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MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 37

CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE PRESENTS

SOUVENIR PROGRAM

To the Mill Valley Film Festival,

Congratulations on 37 years of sharing the power of storytelling through film.

VA V A L LE Y FIL M VA V AL

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TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME TO

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Mayor’s Proclamation

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Children’s Filmfest

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Director’s Note

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CFI Education

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CFI Board

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CFI Sponsor

Closing Night Film and Party and Tribute: Laura Dern

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CFI Donors

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Premieres, Focus, Categories

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CFI Info

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Metallica: MVFF Artists in Residence

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CFI Membership

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A Musical Tribute to Jaco

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¡Viva el Cine!

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3 Still Standing–On Stage

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Support CFI

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Venues | Maps

Robin Williams: A Celebration

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Tickets | Guidelines

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Active Cinema

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Opening Night Films and Gala

101

New Movies Lab

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Spotlight: Elle Fanning

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Film Notes

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Screening Committee

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Special Screening: Wayne Wang & Cecilia Chiang

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Film Calendar

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Centerpiece: Black & White

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In Memoriam

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CFI and MVFF Staff

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Spotlight: Eddie Redmayne

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The Tao of Film

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Creative Credits

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Acknowledgements

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Print Sources

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Films by Country

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Films by Filmmaker

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Advertiser Index

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Title Index

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Tribute: Chuck Workman

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Special Screening: Like Sunday, Like Rain

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Latino Advisory Council

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Event: Star Wars V–The Empire Strikes Back

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MAYOR’S PROCLAMATION

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE WELCOME TO THE 37TH MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL! The theatrical experience: What has it been, what is it now, and what will it be in another 37 years? These are questions we ask ourselves as we strive to honor that experience at the Mill Valley Film Festival—the communal thrill when a beam of light cuts through the dark, hits the screen, and propels us into a new world that stimulates our minds and excites our spirits. One of our goals as a festival is sustaining the theatrical experience. At the same time, we must also embrace new technologies and lead the filmmaking and cinema-going community. Lead them to what? Well, we’re not entirely sure about that part. For many years, I have used this Director’s Note to address the changing landscapes of film art, the film industry, and the film festival, and all I know for sure is this: The only constant is change. Yes, you can rely on MVFF to be the trusted curator, the one who goes far and wide to bring you the first look at the best in international, documentary, family, and short films, while also celebrating the Bay Area’s best stories. Yes, you can rely on our continuing to support and provide a venue for the hundreds of filmmakers who’ve dedicated their lives to inspiring audiences and advancing cinematic art. And yes, you can rely on our educating and activating audiences, from schoolchildren to senior citizens. But theatrical exhibition is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain. Audiences are fluent in video-on-demand. Filmmakers crowd-fund and narrowcast. People are reinventing themselves, their viewing patterns, and their industries. Where does that leave the Mill Valley Film Festival? Right here, where we have been for almost four decades. Think of the Festival as a non-political, cinematic town hall, a place where the community can come together, experience art, engage with it and its makers, and hash out issues at a galvanizing Q&A or an intimate conversation at a post-panel event. At the same time, the wider community of filmmakers have a chance to see how their work is received, get a realistic take on their stories’ impacts, and help guide their films out into the world, whether through the internet, video-on-demand, theatrical distribution, or heretofore undreamed-of hybrids. Amidst all this serious talk of our changing media landscape, let us not forget one of the most important parts of a festival: celebration! The Festival is 11 days of basking in the surprise and delight of filmed entertainment. And it also means stepping back and honoring those people—from established artists Laura Dern, Wayne Wang, Hilary Swank, Chuck Workman,

Jason Reitman, Frank Whaley, and Mike Binder to rising stars Elle Fanning, Eddie Redmayne, Leighton Meester, and Ansel Elgort, to superstars in their own realms, Metallica and Cecilia Chiang—who bring us such memorable, even life-changing, performances and stories. Once upon a time, all of the people we are honoring this year were in the process of being discovered, which is a wonderful reminder to be open to the possibility of witnessing a breakthrough. You never know when an underthe-radar performance, first-time filmmaker, or micro-budget documentary will hit that magical combination of timing and tone and stylistic accomplishment. Some of you know a lot about what we’ll be screening over the next 11 days. Some of you try to come to any and all the shows you can, the obscurer, the better. Whatever your mode of attending, try to embrace the spirit of community and experimentation. Sometimes the best advice you’ll get on a must-see film is from the person who just happens to be standing next to you in the rush line. And while experimentation is key, we also continue to help frame your viewing possibilities to capture what is emerging in the cinematic zeitgeist. This year, we focus on Latin American and Spanish language films, comedy in all its multifariousness, and the sciences hard and soft. And our opening, centerpiece, and closing films flip genre expectations, address hard-hitting contemporary issues, and capture underrepresented stories. We want to stimulate our audiences—in any number of ways, from philosophical self-exploration to direct action—and I think this year’s slate of films certainly does that. Will festivals look entirely different in a few years’ time? Maybe MVFF will be three months long with films playing a dozen times or more. Maybe filmmakers will premiere their work and then come back a few weeks later to check back in with audiences. Maybe you, inspired by a particular film, will download “extras” the moment the credits roll and watch a taped Q&A or join an ask-me-anything live chat with a director. For the moment, I feel privileged just to ask some of these questions. Join us as we experiment and maybe find some of the answers. As always, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those people who are helping us continue our great experiment, this 11-day wild ride that is the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival. To the foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors; our dedicated staff and board of directors; the pioneering filmmakers who devote their lives to their art; and, of course, you, filmgoers hungry for smart and entertaining movies. Thank you, and enjoy.

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La exploración del Festival del cine español y latino Americano corriente alcanza a incluir documentales inspiradores, narrativos que desafían género y animaciones exuberantes. ¡Viva el Cine! también ofrece un enfoque particular en la música: de músicas femeninas ofreciendo una fresca interpretación de la música mariachi en Qué Caramba Es la Vida a los estrellas del roc modernos con sabor de flamenco Rodrigo y Gabriela en For Those About to Rock, hasta el más devoto aficionado español de los Beatles puesto en los ‘60s Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed. Celebrando narrativas universales a través de las culturas latinas e hispanas de alrededor del mundo, este es el cine moderno.

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THEATER RULES & Helpful Notes

BOX OFFICES

ARRIVE EARLY To guarantee admittance, ticket and pass holders must be in the appropriate line 15 minutes prior to published showtime.

SAN RAFAEL Smith Rafael Film Center 1112 Fourth Street Sept. 7 2:00–6:00 pm Sept. 8 5:00–9:00 pm Sept. 9 5:00–9:00 pm Sept. 11 5:00–9:00 pm Sept. 14–29, 5:00–9:00 pm

(Premier Patron and above)

Seat saving is NOT allowed.

(Director's Circle and above)

The use of cameras and other recording equipment is strictly prohibited during all screenings and programs.

(Gold Star and above) (All CFI Members) (General Public)

ALL cell phones and e-devices MUST be turned OFF prior to program introduction.

1020 B Street September 30–October 12, 10:00 am to 15 minutes after last show starts

Take personal items and refuse with you as you exit. Items left behind will be disposed of.

MILL VALLEY ROOM Art Gallery 86 Throckmorton Ave September 14–30, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

While waiting in line, please be considerate of our neighbors and local businesses. Do not block doorways.

Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Outside food and beverages not permitted.

85 Throckmorton Ave October 1, 11:00 am–3:00 pm October 2–12, 10:00 am to 15 minutes after last show starts

CORTE MADERA Microsoft at the Village at Corte Madera 1640 Redwood Hwy September 15–30, 3:00–7:00 pm September 14, 21, and 28, 2:00–6:00 pm

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Other venues with on-site box offices, including: Century Cinema Corte Madera, Lark Theater, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, open one hour before first screening of the day

General admission CFI members Seniors (65+) Students

$14 $11.50 $12.50 $12.50

Children’s FilmFest 5@5 Programs

$10 (all ages) $8

(purchase online or in person; present student ID at box office)

CONVENIENCE FEES: By mail, $3.75 per order Online, $1.75 per ticket Phone, $10 per order No service fee for in-person purchases (All fees are nonrefundable)

WILL CALL You must bring a valid photo ID that corresponds to the name on the credit card used to purchase the tickets. All ticket orders are fi nal. No refunds, exchanges, substitutions, or reprints. MVFF is not responsible for lost, stolen, forgotten, or damaged tickets, or tickets misdirected by the post office.

You will notice reserved seat signs at screenings. Please do not sit in a reserved seat unless it has been arranged for you, and do not stand near the reserved seats in hopes that they will be released. MVFF staff and volunteers take great effort to release reserved seats whenever possible.

RUSH TICKETS FOR SOLD-OUT SHOWS Rush tickets often become available after advance tickets have sold out.

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OPENING NIGHT Welcome to the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival.

THE HOMESMAN Director Tommy Lee Jones US 2014 122 min

Writer-director Tommy Lee Jones brings classic scope and modern sensitivity to this literal anti-Western about a spinster (Hilary Swank) and a claim jumper (Jones) escorting three women eastward through a dangerous and desolate frontier landscape. See page 118 for complete film synopsis.

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MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Director Jason Reitman US 2014 116 min

Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-images, and their love lives. See page 125 for complete film synopsis.

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SPOTLIGHT

ELLE FANNING

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Elle Fanning launched her career at the tender age of three and now, at age 16, already has built an extraordinary body of work. As a child actress, she cultivated her craft opposite the best in the business—Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, and Cate Blanchett, to name a few—and then landed breakout roles in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere and J.J. Abrams’s Super 8. Described as a “Streepian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision” and a performer of “heartbreaking clarity and grace,” Fanning now has an enviable career grounded in thoughtful indie terrain (Ginger & Rosa) and studio successes (Maleficent). She continues to shine in current projects Low Down, Young Ones, and The Boxtrolls.

US 2014 114 min

Director Jeff Preiss Elle Fanning is Amy-Jo, a teenager growing up in 1970s Los Angeles with her gifted but troubled jazz-pianist father, Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and her grandmother (Glenn Close). Director Jeff Preiss’s atmospheric imagery and spot-on casting immerse us in the ever-changing rhythms of the music and her story. See page 124 for complete film synopsis.

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By Deanna Quinones Nearly everyone in Hollywood is a hyphenate these days. Elle Fanning, at only 16, can compete with them all. She is a movie star-high-school kid/ambitious career woman-giggly prom date/style icon-social media-phobe/voiceover talent-aspiring ballerina/live-action Disney princess–down-home Georgia girl/Marilyn Monroe devotee-thoroughly modern actress. With more than 40 screen credits already under her belt, it is a fairly safe bet that many more descriptors of success will fit this young powerhouse in the decades that lie ahead. Born in Conyers, Georgia, in 1998, Mary Elle Fanning may well have had the paving stones to her future already set. Older sister Dakota was beginning to move toward the spotlight in local theater productions and it would be only a few short years before the family set out for Los Angeles. Fast forward to 2001 when Dakota was cast in the high-profile I Am Sam with Sean Penn, and Elle—not quite three years old—stepped into the same role as the younger version of her sister. The following year she did the same, sharing Dakota’s character in Taken, Steven Spielberg’s Sci-Fi Channel miniseries. There, however, is where the talent-packed sisters parted ways in their professional pursuits. Fanning began getting television work, with appearances on Judging Amy and CSI: Miami, and soon gained her first individual big-screen role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle Daddy Day Care. Veering from slapstick comedy to serious drama, Fanning was next cast as the daughter of fractious and grieving parents Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger in 2004’s The Door in the Floor. The producers of that film had originally intended to cast twins to handle the grueling shooting schedule, but were so impressed by Fanning that they chose to use only her. Though the sisters would go on to share voice work as (you guessed it) sisters in the 2005 English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki’s delightful anime feature My Neighbor Totoro, they have yet to share time on screen. 38

From the start, the appeal of this wide-eyed, flaxen-haired beauty was obvious and hard to resist. But Fanning proved, without delay, that she was much more than the adorable tyke who could lob a scripted bon mot and elicit the requisite “awww.” She worked steadily through her adolescent years, landing roles in Hollywood dramas such as Because of WinnDixie, Babel, Reservation Road, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. With Phoebe in Wonderland, Fanning gave what the New York Times called a “touching, subtle portrayal of a troubled” nine-year-old with Tourette’s syndrome who struggles to cope with her disease and self-destructive compulsions. Three years later, she was lauded for her performance as the daughter of a dissolute actor in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. She layered film work with television appearances, including roles on House, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, and Dirty Sexy Money. What she managed not to do, much to her professional credit, was slip into the typecasting trap. Though some of the parts shared thematic similarities—younger sister to a leading character or winsome child caught in the midst of a family’s grief, for instance—Fanning approached each with a fresh take, demonstrating an innate talent for capturing the nuances that bring a character to life. Behind that lovely camera-ready face were a fierce intelligence and emotional depth that belied her youth. By 2011, Fanning had more than two dozen credits to her name and had crossed the threshold into her teens. A remarkable growth spurt saw her shoot up seven inches by age twelve, and her physical presence began to carry the mature gravity her work had already demonstrated. Then came the breakthrough, the moment when Elle Fanning abruptly stopped being known simply as a talented child actor or Dakota’s little sister. She hit the zeitgeist with a starring role in J.J. Abrams’s Super 8, a true blockbuster that enjoyed critical as well as popular success.

