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THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR DONORS WE: • Continue the high-quality programming that has earned MVFF its international reputation; • Expand CFI Education to offer more Bay Area students the opportunity to learn about themselves, and the world, through film; and • Ensure the highest industry standards at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, one of the nation’s premier nonprofit movie theaters. For more information about how you can support CFI, please visit cafilm.org/support or contact Liana Bender: 415.526.5838, LBender@cafilm.org. The California Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

CFI THANKS THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUALS AND FOUNDATIONS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE! LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith Jennifer Coslett MacCready INVESTOR CIRCLE Gruber Family Foundation Drusie and Jim Davis, Drusie Davis Family Fund PLATINUM CIRCLE Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund Margaret E. Haas The Jay Pritzker Foundation Macquarie Group Foundation Nancy and Rich Robbins Lois and Mel Tukman Christine Zecca Foundation GOLD CIRCLE Anonymous Elizabeth and Alex Aal The Allen Family Fund Katz Family Foundation Monahan Parker, Inc. Eric Schwartz, EAS Fund Michael and Susan Schwartz Fund Saul Zaentz Trust SILVER CIRCLE Betty Argy Revocable Living Trust Kamala Geroux-Berry and David Berry Beverly and Michael Butler Joe and Sue Carlomagno

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MVFF PRE-FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo together in hometown Marin County for the US PREMIERE

METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER

PROGRAM Tuesday, September 17 7:15 PM Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception: $85 General Admission (maximum 4 tickets per person) Followed by onstage interview and audience Q&A moderated by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director, California Film Institute and founder, Mill Valley Film Festival .

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W

e are excited to announce a special kick-off event in anticipation of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will be on hand to present the US Premiere of their new 3D feature film, which combines a spectacular live arena performance with a surreal adventure story. Picturehouse’s new release, Metallica Through the Never, stars members of the iconic rock band and emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines, Kill Your Darlings, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). In this music-driven 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll) immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs—created exclusively for film—combined with a bold narrative featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica’s roaring live set before a sold-out arena. Picturehouse will release Metallica Through the Never in North America on September 27, 2013, exclusively in over 300 IMAX® 3D Theatres, expanding into additional theaters on October 4, 2013.

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OPENING NIGHT Welcome to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival! Our 11-day celebration officially kicks off with two exceptional Opening Night films and a Gala to remember.

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SPECIAL GUESTS: BRUCE DERN AND WILL FORTE After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk. See page 51 for complete film details.

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FOLLOWS THE OPENING NIGHT SCREENINGS

Thursday, October 3; 9:30 pm–midnight Corte Madera Town Center Join us at Town Center Corte Madera for a sensational party! Enjoy delicious offerings provided by Balboa Café, Big Jim’s BBQ, Champagne Baker y, Il Fornaio, Judy’s Breadsticks, KIND, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Teacake Bake Shop and The Counter. PHOTO BY TOMMY LAU

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SPECIAL GUESTS: BRIAN PERCIVAL, GEOFFREY RUSH, SOPHIE NÉLISSE A stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson brings to life the tale of a young German girl, played by Sophie Nélisse, who discovers that stories have extraordinar y power to sustain the human spirit. Based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel of the same name. See page 38 for complete film details.

Luscious libations from our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company and Northern Sonoma wines courtesy of WIne Road are a perfect complement to the scrumptious spread. Get your party on to the infectious rhythms of James Henr yHands on Fire, or groove to the tunes spun by DJs Richard Habib and Marija Dunn. See you there! Also on Opening Night, MVFF will launch an art exhibition curated by Carly Ivan Garcia and Justin Giarla of White Walls and Shooting Galler y and featuring stunning works by cutting-edge contemporar y artists. The show will be open for view throughout the Festival at the Smith Rafael Film Center.

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Friday, October 4, 6:30 PM Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1 Program & Reception: $85 General / $75 Members Program Only: $45 General / $40 Members Join us for a Tribute program featuring a conversation with Costa-Gavras, moderated by beloved Mill Valley actor/activist Peter Coyote, and a screening of Capital. Costa-Gavras will be presented with the MVFF Award, designed by acclaimed Mill Valley artist Alice Corning. After the screening, join us at Odalisque Café (1335 Fourth St.) just steps away from the Rafael Film Center, to enjoy cuisine that blends both French and North African fl avors using fresh, local, sustainably grown produce and meats. You will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition “Memento Mori,” a street art–based installation featuring two unique Bay Area artists, Eddie Colla and D Young V. The exhibition is on view at Art Works Downtown, adjacent to Odalisque Café. RECEPTION SPONSORED BY

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Costa-Gavras has made a career of offering no easy answers to tales of political turmoil, and his latest work, the supremely entertaining and all-too-topical Capital, is no exception as it wades through sex, money and power with the auteur’s dynamic cinematic style fully intact. Now six decades deep into an internationally lauded filmography studded with award-winning international sensations such as Z, State of Siege, Missing, Music Box and The Ax, the Greekborn master consistently eschews didactic finger-pointing and overt moralizing in favor of complex characterizations, serpentine plots and adrenaline-fueled action; his customary heroes are intellectuals who can both outthink and outrun the bad guys. For this special evening, Costa-Gavras will reflect on his extraordinary career in conversation with Peter Coyote.

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Oscar-winning legend Costa-Gavras explores a world of economic turmoil in which a young CEO of an investment bank, set up to be a patsy figurehead, finds his survival instincts while navigating through treacherous international waters buffeted by money, power, sex and vengeance. See page 39 for complete film information. TRIBUTE SPONSORED BY

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SPOTLIGHT

JARED LETO As if being a tremendously talented performer, successful musician and charismatic character actor isn’t enough to secure Jared Leto’s status as a multi-hyphenate force to be reckoned with, this vibrant thespian radiates intelligence and integrity in all his roles. For three decades, on film and television, Leto has wowed audiences and critics alike with deeply committed performances in films as diverse as Fight Club, Prefontaine, The Thin Red Line, Requiem for a Dream, Panic Room, American Psycho and Girl, Interrupted. As a singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Leto brings the same intensity to his rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, whose recordings have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Returning to the big screen following a fi ve-year break, Leto is absolutely stunning in Dallas Buyers Club as H.I.V.-positive transsexual Rayon, a typically daring role rendered with the slyness and sensitivity for which this exciting maverick is justly celebrated.

PR O G R AM AND PA RT Y Thursday, October 10, 6:30 PM Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1 Program & Party: $85 General / $75 Members Program Only: $45 General / $40 Members Join us for a Spotlight program featuring a conversation with Jared Leto and a screening of Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto will be presented with the MVFF Award, designed by acclaimed Mill Valley artist Alice Corning. After the event, join us at Farmshop, the new California-chic restaurant at the Marin Country Mart, for farm-to-table food, refreshing libations and great company. With Farmshop, which has quickly become a Bay Area destination, chef/owner Jeff Cerciello (long-time chef of the Bouchon restaurants) returns to his Northern California roots. PARTY SPONSORED BY

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With dazzling vision and technique, director Jean-Marc Vallée elicits astounding performances from Jared Leto as Rayon, a transsexual woman turned international meds smuggler, and Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a homophobic party boy turned accidental activist, in this tremendously lively and moving true story of unlikely alliances during the onset of the AIDS crisis. See page 40 for complete film information. SPOTLIGHT SPONSORED BY

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Friday, October 11, 6:30 pm Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center 1 Film & Party: $90 General / $80 Members Film Only: $50 General / $45 Members Join us for this Spotlight program featuring a conversation with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. In an MVFF first, Steve McQueen AND Chiwetel Ejiofor will both be presented with the MVFF Award, designed by acclaimed Mill Valley artist Alice Corning. After the event, join us for a quintessential Marin evening along a creekside redwood grove at the new Mill Valley retailer Guideboat Co. (153 Miller Ave.) located in the recently restored mercantile at the historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard. Enjoy nourishment and spirits provided by Ged Robertson and chef Todd Shoberg, wines by Donelan Family Vineyards and live music. PARTY SPONSORED BY

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S TE V E MC QUEEN Acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen, born in London in 1969, made his name as a visual artist working in film and video before turning to feature filmmaking. His artwork is collected by museums the world over, and in 1999 he won Britain’s highly prestigious Turner Prize for a video based on a film by Buster Keaton. His first feature, 2008’s Hunger, about a 1981 hunger strike among Northern Ireland republican prisoners, won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His next feature, Shame (MVFF, 2012), stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan in an uncompromising drama about sexual addiction. With his latest film, 12 Years a Slave, McQueen once again brings a coruscatingly forceful imagination and unwavering integrity to the raw facts of history and human yearning.

C HI W E T EL E JIOFOR British actor Chiwetel Ejliofor, born in London to Nigerian parents in 1977, began acting at age 13, eventually entering the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)—only to leave early after being cast in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997). Since then, Eliofor has enjoyed a steadily growing and critically acclaimed career on stage and screen. His film work includes award-winning performances in Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things and Kasi Lemmons’ Talk to Me as well as appearances in Love Actually , Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda, Kinky Boots, Inside Man, Children of Men, American Gangster and Half of a Yellow Sun as well as numerous works for television. His theatrical career includes an award-winning performance as Othello, alongside Ewan McGregor’s Iago, in director Michael Grandage’s 2008 West End production.

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Acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor brilliantly relate the little-known yet unforgettable true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man abducted and sold into slavery in 1841. See page 34 for complete film information. BUY TICKETS: MVFF.C OM

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SPECIAL PREMIERES AND PARTY In celebration of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival and the premieres of

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Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga are superb as parents who meet while their kids are on a college admissions tour and learn valuable lessons about love, family and what it means to be truly alive, in director/co-writer Adam Rodgers’ life-affirming comedy/drama of self-discovery. See page 35 for complete film information.

Seven childhood friends and one unexpected guest come together at a bucolic lake house to comfort one another, reconnect, reconcile and possibly rekindle romance in this wry, emotionally potent Big Chill for the Millennial Generation. See page 37 for complete film information.

S PEC IA L P R EM IER E S PA RT Y Guests: Producer/Co-star Andy Garcia, Director/Co-writer Adam Rodgers Director/Writer/Producer: Chris Lowell & other special guests

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DAKOTA FANNING Having long ago disproved skeptics who wondered if an impossibly adorable, preternaturally confident one-time child star could survive the vagaries of the industry—let alone adolescence—unscathed, Dakota Fanning now shines as an even more accomplished young adult poised on the cusp of thespian greatness. From her breakout appearance at age nine in I Am Sam (for which she became the youngest-ever Screen Actors Guild Award nominee), through expert performances in Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, The Runaways, the Twilight series and The Secret Life of Bees (MVFF, 2008) to a fullfledged leading-lady role in this year’s Festival highlight Effie Gray, Fanning has demonstrated impressive range and an admirable willingness to subvert her good-girl image (as in The Motel Life, also screening this year; see page 50). With spectacular acting chops and a mature perspective that belie her youth, Fanning is no doubt one of her generation’s major talents.

EFFIE GRAY DIRECTOR: RICHARD LAXTON UK 2013 • 10 0 mins

Based on true events that scandalized aristocratic circles of the Victorian era, and penned by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Emma Thompson, this sumptuous cinematic portrait explores the curiously brief marriage and abrupt annulment of famed art critic John Ruskin and his ethereal child bride, Effie Gray, played by a mesmerizing Dakota Fanning. See page 41 for complete film details.

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Acclaimed music and technology innovator Thomas Dolby’s directorial debut,  The Invisible Lighthouse, will have its US premiere at this year’s Festival. For this special screening, Dolby will perform live to picture in collaboration with Academy Award–nominated music designer/ supervisor and bassist Blake Leyh (Treme, The Wire, The Abyss). Confirmed guests include Grammywinning musician/producer Don Was, film composer Mark Isham, cellist/composer Zoe Keating, singer/songwriter Dan Hicks and Grammyand Emmy-winning musician/producer Narada Michael Walden. More special guests to be announced. Produced for MVFF by Steep Productions, Inc. in association with Famous4. See page 61 for more film details.

For this year’s edition of the beloved annual Festival event, former Village Music maestro and once-and-future curator of cultural curios John Goddard celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the British Invasion (yeah, yeah, yeah…you know that can’t be bad!). Veejaying from his personal video archives, Goddard promises to have you B-side yourself with the Beatles and other mop-topped lads. See page 45 for complete details.

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MIKE BLOOMFIELD Friday, October 11, 8:00 pm Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley Tickets: $65 sweetwatermusichall.com (not available through MVFF; Festival badges not valid)

Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield, Bob Sarles and Christina Keating’s raucous documentary on the groundbreaking blues guitarist and onetime Marin denizen features rare performance footage of Bloomfield wailing on his Les Paul as well as interviews with B.B. King, Bob Weir, Carlos Santana, Al Kooper, Charlie Musselwhite and other music legends. MIKE BLOOMFIELD

This tribute concert features musicians from the film alongside special guests, including musical director/ SPONSORED BY guitarist Jimmy Vivino (The Conan O’Brien Show) and producer/keyboardist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag), who together will lead an all-star band and jam featuring guitarist Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag). More special guests to be announced. Produced for MVFF by Steep Productions, Inc. in association with Famous4. See page 59 for complete film details. MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 3 6

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CINÉARTS@SEQUOIA 5:15 AND 5:30 PM • PROGRAM & PARTY: $85 GENERAL / $75 MEMBERS FILM ONLY: $60 GENERAL / $50 MEMBERS

Mr. Stiller will be presented with the Mill Valley Film Festival Award at the Smith Rafael Film Center; he will appear for introductions at both CinéArts@Sequoia screenings.

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MVFF 36 PREMIERES

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WORLD PREMIERES

L’AFRIQUE, L A FR ANC E ET L’ÉC R AN

Beside Still Waters The Contest Effie Gray The Human Experiment In the Cobbler’s Shoes “John Brown’s Body” at San Quentin Prison Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine Odd Brodsky The Organic Life PICO (Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera) Redemption Trail Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan Toxic Hot Seat The Year and the Vineyard

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES Along the Roadside August Fools Cheba Collapse Generation War I Catch a Terrible Cat The Illness and the Odyssey Mt. Zion One Man’s Show Spooks and Spirits Today Victoria

US PREMIERES Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine August: Osage County Dallas Buyers Club Desert Runners The Face of Love Lion Ark A Long and Happy Life Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom One Chance Philomena Sarah Prefers to Run The Sea Standing on Sacred Ground

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Performance is front and center in this look at Francophone Africa and the African diaspora. These films herald the next generation of vibrant talents from the continent. Cheba Grigris Lumumba One Man’s Show Yema

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Stories of contemporary family life as told by Japanese filmmakers from three generations. I Catch a Terrible Cat Like Father, Like Son My Neighbor Totoro Tokyo Family

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Portraits of those who step up and speak out. Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth Lumumba Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom Walesa, Man of Hope Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

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CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

Shorts Program: Children’s Story (ages 7+) See page 32.

Epitaph Miranda, MVFF Youth Reel (a peer-juried reel for teens) See page 65.

Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods (ages 7+) See page 64.

C HI L D RE N’ S F ILMF E S T PROGRAM S It’s a year of firsts for the Children’s FilmFest: our first 3D film (Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods), our first 26-foot blow-up shark (appearing “live” with The Shark Riddle), our first onscreen children’s art show (for My Neighbor Totoro) and our first—in a long time—personal appearances by talent from a Children and Family selection (The Contest). It’s also an interactive year for us. When we got the word that actors Kenton Duty (from Disney Channel’s Shake It Up) and Daniel Flaherty were coming with director Anthony Giunta for MVFF’s world premiere of The Contest, we were overjoyed. The film’s unique take on the problem of bullying makes it the perfect event for Mill Valley. We’re also bringing back our first shorts program in a while to feature a Berlin Kinderfest Silver Bear winner, The Amber Amulet. We’ll also have directors/writers/ stars Laura and Rob Sams with us, singing songs and telling shark tales in conjunction with their wonderful film The Shark Riddle.

The Shark Riddle (ages 6+) See page 57.

The Contest (ages 12+) See page 40.

TOTORO ART SHOW Art students in programs managed by Youth In Arts and the Al Boro Center Art Program will have their drawings of Totoro and themselves displayed on screen prior to Festival screenings of My Neighbor Totoro.

My Neighbor Totoro (all ages) See page 51.

ABOUT SUBTITLES To enhance very young viewers’ appreciation of foreign-language movies, actors will read subtitles aloud. Films with readers are marked thus: Indicates subtitles read aloud

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lthough it first appeared a long, long time ago (1983, to be exact) and in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi remains a cultural touchstone for Baby Boomers who first thrilled to creator George Lucas and director Richard Marquand’s intergalactic adventures, as well as for subsequent generations of sci-fi thrill-seekers. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this final chapter in the original Star Wars trilogy on the big screen—just as it was made to be experienced. For this pivotal installment in the saga, stalwart characters Luke, Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO and their longtime friends and foes are joined by Lando Calrissian (a suave Billy Dee Williams); monstrous baddie Jabba the Hutt; wizened, world-wise Yoda (“Powerful you have become, the dark side I sense in you”) and those charming, clever Ewoks. Nothing less than the survival of the universe is at stake! Bring family and friends of all ages to this anniversary screening of the Force-ful blockbuster that keeps on giving. Special activities include: • Costume parade—dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and join the Imperial March • Prizes and giveaways • Post-screening Q&A with special guests (just hope that Chewbacca doesn’t sit in front of you and block the view.)

STAR WARS, EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI Star Wars returns! Celebrate the epic conclusion (thus far) of the greatest space opera ever created at MVFF’s special 30th-anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi. See page 59 for complete film details.

STAR WARS FANS – LOOK OUT FOR THIS SPECIAL SCREENING!

