Keshawarz, Jennifer Mudge, Lenore Thomas Print Source Southbay Film Studios

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Locally produced Drifting Elegant sheds light on the complex racial and class dynamics in the United States through the story of Victor, a young Arab-American man convicted of rape, and the three people whose lives he affects: Nate, a white journalist with stubborn ideals; Nate’s wife, who is starting to question those ideals; and Nate’s best friend, an African-American housing developer. Tension builds in a small San Francisco apartment as the characters confront their blind spots and the ways in which sexual desire and prejudice collide. Outside the apartment, the landscapes of the educated urban elite and the working class are vividly contrasted. Director Amy Glazer, also a Bay Area theater director, expresses psychological intensity through the characters’ movements through space, while Stephen Belber’s screenplay provides astute observations and dry humor. This timely, suspenseful film asks hard questions, the answers to which loom uncomfortably as it moves to a conclusion.—A. Corbin Sponsored by A Party Center.


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2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

9/20/06 4:13:21 PM

Emile Norman: By His Own Design Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

1:00 pm 4:00 pm



Rafael Sequoia

Director Will Parrinello Producers Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry, Will Parrinello Screenwriter Doris Baizley Cinematographers Will Parrinello, Andrew Black, Jim Iacona Editor Mary Lampson Print Source The Emile Norman Documentary Project

“I’ll never run out of ideas,” feisty artist Emile Norman states. Now in his 80s and basking in Big Sur amid the natural splendor that inspires his fanciful animal sculptures and mosaics, Norman recounts career highlights (massive masterpieces for San Francisco’s Masonic Auditorium), gay life through the decades (he was defiantly “out” in the repressive ’50s) and everlasting love (with charismatic hunk Brooks Clement, his partner for over 30 years). Norman’s narrative is augmented with skillfully lensed images of his art and interviews with friends and artists who attest to his singular artistic vision. Set to pipe-organ renditions of Norman’s beloved Bach, this wonderful portrait is as beautiful and quirky as his own trademark purple beret.—S. Jenkins PRECEDED BY

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Director Karina Epperlein

Phoenix Dance

US 2006 16 MINS After losing a leg to cancer, Homer Avila returns to the stage in a pas de deux by Alonzo King,

reminding us that when heart and will are joined, the impossible can happen.

Family Law


Friday, October 6 Monday, October 9

7:00 pm 8:45 pm


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Director/Screenwriter Daniel Burman Producers Diego Dubcovsky, Jose Maria Morales Cinematographer Ramiro Civita Editor Alejandro Parysow Cast Daniel Hendler, Julieta Diaz, Arturo Goetz, Adriana Aizemberg, Eloy Burman Print Source IFC Films

In Spanish with English subtitles • In this fresh comic drama about finding one’s place in life, sexy, confused law professor Ariel Perelman is in a muddle. He has wooed and won a beautiful student whom he now does not know how to love—nor, later, their child. Ariel’s attorney father, whom Ariel drolly describes as “a Zelig among lawyers,” a hero to his clients and adored by everyone he meets, wants Ariel to take over his practice and place in the community, which Ariel feels incapable of doing. As Ariel tries to decide what to do with his life, life beats him to the punch. This is director Daniel Burman and actor Daniel Hendler’s fourth collaboration, all of which focus on the inner crises of neurotic but appealing young, middle-class, urban Jewish-Argentine men. And while Burman’s films do all concern themselves with loss and love, his comic inflection tempers the existential with the humane.—C. Rountree

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Presented in association with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Sponsored by Strawberry Village.

Figner: The End of a Silent Century Wednesday, October 11 Friday, October 13


7:00 pm 7:00 pm


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Director Nathalie Alonso Casale Producers Nathalie Alonso Casale, San Fu Maltha Screenwriter José-Luis Alonso Hernandez Cinematographer Vladas Naudzius Editors Irina Gorokhovskaja, Chris Lawrence Cast Edgar Figner, Jevgeni Mercuriev, Tatiana Tkatsch, Angelica Nevolina, Daria Konstantinova, Alexander Yudin Print Source Holland Film

FOCUS: THE NETHERLANDS • In Russian with English subtitles • Through its very real protagonist, Figner offers an intimate sense of the 21st-century Russian zeitgeist. A true alchemist, sound effects artist Edgar Figner has spent his life in St. Petersburg at Lenfilm Studios, where since the silent era he has used commonplace objects (cabbages, old shoes) to create complex sound effects for films. Under the pressures of contemporary Russian life, Mr. Figner begins to retreat into the past. As reality and memory blend with stunning scenes from Soviet films, Figner’s art becomes a soundtrack for this delicate mix of documentary, reality and cinematic imagination. A deeply sensitive account of the silences at the heart of the Russian social, political and cinematic experience.—I. Tovbis PRECEDED BY


Director Vanessa Woods

On Alzheimer’s

US 2005 8 MINS A silent, haunting homage to surrealism and the shifting sands of memory.

Sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company.



Saturday, October 7

7:30 pm



Director Udi Aloni Producers Lemore Syvan, David Silber, Udi Aloni Screenwriters Udi Aloni, Paul Hond Cinematographer Amnon Zalait Editor Galia Gill Moors Cast Itay Tiran, Moni Moshonov, Clara Khoury, Makram J. Khoury, Michael Sarne, Tamara Mansour Print Source Elevation Filmworks

In English and Hebrew with English subtitles • Stuck in a Middle Eastern sanitarium, Brooklyn-born former Israeli soldier David Adler suffers vivid hallucinations of a girl in a white dress. Are they related to an incident that occurred when on patrol in Tel Aviv, or to the fact that the sanitarium stands on the site of a massacre decades earlier? Udi Aloni’s psychological thriller is rife with suspense, surreal touches and the occasional hip, choreographed musical number (watch out, Bollywood!), but this Israeli-Palestinian collaboration (noted Palestinian actress Clara Khoury plays David’s love interest) is a prime example of coming together for a common goal. Underneath its ecstasy-fueled nightclub escapades and ghost-story trappings, this film is about the need for healing to begin. The soil may be steeped in the sins of the past, but, ultimately, it’s the younger generation that fights yesterday’s wars, and the younger generation that will walk together down the path of forgiveness.—D. Fear

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Frozen City Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15


6:45 pm 8:45 pm


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Director Aku Louhimies Producer Markus Selin Cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen Editor Samu Heikkilä Cast Janne Virtanen, Susanna Anteroinen, Aada Hämes, Santtu Nuutinen, Viivi Hämes Print Source The Finnish Film Foundation

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In Finnish with English subtitles • In Finnish director Aku Louhimies’ poignant follow-up to his first acclaimed feature, Frozen Land (MVFF 2005), life for cabbie Veli-Matti (Janne Virtanen) is not going well. His wife has just left him and their kids, he’s having trouble paying the bills and most of his customers are unpleasant and don’t tip well. In a misanthropic opening voiceover that recalls Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (an obvious inspiration), Veli-Matti wishes for a blizzard that will cover up all the dross and make everything new again. Instead, his wife returns, asks for a divorce, and he is forced to move into a low-rent flat he can’t afford to furnish for his kids’ weekly visits. Using mostly handheld camera work and allowing his actors to improvise, Louhimies brings immediacy and verisimilitude to the events onscreen. This multiple prizewinner from the recent Karlovy Vary Film Festival offers an indelible portrait of a life (and marriage) gone awry.—R. Armstrong

Full Grown Men Saturday, October 7 Sunday, October 15

US 2006 80 MINS

4:45 pm 1:45 pm


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Director David Munro Producers Xandra Castleton, Brian Benson Screenwriters David Munro, Xandra Castleton Cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco Editors Affonso Gonlçalves, Alex Blatt Cast Matt McGrath, Judah Friedlander, Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry, Amy Sedaris Print Source Grottofilms

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Thirty-something Alby (Matt McGrath) rounds up his prized action figures and leaves his son, wife and adulthood behind, escaping back home to mom. This move sets in motion a road-trip odyssey with childhood friend Elias (Judah Friedlander) to Diggityland, a sort of Disneyland meets SeaWorld. Along the way they meet a kooky succession of beautiful losers, including a vigilante ex-theme park employee (Alan Cumming), a bartender attending clown school (Amy Sedaris) and a mermaid (Deborah Harry) who sets Alby on the right path. San Francisco–based filmmakers David Munro and Xandra Castleton imbue their debut project with eccentric characters, candy-colored locations and a dazed, sun-drenched melancholy. With the distinctly American spirit of recent independent films like Me and You and Everyone We Know and Sideways, Full Grown Men is the quirky and bittersweet tale of a clueless young man who refuses to grow up and his comic journey to adulthood.—J. Shepard Sponsored by Marin Acura.

Fuss, Mess and Scrumble Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

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These short films for little people are dedicated to the joy of discovery by new eyes. Most films are five minutes or under, with the longest at 15 minutes, so you can come in and sample with your favorite distracted short person or stay the course with your fascinated short person. The films are from all over the world, including Croatia, Mexico, Africa, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Iran and the good ole US of A. Many of the international films are nonverbal with stunning images in animation and live action. This hand-picked mélange has giraffes, dinosaurs, cats, dogs, fish, ants, lobsters and an entire barnyard. Subtitles are read by our wonderful actors, and the last film, On the Farm, is sung by Orange Sherbet, our troubadors extraordinaires who will lead a kazoo parade after the film on Saturday. Kazoos, shakers and ice cream will be provided. Other films include: Propeller Bird by Jan Locher and Thomas Hinke; Little Blue by Bob Svihovec; War and Peas by Jannik Hastrup; Little Pig Is Flying by Alicja Jaworski; The Brave Cat and Coconut Island by La Matatena Workshop; I Love My Doctor and The Impatient Patient by Eva Saks; There Was a Moon and a Fox by Babak Nazari; Happy Day, Fence and Fuss, Mess and Scrumble by SAF Cakovec Workshop; James Marshall’s Cinderella by Peter McCarty; Invasion of the Space Lobsters by Janet Perlman; Small Ant Syndrome by Ann-Marie Denham; and Moondance by Brent Dawes. All Ages.—J. Morrison A kazoo parade and free ice cream will follow the Saturday screening. See page 28.

Georgi and the Butterflies Monday, October 9 Saturday, October 14

6:30 pm 4:15 pm



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Director/Screenwriter Andrey Paounov Producer Martichka Bozhilova Cinematographers Boris Missirkov, Georgi Bogdanov Editor Zortisa Kotseva Print Source AGITPROP

In Bulgarian with English subtitles • Dr. Georgi Lulchev is a psychiatrist, neurologist, administrator, amateur chef, indefatigable entrepreneur and the director of a home for psychologically challenged men. Housed in an abandoned monastery among rolling hills outside Sofia, the home belies its desperate situation and the country’s immense poverty. Yet the persistent Dr. Georgi dreams of organizing a farm in the yard where patients can raise snails, ostriches and pheasants and produce silk and soy bread. A charming commentary on post–Cold War capitalism in Bulgaria.—P. Moore PRECEDED BY

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Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott Director Betsy Bayha US 2006 26 MINS Betsy Bayha’s sublime film presents Judith Scott. Born deaf, mute and with Down Syndrome, and institutionalized for most of her life, Scott moved in the 1980s to the Bay Area, where, at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, her talent was revealed, leading her to international acclaim.

2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

9/20/06 4:13:30 PM

God Grew Tired of Us Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9

US 2006 86 MINS

3:00 pm 7:15 pm


142 Throckmorton Rafael

Directors Christopher Quinn, Tommy Walker Producers Christopher Quinn, Molly Bradford Pace, Tommy Walker Cinematographer Paul Daley Editors Geoffrey Richman, Johanna Glebelhaus Print Source Newmarket Films

The Lost Boys, young African men targeted for ethnic cleansing by the Sudanese government, have traveled thousands of miles by foot and by airplane, leaving their families to escape the violence. Three such young men lead us from the refugee camp of Kakuma in Kenya to their new homes in Syracuse and Pittsburgh. They speak wisely and humorously about their suffering, the experience of culture clash and their determination to make the most of their lives. The film captures their always-conflicted emotions with intimacy and reverence: Gazing at July 4th fireworks, the men share their sense of isolation. As they work multiple jobs and find their way in a new environment, the men become powerful agents of change, helping their families and organizing their peers to bring national attention to the plight of their people. This important documentary won the 2006 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.—A. Corbin

Going Private Tuesday, October 10 Thursday, October 12

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9:00 pm 4:30 pm


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Director Stina Werenfels Producer Karin Koch, Samir Screenwriters Petra Lüschow, Stina Werenfels Cinematographer Piotr Jaxa Editor Isabel Meier Cast Michael Neuenschwander, Susanne-Marie Wrage, Bettina Stucky, Leonardo Nigro, Georg Scharegg Print Source Dschoint Ventschr

In Swiss-German and German with English subtitles • A garden party on Switzerland’s trendy Gold Coast goes irreparably awry in this dramatic investigation into the overlapping of work and private life. Attempting to rebound from the suicide of a business partner, some shady business dealings and a current cash flow problem, host and formerly successful businessman Hans Peter “H.P.” Ammann (Michael Neuenschwander) tries to sell his boss (Georg Scharegg) on a nanotechnology deal in Latvia. Also in attendance are the men’s wives, a dishy au pair and an upwardly mobile trainee who might be after H.P.’s job. As the sun sets, tempers fray, too many drinks are guzzled and various indiscretions, business and personal, are exposed. No one is left unscathed, while it seems that the evening’s revelations have benefited at least some in this gathering. Director Stina Werenfels and co-screenwriter Petra Lüschow ably capture the event’s ebb and flow, with stellar performances by the ensemble cast.—R. Armstrong

Gretchen Wednesday, October 11 Saturday, October 14

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US 2006 98 MINS

6:45 pm 4:15 pm


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Director/Screenwriter Steve Collins Producer Anish Savjani Cinematographer PJ Raval Editor Mike Shen Cast Courtney Davis, John Merriman, Becky Ann Baker, Macon Blair, Stephen Root Print Source Cinetic Media

“Mom, I don’t want to go to school tomorrow.” Remember saying that? In an achingly familiar ode to the pains of adolescence, Gretchen explores the frustration and confusion of growing up, when things just don’t make sense. Often compared to Napoleon Dynamite, this film follows the deeper and darker journey of a fashion-impaired teenager trying to find herself. Courtney Davis is painfully beautiful to behold as an awkward young woman caught in a pattern of innocent rage. Drawn to bad boys that resemble Meatloaf, Gretchen weaves her way through a maze of blunders toward enlightenment. With brilliant supporting performances from Becky Ann Baker (Freaks and Geeks) and Stephen Root (Office Space) as Gretchen’s parents, this sly film draws on the finest elements that independent film can deliver. Pain, originality, intelligence and hilarious truth triumph in this quirky celebration of a misfit we know all too well, and love just the same.—K. Kolton

Grown Up Sunday, October 8

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11:30 am



These five films from five different countries (Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands, Peru and Scotland) illustrate how kids can be quite grown-up when confronting problems. The Big Girl is more mature than her mom in dealing with mom’s newest boyfriend; in Ayla, the Tsunami Girl, a Dutch girl who has survived a tsunami heals herself by making art; in the Brazilian animation I Swear I Saw It: Iara, a young boy gains a new perspective on greed after he resists temptation; in Chicle, we look at the demands made on a Peruvian boy by his dishonest older brother; and, finally, in a hilarious documentary, Heavy Metal Jr., a group of Scottish kids trying to win a music contest unintentionally replay the best of This Is Spinal Tap. Ages 9+—J. Morrison

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A Guest of Life


Saturday, October 7 Friday, October 13

8:00 pm 9:30 pm


Rafael Rafael

Director Tibor Szemzo Producers Attila Bognár, György Durst Screenwriter László Sári Cinematographer István “Taikyo” Szaladják Editor Teri Losonci Cast Susannah York, Mari Töröcsik Print Source Magyar Filmunió


In 1819, Alexander Csoma de Körös set out on foot from his home in Transylvania to discover “the original Hungarians.” What he found was a peaceful Asiatic civilization living at the foot of the Himalayas. Csoma’s writings would later introduce both Tibet’s rich culture and the practice of Buddhism to the world at large. Tibor Szemzo’s documentary on Csoma’s amazing journey combines grainy Super-8 footage of the region’s geography and ancient rituals with animated renderings of Romanian folktales (narrated by Susannah York). The result is a unique hybrid of media that mirrors Csoma’s connection between the spiritual old world of Eastern philosophy and the scholarly new world of Western knowledge, merging into a singular celebration of both the man and the larger-than-life myth that surrounds him.—D. Fear PRECEDED BY

Director Binyamin Freidenberg

A Quiet Street

ISRAEL 2006 20 MINS A beautifully poetic and prismatic view of Jerusalem’s renowned Ethiopia Street.

valley of the docs US 2006 89 MINS

Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

5:00 pm 4:00 pm


Rafael Sequoia

Director/Producer Connie Field Screenwriter Ken Chowder, Connie Field, Gregory Scharpen Cinematographer Tom Hurwitz Editors Gregory Scharpen, Jeffrey Stephens Print Source Clarity Films

Have You Heard from Johannesburg?

Tightly constructed and enlightening at every turn, Have You Heard from Johannesburg? traces a profound period of contemporary history, the turbulent rise of the 1980s anti-apartheid movement. Through fascinating news footage, insightful interviews with major players like Ron Dellums, and an evocative musical score, Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Connie Field (Rosie the Riveter, Freedom on My Mind) perfectly captures the look and feel of the times. From its first frame the film dives into the highs and lows of this real-world grassroots drama, as Bishop Desmond Tutu pleads for help, President Ronald Reagan turns the other cheek and a small group of African-American politicians use the media to get attention. We watch as Americans cross both party and racial lines to demand US divestment in South Africa, complete with celebrity-fueled demonstrations and the creation of mock shantytowns. An object lesson for our own time, this inspiring work reveals the true power of the people.—B. Peterson

Hi De Ho Show Saturday, October 7

2006 120 MINS

10:00 pm



This year’s Hi De Ho Show promises to reach new highs—and likely some new lows (on the musical scale, of course)—as John Goddard, the maverick maestro behind Village Music, veejays the night away with gems from his personal music video archives. Just when you thought it couldn’t get weirder or wonderfuller, this year’s theme, per Mr. Goddard, is “one-hit wonders, no-hit wonders and gone . . . but forgotten.” Expect stellar swings from the ’30s to the ’70s—no Coltrane, no Hendrix, no Joplin, but marvelous mambo bands and unknown soul singers. This is all about the ones who had a hit . . . and then disappeared into the wurlitzer of obscurity; the ones for whom every side was a B side; and the ones whose wax just waned. The talents you may encounter in this evening of mellifluous melodies and staggering style will be variously brilliant, maudlin, wacky and truly, endearingly dreadful—you can decide which is which.—Z. Elton v(ision)fest

Hinokio Saturday, October 7

JAPAN 2006 111 MINS

10:00 am



Director Takahiko Akiyama Screenwriters Takahiko Akiyama, Masumi Suetani, Shoji Yonemura Cinematographer Masakazu Oka Editor Shoichi Ueno Cast Masatoshi Nakamura, Kanata Hongo, Mikako Tabe Print Source Shochiku Co. International Division

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CHILDREN’S FILMFEST OPENING • In Japanese with English subtitles • A little robot named Hinokio may be the main character, but the human boy who controls him and sits alone and friendless in his room is the real story. Satoru is heartbroken following a car accident with his mother, in which he saw her die. To help him, his father creates a robot that Satoru, who is wheelchair bound, can control from his room. Going to school and coping with bullies, Hinokio/Satoru almost lives the life of an ordinary schoolboy. But when Jun, a young girl who played mean tricks on him at the beginning of the year, starts to fall in love with the spirit of Hinokio, things begin to change. This finely crafted, enormously warm-hearted special-effects movie was a 20-year dream project for director Takahiko Akiyama, who was the VFX director for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Note: There is some very brief partial nudity. Ages 9+—J. Morrison For Children’s FilmFest Opening event information, see page 28.