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Super 8 was named among Time magazine’s Top Ten Best Movies of 2011, and accolades poured in for Fanning’s performance. As teen spitfire Alice Dainard, she is the beating heart of the young cast as the object of main character Joe’s affection but also as the anchoring presence to all the action. As Joe Morgenstern wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “It’s the presence of Elle Fanning’s Alice, an exquisite girl on the verge of young womanhood who reluctantly agrees to play the main zombie. Alice doesn’t know what a wonderful actress she is. The first time she runs her lines, she invests the silly words with a depth of feeling that leaves her castmates stunned, and Super 8 briefly becomes a movie about the primal power of movie acting, as well as a revelation of Ms. Fanning’s extraordinary gifts.”

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Those gifts continued to be on prominent display as the next two years brought a slate of projects, including intriguing short films and featured roles in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo and Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa. Stepping into the character of flame-haired Ginger for that ’60s-era coming-of-age drama, Fanning made the next leap from impressive teen talent to a maturing artist worth watching. A.O. Scott, in his New York Times review of the film, declared “Ms. Fanning, who is younger than her character, shows a nearly Streepian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision. It is frightening how good she is and hard to imagine anything she could not do.”

drama Young Ones, the other a portrayal of the daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany in our Spotlight feature, Low Down. Based on the memoir Low Down: Junk, Jazz and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood by Amy Jo Albany, this wrenching biopic features a trio of performances that might be considered a mirror to the jazz work Joe Albany created playing with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker. The always marvelous John Hawkes (MVFF 2012 Spotlight) and Glenn Close (MVFF 2011 Tributee) portray the heroin-addicted father and anguished grandmother to Fanning’s Amy, as the film depicts her heartbreaking witness to the downward spiral of a parent she cannot rescue from self-destruction. It’s a story that speaks volumes about the resiliency of a young girl transcending her circumstances, while celebrating the bright burst of light that was the jazz scene in 1970s Los Angeles.

That impression clearly remained with Scott. In the frontpage Times Arts & Leisure feature titled “Sugar, Spice and Guts” (September 7, 2014), he refers back to the 2012 film to again hail Fanning’s work in Ginger & Rosa within the article’s celebratory overview of the changing face of girlhood onscreen.

The challenge of portraying a living person is one Fanning meets beautifully in the film. “It was exciting for me to play such a strong character,” she explained in a recent interview. “The script was great because it had this very raw feeling to it—it felt free, and I enjoyed that very much. Also the cast was pretty amazing: John Hawkes, Glenn Close, Flea, Peter Dinklage. Everyone was so perfect for his or her part. Even though it was scripted, it had an ad lib feel to it that I liked because we could experiment and go off script.”

Retaining that momentum, despite her workload as a fulltime Los Angeles high school student, Fanning completed several major projects this year. Her role as Aurora in Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty reboot, Maleficent, put her toeto-toe (or perhaps fingertip-to-cheekbone) with Angelina Jolie’s villainous wronged fairy bent on revenge. She also voiced the character of Winnie Portley-Rind in the animated feature The Boxtrolls. At the start of 2014, two major premieres at Sundance drew acclaim for her performances: one as a teen struggling for survival in Jake Paltrow’s dystopian

Fitting herself with ease into a powerhouse cast, working under the direction of luminaries such as Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, Sally Potter, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, grabbing the spotlight on any red carpet, Elle Fanning has certainly staked her claim among the vanguard of young Hollywood. Stay tuned as she continues to expand on her achievements, granting us the pleasure of watching her blossom and blaze on screen and off.

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SPECIAL SCREENING

WAYNE WANG and CECILIA CHIANG The Mill Valley Film Festival is proud to honor the contributions of renowned filmmaker Wayne Wang and the subject of his new film, legendary culinary artist Cecilia Chiang, with this special screening of Soul of a Banquet. Both Chiang and Wang have deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and, as immigrants and visionaries, have made extraordinary contributions in their respective artistic domains. As the owner-founder of the beloved Mandarin Restaurant, Chiang pioneered a new style of Northern Chinese cuisine. Wangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films have often embraced the role of food in the creation and transmission of culture (Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, The Joy Luck Club). SPONSORED We promise an unforgettable evening of culinary and cinematic delights.

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See page 129 for complete film synopsis.

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By Cheryl Eddy If a movie hasn’t made you hungry in the past few months, you haven’t been getting to the theater much. But all those Cuban sandwiches (thanks, Chef) and perfectly crafted omelets (your fault, Helen Mirren) have nothing on the glorious food captured by Wayne Wang in Soul of a Banquet, a documentary as straightforward yet deeply meaningful as the signature dishes of its subject: Cecilia Chiang, longtime owner of influential San Francisco restaurant the Mandarin. Soul of a Banquet is divided into two parts. We first meet “the mother of Chinese cooking”—now retired and in her mid-90s—in her San Francisco apartment as she shares her life story, with assists along the way from close friends and admirers Ruth Reichl and Alice Waters. It’s a frankly remarkable tale. Born into an aristocratic Chinese family in 1920, she learned about cooking in her family’s wellappointed kitchen, and was fortunate to be raised by progressive parents who sent her (and her sisters—out of 12 siblings, Chiang was “Seventh Daughter”) to college rather than bind her feet. “Cecilia is one of the last of an old school,” Reichl says, and this theme returns frequently throughout the film. The tastes of her Beijing girlhood would stay with Chiang and become a primary resource for the menu of the Mandarin—the first restaurant to introduce American diners to authentic, classical Northern Chinese cuisine. She left China at the right moment—escaping Japanese occupation on foot in 1942—and eventually made her way to San Francisco in 1960. She became an “accidental restaurateur” (Reichl again) after finding herself suddenly in charge of a venture she merely intended to invest in. Though Cantonese-speaking Chinatown proved unfriendly at first, Chiang was determined. “I want to serve real Chinese food,” she recalls saying, forbidding any Americanized dishes like chop suey. 44

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Wang, a part-time San Francisco resident, breaks up the film’s interview segments with poetic, observational segments that give a glimpse into Chinese food culture. The camera peeps through a car window at a quiet, darkened Chinatown; later, we observe women crafting various dumplings and ingredients being assembled, including a whole fish so fresh it gasps for air while waiting its turn on a pile of ice. Food has been a favorite motif for Wang over the years, in films like Dim Sum: A Litte Bit of Heart (1985) and the San Francisco-set The Joy Luck Club (1993), so this pairing with Chiang feels natural. Director and subject also share Chinese heritage, though Wang is from Hong Kong, and is three decades younger (his name, a nod to John Wayne, suggests a family that embraced American pop culture). Though he’s mined mainstream success with films like the Jennifer Lopez rom-com Maid in Manhattan (2002), his most memorable work features Chinese and Chinese-American characters, as in his 1982 breakout Chan Is Missing, which takes place in and around SF’s Chinatown. He came to Soul of a Banquet through Waters, who was planning several events to mark the 40th anniversary of her own pioneering restaurant, Berkeley’s Chez Panisse. Waters—who made headlines in 2009 for saying that she’d want her last meal to be Chiang-made shark fin soup— wanted one of the commemorations to be a banquet meal reviving signature dishes from the Mandarin, which was sold by Chiang in 1991 and closed in 2006. Would Wang like to film this 12-person feast, to be prepared by Chiang and served in her dining room? Would he? Indeed he would, lavishing each course with the most mouthwatering close-ups since 2011 foodie doc Jiro Dreams of Sushi. If that film left you with some very specific raw-

fish cravings, you’ll be a goner once Soul of a Banquet’s plates begin to form. Wang chronicles each part of the labor-intensive process (the prep work alone is exhausting: a lot of chopping, a lot of slicing, a lot of meat carved with surgical precision), spotlighting each item as it makes its way to the guests, Reichl among them. Each item arrives with an anecdote, explanation, or special nugget of context from the hostess. “My mother’s favorite dish,” Chiang says of the red braised pork; of the bon bon chicken, she details each of the five flavors that shine through. The most dramatic dish is the beggar’s chicken, a whole bird baked in a clay cocoon that’s smashed tableside, revealing the succulent meat within. As she shares the folk legend behind the dish’s name, Chiang beams with pride—in her element, in a room full of friends, sharing wonderful food with deep ties to Chinese history. Lucky for us, Wang’s camera is also there, paying rapt attention. This opportunity to honor two people who have uniquely contributed to culture in San Francisco and beyond—one in front of the lens, and one behind—makes for a one-ofa-kind tribute at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Both Wang and Chiang will be on hand for post-film discussion. The after-party at Fort Baker’s picturesque Cavallo Point—a luxury hotel and spa that also happens to house a cooking school—should be an apt finale to an extraordinary evening of great tastes.

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CENTERPIECE

The MVFF Centerpiece celebrates the midpoint of 11 days of superb cinema.

BLACK AND WHITE

Wednesday, October 8, 7:30 pm Smith Rafael Film Center

Director Mike Binder US 2014 121 min

After the deaths of his wife and daughter, an attorney (Kevin Costner) becomes entangled in a custody battle with his biracial granddaughter’s paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer). This hopeful film explores a volatile discussion in American life and aims straight for the heart. See page 110 for complete film synopsis.

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Director James Marsh Debuting on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre UK/US 2014 123 min is never a bad way to break into show business. Eddie Redmayne’s career launched from this auspicious beginStephen Hawking’s (Eddie Redning, eventually winning him an Olivier Award and a Tony mayne) future looks limitless, his for his acclaimed work in John Logan’s Red. Hollywood brilliant mind ensuring his success as a cosmologist, while his relationship came calling, and Redmayne has toiled steadily on both with fellow Cambridge student Jane sides of the pond, building a distinguished profile in The Wilde (Felicity Jones) promises a Good Shepherd, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other fulfilling personal life. Then tragedy Boleyn Girl, and The Pillars of the Earth. Redmayne’s star strikes when he is diagnosed with a truly ascended when he was cast opposite Michelle Wilmotor neuron disease at age 21. liams in My Week with Marilyn, then landed the role of Marius in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. With his perforSee page 131 for complete film synopsis. mance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything already generating awards buzz, SPOTLIGHT SPONSORED BY Redmayne looks primed to catapult into the stratosphere.