BLACK ANGEL Sunday, October 13, 8:00 pm • 142 Throckmorton Theatre Presumed lost for decades, this iconic short film from Star Wars art director Roger Christian is credited with influencing some of the biggest fantasy films of the 1980s, from John Boorman’s Excalibur to Ridley Scott’s Legend. Unseen for 33 years and now digitally restored and remastered from the original interpositive print, Black Angel will be presented in a special Festival screening. MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 3 6

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As a special treat this year, this annual collection of short films for young children draws from both international festivals and old favorites. The crowning jewel is The Amber Amulet, Australia’s Crystal Bear winner at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival’s Kinderfest, about a boy’s fantasy (or is it?) that he can move objects at will. Another boy tests his imagination and his love in Rocketship, a lovely American film that features a flying Electrolux. Perennial favorite Jungle Beat Shorts offers Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and local filmmakers give a one-minute lesson on little-known facts about the Golden Gate Bridge. Our foreign-language shorts: I Spy with My Little Eye, from Germany, weds live action with some incredible stop-motion animation for a lesson in tolerance; and Argentina’s nonverbal Luminosa utilizes stop-motion to create a world that moves with light. Subtitles will be read aloud by a professional voice artist. Ages 7+ —John Morrison

“I’d like to hammer this ring into a bullet, and I wish I had some whiskey and a gun.” Birth, death and raw confrontation rule the day in these tales of man and beast. Simple shadow animation in James Stewart’s Beatrice Coron’s Daily Battles (Canada 7 mins) highlights an epic medieval tableau in stunning 3D. A stolen lottery ticket leads to a fateful showdown in Liam Hughes’ gritty Greed (UK 15 mins). Marcel, King of Tervuren (US 6 mins) is a French rooster who repeatedly faces down death in Tom Schroeder’s gorgeous animated film. A pig farmer’s effort to train his son in his bloody livelihood opens old wounds in Jason B. Kohl’s intense The Slaughter (US 15 mins). A woman’s travels through Ireland to reunite with her father lead to unexpected revelations in Jeannie Donohoe’s Lambing Season (Ireland/US 15 mins). Finally, Adam Patch’s irresistible, animated Two Chips (US 2 mins) asks what happens when you record your drunken wife’s late-night merriment. —Sterling Hedgpeth

“Life is sweet at the edge of a razor, and down in the front row of an old picture show.” Nowhere is the future more uncertain and inevitable than in this collection of beautiful shorts. A lonely man finds an unusual kinship with a neighbor in Daniel Fickle’s lovely, melodic A House, A Home (US 7 mins). A woman’s unusual business is beset by harsh economic realities in Staten Cousins-Roe’s very dark comedy This Way Out (UK 19 mins). George Takei narrates Eoin Duffy’s animated tale of a squirrel’s search for The Missing Scarf (Ireland 7 mins). A genocide survivor returns home for difficult answers and bitter reprisal in Antoneta Kastrati’s haunting She Comes in Spring (Kosovo/US 16 mins), and a woman examines her relationship with her father after a terrible accident in Sylvia Sether’s touching King of Norway (US 17 mins). —Sterling Hedgpeth

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“It’s memories that I’m stealing, but you’re innocent when you dream.” This wideranging meditation on states of awareness starts with Kyoungju Kim’s haunting Winter Shower (US 15 mins), about an elderly woman’s mysterious adventure. Dialogues on language and libations preoccupy the leads of Jason Headley’s At the Bar (US 6 mins). San Francisco’s F-Line (US 9 mins) is the transit muse for Silvia Turchin’s beautiful experimental film. An epic journey begins at home when you can walk through walls in George Dechev’s animated The Visitor (Netherlands 8 mins). Paul Trillo’s A Truncated Story of Infinity (US 8 mins) explores a universe of alternate timelines and possibilities in even the most modest of lives. Ashley Rodholm and Joe Picard’s evocative 3020 Laguna St. in Exitum (US 10 mins) chronicles the art installation within a San Francisco house slated for destruction, and in Chris Olness’ short, an astronaut finds adjusting to everyday life difficult after Coming Home (US 5 mins). —Sterling Hedgpeth

“All our scribbled love dreams are lost or thrown away, here amidst the shuffle of an overflowing day.” The diverse women in these shorts show strength and inventiveness when confronted with formative challenges. Dehanza Rogers’ Sweet Sweet Country (US 20 mins) burrows into cultural divides when an Americanized daughter clashes with her newly immigrated Kenyan parents. Some alarming news changes the dating landscape for one city girl in Eric Kissack’s Blessing in Disguise (US 10 mins). An Indian wife can’t adapt to her new country as easily as her husband in Arpita Kumar’s My Dear Americans (US 7 mins). A late-night medical emergency clashes with religious dogma in Ali Asgari’s harrowing More Than Two Hours (Iran 15 mins), and reconciling a life crisis with the details of everyday commitments is the challenge for one urbanite in Jeremy Rall’s Somewhere Between (US 15 mins). —Sterling Hedgpeth

“Who knows where the sidewalk ends? Well the road will turn and the road will bend.” Real-life excursions start with Wendy Dent’s December 25 (Australia 1 min), an email message that speaks louder than words. Kerry Kolbe documents an enduring World War II–era lesson in acceptance with the tale of The German Who Came to Tea (UK 8 mins). A Berlin-based clown takes his merriment seriously in Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee’s Laugh Clown Laugh (US 8 mins). Julien Lasseur examines a painter of Walmart interiors in Brendan O’Connell Is Blocking the Bread Aisle (US 5 mins). A Yup’ik fisherman yearns to pass along his craft in Emmanuel VaughanLee’s Yukon Kings (US 7 mins). Vanessa Hope’s China In 3 Weeks (US 15 mins.) presents a fascinating and culturally complex pursuit of post-Maoist China, as observed by preminent dissident author Yu Hua. While chronicling his father’s musical past, Mark Columbus goes on a voyage of self-discovery in The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist (US 7 mins). A chance flyover inspires Alan Snitow’s funny, scary video mashup Drones in My Backyard (US 14 mins). Harris Cohen introduces us to charming 84-year-old photographer, blogger and former marathon runner Hans (US 9 mins). With the 2008 market in a tailspin, a broker has hard decisions to make before Janek Ambros’ Closing Bell (US 5 mins), and in memorializing an abandoned building turned graffiti Mecca, Julie Rubio reminds us that Everything Is Temporary (US 3 mins). —Kelly Clement

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ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH

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Director Steve McQueen Producers Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas Screenwriter John Ridley Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt Editor Joe Walker Cast Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Print Source Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director/Producer Connie Field Screenwriters Connie Field, Gregory Scharpen Cinematographers Issa Aslan, Ramzi Maqdisi Editor Gregory Scharpen Print Source Clarity Films

Director/Screenwriter Pratibha Parmar Producer Shaheen Haq Cinematographer Simon Dennis Editors Pratibha Parmar, Paul Monahagn, Linda Peckham Cast Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Sapphire, Sonia Sanchez Print Source Kali Films

One day Solomon Northup is an accomplished violinist with a wife and two children in New York; the next he is a runaway slave named Platt sold to a plantation owner in Georgia. What happens in between and thereafter is an American slavery story rarely told. Abducted and illegally sold into slavery, Solomon’s intellect is no asset in this life, and his hopes for returning to his former one are few. Acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen (Hunger; Shame, MVFF 2012) demonstrates a formidable command of his material, relating Northup’s tragic circumstance with an enthralling balance of nuance and blunt force. Featuring fearless performances by a stellar cast led by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men, Kinky Boots) and including Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and several surprise players (among them producer Brad Pitt), this brilliant, unforgettable film turns history into a visceral cinematic experience. —Joanne Parsont

*In a Festival first, both director Steve McQueen and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will be recognized with MVFF Awards in this Spotlight program. See page 15 for pricing. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:30 PM R AFAEL 1

In English and Arabic with English subtitles. Martin Luther King’s dream of justice, equality and nonviolence comes to the West Bank in the form of a play by Stanford professor Clay Carson. The parallels seem clear, but the collaboration between a group of African American gospel singers and the Palestinian National Theater hits its first snag when director Kamel El Basha changes the play to make it more accessible to Palestinian audiences. In a compelling and emotional documentary, award-winning director Connie Field (Have You Heard from Johannesburg?, MVFF 2006; Freedom on My Mind, MVFF 1994) captures the eye-opening experiences of the choir as its members witness the open wound of the Palestinian struggle. Along the way, the actors perform at the Freedom Theatre and encounter its charismatic founder, Israeli-Palestinian actor, director and filmmaker Juliano Mer Khamis (Arna’s Children, MVFF 2005). Even as young Palestinians follow their Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts in an incipient nonviolent movement, the Americans witness tragedy as they and their fellow artists come to understand each other’s struggles. US PREMIERE —Sandy Handsher SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 3:00 PM R AFAEL 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2:15 PM SEQUOIA 2

FOCUS: INSPIRING LIVES • The youngest of eight children born to Georgia sharecroppers, Alice Walker stepped out of poverty with no more than a typewriter, suitcase and sewing machine before becoming the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (for The Color Purple) and an outspoken activist on social justice issues ranging from female genital mutilation to unjust war. Tracing Walker’s story from Civil Rights battles of the South to her time as a contributing editor for Ms. Magazine, award-winning director Pratibha Parmar explores the woman, the African American, the Southerner, the adorer of nature and the eternally curious individual behind the author and public figure, packing remarkable breadth into a fast-moving film chock-full of archival footage, family photos and interviews with Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg and Gloria Steinem, among others. While refusing to sanitize the personal and political bumps in the road, Parmar identifies the many complimentary facets of an artist and activist who could never have been anything but. —Alexis Whitham SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5:45 PM R AFAEL 1

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ALL IS LOST

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Director/Screenwriter J.C. Chandor Producers Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb Cinematographers Frankie DeMarco, Peter Zuccarini Editor Pete Beaudrea Cast Robert Redford Print Source Roadside Attractions

Director/Screenwriter Zoran Lisinac Producer Vladimir Lisinac Cinematographer John Honoré Editor Brett Sorem Cast Angelina Häntsch, Iman Crosson, Michael Madsen, Lazar Ristovski, Daniel Grozdich, Rhomeyn Johnson Print Source Metakwon Filmworks

Director Adam Rodgers Producers Glen German, Andy Garcia, Sig Libowitz Screenwriters Adam Rodgers, Glenn German Cinematographer Emmanuel Kadosh Editor Suzy Elmiger Cast Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert, Tom Skerritt Print Source Bach’s Hands

The first time we meet Robert Redford’s nameless protagonist in J.C. Chandor’s masterful All Is Lost, his sailboat is flooding, the result of a collision with a stray shipping container in the middle of the Indian Ocean. From that straightforward introduction unfolds a remarkable tale of survival in the face of maritime misfortune—for as the title suggests, it only gets worse from there. For the audience, it’s a rare gift: a master class in minimalist acting from one of the true icons of cinema. In a virtually wordless, tour-de-force performance, Redford reminds us that he’s always been one of film’s greatest listeners—keenly observant and enormously expressive with the subtlest of gestures. And so it is here, as he conveys resourcefulness, resilience and primal fear in supple, understated strokes. This emotionally epic, intensely suspenseful and moving film comes as a high achievement in Redford’s already stellar career. —Sterling Hedgpeth SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 3:30 PM R AFAEL 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 8:15 PM SEQUOIA 1

In English and Serbian with English subtitles. This funny, philosophical road-trip comedy bounces from the screen as two vibrant characters take twisty turns in a world full of unexpected possibilities. Varnie (Iman Crosson) is a cynical San Francisco ideas man in search of a big break (a venture capitalist who’s all venture but no capital). Nena (Angelina Häntsch) is a wide-eyed Austrian tourist in search of her favorite band. When fate plops them together, the dynamic duo take off for the Southland on an eccentric road trip to a music festival and enlightenment, whichever comes first. As the contrasting heroes grow closer, their conversations and encounters resonate with real emotional truth and unpredictable energy. Writer-director Zoran Lisinac fuels this bent buddycomedy with thrilling visual fl ourishes and a magical musical soundtrack perfectly in sync with the mood and settings, including plenty of Bay Area spots. The result is an offbeat story filled with profound messages about love, longing and cross-cultural connections. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 6:15 PM R AFAEL 2 MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 9:00 PM SEQUOIA 1

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Think Vincente Minnelli’s The Clock merged with David Lean’s Brief Encounter, set in present-day on an idyllic college campus, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of Adam Rodgers’ celebratory and life-affirming debut feature, At Middleton. Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga shine as George and Edith, “not-so-single” parents who meet over a parking space scuffle at Middleton College (where his son and her daughter are thinking of attending in the fall). While their kids brave the dreaded guided campus tour, George and Edith slip away from the group, and in the course of a few hours learn some valuable life lessons about love, family and what it means to be truly alive. Boasting heartfelt performances, assured direction and a script rife with depth and insight, At Middleton is the quintessential “audience” picture—one that will make you laugh and cry while gently encouraging you to look at your own life in a different light. —Tim Sika *SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 5:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11:15 AM SEQUOIA 2

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AUGUST FOOLS

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

BELLEVILLE BABY

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SWEDEN 2013 • 75 MINS

Director Taru Mäkelä Producer Markku Flink Screenwriter Raija Talvio Cinematographer Jouko Seppälä Editor Inge-Lise Langfeldt Cast Kati Outinen, Miroslav Etzler, Elena Leeve, Krystof Hadek, Esko Salminen, Laura Birn Print Source Finnish Film Foundation

Director John Wells Producers George Clooney, Celia D. Costas, Patrick Daly, Harvey Weinstein Screenwriter Tracy Letts Cinematographer Adriano Goldman Editor Stephen Mirrione Cast Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson Print Source The Weinstein Company

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Mia Engberg Producer Tobias Janson Cinematographers Mia Engberg, Albin Biblom, Ewa Cederstam Print Source Swedish Film Institute

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In Finnish, English and Czech with English subtitles. A sweet and stylish comedy that spans several summer days in Cold War–era Helsinki, August Fools is a charming tribute to love—as well as a moving portrait of a tense, troubled era. It’s 1962, and an international “Festival of Friendship” has brought innumerable “cultural delegations” to Helsinki. Among them (in addition to the thinly disguised KGB spies and CIA foils) are Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, a lovelorn Lee Harvey Oswald and a sad-faced Czechoslovakian saxophonist who hopes to win back the Finnish woman he has pined for since World War II. His object of desire is Elsa (the inimitable Kati Outinen, of Kaurismaki film fame), a hat-shop owner and part-time clairvoyant whose niece Minni also finds romance in the eclectic mix. As Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” becomes a tool of international diplomacy, politics and paranoia stand in the way. In the end, a timeless question remains: Can love prevail? NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Charles Purdy FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:15 PM R AFAEL 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11:15 AM R AFAEL 3 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H SP E A K T O ME

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A missing patriarch, welling family secrets, and a take-no-prisoners approach to dinner table conversation roil the Weston family household one fateful August in Osage County, Oklahoma, as a dream cast brings Tracy Letts’ witty and stirring Pulitzer Prize–winning play to the big screen. As matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep) oversees the reunion of her children in the wake of a family crisis, shocking and hilarious truths make their way to the surface. Each of the three Weston siblings comes with her own emotional baggage: Barbara (Julia Roberts) and her husband are navigating splitting up; Karen (Juliette Lewis) has the latest of her sleazy serial fiancés in tow; and stay-athome Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) discloses a clandestine love that causes waves of disapproval. Both fiercely funny and disarmingly poignant, August: Osage County is a rollercoaster ride of dysfunction, revealing a new indiscretion at every turn. Powered by extraordinary performances—notably Roberts as the perfect foil to Streep’s Violet— it’s a breathtaking ride. US PREMIERE —Zoë Elton TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 6:30 PM R AFAEL 1

In Swedish and French with English subtitles. Ubiquitous though it may be, love is perhaps the hardest emotion to capture in its fullest, most tortured and unreasonable state. Director Mia Engberg gets as close as anyone has. Framing her tale around the myth of Orpheus, whose love has fallen into the underworld, Engberg’s debut feature is, as Variety puts it, a “lyrical, experimental, semi-fictionalized mood piece.” It is also one of the most evocative and nakedly incisive films ever to portray the irrational and emotional truth of first love; love you knew would fail, but held onto anyway. A decade after losing touch, Mia receives a phone call from Vincent, a rough man she met in the catacombs of Paris a decade earlier. Crumbling photos, Super 8 footage of Stockholm and Paris, politics, class, morality and a cat named Baby all swirl together in this award-winning foray into blurred memories and half-truths, the shared past you fear never really existed. —Alexis Whitham FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 3:00 PM R AFAEL 2 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 3:15 PM R AFAEL 3 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H T HE C ON SUL AT E GENER A L OF S W EDEN

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MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE 6:30PM

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I CATCH A TERRIBLE CAT

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UPAJ: IMPROVISE 2:45PM

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TBA 9:00PM

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CHEBA 6:00PM

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TOXIC HOT SEAT 5@5: CHILDREN’S STORY 12:30PM

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ZAYTOUN 3:15PM

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WALESA, MAN OF HOPE 8:45PM

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FILMS

BENDS

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Director/Screenwriter Flora Lau Cinematographer Christopher Doyle Editors Flora Lau, Alexis Dos Santos, Aq Lee Cast Kun Chen, Carina Lau, Yuan Tien Print Source Distribution Workshop

Director Chris Lowell Producers Chris Lowell, Jason Potash, Paul Finkel, Steven Gorel Screenwriters Chris Lowell, Mohit Narang Cinematographer Tim Naylor Editor Nick Houy Cast Beck Bennett, Will Brill, Brett Dalton, Erin Darke, Ryan Eggold, Jessy Hodges, Britt Lower, Reid Scott Print Source Storyboard Entertainment

Director/Screenwriter Giuseppe Tornatore Producers Isabella Cocuzza, Guido De Laurentiis, Arturo Paglia, Enzo Sisti Cinematographer Fabio Zamarion Editor Massimo Quaglia Cast Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Sylvia Hoeks, Jim Sturgess Print Source IFC Films

In Cantonese, Mandarin and English with English subtitles. Hiding out in a Shenzhen tenement, young mother Ting already has one child but is heavily pregnant with another in violation of China’s one-child-only law. Husband Fai, meanwhile, crosses the border into Hong Kong daily as chauffeur to Anna, wife of an affluent businessman. Although they live in sharply contrasting worlds, both Ting and Anna find themselves in desperate limbo as the financial relationship between China and Hong Kong grows increasingly volatile. Ting hopes to give birth in a Hong Kong hospital bed somehow furnished by her husband, and Anna is left high and dry without her husband or his line of credit. Soon Fai and Anna develop an unspoken bond that threatens to burst to the surface. With a production team that includes cinematographer Christopher Doyle and designer William Chang, Hong Kong filmmaker Flora Lau’s impressive feature debut boasts an exquisitely tense performance by Carina Lau as Anna. —Frako Loden SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2:45 PM SEQUOIA 1 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H S A N F R A NCI S C O F IL M S O CIE T Y A ND CEN T ER FOR A SI A N A MERIC A N MEDI A

In this Big Chill for the Millennial Generation, seven childhood friends and one unexpected guest come together at a scenic lake house to comfort each other, reconnect, reconcile and possibly rekindle romance during what may prove to be their final season at a beloved summer home. Over the course of a sultry evening of revelry, friends and lovers scrutinize one another through the truth-inducing lenses of alcohol and deep emotion, invariably refracted by collective gallows humor. Actor turned writer-director Chris Lowell (The Help, Up in the Air, television’s Private Practice) garners vital performances from a talented ensemble of rising young stars, including Ryan Eggold (TV’s 90210) in a breakout performance as the catalyst who gathers the childhood group together once more at their old summer haunt. By turns wryly comic and acutely moving, Beside Still Waters plumbs the implicit alliances, unrequited crushes and enduring bonds that circumscribe lifelong friendships and define those relationships we hold most dear. WORLD PREMIERE —Leah LoSchiavo *SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6:30 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2:15 PM R AFAEL 1

Sweeping this year’s Italian Oscars (David di Donatello Awards), director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Baarìa) continues to surprise, delight and defy our expectations with his brilliantly conceived first English-language feature, lavishly set “somewhere in Habsburg Italy.” Starring Geoffrey Rush as a fastidious and lovelorn antiquarian art auctioneer, Donald Sutherland as his business partner (in crime) and gorgeous Sylvia Hoeks as the most elusive object of desire, The Best Offer brims with moments of genuine human pathos, sly humor and winks to Alfred Hitchcock spiked with a dash of David Lynch—all set to a lush choral soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. As the besotted lover yearns for a glimpse of his mysterious beloved amid the phantasmagorically sumptuous surroundings, Tornatore provides us with much food for thought: Can love bring art to life? Or is it merely a chef d’oeuvre of the forger’s craft? —KD Davis FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 6:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 3:00 PM R AFAEL 1 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H T HE I TA L I A N CULT UR A L IN S T I T U T E OF S A N F R A NCI S C O

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BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

THE BOOK THIEF

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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US 2013 • 82 MINS

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US 2013

Directors Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, Dawn Logsdon Producers Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, Max St. Romain Cinematographers Ian Hinkle, Art Adams Editors Dawn Logsdon, Kyung Lee Cast Anna Halprin, Armistead Maupin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Foley, Neeli Cherkovski Print Source Frisky Divinity Productions

Director Abdellatif Kechiche Producers Olivier Thery Lapiney, Laurence Clerc Screenwriters Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix Cinematographer Sofian El Fani Editors Ghalia Lacroix, Albertine Lastera, Jean-Marie Lengelle, Camille Toubkis Cast Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kéchiouche, Mona Walravens, Jérémie Laheurte, Alma Jodorowsky, Aurélien Recoing Print Source IFC Films

Director Brian Percival Producers Karen Rosenfelt, Ken Blancato Screenwriters Michael Petroni, based on the novel by Markus Zusak Cinematographer Florian Ballhaus Editor John Wilson Cast Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson Print Source Fox 2000 Releases

MVFF’s very first tributee in 1978, experimental filmmaker/poet and embodiment of mid-century Bay Area bohemia James Broughton is a beloved figure in Mill Valley lore (he shot his polysexual romp, The Bed, here). A longtime Marin County denizen, Broughton’s inexhaustible creativity and romantic escapades made for an action-packed and rewarding life, playfully recounted in Stephen Silha, Eric Slade and Dawn Logsdon’s joyous documentary. Hailing from Modesto, Broughton escaped into San Francisco’s underground scene, kicked off poetry readings, directed award-winning films, had a child with Pauline Kael, gallivanted with the Radical Faeries and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and paired up for decades with a hunky beau some 40 years his junior. “When in doubt, start twirling,” Broughton was fond of saying. Celebrating his ebullient spirit are Armistead Maupin, Anna Halprin and other luminaries whose lives were brightened by the great gay Renaissance man of NoCal counterculture. —Steven Jenkins SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 11:30 AM SEQUOIA 2 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2:45 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H F R A MEL INE

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In French with English subtitles. This year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival boldly explores, with uncompromising candor and searing performances, the explosive relationship between two young women. In the leads, Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (I Used to Be Darker) are outstanding and, in an unprecedented move, were awarded the Palme alongside director Abdellatif Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain). High school student Adèle has a passion for literature. Bluehaired Emma studies fine arts at a university in town. There’s an instant connection when the two women meet at a bar, and slowly they begin a romantic relationship. Both sexually explicit and emotionally gripping, Blue Is the Warmest Color unfl inchingly chronicles the complexities of romance, sexuality and human relations with fearless performances and astute direction. —Joe Bowman SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 8:00 PM R AFAEL 2