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9/20/06 4:13:36 PM

Holly Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9

US 2006 113 MINS

3:00 pm 9:00 pm


Rafael Sequoia

Director Guy Moshe Producers Guy Jacobson, Adi Ezroni, Guy Moshe, Nava Levin Screenwriters Guy Jacobson, Guy Moshe Cinematographer Yaron Orbach Editor Isabela Monteiro DeCastro Cast Ron Livingston, Virginie Ledoyen, Udo Kier, Chris Penn, Thuy Nguyen Print Source Arclight Films

In English, Khmer and Vietnamese with English subtitles • “As long as you don’t look in their eyes, you’re fine.” A handy motto for one who just can’t be bothered in an unjust world. Holly is a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl who has been sold by her family into a life of prostitution. Now in Cambodia, her strong will and purity are no match for the harsh new home in which she has found herself. In a chance encounter, she meets Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American who has lost his way, drifting about in a haze of cards, booze and ambivalence. An uncommon bond forms between the two, and, stricken with a newfound surge of humanity, Patrick feels compelled to do something. With powerful performances and an exacting look into Cambodia’s underbelly, Holly explores the overwhelming problem of—and demand for—human trafficking. Even more, it points out the miraculous effect of stopping and looking in a stranger’s eyes.—K. Kolton

us cinema

Sponsored by Perry’s Gourmet Deli & Catering.

The Host Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15


10:15 pm 9:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director Bong Joon-ho Producers Choi Yong-bae, Jeong Tae-sung, Kim Woo-taek, Joh Neung-yeon Screenwriters Bong Joonho, Ha Jun-weon, Baek Cheol-hyeon Cinematographer Kim Hyeong-gu Editor Kim Sun-min Cast Song Gang-ho, Byeon Heuibong, Park Hae-il, Bae Du-na, Ko A-sung, Lee Dong-ho, Lee Jae-eung, Yun Je-mun, Kim Roi-ha, Park No-shik, Yim Pil-sung Print Source Magnolia Pictures

In Korean with English subtitles • This surprise hit of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival is a genre-bending, raucous and definitely frightening monster flick. Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, Barking Dogs) has crafted an elegant tale that harkens back to the smart, goofy, melodramatic B movies of the ‘50s. Early on, the titular host, a 30-footlong squid-creature (created by SF’s visual effects house The Orphanage), leaps out of the Han River to terrorize Seoul, but not until after amused onlookers throw beers and snacks at it. Amid the subsequent devastation and dismay, the monster becomes a screen against which social, political and familial melodramas unfold. The story centers on doltish father, Park Gang-du, and his transformation into a sensitive, brave (but still a bit doltish) hero as he searches for his daughter and for the creature’s lair. Selling nine million tickets in 18 days, The Host shattered Korean box office records, marking the film an instant cult classic.—S. Uyehara Presented in association with the San Francisco Film Society. Sponsored by WIRED magazine.

Hotel Harabati Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

world cinema


4:00 pm 3:15 pm


Rafael Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Brice Cauvin Producer Marc Irmer Cinematographer Marc Tevanian Editor Agathe Cauvin Cast Laurent Lucas, Hélène Fillières, Anouk Aimée, Julie Gayet Print Source Films Distribution

Brice Cauvin’s stylish, surreal debut feature boldly examines the risks of daily life in the age of terrorism. Philippe (Laurent Lucas) and Marion (Hélène Fillières) set off on a much-needed vacation without their kids. Next to them in the train station waiting room, a gentleman of vaguely Middle Eastern origin leaves behind a valise, which Philippe and Marion try to return and then claim for themselves, unwittingly setting off the unpredictable events that follow. As ominous details pile up—news stories of school bombings and scattered violence, photographs from a trip that never occurred, stacks of cash in an unknown currency—the couple’s behavior becomes increasingly odd, until finally, a crisis is provoked. Mystery, paranoia, ambiguity and unease flood this film that refers to masters such as Luis Buñuel and Bertrand Blier, but employs the dark humor, sly political sensibility and rich imagery of our own time.—R. Armstrong

Hyphy Saturday, October 14


10:15 am



“Hyphy” is a word with many definitions. Its source is the East Bay, particularly Oakland. Hyphy is dance movement, it’s being crazy with energy, it’s being dumb or drunk. It’s a NorCal version of the LA word “crunk.” It can be innocent, when it means acting goofy, or nasty, when it means being violent. In short, it’s about energy—the thing teens excel at. This collection of youth-produced work, juried and curated by the 2006 Young Critics Jury, represents films from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, the Bay Area and as far away as Australia. The reel includes documentaries, animation, drama, comedy and even a film within a film. Fourteen films equals fourteen fresh views on life, including one on what hyphy means to Berkeley High students. The filmmakers and the jury are invited and will be onstage for the celebration of these talented new filmmakers. Other films include: Valentine’s Day by Eva Saks; Mirrors by Max Strebel; Tree in the Forest by Steve Anthopolous; The Hyphy Movement by Casey Laird, Daniel Schnur and Saul Sutcher; Moab Monster by Michael Santiago, Hannah Long, John Bills, Sasha Vitelli and Thomas Sheffield; Humor Me by Jay Morton; Modern Attraction by Julia Mattison; What If Jesus Were Gay? by Lucas Guilkey, Caitlin Wells and Josh Yiangou; Nine Days by Taylor Brook; Colony by Harris Lapiroff; Trend Experiment by Matt Reynolds and Caitlin Bicknell; Every 15 Minutes by Jeff Stallman, Colin Stice and Noelle Mitchell; The Envious Heart by Carolyn Chrisman; Oranges by Lucas Guilkey and Paolo Speirn; and Maggie and Ernie by Julia Horowitz.—J. Morrison


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Mill Valley Film Festival 29

I Am Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15


7:00 pm 8:15 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Dorota Kedzierzawska Producer/Cinematographer Arthur Reinhart Editors Arthur Reinhart, Dorota Kedzierzawska Cast Piotr Jagielski, Agnieszka Nagorzycka Print Source Dream Entertainment

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In Polish with English subtitles • Conjuring shades of Truffaut’s 400 Blows, I Am is a visually stunning film about a young boy’s search for home. Eleven-year-old Kundel (brilliantly performed by Piotr Jagielski) watches as his young mother drinks during the day and sleeps around at night. At school he is chased by nasty classmates and ridiculed by pompous teachers. For him, there is only one answer: Run away. The resilient Kundel shows amazing survival instincts as he holes up in an abandoned river barge, collects cans for money and connects with a surprising new companion. Filmmaker Kedzierzawska frames each scene with the eye of a painter and the heart of a poet. With limited dialogue and a stripped-down storytelling approach, I Am focuses on the young actor’s expressive face and on his natural surroundings to capture the beautiful, heartbreaking journey of a solitary soul.—B. Peterson Sponsored by Peet’s Coffee & Tea.

I’ll Call You Saturday, October 7 Thursday, October 12


9:15 pm 4:30 pm


Rafael Sequoia

Director Lam Tze Chung Producer Elliot Tong Screenwriters Lam Tze Chung, Fung Min Hun Cinematographer Davy Tsou Editor Wenders Li Cast Alex Fong, Viann Liang, Lam Ka Tung, Chan Kwok Kwun, Macy Chan Print Source Focus Films

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In Cantonese with English subtitles • Actor-writer Lam Tze Chung’s (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle) directorial debut opens as a playful romantic comedy but moves into more interesting territory than the usual boy-meets-girl scenario. Serious office clerk Man (actor-singer Alex Fong) and flighty shopping-channel host Karen (Viann Liang) meet in a nightclub, share a momentary spark and trade cell phone numbers. Karen is unlikely relationship material— she walks all over him—but Man persists, though he remains just shy of “boyfriend” status. This is when the film digs deeper: What happens when two people, not romantically right for each other, share a connection and candor they can’t find in anyone else? Shot in high definition, the film employs unexpected visual effects to explore the battle of the sexes and the interior states of love and frustration (with a cameo by Andy Lau as a prison warden, in a surreal tour of Man’s mind). A welcome, fresh look at modern romance.—S. Mockus

I’m Seducible Friday, October 6 Sunday, October 8

US 2006 76 MINS

6:45 pm 1:30 pm


Rafael Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Xiao-Yen Wang Producers/Editors Andy Martin, Xiao-Yen Wang Cinematographer Li Xiong Cast Qu Ting, Zhu Hong-Jia, Michael Oosterom Print Source The Beijing-San Francisco Film Group

us cinema

In English and Mandarin with English subtitles • Twenty-something Chinese artist Shi-Wei dives into her newfound freedom in the United States. Almost immediately she hooks up with an American and juggles several menial jobs while pursuing her burgeoning ambitions as a painter. The sudden arrival of Da-Hai, the smitten boyfriend she left behind, intensifies Shi-Wei’s divided loyalties between past and future. Based partially on her own experiences as an immigrant, Bay Area filmmaker Xiao-Yen Wang (The Monkey Kid, Official Selection at Cannes, 1995; The Blank Point, 1991) beautifully captures the psychic dislocation of a woman caught between cultures. Strong and outspoken in China, Shi-Wei now passively drifts along, allowing the men in her life to pull her back and forth across the cultural divide. What will it take for her to reclaim her strength? Journey with Shi-Wei as she fuses memory and desire to create her own identity and find a room of her own.—C. Harada Sponsored by CBS 5 TV.

Infamous Friday, October 6 Monday, October 9

US 2006 118 MINS

9:30 pm 6:45 pm


Sequoia Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Douglas McGrath Producers Jocelyn Hayes, Sidney Kimmel Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Editor Camilla Toniolo Cast Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Lee Pace, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Juliet Stevenson, Sigourney Weaver Print Source Warner Independent Pictures

us cinema

Like seeing great actors perform a favorite Shakespeare play, a familiar story can be enriched when an exceptional cast and an insightful writer-director loose their talents on the material. So it is with Douglas McGrath’s pitch-perfect rendering of the story of Truman Capote and the creation of In Cold Blood. British actor Toby Jones gives a star-making performance as the diminutive, distinctively voiced scribe; Sandra Bullock’s Harper Lee is sublime. From moneyed Manhattan—personified with flamboyant hauteur in exquisite cameos by Sigourney Weaver, Hope Davis and Juliet Stevenson—Capote travels to Kansas to research the Clutter family murders. The deep conflict between his often manipulative efforts to create a masterful work of art and his growing love for one of the murderers, Perry Smith (Daniel Craig), make In Cold Blood the book that ultimately “both made him and ruined him.” All that, and a torch song by Gwyneth Paltrow. Divine.—J. Parsont Sponsored by Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan.


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2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

9/20/06 4:13:38 PM

Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9

1:15 pm 9:15 pm

US 2005 90 MINS


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Larry Blamire Producers John Fiore, Francis Margaglione Cinematographer Patrick Ruth Editor Bill Byrn Russell Cast John Fiore, Vincent Curatola, Richard Portnow, Frank Santorelli, Red Peters, Jennifer Blaire Print Source Johnny Slade Productions

You think you’ve got problems. . . . Third-rate lounge singer Johnny Slade can’t seem to catch a break. Even though he’s put out a slew of albums (with titles like It’s Not About the Pizza and Soda Fountain of Love), he finds himself playing empty dives night after night. That is, until he’s hired by the mysterious “Mr. Samantha,” who sets him up as the headliner in one of the hottest nightclubs in town. The catch is that every night Johnny has to sing one of Samantha’s new (and terrible) songs. To Johnny’s chagrin these songs become huge hits, propelling him to stardom. As his popularity rises, however, Johnny notices a strange correlation between the songs and the crime reports in the morning paper. John Fiore, well-known to Sopranos fans, fits the role of Johnny Slade like a glove in Larry Blamire’s (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, MVFF 2001) hilariously campy indie feature that raises the bar for the mob satire genre.—K. Clement

us cinema

Sponsored by Best Beverage Catering.

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen Tuesday, October 10 Thursday, October 12

6:45 pm 9:15 pm

CANADA 2006 112 MINS


Sequoia Rafael

Directors Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn Screenwriter/Cinematographer Norman Cohn Editors Norman Cohn, Cathrine Ambus Cast Leah Angutimarik, Pakak Innukshuk, Neeve Irngaut Uttak, Natar Ungalaaq, Samuelie Ammaq, Peter-Henry Arnastsiaq, Cathrine Alaralak, Abraham Ulayuruluk, Tommy Uttak, Apayata Kotierk, Jens Jørn Spottag, Kim Bodnia, Jakob Cedergren Print Source Isuma Distribution International

In Inuktitut with English subtitles • In the extraordinary icy landscapes of northernmost Canada, hundreds of years after the time depicted in Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn’s previous film, the brilliantly rendered Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (MVFF 2001), not much has changed in the lifestyles of the Inuit people. But this is 1922, and Europeans have arrived in Iglulik. The shamanic tradition, and with it, its deep understanding of land and ice and life, is being rendered obsolete and its last shaman a species endangered by the incipient rise of Christianity in this remote community. Apak (Leah Angutimarik), the delightfully willful daughter of a famous shaman, Avva (Pakak Innukshuk), sets the scene for this powerful dramatization of Avva’s conversion to Christianity, chronicled by Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen. Kunuk and Cohn reveal their gripping tale through a series of events, played out by compelling, absolutely unforgettable characters. It’s an amazing experience.—Z. Elton Sponsored by Gordon Radley.

Klunkerz Sunday, October 8 Monday, October 9

world cinema


6:30 pm 9:00 pm


Sequoia 142 Throckmorton

Director/Producer Billy Savage Screenwriters Billy Savage, Jeffrey Abelson Cinematographer Glenn Evans Editor Jeffrey Abelson Print Source Pumelo Pictures

This fast-moving documentary traces the Marin County roots and global rise of mountain biking, a gonzo sport long favored by fearless iconoclasts. An outgrowth of the Bay Area’s late-’60s–early-’70s hippy counterculture, mountain biking got its start right in MVFF’s backyard. Pot-smoking adrenaline junkies from Mill Valley, Larkspur and surrounding towns took their pre-World War II bicycles—known as “klunkerz” due to their fat tires—to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, then hurled themselves down dirt paths, risking life and limb in search of a killer high. People formed amateur bike leagues and tricked-out their two-wheelers with junkyard finds; spectacular wipe-outs made local guys national legends, and this mud-splattered hobby became an international craze and Olympic sport. Archival footage, rare photos and interviews with klunkerz trailblazers merge in this terrific film that races downhill toward mountain-bike bliss.—S. Jenkins PRECEDED BY

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Russian Hill Roulette Director Frank Yeean Chan US 2006 6 MINS An urban bicycle warrior scales San Francisco’s steepest grades at breakneck speed until . . .

Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear Friday, October 6 Sunday, October 15

4:30 pm 10:15 am



Rafael Rafael

Director Wolfgang Murnberger Producers Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker Screenwriter Volker Krappen Cinematographer Fabian Eder Editor Britta Nahler Cast Clarence John Ryan, Julia Krombach, Paula Nocker Print Source DOR Film Produktion GmbH

In German with English subtitles • When a blazing meteorite streaks across the sky and wakes Sophie from a dream, she turns as usual to her diary. Since her mother died and her father remarried, she’s felt terribly alone. But a mystery is unfolding that will change her life. High in the Alps, the meteorite has crash landed, awakening a Neanderthal boy who has been frozen in a comalike sleep for thousands of years. Sophie, making a midnight getaway from a mountaintop vacation cabin, and the boy, Bataa, meet in another kind of crash—of language, culture and modern and ancient worlds. The two form a bond, as lonely wanderers searching for home, and Sophie risks everything to help Bataa when it becomes clear that he can’t survive in this time and place. A beautiful, tender tale of friendship and the ways we define family, Lapislazuli is filled with adventure and emotion. Ages 7+—D. Quinones


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9/20/06 4:13:40 PM

Mill Valley Film Festival 29

The Last King of Scotland Thursday, October 5

UK 2006 121 MINS

7:00 pm




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

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OPENING NIGHT • 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 For Opening Night event information, see page 22. Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories.

The Liar Shepherd Tuesday, October 10 Thursday, October 12

IRAN 2006 82 MINS

9:30 pm 6:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Producer Siroos Hassanpour Screenwriters Naghmeh Samini, Mohammad Rezaee Rad Cinematographer Parviz Malekzadeh Editor Hossein Zandbaf Cast Naqi Purreza, Mahyar Peiki, Maryam Hosseinpour, Mehrdad Fayyaz Print Source Cima Media International (CMI)

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A small rural community loses its shepherd and an orphaned boy and his sister travel from afar to fill the position. The town elders are skeptical, but the resourceful siblings soon win over everyone from the resident codger to the village idiot. Given the task of escorting a sick mule to its final resting place, the boy spares the lame animal out of pity, setting off a chain reaction with dire consequences. An assistant director on the arthouse hit Baran, filmmaker Siroos Hassanpour upholds Iranian cinema’s tradition of exquisite stories centered on children. The Liar Shepherd employs the convention of storybook fables (Aesop’s tale of the boy who cried wolf is referred to throughout) to spin its yarn with a gentle grace that complements its folkloric nature. It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a kid to teach a township the meaning of true compassion.—D. Fear

Little Children Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

US 2006 130 MINS

9:00 pm 8:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director Todd Field Producers Albert Berger, Todd Field, Ron Yerxa Screenwriters Todd Field, Tom Perrotta Cinematographer Antonio Calvache Editor Leo Trombetta Cast Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Sadie Goldstein, Ty Simpkins, Jackie Earle Haley, Phyllis Sommerville, Gregg Edelman, Noah Emmerich, Raymond J. Barry Print Source New Line Cinema

us cinema

The myth of suburban utopia has had a rough ride over the last decade. Director Todd Field (In the Bedroom, MVFF 2001) offers a fresh but equally cynical look at that sacred land of high morality and family values where everyone is supposed to be safe, secure and perfect. The Boston suburb of Wyndam is imperiled from the very start of this shrewd dramatic narrative when a convicted sex offender moves in at 17 Woodward Court. But that’s only the most obvious threat at hand. On the playground and at the town pool, other complications are brewing, as young mom Sarah (Kate Winslet) and studly stay-at-home-dad Brad (Patrick Wilson) develop a dangerously close friendship. Tensions rise steadily as Brad’s wife (Jennifer Connelly) becomes suspicious, neighbors harass the potential predator in their midst and we begin to wonder who really are the little children in this story.—J. Parsont Sponsored by Scheyer/SF.