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ABOUT TIME: EDDIE REDMAYNE

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By Zoë Elton “Time.” Stephen Hawking—vibrantly embodied by Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything—pokes his head around the door, a cheeky grin on his face, as he interrupts his doctoral advisor, who’s sitting with a group of students at the University of Cambridge in the early ’60s. Time: This will be Hawking’s subject. No small undertaking. For a young, vibrant, totally brilliant young man whose intellect is unstoppable and who has just fallen in love, the universe may seem infinite. Yet he has just been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND), a debilitating condition that, he is told, leaves him with a life expectancy of two years. So, time is of the essence personally—and, professionally, he engages with the irony with a whole-heartedness that is nothing short of enthusiasm. That whole-heartedness and enthusiasm drives Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking, a rich, multifaceted, and intimate insight into the mind, heart, and sensibilities of one of the world’s greatest thinkers. As we know, Hawking defied the prognosis but not the symptoms, and the unstoppable intellect continues to question the greatest of questions. Framed in the context of Hawking’s marriage, the film is perhaps as much about the practice of love and the living of life as it is about physics, cosmology, and MND. But it’s the physical embodiment of MND that presented the greatest challenge for the actor. In a phone interview from his home in London, Redmayne described preparing for the role. He spent four to five months researching the biographical material, as well as, he says, “trying to get my head around the science. And then, also, the illness.” Because the film wasn’t shot chronologically, he had devised a way to map out what the physical performance was going to be in relation to the progression of the disease. “But it wasn’t until about five days before we started filming that I 54

actually got to meet [Hawking]. It was slightly disconcerting because I’d made choices about him and his personality without actually having met him. And then when I met him, thank God it didn’t dismiss all the work that I had done.” But more than that: “It really affirmed what everyone had written about him, which is that he just emanates this vibrancy, this kind of love of life.” To evoke this, Redmayne used pictures. “I had three images up in my trailer by the time we started shooting. One was Einstein with his tongue out: obviously one of Hawking’s idols but also capturing this capricious quality. And the second was the joker in a pack of cards controlling a wee puppet, because there’s something about Stephen: He really controls a room, so that felt an important quality, a very strong personality. And then the third one was James Dean, because there is something firstly iconic about him, obviously, but also deeply cool and flirtatious and sort of sexual. I wanted to try and pay tribute to that, and all of those qualities you could see in him.” Einstein, the joker, Dean: Redmayne has chosen his triumvirate well, balancing the academic Hawking with his inner sense of cool. Hawking’s a young man who seems to live in the moment, and whose offhand attitude to his studies seems to embody something particular about that time: “The notion of cool always involves effortlessness, and making it appear like you haven’t done any work and that it’s all innate.” Redmayne has portrayed other real people in the course of his career. In doing so, he observes, “You feel the need to serve someone as truthfully as you can.” For a moment, you “become a specialist in a whole different world. Whenever I get cast as someone who lived, you go do all the research around it—and you do all the research in order to forget it. Alfred Molina, who I adore, always said that no audience wants to see your homework; you don’t want to show it up on screen.”

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EDDIE REDMAYNE He describes researching Tony in Savage Grace, excavating his psychological truth by reading his diary entries. “Or Colin Clark in My Week with Marilyn. You do try and get under the skin.” And, he says, “It’s all riveting for me.” Our conversation circles back to The Theory of Everything. Based on Hawking’s wife Jane’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, it’s a love story in ways that are wonderfully unconventional. I asked Redmayne what most surprised him about the Hawkings’ relationship. He responded, “Pretty much all of it! But there were various elements that I found extraordinary. The first was I didn’t realize that motor neuron disease doesn’t affect your sexual system, because it’s an automatic system. So there was the sexual element of the relationship. Also, the idea that there was a certain strength, maybe a stubborn strength, to Stephen, that he refused to have help.” While his illness may be something that defines the way we see him, “for him, the illness couldn’t have been less important. It was about the work, that capacity to keep looking forward and live as optimistically a life as he has, was pretty surprising and extraordinary.” And, more than that: “What’s amazing is that he’ll find the bonuses in it.” When he could no longer write or communicate easily, he didn’t have to teach so much, so he had more time to spend doing his own work. And “the fact that he was unable to write meant he had to create an entire new way of working, what Hawking just calls ‘visualizing.’ It’s a way of finding equations and things in his mind rather than having to write them down and scrub them out and start all over again. So I love that, that he’ll always find the positive.” Jane Hawking is played by Felicity Jones. It’s a beautiful performance, and an insightful complement to Redmayne’s work. The interdependence of their lives is striking, both physically and emotionally. I asked whether their work together as actors mirrored that interdependence. He notes that “as your body stops working, your caregiver becomes almost an extension of that body. There’s some amazing footage of Stephen in the garden, and he’ll be going around in the wheelchair, and his head will lop forward and Jane—almost without even looking—will place his head back.” It’s like “spontaneous choreography.” On the set, because of his character’s physical constraints, “Felicity really had to do all the running around. And I think it’s really extraordinary, what she’s done—and above

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and beyond that, she’s a wonderful human being. Not only a great dance partner, but a great strength.” Jones and Redmayne were already friends, which “meant there was an ease between us already, that we could talk freely and work freely.” The connection is palpable, and underscores a central theme, of what the nature of love really is. Redmayne describes it as “an exploration of love in all its guises, and whether that’s young love, or romantic love, or love of a subject—but also the complications of love and the foibles of love. And I’m not sure I knew that when I was making it, but that’s what it seems to be.” Redmayne has had to take some time out after the demands of this project. “I haven’t worked since,” he says. He’s needed time to decompress. “It was quite physically grueling and it was all-consuming. Before filming it I was doing this film Jupiter Ascending where I’d have to get a six-pack and bulk up, and the day that finished, I had to lose a load of weight for Hawking. And suddenly you realize at the end of it, I can’t quite remember who I am! What am I, who am I?” Time and the nature of time have been life-defining topics for Stephen Hawking. Asked whether this project has affected the way that he thinks about spending his own time, Redmayne replies, “Absolutely. And that was really about spending time with people suffering from the disease, and then specifically with Stephen. How extreme that it takes such a horrific diagnosis to make you appreciate or live life as fully as possible. And of course we all live and have our own foibles and complications that get magnified in our own lives, but what I’m trying to take away from it is to live each minute fully and each day fully—without sounding too glib.” MVFF.COM

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Just about anytime you watch an inspirational Academy Award clip montage or memorable film trailer, you are witnessing the genius of Chuck Workman. In addition to creating short films and openings for 20 Academy Award presentations, Workman has directed the Oscar-winning short Precious Images, produced several documentaries (Superstar, The Source, The First 100 Years), edited main titles and sequences for countless film and television series, and crafted the iconic trailers for Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and American Graffiti, among many others. Workman continues to galvanize audiences with his stirring cinematic compositions and demonstrates his absolute command of the form in homage to another master, Orson Welles, in this year’s Magician.

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Director Chuck Workman From Tinseltown’s boy wonder to guerrilla-filmmaking outcast, to cinematic legend, Orson Welles remained cryptic, insatiable, and fiercely independent. Oscar-winner Chuck Workman traces Welles’s remarkable life and career using a wealth of archival footage and a who’s who of the cinematic and theatrical worlds. See page 124 for complete film synopsis.

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MORE THAN MEETS the EYE

Chuck Workman, Master of Montage

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By Michael Fox The Guinness Book of World Records is silent about this particular pinnacle, but surely it’s correct: More people have seen Chuck Workman’s films than those of any other moviemaker, living or dead. The go-to guy for the Academy Awards ® telecast since 1988, Workman has crafted countless show-stopping montage sequences spanning “100 Years at the Movies” to a tribute to American comedy, to the poignant annual “In Memoriam” segments. Graceful, evocative, and always surprising, his work unerringly cuts (pun intended) to the heart of why we love movies, summoning echoes and stirring emotions that go far beyond simple nostalgia. “I’m constantly thinking about the collision of images and how the audience retains what those images are, and at the same time makes a subconscious connection between the two,” Workman said in a recent phone conversation. “I think it’s kind of Marxist, but at the same time it’s a way to look at film so that it’s more than just a linear experience: There is something that we can’t really explain that happens when we look at the way images are ordered and held. One [image] goes to another and one comes from another; that gives us more meaning in an interesting way.” Alas, Workman’s name is nowhere near as well known (at least outside the industry) as his style, skill, and sensibility, which constitutes a mild drawback in the age of the auteur. Even the casual observer who recognizes Workman’s “signature” likely associates him with the canon of existing images from popular American cinema. In fact, Workman’s remarkable body of work includes a host of documentaries about radical, pioneering artists who rejected the prevailing modes and mores in their respective spheres: Andy Warhol, the Beat writers, avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas, and Orson Welles, 60

the quintessential independent filmmaker and the subject of Workman’s new Magician, screening in this year’s festival. What these iconic, influential figures have in common is the restlessness and genius to go beyond the strictures and received wisdom that defined their art form. They were modernists, more interested in new ways of telling a story—and capturing a moment—than with the story itself. That’s not to suggest that they prized style over substance; rather, style and substance were indistinguishable and inseparable. Here’s the paradox: Workman’s attraction to, and affection for, these mavericks would seem to be at odds with his longtime immersion in Hollywood narrative film. Clearly, there’s more to Chuck Workman than meets the eye. “The audience has to want to participate,” Workman says. “If the audience just sits back and says, ‘Send it to me. Send me the message, and I won’t lean forward to get any more,’ then I think that you’re wasting your time. So the [filmmaker’s] idea is to almost compel the audience to watch it harder. One of the best reviews I ever got was for Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), where whoever it was, Roger Ebert or somebody, said, ‘You can’t take your eyes off the screen.’ In other words, you have to watch it very closely, and if you can bring that to it, then you’re going to see all sorts things in there that you might not get in a very passive experience.” Workman is the first to say that most Hollywood movies aspire to engage the audience only as entertainment. While he certainly doesn’t begrudge moviegoers the pleasures of Casablanca or It’s a Wonderful Life, he believes that the beauty, power, and potential of cinema is limited by a fealty to storytelling.

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CHUCK WORKMAN “I’m not saying we don’t enjoy those Hollywood films,” Workman allows. “But they’re kind of easy to absorb, and I think that the more challenging film is a more interesting film.” The three American filmmakers whom Workman admires the most, Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, and Robert Altman, were renowned for making unconventional, demanding films and bucking the studio system. They all suffered for their “sins,” but completed a slew of extraordinary films that transformed the way movies are watched and made. “In Hollywood,” Workman relates matter-of-factly, “you’re expected to give exactly what the audience expects with maybe a little bit of twist of some kind. Basically that’s what they’re looking for. They want to reproduce an experience because that’s the way it’s been proved, over and over and over again, that more people will come into the theaters. And it is a business; there’s no question about that.” His witty and inspiring Magician: The Astonishing Life and Times of Orson Welles, is filled to the brim with its subject’s hard-earned (at grievous expense) wisdom about the perils of making innovative movies in mid-century America. Workman, with his privileged view of Hollywood’s inner sanctums and a deep empathy for the uncompromising outsider—he’s also directed a couple of narrative features, most recently A House on a Hill (2003) with Philip Baker Hall—is the ideal director to depict Welles’s bittersweet saga. “Welles wasn’t a studio filmmaker,” he notes. “The studios were there to make a reproducible commodity, and he was there to show off how great he was, to some extent. To be special. They don’t necessarily want you to be special. Yet I was allowed, and people are allowed, to do all kinds of great stuff, but only within your little box. It’s not a horrible conspiracy in Hollywood. They’re just trying to make a living.” The Philadelphia native got his first taste of success producing trailers for hit ’70s films such as American Graffiti, Star Wars, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He honed and refined his editing style in the ensuing years, producing the groundbreaking compilation film Precious Images in 1986 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America. Comprised of nearly 500 clips, the sevenminute piece won the Academy Award for best live-action short film, became the most widely shown short in cinema history, and was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2009. “I always found that I didn’t have to work down to some level when I worked with a mass audience, that

they understood what I was doing,” Workman muses. “But they had to watch it. They had to look harder. It’s possible that Hollywood doesn’t give the audience enough credit. Think of the audience for Elizabethan drama in those days, or fine painting in the 19th century, or fine writing in the 20th century. They’re not an elite audience. It’s the regular audience. But I think the Hollywood studios and the people that make those films—and they’re not just in Hollywood—know that there’s a certain way to deliver this material that has to be kind of sentimentalized and melodramatic, and they are possibly a little afraid to go outside the box.” In recent years, Workman has found himself increasingly interested in artists on the frontiers of film. Visionaries (2010) documented the American avant-garde, notably Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, while What Is Cinema? (2013) drew on interviews with the likes of Robert Bresson, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, and David Lynch to illuminate and advance the ineffable qualities of film. With the Welles documentary completed, Workman seems less inclined to pursue another portrait of a filmmaker, although Kubrick and Jean-Luc Godard are tempting subjects. Instead, he’s gearing up to make an experimental narrative in an attempt to bridge the gulf between cinema-as-art and mainstream receptivity. If you find it a stretch to conceive of the same filmmaker poring over frames of black-and-white Hollywood classics for an Oscar tribute, Chuck Workman understands. “It’s something that is hard to reconcile, because I made my living for 30 years working with Hollywood films, which I’m now saying are just there for the entertainment values,” he says. “But what I was trying to do with them was dig a little bit beneath the storytelling surface, and try and find new values. I looked at the Hollywood films as a bank of images and moments that were certainly melodramatic and not real. The problem with all those films is that when you put them all together it’s kind of kitschy. In fact, I made a film about kitsch once for a think tank in Europe where I put in all those same shots that I used to put in the Oscars. But when you look at them just for the craft of the way the image is done, they reveal a lot.” Michael Fox is a Bay Area film critic, journalist, and teacher, and the curator and host of the CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco.