OPENING NIGHT FILM • A stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson brings to life the tale of a young girl who discovers that stories have extraordinary power to sustain the human spirit. Based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, the film gives new talent Sophie Nélisse the opportunity to shine in the lead role. In 1938, near Munich, Rosa and Hans Hubermann take in nine-year-old Liesel. Kind Hans bonds with his foster daughter through their shared love of words as he teaches her to read her first book. Into this sphere of warmth and safety, amid the turmoil of Nazi Germany, comes Max, the Jewish son of Hans’s World War I comrade. Confined to the basement, Max asks Liesel each day to describe the outside world, encouraging her to make words her own as she grows into a young woman and a storyteller. This beautiful film is full of contrasts, balancing the innocent joys of childhood against the horrendous realities of a world at war. SPECIAL PRESENTATION —Laura Henneman

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CAPITAL

CHEBA

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FR ANCE 2012 • 114 MINS

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Director Drake Doremus Producers Steven M. Rales, Mark Roybal, Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling, Kathryn Dean Screenwriters Ben York Jones Cinematographer John Guleserian Editor Jonathan Alberts Cast Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Mackenzie Davis Print Source Indian Paint Brush

Director Costa-Gavras Producer Michele Ray-Gavras Screenwriters Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Karim Boukercha Cinematographer Eric Gautier Editors Yannick Kergoat, Yorgos Lamprinos Cast Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Natacha Régnier, Céline Sallette, Liya Kebede Print Source Cohen Media

Director/Cinematographer Françoise Charpiat Producer Anne Derré Screenwriters Françoise Charpiat, Meriem Hamidat Editor Marie-Blanche Colonna Cast Isabelle Carré, Rachida Brakni– Biyouna, Stanley Weber, Mhamed Areski Print Source Elle Driver

Fresh, modern direction from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, MVFF 2011) infuses real emotions into this story of unexpected attraction in the midst of suburban routine— emotions unsettling and euphoric; emotions as fundamental as breathing. In the film’s opening sequence, we meet musician and teacher Keith (Guy Pearce), his wife and daughter during a twilight family portrait session—a visually striking scene that flags the key themes of looking and seeing, observing and being observed. We soon sense that for Keith there’s something missing in this comfortable life. When 18-year-old exchange student Sophie (former MVFF guest Felicity Jones) joins the family, the domestic balance finally topples. Doremus makes full use of subtleties in the exquisite performances: holding on a face or a hand, trusting the actors to communicate in the spaces between speech and action. This shrewd and delicate approach draws us in, intrigued but also a little uncomfortable, our precarious condition mimicking that of the characters themselves. —Laura Henneman

TRIBUTE TO COSTA-GAVRAS • In English and French with English subtitles. In this breakneck new thriller from legendary filmmaker Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing), multinational corporations supplant traditional nation states as the new global mega-powers. French comedian Gad Elmaleh (Midnight in Paris), in a charismatic change of pace, plays Marc Tourneuil, a novice investment bank CEO who demonstrates a savvy balance of naïve populism and cutthroat instinct as he sails the chaotic waters of international finance. By fending off hostile takeovers and backstabbing coups—most notably from an American financier played by Gabriel Byrne—Marc channels the director’s take on class warfare, the morality of convenience and the mercenary swiftness of fortunes lost, found and taken. Are Marc’s greed and ambition too big to fail? Costa-Gavras has made a career of offering few easy answers to tales of political turmoil, and the endlessly entertaining Capital is no exception as it wades through sex, money and power with the auteur’s cinematic instincts alive and flourishing. —Sterling Hedgpeth

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FOCUS: L’AFRIQUE • In French with English subtitles. Two winning performances mine the gentler, more comical possibilities in France’s complicated, often fraught relationship with its Arab immigrant community as the beautiful yet serious-minded Djemila (Rachida Brakni) moves away from her traditional Algerian home and into her own apartment, next door to bumbling single mom Emma (Isabelle Carre). In her crisply cut, understated work clothes, Djemila represents the modern young immigrant in France: upwardly mobile, striving for success, eager to shed the perceived backwardness of her culture yet still fiercely loyal to its sometimes suffocating traditions. Torn between her French lover and the Algerian suitor chosen for her by her family, Djemila struggles to balance the weight of expectations with her desire to uncover her own true identity. With unlikely encouragement from the disorganized Emma, Djemila ultimately discovers that the values she thought she was so desperate to shed are in the fact the ones that she holds most dear. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Atissa Manshouri WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 8:00 PM SEQUOIA 1 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 6:00 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM T HE C ON SUL AT E GENER A L OF F R A NCE IN S A N F R A NCI S C O A ND T HE F RENCH A MERIC A N CULT UR A L S O CIE T Y

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COLLAPSE

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

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US 2013 • 88 MINS

US 2013 • 120 MINS

Director Rob Nilsson Producers Rob Nilsson, Michelle Anton Allen Cinematographer Deniz Demirer Editors Deniz Demirer, Stuart Sloan, Drow Millar, Gustavo Ochoa Cast Russell Murphy, William Martin, Anita Paciotti, Michelle Anton Allen, Dan da Silva, Cathy Lerza Print Source Citizen Cinema

Director/Screenwriter Anthony Joseph Guinta Producer Howard Alter Cinematographer Giacomo Belletti Editor Robert Larkin Cast Kenton Duty, Daniel Flaherty, Katherine McNamara, Mary Beth Peil, Kyle Dean Massey Print Source Percolate Productions

Director Jean-Marc Vallée Producers Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter Screenwriters Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack Cinematographer Yves Bélanger, CSC Editors John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa Cast Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto Print Source Focus Features

From a lush opening sequence reminiscent of Bergman’s Persona, esteemed independent filmmaker Rob Nilsson (Maelstrom, MVFF 2012) delves into the world of professional dancers, choreographers and arts organizations teetering on the verge of 21stcentury economic collapse. Nick, a former principal dancer with the company, returns after many years to propose an original, radical ballet for an organization that cannot afford to take risks. Amid talk of ballet patrons (“So what if they’ve suffered a bit—yesterday they were filthy rich, today they are just very, very rich”) and the audience (“We need butts in seats and tickets sold”), Nick’s lessthan-welcome return rekindles old fl ames and fires up new liaisons. Meanwhile, the struggle between art and commerce shifts directly into the dance itself where, among the ruins of San Francisco’s old Sutro Baths, an unforgettable closing montage expresses simultaneously the collapse of both classical and modern empires—and the birth of art. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —KD Davis

It takes a leap of faith to trust yourself and others when loyalties pull in different directions. Matt is a major bully. Tommy is his favorite victim. But Matt goes too far one day and gets caught. He’s warned that if he doesn’t stop—and keep his friends from bullying too—he’ll be expelled, and his chances for a swimming scholarship will vanish. Matt doesn’t just stop; he pretends to become Tommy’s friend. Somewhere along the way, though, Matt’s not sure if he’s just acting the part or really enjoying hanging with Tommy and his cooking team in the Teen Chef contest. Matt’s brother complicates this uncertain new friendship by demanding that Matt undermine the contest. “People expect you to be a certain way,” explains Matt, when Tommy asks him why he bullies. “They laugh if you are. They laugh at you if you’re not.” Ages 7+ WORLD PREMIERE —Roberta McNair

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SPOTLIGHT: JARED LETO • Matthew McConaughey, in a superlative performance, immerses himself in the true story of homophobic party-boy turned accidental AIDS activist Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985. With the US internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, the Texas electrician joins forces with Rayon, an H.I.V.-positive transsexual woman (a magnetic Jared Leto, triumphantly returning to the screen after a four-year absence) to smuggle in nontoxic, antiviral medications from all over the world. With the help of doctor Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner), they create the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of such clubs that would form around the country providing its paying members with alternative treatments. As the clubs grow in numbers and clientele, they come to the attention of the FDA, which then wages an all-out war on their Robin Hood ring of pharmaceutical saviors in director Jean-Marc Vallée’s rousing drama. US PREMIERE —Leah LoSchiavo

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EFFIE GRAY

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VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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FR ANCE 2012 • 90 MINS

US 2013 • 95 MINS

UK 2013 • 100 MINS

Director/Screenwriter Carine Tardieu Producers Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein Screenwriter Raphaële Moussafir Cinematographer Antoine Monod Editor Reynald Bertrand Cast Agnès Jaoui, Denis Podalydes, Isabelle Carre, Isabella Rossellini, Juliette Gombert, Anna Lemarchand Print Source Gaumont

Director/Screenwriter Jennifer Steinman Producers Yael Melamede, Diana Iles Parker, Jennifer Steinman Cinematographer Sevan Matossian Editors Jennifer Steinman, Jessica Congdon Print Source Jennifer Steinman

Director Richard Laxton Producers Andreas Roald, Donald Rosenfeld Screenwriter Emma Thompson Cinematographer Andrew Dunn Editor Kate Williams Cast Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane Print Source Sovereign Films

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In French with English subtitles. In the fine Gallic tradition of French classics Ma vie en rose and Zazie dans le métro, The Dandelions explores the whimsical, enchanting world of la jeunesse. At the center of this delightful film is the alternately shy and spirited Rachel, whose ninth birthday is quickly approaching. Living with her neurotic Jewish mother (Agnès Jaoui, Look at Me), quietly distant father (Denis Podalydès, Caché), and sickly grandmother (Judith Magre, Les amants), Rachel feels suffocated at home, preferring the significantly less stressful environment at school. When no one shows up to Rachel’s birthday party except for her spunky, uninhibited classmate Valérie, a true friendship begins to blossom. Co-starring Isabella Rossellini as a child psychiatrist and Isabelle Carré (Les Intouchables) as Valérie’s sexy, single mother, director Carine Tardieu juggles the sincerity, depth and joy of two young girls’ coming-of-age with great ease. —Joe Bowman SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 6:00 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11:45 AM R AFAEL 1

They ran through hell and back in rubber soles. This inspirational documentary follows four scrappy amateur athletes— a widowed British war veteran, a retired American baseball player, an aspiring Australian actress and an aging Irish businessman—competing in the world’s most grueling sporting event: a yearlong series of 250K races known as the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon. How tough is it? Day Five of the Gobi Desert leg is alone a 100K run through scorching heat and rugged terrain. The field of competitors—145 runners from 35 countries exploring the outside edge of endurance—is bolstered by true grit and a shared determination to chase their dreams. The stakes are life or death—the “masochism tango” is how one cheeky competitor describes it. But, for each runner, this extreme event offers a rare chance for self-discovery. Excellent direction and stunning nature photography shot in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica contribute to this moving portrait of the human spirit. US PREMIERE —Greg Cahill SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2:15 PM SEQUOIA 2 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 5:45 PM 142 THROCKMORTON

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SPOTLIGHT: DAKOTA FANNING • Penned by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Emma Thompson and based on the true events that scandalized aristocratic circles of the Victorian era, this sumptuous cinematic portrait explores the curiously brief marriage and abrupt annulment of famed art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and his ethereal childbride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray (a mesmerizing Dakota Fanning). Repressed sensuality, religious and political strife and the role of art at a crucial point of cultural transition all inform the social contest underway as well as the storm raging within the outwardly restrained Ruskin. Shot amid the gorgeous landscapes of the British Isles, with superior art direction throughout, the film features outstanding performances from Fanning as well as a veritable who’s who of British acting—including an incandescent Thompson as a pragmatic benefactress. Effie Gray offers an exquisite and tantalizing peek into the celebrated compositions and secreted boudoirs of the famously fastidious Victorian Age. WORLD PREMIERE —Leah LoSchiavo

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ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME

THE FACE OF LOVE

FARAH GOES BANG

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

US CINEMA

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US 2013 • 92 MINS

US 2013 • 90 MINS

Director Chiemi Karasawa Producers Chiemi Karasawa, Elizabeth Hemmerdinger Cinematographers Rod Lamborn, Shane Sigler, Joshua Z. Weinstein Editors Kjerstin Rossi, Pax Wassermann Cast Alec Baldwin, Rob Bowman, Tina Fey Print Source Sundance Selects

Director Arie Posin Producers Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Jonathan McCoy Screenwriters Arie Posin, Matthew McDuffie Cinematographer Antonio Riestra Editor Matt Maddox Cast Robin Williams, Ed Harris, Annette Bening Print Source IFC

Director Meera Menon Producers Laura Goode, Danielle Firoozi, Erica Fishman, Liz Singh Screenwriters Meera Menon, Laura Goode Cinematographer Paul Gleason Editors Meera Menon, Kate Hickey Cast Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, Michael Steger, Samrat Chakrabarti, Lyman Ward Print Source Farah Goes Bang, LLC

From the first frame of this magnificent film, Broadway legend and consummate performer Elaine Stritch has us in the palm of her hand—striding through the Upper East Side, bantering with all and sundry, engulfed in a voluminous fur coat over her signature long white shirt. Recent stints as 30 Rock’s secret weapon—Stritch played Jack Donaghy’s scene-stealing mother— have earned the Tony- and Emmy-winning actress a whole new fan base. Capturing Stritch onstage and off, and in interviews with Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Nathan Lane, filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa invokes a lifetime of terrific work with the likes of Noël Coward and Stephen Sondheim. Stritch reveals her life and loves, successes and challenges (vis-à-vis alcoholism, diabetes, aging) with great aplomb, remarkable candor—and perfect timing. “This is the time in my life when I’m going to behave like an elegant human being,” affirms the evercharming 87-year-old artist, as a beat goes by. “Or not.” —Zoë Elton WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 12:30 PM R AFAEL 2 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:00 PM L ARK

MVFF is always delighted to screen the work of the luminous Annette Bening (MVFF Tribute, 2010) and The Face of Love offers a chance to experience the full range of her dramatic gifts. In a romantic drama that combines heartbreak, comedy and mystery wrapped inside a curious love story, Bening portrays Nikki, a widow who meets and falls instantly in love with a man who is nearly identical to her late husband. Ed Harris (The Hours, Pollock) co-stars as Tom, an artist and teacher who knows nothing about the reason for Nikki’s immediate attraction to him. As the relationship builds, Nikki lapses into a fantasy life in which her husband was never lost, leaving Tom to unravel the increasingly knotty thread of their connection. Robin Williams as a longtime family friend and Jess Weixler as Nikki’s daughter round out an excellent cast as variations on the theme of love and loss play out to an intriguing conclusion. US PREMIERE —Deanna Quinones WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7:30 PM SEQUOIA 2 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 3:30 PM L ARK

In this hilarious, authentically feminist take on the coming-of-age dramedy, Farah, a practical and unassuming Iranian American, hits the campaign trail for John Kerry with her two friends, the hotheaded KJ and the strong-willed Roopa. As the twentysomethings travel to the battleground state of Ohio, they detour through Texas on a side quest to get rid of Farah’s pesky virginity. Along the way, Farah experiments with representations of her ethnic identity while searching for intimacy, KJ tries to reconcile her tragic past with the possibility of a better future and Roopa just wants to hold everyone together in this smart, irreverent winner of the inaugural Nora Ephron Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. —Angelique Smith PRECEDED BY

KEEP A TIDY SOUL US 2013 • 11 MINS Director Joshua Moore

In French, English and German with English subtitles. It was another ordinary day in what had turned into a rather ordinary life when Flyn discovered she had lost her soul... SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 3:15 PM R AFAEL 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9:15 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H IR A NI A N F IL M F E S T I VA L - S A N F R A NCI S C O

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FINDING HILLYWOOD

GENERATION WAR

THE GERMAN DOCTOR

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GERMANY 2013 • 270 MINS

Directors/Producers Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey Screenwriter Christina Ruddy Cinematographer Chris Towey Editor Eric Frith Cast Ayuub Mago, Eric Kabera, Richmond Runanira, Nicole Kalisa, Rodrigues Karekezi Print Source Inflatable Film

Director Philipp Kadelbach Producer Nico Hofmann Screenwriter Stefan Kolditz Cinematographer David Slama Editor Bernd Schlegel Cast Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Ludwig Trepte, Miriam Stein, Christiane Paul Print Source Music Box Films

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In English, French and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles. In 1994, 20 percent of Rwanda’s population was killed in a span of 100 days. Today, there’s new hope for survivors and the generation born after. A symbol of Rwanda’s rebirth is its budding film industry, bolstered by the efforts of Eric Kabera’s Kwetu Film Institute and its offshoot, the “Hillywood” film festival, which travels between rural communities toting an inflatable screen and homegrown movies—many of which promote themes of reconciliation. Charismatic Ayuub Kasasa Mago runs the festival in addition to overseeing a family of young sons and making his own highly personal films in this inspiring documentary from Seattle-based directors Leah Warshawski and Chris Towey. —Cheryl Eddy PRECEDED BY

FORA (GUESS) RWANDA 2009 • 7 MINS Director Simon Christen

In a story about sibling rivalry, a father learns a valuable lesson from his sons.

ADRIFT US 2013 • 5 MINS Director Ayuub Kasasa Mago

A love letter to nature captures the magical interaction between the fog, the sun and the California coastline.

In German with English subtitles. Valor, courage and betrayal come to the fore in this powerful German epic, which shows the everyday realities of wartime life from the perspective of ordinary Germans. Five childhood friends from Berlin say their goodbyes in June 1941, promising to reunite by Christmas. Generation War spans the cold tundra of the Russian front to the interior dialogues about moral compromises of life under Hitler. In Germany, it sparked a heated discussion in the media over personal responsibility and the burden of guilt of everyday people for Nazi atrocities. Exquisitely shot, this compelling work reveals a country still trying to understand how their people could have let themselves become so tragically misdirected. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Daniela Province SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 (COMPLETE TRILOGY) MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 12:30 PM R AFAEL 3 (PART 1) TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 12:30 PM R AFAEL 3 (PART 2) WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 12:30 PM R AFAEL 3 (PART 3) P RE SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM T HE C ON SUL AT E GENER A L OF GERM A N Y A ND P RE SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H BERL IN & BE YOND F IL M F E S T I VA L A ND JE W I SH F IL M F E S T I VA L

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Lucía Puenzo Cinematographer Nicolás Puenzo Editor Hugo Primero Cast Alex Brendemuhl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Elena Roger, Guillermo Pfening, Ana Pauls Print Source Samuel Goldwyn Films

In Spanish and German with English subtitles. Lucía Puenzo’s atmospheric drama is deeply engrossing as its story gradually reveals itself and its core premise: If you met the “Angel of Death” on the road, would you recognize him? Or might you be charmed by the friendly doctor and his seductive promises to cure your diminutive daughter, fund your creative work and care for your unborn twins? Set in 1960, The German Doctor imagines an Argentine family unknowingly befriending Josef Mengele, the Nazi war criminal notorious for his horrific medical experiments, during his period in hiding in Patagonia. Less a conspiracy thriller than a subtle meditation on complicity, willful ignorance and the allure of perfection—even at the risk of self-destruction—the film and its excellent cast brilliantly capture this unsettling emotional terrain, and Puenzo’s imagery is truly haunting. Equally as provocative as her acclaimed 2007 debut XXY (about a hermaphrodite youth), Puenzo’s latest is as remarkable as it is thought-provoking. —Jeff Campbell WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 5:30 PM SEQUOIA 1 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2:30 PM R AFAEL 2

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CHILE/SPAIN 2013 • 110 MINS

FR ANCE/CHAD 2013 • 101 MINS

Directors Eugene Corr, Roberto Chile Producer/Screenwriter Eugene Corr Cinematographer Roberto Chile Editors Gary Weimberg, Mat Baldwin Print Source Playtwo Pictures

Director Sebastián Lelio Producers Luis Collar, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín Screenwriters Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza Cinematographer Benjamín Echazarreta Editors Sebastián Lelio Soledad Salfate Print Source Roadside Attractions

Director/Screenwriter MahamatSaleh Haroun Producer Florence Stern Cinematographer Antoine Heberle Editor Marie-Hélène Dozo Cast Souleymane Deme, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei, Marius Yelolo Print Source Film Movement

In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Cultures clash but new bonds form when a West Oakland youth baseball team travels to Cuba in this exploration of class, mentorship and the love and hope in a great international pastime. The boys in Ghost Town—nickname for economically impoverished and violence-plagued West Oakland—are haunted by the memory of murdered residents and a dwindling sense of community, including a paucity of male role models. Roscoe, a baseball coach, steps in with his mission to give these disadvantaged kids a chance to learn teamwork and discipline, though it’s no easy task. But then Bay Area filmmaker Eugene Corr (himself the son of an East Bay baseball coach) brokers a meeting between Roscoe and Nicolas, a coach in the slums of Cuba with a similar goal. What happens when the two teams meet? Nothing short of a cultural exchange that changes both men and the boys forever. SPECIAL PREVIEW —Sterling Hedgpeth SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5:00 PM 142 THROCKMORTON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 3:00 PM R AFAEL 3