Live! Thursday, October 12 Sunday, October 15


7:15 pm 2:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen Producers Anton Smit, Hanneke Niens Screenwriter Maria Goos Cinematographer Joost van Gelder Editor Wouter Jansen Cast Monic Hendrickx, Peter Blok Print Source Holland Film

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FOCUS: THE NETHERLANDS • In Dutch with English subtitles • This engrossing film tells the story of a middleaged woman who lets go of a haunted past in order to live fully and deeply in the present. Anna is a wife, mother and midwife who stays cheerful amid life’s ups and downs. But with two teenage daughters struggling with illness and autonomy, her marriage in shambles and her creative endeavors squelched, she begins to wake up to the fact that things must change. She begins to write her life story, which helps her face painful childhood memories and, ultimately, rekindles her passion. As words meet page, she makes the conscious choice to boldly meet her future head-on: She decides to truly live—and forgive. Winner of two awards at the 2005 Netherlands Film Festival, director van de Sande Bakhuyzen’s Live! gives us superbly crafted characters that come to life onscreen in this beautiful, lush, authentic family tale.—N. Isaacs

2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

9/20/06 4:13:41 PM

Longing Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9


9:45 pm 7:00 pm


Rafael Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Valeska Grisebach Producer Peter Rommel Cinematographer Bernhard Keller Editors Bettina Böhler, Valeska Grisebach, Natali Barrey Cast Andreas Müller, Uka Welz, Anett Dornbusch Print Source In Frame/Hollywood Classics

In German with English subtitles • Markus, a welder and volunteer fireman, and his wife, Ella, are happy with their uneventful lives in a village outside of Berlin, until Markus attends a firemen’s training seminar and ends up sleeping with a waitress named Rose. In the hands of German writer-director Valeska Grisebach, this straightforward plot becomes an exceptional tale with an impressively unadorned visual style and remarkable performances from a nonprofessional cast (chosen, in part, because their lives have some commonalities with those of the characters they portray). A former documentarian, Grisebach has been compared to Michael Haneke (her teacher at the Vienna Film Academy) and the Dardenne brothers. But her work has more soulfulness and passion than the films of either the cerebral Haneke or the downbeat Dardennes. It’s a passion that’s all the more intense because it’s so quiet and inchoate. “Longing” is a perfect descriptor for what these characters feel.—M. Landazuri

Lorange, Muffin and Dartanjang Sunday, October 8 Tuesday, October 10

10:00 am 4:30 pm

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Rafael Rafael

Director Igor Veyshtagin Producer Johanna Bergenstråhle Screenwriter Ulf Stark Cast Gösta Ekman Print Source Swedish Film Institute

In Swedish with English subtitles • What do you do when the faucet in the garage leaks? Let the water run, and when the garage is full, remove the roof, and voilà: a swimming pool. That’s just one of the “If life gives you lemons make lemonade” solutions of the strange but wonderful family of Lorange, his son Muffin and grandfather Dartanjang, as they float gloriously through life. A cranky neighbor doesn’t appreciate their antics, but Lorange’s good nature always seems to smooth things over.—J. Morrison PRECEDED BY

Directors C. Jay Shih, Alan Tuan, Poliang Lin

A Fish with a Smile

TAIWAN 2005 10 MINS The aquatic world turns us inside out in A Fish with a Smile, as a lonely man’s attachment to his pet fish brings him into a paradox of love and possession. Ages 4+

Love for Share Sunday, October 8 Tuesday, October 10

children’s filmfest


1:15 pm 9:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Nia Dinata Producers Elza Hidayat, Claude Kunetz Cinematographer Ipung Rachmat Syaiful Editor Yoga Krispratama Cast Jajang C Noer, Shanty, Dominique, Wingky Wiryawan, Lukman Sardi, Ira Maya, El Manik Print Source Kalyana Shira Films

In Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles • Nifty plot twists and running references to the Aceh tsunami link together the stories in director Nia Dinata’s intriguing portrait of polygamous lifestyles in contemporary Jakarta. A gynecologist, Salma discovers, to her shock, that her husband has taken a second wife. She tolerates successive wives as “a good Muslim wife” should, until an incident forces her to cater to everyone in his circle. Siti, a country girl, realizes too late that her uncle, who has moved her to Jakarta with the promise of sending her to beauty school, has other intentions. In a packed household, Siti’s hope for survival rests in her growing intimacy with one of her uncle’s other wives. And Ming, a waitress—and material girl—contrives to become her Catholic boss’ second wife. Under Dinata’s deft direction, the lives of these three women from different classes and ethnic backgrounds intersect seamlessly as the similarities in their stories are revealed.—F. Loden

Madeinusa Friday, October 6 Monday, October 9

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PERU 2006 100 MINS

9:15 pm 4:15 pm


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Director/Screenwriter Claudia Llosa Producers Antonio Chavarrias, Claudia Llosa, José Maria Morales Cinematographer Raúl Pérez Ureta Editor Ernest Blasi Cast Magaly Solier, Yiliana Chong, Carlos Juan De La Torre, Juan Ubaldo Huamán Print Source Film Movement

In Spanish with English subtitles • Like a South American version of The Wicker Man, this haunting feature debut from Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa depicts a clash of village and urban cultures. In an isolated village deep in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range, a naïve 14-year-old girl by the name of Madeinusa (pronounced Ma-denOO-za) is preparing for the much-anticipated celebration of Holy Days, a time from Good Friday to Easter Sunday during which the entire village becomes swept up in a religious fervor that does not recognize sin and that accepts all behavior equally. Year after year Madeinusa performs this surreal pageant without question, while dreaming of a life beyond her dirt-floor hovel, far away from her devious younger sister and unsympathetic father. Everything is about to change, however, with the arrival of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima who finds himself accidentally stranded in the town on the eve of Holy Days.—K. Clement


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Mill Valley Film Festival 29

Men at Work

IRAN 2006 75 MINS

Friday, October 6 Sunday, October 8

7:15 pm 4:45 pm


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Director Mani Haghighi Producer Mohammad Reza Takhtkeshian Screenwriters Mani Haghighi, Abbas Kiarostami Cinematographer Koohyar Kalari Editor Mestaneh Mohajer Cast Mahnaz Afshar, Ahmad Hamed, Mahmoud Kalari, Reza Kianian, Fatemah MotamedAria, Atila Pesiani, Omid Roohani Print Source Film Movement

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In Farsi with English subtitles • In this delightful take on machismo and the male-female divide, four 50-something men in an SUV returning from a ski trip notice a huge, striking-looking stone standing on the side of the road. They pull over, and in a show of bravura rather than common sense they decide to push it over the dizzying mountain precipice whereon it rests. Their initial efforts to simply push it over fail. Then an older man with a donkey passes on foot. They try using his donkey to haul it over. When the old man protests that if the donkey succeeds, it will be pulled over the cliff, the men buy it from him. (Thankfully, the donkey can’t budge it.) As the afternoon progresses, so does this absurdist comedy-meets-Sufi parable, as various methods, both likely and unlikely, are applied to the problem, with an obsessiveness both irrational and humorous. Man, it seems, must conquer nature.—Z. Elton

Midsummer Dream Wednesday, October 11 Saturday, October 14

SPAIN 2005 85 MINS

4:30 pm 10:00 am


Sequoia Rafael

Directors Angel de la Cruz, Manolo Gomez Producer Manolo Gomez Screenwriters Angel de la Cruz, Beatriz Iso Cast Gabino Diego, Yolanda Mateos, Luis Bajo, Juan Perucho, Antonio Galvez Print Source Dygra Films

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In English • Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream gets a fresh coat of CGI paint in this splashy, awardwinning animated feature from Spain. The wow factor is high as Theseus’ kingdom comes to life in dazzling 3-D graphics, showcasing lovely but beleaguered Princess Helena, the nutty, lovestruck inventor Lysander, and devilish corporate baddie Demetrius beginning their familiar Shakespearean tangle of devotion, passion and greed. Once the action shifts to the dream world, ruled by fairy queen Titania and a fabulously beer-bellied beach bum Oberon, the visual fun intensifies with terrific sequences featuring magical water bubbles, an ice maze, a floating water mill, a witches’ cave complete with a bubbling cauldron of trouble, and much more. While the animation style will be familiar to fans of Shrek, the quirky humor and Puckish delight of the classic tale make it refreshingly unique for audiences of all ages. All ages.—D. Quinones Sponsored by Bellam Self-Storage & Boxes.



Friday, October 6 Saturday, October 7

5:30 pm 10:00 am


Rafael Rafael

Director Neten Chokling Producer Raymond Steiner Screenwriters Neten Chokling, Tenzing Choyang Gyari Cinematographer Paul Warren Editor Suzy Elmiger Cast Jamyang Lodro, Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong Print Source Milarepa Film

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In his directorial debut Buddhist monk Neten Chokling (who acted in fellow monk Khyentse Norbu’s The Cup) presents the captivating account of the early life of Thöpaga (played by Jamyang Lodro, also of The Cup), whose attainment, on the path to enlightenment would eventually make him the revered Tibetan saint Milarepa. Set in 11thcentury Tibet—a time of roaming sorcerers and yogis, according to Buddhist legend—the film follows the difficult fortune of Thöpaga’s family after his wealthy father dies and the greedy relatives entrusted with the family’s care take everything instead. Thöpaga’s enraged mother sends him away to learn magic so he can exact violent revenge; he succeeds horribly and flees, beginning a journey that will eventually become one of spiritual transformation. Filmed on the breathtakingly scenic Indo-Tibetan border, Milarepa glows with a unique visual and spiritual charge.—S. Mockus Presented in association with the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture. Sponsored by Jennifer Coslett MacCready.

The Moon on the Snow Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15


8:45 pm 5:00 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Pilar Anguita-MacKay Producer Gilles Roulin Cinematographer Acácio de Almeida Editors Daniel Gibel, Jeanetta Ionesco Cast Julie Depardieu, Marie-Josée Croze, Nicolas Rossier, Christophe Sermet Print Source High Point Films and Television, Ltd.

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In French with English subtitles • It’s a weekend in winter: Three siblings are reunited at their mother’s deathbed after years of separation and find themselves facing their radically different understandings of the event that had driven them apart. Constance remains staunchly loyal and loving to her mother; Elise holds on to bitter memories and resentments; their brother, Xavier, believes himself to blame for events long gone. Told partly in flashbacks, the characters’ disparate recollections reveal how much the shadow of a single incident has affected each of them. As they struggle with the pain of the past and the fragility of memory—replete with inaccuracies, nuances and attachments—something shifts. They are finally liberated from the history they had held onto, as the truth is revealed. Great character studies by a wonderful ensemble—Julie Depardieu (A Very Long Engagement), MarieJosée Croze (The Barbarian Invasions) and Nicolas Rossier—make Pilar Anguita-MacKay’s first feature wonderfully compelling.—Z. Elton Sponsored by Ora Restaurant.

2006 MVFF TICKETS 925.866.9559

9/20/06 4:13:44 PM

Move Your World Sunday, October 8


11:00 am


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Director/Producer Lalita Krishna Cinematographer John M. Tran Editor Warren Chinn Print Source In Sync Video

Maria, Kourosh and Chaminda are chosen to travel to Tanzania to visit schools, orphanages and rural communities. The Canadian teens’ journey into a world of famine, AIDS and social injustice is not a sad story but one alive with the affection and energy between the visitors and the children they meet. When they return home, the students bring with them a wealth of experience to share with everyone they meet. Bringing myths and stereotypes into the open, Move Your World is a hymn to the healing process.—J. Morrison PRECEDED BY

Director Sander Francken

Knowledge for Life

NETHERLANDS/MALI 2005 29 MINS In Bambara with English subtitles • A beautiful story sung by a griot and acted

out with grace and harmony by a young Malian boy who must answer the question “What is the knowledge for life?”

Ages 9+

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Mysterious Creatures Sunday, October 8 Wednesday, October 11

UK 2006 72 MINS

6:00 pm 9:45 pm


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Director David Evans Producers Amanda Jenks, Jake Lushington, James Burstall, Joey Attwia Screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes Cinematographer Matt Gray Editor Pia Di Ciaula Cast Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Rebekah Staton Print Source Leopardrama Ltd.

Bill and Wendy Ainscow grow increasingly desperate as they struggle to cope with their adult daughter Lisa, who suffers from an undetermined mental disorder. Her compulsive spending, emotional outbursts and virulent hostility have crushed her parents, who resort to extreme measures when Britain’s mental health services deem her well enough to live at home. Based on a true story, this shattering drama exposes a government bureaucracy that destroys families with its rigid, outdated definitions of mental illness. Director David Evans’ tough, naturalistic style recalls that of Mike Leigh, a comparison underscored by the participation of Brenda Blethyn and Timothy Spall. The pair, who played siblings in Leigh’s Secrets & Lies (MVFF 1996), offer a riveting portrayal of a decent, devoted couple whose dreams of their golden years have turned to ash. But the revelatory performance belongs to newcomer Rebekah Staton, who imbues damaged, impossible Lisa with a fearsome, merciless rage.—P. Grady

The Mystery of the Sardine Wednesday, October 11 Friday, October 13

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6:30 pm 4:00 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Erik van Zuylen Producer Annemiek van Gorp, Rene Goossens Cinematographer Maarten Kramer Editor Linn Friedman Cast Victor Low, Renee Fokker Print Source Holland Film

FOCUS: THE NETHERLANDS • In Dutch with English subtitles • It begins with a bang when a pooch inexplicably explodes, taking Professor Tim Boerhave’s legs with it. Recovering at a seaside resort, Boerhave encounters a pantheon of eccentrics that includes a former lover offering sex advice, a boy genius with a bad heart and a painterprophet. Against this uncanny backdrop he struggles to understand the attack, its effect on his body and family, and clues that point back to his fateful encounter. Fans of David Lynch will enjoy the oddball dialogue and strange situations that combine with the film’s gothic narrative undercurrent. Erik Van Zuylen’s patient, mannered filmmaking helps the film retain a light touch despite being dense with dream symbology, Freudian fetishes, philosophical references and echoes of Dutch imperialism. Based on Polish intellectual Stefan Themerson’s novel, The Mystery of the Sardine is a peculiarly effective study of how broken people and fractured families struggle with disruption, crime and punishment, memory and dreams.—A. Lazenby

Nail Polish Thursday, October 12 Sunday, October 15

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US 2006 100 MINS

7:00 pm 11:00 am


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Director Jane Ainbinder Producers Randy Sterns, Courtney Lee-Mitchell, Jane Ainbinder, Viveca Paulin Screenwriters Jane Ainbinder, Katrina Jankowski Cinematographer Ann T. Rossetti Editor Jean Kawahara Cast Alexandra Lydon, Paz de la Huerta, Elizabeth Regen, Deborah LaCoy Print Source Pigdog Films

Side ponytails, midriff-baring tanks and Jawzee accents abound in newcomer Jane Ainbinder’s Nail Polish, a look at the endearingly awkward life of two girls navigating the difficult terrain of sexual curiosity on the 1980s Jersey shore. Bookish, easily flustered Allison (Alexandra Lydon) is stuck in that clumsy no-man’s-land: post-high school, precollege life. In the words of her more experienced companion Becky (Paz de la Huerta), Allison has yet to “get past first base.” Nail Polish largely eschews the conventions of standard teenage flicks (dumb jocks, kooky foreign exchange students) as Allison attempts to connect romantically (and physically) with almost any member of the opposite sex, though Ainbinder does inject some flashes of John Waters–style camp for good measure (Becky’s mother is a humorously over-the-top Sopranos-esque bimbette). Ultimately, the film’s direct look at the pitfalls teens endure on the path to sexual awareness is fresh and honest.—J. Preissel

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The Nightly Song of the Travellers Sunday, October 8 Tuesday, October 10

1:30 pm 4:30 pm



Rafael Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter Chapour Haghighat Producer Perspectives Nomades Cinematographer Shahriar Assadi Editor Sophie Brunet Cast Engin Gunay, Kuzey Ozdogan, Ulku Ulker Print Source Perspectives Nomades

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In Turkish with English subtitles • Taking inspiration from fellow countryman Abbas Kiarostami’s cinema of poetic ruralism, filmmaker Chapour Haghighat has crafted a debut feature, based on his own novel, that discovers stunning beauty in the small moments of everyday life. Just released from prison, a Turkish tailor and his precocious prepubscent companion set out to find the tailor’s idyllic birthplace. A slight problem emerges, however: The village seems to have vanished into thin air, and no one has ever heard of the mythic hamlet. Like many stories that take place on the long and winding road home, Haghighat’s film gives equal time to the people the duo meet along the way: bickering couples, irate fortune tellers, trash-talking mourners, mill workers, shopkeepers, cattle wranglers and the ordinary people who make up Middle Eastern society. As the epiphanic last shot reveals, the journey itself may be more important than where you hang your hat at the day’s end.—D. Fear

The Observer

US 2006 90 MINS

Sunday, October 8 Wednesday, October 11 Thursday, October 12

12:45 pm 6:30 pm 9:00 pm


Rafael Embarcadero Rafael

Director John Karr Producer Benjamin Leslie Print Source The Asia Foundation

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On the heels of their Emmy-nominated film Afghanistan Unveiled (MVFF 2003), The Asia Foundation presents this special preview screening of The Observer, which documents the complex and sometimes dangerous work of election observers in Asia. With reservations about the legitimacy of the process, Muhammad Badrul Hisham Bin Ismail, a young Malaysian Muslim man, sets out on a risk-filled adventure to join an election mission to Afghanistan. Skeptical yet curious, inexperienced but committed, Badrul is a newcomer to observing the democratic process as it plays out against the chaotic backdrop of Afghanistan. As the election campaign builds, so do the Afghan people’s expectations. But in an impoverished, war-ravaged country, who will be there to protect the average voter? Will anyone be watching? Badrul and his teammates’ desire for progress in Afghanistan will lead them to ask some hard questions about world affairs, international development and democratization, and they will ultimately uncover some unexpected truths, about Afghanistan and themselves.—Z. Elton Discussion with special guests from the film follows screenings.

One Winter Story Sunday, October 8 Monday, October 9


4:15 pm 6:45 pm


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Directors/Producers/Cinematographers Sally Lundburg, Elizabeth Pepin Screenwriter Elizabeth Pepin Editor Sally Lundburg Print Source Frank Films

Sarah Gerhardt became a star in the surfing universe in 1998 as the first woman to slice across a monster wave at Northern California’s legendary Mavericks. Media coverage, sponsorship and adulation followed, but Sarah’s dramatic journey from poverty and despair to accomplishment and peace went unnoticed. Sally Lundburg’s (On Any Given Day, MVFF 2002) and Elizabeth Pepin’s One Winter Story traces Sarah’s strength and determination to their roots in a beautiful montage of film, voice, memory and emotion. The surfing footage is an awesome sight but the fine, intensely immediate rendering of Sarah’s experience is this unforgettable film’s real reward.—D. Quinones PRECEDED BY

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Talking to My Mom Director Marjorie McAfee US 2006 26 MINS Following the death of her mother, the filmmaker embarks on a moving journey to reconnect with her and heal. Sponsored by San Francisco magazine.

Opening Friday, October 6

US 2006 85 MINS

9:15 pm



Director/Screenwriter Rob Nilsson Producers Fred G. Andrews, G. Thomas Poe, Ph.D Cinematographer/Editor Chikara Motomura Cast Denny Dey, Elisabeth Kirsch, Carl Helmstetter, Lauren Helmstetter, Douglas Drake Print Source Citizen Cinema

An art opening, a real estate developer, a resolute gallery owner and a cataclysmic cyclone form the key coordinates of this dramatic film that reveals in no uncertain terms that we’re not in Dorothy’s Kansas any more. Martha is an emerging young painter holding her first big exhibition at a gallery in Kansas City’s rapidly transforming downtown district. The city’s new crop of beautiful people are all in attendance, including Martha’s rival, Martha’s lover and her lover’s unsuspecting husband. Flirtation, gentrification and backroom development deals unfold as egos, ideals, trust and betrayal roil and burst with the tornado’s unstoppable force. Directed by Rob Nilsson (Need, MVFF 2005; SAMT, MVFF 2004) in collaboration with Kansas City Filmmakers, this Direct Action film, which was shot in just three days, sizzles with the gripping immediacy of real lives caught in the midst of irrevocable change.—K. Davis v(ision)fest


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9/20/06 4:13:47 PM

The Orange Thief Saturday, October 7 Tuesday, October 10


3:45 pm 7:15 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Directors/Producers/Editors Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel, Arthur Wilinski Screenwriters Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel Cinematographers Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel, Jim Reed, Arthur Wilinski Cast Andrea Calabrese, Allessio ‘Wild Boar’ Giottoli, Micaela Helvetica Saxer, Jean Marc Burger Print Source Black Boot Beach Films

In Italian and Sicilian with English subtitles • If Jim Jarmusch shot a musical Sicilian folktale, it might look and sound something like this delightful, rustic charmer. Our spunky hero is determined to someday own a plot of land, an unlikely prospect given his hapless, miscreant nature. He survives by stealing and bartering oranges, earning countless beatings and a stint in jail. His cellmate, murderer and refined epicurean Turrido, offers a scrap of land in exchange for our man’s recording of Turrido’s lady love, Rosalba, singing. But Rosalba is a tough nut, and it requires every bit of charm, cunning and joyful serenading to crack her defenses. A paean to dreams, friendship and the beauty of music, The Orange Thief aptly reflects its own idealistic origins: A band of Americans, Italians and a lone Frenchman met in the remote town of Lucca-Sicula without a script to create a film from scratch, resulting in a film that sparkles with the effervescence of life.—M. Fox

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Sponsored by Pizza Antica.