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As we count down to Episode VII, dust off your lightsaber, channel your inner Jedi, and come join us at MVFF’s favorite family night as we celebrate Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen—as it was meant to be seen! Skywalker Sound veterans Matthew Wood and David Acord will be on hand to discuss the sounds of the Star Wars universe, including some audience participation voice changing and sound effects trivia! Get photos with authentic Star Wars-costumed characters! Come dressed as your favorite for the costume parade at the family screening. See mvff.com for full details on this long-running MVFF tradition.

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CLOSING NIGHT/LAURA DERN TRIBUTE

WILD Director Jean-Marc Vallée US 2014 120 min Reese Witherspoon stars in this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, a striking account of the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail trek she undertakes to grieve the death of her mother (Laura Dern) and help give closure to a troubled past.

Since the mid-1980s, Laura Dern has been engaging audiences with her entirely unique and wholly authentic screen presence. The daughter of celebrated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd has made her mark several times over in such films as Mask, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose, Jurassic Park, and Citizen Ruth. Her career continues to soar with recent cinematic hits The Master and The Fault in Our Stars, as well as her latest role in the buzzy new release, Wild.

See page 134 for complete film synopsis.

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CLOS I N G N I G H T PA R T Y

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WILD AT HEART: LAURA DERN

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By Margarita Landazuri That public relations cliché “Hollywood royalty” seems inadequate somehow, when applied to Laura Dern. It’s true she’s the daughter of acclaimed actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, and in interviews she has fondly recalled growing up on movie sets in the 1970s. And yes, she’s been nominated for an Oscar, won three Golden Globes for her television roles, and starred in a bona fide blockbuster, Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. But “royalty” sounds stodgy and grand, and from her earliest career, Dern has been a risk-taker. Her work for directors such as David Lynch and Alexander Payne has always been adventurous, quirky, original, and real. As a child, Dern appeared as an extra in two of her mother’s films. At age seven, she was a kid eating ice cream in the diner where the heroine worked, in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, for which Ladd received the first of her three Oscar nominations. The scene required 19 takes, and Scorsese told her, “If you can eat an ice cream cone 19 times, you should be an actress.” Years later, when her mother was trying to dissuade her from acting, Dern cited Scorsese’s endorsement in her arguments. Dern’s first speaking role was in Foxes, Adrian Lyne’s debut film about rebellious teenage girls growing in the San Fernando Valley, starring a young Jodie Foster. Dern had a memorable bit as a nerdy, bespectacled girl at a party that gets out of hand. At 13, she had a more substantial role in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, as a member of an all-girl punk band. It was barely released but has become a cult favorite in the years since. The film was shot in Canada, and she went on location over her mother’s objections, suing to become an emancipated minor in order to do so. Smooth Talk, based on a Joyce Carol Oates story, was made for public television and released in theaters in 1985. It was Dern’s most substantial role to that time. Her distinctive gangly, rawboned beauty was an asset in playing a bored and 86

restless teen who doesn’t know what to do with her newfound sexual feelings, and she was sensational. “Laura Dern’s Connie seems just right—shallow and tantalizingly lovely,” New Yorker critic Pauline Kael wrote. After seeing that performance, director David Lynch cast Dern in Blue Velvet the following year, without an audition. Blue Velvet began a collaboration that became one of the most important in Dern’s career. She plays the hometown girlfriend of Kyle McLachlan, and her sunny, clean-cut innocence is a beacon in the midst of depravity. But she also subtly demonstrated her passion for her boyfriend, and her commitment. The film polarized critics, but the performances were all highly praised. Her next character for Lynch, Lula in Wild at Heart, based on Barry Gifford’s novel, was more complex and more intense. Dern was up to the challenge. “She was the first opportunity I’d had to play not only a very sexual person, but also someone who also was, in her own way, incredibly comfortable with herself,” Dern said in an interview at the time. “She has no fear of anyone else’s judgment. It’s just wonderful to be inside someone like that.” At Lynch’s suggestion, Dern and her costar Nicholas Cage, who played a pair of lovers on the run, took a bonding road trip to Las Vegas before shooting began. Again, critics were divided about the film, but were impressed with the performances. Vincent Canby of the New York Times wrote, “Though Miss Dern and Mr. Cage are constantly upstaged by the rest of the movie, they triumph. There’s nothing phony or self-deceiving about Miss Dern’s performance as a young woman who has lost her baby fat without entirely growing up. She is a character in a country-and-western ballad come to life.” Dern’s third film with Lynch, Inland Empire, again demonstrated how much she and the director trust each other. Shot on digital video and at three hours long, the film was baffling to critics and filmgoers alike. According to Variety critic Jay

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LAURA DERN Weissberg, “There was never a complete script, so thesps turned up each day with a new set of lines and no idea where they were going, making Dern’s central turn even more remarkable for its coherence.” Lynch campaigned for an Oscar nomination for Dern by sitting on Hollywood Boulevard with a poster and a live cow, but was unsuccessful in convincing the Academy. Dern’s only Oscar nomination to date was for best actress in Rambling Rose, in which she plays a wayward young woman in the Depression-era South who is taken in by a loving family. Diane Ladd plays the family matriarch, and she also received a nomination, as best supporting actress. It was the only time that a mother and daughter were both nominated for acting roles in the same year. Again, critics raved about Dern’s performance. “This is a miraculously natural young actress, completely uninhibited and without affectation,” wrote Hal Hinson of the Washington Post. “Dern accomplishes her effects so invisibly and with such graceful ease that her skills may be under-appreciated, but pay attention. This is a spectacular actress arriving at the very peak of her talents.” Raised by a feminist mother who is politically active for progressive causes, Dern has also embraced activism. But she understands the power of comedy to make political points. That’s one of the reasons she was drawn to Alexander Payne’s directorial debut, Citizen Ruth. An equally valid reason, of course, was the richness of the material, written by Payne and Jim Taylor. Dern plays an ignorant, glue-sniffing mother of four who finds herself pregnant again, and becomes a notso-innocent pawn of both sides in the abortion debate. Dern’s performance was a standout, even among expert comic actors such as Swoosie Kurtz and Mary Kay Place. According to Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, “Dern is a revelation:

Desperate, kooky, as devious as a pack rat, her Ruth grows likable, and even heroic, by remaining too pure a scoundrel to be taken in by the phonies around her.” That same year, 1997, Dern guest-starred on Ellen DeGeneres’s comedy series, playing a lesbian in the series’ coming-out episode. A decade later, she appeared on DeGeneres’s talk show, and revealed she had faced an antigay backlash because of the episode and did not work for a year and a half after that. More recently, the lifelong Democrat played a Republican politician in the television movie, Recount, about the 2000 presidential election. The election was decided by Florida’s electoral votes, and it was that politician, Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who stopped the vote recount. Dern said in interviews that she enjoyed playing the character, whom she termed “eccentric,” but found researching the events “painful.” Enlightened, her recent HBO series, also takes a comic look at a political issue: after a breakdown, her character gets involved in several self-help programs and becomes a whistleblower at the large corporation where she works. These days, Dern, now 47 and the mother of two, is putting her maternal experience to use in playing mothers in two recent films, The Fault in Our Stars and Into the Wild. In the former, she plays the mother of a child with cancer; in the latter, a woman who is dying of lung cancer. She recently said, “I don’t turn my nose up at anything. If it’s a great part, it’s a great part.” Dern has also had a substantial career in television, winning three Golden Globes for her television work. In an interview about Enlightened (2011-2013), which Dern co-created with Mike White, Dern said, “I gravitate toward characters and writer-directors who are interested in the broken funny in life.” That’s an apt summation much of Laura Dern’s career, and much of her appeal. Long may her freak flag fly.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY 2014

WILD

2014

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

2012

THE MASTER

2006

INLAND EMPIRE

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WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

2001

I AM SAM

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DR. T AND THE WOMEN

1986 1999

OCTOBER SKY

1996

CITIZEN RUTH

1993

A PERFECT WORLD

1993

BLUE VELVET

1985

SMOOTH TALK

1982

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS

JURASSIC PARK

1980

FOXES

1991

RAMBLING ROSE

1974

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WILD AT HEART

ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

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US PREMIERES CHARLIE’S COUNTRY COWBOYS GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem HIDE AND SEEK THE LAMB LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN NUOC 2030 SOLEILS STOCKHOLM LA TIRISIA TU DORS NICOLE

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Latin-American and Spanish-language cinematic gems from around the globe come right here to Marin County. ¡Que viva! 5@5 LA PISTOLA Y EL CORAZÓN (various) THE BOY AND THE WORLD (Brazil) LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED (Spain) QUE CARAMBA ES LA VIDA (Germany/Mexico) LA TIRISIA (Mexico)

10,000 KM (LONG DISTANCE) (Spain) FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROC (Mexico) NATURAL SCIENCES (Argentina) STOCKHOLM (Spain) A WOLF AT THE DOOR (Brazil)

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3 STILL STANDING 316 ALLoT (A Long List of Things) A BRIDGE TO A BORDER CAPTURING GRACE DYING TO KNOW: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN FREE GARDENERS OF EDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT PLASTIC MAN: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish RACING TO ZERO: In Pursuit of Zero Waste STATES OF GRACE THE WEDDING CONTRACT: A Balinese Love Story

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Thirsty vampires, stand-up comics hungry for laughs, Scandinavian and Eastern European black humor, Italian commedia, and good ol’ fashioned American musical comedy comprise this international crop of winningly funny delights. THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

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METALLICA: MVFF ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

MVFF37 is delighted to welcome Metallica, locals and longtime friends of the festival, as Artists in Residence. Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Robert Trujillo (L. to R.) have each selected a film to host at the festival and will be present to introduce and discuss their chosen films. Kirk, a noted horror movie aficionado presents an unadulterated, schlock-filled, Z-movie euphoria, late-night screening of the 1971 favorite Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Robert brings MVFF audiences a sneak peek at Jaco, the new documentary that brings the story of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius to the screen; produced by Trujillo with John Battsek of Passion Pictures. See page 93 for complete information on the live event, A Musical Celebration of Jaco. Lars makes a cutting-edge selection with Whiplash. This indie feature about an aspiring drummer and his ruthless teacher won multiple awards at Sundance this year. Following the screening, director-screenwriter Damien Chazelle will join Lars on stage for a conversation. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classic pick The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is in all its restored, big-screen glory. Be sure to catch it. Tickets: $35 general | $30 CFI member

KIRK HAMMETT DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN

ROBERT TRUJILLO JACO

LARS ULRICH WHIPLASH

JAMES HETFIELD THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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LIVE EVENTS

A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF JACO October 6, 9:00 pm Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley Tickets: $150 Purchase tickets at sweetwatermusichall.com Tickets are not available through MVFF. Festival badges not valid.