In Spanish with English subtitles. “We all face crossroads in our lives where we can retreat into ourselves or we can hit the dance floor.” Acclaimed actress Paulina Garcia danced off with the Silver Bear at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival for her delightfully astute and compassionate portrait of the titular 58-year-old divorcée and mom who, facing an imminent empty nest, has no intention of spending her days and nights alone. Determined to defy old age and loneliness, Gloria rushes headlong into a whirl of singles’ parties on the hunt for instant gratification— with, understandably, disappointing results. Then along comes the dashing Rodolfo. But as the new couple try to forge a lasting bond, their pasts constantly intrude in this engaging, amusing and uplifting film inspired by the life of director Sebastián Lelio’s own mother and her generation in Chile. —Janis Plotkin TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 8:00 PM SEQUOIA 1 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2:00 PM SEQUOIA 2

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FOCUS: L’AFRIQUE • In Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles. Souleymane (aka Grigris) is a star on the dance floor, where he wows the locals with some astonishing moves. He is transcendent—despite the handicap of his deformed leg. Though his agility garners him the notice of the lovely Mimi, a young woman with modeling aspirations, the small sums he makes from his performances aren’t enough to pay his terminally ill stepfather’s medical bills. Grigris thinks that a job with a neighborhood smuggler will lift him out of these financial straits, but the resulting fracas only leads to bigger problems for himself and Mimi. With his customary humanitarianism and compassion in portraying people who live, work and struggle in Chad, director MahametSaleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) charts the difficulties and challenges faced by his title character while also positing a potentially uplifting resolution whereby female resilience and solidarity can triumph over the poor decisions and cruel behavior of men. —Rod Armstrong TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7:30 PM R AFAEL 2 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 3:30 PM R AFAEL 3 P R E SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM C ON SUL GENER A L OF F R A NCE IN S A N F R A NCI S C O A ND F RENCH A MERIC A N CULT UR A L S O CIE T Y P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H MUSEUM OF T HE A F RIC A N DI A SP OR A

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THE HI DE HO SHOW

THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT

I CATCH A TERRIBLE CAT (KOPPIDOI NEKO)

US CINEMA

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98 MINS

US 2013 • 92 MINS

JAPAN 2012 • 130 MINS

Directors Don Hardy, Dana Nachman Producers Don Hardy, Dana Nachman, Chelsea Matter Screenwriter Dana Nachman Cinematographers Don Hardy, Brad Williams Editor Don Hardy Print Source Submarine

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Rikiya Imaizumi Producer Ryoichi Konishi Cinematographer Hiroshi Iwanaga Cast Fuyuki Moto, Kazuha Komiya, Aruka Uchimura, Hide Miura, Koishikawa Yuko Print Source CaRTe bLaNChe

Rates of autism, cancer and infertility have risen along with the strategic deregulation of the chemical industry and its $52-million-per-year lobbying effort. But before the tsunami of statistics drowns you in despair, narrator and executive producer Sean Penn introduces us to a band of unlikely activists with a personal stake in testing and regulating the chemicals we encounter daily in compounded low-level exposure. They are stepping in where the defanged, corrupt EPA and USFDA have been failing us for years. Award-winning directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy break down the cynical and methodical approach taken by the chemical industry, which follows the tobacco industry playbook, to remain unregulated and influential while saving their bottom line. The Human Experiment looks beyond the entrenched patronage system to raise public awareness, consumer ire and responsible corporate action. You’ll be inspired by these passionate activists waging a David and Goliath battle to protect us all. WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada

FOCUS: 3 GEN JAPAN • In Japanese with English subtitles. Poignant drama meets Japanese social comedy in this tale of a best-selling writer whose work inspires readers to take the kind of emotional risks he himself avoids. Closing in on his 60th birthday, celebrated author Norifumi Takada is more bottled up than ever. He hasn’t written a word since his wife’s death and believes his writer’s block is probably permanent. But then he meets Sayo, a barmaid his daughter’s age. Enchanted by her beauty and vulnerability, Takada begins to wonder if he’s found a new muse. With his first feature film, writer-director Rikiya Imaizumi weaves elegant long takes with a unique brand of ultra-hip low-key screwball comedy as the relationships between Takada, his grown children, Sayo and a younger novelist begin to intertwine. Intimate, tender, funny and sad, I Catch a Terrible Cat treads deftly and lightly across the distance between lonely hearts. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Pam Grady

Meister of musicality and curator of cultural curios John Goddard promises to tickle and tantalize your transatlantic predilections with this year’s Hi De Ho Show: a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion (yeah, yeah, yeah . . . you know that can’t be bad!). Veejaying from his personal video archives, Goddard promises to have you walkin’ back to happiness as he ponders bits and pieces from the groups, guys and gals who crossed the pond and gave pop music a needed shot of rhythm and blues— with a little rock ‘n’ roll on the side, just for good measure—and claimed music back for the kids. Rumors began in 1963, paving the way for the Beatles’ iconic Ed Sullivan Show appearance the next year. The fl oodgates opened: If the Stones and Yardbirds weren’t your cuppa tea, you might be B-side yourself with the Springfields (and the well-bouffed Dusty) or Lulu—or halfway to paradise with the Billys (Fury and J. Kramer). In the ‘60s, the Brits were here. And they were gear. —Zoë Elton FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 9:00 PM SEQUOIA 2

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THE ILLNESS AND THE ODYSSEY

IMAGINE

IN THE COBBLER’S SHOES

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

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US 2013 • 74 MINS

POL AND 2012 • 109 MINS

US 2013 • 58 MINS

Director/Producer Berry Minott Screenwriters Berry Minott, Jen Bradwell Cinematographer Burt Sardoma Jr. Editor Jen Bradwell Cast Joy Carlin (narrator) Print Source Berry Minott

Director/Screenwriter Andrzej Jakimowski Producers Andrzej Jakimowski, François d’Artemare, Vladimir Kokh Cinematographer Adam Bajerski Editor Cezary Grzesiuk Cast Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet Print Source Beta Cinema

Director/Producer David Marks Editor R. Veda Print Source David Marks

Since World War II, the tiny Pacific island of Guam has attracted star scientists seeking a cure for Parkinson’s, ALS and Alzheimer’s—and the acclaim that would come with it. Their focus is the indigenous Chamorros, stricken in large numbers with paralysis, tremors and dementia. The islanders suffer from Lytico-Bodig, but identifying the source of the rare neurological disease has proven elusive. Is it genetic, environmental, infectious or something else altogether? The answer, presumably, will provide the “skeleton key” to unlock the cause and cure for neurodegenerative diseases threatening millions around the world. Bay Area filmmaker Berry Minott, assisted by the droll Dr. Oliver Sacks and New Yorker science writer Jonathan Weiner, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history, science and personalities of this high-stakes hunt. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Michael Fox PRECEDED BY

SLOMO US 2013 • 16 MINS Director Josh Izenberg

In Polish with English subtitles. A blind teacher employs unorthodox methods in reaching out to his similarly impaired students in this moving and graceful drama. Ian (Edward Hogg), a Brit transplanted to a cloistered institute for the blind in Lisbon, begins his lessons in straightforward fashion—teaching the youngsters how to pour a glass of water or how to make deductions about their environment. “Imagine it and you’ll hear it,” he tells them. Encouraging their curiosity, he takes his pupils to the courtyard and suggests they explore it without a cane. This potentially dangerous brand of learning brings him to the attention of the institute’s doctors and caretakers as well as a neighbor named Eva. With a rich sound design that contributes profound clarity to the film’s themes, Imagine brings into elegant balance the confl ict between Ian and his superiors, his tender but uncompromising manner with his students and his increasing attraction to the mysterious Eva. —Rod Armstrong *Imagine is captioned and audio description is available.

Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

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As patrons stream in and out of Tony’s shoe repair shop, it’s Misak Pirinjian who greets them. Misak long ago chose to take up the trade of his father (he wasn’t Tony either) out of love for the work and the community he serves. The Mill Valley residents who rely on him to fi x their worn-out but beloved shoes may not know his story, but they know his craftsman’s skills will make them look and feel good. Misak’s customers take him into their lives with every pair of shoes they bring in and every story the shoes carry. He could have followed a very different path, especially as a graduate of the University of San Francisco. But he chose this small cobbler’s shop, constant contact with people and the satisfaction he gains from his work’s tangible results. He may take on more than time allows, but his loyal community keeps coming back. WORLD PREMIERE —Roberta McNair PRECEDED BY

WHITE SHOE US 2013 • 24 MINS Director Mauro Borrelli

A talented boy shoemaker, a cruel overseer, a sweet little street gamine and a mysterious patron set the stage for this wordless, magical fairy tale, as the creation of a pair of shoes springboards our hero (and us) into a series of rich fantasy landscapes. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 12:00 PM SEQUOIA 1 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 12:45 PM SEQUOIA 2

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INSIGHT: JAN TROELL A CLOSE SCRUTINY

SWEDEN 2013 • 100 MINS

One of the world’s greatest filmmakers, legendary director Jan Troell (The Emigrants) has been a leader in Swedish cinema for almost 50 years. Join him at this special program for an in-depth conversation about his art and career. Yohanna Troell will present A Close Scrutiny, a 40-minute portrait of her filmmaker-father she made during the production of his latest feature, The Last Sentence, and afterwards will join him onstage. A Close Scrutiny reflects Jan Troell’s uniquely personal approach to narrative filmmaking in addition to exploring the issues that inspired this drama about a turbulent period in Swedish history. As an added treat, Jan Troell will unveil some of his recent short films, charming miniatures with often-humorous vignettes combining nature and music. These include Peeping Tom, Love 60+ and Med mitt mått mätt. —Richard Peterson *Invited guests: Jan Troell and Yohanna Troell. $20 General/Members WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 5:30 PM R AFAEL 2 P RE SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM T HE C ON SUL AT E GENER A L OF S W EDEN A ND T HE B A RBRO O SHER P RO SUECI A FO UNDAT ION

“JOHN BROWN’S BODY” AT SAN QUENTIN PRISON

KEEPER OF THE BEAT: A WOMAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF DRUMMING

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2013 • 72 MINS

US 2013 • 61 MINS

Director/Cinematographer Joseph De Francesco Screenwriters Joseph De Francesco, Michael Anderson Print Source De Francesco Films

Director/Producer David L. Brown Screenwriter Stephen Most Cinematographers David L. Brown, Steven Baigel, Vicente Franco, Michael Anderson, Will Parrinello Editors David L. Brown, Steven Baigel Print Source David L. Brown Productions

The unifying power of art takes center stage in this stirring and surprising documentary about a group of actor-inmates who discover their inner-thespians amid the harsh reality of hard time. In 2002, filmmaker Joe De Francesco had an inspired idea: What if he produced a stage version of the Civil War poem “John Brown’s Body” with San Quentin inmates? The fascinating result is a group of multiracial prisoners performing a drama about slavery and liberation for peers and the authorities. De Francesco’s film focuses on the preparation, performance and aftermath of this life-changing event as current and former inmates reflect on what it meant to be plucked from the monotony of life behind bars and given the opportunity to express themselves on stage about issues of race and liberty. Absorbing and emotionally charged, “John Brown’s Body” at San Quentin Prison illuminates the undeniable connection between creative freedom and spiritual fulfillment. WORLD PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson PRECEDED BY

Wild women don’t get the blues, or at least so goes a line from the seminal all-women’s jazz group Alive! (1977–1987). Its drummer, the compelling Barbara Borden, is a virtuoso musician whose career has taken many surprising twists and turns. From the time she banged on her first toy drum at age five, Borden has charted a singular course through a male-dominated world, becoming, in her words, “the drum’s lover instead of its master.” A lively local presence who until recently taught drumming at Mill Valley’s senior community, The Redwoods, Borden has taken her joyful art around the world in acts of drumbeat diplomacy, connecting with people and communities as far afield as Croatia, Tanzania and Siberia. In ancient cultures, women were the guardians of the drums—the keepers of the beat. This in-depth survey of Borden’s career and influence illustrates why this wild woman will never get the blues. WORLD PREMIERE —Atissa Manshouri

FACING FEAR

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US 2013 • 23 MINS Director Jason Cohen

The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime collide by chance, 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives.

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

(DOM ÖVER DÖD MAN)

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WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

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JAPAN 2013 • 120 MINS

US/UK /BOLIVIA 2013 • 97 MINS

Director Jan Troell Producer Francy Suntinger Screenwriters Jan Troell, Kenne Fant, Klaus Rifbjerg Cinematographer Mischa Gavrjusjov Editors Jan Troell, Ulrika Rang Cast Jesper Christensen, Ulla Skoog, Pernilla August, Björn Granath Print Source Music Box Films

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Hirokazu Kore-eda Producers Tatsuro Hatanaka, Chihiro Kameyama, Tom Yoda Cinematographer Mikiya Takimoto Print Source IFC Films

Director Tim Phillips Producers/ Screenwriters Tim Phillips, Jan Creamer Cinematographer Mark Whatmore Editor Tony Pattinson Cast Jan Creamer, Tim Phillips, Pat Craig, Bob Barker, Jorja Fox, Mel Richardson Print Source ADI

In Swedish with English subtitles. Torgny Segerstedt was a leading Swedish newspaper editor whose ferocious public opposition to Hitler and Nazism caused controversy when his country adopted an official position of neutrality during World War II. Master filmmaker Jan Troell (The Emigrants, Everlasting Moments) weaves together a lyrical drama exploring the complex politics of Sweden and Europe in the 1930s and '40s, as well as the personal contradictions of this firebrand journalist, particularly in regard to the women in his life. Jesper Christensen stars as Segerstedt, a commanding and often provocative personality in the world’s eye, but one who could be maddeningly equivocal in relationships with his wife Puste (Ulla Skoog), his mistress Maja (Pernilla August) and his daughter Ingrid (Yohanna Troell). A film director who also operates his own camera, Troell creates an incisive portrait of a turbulent history as well as a poetic juxtaposition of physical nature’s constancy and human nature’s fl aws. —Richard Peterson MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7:00 PM R AFAEL 1 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 3:30 PM R AFAEL 2

LION ARK

FOCUS: 3 GEN JAPAN • In Japanese with English subtitles. In this sensitive and compelling domestic drama, winner of the coveted Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, a young Tokyo married couple receives news that threatens to change the way they feel about their six-year-old son. Since becoming a father, Ryota—a handsome, educated, workaholic architect—has relentlessly inculcated in his boy the approved formula for success that he has lived by: work hard, study hard, achieve at all costs, and happiness will follow in the form of status, money and love. But when the parents learn that “their” boy may actually have been switched at birth, while their biological son has been raised by kindly but under achieving country bumpkins, it triggers a crisis for both families. Should nature trump nurture? Can one love a child equally regardless of blood ties? Like Father, Like Son shrewdly uses the “baby swap” to dissect modern family values in a success-driven world. —Peter L. Stein

More of an action adventure drama than a traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows what may be the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue ever undertaken. After a shocking undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia, many of the circuses still continue to defy the law. But Animal Defenders International (ADI), the team behind the investigation, returns to track down the illegal circuses, liberate 25 lions from captivity and airlift them 5,000 miles to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado. In the process, the team confronts vengeful circus owners, races against the oncoming rainy season and gives its all to bring healing and freedom to these majestic creatures. Assembled with live footage from the actual rescue, Lion Ark is a story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination. What unfolds is the intense, dramatic birth of a global movement and the triumph of the lionhearted. US PREMIERE —Carol Harada

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A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

LUMUMBA

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

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RUSSIA 2013 • 77 MINS

FR ANCE 2000 • 120 MINS

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Director Boris Khlebnikov Producers Roman Borisevich, Alexander Kushaev, Alexander Rodionov Screenwriters Boris Khlebnikov, Alexander Rodionov Cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov Editor Ivan Lebedev Cast Alexander Yatsenko, Anna Kotova, Vladimir Korobeinikov Print Source Films Boutique

Director Raoul Peck Producers Raoul Peck, Jacques Bidou Screenwriters Raoul Peck, Pascal Bonitzer, Dan Edelstein Cinematographer Bernard Lutic Editor Jacques Comets Cast Eriq Ebouaney Print Source Zeitgeist Films

Director Justin Chadwick Producers Anant Singh, David M. Thompson Screenwriter William Nicholson Cinematographer Lol Crawley Editor Rick Russell Cast Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto Print Source The Weinstein Company

FOCUS: L’AFRIQUE/INSPIRING LIVES • In French, Lingala and English with English subtitles. A potent and poetic political drama, Raoul Peck’s 2000 film is a riveting exploration of the controversial rise and fall of a complex leader, Patrice Lumumba, as he travels from charismatic beer salesman to first elected prime minister of Congo. But this isn’t your typical history lesson. Peck’s film is beautifully wrought, seamlessly joining fragments of time in a poignant portrait of a mesmerizing, multifaceted man—impeccably embodied in Eriq Ebouaney’s terrific performance. Subtle sounds and haunting visuals combine to get us behind the scenes and inside the head of Lumumba as we experience the emotional charge of a true David and Goliath story. At the same time, Peck doesn’t shy away from a strain of moral ambiguity in Lumumba’s leadership. This is a rare film that provides food for thought while capturing the passion and unbridled energy of real-life drama and political intrigue. —Brendan Peterson

FOCUS: INSPIRING LIVES • The life and times of Nelson Mandela are nothing if not epic: his upbringing as Xhosa royalty and early adulthood as a charismatic and brilliant lawyer; his revolutionary politicization with the African National Congress, followed by a long imprisonment and eventual release; and his evolution into a national leader both visionary and enlightened. Idris Elba (The Wire) gives a powerful rendering of Mandela, embodying the full spectrum of the man—and nailing that wonderfully familiar voice. This is a love story too, following the trajectory of his complicated relationship with Winnie (Naomie Harris). As lawyer, lover, fighter, father, prisoner and leader, Mandela is sometimes brilliant, sometimes fl awed, but always walking the road to freedom. Justin Chadwick’s (The First Grader) tight, music-driven direction reveals the touchstones of Mandela’s battle against apartheid, while throwing us into the turmoil of a time and place where only a deep-rooted commitment can sustain the long walk to freedom. US PREMIERE —Zoë Elton

(DOLGAYA SCHASTLIVAYA ZHIZN)

In Russian with English subtitles. Idealistic young Sasha has come from the city to run a farm with hopes of enjoying a thriving country existence. Sasha dedicatedly manages what is left of an old farm. He gets on well with his workers, who respect him and tolerate his clandestine love affair with Anya, the secretary in the local government office. The provincial arm of the new Russian state meanwhile presses the middle-class landowner to sell his collective farm for what appears to be its own corrupt development plans. Against the backdrop of the wild Kola Peninsula in Northern Russia, an unfl inchingly decent man refuses to surrender to a quagmire of greed, risking everything that is dear to him in this existential human drama reflecting real events. Premiering in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, A Long and Happy Life examines the confl ict that emerges between the dream of a “long and happy life” and the dream of freedom and the right to choose. US PREMIERE —Janis Plotkin SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2:30 PM R AFAEL 3 MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 4:00 PM SEQUOIA 1

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MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE

THE MISSING PICTURE

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

US 2013 • 89 MINS

C AMBODIA /FR ANCE 2013 • 92 MINS

US 2012 • 85 MINS

Director Michele Josue Producers/ Editors Michele Josue, Liam McNiff Cinematographer Craig Trudeau Print Source Run Rabbit Run Media

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Rithy Panh Producer Catherine Dussart Screenwriter Christophe Bataille Cinematographer Prum Mesa Editor Marie-Christine Rougerie Print Source Strand Releasing

Directors/Producers Alan Polsky, Gabriel Polsky Producer Ann Ruark Screenwriters Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue Cinematographer Roman Vasyanov Editors Hughes Winborne, Fabienne Rawley Cast Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson Print Source Polsky Films

On October 11, 1998, Wyoming University student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Fifteen years later, Michele Josue’s riveting and insightful documentary revisits the shocking and horrifying case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage and brand new interviews, as Shepard’s all-too-brief life is celebrated and remembered through the vivid emotional testimonies of those who knew him best—including friends, mentors, teachers and family. Meanwhile, new revelations emerge in one of the most notorious hate crimes in US history, leading to a searing, poignant and multilayered biographical and sociological portrait. In the end, the notion of forgiveness—embodied in the moving and courageous final act of Shepard’s parents—takes on truly heroic proportions. WORLD PREMIERE —Tim Sika FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 6:30 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 8:30 PM R AFAEL 3 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H FACING HI S T ORY A ND O UR SELV E S