Orozco: Man of Fire Saturday, October 7 Wednesday, October 11


12:30 pm 6:30 pm


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Directors Laurie Coyle, Rick Tejada-Flores Producers Laurie Coyle, Rick Tejada-Flores, Independent Television Service Cinematographer Vicente Franco Editor Ken Schneider Print Source Paradigm Productions

In English and Spanish with English subtitles • Crisp black-and-white footage of turn-of-the-century Mexico blends with the bold, beautiful imagery and sometimes shocking intensity of José Clemente Orozco’s art—and a beautifully orchestrated score by David Conte—in this portrait of a remarkable Mexican master often overlooked beneath the imposing shadow of archrival Diego Rivera. Orozco painted the first American fresco at Pomona College and was ultimately recognized as “the conscience of a generation.”—J. Parsont PRECEDED BY

Director John Givens

Working Title

US 2006 54 MINS How do artists explain their professions? And how does our “job as identity”-centric society

perceive them? In this mixed-media presentation of artist alumni of a New Jersey high school, Bay Area filmmakers John Givens and Phil Lane track the evolution of the working artist from initial childhood endeavors to adult livelihood.

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Presented in association with the Mexican Museum.

Outside/In Friday, October 6 Saturday, October 14


9:30 pm 11:00 am


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These five fine, fearless films explore with dignity and respect the risks and rewards of lives lived outside the mainstream, either by choice, by birth or by social assignation. Arwen Curry and Cerissa Tanner’s Stuffed (21 mins) documents the strangely universal phenomenon of compulsive hoarding and begs the question “Do I always need more?” Ajae Clearway’s One in 2000 (26 mins) cleverly employs ’50s-era educational footage to examine the scientific fact and frequency of sexual ambiguity and intersex identity. Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas’ The Days and the Hours (8 mins) looks at the homeless and transient individuals who find shelter in the pews of San Francisco’s St. Boniface Church. Carrie Lozano’s Reporter Zero (25 mins) is a loving homage to the remarkable work of San Francisco–based journalist Randy Shilts, who broke the silence on the growing AIDS crisis among gay men in the 1980s. And Ruby Yang’s incredibly moving and powerful film, The Blood of Yingzhao District (39 mins), takes us on a sad tour of AIDS-infected China, told through the faces of afflicted and orphaned children.—K. Davis

Pan Sunday, October 8

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US 2006 90 MINS

8:00 pm



Director/Screenwriter Rob Nilsson Producers Rob Nilsson, Chikara Motomura Cinematographer Chikara Motomura Editor Michael Edo Keane Cast Kieron McCartney, Kara McCartney, Nighttrain Schickele, Mantra Plonsy, Kevin Woodruff, Deniz Demirer Print Source Citizen Cinema

Friendship between a homeless man and a middle-class child forces both to re-examine their lives and places in society. The moral leader of a homeless encampment, Pan struggles to provide for his group. Bobby, a fatherless youngster, naturally gravitates toward this leader, but the boy’s presence soon challenges the encampment’s way of life. Rob Nilsson (Need, MVFF 2005; SAMT, MVFF 2004; Attitude, MVFF 2003) doesn’t settle for easy answers or shy away from complexity in his storytelling. Continuing to rely on the Tenderloin Y Group, a company of homeless actors, this seventh installment in Nilsson’s 9@Night series tackles heavyweight issues of all kinds with equal fervor, from prostitution and alcohol abuse to the meaning of art. Alternately euphoric and profoundly sobering, Pan is the ultimate odyssey, not only into the grim realities of the Bay Area’s destitute, but into the human constitution of two friends from separate worlds.—I. Tovbis


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Mill Valley Film Festival 29

The Peace Tree Sunday, October 15


12:45 pm



Director/Screenwriter Mitra Sen Cinematographer Phil Earnshaw Editor Alan Collins Cast Aiishwariya Haran, Sonika Ramachandran, Jacoba Barber-Rozema Print Source Sandalwood Productions

Shazia and Tasneem Jamal can’t understand why their parents won’t let them celebrate Christmas in addition to their own festivals—in their multicultural classroom, they’ve learned about religious celebrations of all kinds. They decide on their own to enjoy Christmas and a visit from Santa, like their best friend Kylie Jenkins does. The Jamals and Jenkinses are friendly with each other, but both sets of parents are uncomfortable allowing their children to embrace other religious celebrations, and possibly other beliefs. It is left to the children to show the adults that faith is not compromised by an appreciation of other religions and that celebrating each other’s holidays can foster understanding and peace. Shazia and Tasneem’s Christmas tree becomes a peace tree, its decorations celebrating all faiths. Ages 4+ —R. McNair children’s filmfest

After the film, we will build our own peace tree with director Mitra Sen. See page 28 for event information.

Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise Friday, October 13

4:30 pm




Directors Jørgen Lerdam, Anders Sørensen Producers Dominique Neudecker, Claes Dietmann, Trine Heidegaard Screenwriter Torsjörn Jansson Editor Uwe Fritz Cast Tord Peterson, Lukas Larsson Print Source TV Loonland AG

In English • Have Christmas in October with the entertaining odd couple, farmer Pettson and his mischievous cat Findus. The Swedish equivalent of Santa Claus or a Christmas elf is the Tomte. When Findus complains that the Tomte never visits him, the always sympathetic and accommodating Pettson decides to build a mechanical Tomte to surprise his feline friend. Pettson’s mechanical wizardry doesn’t seem to be enough to do the trick, though, and as Christmas approaches, he hasn’t finished the project. That’s when more than a few miracles happen. This is the third of the Pettson and Findus animated features based on the books by Sven Nordqvist, and if you haven’t seen one, you have a real surprise coming. Gentle, quietly funny and thoughtful, this tremendously enjoyable cartoon pair will capture every child’s heart. All ages.—J. Morrison children’s filmfest

The Porcelain Doll Sunday, October 8 Saturday, October 14


11:30 am 9:30 pm


Sequoia Rafael

Director/Screenwriter Péter Gárdos Producer Dénes Szekeres Cinematographer Tibor Máthé Editor Marianna Miklós Cast Lajos Bertók, Sándor Csányi, Judith Németh Print Source Bynyik Enterprises Inc.

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A rural peasant boy must compete in a life-or-death track and field competition. A slick-talking government employee offers to bring the deceased children of mourning villagers back from the grave. An elderly couple fleeing ethnic cleansing are granted a mystical reprieve. In this adaptation of three Ervin Lázár short stories, director Péter Gárdos concocts a perfect blend of pathos, psychological dread and deadpan absurdism. You’re never sure what the veteran Hungarian filmmaker may have up his sleeve from one story to the next—Richard Lester-like zaniness might suddenly give way to macabre stylings or shellshocked modernity as Lázár translates the author’s folksy magical realism into a triptych of mystery and imagination. Supernatural curses and snake-tongued bureacrats may be as ordinary as petty jealousy and mistrust, but this sort of vibrant Eastern European moviemaking is the kind that only comes around once in a pale blue moon.—D. Fear

Purvis of Overtown Saturday, October 7


5:00 pm


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Directors Shaun Conrad, David Raccuglia Producers Franz Zwergel, Terry Lane Cinematographers Eric Steelberg, Emmanuel Vouniozos Editor Greg Snider Print Source Rural Studios

“I paint from reality. I paint problems of the world.” Purvis Young, outsider artist and longtime resident of Miami’s Overtown district, has seen his share. Once a thriving middle-class black community, now known locally as the “Bucket of Blood,” Young’s neighborhood and the subjects he paints provide a vital portrait of a world in tumult. Incarcerated at a young age, Young taught himself to paint in jail. He is now considered among America’s most prominent folk artists. Over Otis Taylor’s powerful blues soundtrack, dealers, curators and collectors discuss Young’s impact on the art world, while his neighbors share stories about the artist they have known for decades as a bicycleriding beacon of hope. As one old-timer puts it, “Purvis is Overtown.”—D. Conroy PRECEDED BY

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A Taste of Nate

Director Jim McGorman

US 2006 5 MINS A beautifully layered portrait of the Philly-based jazz ensemble Nate Wiley and the Crowd Pleasers,

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The Queen Saturday, October 7

UK 2006 103 MINS

6:30 pm




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 Sims Print Source Miramax Films

TRIBUTE TO HELEN MIRREN • 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 royalty maintains. Frears has created a fascinating drama with just the right amount of humor and a terrific supporting cast.—G. Meyer For Tribute event information, see page 41. Sponsored by Christopher B. & Jeannie Meg Smith.

Raining Cats and Frogs Saturday, October 7 Monday, October 9

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11:00 am 4:30 pm


Rafael Rafael

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Jacques-Rémy Girard Cinematographer Benoît Razy Cast Michel Piccoli, Anni Girardot, Anouk Grinberg Print Source Studio Canal Image

In French with English subtitles • Noah’s ark was no picnic, or so claims this delightful film that dares to ask the silly-serious question: If a boat full of animals and humans really were stuck at sea after the end of the world, how long would it be until the animals took over and the lion ate the lamb? Raining Cats and Frogs crackles with the most wonderful things about animation: Simple line drawings are colored in and glow from within, and talking frogs and arguing elephants address important questions like, How do you live among and get along with different creatures during a scary time? This quirky film has what US animation frequently forgets, that there’s beauty in the lines and that true humor and feeling appeal to all ages. All Ages.—J. Campbell children’s filmfest

Read You Like a Book Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15

US 2006 101 MINS

9:00 pm 1:45 pm


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Director Robert N. Zagone Producer Larry Lauter Screenwriter Jim Vaccaro Cinematographers Michael Chin, Bill Zarchy Editor Roger Krakow Cast Tony Amendola, Karen Black, Catalina Larrañaga, Barbara Crampton, Lorenzo Pisoni Print Source Read You Like A Book, LLC

A tale of intrigue, scandal, love and redemption set in a small neighborhood Berkeley bookstore. When a mysterious stranger drops off a book with mystical powers, he sets off a chain of events that alter the lives of the store’s colorful crew of patrons and employees. Following these deeply etched characters through 24 hours of an extraordinary day, we see that mistakes and heartbreaks from the past never really fade. Rather than wallow in regret and anger, however, these lovable characters learn to redeem themselves through their present actions—with a little help from their friends. From East Bay director Robert Zagone and a stellar cast that includes Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces, Nashville; MVFF 1996 tributee), Danny Glover and the magnificent Bay Area comedienne Shaun Landry.—N. Isaacs Sponsored by the Marin Independent Journal.

Severance Saturday, October 7 Friday, October 13

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UK 2006 96 MINS

10:15 pm 4:00 pm


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Director Christopher Smith Producers Michael Kuhn, Jason Newmark Screenwriters Christopher Smith, James Moran Cinematographer Ed Wild Editor Stuart Gazzard Cast Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny, Toby Stephens, Claudie Blakley Print Source Magnolia Pictures

A motley crew of characters working for a multinational arms supplier, Palisade Defence, are sent off for a teambuilding weekend to a luxury lodge . . . in the deepest, darkest depths of Hungary. “Another bloody office outing” becomes, well, just that, as things begin to go oddly awry after the team is stranded in a creepy forest and must leg it to the lodge. Far from the anticipated luxury accommodations, they find a shabby building with dusty files on Serbian lowlifes in the basement. What follows includes encounters with a spider, a bear trap, a rocket launcher and an increasing number of weapon-bearing men in ski masks, hell-bent on creating mayhem. With impeccable timing and astute use of music, Severance is a gleefully gruesome tour-de-force. Alternately audacious and outrageous, director Christopher Smith creates a roller-coaster-like balance between grisly gore and deliciously dark humor. Imagine the cast of The Office in a slasher pic, and you’ll get the idea. It’s brilliantly entertaining.—Z. Elton


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The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez Saturday, October 14 Sunday, October 15

4:30 pm 12:00 pm



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Director Heidi Specogna Producer Gerd Haag Screenwriters Heidi Specogna, Erika Harzer Cinematographer Rainer Hoffmann Editor Ursula Hoef Print Source TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion

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In English and Spanish with English subtitles • A green-card soldier and one of 32,000 foreign-born US military personnel shipped to the war with Iraq, José Antonio Gutierrez had a dubious distinction: He was the war’s first casualty. Filmmaker Heidi Specogna commemorates a young man who triumphed over adversity to dream big dreams, in this memorial that lingers long after the credits roll, and shatters the government’s characterization of an illegal immigrant who wanted nothing more than to serve as a US Marine. Gutierrez grew up as a street-smart, glue-sniffing kid on the mean streets of Guatemala City, abandoned by his mother after the family fled the CIA-backed forces that killed 200,000 indigenous Guatemalans. A remarkable individual is revealed through interviews with orphanage staff, social workers, friends and fellow soldiers. He was born in one war and killed in another, yet his spirit flourished. One green-card soldier who is nameless no more.—G. Cahill

So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion Sunday, October 8 Saturday, October 14

11:00 am 2:00 pm



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Director/Producer Judith Schaefer Screenwriters Rick Goldsmith, Vivien Hillgrove Cinematographers Tomas Tucker, Judith Schaefer Editors Vivien Hillgrove, Rick Goldsmith Print Source “Youth” Productions

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FOCUS: FILM ARTS FOUNDATION • The astonishing power of words is the subject of this engaging documentary. The poem “Youth” was written in 1917 by 77-year-old Samuel Ullman, a Jewish immigrant to the US. Twenty years after its author’s death “Youth” came into the possession of General Douglas MacArthur, whose framed display of it deeply impressed Japanese visitors to MacArthur’s Tokyo office at the close of World War II. Subsequently spread across that then-broken nation, the poem inspired a generation thirsty for hope. Layered with interviews, historical footage and a fascinating timeline of Ullman’s life and that of his poem, So Long Are You Young celebrates a littleknown literary sensation.—D. Quinones PRECEDED BY

No Umbrella—Election Day in the City Director Laura Paglin US 2006 26 MINS Election Day 2004, Cleveland, Ohio: An irascible octogenarian city councilwoman takes on polling-place chaos, an unresponsive bureaucracy and an increasingly agitated electorate.

Something Like Happiness Saturday, October 7 Saturday, October 14


3:00 pm 2:00 pm


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Director/Screenwriter Bohdan Sláma Producers Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Viktor Schwarz, Pavel Strnad Cinematographer Divis Marek Editor Jan Danhel Cast Pavel Liska, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Anna Geislerová, Marek Daniel Print Source Film Movement

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In Czech with English subtitles • Beautifully shot and performed, Bohdan Sláma’s marvelous, sprawling and grimly comic drama tells the story of three childhood friends coming of age in post-industrial northern Bohemia. Monika waves a tearful airport goodbye to her boyfriend heading to America, while the couple’s friend, Tonik—the boy who really loves her—stands by her side. Not quite a slacker but hardly a trailblazer, Tonik rises to the occasion, given the chance, while Monika, waiting to hear from America, is confronted with the challenge of caring for a family in distress. Against a backdrop of smoke-spewing factories and rusted industrial detritus, director Sláma’s natural storytelling keenly depticts the choices that improve or undermine his characters’ lives. Top winner at San Sebastian Film Festival, Something Like Happiness is a grave but tender look at life’s choices and ambiguities. And yet, in the end, settling for “something like” doesn’t seem so bad; it seems like life.—A. Lazenby

Starfish Hotel Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15

JAPAN 2005 98 MINS

9:15 pm 11:30 am


Rafael Sequoia

Director/Screenwriter John Williams Producer Martin Rycroft Cinematographer Benito Strangio Editor Yosuke Yafune Cast Koichi Sato, Kiki, Akira Emoto, Tae Kimura Print Source 100 Meter Films

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In Japanese with English subtitles • Fans of Donnie Darko and Haruki Murakami’s fiction will find themselves right at home in writer-director John Williams’ (Firefly Dreams) hypnotic second feature, a metaphysical mystery of inbetween states, permeable reality and shadowy fantasy. Tokyo businessman Yuichi Arisu (Koichi Sato) takes imaginative refuge from the everyday in writer Jo Kuroda’s mystery novels, set in an alternate universe known as the Darkland. One evening Arisu returns home from work to find his wife has disappeared—a plot element straight out of one of Kuroda’s books. Searching for his wife, Arisu’s strange interactions with a man in a rabbit costume and his affair with a beautiful woman who will meet him only at the neon-noir Starfish Hotel further blur the lines between— well, who’s to say what’s real anymore? A stylish meditation on equivocal identities and the pleasures and dangers of giving yourself over to other worlds in the dark.—S. Mockus Sponsored by Joie de Vivre Hospitality.


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Stolen Holidays Thursday, October 12 Saturday, October 14


7:00 pm 4:00 pm


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Director Olivier Peyon Producers Edgard Tenembaum, Gérard Lacroix Screenwriters Olivier Peyon, Cyril Brody, Gladys Marciano Cinematographer Alexis Kavyrchine Editor Fabrice Rouaud Cast Bernadette Lafont, Adèle Csech, Lucas Franchi, Claude Brasseur Print Source Tu Vas Voir!

In French and English with English subtitles • A day trip with her grandchildren takes a psychological turn when retired schoolteacher Danielle refuses to return the kids to their parents. What begins as a grand adventure for the children, however, becomes alarming as their grandmother’s behavior grows increasingly erratic. Olivier Peyon’s delicate, character-driven debut feature film impressively examines the isolation and alienation of older people who have been made to feel redundant. Veteran actress Bernadette Lafont, who began her career as a teenager at the dawn of the French New Wave in Truffaut’s 1957 short Les Mistons, delivers an intelligent, subtle performance as a woman whose placid demeanor hides a rising desperation. This is a deeply human drama; the relationship between grandmother and pre-teen grandaughter is heartbreakingly loving beneath its complexities, and the beautiful, aging Danielle has a transcendent moment of romance in a tender sequence that reunites the actress with long-ago co-star Claude Brasseur.—P. Grady

Stranded Thursday, October 12 Sunday, October 15

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9:30 pm 2:45 pm


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Director Stuart McDonald Producer Beth Frey Screenwriter Kathleen O’Brien Cinematographer Greig Fraser Editor Bill Murphy Cast Emma Lung, Emily Browning, Robert Morgan, David Hoflin Print Source Galloping

Created under an Australian Film Commission initiative to develop emerging writers and directors, Stranded is an unusual dark comedy about a girl trying to start a new life for herself after the loss of her mother. Claudia has moved into her mother’s abandoned car in the driveway to avoid fighting with her loving but inept father and psychotic little sister. Her plan to hit the road is thrown into disarray by the cute kleptomaniac who works at the local supermarket. PRECEDED BY

Director Greg Williams

The Glenmoore Job

AUSTRALIA 2005 52 MINS Engaging and wildly unpredictable, The Glenmoore Job tells the tale of Warren, who

steps out of prison and straight into an eccentric self-help group that plays board games as therapy and hasn’t had a new member in years. Warren would rather be long gone to parts unknown, but if he has to humor the weirdos so the cops will leave him alone while he does one last “job” for a mate on the inside, then “let the games begin.”—K. Clement

Summer Palace Tuesday, October 10 Thursday, October 12

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Director Lou Ye Producers Sylvain Bursztejn, Fang Li, Nai An Screenwriters Lou Ye, Mei Feng, Yingli Ma Cinematographer Hua Qing Editors Lou Ye, Zeng Jian Cast Guo Xiaodong, Hao Lei, Hu Ling, Chi Le, Zhang Xianmin Print Source Palm Pictures

In Mandarin, German and Korean with English subtitles • This poetic, sexually charged story from director Lou Ye (Suzhou River, Purple Butterfly) portrays star-crossed lovers in contemporary China. Hao Lei is 17-year-old Yu Hong, a small-town shopkeeper’s daughter who has her first sexual encounter the night before leaving for Beijing University. In Beijing, she begins a mad affair with Zhou Wei (Guo Xiaodong), a fellow student. Against the backdrop of the student-led pro-democracy movement of the 1980s, initially exhilarating but increasingly tense and leading up to the bloody clash with authorities at Tiananmen Square and its crushing aftermath, the lovers’ relationship itself escalates from romantic euphoria to dangerous complexity. Lou has given Summer Palace a Western-style pop soundtrack and provided the film with mainland China’s first cinematic scene of full-frontal nudity, the latter action leading many to speculate that the very political repression the film depicts may lead to its being censored at home.—G. Cahill

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Swim for the River Saturday, October 7 Sunday, October 15


7:00 pm 4:15 pm


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Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor Tom Weidlinger Print Source Moira Productions

This captivating chronicle by Tom Weidlinger (A Dream in Hanoi, MVFF 2002) highlights the extraordinary efforts of folks working to improve the places where they live. By the 1960s, mills, mines and electric plants had transformed New York’s Hudson River into a toxic stew. Today, the Hudson is better, but far from clean: Eating the river’s fish might kill you, and no one in his right mind would swim in it. Which, in 2004, is precisely what Chris Swain did: He swam the entire 315-mile river, from source to sea. Why, for god’s sake? To bring awareness to what still needs to be done to make the Hudson “clean enough to drink” and to inspire fellow “friends for the river.” —J. Campbell PRECEDED BY

Director Jordan Plotsky

Titans of the Coral Sea

NEW ZEALAND 2006 18 MINS A respectfully made, exquisitely filmed portrait of an ancient society undergoing

radical change as it enters the global economy.