MVFF and Steep Productions present: A musical celebration honoring the pioneering jazz musician Jaco Pastorius and the work-in-progress screening of JACO – See page 121 for film details. Hosted by Robert Trujillo, Music Director and JACO Producer Featuring: MAERIC with Mary Pastorius, David Pastorius & Eric Young Kirk Hammett & Robert Trujillo of Metallica Rodrigo y Gabriela Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction L. Shankar And special guests

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3 STILL STANDING – ON STAGE! With performers WILL DURST, LARRY “BUBBLES” BROWN, and JOHNNY STEELE Special guests to be announced.

Professional comedians and award-winning filmmakers weave together film and live stand-up comedy for a unique storytelling experience—a hilarious and memorable journey into the lives of three gifted comedians. An evening that is part movie, part stand-up, all funny, this live comedy event follows the world premiere of the film 3 Still Standing. See page 108 for film details and ticket information.

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LIVE EVENT ROBIN WILLIAMS: A CELEBRATION

During the MVFF Tribute to Jonathan Winters in 2001, Robin joined Mr. Winters on stage. An evening for the ages.

Join us for an informal celebration of the life of one of the most beloved and brilliant members of our community: Robin Williams. His connections with Marin run deep, from his time at Redwood High School and College of Marin, to sightings on his bike, at local coffee shops, and trying out new material at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. He trained at Juilliard, won an Oscar and a Grammy, and amassed a legendary body of work on screen and stage with his force-of-nature comedy. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show footage from his appearances at the Mill Valley Film Festival, including a spontaneous routine with his mentor Jonathan Winters, as well as his 1988 MVFF trailer, in which, playing campy film critic Lex Leed, he interviewed himself as five different filmmakers. Details and guests TBD. This is a free event, but will be ticketed.

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IN PLAIN SIGHT

Directed by Erica Jordan Discover a world of inspiration in Active Cinema. Join us for Active Cinema In association with Make a Stand screenings throughout the Festival, support the grassroots activism of THE NEW filmmakers, and engage with admiENVIRONMENTALISTS rable work by special guests, co-preDirected by John Antonelli, senters, and Active Cinema partners. Tom Dusenbery, Will Parrinello In association with the ACTIVE CINEMA PANEL Goldman Environmental Prize Saturday, October 11, 12:30 pm This panel will look at new platforms and how filmmakers can use and understand their potentials in order to engage audiences and get issuedriven works to be as effective and inspiring as we hope they can be.

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DYING TO KNOW: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary Directed by Gay Dillingham In association with Drug Policy Alliance

FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN Directed by Karina Epperlein In association with Hunters Point Family

FREE Directed by Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier In association with Destiny Arts Center

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Active Cinema Nature Hike Saturday, October 4 10:15 am - 12:30 pm Free

Meet at Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot. Hike to the ocean. Share ideas and the view. Some of the best information is garnered in peer-to-peer connections. Join Festival staff and guests to hike and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, activism, and strategies for action.

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Bring water and sunblock, wear good hiking shoes. Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this hour-long hike through beautiful terrain. All are welcome!

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NEW MOVIES LAB The Mill Valley Film Festival presents workshops and panels on the art, technology, and business of filmmaking with top filmmakers and industry professionals. All New Movies Lab participants are subject to change; find updates and complete program details at mvff.com. Tickets are $14.00 general / $11.50 CFI members THE BEST OF TIMES OR THE WORST OF TIMES: THE MVFF STATE OF THE INDUSTRY CONVERSATION Saturday, Oct 4, 11:00 am Rafael 3 Join us for this industry panel on the ever-changing possibilities for producing, marketing, and distributing films in today’s climate. Invited Guests: Ed Arentz - Managing Director, Music Box Films (Ida, The Green Prince, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Paul Cohen - veteran movie executive; distributor (Mephisto); producer (Off the Map); ED, Torchlight Film Program, Florida State University Eric d’Arbeloff, Co-President, Roadside Attractions LLC (Homesman, Winter’s Bone, Supersize Me) Geoffrey Gilmore - Chief Creative Officer, Tribeca Enterprises; UCLA Dept of Film, Theater and Television faculty; Sundance Film Festival Director (1991-2009)

Reception to follow the panel VARIETY CONTENDERS CONVERSATIONS: FOCUS ON ANIMATION Conversations with filmmakers from films that are part of awards season, these discussions are designed to illuminate the creative filmmaking process. Edited versions of the discussions will be available at variety.com. THE BOXTROLLS Saturday, Oct 4, 1:15 pm Rafael 3 Steven Gaydos - VP, Executive Editor, Variety, will lead the discussion on The Boxtrolls. Invited guests: Directors Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi Producer Travis Knight

THE LEGO MOVIE Saturday, Oct 11, 11:00 am Rafael 3 Steve Chagollan - Senior Features Editor, Variety, will lead the discussion on The Lego Movie. Invited guests: Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

ACTIVE CINEMA: THE INVISIBLE PEAK A SCREENING, DISCUSSION AND CALL TO ACTION Saturday, Oct 4, 3:30 pm Rafael 3 Gary Yost and Peter Coyote’s beautiful, compelling short film, The Invisible Peak, was made for the National Parks Conservancy to inaugurate the Tamalpais Lands

Collaborative’s efforts to restore and maintain Mt. Tam—and in particular, efforts to remove the remnants of the old military base on top of the West Peak. Invited Guests: Peter Coyote - actor, author, and activist Liza Crosse - Marin Municipal Water District board member Gary Yost - filmmaker, activist

INSIGHT: A MASTER CLASS WITH TED HOPE Sunday, Oct 5, 1:00 pm Rafael 3 Ted Hope offers visionary insights into film and filmmaking filtered through his unique indie wisdom, with readings and reference to his first book, Hope for Film. A book signing, courtesy of Copperfield’s Books, will follow. DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH TOM SCHLESINGER Sunday, Oct 5, 3:30 pm Rafael 3 Renowned story consultant Tom Schlesinger leads this workshop in which participants will learn the 12 essential elements of documentary storytelling, how to engage the widest audience, and how to have the greatest social impact. Schlesinger has taught storytelling seminars at Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., AFI, and the WGA. ACTIVE CINEMA TOOLKIT: UPGRADES FOR CHANGE Saturday, Oct 11, 12:30 pm Rafael 3 A dynamic panel of filmmaker-innovators will discuss their work and practices—in transmedia storytelling, participatory technology and other tools—and discuss ways that new platforms can support filmmakers and their efforts to use the power of story to inspire quantifiable engagement. Invited Guests: Helen De Michiel - filmmaker, writer (Love Lunch Community; Tarentella MVFF 1995) Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change program. Wendy Levy - Director, New Arts Axis; Senior Consultant, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program; CoFounder of Sparkwise; Executive Director, NAMAC Sydney Levine - (moderator) Founder, FilmFinders; Writer/ Editor, SydneysBuzz on Indiewire Zeresenay Mehari - filmmaker/writer (Difret 2014) Kenji Yamamoto - editor, producer (Rebels with a Cause, MVFF 2013, Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives, MVFF 2010) Denise Zmekhol - filmmaker (From the Ground to the Cloud) MVFF.COM 101

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SHORTS

5@5 A MATTER OF TIME

5@5 LA PISTOLA Y EL CORAZÓN

5@5 ONE TIME, ONE NIGHT

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“And I hope it’s all it seems, not another dream. There’s a time for you and me, in a place living happily.” Life lessons echo in these shorts about the bonds of family and asserting one’s independence. A family’s quiet night together has fateful repercussions in Erich Steiner’s haunting In the Still of the Night (Austria, 14 min). Sibling rivalry between sisters takes an unexpected turn in Lara Gallagher’s American Gladiators (US, 10 min). A dying mother tries to reconcile her fractured family in Barbara Zemljic’s moving The Right to Love (Slovenia, 17 min). Personal expression enters an aquatic dimension for a young girl in Lexi Lefkowitz’s playful Freestyle (US, 7 min). And insecurities and deceptions arise when a lesbian couple prepares for a hurricane in Melissa Finell’s Disaster Preparedness (US, 15 min).

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! “Esta noche tan oscura, con sus sombras tan tranquilas y el viento me sigue cantando, esta humilde canción.” Whether immersed in the mystical or grounded in the real, these L atinA meric an and Spanish - language shor t s traverse a universe of emotion. Pablo Pérez Lombardini uses magic realism to depict a young man’s search for The Enchanted Lagoon (Mexico, 17 min) and the unnerving turn his journey takes. In Jesse Allen’s dark comedy The Clean Up (US, 13 min), two office-building cleaning ladies run into a most unexpected late-night problem. Live action and animation meld in a surreal urban rhapsody in Guilherme Marcondes’s The Master’s Voice: Caveirão (Brazil/France, 12 min). Maricarmen Marino’s lovely Bella (Mexico, 10 min) explores a young man’s mortality through his mother’s memories and contemplations. And in Melissa Hickey’s Ni-Ni (US, 18 min), an unlikely reunion becomes a meditation on gang violence and dangerous choices. —Sterling Hedgpeth

“A wise man was telling stories to me, about the places he had been to and the things that he had seen.” These true-life tales begin with Counting the Dead (US, 7 min), Catharine Axley’s chronicle of a 50year quest to uncover the names of 1906 earthquake victims. In Megan McHugh’s Demolition: Troll (US, 10 min), the Bay Bridge’s symbolic guardian faces eviction. Ben Proudfoot’s The Ox (US, 10 min) profiles a Vietnam veteran and woodworker helping empower youth through hands-on arts education. With Ahh…San Francisco (US, 12 min), Barrett Edmonds adapts a classic newspaper column by Herb Caen. Matthew Callahan’s delightful Downton by Lamplight (US, 14 min) goes behind the scenes at the Lamplighters Music Theatre as they mount a send-up of the popular British costume drama. Lastly, Joe Kayser presents two short docs for the Marin Humane Society: The Page Turners (US, 4 min), about a dyslexic girl who discovers other kids reading to dogs at the library; and The Rabbit Whisperer (US, 5 min), an inspirational story of a stroke sufferer who volunteers at the animal shelter. —Kelly Clement

—Sterling Hedgpeth Thursday, Oct 9, 9:30 pm Rafael 3 Saturday, Oct 11, 1:30 pm 142 Throckmorton

Tuesday, Oct 7, 9:00 pm Rafael 3 Thursday, Oct 9, 4:30 pm Sequoia 2 IN A SSOCIATION WITH L ATINO COUNCIL AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COM MERCE

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5@5 ROUND AND ROUND

5@5 SHAKIN’ SHAKIN’ SHAKES

5@5 THAT TRAIN WON’T STOP HERE

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“Round and round and up and down and round and round and dizzy, dizzy till I can’t see.” Tonal shifts abound in these shorts about life and death, love and business. For starters, welcome to the new corporate landscape of leadership in Martin Sweeney’s visionary Femto-Management: A Micromentary (US, 12 min). In Omar el Zohairy’s dry comedy Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 (Egypt, 18 min), a single sneeze takes on Kafkaesque proportions for one government official. In Danny Madden’s remarkably animated Confusion Through Sand (US, 13 min), a desert soldier is at war with both the enemy and the elements. Memorializing a girlfriend’s ex becomes a nightmare scenario for one modest beau in John Salcido’s raucous Tribute (US, 18 min). And a middle-aged gay couple uncover new revelations while mattress shopping in Jonathan Wysocki’s Adjust-a-Dream (US, 6 min).