THE MOTEL LIFE

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In French with English subtitles. There is a profound and delicate humanity in Rithy Panh’s telling of what, for most, is unimaginable: the atrocities that were suffered by people like Panh and his family under the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia in the seventies. Many pictures are missing from that time, though footage of Khmer Rouge propaganda tells a particularly glorified version of the story. Yet through his words and images, he fills in the gaps of history: partly, by creating simple carved clay figures placed on dioramas that represent scenes that exist in memory but not in pictures— the rice fields, the camps, the summary executions. And therein lies the brilliance of Panh’s achievement. Somehow, through these rudimentary miniatures and their enactment of his story, he allows us to witness the human experience below the surface of this tragedy with an incredible compassion. The Missing Picture won the top prize in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. —Zoë Elton SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 4:45 PM L ARK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:30 PM R AFAEL 3

Brotherly devotion and the healing power of storytelling infuse the gentle, wounded heart of this bittersweet Western fable by first-time directors Alan and Gabriel Polsky, based on Willy Vlautin’s lauded novel. In truly inspired, moving yet unsentimental performances, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff are brothers Frank and Jerry Lee, two aimless, hard-luck Reno drifters whose lives come apart one winter night when Jerry Lee accidentally hits and kills a child. As the siblings try to stave off their almost inevitable ending, Dorff’s haggard visage, etched with every bad choice and unforgiving mile, conveys the knotted tangle of guilt, shame, desperation and love that binds them. A grizzled mentor (Kris Kristofferson) and an ex-girlfriend (Dakota Fanning) offer hope for a better life, but the brothers really only have each other and the stories Frank spins in their motel room—conceived as wonderfully ribald animated fantasy sequences by Mike Smith—that transform two frightened lost boys into tough, gimlet-eyed heroes. —Jeff Campbell THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 6:30 PM SEQUOIA 1 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 9:00 PM R AFAEL 3

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MT. ZION

MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO

NEBRASKA

WORLD CINEMA

CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

US CINEMA

NEW ZEAL AND 2013 • 93 MINS

JAPAN 1987 • 88 MINS

US 2012 • 115 MINS

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Tearepa Kahi Producer Quinton Hita Cinematographer Fred Renata Editor Paul Maxwell Cast Stan Walker, Temuera Morrison, Miriama Smith, Ngawai Herewini, Troy Kingi, David Wikaira Print Source Small Axe Films

Director/Screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki Producers Toru Hara, Eiko Tanaka, Yasuyoshi Tokuma Cast Toshiyuki Amagasa, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto Print Source GKIDS

Director Alexander Payne Producers Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa Screenwriter Bob Nelson Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael Editor Kevin Tent Cast Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk Print Source Paramount Pictures

In English and Maori with English subtitles. Gifted Maori musician Turei (the extraordinarily talented Stan Walker) has a vision of his future, and it definitely does not involve the hardscrabble existence on the potato farm his family can barely keep solvent. Turei imagines his group, Small Axe, winning the national battle-of-the-bands prize: opening for Bob Marley’s upcoming New Zealand tour. It’s a goal that will push the boundaries of his frayed relationship with his father (Tamuera Morrison, Once Were Warriors) and his own personal ethics. Amid stunning cinematography, a powerhouse original rock and reggae soundtrack, fun 1970s period fl air and rich Maori cultural detail, first-time director Tearepa Kahi utterly seduces us with a galvanizing tale of tradition, responsibility and staying grounded while still reaching for greatness. Mt. Zion proves an unforgettable experience and an important reminder that the harder the ascent, the more magical the view. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Sterling Hedgpeth

FOCUS: 3 GEN JAPAN • In Japanese and English with English subtitles. Animation fans often get their first glimpse of the genius of Hayao Miyazaki in My Neighbor Totoro, the master’s 1987 film that firmly set a style he repeated in films like Spirited Away and Ponyo. His mixture of fantasy and detailed observation of childlike wonder has made his films not just popular but beloved. Sisters Mei and Satsuki move to the country with their dad to be closer to their mother, who is recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium. Their new house borders on a huge tree and a thick forest, ripe for exploration. It’s the feisty Mei who spots the first totoro and follows it into the lair of King Totoro. From then on the girls are brought into a world of magic, myth and unconditional love. In English. All ages —John Morrison

OPENING NIGHT FILM • After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. *See page 10 for complete Opening Night Gala details and pricing. *THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 6:45 PM SEQUOIA 1 *THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7 PM SEQUOIA 2

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THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS

ODD BRODSKY

ONE CHANCE

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

US 2013 • 79 MINS

US 2013 • 93 MINS

UK 2013 • 103 MINS

Director Cindy Baer Producers Cindy Baer, Thomai Hatsios, Matthew Irving Producer/ Screenwriters Cindy Baer, Matthew Irving Cast Tegan Ashton Cohan, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Scotty Dickert, Cindy Baer, Elana Krautsz, Jim Hanks Print Source Free Dream Pictures LLC

Director David Frankel Producers Simon Cowell, Michael Menchel, Kris Thykier, Harvey Weinstein, Brad Weston Screenwriter Justin Zackham Cinematographer Florian Ballhaus Editor Wendy Greene Bricmont Cast James Cordon, Colm Meaney, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook Print Source The Weinstein Company

No man is an island, and these three documentaries remind us how an individual’s actions resonate in our larger world. Tylor Norwood’s Naples Yellow (US 20 mins) is an intimate look at three local artists—a picture framer from Fairfax, a pigment artist from San Francisco and a West Marin painter—all inadvertently working to create a truly collaborative piece of art. Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching (US 29 mins) shows us what happens when wildlife takes priority over indigenous people’s land rights, human rights and the right to survive. Through the inspiring stories of two activists, John Antonelli gives us an inside look at the limitless positive repercussions when native people and animals are both valued and respected. And in John Antonelli, Will Parrinello and Tom Dusenbery’s The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to the Karoo (US 30 mins), Robert Redford narrates the stories of six environmental activists safeguarding the earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their own communities. —Kelly Clement SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 11:30 AM 142 THROCKMORTON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2:15 PM R AFAEL 3 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H GLOB A L A N T I - INCINER AT OR A L L I A NCE A ND W IL DL IF E W ORK S

Cindy Baer (Purgatory House, MVFF 2004) explores the hopes and aspirations of a recent oddball transplant to Los Angeles in her whimsical, quirky comedy about following your dream. When Audrey Brodsky is born, her parents recognize a new little artist in the world. As a girl, Audrey (nicknamed Odd) is perpetually optimistic, and gamely jumps into the pursuit of a life in art. After attempts at singing, piano, painting, dancing and violin fall short, she discovers drama—and a vision of her future is born. Fast-forward to her early 20s: Audrey hitchhikes from Hollywood, Iowa, to Los Angeles with a backpack and an endearing optimism. There, our lovable loser with a big heart takes a steady day job until she finally musters the courage to quit and become an actress. And that’s when the true adventures begin, ones Audrey could never have dreamt. WORLD PREMIERE —Lily Buchanan FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 9:30 PM 142 THROCKMORTON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 5:00 PM R AFAEL 3

This effervescent biopic from The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel features Tony Award–winning actor James Cordon as amateur singer Paul Potts, an Everyman who makes his dream come true. The chubby young Paul is completely enamored with opera. He shines as a choirboy, pleasing his proud mum (the wonderful Julie Walters), irking his working dad (marvelous Colm Meaney) and provoking occasional attacks by local bullies in his native Port Talbot in South Wales. His passion is undiminished, despite numerous obstacles. Bolstered by the unshakable support of his partner, JulieAnn (The Iron Lady’s Alexandra Roach), the unassuming cellphone salesman rises from obscurity to become an international vocal superstar overnight after he appears on the television competition Britain’s Got Talent. Lacking none of the exuberance of the true story on which it is based, this quintessential against-the-odds drama is the feel-good movie of the year. US PREMIERE —Lily Buchanan SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 6:30 PM R AFAEL 1 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2:30 PM SEQUOIA 2

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ONE MAN’S SHOW

THE ORGANIC LIFE

OWNERBUILT

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

NIGERIA /FR ANCE 2012 • 75 MINS

US 2013 • 60 MINS

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Director/Screenwriter/Editor Newton I. Aduaka Producers Newton I. Aduaka, Eric Idris Kanago, Jean Francois Fernandez Cinematographer Mathias Raaflaub Cast Emil Abossolo M’bo, Aissa Maiga, Odile Roire, Fatima Adoum, Kwame Pocrain Print Source Granit Films

Director Casey Beck Producer Ryan White Screenwriters Casey Beck, Braden Marks, Sara Ataiiyan Editors Casey Beck, Kevin D. Wong, Martín Rossetti Print Source Awkway Productions LLC

Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor Lawrence Andrews Print Source Lawrence Andrews

FOCUS: L’AFRIQUE • In French with English subtitles. Newton I. Aduaka’s lyrical followup to his groundbreaking Ezra (2007) centers on Emil, a performer whose carefree lifestyle in Paris falls apart after some life-challenging news. In the film’s prologue, we see him rehearsing: dynamic, focused, alone. As the first chapter, titled “Birth,” begins, we witness the fun of a different performance, this time at his son’s birthday party, the boy’s mother looking on. Afterwards, tender, quiet moments with his son linger in the intimacy of tucking him into bed, the good nights, the I-love-you’s. And then, Emil leaves. His son’s mother, Odile, is one of three women in his life, all of whom he has left but remained connected with. Powered by a terrific central performance by Emile Abossolo M’bo, the complexities of the core relationships in one man’s life play out amid themes of love, responsibility and mortality. By the final chapter, “Paradise,” Emil confronts the big questions. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Zoë Elton

Despite unpredictable weather, backbreaking work and scant financial margins, Austin Blair remains passionate about providing good food to his family and community. Casey Beck offers an intimate look at what keeps her man devoted to the hard life of an organic farmer. As assistant farmer at Paul’s Produce in Sonoma, Austin learns from Paul Wirtz about traditional, sustainable ways of working with the soil as a living organism within a greater ecosystem. This feast for the senses takes us through four seasons on the farm, following the rhythms of nature and revealing the attendant challenges and joys of locally oriented, sustainable agriculture. Austin’s satisfaction in doing what he loves every day, collaborating with the earth by leading a life more fully connected to it, becomes a teaching on true abundance. WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada

Lawrence Andrews’ ownerBuilt (49 mins) is a riveting visual and emotional experience, combining theater, animation and powerful storytelling based on actual accounts of events occurring on New Orleans’ Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005. In a series of unforgettable scenes, expressive storyteller/narrator Noel reanimates the events of the past through a brilliantly staged performance of Katrina’s devastating effects on his home and community. With an exquisite musical soundtrack offering gentle counterpoint to the waves of intense emotions expressed through Noel’s performance, the film presents a complex and multifaceted portrait of the many lives forever changed by the storm. At the heart of ownerBuilt is the question: Whose story will become the official version of the truth? —KD Davis PRECEDED BY

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US 2013 5 MINS

THE TROUBLE WITH BREAD

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US 2013 • 26 MINS Director Maggie Beidelman

A delicate and sensitive portrait of the inner world of the voyager.

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An investigation into the changes to something so basic to humanity, and yet, recently, so demonized: bread. Let’s just say that bread, as you know it, is not what you think.

FAMILIES ARE FOREVER

P RE SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM C ON SUL GENER A L OF F R A NCE IN S A N F R A NCI S C O A ND F RENCH A MERIC A N C ULT UR A L S O CIE T Y

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A glimpse into the life of a Mormon family in California as they journey from door-knocking in favor of Prop 8 to acceptance of their adolescent gay son.

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PHILOMENA

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UK 2013 • 97 MINS

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Director/Screenwriter Asghar Farhadi Producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari Editor Juliette Welfling Cast Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin Print Source Sony Pictures Classics

Director Stephen Frears Producers Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Gabrielle Tana Screenwriters Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope Cinematographer Robbie Ryan Editor Valerio Bonelli Cast Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Charlie Murphy, Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sean Mahon Print Source The Weinstein Company

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Editor John Sanborn Cinematographers/Editors Skip Sweeney, Roger Jones Cast Joseph Copley, Margaret Cromwell, Negativland, Theresa Wong, Luciano Chessa, Sarah Cahill Print Source John Sanborn

(LE PASSÉ)

In French with English subtitles. This year’s Cannes Film Festival honored Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) as Best Actress for her galvanizing performance as Marie, a French woman who has summoned her estranged husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) from Tehran to Paris to finalize their divorce. Marie takes Ahmad to her slightly disheveled house on the outskirts of Paris, where she lives with her two daughters from a previous marriage, her fiancé Samir (Tahar Rahim of A Prophet) and his young son. Asghar Farhadi, Academy Award–winning director of A Separation, crafts another superb drama of domestic secrets and unexpected revelations. Farhadi invests this intricately layered tale with an essentially humanistic point of view, in which every character—young or old—has his or her own reasons. —Richard Peterson SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 8:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 3:00 PM R AFAEL 1 P R E SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM T V 5 MONDE A ND IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H IR A NI A N F IL M F E S T I VA L - S A N F R A NCI S C O

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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this poignant and bracingly funny tale of friendship and a mother’s enduring love. In 1950s Ireland, teenaged Philomena Lee was forced to give up her three-year-old son for adoption and further atone for her sin of sex outside of marriage by spending her youth in a convent. Fifty years later, Philomena (Dench) has never given up hope of a reunion, but her search remains fruitless until she meets Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also cowrote the screenplay), a political journalist who’s down on his luck. Sixsmith reluctantly agrees to take on a human-interest story and the two strangers set off on a journey that leads them to America and to a deep and unexpected friendship as they unravel the mystery of what became of Philomena’s boy. Adapted from Sixsmith’s account of this true story, Philomena is the heartfelt new film from Academy Award–nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, MVFF 2006). US PREMIERE —Pam Grady SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 3:00 PM R AFAEL 1 MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7:15 PM SEQUOIA 2

In a dazzling homage to his mentors and artistic inspirations, multimedia maestro and visual mix-master extraordinaire John Sanborn (The Planets, MVFF 2011; A Sweeter Music, MVFF 2009) pays tribute to an illustrious trio of 20th-centur y innovators: Nam Jun Paik, Marcel Duchamp and John Cage. Sanborn’s Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera (PICO) deftly interweaves aspects of live performance and dance with outstanding soundtrack contributions from pianist Sarah Cahill, cellist-composer Theresa Wong, electronics wizard Wobbly and infamous culture-jammers Negativland. Layered with a series of touching personal reminiscences, Sanborn’s PICO urges a literal and figurative shift in our frames of reference. Hypnotic and meditative, and pulsing with life, color and sensuality, PICO is a wondrous and exhilarating reflection on the cultural shift brought about by its iconic trio of innovators—while adding a fourth master (Sanborn himself) to the mix. WORLD PREMIERE —KD Davis SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 8:30 PM 142 THROCKMORTON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 12:30 PM R AFAEL 2

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REDEMPTION TRAIL

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US CINEMA

US CINEMA

US CINEMA

US 2013 • 94 MINS

US 2013 • 91 MINS

US 2013 • 94 MINS

Director/Screenwriter Jenée LaMarque Producers Steve J. Berger, Robin Schorr Cinematographer Polly Morgan Editor Kiran Pallegadda Cast Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, John Carroll Lynch, Sterling Beaumon, Frankie Shaw Print Source Provenance Pictures

Director Britta Sjogren Producers Britta Sjogren, Soumyaa Kapil Behrens Screenwriter Britta Sjogren Cinematographers Bradley Sellers Editors Christopher Munch, Michael Goodier Cast Lily Rabe, LisaGay Hamilton, Hamish Linklater, Jake Weber, Asta Sjogren-Uyehara, Juliette Stubbs Print Source Dire Wolf

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Chris Eska Producers Jacob Esquivel, Jason Wehling Cinematographer Yasu Tanida Cast Tishuan Scott, Ashton Sanders, Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman Print Source September Morning LLC

Jenée LeMarque weaves a gently comedic, romantic and slightly bittersweet tale of twin-sister opposites in this impressive feature debut starring Ruby Sparks’ Zoe Kazan and New Girl’s Jake Johnson as love-struck partners coping with the secret of a most unique female identity crisis. Audrey personifies everything her twin sister Laurel wishes she could be: confident, polished, successful, “pretty.” While life has seemingly handed the urbane Audrey all its prizes, Laurel’s life has been squandered in the small town where they both grew up, serving as full-time caregiver for their widowed dad. When Audrey alights from the big city on their birthday, a twist of fate provides Laurel with the opportunity to attain the life, love and social status she has dreamed about—but at what price? Rising star Kazan achieves exceptional nuance in a powerful dual-role performance of endearing idiosyncrasy and tentative self-awakening. —Leah LoSchiavo FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6:15 PM SEQUOIA 2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:15 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H SP E A K T O ME

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In English and Spanish with English subtitles. In the golden Sonoma hills a solitary rancher, Tess (LisaGay Hamilton), rides the trails, scouting the land she tends. In the privileged Oakland hills, a driven doctor, Anna (Lily Rabe), tends to life with her husband (Hamish Linklater) and precious daughter (Asta Sjogren-Uyehara). Soon Anna is alone and she and Tess will meet, under circumstances as unexpected as this film’s meeting of neo-Western and classic modernism. “We were never meant to survive,” Audre Lorde’s poem goes, but Anna has survived, a dilemma Tess, daughter of a slain Black Panther, knows something about. Motherless child and childless mother: In Britta Sjogren’s telling, their stories are folded together, delicately, so as not to crush the elements in the resultant mix. Sjogren is a Bay Area filmmaker to watchliterally. Her visual sense is keen, and the startling landscapes of shifting fog and vistas she captures reward seeing this film on the big screen. WORLD PREMIERE —Judy Bloch SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 12:00 PM SEQUOIA 1 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 6:00 PM R AFAEL 3

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The latest from awarding-winning indie director Chris Eska (August Evening, MVFF 2007) is a deeply stirring and nuanced Civil War–era drama about two former slaves on the run from a band of steel-hearted bounty hunters. Thirteen-year-old Will is an African American freedman in Texas who has fallen in with the bounty hunters after his father’s death. When gang leader Burrell orders Will and his uncle Marcus (also a freedman, at least nominally) to journey north and “retrieve” a fugitive slave, Will knows the price of failure will be his life. Featuring unforgettable performances, and shot on location amid beautiful and barren wintertime landscapes, the film is both a poignant chronicle of the evolution of a father-son bond and an indelible portrait of the anguish and hopefulness of African Americans caught in the upheaval of the Civil War. —Michael J. LoPresti SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 12:45 PM R AFAEL 2 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2:30 PM SEQUOIA 1 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H T HE MUSEUM OF T HE A F RIC A N DI A SP OR A

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THE ROCKET

RUN & JUMP

SARAH PREFERS TO RUN (SARAH PRÉFÈRE LA COURSE)

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IREL AND/GERMANY 2013 • 102 MINS

C ANADA 2013 • 96 MINS

Director/Screenwriter Kim Mordaunt Producers Sylvia Wilczynski, Pauline Phayvanh Phoumindr, Bridget Ikin, Michael Wrenn, Triphet Rookachat Cinematographer Andrew Commis Editor Nick Meyers Cast Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong Print Source Kino Lorber

Director Steph Green Producer Tamara Anghie Screenwriter Ailbhe Keogan Cinematographer Kevin Richey Editor Nathan Nugent Cast Will Forte, Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam, Sharon Horgan Print Source Global Screen GmbH

Director/Screenwriter Chloé Robichaud Producer Fanny-Laure Malo Cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagné Editor Michel Arcand Cast Sophie Desmarais, Jean-Sébastien Courchesne, Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, Hélène Florent, Eve Duranceau, Micheline Lanctôt Print Source eOne Films International

Winner of top festival awards including the Amnesty International Film Prize and best debut at the Berlin Film Festival, Kim Mordaunt’s first feature brings to light one of the darkest chapters in 20th-century history—the aftermath of the Vietnam War in Laos—and treats it with surprising delicacy, grace and gentle humor. The story centers on Ahlo, a boy believed to bring ill luck wherever he goes, and his undaunted efforts to compete in the annual rocket-launch competition in a village ironically nicknamed Paradise, site of innumerable bombings during the war. Ahlo’s two companions, also outcasts, are a former Laotian soldier under American employ, living in disgrace, called James Brown (and bearing an uncanny likeness to the soul star) and his free-spirited little niece Kia, Ahlo’s first love interest. With gripping performances and unpredictable twists, The Rocket is a magical and deep experience that reaches for the skies. — KD Davis SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 8:15 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 11:00 AM R AFAEL 2