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Taafe Fanga Monday, October 9 Tuesday, October 10

MALI 1997 100 MINS

6:45 pm 4:15 pm


Rafael Rafael

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Adama Drabo Cinematographer Lionel Cousin Editor Rose Evans-Decreane Cast Fanta Bérété. Ramata Drabo, Ibrahim S. Koita, Hélène Diarra Print Source California Newsreel

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In Kaado and Bambara with English subtitles • In association with California Newsreel, this special screening is a rare chance to see this west African classic set among the 18th-century Dogon in Mali. Adama Drabo’s beautifully shot film is a gender-bending farce in which the local women turn the tables on their menfolk. After a spat with her husband about gathering firewood, the exasperated Yayémé heads off into the brush, despite legends about spirits that lurk around after dark. There, she encounters and overwhelms what she takes to be a bush spirit, making off with its imposing mask. This leads to an inspired prank. Yayémé dons the powerful mask and proclaims a new social order: From now on, men and women will trade places. What follows is hilarious, as the terrorized men haul water, cook, clean and exhaustedly feign sleep at day’s end to stave off their wives’ sexual advances. Drabo’s achievement is remarkable—both brilliant comedy and astute social satire.—L. Buchanan

Ten Canoes Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15


6:30 pm 3:15 pm


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Directors Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr Producers Rolf de Heer, Julie Ryan Screenwriter Rolf de Heer Cinematographer Ian Jones Editor Tania Nehme Cast Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu, Richard Birrinbirrin, David Gulpilil Print Source Palm Pictures

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In Ganalbingu and English with English subtitles • A narrator’s voice begins, “Once upon a time in a land far, far away . . . ” and then shifts, with a sly humor that grabs your heart: “No, it’s not like that. It’s not like your story—but it’s a good story all the same.” We are taken deep into the remote swamps of Australia, hundreds of years ago, where 10 men in 10 canoes head into a swamp to gather goose eggs. One of them, the youthful Dayindi, is in turmoil. He quite insistently covets one of the wives of his older brother. To teach him the proper ways, he is told a cautionary tale from the mythical past. And so Rolf de Heer’s (The Quiet Room, MVFF 1996) two tales unfold, hilarious and deeply human, peopled by characters that are unforgettable and absolutely loveable—and proving that some stories speak to all people, in any time.—Z. Elton Sponsored by Qantas Airways.

Three Women and a Chateau Saturday, October 7 Sunday, October 15

2:30 pm 6:30 pm

US 2006 81 MINS


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Directors/Producers Catherine Ryan, Gary Weimberg Cinematographer Tim Metzger Editor Gary Weimberg Print Source Luna Productions

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Heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan began to build the 98-room Chateau Carolands in exclusive Hillsborough, California, in 1915. She meant it to be a monument to taste and elegance, but when her marriage fell apart, Carolan abandoned the yet-unfinished building. Nearly 30 years later, Countess Lillian Remillard Dandini, titled by marriage to an impoverished playboy count, bought and brought the decaying Carolands back to life, until she exhausted her wealth and died, leaving it unoccupied again. For 20 more years, the place was ravaged by earthquakes, trespassers and unscrupulous caretakers, was despised by neighbors and nearly demolished numerous times. Then, once more, this charmed remnant of privilege was rescued and restored to its original glory. Interspersed with engaging, informative interviews and excellent archival images, Three Women and a Chateau is the fabulous tale of the life and times of a mansion.—R. McNair

Toon In, Turn On, Drop Dead Saturday, October 7 Sunday, October 8

5:45 pm 8:30 pm



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Happy endings are not what you should expect from this year’s animated shorts selections, as death lurks within each one. In Din (France 12 mins), what starts out as a boisterous street fair grows oddly silent, while birthday wishes in Message from the Boss (US 4 mins) suddenly take another turn. The Mexican Cloud Swing Disaster (US 5 mins) affects you on so many levels that, as with The Wallet (France 10 mins), you won’t know which way it will end. In Dragon (US 8 mins), the exploitation of an artist has its own comeuppance in the end. Ujbaz Izbeneki Has Lost His Soul (Scotland 5 mins) has you looking for far more than his soul, while Animal (Finland 28 mins) makes you wonder if anyone has one. Even Disney’s newest short, The Little Matchgirl (US 7 mins), doesn’t have the sugarcoated ending you might expect. One Rat Short (US 10 mins) finds love in the oddest place; so too in Dash (US 3 mins), but ultimately someone loses their head over it. Not intended for the very young.—S. Reder animation


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The Treatment Sunday, October 8 Wednesday, October 11

US 2006 81 MINS

8:15 pm 9:30 pm


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Director Oren Rudavsky Producers Oren Rudavsky, Jonathan Shoemaker Screenwriters Daniel Housman, Oren Rudavsky Cinematographer Andrij Parekh Editor Ramon Rivera Moret Cast Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm, Famke Janssen Print Source Gotham Film Sales

Neurotics are not new to the beloved cinematic milieu of Manhattan’s tony, tree-lined Upper East Side, but Oren Rudavsky’s fast-paced romantic drama The Treatment, based on the novel by Daniel Menaker, deftly expands the genre to include the psychotherapist from hell. Jake Singer (Chris Eigeman) is a slightly rumpled, cynical private school English teacher pushing 40. Resigned to a life of compromise and mediocrity, Singer stumbles through life, turning for emotional guidance to Argentine Catholic Freudian Dr. Ernesto Morales (Ian Holm). Morales’ method of treatment, however, is so unconventional as to verge on the maniacal. When Singer meets sexy socialite widow Allegra Marshall (Famke Janssen), his life begins to change dramatically. But can he dislodge the crazed shrink from his psyche? Featuring memorable performances by Holm, Eigeman and Janssen, The Treatment is a smartly crafted love story about wounded souls finding themselves and each other—without the aid of therapy.—A. Bailey

The Trials of Darryl Hunt Friday, October 13 Saturday, October 14

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US 2005 106 MINS

9:15 pm 7:00 pm


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Directors/Screenwriters Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg Producers Katie Brown, William Rexer II, Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg Cinematographers William Rexer II, John Foster Editor Shannon Kennedy Print Source Break Thru Films

In 1984 Deborah Sykes, a white copy editor for a Winston-Salem newspaper, was raped and murdered two blocks from her office. With no physical evidence and relying almost entirely on eyewitness testimony from witnesses that included a career criminal and a Klansman, the all-white jury unanimously convicted Darryl Hunt, a 19-year-old black man, and sentenced him to life in prison. The Trials of Darryl Hunt was shot over a period of more than 10 years and uses personal accounts and exclusive footage to describe Hunt’s unyielding 20-year quest for vindication by the North Carolina legal system. This alternately infuriating and uplifting documentary is a testament to human dignity in the face of the government’s refusal to admit a mistake, even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of innocence. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg challenge us to ponder what, exactly, has changed when it comes to black defendants and the American justice system.—P. Troy

Venus Tuesday, October 10 Thursday, October 12

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UK 2006 95 MINS

7:15 pm 6:45 pm


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Director Roger Michell Producer Kevin Loader Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos Editor Nicolas Gaster Cast Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Griffiths Print Source Miramax Films

In a youth-obsessed culture, a film about aging actors, with actors acting their actual old age, might seem a deadly premise. But when it stars Peter O’Toole and Vanessa Redgrave and is written by Hanif Kureishi (My Son the Fanatic, MVFF 1998), the ante is up. Way up. O’Toole plays Maurice Russell, a well-regarded actor still getting roles, even if it is the occasional corpse. When Jessie, the grandniece of his equally aged acting pal Ian, arrives to stay with her uncle, Maurice is completely smitten by her beauty and impetuous youthful energy. A man whose first priority has always been the pursuit of pleasure, Maurice develops a uniquely tender, subtly sensual intergenerational rapport with Jessie, learning much about himself in the process. With compassion, biting British humor and a brilliant balance of the crude and the sophisticated, Venus gives new meaning to the term “for mature audiences only.”—J. Parsont Sponsored by KGO Newstalk AM 810.

VidéOnze Friday, October 6 Saturday, October 14


6:30 pm 6:30 pm


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These 11 shorts present strange tales and sonorous forays into the world of abstract animation. Jay Rosenblatt’s Afraid So (US 3 mins) is a cinépoem for these anxious times. Eva Weber’s The Intimacy of Strangers (UK 20 mins) uses overheard cell phone calls to explore public and private space. Dennis Iannuzzi’s Vitruvius’ Toybox (US 7 mins) is an homage to Dada’s experiments with text, form and motion. Jay Rosenblatt’s Phantom Limb (US 28 mins) is a haunting journey into a family secret. Ken Paul Rosenthal’s Arcs of Texture (US 6 mins) pays a Bay Area tribute to the cinematic city symphony film genre. Tiffany Doesken-Polos’ Falling (US 4 mins) seductively studies the human form. Kassandra Wellendorf’s Outside (Denmark 14 mins) cleverly considers Danish tourism in Iceland. Stephanie Maxwell’s All That Remains (US 6 mins) is a brilliant blend of visual montage with musique-concrète. Diana Rumjahn’s Going Home (US 5 mins) is a photo-roman starring a cast of homesick plush animals. Lee Gardner’s Wakeup (US 5 mins) weaves the night before with the morning after. David Kellum’s Ambassadors Day (US 21 mins) is a postapocapalyptic sci-fi spoof about intergalactic diplomacy.—K. Davis


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Walking to Werner Sunday, October 8 Sunday, October 15

US 2006 93 MINS

9:00 pm 7:15 pm


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Director/Editor Linas Phillips Producer Dayna Hanson Cinematographers Linas Phillips, Benjamin Kasulke Print Source Linas Films, LLC


It’s a snappy idea: Young filmmaker walks 1,200 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles to meet Werner Herzog, hoping this extravagantly foolhardy gesture, which emulates a walk Herzog once made between Munich and Paris, will earn said young filmmaker an audience with the man himself. No matter that Herzog says he won’t be home and thinks, anyway, that the film would be “purer” without him. What happens next on the road is the subject of this hilarious but worldy-wise diary of how a clever stunt became a pilgrimage. Like a true stoic, director Linas Phillips decides to continue, willingly suffering hazard and privation to discover his own “ecstatic truth.” The people he meets along the road respond to his commitment in kind, telling their tales of murder, addiction, madness and transformation. Walking to Werner is a testament to the power of folly, willpower and heart.—J. Campbell

Wanted: Man


Friday, October 13 Sunday, October 15

7:00 pm 11:00 am


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Director Patrice Toye Producers Wilant Boekelman, Jan van der Zanden Screenwriter Helena van der Meulen Cinematographer Richard Van Oosterhout Editor J.P. Luijsterburg Cast Monic Hendrickx, Tom van Seijen, Kitty Courbois, Johan Heldenbergh, Frieda Pittoors Print Source Waterland Film & TV

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FOCUS: THE NETHERLANDS • Nine-year-old Bas is not like other kids: He performs tasks obsessively, recites the poisonous capacities of rare fish and dresses for school in snorkeling gear. He also loves and worries about his mother Rosalie, who is still emotionally wounded by Bas’s father’s abandonment of the family. Intent on resuscitating his mother’s romantic life, Bas places a classified ad. Shocked by her precocious son’s bold gesture, Rosalie begins to come to terms with her fractured family and to imagine a love life that makes room for her eccentric son. Produced for Dutch television, Wanted: Man looks like nothing on American network TV: Prolonged periods of melancholic silence are punctuated by bursts of serene tenderness and rambunctious joy. Director Patrice Toye uses grainy Super8mm footage to underscore significant moments in this extraordinary mother and son relationship, two people trying to come up for air after foundering in a sea of sadness.—A. Lazenby

Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo—The Great Mother Thursday, October 12 Saturday, October 14

6:45 pm 3:00 pm


US 2006 57 MINS

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Director/Producer Rosemary Rawcliffe Cinematographer Peter McCandless Editor Miriam Telles Print Source Frame of Mind Films, Inc.

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In English and Tibetan with English subtitles • This quietly provocative, deeply moving documentary relates the story of the woman who gave birth to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to illuminate the idea that a loving, compassionate and fierce feminine aspect lives within each of us. Through interviews, commentary, rare footage and photographs, director Rosemary Rawcliffe tells the story of Gyalyum Chemo, known as the Great Mother, who gave birth to 16 children, led her family to safety during the Communist Chinese invasion and inspired one of today’s most important spiritual leaders. His Holiness, family members and friends, including Jetsun Pema, Diki Surkhang and Angeles Arrien, speak about the often invisible yet ever-powerful impact of a mother’s love, revealing the importance of the Great Mother archetype and its relevance today. As the Dalai Lama says in the film: “A mother is the most important part of building a healthy family—and that means a healthy humanity.”—N. Isaacs Discussion with special guests from the film follows screenings.

Wristcutters: A Love Story Thursday, October 12 Saturday, October 14

8:30 pm 1:45 pm

US 2006 91 MINS


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Director/Screenwriter Goran Dukic Producer Tatiana Kelly Cinematographer Vanja Cernjul Editor Jonathan Alberts Cast Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits Print Source No Matter

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From the moment Zia (Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous) takes his own life and enters an afterlife reserved for suicides, Wristcutters: A Love Story becomes an uplifting, darkly comic tale about journeying through the hereafter. This familiar yet slightly askew reality offers an existence of menial jobs, dingy bars and jukeboxes that play only suicide heroes like Kurt Cobain and Nick Drake. Soon after his arrival, Zia hooks up with two unlikely companions—Eugene, an inscrutable Russian musician, and Mikal, an eccentric ingenue. These three lost souls form an uncommon bond as they set out across the afterlife in search of what they could not find in their lives, including Zia’s ex-girlfriend and fellow suicide, who has joined “the hari-kari club.” Sharp humor, clever plot twists and a multitude of quirky characters (including an unforgettable performance by musician Tom Waits) make Wristcutters one of the best indie films of the year.—K. Clement

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A Good Year

US 2006 117 MINS

Thursday, October 12, 9:00 pm



Director/Producer Ridley Scott Screenwriter Marc Klein Cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd Editor Dody Dorn Cast Russell Crowe, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Albert Finney Print Source Twentieth Century Fox

An ace in the high-powered world of London international banking, Max Skinner lives a life of greed, deals and money. But when he learns his beloved Uncle Henry has died, Max is forced to stand still for a moment. Henry has left Max his vineyard in Provence, France. Upon arrival, Max hopes for a quick resolution and, possibly, a nice profit. Yet his uncle’s carefree legacy has seeped into the soil of this enchanting estate of which Max has so many memories, kept until now at a safe distance. He is faced head-on with Henry’s stubborn winemaker, a beautiful French restaurateur and a plucky young American who claims to be Henry’s long-lost daughter. Uncle Henry said that a good wine is incapable of lying; amid the vines, Max unwittingly searches for a truth that creeps upon him like the warmth of a rosé embracing you in the afternoon sun. Sponsored by Smith & Hawken.

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2006 MVFF WRITERS Rod Armstrong

Carol Harada

Brendan Peterson

Andy Bailey

Nora Isaacs

Richard Peterson

Lily Buchanan

Steven Jenkins

Jennifer Preissel

Greg Cahill

Kristine Kolton

Deanna Quinones

Jeff Campbell

Margarita Landazuri

Steven Reder

Kelly Clement

Aaron Lazenby

Holly Roach

Dennis Conroy

Frako Loden

Cathleen Rountree

Amy Corbin

Roberta McNair

Arne Saknussen

Karen Davis

Gary Meyer

Joel Shepard

Zoë Elton

Steve Mockus

Ilya Tovbis

David Fear

Peter Moore

Pam Troy

Michael Fox

John Morrison

Sean Uyehara

Pam Grady

David Owen

Sandy Handsher

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The Last King of Scotland 7:00PM LAST05R 121 MINS











Breaking and Entering 7:00PM BREA05S 120 MINS





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Milarepa 10:00AM MILA07R 90 MINS











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Lorange, Muffin and Dartanjang

So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion

11:00AM SOLO08S 82 MINS




The Porcelain Doll 11:30AM PORC08S 75 MINS




Move Your World 11:00AM MOVE08T 81 MINS

Tribute: Helen Mirren 6:30PM TRIB07R 103 MINS

Full Grown Men 4:45PM FULL07R 80 MINS

1:1 5:30PM 10107S 90 MINS

God Grew Tired of Us 3:00PM GOD07T 86 MINS

Forgiveness 7:30PM FORG07S 98 MINS

6 pm

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace 2:30PM CANY08R 79 MINS

Love for Share 1:15PM LOVE08S 120 MINS

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I’m Seducible 1:30PM IMSE08S 76 MINS

Black Gold 2:00PM BLAC08T 78 MINS


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Toon In, Turn On, Drop Dead 8:30PM TOON08R 92 MINS

Pan 8:00PM PAN08R 90 MINS

China Blue 5:00PM CHIN08R 87 MINS

Dreaming of Space 3:45PM DREA08S 90 MINS

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8 pm Days of Glory 7:45PM DAYS08R 120 MINS

Cine Manifest 6:00PM CINM08R 85 MINS

One Winter Story 4:15PM ONE08S 82 MINS

Severance 10:15PM SEVE07S 96 MINS

Music Performance: G.E. Smith and Friends 9:00PM MUSC07T

Spotlight: Alejandro González Iñárritu 4:00PM BABE08R 142 MINS

Avenue Montaigne 3:45PM AVEN08R 106 MINS

Hi De Ho Show 10:00PM HIDE07S 120 MINS

Drifting Elegant 8:00PM DRIF07S 87 MINS

Klunkerz 6:30PM KLUN08S 94 MINS

Mysterious Creatures 6:00PM MYCR08S 72 MINS

Men at Work 4:45PM MENA08T 75 MINS


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August Days 5:45PM AUGU07S 93 MINS

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I’ll Call You 9:15PM ILLC07R 88 MINS

Purvis of Overtown 5:00PM PURV07T 72 MINS

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Longing 9:45PM LONG07R 87 MINS

Swim for the River 7:00PM SWIM07R 75 MINS

Toon In, Turn On, Drop Dead 5:45PM TOON07R 92 MINS

The Orange Thief 3:45PM ORAN07S 84 MINS

The Nightly Song of the Travellers 1:30PM NIGH08R 85 MINS

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China Blue 3:15PM CHIN07S 87 MINS

Seminar: Art of Visual Storytelling 12:00PM SEM08R 120 MINS


Infamous 9:30PM INFA06S 118 MINS

Something Like Happiness 3:00PM SOME07R 100 MINS

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Outside/In 9:30PM OUTS06T 120 MINS