“It shakes down to the sea. It shakes up to the volcano. And then it starts to scream. And Lord, it makes me tremble.” Tension, horror, and sci-fi thrills rule this selection of memorable shorts. A dinosaur-fighting, space-exploring couple embarks on a new adventure in Michael Lukk Lit wak’s The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger (US, 10 min). A baby elephant faces peril in the jungle in Soyeon Kim’s beautifully animated Ahco on the Road (South Korea/US, 9 min). Ramin Serry presents a time-travel comedy about a lazy father who becomes a Future Hero (US, 7 min). In David Coyle and Lewis Costin’s Enfilade (Australia, 10 min), a single room can represent the horror of eternity. With Tal Zagreba’s disturbing Humor (Israel, 5 min), a moment of expression takes on a viral life of its own. Alex Clark’s creepy Siren (Canada, 9 min) joins paramedics who face more than they bargained for in an emergency response. And playing on a roof, an imaginative boy finds a dangerous new toy in Frank Jerky’s tense Six (US, 8 min). —Sterling Hedgpeth

“Looking out my window, I see my world has changed. The sun won’t rise this morning.” Whether you desire dark, introspective, or tubed-meat undertones, this year’s stop-motion and hand-drawn animation shorts program will take you on locomotive rides both comedic and surreal. Kicking off the journey is Tamara Hahn’s Gnosis (US, 5 min), featuring a monster’s desire to steal a baby, followed by Santiago “Bou” Grasso’s Father (Argentina, 12 min), in which a woman ponders over her dear wartime leader. José Miguel Ribeiro takes us on a gorgeously illustrated Journey to Cape Verde (Portugal, 17 min). Then Eric Cheng’s Higher Sky (US, 6 min) slaps a kung-fu lesson to a monkey and swallow. Brats and chicken sizzle alive at the beach in Carlo Vogele’s Wurst (US, 6 min). The animation train screams to a stop with visual effects master Phil Tippett’s first installment of Mad God (US, 11 min), where characters writhe in macabre, nightmarish splendor.

—Sterling Hedgpeth Monday, Oct 6, 1:30 pm Sequoia 2 Wednesday, Oct 8, 9:15 pm Rafael 3

Friday, Oct 3, 9:30 pm Rafael 3 Tuesday, Oct 7, 4:45 pm Sequoia 2

—Amanda Todd Wednesday, Oct 8, 3:45 pm Sequoia 2 Friday, Oct 10, 9:30 pm Rafael 3

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5@5 THIS BIRD’S GONNA FLY

THE 3D SIDESHOW

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Nonverbal or in English. “So this bird’s got to fl y…I’m tellin’ you, honey, this bird’s got to fl y.” This program of animated shorts from around the world is sure to delight children of all ages. The Argentinian Llama Drama gets us off to a hilarious start. The French LaMi (in three segments) tells the story of the notes of the scale as they make friends. Miriam’s Kite from Estonia follows the adventures of Miriam and her duck. Nunavut, Canada brings us the Inuit The Orphan and the Polar Bear. The evolution of the New World is a bright, bouncy short short from the UK’s Oliver Sin, followed by a bright and bouncy 13 from Marin’s own Cynthia Pepper. The Australian The Gallant Captain is a boy on a mission. Through sand and drawing, the classic hoop is transformed and erased and transformed again in Tess Martin’s Hula Hoop. A blend of 2D and 3D, Rabbit and Deer, our centerpiece from Hungary, will amaze and tickle you. Russia’s A Tin Can bounces down some funny roads. The poignant, child-produced The Man Who Loved to Whistle is more of a heartwrencher; it was produced in Croatia by our cultural partner, SAF Cakovec. All ages. —John Morrison

Thrill to these depth-defying shorts, all in 3D! Watch a ribbiting rogues gallery in Robert Bloomberg’s Frogs & Friends (US, 7 min). Jason Jameson and James Hall’s One Night in Hell (US, 7 min) depicts a skeleton’s underworld journey. Did Georges Méliès create the world’s first 3D film? See for yourself in The Infernal Cauldron (France, 3 min). Harold Lloyd gets another dimension of thrills in Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s classic Safety Last! (US, 4 min excerpt). A train journey goes surreally off track in Santiago Caicedo’s Moving Still (Colombia, 3 min), while Jeff Boller’s A Geek Like Me (US, 4 min) is a tribute to shared interests. Joséphine Derobe’s Diary of a Fridge (France, 9 min) chronicles 30 years in a family’s life. All Is Not Lost (US, 4 min) is a kaleidoscopic view of human connection via OK Go, Pilobolus, and Trish Sie. Bob Venezia’s Pieces of the Fair (US, 3 min) reveals the secret life of carnival rides. David Silverman’s The Longest Daycare (US, 5 min) pits Maggie Simpson against the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Trish Sie’s White Knuckles (US, 3 min) combines 12 pups and a rock band. In Lauren MacMullan’s Get a Horse! (US, 6 min), Mickey Mouse takes a special wagon ride. And finally, Patrick Osborne’s Feast (US, 6 min) shows one man’s love life from his dog’s perspective. Ages 6+ —Robert Bloomberg

Experience the cutting edge of film technology! This shorts program captures the full potential of eight million pixels’ worth of high definition: a state-of-the-art, ultrahigh-resolution visual experience with the hidden details, vibrant colors, and captivating compositions unlocked only by 4K. Watch online a selection of up to 15 short films—abstrac t, narrative, technical, and genre-bending—and vote for your favorite. The filmmaker finalists will be included in this free showcase. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of industr y judges from MVFF, Sharp Electronics, THX Ltd., Lucasfilm Ltd., RED Digital Cinema, and Adobe, based on creativity, technical quality, and the ability to capture detailed, vivid scenes showcasing all of the benefits of 4K. Join us as we go boldly into the future of digital film!

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THE ART OF AMAZING 4K SHOWCASE

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Saturday, Oct 4, 11:00 am Rafael 1 Sunday, Oct 12, 11:00 am Sequoia 1

Tickets $18 general | $15 CFI members | $10 children

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10,000 KM (LONG DISTANCE)

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

1000 RUPEE NOTE

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

Spain 2014 • 99 min

Sweden 2013 • 114 min

India 2014 • 89 min

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Carlos Marques-Marcet Producers Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Jana Díaz Juhl Screenwriter Clara Roquet Cinematographer Dagmar WeaverMadsen Editor Juliana Montañés Cast Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer Print Source Visit Films

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Felix Herngren Producers Malte Forssell, Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Patrick Nebout Screenwriters Hans Ingemansson, Jonas Jonasson Cinematographer Göran Hallberg Editor Henrik Källberg Cast Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer, Jens Hultén Print Source Studio Canal

Director/Producer/Editor Shrihari Sathe Screenwriter Shrikant Bojewar Cinematographer Ming Kai Leung Cast Usha Naik, Sandeep Pathak, Shrikant Yadav, Ganesh Yadav, Pooja Nayak, Devendra Gaikwad Print Source Infinitum Productions

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish with English subtitles. Sergi and Alex (Game of Thrones’ Natalie Tena), a striking young couple living together in Barcelona, are ready to take their passionate love affair to the next level when 10,000 kilometers suddenly come between them. Alex has been offered a year-long, all-expensespaid artist’s residency in Los Angeles. Sergi, hesitant at first, encourages Alex to follow her dream, leaving them with only one way to bridge the divide: digital. As the days roll by, Skype acts as savior, and we witness the happy, painful, and revelatory process of a long-distance relationship sustained—and reinvented—through the ether. At first plunging us into the most intimate moments of a couple’s life, 10,000 KM then mediates our experience, as it does theirs, through texts, video chats, and social media updates, probing the nature of technology and connection while it chronicles the story of a young couple separated not only by distance, but also dreams and desires. —Angelique Smith Thursday, Oct 9, 8:45 pm Rafael 2 Saturday, Oct 11, 2:45 pm Sequoia 1

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN In Swedish with English subtitles. Life has been one extraordinary, accidental adventure after another for explosives buff Allan Karlsson, and he sees no reason why the fun should stop at age 100. He slips out of the retirement home and boards a bus, inadvertently saddled with an unpleasant stranger’s luggage. Allan makes friends easily, especially around booze, but his impromptu jaunt is somewhat complicated by the suitcase’s contents: 50 million kronor in cash. Pursued by both a lackadaisical policeman and a pack of dim-bulb thugs in the employ of an English gangster, the droll centenarian hits the road with an expanding circle of quirky acquaintances. The top-grossing film in Sweden last year, Felix Herngen’s delightful romp (adapted from Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller) peppers Allan’s globe-hopping life story—highlighted by history-altering encounters with Franco, Truman, Stalin, and Reagan—with richly absurd fl ashbacks. The whimsical and witty score is by Matti Bye, whose acclaimed ensemble is a perennial favorite at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. —Michael Fox

IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF SPAIN, L ATINO COUNCIL , AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COMMERCE

Wednesday, Oct 8, 5:45 pm Sequoia 1 Thursday, Oct 9, 12:45 pm Rafael 1 Friday, Oct 10, 2:45 pm Rafael 3 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF S WEDEN AND THE BARBRO OSHER PRO SUECIA FOUNDATION

(EK HAZARACHI NOTE)

“When the goddess of wealth comes, she brings trouble with her, too.” And so it unfolds in Phulambri, a village in India’s Maharashtra state struggling to maintain its gentle rhythms and traditions in the face of endemic corruption. Lonely widow Budhi— distraught since her farmer son, drowning in debt, took his own life—has nonetheless found comfort and balance among her fellow villagers. Most of them are as poor as she is, but unfailingly generous with whatever they have, be it goat’s milk for tea or freshly baked fluffy bread in the morning. That delicate balance is upended the moment a politician shoves a 1,000-rupee note into Budhi’s hands at a campaign rally, setting off a chain of events that will take her to the brink of despair and back again. With a Technicolor palette and buoyant original songs, this deeply humanistic morality tale is a feast for the eyes, ears, and brain, and lingers long after the credits roll. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

—Atissa Manshouri Thursday, Oct 9, 6:00 pm CCM

This screening is free for CFI members. Get your complimentary ticket at mvff.com. IN A SSOCIATION WITH 3RD I SOUTH A SIAN FILMS

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3 STILL STANDING

316

’71

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

US 2014 • 90 min

Iran 2014 • 72 min

UK 2014 • 100 min

Directors/Producers/Cinematographers Robert A. Campos, Donna LoCicero Producers Tommy Gil, Allison Hatcher Editors Brandon Dumlao, Eli Olson Cast Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Will Durst, Johnny Steele, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Robin Williams Print Source Beanfield Productions

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Payman Haghani Screenwriter Reza Keshani Cinematographer Davood Malek Hosseini Editor Hayedeh Safiyari Print Source Noori Pictures

Director Yann Demange Producers Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch Screenwriter Gregory Burke Cinematographer Tat Radcliffe Editor Chris Wyatt Cast Jack O’Connell, Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Martin McCann, Charlie Murphy, Sam Reid, Killian Scott, David Wilmot Print Source Roadside Attractions

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN For one bright, shining moment, three San Francisco standup comics seemed poised for the big time. Will Durst, Johnny Steele, and Larry “Bubbles” Brown were killing audiences in the Holy City Zoo, the Punch Line, and all the other packed, brick-walled venues that made San Francisco the country’s best, most radical comedy scene in the 1980s. Agents—and Vegas—came calling, and why not? Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Bobcat Goldthwait, and numerous others were honing their unique talents beneath the same spotlights and becoming stars. Then, as the ’90s dawned, the local comedy scene died, and SF’s era of cutting-edge, no-holds-barred humor faded into legend. What did these three comics do? They kept telling jokes however they could—and they still do. This loving, lively documentary—packed with hilarious vintage footage, intimate interviews, rat-atat editing, and a jazzy score—captures the triumphs and struggles, the art and dedication, of three indomitable performers who still bring it every time. WORLD PREMIERE —Jeff Campbell Saturday, Oct 4, 5:00 pm Sequoia 1 Wednesday, Oct 8, 1:30 pm Rafael 1 Friday, Oct 10, 2:15 pm Sequoia 1

In Persian with English subtitles. As the old saw goes: You can’t know a woman unless you have walked a mile (or many) in her shoes. Softly echoing Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, in 316, a woman recalls her life in Iran, and we literally step into the shoes of those she holds most dear, journeying through the dramatic, rapidly shifting social and political terrain of late-20th– and 21st-century Iran. From the courtship of her youthful leftist parents through the tumult of the Iranian Revolution, her own rebellious upbringing, courtship, motherhood, and eventual solitude, our narrator takes stock of the things that matter the most, while fantasizing about other things she always wanted to do but knows she never will—like bungee jumping, shaving her head, or seeing Madonna in concert. Director Payman Haghani’s one-of-a-kind tribute to the comical, romantic, and sorrowful parade of days seamlessly melds archival footage with dramatic sequences, mingled with animation and anchored by a narrated life-story brimming with heart, “sole”…and shoes! WORLD PREMIERE Saturday, Oct 4, 1:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Tuesday, Oct 7, 5:00 pm Sequoia 1 IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE IR ANIAN FILM FE S TIVAL

A young British army recruit is stranded in the bombed-out warrens of a riot-rocked Belfast in this potent thriller of survival that takes place over the course of one hellish day, one year before Bloody Sunday. Gary Hooks (rising star Jack O’Connell) is assigned to a Northern Ireland emergency peacekeeping force just as the Troubles are exploding. After becoming separated from his unit during a house raid-turnedriot, an unarmed Hooks escapes through the backstreets, and we witness 24 hours of his fiery baptism. The lines between friend and foe shift and blur, but director Yann Demange, in his inaugural feature, puts a tight focus on the characters’ sensory experience of their war-ravaged surroundings. Underpinned by grainy cinematography and cacophonous sound design matched to the era and its horrifying events, ’71 details a very specific odyssey but strikes with a staggering universality.