In this authentic, unconventional love story and intimate family portrait, spirited and unsinkable Vanetia Casey struggles to get life back to normal after her husband, Conor, suffers a personality-altering stroke. Enter buttoned-up American doctor Ted Fielding (Will Forte), who arrives in Ireland to stay with them for two months, his research grant providing the Caseys with essential financial aid. Vanetia is a dynamo but overwhelmed, and with two young kids and two men in the house she initially treats Ted and his study of Conor with reservation. Only when she observes Ted’s calming influence on the family does she begin to value his friendship. In return, Ted enjoys her heady, happy-go-lucky world. But Ted’s continued presence in the house sets the family on course for an emotional collision. The feature film debut of Oscar-nominated director Steph Green indicates a talent clearly on the rise. —Laura Henneman FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 9:15 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1:00 PM SEQUOIA 1 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H T HE SF IRI SH F IL M F E S T I VA L

In French with English subtitles. Internationally acclaimed short film director Chloé Robichaud’s elegant first feature is a beautifully made and astute portrait of a sensitive young woman searching for her place in the world. Sarah (promising Québecoise talent Sophie Desmarais) is a high school competition runner with no plan for the future. Deliberately defying her mother, she accepts a college athletic scholarship and leaves home with her carefree small-town friend and occasional running partner Antoine (Jean-Sébastien Courchesne). As the two begin their new life together in Montréal, Antoine has his newfound romantic desire rebuffed by Sarah, whose indifference is nearly too painful for him to bear. On the brink of acknowledging who she is, while coolly observing her surroundings amid the exciting parties and politics of university life, Sarah seems aware of only one thing: She prefers to run. US PREMIERE —Laurence Christen SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5:15 PM SEQUOIA 1 MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2:15 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM T HE G O V ERNMEN T OF QUEBEC

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THE SEA

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

THE SHARK RIDDLE

WORLD CINEMA

US CINEMA

CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

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US 2013

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Director Stephen Brown Producers Luc Roeg, Michael Robinson, David Collins Screenwriter John Banville Cinematographer John Conroy Editor Stephen O’ Connell Cast Ciarán Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Rufus Sewell, Natascha McElhone, Bonnie Wright, Sinéad Cusack Print Source Independent Film Company

Director Ben Stiller Producers Samuel Goldwyn Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller Screenwriter Steve Conrad, based upon the short story by James Thurber Cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh Editor Greg Hayden Cast Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn Print Source 20th Century Fox

Directors Laura Sams, Robert Sams Producers Laura Sams, Robert Sams, Caroline Brett Screenwriters/Editors Laura Sams, Robert Sams, Dave Cain Cinematographers Dave Cain, Tom Campbell, Bryce Groark Print Source Sisbro Studios

Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds), a mournful middle-aged art professor, returns to a windswept Irish seaside village, “fleeing one sadness by revisiting another one,” as he confesses to his new landlady (the ever-luminous Charlotte Rampling). Thirty years prior in the same village, adolescent Max had fallen under the spell of the freespirited Grace family, developing a serious crush on Mrs. Grace (sensuously embodied by Natascha McElhone), while idling away the languid summer days with her two children. In elegant fl ashbacks, The Sea reveals the cracks in the façade of the seemingly perfect Grace family. Meanwhile, revelatory scenes from Max’s immediate past depict the circumstances that have led him back to the sea to heal his grief. First-time director Stephen Brown adapts John Banville’s Booker Prize–winning novel with a visual poetry to match the writing. With its stellar cast and lushly cinematic sweep, The Sea is a potent evocation of memory’s tidal fl ow. US PREMIERE —Rod Armstrong

CLOSING NIGHT/TRIBUTE TO BEN STILLER Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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*Following this 30-minute film, actors/directors/writers Rob and Laura Sams will present a live interactive show featuring songs, demonstrations and the administering of the “Shark Oath.“ SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 11:00 AM L ARK SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 12:30 PM 142 THROCKMORTON

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What do you do when you’re on the beach waiting for someone to pose a riddle to you, but there’s no one around? Why not do what sister-and-brother zoologists Laura and Robert Sams do: Find a magical journal that needs sharks’ teeth to reveal its riddles and go on a search for answers. The sibling filmmakers’ love of nature—especially sea creatures—brings to life this charming, rib-tickling, inventive and engaging quest to find a tooth from the biggest living shark. Along the way, Laura and Rob encounter a singing sea lion who celebrates the great white shark, a pirate who trades in tiny things and a seagull who’s afraid of sharks (but shouldn’t be). Spectacular underwater footage of sharks—including operatic sharks—enhance The Shark Riddle’s wonderful journey. Ages 7+ —Roberta McNair

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SPOOKS AND SPIRITS (ÓFEIGUR GENGUR AFTUR)

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND 1

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND 2

WORLD CINEMA

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VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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US 2013 • 60 MINS

US 2013 • 60 MINS

Director/Screenwriter Agust Gudmundsson Producers Agust Gudmundsson, Anna Katrin Gudmundsdottir Cinematographer Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson Editor Ingi Ragnar Ingason Cast Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Ilmur Kristjansdottir, Laddi Print Source Isfilm ehf

Director Christopher McLeod Producers Jessica Abbe, Jennifer Huang, Marlo McKenzie, Will Parrinello Screenwriters Jessica Abbe, Jennifer Huang Cinematographers Andrew Black, Vicente Franco, Will Parrinello Editors Quinn Costello, Marta Wohl Print Source Sacred Land Film Project

Director Christopher McLeod Producers Jessica Abbe, Jennifer Huang, Marlo McKenzie, Will Parrinello Screenwriters Jessica Abbe, Jennifer Huang Cinematographers Andrew Black, Vicente Franco, Will Parrinello Editors Quinn Costello, Marta Wohl Print Source Sacred Land Film Project

In English and various languages with English subtitles. Altai shamans and leaders fight a natural gas pipeline set to run through the Ukok Plateau, a World Heritage Site in southern Russia. They use ceremony, singing and mapping of sacred sites to create a park preserve where they can transform tourists into pilgrims. They also seek the return of the 2,500-year-old Ukok Princess, a shaman ancestor whose mummified remains were exhumed in violation of sacred law. And near Mount Shasta, the Winnemem Wintu people use the same methods as the Altai, plus a war dance, to preserve a sacred spring. Their tribal designation stripped away, their land flooded by the Shasta Dam, they continue to counter plans to raise the dam further. GPS technology and the Altai shamans aid their quest to put themselves literally back on the map. WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada

In English and various languages with English subtitles. Corporate development is ensnaring the indigenous people still living off the land in Papua New Guinea and Alberta, Canada. In Papua New Guinea, 97% of the land is owned by indigenous people, and therefore environmentally protected. But a government-sanctioned Chinese nickel mining company brings false promises of development trickle-down. As traditional people are forced off Kurumbukari Highland, grassroots activists rise up to prevent the devastation of “deep sea tailings” from the mine, which flow uncontrolled into vital coastal waterways. Across the globe, First Nations people are split between tar sands oil refinery jobs and living off the Athabascan River’s traditional hunting grounds. Feeling industry’s negative impact, including a 30% rise in rare cancers and deformed fish and game, indigenous people are using GPS mapping to track their land rights and document treaty-breaking devastation. WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada

In Icelandic with English subtitles. Old Ofeig was a loud-mouthed boor when he was alive. But now that he’s dead he’s more ornery than ever (though his piano playing has improved). When daughter Anna and her boyfriend Ingi decide to sell the house, Ofeig’s ghost fumes at the idea of being left to “live” with strangers. His somewhat spooky, seriously self-absorbed supernatural self interferes not just with realtors but with every aspect of the couple’s life (it’s hard to get in the mood when the ghost of your girlfriend’s father might be watching). Desperate to save his relationship and sanity, Ingi attempts to exorcise his father-inlaw-to-be from the house, but family ties prove hard to break. While Dad may be turning their world—and their bookshelves— upside down, Anna finds herself reluctant to force him out of the only home he’s ever known. In this comical showdown between past and future, will any of them rest in peace? NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Joanne Parsont THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 5:15 PM SEQUOIA 2 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 9:15 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H ICEL A NDIC A S S O CI AT ION OF NOR T HERN C A L IFORNI A

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* Special panel follows screening. Invited guests include Roy Ladouceur, Christopher McLeod and Mike Marcredi. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 3:00 PM 142 THROCKMORTON P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H M A RIN A MERIC A N INDI A N A L L I A NCE A ND M A RIN IN T ERFA I T H C O UNCIL

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STANDING ON SACRED GROUND 3

STAR WARS, EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI

SWEET BLUES: A FILM ABOUT MIKE BLOOMFIELD

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2013 • 120 MINS

US 1983 • 134 MINS

US 2013 • 57 MINS

Director Christopher McLeod Producers Jessica Abbe, Jennifer Huang, Marlo McKenzie, Will Parrinello Screenwriters Jessica Abbe, Jennifer Huang Cinematographers Andrew Black, Vicente Franco, Will Parrinello Editors Quinn Costello, Marta Wohl Cast Q’orianka Kilcher, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, Luana Busby-Neff Print Source Sacred Land Film Project

Director Richard Marquand Producer Jim Bloom, Howard D. Kazanjian, George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Robert Watts Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas Cinematographer Alan Hume Editors Sean Barton, Duwayne Dunham, Marcia Lucas Print Source Lucasfilm Ltd.

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Editor Bob Sarles Producer/Editor Christina Keating Cinematographer Ted Leyhe Cast Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites Print Source Ravin’ Films

In English and various languages with English subtitles. Since measured biodiversity is 35% greater in sacred groves, Ethiopian scientists are learning from traditionalists how to maintain an interconnected ecosystem, even as indigenous shamanists confront religious fundamentalists in Ethiopia’s Gamo Highlands. The Q’eros in Andean Peru make pilgrimage to the shrinking glacier with fire offerings for the health of the water, pasturelands and crops. The Q’eros are carefully preserving the diversity of their potatoes and continuing to practice Ayni— reciprocity with the land and spirits. Northern Australian aboriginals are back from exile with traditional conservation practices like controlled burns, as a zinc mine threatens the rich life of the McArthur River, home to the creator spirit, Rainbow Serpent. And native Hawaiians have gained regular access to Kaho’-olawe, an island long used for target practice by the US Navy. Activists are clearing unexploded ordnance, replanting native plants and bringing the island and the Hawaiian people back to life. Indigenous ways live on! WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada

Star Wars returns! Celebrate the epic conclusion (thus far) to the greatest space opera ever made at MVFF’s special 30thanniversary screening of Return of the Jedi. The third film in the original trilogy, and the sixth film in the series (until the new Star Wars films begin!), Jedi is a dazzling entry in George Lucas’ heroic saga of good and evil, cementing Star Wars’ indelible popculture legacy. Luke Skywalker returns as a Jedi Knight, the Death Star returns to threaten the galaxy, and Darth Vader returns to finally tempt his son to the dark side. Who will prevail? In between its breathtaking speederbike chases and its gruesome Rancor pit, Jabba the Hutt’s slobbering bulk and Princess Leia’s heart-stopping metal bikini, those adorable fuzzy Ewoks and the perpetually flummoxed C-3PO, Return of the Jedi sends the reassuring message that hate and vengeance don’t stand a chance against the Force and a steadfast heart. —Jeff Campbell

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Jerry Garcia, David Crosby and other ’60s luminaries are featured in this look back at the psychedelic music scene, from London to Woodstock to acid-fried San Francisco. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9:30 PM R AFAEL 2 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2:30 PM SEQUOIA 1

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“You know, I like sweet blues. . . . I want to be singing. I want to be sweet,” said music legend Mike Bloomfield of his swampy vibe and searing, lyrical guitar playing. His awesome instrumental prowess is on full display in this raucous documentary celebrating the legacy of a hard-living, finger-fretting renegade. Described by fellow icon Al Kooper as “not just another white boy [but] someone who truly knew what the blues were about,” Bloomfield drew on African American tradition while burnishing his licks with a radical compositional approach reflecting the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Dogged by heroin addiction, Bloomfield passed away in 1981, but his sterling musicality as the embodiment of Chicago blues lives on through the work of acolytes such as Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Charlie Musselwhite, all of whom testify to the master’s enduring influence in Bob Sarles’ lovingly crafted film. Sweet, indeed. WORLD PREMIERE —Steven Jenkins

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SWEETWATER

THE TAO OF BLUEGRASS: A PORTRAIT OF PETER ROWAN

THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC!

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2013 • 96 MINS

US 2013 • 105 MINS

US 2013 • 92 MINS

Director Logan Miller Producers Logan Miller, Noah Miller, Jason Netter Screenwriters Logan Miller, Noah Miller Cinematographer Brad Shield Editor Robert Dalva Cast Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega Print Source ARC Entertainment

Director/Producer Christine Funk Editors Christine Funk, Marc Snider Print Source South 40 Films

Directors/Producers/Screenwriters Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling Cinematographer Chris Simon Editor Maureen Gosling Cast Chris Strachwitz, Ry Cooder, Wilson Savoy and the Pine Leaf Boys, Davia Nelson, Taj Mahal, Flaco Jiménez Print Source Sage Blossom Productions

Twin-brother filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller gallop away from the intimate terrain of their Marin-based autobiographical first feature, Touching Home, and reach for the wide-open spaces in this wry and raucous western set in the desert territories of old New Mexico. In one of several twists on the genre, January Jones takes center stage as Sarah, a former prostitute and recent widow who is forced to take matters into her own hands against the raving, megalomaniacal preacher (Jason Isaacs) who rules the town of Sweetwater with a sadistic glee. Into this broiling scenario rides a mysterious stranger, an itinerant lawman (played by Ed Harris, having the time of his life in an eccentric and hilarious turn). Funny and fierce, and brimming with the unexpected, this particular drink is less sweet than sassy. —Anton Phibes

*Invited guests: The Miller Brothers $30 General /$25 Members THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 8:00 PM R AFAEL 1

“Music is very soothing to my anxious, nervous state,” says bluegrass legend Peter Rowan in this toe-tapping documentary charting his remarkable musical journey. Serenely thankful listeners will attest to the near-spiritual power of the great singer-songwriter and six-stringer’s heavenly melodies, incisive words and healing tones. Having honed his inimitable style as a member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s, Rowan’s fascination with world music and Buddhist meditation practice has led him from collaborations with Jerry Garcia, Flaco Jimenez and Jamaican reggae greats to groundbreaking recordings with Earth Opera, Seatrain and Old and in the Way. Eternally young and in the right place at the right time (opening for The Doors, hanging out with Wavy Gravy), Rowan emerges in Christine Funk’s wonderfully funky film as a blissfully enlightened yet creatively restless troubadour whose stunning songs confirm this Marin habitué’s status as—in the Taoist words of bluegrass doyenne Alison Krauss—“a true artist.” WORLD PREMIERE —Steven Jenkins MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7:00 PM 142 THROCKMORTON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2:00 PM SEQUOIA 1

THE STORY OF CHRIS STRACHWITZ AND ARHOOLIE RECORDS

In English, Spanish and French with English subtitles. American folk in all its ragtag glory—from New Orleans Dixieland, hipslapping country and front-porch blues to Tex-Mex, Cajun and Deep-South R&B—provides the rollicking soundtrack to Maureen Gosling and Chris Simons’ downhome documentary about an unlikely yet endearing champion of regional music. Born a German count, Chris Strachwitz fled the advent of World War II as a teenager and immersed himself in his adopted country’s musical roots. With ever-alert ears and rudimentary recording equipment, Strachwitz has traversed the back roads and juke joints of the heartland for more than 50 years, tracking down homespun musical talent for his Arhoolie Records label—eschewer of the corporate pop Strachwitz gleefully dismisses as “mouse music.” “If not for people like Chris, this music would have fallen out of cultural history,” says Richard Thompson in this revelatory film, as musicians and fans of all stripes (including Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal) rejoice in his sonic obsessions. —Steven Jenkins

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TODAY

TOKYO FAMILY

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Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer/Editor Thomas Dolby Print Source Hamilton Ink PR

Director Tata Amaral Producers Tata Amaral, Caru Alves de Souza Screenwriters Jean-Claude Bernardet, Rubens Rewald, Felipe Scholl Cinematographer Jacob Solintrenick Editor Idê Lacreta Cast Denise Fraga, Cesar Troncoso, João Baldasserini, Pedro Abhull, Cláudia Assunção, Lorena Lobato Print Source Tangerina Entretenimento

Director Yôji Yamada Producers Hiroshi Fukasawa, Takashi Yojima Screenwriter Emiko Hiramatsu Cinematographer Masashi Chikamori Editor Iwao Ishii Cast Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yu Aoi, Masahiko Nishimura Print Source Shochiku Co.

The Invisible Lighthouse, shot and edited by legendary musician and producer Thomas Dolby, details the closure of a beautiful lighthouse on the tip of a mysterious island and former military post off the coast of England. Dolby, who has known the evocative fl ash of this lighthouse since he was a child, picked up a camera to document its imminent closure. Receiving little cooperation from the authorities, he risked a clandestine dawn raid capturing the eerie atmosphere of the island and the final fl ash of its iconic landmark using a remote-controlled drone and a selection of high-tech cameras. For this special event, Dolby will accompany his film and other visuals with live music in collaboration with music designer, supervisor and bassist Blake Leyh. Confirmed guests include multiple-Grammy-winning producer and musician Don Was, film composer Mark Isham and cellist composer Zoe Keating, and the legendary Dan Hicks. More special guests to be announced. *THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 8:00 PM 142 THROCKMORTON

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In Portuguese with English subtitles. Vera pops open a bottle of champagne as she savors the first few moments in her new apartment in downtown Sao Paulo. Her celebration is interrupted, however, when her husband, Luiz, mysteriously appears at her home after being gone for decades. Luiz learns that the apartment was purchased with compensation money from the government after his disappearance in the dark period of Brazil’s military dictatorship. Next, the couple embarks on a painful journey through their haunted past. Shot entirely inside Vera’s apartment, the film’s intimate tone transports the viewer into the secret depths of the couple’s relationship as the spaces around them start molding to their stories. Carried by Denise Fraga’s quietly riveting performance, Today meditates poignantly on the challenges of reinventing oneself after the loss of a loved one, and on the realization that one must first remember the past in order to forget it. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Julia Barbosa SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 8:15 PM R AFAEL 3 MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 4:00 PM R AFAEL 1 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H C ON SUL GENER A L OF BR A ZIL

FOCUS: 3 GEN JAPAN • In Japanese with English subtitles. Shukichi and Tomiko Hirayama took a train to visit their children and grandchildren in Yasujiro Ozu’s beloved 1953 film Tokyo Story. In Yôji Yamada’s equally masterful remake, set in 2012, the trip from their quiet island hometown to Tokyo takes place on a bullet train, with Tokyo even more overwhelming than in the 1950s. Meanwhile, in contrast to the brighter future suggested by the original’s postwar setting, the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster provide a backdrop of uncertainty. Tokyo Family is Yamada’s moving homage to Ozu’s classic, and no one is more qualified to make it than Yamada—infl uenced by Ozu when he first started at Shochiku studios, where both filmmakers saw their careers flourish. Tokyo Family tackles the dilemma of parents whose children have outgrown them and don’t care to revisit the past. But as happens in every family in every era, mortality brings everyone up short—forcing reflection and, for this family, acceptance. —Roberta McNair FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 8:15 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1:30 PM L ARK P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H CEN T ER FOR A SI A N A MERIC A N MEDI A & T HE JA PA N S O CIE T Y

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TOXIC HOT SEAT

UPAJ: IMPROVISE

VICTORIA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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WORLD CINEMA

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Directors/Producers James Redford, Kirby Walker Cinematographers John Kiffmeyer, Tylor Norwood Editor Jen Bradwell Print Source HBO

Director/Screenwriter Hoku Uchiyama Producer Antara Bhardwaj Cinematographers/Editors Hoku Uchiyama, Shaun Jefford Print Source Hindipendent Films

Director/Screenwriter Torun Lian Producers John M. Jacobsen, Pancho Kohner, Sveinung Golimo Cinematographer Harald Paalgard Editor Perry Eriksen Cast Iben Akerlie, Bill Skarsgård, Jacob Oftebro Print Source AB Svensk Filmindustri