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Three Women and a Chateau 2:30PM THRE07R 81 MINS

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Madeinusa 9:15PM MADE06S 100 MINS

Holly 3:00PM HOLL07R 113 MINS

The Observer 12:45PM OBSE08R 90 MINS

Grown Up 11:30AM GROW08R 78 MINS

Opening 9:15PM OPEN06R 85 MINS

Family Law 7:00PM FAMI06S 102 MINS

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Men at Work 7:15PM MEN06R 75 MINS

VidéOnze 6:30PM VIDE06T 118 MINS


Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits 1:15PM JOHN07S 90 MINS

Beneath the Southern Cross 10:30AM BENE08R 91 MINS

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Cinematographer Style 9:00PM CINA06R 86 MINS

Avenue Montaigne 6:45PM AVEN06S 106 MINS

Orozco: Man of Fire 12:30PM OROZ07S 112 MINS




Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace 12:30PM CANY07T 79 MINS




5@5: Truth Be Known 5:00PM 5AT506S 83 MINS

Dobrinya and the Dragon 1:15PM DOBR07R 65 MINS

The Cave of the Yellow Dog 11:00AM CAVE07S 93 MINS

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Cinematographer Style 12:15PM CINA07R 86 MINS

Hinokio 10:00AM HINO07S 111 MINS

I’m Seducible 6:45PM IMSE06R 76 MINS

5@5: When You Dance You Can Really Love 5:00PM 5AT506R 87 MINS

Café Setareh 12:30PM CAFE07R 102 MINS





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4:30PM LAPI06R 106 MINS


Breaking and Entering 7:15PM BRE205S 120 MINS



Milarepa 5:30PM MILA06R 90 MINS

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Walking to Werner 9:00PM WALK08S 93 MINS

The Treatment 8:15PM TREA08S 81 MINS

Cinemasports 8:00PM CINSO8T 120 MINS


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Georgi and the Butterflies 6:30PM GEOR09R 86 MINS

5@5: Comes a Time 5:00PM 5AT509R 84 MINS

Infamous 6:45PM INFA09S 118 MINS



Holly 9:00PM HOLL09S 113 MINS








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1:1 4:30PM 10111R 90 MINS

Gretchen 6:45PM GRET11R 98 MINS

5@5: Falling off the Face of the Earth 5:00PM 5AT511R 86 MINS

Midsummer Dream 4:30PM MIDS11S 85 MINS





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Going Private 9:00PM GOIN10R 98 MINS

5@5: I Am a Child 5:00PM 5AT510R 81 MINS

The Orange Thief 7:15PM ORAN10R 84 MINS

5@5: Falling off the Face of the Earth 5:00PM 5AT510S 86 MINS The Nightly Song of the Travellers 4:30PM NIGH10S 85 MINS

Love for Share 9:30PM LOVE10R 120 MINS

Venus 7:15PM VENU10S 94 MINS

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox 9:15PM DRBR10S 104 MINS

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen 6:45PM JOUR10S 112 MINS

The Liar Shepherd 9:30PM LIAR10S 82 MINS

The Treatment 9:30PM TREA11R 81 MINS

After the Wedding 7:15PM AFTE11S 119 MINS

Mysterious Creatures 9:45PM MYCR11S 72 MINS

The Mystery of the Sardine 6:30PM MYSA11S 103 MINS

Days of Glory 9:15PM DAYS11S 120 MINS

Orozco: Man of Fire 6:30PM OROZ11T 112 MINS

50 Watt Fuse 9:15PM WATT11T 88 MINS

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5@5: Change Your Mind 5:00PM 5AT513R 93 MINS

5@5: Comes a Time 5:00PM 5AT513S 84 MINS

Stranded 9:30PM STRA12S 104 MINS

Nail Polish 7:00PM NAIL12S 100 MINS

Summer Palace 9:15PM SUMM12S 140 MINS

Venus 6:45PM VENU12C 94 MINS

Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise 4:30PM PETT13R 80 MINS


The Observer 9:00PM OBSE12R 90 MINS

Live! 7:15PM LIVE12S 108 MINS

5@5: Change Your Mind 5:00PM 5AT512S 93 MINS

The Mystery of the Sardine 4:00PM MYSA13R 103 MINS

Severance 4:00PM SEVE13S 96 MINS

Wristcutters: A Love Story 8:30PM WRIS12R 91 MINS

Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo—The Great Mother 6:45PM WOME12R 57 MINS


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The Journals of Knud Rasmussen 9:15PM JOUR12R 112 MINS

The Liar Shepherd 6:30PM LIAR12R 82 MINS

4:15PM BONK12R 83 MINS

The Observer 7:00PM OBSE11E 90 MINS


Stolen Holidays 7:00PM STOL12R 90 MINS

4:30PM GOIN12R 98 MINS

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox 9:15PM DRBR11R 104 MINS


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5 pm RAF AE L Going Private

Drifting Elegant 9:00PM DRIF11R 87 MINS

Figner: The End of a Silent Century 7:00PM FIGN11R 98 MINS

5@5: When You Dance You Can Really Love 5:00PM 5AT511S 87 MINS




Chronicle of an Escape 9:15PM CHRO10R 104 MINS

Summer Palace 6:00PM SUMM10R 140 MINS

Lorange, Muffin and Dartanjang 4:30PM LORA10R

Klunkerz 9:00PM KLUN09T 94 MINS

Tribute:Tim Robbins 6:30PM TRIB11R 120 MINS



Catch a Fire 7:00PM CATC10R 102 MINS

4:15PM TAAF10R 100 MINS

After the Wedding 7:00PM AFTE09C 119 MINS




Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits 9:15PM JOHN09R 90 MINS

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Family Law 8:45PM FAMI09R 102 MINS

Café Setareh 9:15PM CAFE09S 102 MINS

One Winter Story 6:45PM ONE09T 82 MINS

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Longing 7:00PM LONG09S 87 MINS





God Grew Tired of Us 7:15PM GOD09R 86 MINS

5@5: I Am a Child 5:00PM 5AT509S 81 MINS


August Days 9:30PM AUGU09R 93 MINS


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Taafe Fanga 6:45PM TAAF09R 100 MINS

Madeinusa 4:15PM MADE09R 100 MINS


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Frozen City 6:45PM FROZ13R 90 MINS

Figner: The End of a Silent Century 7:00PM FIGN13R 98 MINS 3 Needles 7:15PM 3NEE13S 127 MINS

A Good Year 9:00PM GOOD12C 117 MINS

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Read You Like a Book 9:00PM READ13R 101 MINS

Starfish Hotel 9:15PM STAR13R 98 MINS

A Guest of Life 9:30PM GUES13R 100 MINS

The Host 10:15PM HOST13S 119 MINS

I Am 7:00PM IAM13S 96 MINS

Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender 9:15PM BETW13S 95 MINS

Wanted: Man 7:00PM WANT13T 83 MINS

The Trials of Darryl Hunt 9:15PM TRIA13T 106 MINS

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Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear 10:15AM LAPI15R 106 MINS The Boy Who Turned Yellow 10:00AM BOYW15R 72 MINS

Deliver Us from Evil 1:00PM DELI15R 101 MINS

The Peace Tree 12:45PM PEAC15R 47 MINS

Fuss, Mess and Scrumble 10:00AM FUSS15S 84 MINS

Nail Polish 11:00AM NAIL15T 100 MINS

Ten Canoes 3:15PM TEN15R 90 MINS

3 Needles 12:15PM 3NEE15S 127 MINS

The Moon on the Snow 5:00PM MOON15R 90 MINS

Emile Norman: By His Own Design 4:00PM EMIL15S 71 MINS

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Little Children 8:30PM LITT15R 135 MINS

I Am 8:15PM IAM15R 96 MINS

Walking to Werner 7:15PM WALK15R 93 MINS

Have You Heard From Johannesburg? 6:30PM HAVE15S

The Astronaut Farmer 6:00PM AST215S 103 MINS

Swim for the River 4:15PM SWIM15T 75 MINS

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Hotel Harabati 3:15PM HOTE15S 94 MINS

Read You Like A Book 1:45PM READ15T 101 MINS

Little Children 9:00PM LITT14S 135 MINS

Music Performance: The Doors Going on 40 9:00PM MUSC14T

The Breast Cancer Diaries 5:15PM BRST15R 123 MINS

Live! 2:30PM LIVE15R 108 MINS

Full Grown Men 1:45PM FULL15S 80 MINS

Catch a Fire 6:45PM CATC14S 102 MINS

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Stranded 2:45PM STRA15R 52 MINS

The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez 12:00PM SHOR15R 90 MINS Starfish Hotel 11:30AM STAR15S 98 MINS

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The Moon on the Snow 8:45PM MOON14S 90 MINS

Gretchen 4:15PM GRET14T 98 MINS

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Cine Manifest 9:15PM CINM14R 85 MINS

Deliver Us from Evil 6:30PM DELI14S 101 MINS

The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez 4:30PM SHOR14S 90 MINS

So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion

The Porcelain Doll 9:30PM PORC14R 75 MINS

VidéOnze 6:30PM VIDE14R 118 MINS

Stolen Holidays 4:00PM STOL14S 90 MINS


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Candy 7:15PM CAND14R 108 MINS

The Trials of Darryl Hunt 7:00PM TRIA14R 106 MINS

Georgi and the Butterflies 4:15PM GEOR14R 86 MINS

Something Like Happiness 2:00PM SOME14S 100 MINS

Outside/In 11:00AM OUTS14T 120 MINS

Have You Heard from Johannesburg? 5:00PM HAVE14R 89 MINS

Hotel Harabati 4:00PM HOTE14R 94 MINS

Seminar: On Acting (and Life) 1:30PM SEM214R 120 MINS

The Breast Cancer Diaries 10:45AM BRST14S 123 MINS



Fuss, Mess and Scrumble 12:00PM FUSS14R 84 MINS

Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo—The Great Mother 3:00PM WOME14R 57 MINS

Wristcutters: A Love Story 1:45PM WRIS14S 91 MINS

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The Host 9:30PM HOST15R 119 MINS

Frozen City 8:45PM FROZ15S 90 MINS

Candy 9:15PM CAND15S 108 MINS

Three Women and a Chateau 6:30PM THRE15T 81 MINS

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CFI member list THE CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES 2006 MEMBERS WHO HAVE MADE THE 29TH ANNUAL MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL POSSIBLE: ASSOCIATE Mimi Abers, Arthur and Deborah Ablin, Dr. Holly Abrams, Carol A. Aceves, Thomas Adams, Noma Adelman, Charles Agler, Russell Aguilar, Gary and Maureen Aguilar, Phil Akers, Bob Akka, Merry Alberigi, J. James Albrecht, Eugene Albright, Kathleen Alexander, Suzanne Alfandari, Mary Alger, Dolores E. Ali, Kim Allen, Allen Ellery, Pam Allen-Thompson, Marlena Allison, Bunny Alsup, Bob Alto, Prince Altom, Mimi Amaral, Joe Amato, Rosemary Ames, Millie Amis, Annette Amorello, Marliyn Anderson, Carol Anderson, Jacky Andrews, Julie M. Angel, Jacqueline Annes, Shahla Ansari-Jaberi, Jenny Appleton, Cathi Aradi, Jean Arnold, Steve Arnold, Zakai Arnowitz, Seema Arora, Wendy A. Arthurs, Sandra Ash, Chris and Lorraine Avery, Manual Ayan, Halla Ayla, Catherine Babcock, Jeffrey M. Babcock, Laura Bachman, Helen Bacon, Jasmine Baechtiger, Garbiz Baghdassarian, Mariah Baird, Suzanne Baker, Nathan F. Ballard, Philip Balliet, Diane Balmer-Martin, Ed Baquerizo, Nancy J. Barash, Sara Barbieri, Jeremy D. Barcan, Alice Bartholomew, Cynthia Hunter, Mai L. Bartling, Jim Barton, Melinda Bascone, Deborah Bates, Daria Bauer, Jennifer Bauman, Anne Baxter, Diane Bazler, Eve Bazylewicz, Suzanne Bean, Lyda Beardsley, Tony Beccaccio, Georgetta Beck, Aaron Becker, John Becker, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Beebe, Daniel and Sue Beittel, Amy Belastock, Adrian Belic, Entela Belishova, Rebbeca Bell, Kim Bender, Julia Benello, Gary C. Bennett, Robin Bentel and Bruce McAboy, William and Beverlee Bentley, Ralph Berets, Ann Bergstrom, JoAnn Berman, Ann Bernhardt, Suzanne Berns, Philip M. Bernstein, Caroline Berry, Deborah Bertola, Walter and Rebecca Bess, Kathyrn Beyers, Mai Billaud, Christina Birch, Birkenstock Station, Jeremiah Birnbaum, Steven Birnbaum, Beverly and Mark Birnbaum, Arthur and Joanne Bjork, Michele L. Blaisdell, Bruce Blakely, Lynn Blankfort and Steven Martin, La Vonne Blasche, Eric and Silvina Blasen, J. David Blatchford, Iris Blavin, David Blaza, Simon Blint, Karen Block, Edward Bloomberg, Julia Bloomfield, Vinesa Blum, Mr. and Ms. Joseph Blum, Dafna Blum, Janet Bodie, J.M. Bogin, Nick Bogle, Susan W. Bolle, Dori Bonn, Micheal Boorstein, Carolyn Botts, Stephen B. Bove, Kris Boxell, Kanda Boykin, Rebecca Brackman, Claire Bradenberg, Patricia Bradley, Catherine Brady, Phyllis Bragdon, Bruce R. Bramlett, Ulrika Brattemark and Guido Haarmans, Linda L. Breeden, Christine Brettinger, Suzanne Brice, Adrea Brier, Bridget Brink, Emily Brockman, Hannah Brodzinsky, Amy Brokering, Mary Lee Bronzo, Linda Brosh, Charles Brousse, Carmen Brown, Peter Brown, Jeffrey and Jan Brown, Devi Brown, Barbara Brown, Chris Brown, Becky Brudniak, Barry Brukoff, James Brumback, Jay Brusseau, Eva Brzeski, Chris Buchbinder, Susie Buck, Anna Buoncristiani Irvine, Peggy Burke, Dorothy Burnett, Michael and John Burnett, Sally Burr, Carolyn Burt, Jan Burval and Leslie Katz, Marti Bush, Alejandro Butinof, Libby Byers, Mary Beth and Pete Cadwell, Jill Cagan, Patricia Cahill, Meridith Cahn, June Caminiti, Sally Mars Carey, Joe and Sue Carlomagno, Thomas Carlson, Richard P. Carlton, Maia Cybelle Carpenter, Kathy Carrasco, Caitlin Carter, Albert Casselhoff, Megan Cassidy, Norman Catalano and Blythe Shelley, Paula Cavagnaro, Barbara Cerutti, Barbara Chambers, Donald Chan, Debra Chapman, Stewart Chapman, Janet Chapralis, Shirley S. Chater, Tiffany Che, Jason Chen, Jane Cheshire-Allen, Jackie Chi, John and Catherine Chiosso, Eloise Christiansen, Sondra Claire, Gillian Clark, Helen Clawson, Lita Clear Sky, Skip and Lorinda Clemens, Janet Clover, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Clyman, Mary Coccellato, James Cogan, Nina R. Cohen, Joan Cohen, Marci Cohen, Denise Cohn, Luce Cohuau, Joyce Cole, Stef Coleman, Terri Collin, Mark Comin, Brian and Barbara Comnes, Teresa Concepcion, F. Conrad, Meli Cook, Joan Cooke, Amy Corbin, Teresa Corrigan, Jacqui Coryell, Sherry Costanza, Carolyn Sue Couls, Brigitte Coutu and Kevin Klatt, Jack K. Covington, Frances Cowan, Morgan Cowin, Laura Cox, Janice Coyne, Janet

Craddock, Marney Craig, Muffy Craig, John Crary, Karen Crockett, Robert and Jacqueline Crowder, Robert Cullinan, Dalila Cunha, Virginia Cunningham, Paul Curry, Ed Cushman, Jacqueline Dagg, Cindy S. Daly, Miller Dana, Linda G. Darby, Georgette Darcy, Jennifer Carrick, Natalie Davidson, Maradee Davis, Nancy S. Davis, Nancy Davis, Stephen and Grania Davis, Pam Day, Jean Marie Day, Kim Deatrick, Molly Debower, Gerald DeCamp, Diane Decicio, Ginger Deehan, Suzanne Degen, Lori Deibel, Don Del Grande, Paula Delehanty, David Demarest, P M DeMartini, Jill M. Denney, P. Deonardo, Levon der Bedrossian, Renée Des Tombe, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Desmond, Heidi and Jack Detjen-Creson, Jack and Heidi DetjenCreson, William and Sarah Devlin, Victoria DeWitt, Darlene Dhillon, Doug Dibble and Cathryn Matthews, Peggy Dickinson, Maryann Diluzio and Ron Foote, Bill and Barbara Dittmann, Stephanie Dodson, Gillian and Teague Donahey, Maggie Donahue, Ann Donovan, Cathleen K. Dorinson, Amanda Doris, Deborah Dorosin, Paula Doubleday, Michael and Andrea Dougan, Angelo Douvos, Joe and Kendra Downey, Mr. and Ms. Jim Doyle, Jack and Ginny Doyle, William J. Driscoll, Cecily A. Drucker, Ali N.H. Duerr, Carol Duke, Jane Sondeen, Robert Dunn, Karen Dunning, Larry Dyer, Rolanda Ebert, Teresa Eckton, Marie and Geoffrey Edwards, Virginia Egan, Judith Einbinder, Evelyn Eisen, Eric Michael Eiserloh, Theresa Elaine, Lou Ellsworth-Yow, Linda Emery, Andrew Eng, Susan C. English, Samuel Ennis, Robert Epstein, Helga Epstein, Sandra Erickson, Donald L. and Lois Errante, Richard Estrada, Nicole Evatz, F. Joseph Smith Massage Therapy Center, Melanie Facen, Blake Facente, Tareq Fakhouri, Michael Falter, Berley Farber, Joe Faria, Briege Farley, Carol Farrand, Larry Farren, Roy Farrington Jones, Daniel Farthing, Robert Freist, Vickie Feldstein and Dennis Orwig, Grace and Frank Ferguson, Laraine Ferguson, Catherine Ferreira, Denise Ferry, Denise Ferry, R.E. Fesler, Deborah Feuer, Virginia L. Fifield, Tom Filcich, Francine Findley, Nancy J. and Henry K. Fine, Heidi H. Finser, Trevor Fisher, Susan Fishman, Gabrielle Fishman, Kathryn M. Fitzgerald, Kent W. and Lee B. Fitzgerald, Lisa J. Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Flaa, Yolanda Fletcher, Chris Folger, Manoochehr Fonooni, Barbara J. Fopp, Alan Tenney Ford, Alex Forman, Judith Forrest, Cheri Forrester, Marcia Fortnoff, Steve Foster, Howard and Sharyn Foster, Michael Fox, Michael Fox, Scott France, Jean Fraschina, Mark Fredericks, Cherry Frederiksen, Tom and Sally Freed, Dr. and Mrs. Albert Freedman, Denise Freinkel, Adele French, Diana Freundt, M.B. Fribley, Debra Friday and David Vaupel, Robert Fried and Wendy Cheit, Wendy Friefeld, June Frost, Christopher Fuller, Bill Fulton, Jack and Diane Fulton, Linda Futrell, Orange Sherbet, G2 Mill Valley, Holly Gadsby, Kimberly and Anthony Galatolo, Suan Galbraith, Jack Gallivan, Kathleen Gallivan, Barbara Galyen, Julia Gans, Robert and Linda Garb, Beth Garbutt, Rosalind Gardner, Tina Garfinkel, Ronald Marc Garry, Barbara L. Gately, Peter and Leslie Gavin, Stephanie Gaw, Gisela Geisler, Debbie Geller, Marlene K. Gershik, Edna Getz, Kathleen Giel, Maria Giessler, Leslie Gifford, Jill Gilbert, Eric and Paula Gillett, Joel Gingold, Jeffrey Ginsberg, Libby Ginsberg, Abby Ginzberg, Joan Glassheim and Elizabeth Pearce, Barbara Jaye Glesener, Deborah Goebel, Bob Goff, Stephen Gold, Carol Golden, Barbara Golden, Joan Goldhamer, Rosalyn Goldman, Dixie Goldsby, Rick Goldsmith, Mike A. Goldstein, Stacey Goodman, Lion Goodman, Linda C. Goodman, Karen Gordon, Adam Gothelf, Laurel Gothelf, Taro Goto, Susan Gotshall-Maxon, David Gotfredson, Jacqui Gottlieb, Peter Graumann, Jackie Greenberg, L.D. Greenberg, Liz Greenberg, Fredrica Greene, Elizabeth Greene, Gisela Greene, Joanne Greene, Eric and Lori Greenleaf, Sarah Greiner, Gini Talmadge, Carol Griffin, Dianne Griffen, Lucille Griffiths, Vicki Gross, Michael Gross, Stephen J. Grossberg, Bonnie Grossman, Seymour Grossman, Holly Groves, Robyn Gue, Roberta Gwin, Paula Haberek, Karen