—Janis Plotkin Saturday, Oct 4, 2:45 pm Lark Tuesday, Oct 7, 11:15 am Sequoia 1 SPONSORED BY

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AFTER THE FALL

ALLOT (A LONG LIST OF THINGS)

THE ART OF LIFE

US CINEMA

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2014 • 110 min

US 2014 • 90 min

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Saar Klein Producers Sarah Green, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Hans Graffunder Screenwriter Joe Conway Cinematographer Matthias Koenigswieser Editor Hank Corwin Cast Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett Print Source Phase 4 Films

Director/Screenwriter/Editor John Sanborn Producers Video Free America Producer/Cinematographer Skip Sweeney Cinematographer Roger Jones Editor Khaboshi Imbukwa Cast Miranda Sanborn, Thais Schwab, David Meyer Print Source John Sanborn

This trio of shorts delves into the lives and decades-long careers of three brilliant Bay Area artists: sculptor Jerome Kirk, metal artist Victor Ries, and painter Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff.

On the surface, Bill Scanlin (a sad-eyed Wes Bentley) is living the American dream. A hard-working insurance broker, he is a stand-up guy with a wife and two sons, a big house, and a pool. But in a world where nice guys finish last, Bill’s strict moral code has cost him his job—he’s just not making it hard enough for clients to file claims. Hiding his unemployment from his wife, he grows increasingly desperate as the financial walls start to cave in. Then, almost accidentally, Bill discovers a different, riskier line of work—and he gets good at it. But his wife and new buddy Frank (Jason Isaacs), a cop whose own moral code needs some fine-tuning, begin to suspect something is awry. Director Saar Klein’s gripping, unpredictable feature debut is a powerful clash of conceit and conscience where doing the right thing is not quite as obvious as it seems.

—Joanne Parsont

For the millions who grew up alongside Michael Apted’s epic Up Series (Seven Up!, etc.), multimedia wizard John Sanborn (PICO, MVFF 2013; The Planets, MVFF 2011) has upped the ante with a film that brims with mindful self-reflection and plenty of heart. In ALLoT, Sanborn attends his 40th high-school reunion with a film crew to interview former classmates and gain a measure of closure on some openended chapters of his life. High school is, after all, where you dream with friends about what you will do with your future. Engaging with his former classmates from New York’s Walt Whitman High School, Sanborn pulls no punches with his questions: Who did you imagine you’d become, and, after 40 years, who are you now? The result is a highly personal and surprisingly universal memoir sparkling with contemplative conversation and meditations on the unpredictable challenges and transformations of life—and that’s ALLoT: A Long List of Things. WORLD PREMIERE

—KD Davis Saturday, Oct 11, 8:00 pm Sequoia 2 Sunday, Oct 12, 2:00 pm Lark SPONSORED BY

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KIRK US 2014 • 31 min Director Ashley James

Influenced by Calder, Smith, and Bertoia, kinetic sculptor Jerome Kirk’s hypnotic art has been described as the combined work of “poet, mystic, and mechanical engineer.” Kirk is a gorgeously filmed investigation into a lifetime of passion and commitment, from the artist’s humble beginnings in Detroit to his present-day studio in Oakland.

METAL MAN: THE STORY OF VICTOR RIES US 2014 • 36 min Director Bill Chayes

The Bauhaus-influenced Metal Man, respected teacher, and visionary in liturgical sculpture was Victor Ries, who died last year at age 105, leaving behind metal artworks of all kinds and sizes, from jewelry to altar installations in places of worship. This is the story of his incredible life and career.

ART IS THE TREE OF LIFE US 2013 • 26 min Directors Christine Weicher, Geoffrey Quinn

At 95 years old, Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff is an undiscovered painter with a remarkable sense of color and a life well lived— though not without tragedy. In this short, the artist narrates her journey. Sunday, Oct 5, 4:00 pm 142 Throckmorton Monday, Oct 6, 6:15 pm Rafael 2

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BELOVED SISTERS

BLACK AND WHITE

(DIE GELIEBTEN SCHWESTERN)

THE BOY AND THE WORLD (O MENINO E O MUNDO)

WORLD CINEMA

US CINEMA

CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

Germany/Austria 2013 • 170 min

US 2014 • 121 min

Brazil 2013 • 85 min

Director/Screenwriter Dominik Graf Producer Uschi Reich Cinematographer Michael Wiesweg Editors Barbara Buhl, Bettina Ricklefs, Katja Kirchen, Andreas Schreitmüller, Heinrich Mis Cast Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Claudia Messner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Maja Maranow Print Source Music Box Films

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Mike Binder Producers Kevin Costner, Todd Lewis Cinematographer Russ T. Alsobrook Editor Roger Nygard Cast Kevin Costner, Jennifer Ehle, Gillian Jacobs, Octavia Spencer, Bill Burr Print Source IM Global

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Alê Abreu Producers Fernanda Carvalho, Tita Tessler Cinematographers Débora Fernandes, Débora Slikta, Luiz Henrique Rodrigues, Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos Cast Vinicius Garcia, Felipe Zilse, Alê Abreu, Lu Horta, Marco Aurélio Campos Print Source GKids

In German with English subtitles. In this sumptuous costume drama set in late–18th-century Germany, two aristocratic sisters fi nd themselves drawn inexorably to the young Sturm und Drang poet Friedrich Schiller and daringly forge a lifelong secret triangle. When younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld fi rst meets Schiller in 1788, he is a penniless dramatist whose early controversial writings— and penury—render him an unsuitable husband. But Charlotte and her married sister Caroline discover an intoxicating kinship with Schiller and his Romantic ideals of universal knowledge and the transformational power of literature. The sisters’ pact of loyalty to each other and Schiller is tested as their private intrigues—revealed through a clever, and cleverly filmed, exchange of coded letters—unfold against a backdrop of revolutionary Europe at the violent dawn of democracy. Gorgeous period details, breathtaking sylvan landscapes, and a refreshingly modern sensibility animate this speculative drama based loosely on historical events.

—Peter L. Stein

CENTERPIECE PROGRAM Kevin Costner made a deep, instinctual commitment to Black and White (he’s producer and star), and it shows: This searing, complicated film addresses tough issues head-on, yet aims straight for the heart. Several years after his daughter’s passing, New Orleans attorney Elliot Anderson (Academy Awardwinner Costner) is dealt another blow when his wife dies in an accident. Together, they had been raising their biracial granddaughter Eloise—played with wise-child aplomb by newcomer Jillian Estell. As Elliot’s everdeepening grief is increasingly fueled by alcohol, Eloise’s African-American grandmother Rowena (the luminous Octavia Spencer) blindsides him with a custody suit. Where should custody reside: with überloving matriarch Rowena and her extended family; with Eloise’s serially absent, druggie dad; or with her white, alcoholic grandfather? As the custody trial unfolds, so do latent prejudices and assumptions on both sides. Writer-director Mike Binder explores a continuing volatile discussion in American life, demonstrating that the power of love, above all, is the key to Eloise’s future.

—Leah LoSchiavo Friday, Oct 10, 7:00 pm Lark Sunday, Oct 12, 12:00 pm Rafael 3

Wednesday, Oct 8, 7:30 pm Rafael 1

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FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! Nonverbal. Handdrawn animation and music from luminaries in Brazil’s contemporary music scene enhance this wordless tale of a boy’s travels to find his father, who no longer can earn a living from the land. Traveling from his rainforest playground through the cotton harvests and factories where people like his father find work, to the anonymous city littered with a confusion of signs, billboards, and flyers that tout the values of a commercialized society, the boy keeps looking for his father. He sees his birds, trees, and song replaced by endless lines of trucks, piles of trash, and displaced people and knows only that he wants to restore his happy family and life of color and wonder. But the new world has chosen progress—armored monsters razing forests and people turned into identical, anonymous commodities—over traditional ways of life, cultural heritage, and natural diversity. Awash with color, motion, music, and wonder, The Boy and the World is an experience meant for the big screen, even as it precisely captures the viewpoint of one so small. Ages 6+ —Roberta McNair Sunday, Oct 5, 11:00 am Sequoia 2 Sunday, Oct 12, 11:15 am Rafael 1 IN A SSOCIATION WITH L ATINO COUNCIL AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COMMERCE

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A BRIDGE TO A BORDER

CAPTURING GRACE

CATCH ME DADDY

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

US 2014 • 92 min

US 2014 • 64 min

UK 2014 • 107 min

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Rob Nilsson Producers Michelle Anton Allen, Marshall Spight Cinematographers Chris Damm, Galina Pasternak Editors Gustavo Ochoa, Luis de la Para, Faith Vasquez Cast Richard Castrillon, Tristan Cunningham, Jeff Kao, Deniz Demirer, Alex Hero, Tiziana Perinotti, Michelle Anton Allen Print Source Citizen Cinema

Director/Producer/Screenwriter David Iverson Cinematographer Eddie Marritz Editor Gail Huddleson Print Source Kikim Media

Director/Screenwriter Daniel Wolfe Producers Mike Elliot, Hayley Williams Screenwriter Matthew Wolfe Cinematographer Robbie Ryan Editors Tom Lindsay, Dom Leung Cast Gary Lewis, Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Conor McCarron, Nichola Burley, Anwar Hussain Print Source Altitude Film Sales

There is a saying that goes, “When a man crosses a bridge, he faces a border.” With Bridge to a Border, Rob Nilsson (Collapse, MVFF 2013; Maelstrom, MVFF 2012) delivers a compelling political thriller with a deeply philosophical bent. US Border Patrol officer Pakal Gomez has made a career out of calculated risks, but following his escape from prison (after having been incarcerated for a crime he did not commit), he’s ready to risk it all. Radicalized in jail by an insurgent group dedicated to “being heard,” Gomez and “The Bridge Group” plan a terrorist action intended to give them an international media forum for their views. In this emotionally charged and suspenseful narrative, Nilsson reflects on the subject of domestic terrorism from the perspective of those lured into its web. In the aftermath of the Occupy movement, this gripping and ruminative film takes a sobering and speculative look at who is Right and what is left of the Left. WORLD PREMIERE