Better living through chemistry? The question burns at the center of this fascinating and timely documentary from Bay Area filmmaker James Redford. An intense examination of the decades-old conflict between fire safety and toxic fl ame retardants, Toxic Hot Seat features insights from scientists, journalists, politicians and San Francisco firefighters to paint a detailed picture of the debate. Do flame retardants really save lives? What are the side effects of the chemicals in these products? And who reaps the profits in this fivebillion-dollar industry as virtually every piece of furniture and most baby-care products sold in the US now contain these chemicals? Redford’s straightforward style lets the facts do the talking as he unveils the political and economic motivations underneath a truly incendiary debate. Disturbing and riveting, Toxic Hot Seat is a hard-hitting investigation that will change the way you look at your livingroom furniture. WORLD PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 5:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2:00 PM SEQUOIA 2 P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H S . F. F IR EF I G H T ER S C A N CER P R E V EN T I O N PROGR A M

In English and Hindi with English subtitles. Two very different artists share an uncommon bond through dance in this warm, fascinating account of the unlikely collaboration between 64-year-old Indian Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and 28-year-old African American tap sensation Jason Samuels Smith. Each carries a torch for the art form he loves: Das, struggling to maintain a place for classical Kathak dance, a storytelling art now eclipsed by Bollywood and commercial mass culture; and Samuels Smith, embracing a tradition epitomized for him by legendary entertainer Gregory Hines, who died before meeting the young Samuels Smith at the latter’s L.A. Tap Festival in 2003. As the two embark on a 2009 tour of the subcontinent called Indian Jazz Suites, the stage becomes the vibrant middle ground for respective traditions, buoyant personalities, high hopes and blazing footwork. Onstage and off, director Hoku Uchiyama’s camera is an intimate partner, capturing a unique friendship with the capacity to thrill, inspire and teach many life-sustaining things about the art of improvisation. —Robert Avila SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 12:45 PM R AFAEL 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2:45 PM 142 THROCKMORTON

In Norweigan with English subtitles. In this sumptuous drama set against the unforgettable backdrop of Norwegian fjords and forests at the turn of the 20th century, a miller’s son, Johannes, and a landowner’s daughter, Victoria, are a pair of youthful star-crossed lovers. Social standing is just one barrier to the couple’s bliss, but money poses an even bigger obstacle. Growing up together in the verdant woods of Victoria’s family’s estate, the two fall in love while they are still children. As a young adult, Johannes finds renown as a poet and novelist but is still too poor to win Victoria’s hand. Instead, against her will, Victoria’s father arranges her engagement to a wealthy army officer (Bill Skarsgard). In this handsome adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s acclaimed 1898 novel, writer-director Torun Lian fashions a timeless romance that balances its emotional undercurrent with a fascinating observation of 19th-century Norwegian social mores. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Pam Grady

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WALESA, MAN OF HOPE

LE WEEK-END

WHOOPI GOLDBERG PRESENTS MOMS MABLEY

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POL AND 2013 • 127 MINS

UK 2013 • 93 MINS

US 2013 • 71 MINS

Director Andrzej Wajda Producers Katarzyna Fukacz, Małgorzata Fogel, Michał Kwiecinski Screenwriter Janusz Głowacki Cinematographer Pawe Edelman Editors Grazyna Gradon, Milenia Fiedler Cast Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Cezary Kosinski, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Mirosław Baka, Maciej Stuhr Print Source Films Boutique

Director Roger Michell Producer Kevin Loader Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi Cinematographer Nathalie Durand Editor Kristina Hetherington Cast Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander, Judith Davis Print Source Music Box Films

Director Whoopi Goldberg Producers Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Leonardis, George Schlatter Editors Geeta Gandbhir, Maya Mumma Print Source HBO

FOCUS: INSPIRING LIVES • In Polish and Italian with English subtitles. Following his political masterpieces, 1975’s Man of Marble and 1981’s Man of Iron—about the rise of Poland’s Solidarity movement—renowned director Andrzej Wajda tackles the powerful story of Solidarity’s leader, former Polish president Lech Walesa (Robert Wieckiewicz). This stunning biopic, built around an interview he gave to Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci (Maria Rosaria Omaggio), recounts Walesa’s rise from an electrician to the leader of a major historical uprising that saw the defeat of Soviet rule in 1980s Poland. “My aim was to make a movie about a people’s hero,” explains Wajda, “a politician who came from the social lows and rose to his position purely and only thanks to his own will, his own strength, his own energy, his intelligence.” Walesa, Man of Hope, which had its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival, proves both a brilliant character study and a remarkable historical epic.

The ever-wonderful Jim Broadbent (TopsyTurvy, Cloud Atlas) and Lindsay Duncan (Under the Tuscan Sun) star as a couple marking their 30th anniversary with a Parisian vacation in this charming, thought-provoking film. Director Roger Michell nods to the French New Wave and shows the City of Lights through the eyes of a delighted tourist as he explores the imperfections of human relationships. Despite years of pleasant companionship, Nick and Meg’s marriage has quietly frayed and their holiday gradually lays bare all insecurities and tensions. Sincere performances and piquant dialogue draw the viewer into the characters’ inner lives and bittersweet intimate moments. A chance reunion with a garrulous American (a sparkling Jeff Goldblum) lights the fuse on a time bomb of a dinner party full of temptations and revelations. The latest collaboration from Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi (the team behind Venus, MVFF 2006), Le Week-end is an unforgettable portrait of a relationship long neglected but not yet unsalvageable. —Laura Henneman

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FOCUS: INSPIRING LIVES • Groundbreaker, truth teller and political progressive in the guise of a toothless, housecoat-wearing comedienne with a raspy voice, Jackie “Moms” Mabley was a Chitlin’ Circuit staple who delivered risqué antics and controversial social commentary through clever wordsmithing. From her onscreen persona to her lesser-known off-screen life as Mr. Moms—a powerful queer figure in men’s clothes—Mabley set the trajectory for both black and non-black comics. She was the first black woman to work the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall, and she split top billing with the likes of Cab Calloway during a career that spanned fi ve decades. Whoopi Goldberg, who first honored Mabley onstage in her 1984 show Moms, revisits Mabley now in her directorial debut. Amid archival footage, photography and animation. Goldberg interviews comedic legends like Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Stiller and Joan Rivers about Mabley’s impact on their work and her indelible contributions to the comedic landscape. —Angelique Smith SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 4:00 PM R AFAEL 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5:30 PM 142 THROCKMORTON P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H SP E A K TO ME

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WICKIE AND THE TREASURE OF THE GODS

WORKERS

THE YEAR AND THE VINEYARD (EL AÑO Y LA VIÑA)

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GERMANY 2011 • 96 MINS

MEXIC O/GERMANY 2013 • 120 MINS

SPAIN 2013 • 80 MINS

Director/Screenwriter Christian Ditter Producers Christian Becker, Lena Schömann Cinematographer Christian Rein Editor Ueli Christen Cast Jonas Hämmerle, Valeria Eisenbart, Waldemar Kobus, Günther Kaufmann, Nic Romm, Christian A. Koch. Print Source Rat Pack Film Productions

Director/Screenwriter José Luis Valle Producers José Luis Valle, Elsa Reyes Cinematographer César Gutiérrez Miranda Editor Óscar Figueroa Cast Susana Salazar, Jesús Padilla Print Source MPM Film

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer/Editor Jonathan Cenzual Burley Cast Andrea Calabrese, Fede Sánchez, Javier Sáez, Laura Drewett Print Source Jonathan Cenzual Burley

In Spanish with English subtitles. An impressive debut feature from José Luis Valle, this devilishly funny drama paints an affecting picture of the division of labor in today’s ostensibly egalitarian society. Set in Tijuana, the film evokes all the vibrancy, destitution and beauty of this seaside border town. Rafael has been a cleaner in the same light bulb factory for 30 years. It is his last day before retirement, and he even buys himself a pair of new shoes for the occasion. Lidia is one of seven people keeping house for a rich Mexican woman in a wheelchair who has dedicated her life to her whippet, Princess, who eats from a golden bowl and sleeps on a silk cushion. Lidia has spent 30 years taking care of the dog and its ailing mistress, day and night. Shot with mesmerizing minimalism, the filmmaker captures the haunting struggle for humanity of everyday workers in Mexico. —Delfin Vigil

In Spanish and Italian with English subtitles. A brash Sicilian soldier on his way to the Spanish Civil War falls through the sky and into the present-day wine country of Salamanca, where he is greeted with good news and bad. The good: His army won the war. The bad: His lover, Isabella, along with life as he knew it, are all lost to the past 75 years, which for him are mere secondsold memories. As the solider struggles to make 21st-century sense of a bizarro world where hybrid cars are now parked in front of castles, he becomes increasingly intent on finding a way back onto the more familiar battlefields of 1937. Director Jonathan Cenzual Burley (Soul of Flies) festoons his second feature with a host of colorful characters, all sharing dry and witty words of wisdom amid the fable-like cinematic style for which Burley is quickly becoming known. WORLD PREMIERE —Delfin Vigil

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Young Wickie is a Viking who’d rather use his head to get out of a fix than just conk an opponent with it—his father’s preferred method. When dad, the Viking chief, goes missing, leadership falls on Wickie. His wits can overcome a storm at sea, capture by the Valkyries and an enemy castle’s fortifications, but he can’t puzzle out the girl who’s been dogging him ever since she grabbed the prize that he desperately needed to win dad’s approval. This girl has her own father issues, but instead of adopting Wickie’s penchant for negotiation, she steals and tricks her way out of trouble. The two race each other to reach a treasure of the gods whose possession could spell calamity for all humans. This family film by famed German production company Ratpack (The Wave, MVFF 2008) offers a sure-handed balance between comedy and adventure, slapstick, and sentiment. Presented in 3D. Ages 7+ —Roberta McNair SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 11:30 AM SEQUOIA 2 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 11:30 AM SEQUOIA 1

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ALGERIA 2012 • 90 MINS

US • 90 MINS

UK /ISR AEL 2012 • 110 MINS

Director/Screenwriter Djamila Sahraoui Producers Mourad Zidi, Antonin Dedet Cinematographer Raphael O’Byrne Editor Catherine Gouze Print Source FIGa Films

FOCUS: L’AFRIQUE • In Arabic with English subtitles. This spare, exquisitely composed story tells an epic tale in deeply human terms, as the ongoing civil conflict between government forces and rebels plays out in one woman’s life in rural Algeria. Warda is grieving one son’s death and berating her other child for his culpability for it. Living in an area rife with rebels who are afraid she might betray information, Warda is assigned a guard. Knowing that he is on the same side as her son’s assassins, she treats him with disdain and wariness, even as he tries to win her over. When her other son arrives bearing a newborn and asking her to care for it, she must decide how far and for how long she will carry her rage. In this beautifully shot, masterful film, writer-director Djamila Sahraoui (who also plays Warda) lets her protagonist’s despair stand for all of the Algerian mothers grieving the deaths of their loved ones. —Rod Armstrong FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 6:45 PM R AFAEL 3 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 6:15 PM R AFAEL 3 P RE SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM C ON SUL GENER A L OF F R A NCE IN S A N F R A NCI S C O A ND F RENCH A MERIC A N C ULT UR A L S O CIE T Y P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H MUSEUM OF T HE A F RIC A N DI A SP OR A

This year’s peer-juried youth reel is culled from 160 entries from around the US and the world. For the first time, we also teamed up with Montréal-based YoungCuts Film Festival, an international festival for young filmmakers. Many of the jury’s picks this year came from YoungCuts as well as from our partners more locally: San Francisco Art and Film, Harvard-Westlake School in Southern California and, of course, schools and individuals from Marin and the Bay Area. Jurors came this year from our newly named summer project, Summerfilm, a five-day course that teaches media literacy and puts film-oriented teens in contact with film professionals, who come in and talk about their jobs in the industry. The jurors want you to know that the reel includes one of the scariest shorts they’ve ever seen (so they watched it three times) and some of the funniest. Ages 13+ —John Morrison SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1:30 PM L ARK

Director Eran Riklis Producers Fred Ritzenberg, Gareth Unwin Screenwriter Nadir Rizq Cinematographer Dan Laustsen Editor Herve Schneid Cast Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal Print Source Strand Releasing

In English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. In this tender and hopeful twofor-the-road political thriller, a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee (Abdullah El Aka) and a wounded Israeli fighter pilot (Steven Dorff) are unlikely partners. Mutually suspicious but forced to traverse the dangers of the border between Israel and Lebanon, they need each other to get back to their shared homeland. As in Lemon Tree (MVFF 2008), director Riklis tells a compelling story with a beloved tree at its center. Fahed wants to plant his dead father’s precious olive tree (zaytoun, in Arabic) on the plot of land his family was forced to abandon. In addition to two sensitive lead performances, Homeland’s Loai Nofi provides comic relief as a zany taxi driver. The accurate recreation of Beirut prior to the 1982 war evokes all the complexity of the human experience, with the double tenderness of a young boy emerging with an olive tree as a gesture of hope for all. —Sandy Handsher SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 3:15 PM SEQUOIA 1 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2:00 PM R AFAEL 2 P R E SEN T ED W I T H S UP P OR T F R OM C ON SUL AT E GENER A L OF I SR A EL A ND P R E SEN T ED IN A S S O CI AT ION W I T H I SR A EL CEN T ER

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ACTIVE CINEMA QUESTION ENGAGE TRANSFORM QUESTION ENGAGE TRANSFORM MVFF’s Active Cinema films are united in their commitment to explore the world and its issues, engage audiences and transform society. After the credits role and the lights come up, onscreen images continue to have significant impact. Transforming ideas into action is what Active Cinema is all about!

MVFF36 ACTIVE CINEMA FILMS AL HELM: MARTIN LUTHER KING IN PALESTINE Directed by Connie Field THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT Directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Presented in association with Teens Turning Green LION ARK Directed by Tim Phillips Presented in association with Animal Defenders International MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE Directed by Michele Josue Presented in association with Facing History and Ourselves THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM CHICAGO TO THE KAROO Directed by Will Parrinello, John Antonelli and Tom Dusenbery

STANDING ON SACRED GROUND Directed by Christopher McLeod Presented in association with Marin American Indian Alliance and Marin Interfaith Council TOXIC HOT SEAT Directed by Kirby Walker Presented in association with San Francisco Fire Fighters Cancer Prevention Foundation

NETWORKING IN NATURE Saturday, October 5, 10:15 AM—12:30 PM, Free Hike: Meet at 10:15 AM at Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot/ picnic area. Hike to the ocean, return within an hour or so. Join Festival staff and guests for a hike and skills exchange. Meet, hike and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, activism and strategies. Some of the best information is garnered in peer-to-peer connections. Bring water, sunblock, wear good hiking shoes. Get some fresh air and connect with filmmakers, friends and cinephiles during an hour-long hike through beautiful terrain. All are welcome! Hike Hosts include Jessica Abbe, Andrew Black, Toby McLeod, Will Parinello and Wendy Slick. Tennessee Valley information:

THE TROUBLE WITH BREAD Directed by Maggie Beidelman

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Presented in association with Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up required.

UNFAIR GAME: THE POLITICS OF POACHING Directed by John Antonelli

MVFF’s popular collaboration with Cinemasports’ Jin Joo returns with an international tournament. Arrive with your crew equipped to create, shoot and edit your masterpiece by the same-day deadline. Teams will vie to finish a short film or music video before sundown with three mandatory Active Cinema–inspired “ingredients.” These might include a loaf of bread, a lion or a sacred site! Films made on the same weekend with the same ingredients by international teams from England, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain and more will screen alongside local productions.

Presented in association with Wildlife Works

Presented in association with Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA)

Active Cinema: Other films of Interest

THE ORGANIC LIFE Directed by Casey Beck

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Presented in association with Local Harvest

ACTIVE CINEMA: HIKE AND IDEAS EXCHANGE

12 YEARS A SLAVE GRIGRIS WORKERS

CINEMASPORTS Sunday, October 6, 9:00 AM, Filmmakers’ kickoff, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley Sign up online: www.cinemasports.com Public Screening Sunday, October 6, 8:00 PM $10 142 Throckmorton

ACTIVE CINEMA ON FACEBOOK Join Active Cinema filmmakers and supporters on Facebook and stay connected year-round. www.facebook.com/milly.valley

GET ACTIVE! Discover a world of inspiration in Active Cinema. Join us for Active Cinema screenings throughout the Festival, support the grassroots activism of filmmakers and engage with admirable work by special guests, co-presenters and Active Cinema partners.

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NEW MOVIES LAB MVFF presents WORKSHOPS AND PANELS ON THE ART, TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS OF FILMMAKING WITH TOP FILMMAKERS AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS IN SIGH T: DAV ID TH OM SON

INSIGHT: JAN TROELL and YOHANNA TROELL

A MA STER C L A SS C ONVERSATION

A MA STER C L A SS C ONVERSATION

Saturday, October 5, 12:00 PM, $20, Rafael David Thomson is a nationally recognized writer, film historian and film critic for the New Republic. His seminal New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition, and 2012’s The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies are textbooks for film lovers. Thomson will read from his latest book, Moments That Made the Movies, and share candid observations in a master-class conversation with Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Director of Programming Richard Peterson. Q&A will follow.

THE STATE OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA REDUX, OR, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Sunday, October 6, 11:00 AM, $20, Rafael The future is now. Theaters have completed the digital transition. Films like Margin Call and Arbitrage grossed more money on VOD than in theaters. Smart TVs are the next big thing destined to fill holiday stockings this year. Despite all these changes, the industry is still in flux. Adapting is critical to survival in the world of independent film. Some of the most experienced independent film veterans in the areas of production, acquisition, distribution and exhibition will discuss the steps you need to take—whether you’re still putting pen to paper, in development or in the final stages of post-production. Join us for a lively and informative panel on how to adapt and succeed in this ever-changing industry. INVITED GUESTS BOB BERNEY is founder of Picturehouse, who will distribute Nimród Antal’s Metallica Through the Never in theaters on September 27 exclusively in IMAX and theaters everywhere on October 4. He has overseen the US theatrical releases of blockbusters My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Insidious, as wel as high-profile art house films Pan’s Labyrinth, La Vie en Rose and Drive. TED HOPE, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, has produced films for Ang Lee, Hal Hartley and Todd Field, among others. Among Ted’s 23 Sundance entries, three have been Grand Prize winners: The Brothers McMullen, American Splendor and What Happened Was….. GARY RUBIN, executive vice president at the Cohen Media Group, Gary Rubin has over 25 years of experience in the motion picture and television business, including acquisition and distribution. Prior to his current position, he formed and ran First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company. Gary teaches a popular production class at UCLA. MARK FISHKIN (moderator), is the executive director and founder of the California Film Institute and the director and founder of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Under Mark’s helm, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center was renovated and reopened in May 1999. NETWORKING RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.

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Wednesday, October 9, 5:30 PM, $20, Rafael Please see program note, page 47. Following a film screening, master filmmaker Jan Troell will be joined by his daughter, filmmaker Yohanna Troell, in conversation with Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center Director of Programming Richard Peterson. Q&A will follow.

SCALING UP: Breaking Barriers & Advancing Opportunities for WOME N IN THE INDUS TRY Saturday, October 12, 1:00 PM, $20, Rafael

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Working creatively in independent film can be as challenging as it is rewarding, but for women, maintaining a career in film remains an uphill struggle. Recent studies by institutions like the Sundance Institute and USC Annenberg have highlighted ways to address barriers and opportunities for women in the industry. What resources support a creative life? What role models, onscreen and off, have helped pave the way? This diverse panel of women offers a wealth of wisdom and experience. INVITED GUESTS STACY L. SMITH, PH.D. (moderator) has been working for the last five years with a team of USC Annenberg students to assess portrayals of men and women in popular media. Her new research study, focusing on the barriers and opportunities for women in independent film, was presented at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Dr. Smith˙s research has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek and Variety, among other places. DAKOTA FANNING is an actress currently appearing in Effie Gray and Motel Life ( both MVFF, 2013). Other work includes the Twilight series and The Secret Life of Bees (MVFF Opening Night, 2008). VERA FARMIGA is an actress and director currently appearing in At Middleton (MVFF, 2013). She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Up In The Air (MVFF 2009). PRATIBHA PARMAR is an award-winning producer and director whose works include Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (MVFF, 2013), Warrior Marks (1993) and Doctors. OSNAT SHURER is vice president of development and producer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. She has previously worked as a producer (One Man Band, Boundin’) at Pixar Animation Studios, Intuit Films and Aardman Animations. FOR OTHER PANELS, PLEASE SEE: STANDING ON SACRED GROUND 1 & 2, page 58 All New Movies Lab participants subject to change; updates at mvff.com.