Hacker, Lois Hadfield, David L. Haet, Margaret Hallett, James Halligan, Arlene Halligan, Maribeth Halloran, Phyllis Hamilton, Pam Hamilton, Taren Hamilton, Jennifer Hammett, Louise Hammond, Michelle Hampshire, Doug and Liz Hancock, Caroline Hanni, Mark Hansen, Nancy Hanson, John P. Hardgrave, Kathe N. Hardy, Suzanne Harle, Christian Harnish and Jocelyn Olivier, Steve Harnsberger, Robert P. Haro, Carole Harris, Roger Harris, Tom and Barbara Harrison, Liz Hart, Adrienne Hart, Maggie Harth, Diana Hartley, Bruce Hartsough, Patricia and James Haskell, Elizabeth Haxton, Gigi Haycock, Eva Hayden, Eva Haydon, Doug Heaps, Dennis Heinzig, Elisabeth Heisler, Sally and Bill Held, Stephen Heller, Karen M. Hellyer, Terri Henderson, Gayle S. Hendry, Anthony Henin, Jeff Hennier, Marie Henry, Spencer L. Herold, Susan and Robert Hersey, Karen Herz, Jeff Hickman, Edna Hickok, Bill and Terry Higgins, Dena H Higgins, Faye and Louis Hinze, Ruthe Hirsch, Lucelle Hoefnagels and David harp, Dr. Arlene F. Hoffman, John and Lynne Hoffman, Michael Holland, Kathleen Holland, Patricia Holland, Michael and Claire Hollander, Carol Hollenberg, Laura Holliday, Annette Holloway, Teri Hollowell, Ken Homer and Diane Fischler, Matte Hopstock, Bradea Horan, Tara Horne, Kare Hornschuch, Donna Horowitz, Michael Horther, Paul Horton, Liz Hotchkin, Dorothy Houston, Kathie and Terry Howard, William Huber, Mary Hubert, Marian Hubler, Jolene W. Huey, Audrey Hulburd, Duffy and Ron Hurwin, Mr. and Mrs Robert Husak, Judy Hyde, Pamela R. Hyde, John Hyer, Joe Iguchi, Marsea Ilio, Robert P. Ingram, John and Madeline Ingram, Carol Inkellis, Aaron Irons, Mary Ellen Irwin, Leslie Isaacs, Sylvia R. Israel, Susana Ives, Beth Jackson, Ellen Marie Jackson, Peter Jacobi, Kenneth C. Jacobs, Luke Jacobson, Tom Jacobson, Joshua Jaffe, Carl and Joanne James, Catherine Jane, Piotr Jankowski, Gail Jarach, Gerry and Martha Jarocki, Joy Jarrell, Uta Jehnich, Phyllis Jeroslow, Richard S. and Rose Jeweler, Denise Jindrich, Janice Johnson, Howard Johnson, Beverlee Johnson, Polly Johnston, Matthew Johnson, Ruth Jonas, Jane M. Jonckheer, Sharon Jones, Jacqueline Jones, K. Mary Jones, Sylvia Jones, Joost Torres, T.C. Jordan, Mary Evalyn Jordan, Robert Jordan, Diana Jorgensen, Edie Joslin, Linda J. Juffermans, Diane Kallet, D. Ward Kallstrom and Rosemary Morgan, Laurie Kalter, Jack Kamesar, Mr. and Ms. Lawrence Kaplan, Eliot Kaplan, Ron Kappe, Susanne M. Karch, Kay C. Karchevski, Summerlea Kashar, Athena Katsdros, Kathleen Keating, Robert Keenan, Robert W. Keller, Virgina Kelley, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Kellner, Patricia Kelly, Dianne Kelly, Marcia Kennedy, Lloyd Kenneth, David L. and Barbara Kessell, Jim and Ona Kettmann, Ashok Khanna, Ryan K. Khavari, Hossein Khosrowjah and Mitra Karimi, Dorothy Kidd, Rita Kiesow, Katie King, Michele King, Betty King, Jaleila King, Manuela A. King, Erin King, Paul Kingsley, Phyllis B. Kinimaka, Elizabeth Kinnear, Kathleen Kinsolving, Byrce Kirk, Joan Kirsner, Bill Kissinger, David Kitteredge, Vivian Kleiman, Allen Klein, Pam Klein, Richard F. Klier, Jeanne Kline, Joan Kloehn, Alberta Knepper, Bob Knox, Kimberly Koch, Lilliann Kocher, Katherine Koelle, Joseph S. Kohn, Craig Kolb, Janice Koprowski, Cathy Korson, Tuomas Kostianen, Kraemer Winslow, Executive Communications, Celeste Krepack, Travis Krepeika, Wendy Krueger, Steve Kuever, Janice Johnson Kuhl, Holly Kuhlman, Joy Kuhn, Terri L. Kwiatek, Kiki La Porta, Denise Labuda, Jan E. Lachman, Laurel Ladevich, Karen Laffey, Gail LaForga, Dan Lagomarsino, Brad Lakritz, J.R. Lally, Ben Lamorte, Dabney Landis, Lela Landman, Karen Lang and Rafael Garcia, Wendy Lang and Phillip Weber, Thea Langer, Alison Lavoy, T. Law, Kathryn Lazzaretti, Marie D. Lazzari, Terry Lazzari, Shofen Lee, Leslianne Lee and Scott Evans, Camille Lee, Jacqui Lehman, Claudine LeMoal, Lynn Lent, Cynthia Leon, Jay and Barbara Leopold, Lois Lerman, Esther Lerner and Dani Carrico, Jeffrey Levenberg, Allison Levenson, Joann Levin, Paula Levine, Jane Levinsohn, Joanie Levinsohn, Sue and Marv Levinson, Bob Levitt,


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THE CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES 2006 MEMBERS WHO HAVE MADE THE 29TH ANNUAL MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL POSSIBLE: Eileen Prendiville, Paul Preston, Sandra Prickitt, Fred and Ineke Priest, Charlotte Prozan, Alan Ptashek, Audrey K. Pulis, Kenn Rabin, Howard and Evi Rachelson, Alissa Ralston, Michael Ralston, Alan S. Ramadan, Ingrid Ramsay, Nani L. Ranken, David Rathod, Patricia Raven, Kirsten E. Rea, Pamela Reaves, Red Vic Movie House, Roberta Butler Regan, Donald Rehlaender, Tim and Janet Reid, Frances Reid, Richard D. Reilly, Ulla Reilly, Douglas Reilly, Steven Reinstein, Deborah J. Ress, Stefano and Kelly Resta, Robert Riboli, Jeremy Rice, Sheri Rice, Jed Riffe, Lori Rifkin, Martha Riley, Fred Ritzenberg and Stacey Cooper, Jane Rivera, Dore Rivers, Ann Rivo, Holly Roach, Annie Roberts, Dennis Roberts, Marion Robertson, Ged Robertson, Mari Robinson, Kris Rockwell, Rudy Rodriguez, Rayna Rodvien, Jeffrey and Sharon Roe, Harvey and Nancy Rogers, Ron Rogers, Helen Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rokeach, BJ Rolph, Pam Roman, Jessica Romm, Andrew Rose, Mark Rose, Lisa Rose, Joan Rosen, Dr. Melvin Rosen, David Galin and Ruth Rosen, Sanford Rosenberg, Larry and Diane Rosenberger, Abram Rosenblatt, Elon Rosenfeld, Michael and Ayuna Rosenthal, Marshall and Francoise Rothstein, David Rubinstein, Bob Rucker, Catherine Rufer, Joe Ruiz, Carol Ruley, Conn Rusche, Rich Rusdorf, Jay Ruskin and Denise Garety, Debra Russell, Talah Russell, Tala Russell, N. Ryan, Karrie Nye Ryan, Charlotte Rygh, Golareh Safarian, Joan Saffa, Michael Saggese, Georgia Sagues, Susan E. Salk, Peggy R. Salkind, Terrie Samundra-Girdner, San Rafael Chiropractic, John Sanborn, Earnesto Sanchez, Letitia Sanders, Reva Saper, Leslie Saperstein, Frank Sarmir, Diana Sarto, Shema Satya, Elizabeth Savage-Sullivan, Lisa Scarsella, Hans Schaefer, Stephen Schaefer, Vail Schaeffer, Lisa Schallenberger and Paul Larson, Sharilyn A. Scharf, Mark S. Schatz, Lawrence L. Schear, Barbara Schechner, Mary L. Scheidt, Daniel L. Scher, Paul Schimmel, Eric Schmautz, Dana Schmidt, Ericka Schmitt, Roseann Schneider, Carol Schoenfeld, Kenneth Schopp, Diana Schott, Nathalie Schreier, Jeff Schriebman, Joyce Schroder, Shiva Schulz, Lyanne Shuster, Allen Schuster, Ailish Schutz, Joan F. Schwartz, Sylvia Schwartz, Herman Schwarz, Patricia Schwarz, Diana Schweickart, Michael and Laura Scott, Lisa Scott, Tim Scott, Jeanne Scott, Bonnie ScottSteuble, Donna R. Scriven, Robert Sedor, Lucy V. Seeburg, Nancy Segreto, Roberta Seifert, Rand Selig, Ana Seligmann, Susan Severin, Grace Severtson, Joyce Seymour, Judith Shaffer, Nimish Shah and Kala Venugopal, Joy Shamah, Pat Shaw, John P. Sheehy and Sherry Caplan, Nancy Shehi, Leah Shelleda, Bradley Shepard, SallyJean Shepard, Joel Shepard, Merritt and Pamela Sher, Dianne Sheridan, Amy H. Sherman, Judi Shils, Nancy Shor, Nick Shryock, Xiaojuan Shu, Gail Siegel, Helen E. Silvani, Molli Amara Simon, Jan Simonds, Harriet Sirota, Ron Skellenger, Amy Skewes-Cox, John Skinner, Franz Skinner, Jackie Slade, Helga Slessarev, Wendy Slick, Christy Sloan, Scott Slonoff and Carol Gimesky, Fred Smith, Roy Smith, Caroline Smith, Barbara Smith, V. M. Snyder, Carola Sohns, William Soloman, Daniel Sonkin and Mindy Rosenberg, Dale Sopheia, Michael Sopko, Phyllis Sorensen, Deborah Sorondo, Joe Soule, Stephanie Spadaccini, Naomi and Alan Spiegelman, Anne Spillane, Michele Spitz, Pamela Spitz, B.B. Spolter, Van Spriggins, Suzanne Stafford, Dan Stalzer, Susan W. Stanger, Timothy K. Stanton, Donna Staples, John Stayman, Joan Stebbins, Leonard Stecklow and Karen Steiner, Jane A. Steinberg, Jonathan L. Steiner, Roger Steiner, Greg Stepanicich, Robert Sterling, Lorna Stevens, Beverly M. Stevens, Michael Stevenson, Peggy Stine, Tamalyn Stockton, Laurie and Eric Stoelting, Luben Stoilov, Melinda Stone, Mike Stone, Susan Stordahl, D. A. Strange, Kathleen Strauss, Pam Strayer, Karen Strickland, J. Strohl, Syd Strong, June Strunk, Jacqueline Sue, Diane A. Suffridge, Richard and Judith Sullivan, Jane Summers, Michael Sundermeyer, Alex Sung, Lori Sutherland, Richard Swanson, Diane Swenson, Wendy Swenson and Blake Davis, Alan Swope, Judith S. Tabb, Jackie Tabb, Ariana Taboada,


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Nancy Davis Ninfa Dawson Paul Dektor Kristi and Tom Denton Cohen Denver Film Festival Levon Der Bedrossian Cassidy Dimon, Filmmovement Stephen Dobbs Stephanie Dodson Judy Doherty Julie Dolan Dolby Laboratories Dot Eddie Dotson Ruth Downing Kathleen Drumm Marina Drummer Christine C. Dudley Rama Dunayevich Susan Dutton

Haas H Peggy Lynne Hale Gary Hamilton Mary Hammond Mike Hammond Muriel and Murray Hammond Teresa Hand Lynda Hansen Hilary Hart Liz and Tia Hart JoAnn Hastings Bob Hawk Eva Haydon Anna Heidinger Erika Heiss Ron Henderson Mary Herr Imuno HiDetoshi Vivien Hillgrove Bob Hoffman Holland Film Hollywood Classics Douglas Holmes Karen Holmes Melissa Howden Marcus Hu Suzi Hynes

Eng E Moy Udy Epstein Gordon Erickson Paul Eveloff


Kim Facas Andrea Faiss Tareq Fakhouri Fantasy Studios Farabi Cinema Foundation Emily Feingold David Fenkel Tom Filcich Film Arts Foundation Finnish Film Foundation Bob Fisher Lindsay Fishkin Lorrie Fishkin Nancy Fishman, SF Jewish Film Festival Shawn Fitzpatrick Justin Flake Gary Flatow Jim Flavell The Flying Other Brothers Focus Features Ben Fong-Torres Julie Fontaine Sharon Foster Jan Foster, Marin Acura Michael Fox Fox Searchlight Pictures Neil Friedman


Richard Idell IFC Films Steve Indig Aaron Irons


Joel Jaffe Terri Jaffe Aliya Jaffe Whitney Emily Jaffy Jeff Jampol Chesire Allen Jane Andrée Poirier and John Jansheski Judith Jaslow Kristen Jenkins Dru Jennett John Johnson Kathryn Johnson Michele Johnston Michelle Jonas Bradley Jones Juanita Jones Miranda Jones Jin Woo Joo

Gallagher G Christanne Kathy Gallagher

Graziella Danieli Danish Film Institute

Maureen Galliani Alessandra Gallo Peter Gamez Meredith Gandy Sid Ganis Mark Garwood Leslie Gavin Andy Gellepis Susan Gerhard Marty Giblas Stella Giblas Judy Gilmore John Goddard Dan Godfrey David Goodyear Leonard Gordon MD Sandy Gow Belinda Graham Helen Gramates Alice Gray Melissa Green Nancy Gribler Michelle Griffin Robert Griswold Matt Grubb Linda and Jon Gruber David Guastavino

Julia Lander Claudia Landsberger Juliet Michele Lanfried Larsen Associates Cory Lashever K.C. Lauck Joe Lawrence Pam Lawrence Joan Lehua “Bless Her” Allison Levenson Sydney Levine Barbara Levy Jack Levy Jeffrey Levy MD Lee Lewis Lorraine Lewis Caroline Libresco, Sundance Film Festival LionsGate Entertainment Crispin Livak Ken Lockerbie Lady Lockerbie-Evans Johanna Lopez Josh Lowden Mickey Luckoff Monique Luddy Tom Luddy Michael Lumpkin Jay Lustgarten

Robin Gurland Shawn Guthrie George Gutierrez MD Bill Guttentag


Karr K John Bruce Katz Jeff Kauffman Kaufman-Snitow Productions Susan Kavert Church Kavitsky Deirdre Kennedy Suzie Kidder Janet Kim Peter Kindlon Erin King Simon Kirke Nancy Klasky Vivian Kleiman Jan Klingelhofer Michelle Klurstein Kristine Kolton KQED Edith Kramer Elliott Krames MD Gregory Kruglack KT Productions Anne-Marie Kurstein


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Jennifer Coslett MacCready Becky MacDonald John MacLeod Miss Madhi “Bless Her” Anastacia Maggioncalda Magnolia Pictures Lori Malm Ray Manzarek Roger March Nikki Marelich Nathalie Mariano Van and Lydia Maroevich Sato Masuzawa Barbara Matas Blythe Matsui Valerie May Kathryn Mazza Ryan McClain Michael McClure Charles McGlashan Mary Jane, Paul and Phoebe McKown Peter McLaughlin Bill McLeod Marcus McWaters Denise Meehan Ann Marie Melanephy Menemsha Entertainment Lucy Mercer Gary Meyer Sasha Meyerwitz Mill Valley Library Tahara Mohamed Umra Mohamed Anita Monga Anne Montgomery Cheryl Moody Cornelius Moore Peter Moore Julie Morgan Brendan Moylan Brighde Mullins Teresa Munoz Sue Muzzin Patricia Nagle Hiro Narita Ariana Nash Roy Nee Russell Nelson Sean Nepita New Line Cinema Harlow Newton Piers Nightingale

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Alec Boehm Gandhi at the Bat

Jane Ainbinder Nail Polish

Irina Boiko The Thief

Boogie Dean The Orange Thief

Péter Gárdos The Porcelain Doll

Neil Jack Ujbaz Izbeneki Has Lost His Soul

Takahiko Akiyama Hinokio

Bong Joon-ho The Host

Ann-Marie Denham Small Ant Syndrome

Jacques-Rémy Girard Raining Cats and Frogs

Jason Jakaitis Minutiae

Roger Allers The Little Matchgirl

Rachid Bouchareb Days of Glory

Nia Dinata Love for Share

John Givens Working Title

Alicja Jaworski Little Pig Is Flying

Udi Aloni Forgiveness

Taylor Broek Nine Days

Peter Djigirr Ten Canoes

Amy Glazer Drifting Elegant

Renuka Jeyapalan Big Girl

Massimo Amici She He

Daniel Burman Family Law

Tiffany Doesken-Polos Falling

Sergio Glenes I Swear I Saw It: Iara

Ohad Domb The Ranch

Manolo Gomez Midsummer Dream

Xochitl Dorsey Orange Blossom

Anthony Green Screening

Adama Drabo Taafe Fanga

Valeska Grisebach Longing

Goran Dukic Wristcutters: A Love Story

Lucas Guilkey Oranges What if Jesus Were Gay?

Vinnie Angel The Orange Thief Pilar Anguita-MacKay The Moon on the Snow



Veialu Aila-Unsworth Blue Willow


Israel Adrián Caetano Chronicle of an Escape

Steve Anthopoulos Tree in the Forest

Nathalie Alonso Casale Figner: The End of a Silent Century

Stephanie Argy Gandhi at the Bat

Brice Cauvin Hotel Harabati

Neil Armfield Candy

Frank Yeean Chan Russian Hill Roulette

Cindy Baer Morbid Curiosity David Baeumler Kuboå Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen Live! Nicole Barnette Fourteen Taylor Barton 50 Watt Fuse

Nick Childs The Shovel


David Evans Mysterious Creatures

Xavier de Choudens 00h17

Carolyn Chrisman Envious Heart


Jon Fauer Cinematographer Style

Ajae Clearway One in 2000

Damon Fepulea’i Karma

Victor Bellomo Message from the Boss

Norman Cohn The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Amy Berg Deliver Us from Evil

Steve Collins Gretchen

Connie Field Have You Heard from Johannesburg?