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SHUTTLE SERVICE MILL VA LLE Y FILM FE S TI VA L SHU T TLE LE AVE YOUR C AR AT HOME!

100% carbon-neutral shuttles generously provided by Bauers Intelligent Transportation

Use the COMPLIMENTARY MVFF shuttle service for easy direct access to and from Festival venues. Shuttle service runs Saturdays and Sundays, October 5–6 and October 12–13 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm with regular stops.

MILL VALLEY/SAN RAFAEL LOOP MILL VALLEY Leaving regularly: Downtown Mill Valley at the MVFF Mill Valley Box Office. The MVFF Shuttle also stops at this hotel:

S A N R A FA E L Leaving regularly: Directly in front of the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and MVFF San Rafael Box Office. Shuttle space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Allow plenty of time in case you have to wait for the next service. The MVFF Shuttle provides alternative and equal transportation for all individuals. For an ADA-accessible shuttle, please call 415.388.1234 between 11:00 am and 11:00 pm on Oct. 5–6 and Oct. 12–13, or ask a Festival staff member for assistance.

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CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE EDUCATION CFI Education provides children and young people of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn about themselves and the world through film. EDUCATION SCREENINGS AT THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

CFI Education hosts free screenings of eight to ten films followed by Q&A sessions with guest filmmakers. CFI also invites local and international filmmakers into Bay Area classrooms.

COMMUNITY CINEMA

These multigenerational monthly screenings feature hard-hitting, topical documentaries followed by discussions with special guests. Attendees include school groups as well as the community at large. Presented in partnership with ITVS and PBS’s Independent Lens series.

MY PLACE

For 36 years, the Mill Valley Film Festival and the California Film Institute have pioneered creative film programs for youth, providing year-round screenings, interactive sessions with film professionals and hands-on workshops to introduce students to film as a vibrant tool of creativity and communication, and as a rich cultural experience. CFI Education serves students as well as families, teachers and adults throughout the Bay Area.

A PLACE IN THE WORLD

A six-film, seven-month curriculum for 100 repeating students from diverse schools in Richmond, Oakland, San Francisco and Marin. Students examine international films addressing universal coming-of-age issues with filmmaker Q&As and small breakout discussions.

ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH FORUM

Two days of films for grades 1–12, with filmmakers, speakers and panels examining environmental issues, and with films on all three screens at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center.

PHONE: 415.383.5256, EXT 113

A series of five-day intensive workshops for at-risk youth using film as a storytelling technique. Youth are recruited through community social service agency referrals. Each student writes and films his or her own personal story, fostering a sense of empowerment. Programs take place in Marin, San Francisco and the East Bay. Starting this year, My Place 2.0 brings graduates of My Place back to hone their filmmaking skills in a professionally oriented curriculum.

SUMMERFILM AND THE YOUTH JURY

An annual five-day intensive workshop held in July for youth ages 13 to 18 to learn critical thinking and film curating skills and an understanding of moviemaking techniques. Film industry professionals, many of them Emmy- and Academy Award®–winning filmmakers, teach seminars. Selected students critique a selection of youth-produced films to be screened during MVFF.

THE FUTURE PROFESSIONALS

This year we’re bringing an extended Summerfilm model to Latino students in the San Rafael and Novato areas. Partnering with schools and social service agencies, the program features lectures, workshops and film-viewing opportunities at the Rafael and during MVFF for participants and their families.

EMAIL: EDUCATION@CAFILM.ORG

ONLINE: CAFILM.ORG

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VENUES FE S T I VA L V ENUE S C H R I S T O P H E R B . S M I T H R A FA E L FILM CENTER 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael

M I L L VA L L E Y C H A M B E R O F COMMERCE 85 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

CORTE MADER A TOWN CENTER 770 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera ELK’S LODGE 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael

CINÉARTS@SEQUOIA 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

O DA L I S Q U E C A F E 1335 4th St., San Rafael

14 2 T H R O C K M O R T O N T H E AT E R 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

FA R M S H O P 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

C E N T U RY C I N E M A 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera

FR ANTOIO 152 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley

STERLING BANK & TRUST 1104 Fourth St., San Rafael

L A R K T H E AT E R 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur

G U I D E B OAT 153 Miller Ave., Mill Valley

S W E E T WAT E R M U S I C H A L L 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley

I M AG E F L O W 401 Miller Ave., Suite A, Mill Valley

T I B U R O N TAV E R N 1651 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon

R O O M A R T G A L L E RY 86 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

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L E AV E YO U R C A R AT H O M E!

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Ride the free MVFF shuttle provided by Bauers Intelligent Transportation. The weekend-only shuttle stops in downtown Mill Valley, San Rafael and at the Mill Valley Holiday Inn, once every hour from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. See page 68 for details. We also encourage taking Golden Gate Transit to our screenings and events.

Parking is limited and metered near Festival venues. Please note the parking time limits as cars will be ticketed and could be towed.

From US 101, take the Central San Rafael exit and proceed west to 1118 Fourth Street.

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From US 101, take the Tiburon/East Blithedale exit and proceed west on East Blithedale toward downtown Mill Valley. Turn left onto Throckmorton Avenue.

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T I C K E TS TICKET PRICES FOR REGULAR SHOWS* $14

General Admission

$11.50

California Film Institute (CFI) Members

$12.50

Seniors (65+)

$12.50

Students

$10

Children’s FilmFest (all ages)

$8

5@5 Programs

*unless otherwise indicated

For Opening Night, Closing Night, Centerpiece, Tribute, Spotlight, live music events and other special programs or parties, please see specific event information and pricing. Tickets go on sale to CFI Members before the general public; on-sale dates are determined by membership level.

MVFF Fast Pass, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactor Members Sunday, September 8, at 2:00 pm Director’s Circle Members Monday, September 10, at 5:00 pm Gold Star and above Members Tuesday, September 10, at 5:00 pm All CFI Members Thursday, September 12, at 5:00 pm General Public Sunday, September 15, at 11:00 am

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS Opening dates and hours for ticket sales are listed below. O N L I N E : M V F F.C O M

IN PERSON:

There is a $1.75 convenience fee added to each online ticket purchased. Your tickets will be available at Will Call (located at the box offices). Tickets delivered via mail (USPS) incur a $3.75 convenience fee.

SAN RAFAEL TICKET OUTLET

BY P H O N E : T O L L- F R E E 8 7 7. 8 74 . M V F F (6 8 3 3) NOTE: If you have trouble purchasing online and cannot purchase tickets in person, leave a message on box office voicemail: 877.874.6833. The convenience fee for phone sales is $10.00 per order. Tickets delivered via mail (USPS) incur a $3.75 convenience fee.

SOLD OUT? TRY THE RUSH LINE Rush tickets often become available even after advance tickets have sold out. The rush line forms outside each venue beginning one hour before showtime. Approximately 15 minutes prior to the screening, available rush tickets are sold on a first-come, firstserved basis. No discounts. Cash only. Last year, many of our guests had great success buying last-minute tickets via the rush line.

October 3-13: Mon–Thurs, 11:00 am to 15 minutes after last show starts Fri–Sun, 10:00 am to 15 minutes after last show starts

MILL VALLEY TICKET OUTLETS ROOM Art Gallery 86 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley Sept 15–Oct 2: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Festival Hours, October 3–13: Mon–Thurs, 1:00 pm to 15 minutes after last show starts Fri–Sun, 10:00 am to 15 minutes after last show starts

CORTE MADERA CENTURY CINEMA, LARK THEATER, 142 THROCKMORTON THEATRE All other venues with on-site box offices open one hour before first screening of the day.

THE FINE PRINT

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All orders are final. No refunds, exchanges, substitutions or reprints. MVFF is not responsible for lost, stolen, forgotten or damaged tickets, or tickets misdirected by the post office. To pick up tickets at Will Call, you must bring a valid photo ID that corresponds to the name on the credit card used to purchase the tickets. Processing fees are nonrefundable. The convenience fee for online sales is $1.75 per ticket. The convenience fee for phone sales is $10 per order. Ticket holders must arrive at the venue 15 minutes prior to showtime to be guaranteed a seat.

• All seats are general admission, and multiple seat-saving is not permitted.

MVFF is committed to accommodating audience members with disabilities, offering early seating as needed. To receive assistance, please make yourself known to the theater manager. All screening venues and their bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible. Assisted-listening devices are available at the Rafael Film Center, Cinéarts@Sequoia, and Corte Madera Century Cinema.

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Sterling Bank & Trust 1104 Fourth St., San Rafael (next to Smith Rafael Film Center) Sept 8: 2:00–6:00 pm (members only) Sept 9–Oct 2: 5:00-9:00 pm

Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce 85 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

• While waiting in line, please be considerate of our neighbors and local businesses. • Please refrain from wearing perfumes and other scented products so that attendees with environmental sensitivities can enjoy the films in comfort. Thank you. • The use of cameras or other recording equipment is strictly prohibited during all screenings and programs.

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FILM AND PROGRAM INDEX 10,000 Hours ........................................................... 65 12 Years a Slave....................................................... 34 3020 Laguna St. in Exitum ...................................... 33 5@5: Black Angel + Fest Faves............................... 31 5@5: Children’s Story .............................................. 32 5@5: Circus .............................................................. 32 5@5: How’s It Gonna End ........................................ 32 5@5: Innocent When You Dream............................. 33 5@5: New Coat of Paint ........................................... 33 5@5: World Keeps Turning ..................................... 33 Active Cinema Hike ................................................. 66 Adrift ........................................................................ 43 Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine ............. 34 Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth................................. 34 All Is Lost ................................................................. 35 Alone ........................................................................ 65 Along the Roadside ................................................. 35 The Amber Amulet .................................................. 32 At Middleton ............................................................ 35 At the Bar ................................................................. 33 August Fools ........................................................... 36 August: Osage County ............................................ 36 The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist.............................. 33 Beatrice Coron’s Daily Battles ............................... 32 Beautiful ................................................................. 65 Belleville Baby ........................................................ 36 Bends ....................................................................... 37 Beside Still Waters ................................................. 37 The Best Offer ......................................................... 37 Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton ...... 38 Black Angel ............................................................. 31 Blessing in Disguise ............................................... 33 Blue Is the Warmest Color ..................................... 38 The Book Thief ........................................................ 38 Breathe In ................................................................ 39 Brendan O’Connell Is Blocking the Bread Aisle ... 33 Capital...................................................................... 39 Cheba ....................................................................... 39 China in Three Words ............................................. 33 CinemaSports ......................................................... 66 A Close Scrutiny .......................................................47 Closing Bell ............................................................. 33 Collapse ................................................................... 40 Coming Home .......................................................... 33 The Contest ............................................................. 40 Cookie Wars ............................................................ 65 A Couple of Things You Didn’t Know About the Golden Gate Bridge ....................................... 32 Dallas Buyers Club ................................................. 40 The Dandelions ........................................................41 The Darkroom ......................................................... 65 December 25 ........................................................... 33 Desert Runners........................................................41 Different Drummer ................................................. 65 Director’s Panel .......................................................67 Drones in My Backyard........................................... 33 Effi e Gray ..................................................................41 Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me ......................................... 42 Epitaph ..................................................................... 65 Everything Is Temporary ........................................ 33 F-Line ...................................................................... 33 The Face of Love ..................................................... 42 Facing Fear ...............................................................47 Families Are Forever .............................................. 53 Farah Goes Bang ..................................................... 42 The Farm ................................................................. 65 Feed Your Head ....................................................... 59 Finding Hillywood ................................................... 43

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Fora (Guess) ............................................................ 43 Generation War ....................................................... 43 The German Doctor ................................................ 43 The German Who Came to Tea ............................... 33 Ghost Town to Havana............................................. 44 Gloria ....................................................................... 44 Greed ....................................................................... 32 Grigris ...................................................................... 44 Hans ......................................................................... 33 The Hi De Ho Show .................................................. 45 History Lesson ........................................................ 65 Honk If You Love Someone ..................................... 65 A House, A Home ..................................................... 32 The Human Experiment .......................................... 45 I Catch a Terrible Cat .............................................. 45 I Spy with My Little Eye ........................................... 32 Iceberg ..................................................................... 65 The Illness and the Odyssey ................................... 46 Imagine .................................................................... 46 In the Cobbler’s Shoes ............................................ 46 Industry/Distributor panel ......................................67 Insight: David Thomson ...........................................67 Insight: Jan Troell .............................................. 47, 67 “John Brown’s Body” at San Quentin Prison ..........47 Just Like You ........................................................... 65 Keep a Tidy Soul ...................................................... 42 Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Drumming ................................47 Killers ...................................................................... 65 King of Norway ........................................................ 32 Lambing Season ..................................................... 32 The Last Sentence .................................................. 48 Laugh Clown Laugh ................................................ 33 Life in Pink ............................................................... 65 Like Father, Like Son .............................................. 48 Lion Ark ................................................................... 48 A Long and Happy Life .............................................49 Love 60+ ....................................................................47 Luminosa ................................................................. 32 Lumumba .................................................................49 Luna Ladies ..............................................................47 Make It Out .............................................................. 65 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ............................49 Marcel, King of Tervuren ........................................ 32 Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine ........................... 50 Med mitt matt matt ..................................................47 The Missing Picture ................................................ 50 The Missing Scarf ................................................... 32 Mission Impromable ............................................... 65 More Than Two Hours ............................................. 33 The Motel Life.......................................................... 50 Mt. Zion .....................................................................51 My Dear Americans ................................................ 33 My Neighbor Totoro..................................................51 Naples Yellow .......................................................... 52 Nebraska ..................................................................51 The New Environmentalists ................................... 52 The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to the Karoo ................................. 52 Odd Brodsky ............................................................ 52 One Chance.............................................................. 52 One Man’s Show ...................................................... 53 The Organic Life ...................................................... 53 ownerBuilt ............................................................... 53 Paradigm ................................................................. 65 The Past ................................................................... 54 Peeping Tom .............................................................47 Pencil en Pointe ...................................................... 65

Philomena ............................................................... 54 PICO (Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera) .. 54 Post Remembrance ................................................ 65 The Pretty One ........................................................ 55 Redemption Trail..................................................... 55 The Retrieval ........................................................... 55 The Rocket ............................................................... 56 Rocketship ............................................................... 32 Run & Jump ............................................................. 56 Sarah Prefers to Run .............................................. 56 The Sea .................................................................... 57 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty .............................. 57 The Shark Riddle..................................................... 57 She Comes in Spring............................................... 32 The Slaughter .......................................................... 32 Slomo ....................................................................... 36 Somewhere Between.............................................. 33 Somewhere over the Rainbow ............................... 32 Spooks and Spirits .................................................. 58 Sssssh, by Danelia .................................................. 65 Standing on Sacred Ground 1................................. 58 Standing on Sacred Ground 2................................. 58 Standing on Sacred Ground 3................................. 59 Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi ............. 59 Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfi eld ......... 59 Sweet, Sweet Country............................................. 33 Sweetwater ............................................................. 60 The Tao of Bluegrass: A Portrait of Peter Rowan . 60 This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records ........... 60 This Way Out ............................................................ 32 Thomas Dolby: The Invisible Lighthouse ...............61 Today .........................................................................61 Tokyo Family ............................................................61 Toxic Hot Seat .......................................................... 62 The Trouble with Bread .......................................... 53 A Truncated Story of Infi nity ................................... 33 Two Chips................................................................. 32 Unfair Game: The Politics of Poaching .................. 52 Upaj: Improvise ....................................................... 62 Victoria .................................................................... 62 The Visitor ............................................................... 33 Walesa, Man of Hope .............................................. 63 Wanderlust .............................................................. 53 Le Week-end ........................................................... 63 Weight ...................................................................... 65 White Shoe............................................................... 46 Whoopi Goldberg presents Moms Mabley............. 63 Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods ..................... 64 Winter Shower......................................................... 33 Workers ................................................................... 64 The Year and the Vineyard ...................................... 64 Yema ........................................................................ 65 Youth Reel: Paradigm ............................................. 65 Yukon Kings ............................................................. 33 Zaytoun .................................................................... 65

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D IN I NG PAG E

M I LL VALLEY Ba lboa C a fE

Pi a z z a D’Angelo

Classic American Bistro cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. 415.381.7321 38 Miller Ave.

balboacafe.com

Buc k e y e Roa dhouse A Marin County dining mainstay. Try the famous Oysters Bingo, housesmoked BBQ baby-back ribs and more! 415.331.2600 buckeyeroadhouse.com

15 Shoreline Hwy.

BuNGALOW 4 4 Featuring edgy California cuisine, fantastic cocktails, a gorgeous fireplace, big boy booths, live music every Wednesday night, right next to the MV Movie Theater. 415.381.2500 44 East Blithedale Ave.

bungalow44.com

FR A NTOIO Contemporary familyowned Italian restaurant with an in-house olive press. All natural, all the time! Buon appetito! 415.289.5777 152 Shoreline Hwy. frantoio.com

LA GINES TR A Family owned neapolitan restaurant celebrating its 50th year in downtown Mill Valley. Fish, pasta and pizza in a warm and convivial environment. Full service bar with italian specialty cocktails, aperitivi & digestivi and selected wines. 415.388.0224

Authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of downtown, featuring a wood-burning pizza oven, full-service bar and views of the piazza. 415.388.2000 piazzadangelo.com

22 Miller Ave.

s a n r a f ael Amic i’s E a s t C oa s t Piz zeri a Classic East Coast Thin Crust Pizzas, hand tossed to order and baked in traditional brick ovens. 415.455.9777 1242 Fourth St.

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Piz z a Antic a

Modern family dining offering the professionalism of a big-city eatery with the warmth of a local neighborhood joint—perfect for your first date or 50th with a couple of kids in tow. 415.383.0600 800 Redwood Hwy., Suite 705 Strawberry Village

Voted best brunch and best inexpensive dinner in Marin County. 415.257.8822

Il Davide Always delicious, beautifully prepared and served Northern Italian. 415.454.8080

Sm a ll Shed Fl atbre a ds

901 A St.

ildavide.net

Sa n R a fa el Joe’s

smallshed.com

17 Madrona St.

Extensive and varied selection of family favorites! 415.456.2425

Sweetwater Music Hall & café 931 Fourth St.

Puerto Rican cuisine. The food is incredible, the portions are huge and the atmosphere is a lot of fun. 415.451.4765

19 Corte Madera Ave. sweetwatermusichall.com

TOAS T

127 Throckmorton Ave.

sanrafaeljoes.com

SOL FOOD

California cooking: delicious and varied, but never fusion-y. 415.388.3850

Come enjoy delectable American comfort food in a casual setting. 415.388.2500

crepevine.com

908 Fourth St.

pizzaantica.com

Hang with the locals. Delicious wood-fired pizzas, great organic salads, wine, beer and more. 415.383.4200

amicis.com

901 Lincoln Ave.

solfoodrestaurant.com

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MILL VALLEY BEERWORKS Bay Area Top 100 Restaurant and Brewery, featuring a locally sourced menu and house-made beer. Call for reservations. 415.888.8218 millvalleybeerworks.com 173 Throckmorton Ave.

Pe a rl’s Ph at BurgerS Juicy, fat phat burgers, organic buffalo burgers, crispy fries, fresh salads and real milkshakes known as the best in Marin. 415.381.6010 pearlsdeluxe.com 8 East Blithedale Ave.

PI AT TI Italian-inspired, seasonally-dictated cuisine with an emphasis on local farms and producers, coupled with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. 415.380.2525 625 Redwood Hwy. piatti.com

toastmillvalley.com

31 Sunnyside Ave.

Ton y T u tto Piz z a Creative artisan-style pizza using the best imported, regional and local organic ingredients. Soup, salad, lasagna, specialty beers and nice wines. 415.383.8646 246 E. Blithedale Ave.

Farm to table fare. Where passion meets the plate. 415.721.0600 881 Fourth St.

Whipper Snapper Fun, vibrant space with the best fish tacos, organic tapas & sangria. Patio open lunch and dinner. 415-256-1818

tonytuttopizza.com

VASCO

1613 4th Street

Casual dining, excellent food, great atmosphere and casual prices, all in downtown Mill Valley! 415.381.3343 106 Throckmorton Ave.

vinantico.com

www.whipsnap.biz

YE T WAH Classic Chinese cuisine, featuring Hong Kong appetizers, crab puffs, noodle bowls and more! 415.460.9883

vascomillvalley.com 1238 Fourth St.

yetwahsanrafael.com


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