Stefanie Berk Disappearing

Shaun Conrad Purvis of Overtown

Bert&Bertie Phobias

Allison Cook Locked Upstairs

Caitlin Bicknell The Trend Experiment

Laurie Coyle Orozco: Man of Fire

Susanne Bier After the Wedding

Angel de la Cruz Midsummer Dream

Vincent Bierrewaerts The Wallet

Arwen Curry Stuffed

John Bills Moab Monster

Gilles Cuvelier Din

Betsy Bayha Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott

Larry Blamire Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits

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Chapour Haghighat The Nightly Song of the Travellers

John Karr The Observer Dorota Kedzierzawska I Am Dave Kellum Ambassadors Day Sarah Klein On the Farm Martin Koolhoven Bonkers Lalita Krishna Move Your World Zacharias Kunuk The Journals of Knud Rasmussen


Casey Laird The Hyphy Movement Sara Lamm Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox

John Haptas The Days and the Hours

Harris Lapiroff Colony

Siroos Hassanpour The Liar Shepherd

Talya Lavie The Substitute

Jannik Hastrup War and Peas

Avishag Leibovich Diet Leibovich

Rolf de Heer Ten Canoes

Jørgen Lerdam Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise

Thom Fitzgerald 3 Needles

Thomas Hinke The Propellerbird

Mark Francis Black Gold

Jörgen Hjerdt It’s My Turn Now

Nick Francis Black Gold

Tristan Holmes Elalini (Place of Rest)

Sander Francken Knowledge for Life

Julia Horowitz Maggie and Ernie

Stephen Frears The Queen

Josh Hyde Chicle


Judy Irola Cine Manifest

Mani Haghighi Men at Work

Brian Hennigan Duck Man

Binyamin Freidenberg A Quiet Street


Jeremy Haccoun Paradox

Todd Field Little Children

Simon Blyth Father’s Day



William Farley Darryl Henriques Is in Show Business The Stories

Lam Tze Chung I’ll Call You

Lee Gardner Wakeup

Jarrah Gurrie Bright Lights

Karina Epperlein Phoenix Dance Michaela Eremiasova All That Remains

Neten Chokling Milarepa

Sainath Choudhury Cataract

Byambasuren Davaa The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Dennis Michael Iannuzzi Vitruvius’ Toybox Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel

Wilma Ligthart Ayla the Tsunami Girl Eric Lin What Remains Poliang Lin A Fish with a Smile Claudia Llosa Madeinusa Jan Locher The Propellerbird Hannah Long Moab Monster Lou Ye Summer Palace Aku Louhimies Frozen City

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films by filmmaker Carrie Lozano Reporter Zero


Sally Lundberg One Winter Story


Kevin Macdonald The Last King of Scotland Risa Machuca Shortstop Ilya Maksimov Dobrinya and the Dragon


Julie Mattison Modern Attraction Stephanie Maxwell All That Remains


Marjorie McAfee Talking to My Mom

Rob Nilsson Opening Pan

Jody Rice Dash

Christopher Smith Severance

Sasha Vitelli Moab Monster

Phillip Noyce Catch a Fire

Don Richards Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq?

Richard Smith Mono

Annette K. Olesen 1:1

Lilly Rivlin Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace

Jackie Oudney Vagabond Shoes

Lala Rolls Fish Out of Water

Laura Paglin No Umbrella—Election Day in the City

Micha Peled China Blue

Douglas McGrath Infamous

Elizabeth Pepin One Winter Story

Alex Merkin Across the Hall

Olivier Peyon Stolen Holidays

Valerie Mih Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq?

Linas Phillips Walking to Werner

Anthony Minghella Breaking and Entering

Jordan Plotsky Titans of the Coral Sea

Jason Mitchell Filter

Tatu Pohjavirta Animal

Noelle Mitchell Every 15 Minutes

Michael Polish The Astronaut Farmer

Saman Moghaddam Café Setareh

Michael Powell The Boy Who Turned Yellow

Troy Morgan Dragon


Christopher Quinn God Grew Tired of Us

David Raccuglia Purvis of Overtown Rosemary Rawcliffe Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo—The Great Mother Marc Recha August Days Nick Reed Assertion Techniques

Ken Paul Rosenthal Arcs of Texture

Gary Weimberg Three Women and a Chateau Kassandra Wellendorf Outside Caitlin Wells What if Jesus Were Gay? Stina Werenfels Going Private

Tibor Szemzo A Guest of Life


Greg Williams The Glenmoore Job

Rick Tejada-Flores Orozco: Man of Fire

John Williams Starfish Hotel

Ewan Telford Apocalypse Oz

Cassandra Wong Story of Hong

Danièle Thompson Avenue Montaigne

Vanessa Woods On Alzheimer’s

Patrice Toye Wanted: Man Alan Tuan A Fish with a Smile



Myra Sito Velasquez The Lovers

Ruby Yang The Blood of Yingzhou District Lev Yilmaz I’m Not Going to Think About Her Ready

Alexey Uchitel Dreaming of Space Hoku Uchiyama Rose

Thomas Sheffield Moab Monster

Arthur Wilinski The Orange Thief

Cerissa Tanner Stuffed


Robert N. Zagone Read You Like a Book Erik van Zuylen The Mystery of the Sardine

Franny Véliz Shortstop


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Alex Weil One Rat Short

Bob Svihovec Little Blue

Tom Schroeder The Mexican Cloud Swing Disaster

Megan Siler Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer

Tom Weidlinger Swim for the River

Phoef Sutton ‘Til Death

Daniel Schnur The Hyphy Movement

C. Jay Shih A Fish with a Smile

Eva Weber The Intimacy of Strangers

Saul Sutcher The Hyphy Movement

Judith Schaefer So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion

Mitra Sen The Peace Tree

Thomas Wartmann Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender

Annie Sundberg The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Billy Savage Klunkerz

Ridley Scott A Good Year

Xiao-Yen Wang I’m Seducible

Max Strebel Mirrors

Eva Saks I Love My Doctor The Impatient Patient Valentine’s Day

Michael Santiago Moab Monster

Laurence Walsh Cold Kenya

Colin Stice Every 15 Minutes

Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre McLaren’s Negatives

Chris Waitt Dupe Heavy Metal Jr. Tommy Walker God Grew Tired of Us

Heidi Specogna The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez

Ricki Stern The Trials of Darryl Hunt

Catherine Ryan Three Women and a Chateau

Kristine Samuelson The Days and the Hours


Jeff Stallman Every 15 Minutes

Diana Rumjahn Going Home

Janet Perlman Invasion of the Space Lobsters

Roger Michell Venus

Jay Rosenblatt Afraid So Phantom Limb

Oren Rudavsky The Treatment


Anders Sørensen Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise

Paolo Speirn Oranges

Carmen Rozestraten Breathe Me

Linda Pattillo The Breast Cancer Diaries

Jim McGorman A Taste of Nate

Wolfgang Murnberger Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear

Igor Veyshtagin Lorange, Muffin and Dartanjang

Will Parrinello Emile Norman: By His Own Design

Stuart McDonald Stranded

David Munro Full Grown Men

Bohdan Sláma Something Like Happiness

Andrey Paounov Georgi and the Butterflies

Shona McCullagh Break

Guy Moshe Holly

Matt Reynolds The Trend Experiment

Deva Palmier Fishy

Peter McCarty James Marshall’s Cinderella

Jay Morton Humor Me

Babak Nazari There Was the Moon and a Fox


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Films that take place in another country or in which another country is a primary subject of interest are listed as well, with the bird symbol following the film title. Din Figner: The End of a Silent Century A Good Year Hotel Harabati The Moon on the Snow The Nightly Song of the Travellers Raining Cats and Frogs Stolen Holidays Summer Palace The Wallet

MEXICO Babel The Brave Cat Coconut Island Orozco: Man of Fire The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez MONGOLIA The Cave of the Yellow Dog

SWITZERLAND Going Private The Moon on the Snow The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez

GERMANY Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender Cataract The Cave of the Yellow Dog Going Private Longing Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise The Propellerbird The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez


SYRIA Hotel Harabati

NEPAL A Guest of Life

TAIWAN A Fish with a Smile

NETHERLANDS Ayla, the Tsunami Girl Bonkers Figner: The End of a Silent Century Knowledge for Life Live! The Mystery of the Sardine Wanted: Man

TANZANIA Move Your World

GREECE The Thief

BHUTAN Milarepa

GUATEMALA The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez

BOSNIA Breaking and Entering

HONG KONG I’ll Call You

BRAZIL I Swear I Saw It: Iara

HUNGARY A Guest of Life The Porcelain Doll Severance

BULGARIA Georgi and the Butterflies CAMBODIA Holly CANADA 3 Needles Big Girl Invasion of the Space Lobsters The Journals of Knud Rasmussen McLaren’s Negatives Move Your World The Peace Tree Screening CHINA 3 Needles The Blood of Yingzhou District China Blue I’m Seducible Summer Palace CROATIA Fence Fuss, Mess and Scrumble Happy Day CZECH REPUBLIC Something Like Happiness DENMARK 1:1 After the Wedding Outside Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise War and Peas ETHIOPIA Black Gold FINLAND Animal Frozen City FRANCE 00h17 Avenue Montaigne Days of Glory

INDIA Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender Milarepa Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo— The Great Mother INDONESIA Love for Share IRAN Café Setareh The Liar Shepherd Men at Work The Nightly Song of the Travellers There Was the Moon and a Fox IRAQ Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq? ISRAEL Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace Diet Leibovich Forgiveness A Quiet Street The Ranch The Substitute ITALY The Orange Thief She He JAPAN Babel Hinokio The Host So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion Starfish Hotel MALAYSIA The Observer MALI Knowledge for Life Taafe Fanga

Little Pig Is Flying Lorange, Muffin and Dartanjang Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise

NEW ZEALAND Blue Willow Break Fish Out of Water Karma Titans of the Coral Sea

UGANDA The Last King of Scotland

PALESTINE A Quiet Street Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace PAPUA NEW GUINEA Titans of the Coral Sea PERU Chicle Madeinusa POLAND Cold Kenya I Am RUSSIA Dobrinya and the Dragon Dreaming of Space Figner: The End of a Silent Century Georgi and the Butterflies SCOTLAND Dupe Heavy Metal Jr. Mono Ujbaz Izbeneki Has Lost His Soul SICILY The Orange Thief SINGAPORE Story of Hong SOUTH AFRICA 3 Needles Catch a Fire Elalini (Place of Rest) Have You Heard from Johannesburg?

SPAIN August Days Midsummer Dream SUDAN God Grew Tired of Us SWEDEN It’s My Turn Now

TIBET A Guest of Life Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo— The Great Mother TURKEY The Nightly Song of the Travellers



THAILAND Ayla, the Tsunami Girl

UK Assertion Techniques Black Gold The Boy Who Turned Yellow Breaking and Entering Duck Man Figner: The End of a Silent Century Fishy The Intimacy of Strangers The Last King of Scotland Mono Mysterious Creatures Paradox Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise Phobias The Queen Severance Vagabond Shoes Venus US 50 Watt Fuse Across the Hall Afraid So All That Remains Ambassadors Day Apocalypse Oz Arcs of Texture The Astronaut Farmer Babel Black Gold The Blood of Yingzhou District The Breast Cancer Diaries Breathe Me Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace Catch a Fire Chicle China Blue Cine Manifest Cinematographer Style Colony Darryl Henriques Is in Show Business Dash The Days and the Hours Disappearing Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox Dragon Drifting Elegant Emile Norman: By His Own Design Envious Heart Every 15 Minutes Falling


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Filter Forgiveness Fourteen Full Grown Men Gandhi at the Bat God Grew Tired of Us Going Home A Good Year Gretchen Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Holly Humor Me The Hyphy Movement I Love My Doctor I’m Not Going to Think About Her I’m Seducible The Impatient Patient Infamous Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits Klunkerz Kuboå Little Blue Little Children The Little Matchgirl Locked Upstairs The Lovers Maggie and Ernie Message from the Boss The Mexican Cloud Swing Disaster Minutiae Mirrors Moab Monster Modern Attraction Morbid Curiosity Nail Polish Nine Days No Umbrella—Election Day in the City The Observer On Alzheimer’s On the Farm One in 2000 One Rat Short One Winter Story Opening Orange Blossom The Orange Thief Oranges Orozco: Man of Fire Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott Pan Phantom Limb Phoenix Dance Purvis of Overtown Read You Like a Book Reporter Zero Rose Russian Hill Roulette Shortstop The Shovel So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion The Stories Stuffed Swim for the River Talking to My Mom A Taste of Nate Three Women and a Chateau ‘Til Death Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer The Treatment The Trend Experiment The Trials of Darryl Hunt Valentine’s Day Vitruvius’ Toybox Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq? Wakeup Walking to Werner What if Jesus Were Gay? What Remains Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo— The Great Mother Working Title Wristcutters: A Love Story


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00h17 .....................................71 1:1 ........................................... 70 3 Needles .............................. 70 5@5: Change Your Mind .... 70 5@5: Comes a Time ........... 70 5@5: Falling off the Face of the Earth..........................71 5@5: I Am a Child ...............71 5@5: Truth Be Known.........71 5@5: When You Dance You Can Really Love .........71 50 Watt Fuse ........................ 72

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Babel................................49, 73 Beneath the Southern Cross .................................... 73 Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender ......... 73 Big Girl ...................................81 Black Gold ............................. 74 The Blood of Yingzhou District ..................................91 Blue Willow ........................... 73 Bonkers .................................. 74 The Boy Who Turned Yellow ................................... 74 The Brave Cat .......................80 Break ....................................... 73 Breaking and Entering......................... 22, 74 The Breast Cancer Diaries ..................................75 Breathe Me ............................71 Bright Lights ..........................71

Café Setareh .........................75 Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace ...................75 Candy .....................................75 Cataract .................................71 Catch a Fire ........................... 76 The Cave of the Yellow Dog .......................... 76 Chicle......................................81 China Blue ............................. 76 Chronicle of an Escape ...... 76 Cine Manifest ........................ 77 Cinematographer Style ....... 77 Coconut Island .....................80 Cold Kenya ............................ 70 Colony ...................................83


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title index Darryl Henriques Is in Show Business .................. 72 Dash ........................................96 The Days and the Hours .....91 Days of Glory ........................ 77 Deliver Us From Evil ............ 77 Diet Leibovich ....................... 78 Din ...........................................96 Disappearing ......................... 70 Dobrinya and the Dragon ................................. 78 Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox............................... 78 Dragon ....................................96 Dreaming of Space.............. 78 Drifting Elegant ..................... 78 Duck Man ............................... 70 Dupe ....................................... 70


Elalini (Place of Rest) .......... 73 Emile Norman: By His Own Design ........................ 79 Envious Heart........................83 Every 15 Minutes .................83


Falling ..................................... 97 Family Law ............................. 79 Father’s Day ..........................71 Fence ......................................80 Figner: The End of a Silent Century..................... 79 Filter ........................................71 Fish Out of Water ................ 73 A Fish with a Smile .............. 87 Fishy ........................................ 70 Forgiveness ........................... 79 Fourteen .................................71 Frozen City ............................80 Full Grown Men ....................80 Fuss, Mess and Scrumble..............................80



Gandhi at the Bat ................71 Georgi and the Butterflies ............................80 The Glenmoore Job .............95 God Grew Tired of Us ........81 Going Home.......................... 97 Going Private ........................81 A Good Year..........................99 Gretchen ................................81 Grown Up ..............................81 A Guest of Life .....................82

Happy Day .............................80 Have You Heard from Johannesburg?...................82 Heavy Metal Jr. ....................81 Hi De Ho Show ....................82 Hinokio ............................28, 82 Holly ........................................83 The Host.................................83 Hotel Harabati.......................83 Humor Me ..............................83

Hyphy ......................................83 The Hyphy Movement .........83


I Am .........................................84 I Love My Doctor ..................80 I Swear I Saw It: Iara ...........81 I’ll Call You .............................84 I’m Not Going to Think About Her ............................71 I’m Seducible ........................84 The Impatient Patient ..........80 Infamous .................................84 The Intimacy of Strangers ... 97 Invasion of the Space Lobsters ...............................80 It’s My Turn Now ................... 70


James Marshall’s Cinderella ............................80 Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits ........................................85 The Journals of Knud Rasmussen .........................85


Karma ...................................... 73 Klunkerz ..................................85 Knowledge for Life ...............89 Kuboå......................................71



Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear ..........................85 The Last King of Scotland...................22, 86 The Liar Shepherd ...............86 Little Blue ...............................80 Little Children ........................86 The Little Matchgirl ..............96 Little Pig Is Flying .................80 Live! .........................................86 Locked Upstairs ...................71 Longing .................................. 87 Lorange, Muffin and Dartanjang ........................... 87 Love for Share ...................... 87 The Lovers .............................71

Madeinusa ............................. 87 Maggie and Ernie .................83 McLaren’s Negatives........... 77 Men at Work .......................... 88 Message from the Boss .....96 The Mexican Cloud Swing Disaster ...................96 Midsummer Dream ..............88 Milarepa ..................................88 Minutiae ..................................71 Mirrors ....................................83 Moab Monster.......................83 Modern Attraction ................83 Mono .......................................71 The Moon on the Snow ......88 Moondance ...........................80 Morbid Curiosity ...................71 Move Your World..................89

Mysterious Creatures ..........89 The Mystery of the Sardine..........................89


Nail Polish ..............................89 The Nightly Song of the Travellers .......................90 Nine Days ..............................83 No Umbrella—Election Day in the City ....................94


The Observer ........................90 On Alzheimer’s ..................... 79 On the Farm ..........................80 One in 2000 ..........................91 One Rat Short ......................96 One Winter Story .................90 Opening .................................90 Orange Blossom ..................71 The Orange Thief .................91 Oranges .................................83 Orozco: Man of Fire.............91 Outside ................................... 97 Outside/In ..............................91 Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott..............80


Pan ..........................................91 Paradox................................... 70 The Peace Tree .....................92 Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise .............92 Phantom Limb ....................... 97 Phobias .................................. 70 Phoenix Dance ...................... 79 The Porcelain Doll ................92 The Propellerbird ..................80 Purvis of Overtown ..............92


The Queen ......................41, 93 A Quiet Street .......................82


Raining Cats and Frogs ......93 The Ranch ..............................71 Read You Like a Book ......... 93 Ready ...................................... 70 Reporter Zero .......................91 Rose ........................................ 70 Russian Hill Roulette ...........85


Screening ..............................71 Severance ..............................93 She He ................................... 70 The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez ..............94 Shortstop ...............................71 The Shovel .............................71 Small Ant Syndrome............80 So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman’s Poem and Passion ........................94

Something Like Happiness ...........................94 Spotlight: Alejandro González Iñárritu ................48 Starfish Hotel ........................94 Stolen Holidays ....................95 The Stories ............................71 Story of Hong ....................... 73 Stranded ................................95 Stuffed ....................................91 The Substitute ......................71 Summer Palace ....................95 Swim for the River ..............95


Taafe Fanga ...........................96 Talking to My Mom ...............90 A Taste of Nate .....................92 Ten Canoes ...........................96 There Was the Moon and a Fox .............................80 The Thief................................. 74 Three Women and a Chateau ............................96 ’Til Death ................................71 Titans of the Coral Sea .......95 Toon In, Turn On, Drop Dead...........................96 Toxic Bust: Chemicals and Breast Cancer ............75 The Treatment ....................... 97 Tree in the Forest .................83 The Trend Experiment .........83 The Trials of Darryl Hunt ..... 97 Tribute: Helen Mirren ...........39 Tribute: Tim Robbins ...........53


Ujbaz Izbeneki Has Lost His Soul ......................96


Vagabond Shoes .................. 70 Valentine’s Day .....................83 Venus ...................................... 97 VidéOnze ............................... 97 Vitruvius’ Toybox ................... 97 Voices of Patriots: Why Are We in Iraq? ........75


Wakeup .................................. 97 Walking to Werner ...............98 The Wallet ..............................96 Wanted: Man ........................98 War and Peas .......................80 What if Jesus Were Gay? ..83 What Remains ......................71 Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo— The Great Mother ..............98 Working Title .........................91 Wristcutters: A Love Story .......................98

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