—KD Davis Friday, Oct 10, 9:00 pm Rafael 2 Saturday, Oct 11, 2:45 pm Rafael 3

What happens when a group of adults with Parkinson’s disease collaborates with leading professionals from the Mark Morris Dance Group to stage a performance? One of the participants puts it succinctly: “When the dance class is going on, there are no patients. There are only dancers.” This inside look at a visionary Brooklyn program, led by former Mark Morris company member David Leventhal, offers evidence for the benefi cial aspects of physical activity in alleviating the debilitating symptoms of the disease. But, more dramatically, it challenges our expectations about illness and art. Director-producer David Iverson, a radio broadcaster known to Bay Area audiences as the Friday host of KQED’s Forum call-in show, was himself diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. He follows the proceedings with rapt attention, as men and women of diverse backgrounds fi nd acceptance and unlock potential in a common cadence. WORLD PREMIERE —Rob Avila PRECEDED BY

RIDING MY WAY BACK US 2013 • 28 min Directors Robin Fryday, Peter Rosenbaum

Aaron, a military veteran suffering from injuries that left him suicidal, learns to care for a horse named Fred, and through their relationship begins healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him. Friday, Oct 10, 6:00 pm Sequoia 1 Saturday, Oct 11, 1:45 pm Rafael 2

In English and Punjabi with English subtitles. A riveting story of star-crossed young lovers who’ve fled family and escaped to live in love—and poverty—in a caravan park on the Yorkshire moors, Catch Me Daddy marks the impressive, confident debut of filmmaker Daniel Wolfe. For Laila, a British Pakistani, and Aaron, her Scottish boyfriend, life on the lam is less than cozy as they struggle to get by on what she earns as a hairdresser. Her bullying dad, outraged by the perceived dishonor she has brought upon the family, hires a couple of white thugs to bring her home, with her brother providing back-up. The suspense and macho bravura of a classic western meet the raw sensibilities of the Red Riding trilogy (MVFF 2009) as the pursuit of the runaways is underscored by clashes of race and gender politics. Laila is up against the impossible; yet in Wolfe’s highly charged, atmospheric story, inspired by the rash of honor killings in the UK, there is heartrending and unforgettable poetry. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

—Zoë Elton Friday, Oct 3, 6:15 pm Rafael 2 Monday, Oct 6, 9:00 pm Sequoia 1 SPONSORED BY

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CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

COWBOYS (KAUBOJI)

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

Australia 2013 • 108 min

US/France/Switzerland/Germany 2014 • 124 min

Croatia 2013 • 107 min

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Rolf De Heer Producers Nils Erik, Peter Djigirr Screenwriter David Gulpilil Cinematographer Ian Jones Editor Tania Nehme Cast David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Peter Minygululu Print Source Visit FIlms In English and Yolngu with English subtitles. David Gulpilil received a Best Actor award at Cannes this year for his performance as a character largely based on his own life experience in Australia’s Aboriginal community. In his third collaboration with filmmaker Rolf de Heer (Ten Canoes, MVFF 2006), Gulpilil is the soulful embodiment of Charlie, a restless elder in alcohol-free Arnhem Land who feels the government’s growing grip on his culture while he decries the rapid disappearance of Yolngu traditions. Although well past his prime, Charlie decides to “go bush” and sets out into the wild to practice the old ways, without reckoning how much things really have changed and exactly where he might be going. The film eloquently depicts the daily indignities endured by a marginalized and impoverished people, and in Gulpilil’s remarkable face it finds a vessel of both bemusement and despair, often at the same time, as Charlie confronts modern society with outrage, resilient humor, and more than a measure of mischief. US PREMIERE

—Richard Peterson Sunday, Oct 5, 7:45 pm Lark Wednesday, Oct 8, 12:00 pm Sequoia 1 SPONSORED BY

Director/Screenwriter Olivier Assayas Producers Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Jean-Louis Porchet, Gérard Ruey Cinematographer Yorick Le Saux Editor Marion Monnier Cast Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn Print Source IFC

Director/Screenwriter Tomislav M r š i ć Producer Suzana Pandek Cinematographer Predrag D u b r avč i ć Editor Hrvoje M r š i ć Cast Ž i v ko A n o č i ć , Hrvoje B a r i š i ć , Rakan Rushaidat, Krun Ø K l a b u č a r, Ivana Rushaidat, Radovan Ru žd j a k Print Source Kabinet

— Zoë Elton

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN In Croatian with English subtitles. This gloriously dark comedy features a well-loved cinematic scenario: A group of outcasts comes together to put on a show. Downtrodden, depressed, and otherwise not-quite-rightin-the-head, this bunch of (mostly) lovable misfits lives in a claustrophobic, one-horse industrial town where not much is going on. When a big-city director comes back to restart his hometown theater, there isn’t a “real” actor to be found, so he takes these misfits and molds them into a troupe. They mount—what else?—a classic Hollywood Western. Breaking every rule of stagecraft, the untrained actors embrace their characters and the tropes of movie Westerns— good versus evil, civilization against the wilderness—and, in the process, change the course of their lives. Based on a popular, award-winning Croatian play, Cowboys is part social drama, part farce, and all wacky, with a denouement that will have everyone cheering in the aisles. US PREMIERE —Charles Purdy

Friday, Oct 3, 8:45 pm Sequoia 1 Monday, Oct 6, 1:00 pm Rafael 1

Saturday, Oct 4, 5:00 pm Rafael 2 Tuesday, Oct 7, 5:30 pm Rafael 3

When the internationally renowned actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is offered a role in a London revival of a career-defining drama that she appeared in two decades earlier, she’s confronted with a dilemma: Does she accept the older charac ter now being offered her—and is she prepared to let go of the younger one? Aided and abetted by her assistant Val (Kristen Stewart), she retreats to the secluded Sils Maria, in the Swiss Alps. In an exquisite pairing of talent s, Stewar t proves herself a terrif ic match for the always wonderful Binoche in scenes par tly about an ac tor’s process, par tly about intimac y and their personal dynamic. And then, there’s the inevitable generational shift, underscored by the appearance of Chloë Grace Moret z as the ups t ar t Holly wood s t arlet w ho will play Enders/Binoche’s earlier role. With inspired casting, filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s multilayered variations on the themes of life, art, and age are a rich, satisfying experience.

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DIOR AND I

DIPLOMACY (DIPLOMATIE)

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

France 2014 • 90 min

France 2014 • 88 min

Director/Screenwriter Frédéric Tcheng Producer Guillaume de Roquemaurel Cinematographer Gilles Piquard Editor Julio C. Perez IV Cast Raf Simons, Anna Wintour, Sidney Toledano, Pieter Mulier Print Source Guillame de Roquemaurel

Director/Screenwriter Volker Schlöndorff Producers Marc de Bayser, Frank Le Wita, Sidonie Dumas Screenwriter Cyril Gely Cinematographer Michel Amathieu Editor Virginie Bruant Cast André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup Print Source Zeitgeist Films Ltd.

Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (MVFF 2011) and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, we enter the storied world that is the House of Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s highly anticipated first haute couture collection as the iconic brand’s new artistic director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Christian Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical. — Liza Domnitz, Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday, Oct 7, 8:00 pm Sequoia 1 Tuesday, Oct 12, 2:00 pm Sequoia 1 SPONSORED BY

CAVALLO POINT

In French and German with English subtitles. In the predawn hours of August 25, 1944, Paris was almost obliterated. That it was not is reimagined as an all-night act of desperate diplomac y in this crackling World War II drama. Swedish consul Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) must somehow convince German general Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) not to follow Hitler’s order to blow up the City of Light, even as the Allied army is poised to retake it. Based on a 2011 play and remade for the screen by Oscar- and Palme d’Or-winner Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), this tautly written pas de deux features two actors who mesmerize us with every calculated glance. “What if an order is absurd?” Nordling challenges. Bound by duty, von Choltitz is not blind to consequences, and the impossibility of his position—for him, every choice sacrifices something vital—is unexpectedly moving. “What would you do in my shoes?” the general retorts. Nordling has no answer, and the question rings loudly today.

—Jeff Campbell Saturday, Oct 4, 8:00 pm Sequoia 1 Wednesday, Oct 8, 3:30 pm Rafael 3 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF FR ANCE IN SAN FR ANCISCO AND THE FRENCH A MERIC AN CULTUR AL SOCIE T Y IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF GER M AN Y

DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN US CINEMA 1971 • 90 min

Director/Producer Al Adamson Producer John Van Horne Screenwriters William Pugsley, Samuel M. Sherman Cinematographers Paul Glickman, Gary Graver Editor Irwin Cadden Cast J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Zandor Vorkov For some people, Dracula vs. Frankenstein is mindless, lowbrow dreck without artistic merit. For the rest of us, it’s time to party! Let’s head back to 1971 and bask in the badly lit glow of Dracula vs. Frankenstein on the big screen! Come one, come all! Behold the twisted visions of fabled schlockmeister Al Adamson! See legendary Lon Chaney, Jr., as Groton the mute man-boy, clumsily wield an ax! Witness the strangest Count Dracula of all time, Zandor Vorkov, recite his dialogue through an echo box! Watch brain-dead hippies, a drugged-up lounge singer, and a wild-eyed mad scientist (J. Carrol Naish) try to explain what the hell is happening around them! Who needs coherence, polish, and subtlety when every line of semi-philosophical dialogue mixes with random shots of miscellaneous objects and locations to create nonstop giddiness, unexpected hilarity, and overwhelming wonder? This is unadulterated Z-movie euphoria.

—Brendan Peterson Friday, Oct 3, 10:00 pm Rafael 1

Kirk Hammett will introduce the film as part of MVFF’s Metallica Artist in Residence screenings. See page 91. Tickets: $35 general | $30 CFI members SPONSORED BY

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DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY

FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: THE STORY OF RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2014 • 95 min

US 2014 • 92 min

Mexico/US 2014 • 84 min

Director/Producer Gay Dillingham Producers Michael Donnelly, Sol Tryon, Tao Raspoli Screenwriter/Editor David Leach Cinematographer Alan Kozlowski Cast Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass), Timothy Leary, Dr. Andrew Weil, Roshi Joan Halifax, Huston Smith, John Perry Barlow, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Zach Leary, Joanna Harcourt-Smith, Peggy Mellon Hitchcock Print Source CNS Communications, LLC

Director/Producer/Cinematographer/ Editor Karina Epperlein Cinematographers Andy Black, Vicente Franco Editor James Gowdey Cast Kwame Scruggs, Jerry Kwame Williams, Darius Simpson, Brandyn Costa, Stacee Starr, Shawntrail Smith Print Source Karinafilms

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Alejandro Franco Cinematographer/ Editor Rubén Gabriel Márquez Ignorosa Cast Rodrigo Sánchez, Gabriela Quintero, Robert Trujillo Print Source Sentido Común

Turn on, tune in, and drop out (this is Mill Valley, after all), but don’t forget to “be here now” for this fascinating film about the lifelong friendship and fearless explorations of LSD guru Timothy Leary and Eastern spiritualist Richard Alpert, aka Ram Dass, who together radically altered 20th-century consciousness. Having met while on the faculty at Harvard in the early 1960s, the seemingly disparate intellectuals quickly formed a bond that lasted for decades. Their wild yet wise journeys through psychotropic drug trips, communal living, Tibetan mysticism, radical politics, polymorphous pleasure, and even imprisonment (Nixon considered Leary “the most dangerous man in America”) led the counterculture dynamic duo through the doors of perception and toward a transformational understanding of the final frontier: death. As surprising and inspiring as a magic mushroom trip, yet thankfully without the side effects, Gay Dillingham’s lively celebration of these two profound philosophers—unrepentant hippies to the end—is a cinematic vision quest safely tethered to the here and now via Robert Redford’s reassuring narration. WORLD PREMIERE

—Steven Jenkins Saturday, Oct 4, 4:00 pm Rafael 1 Tuesday, Oct 7, 1:45 pm Sequoia 2 Friday, Oct 10, 11:45 am Rafael 3 IN ASSOCIATION WITH DRUG POLIC Y ALLIANCE

SPONSORED BY

THE SEQUOIAS & THE TAMALPAIS

“If there is no enemy within, no enemy from without can harm you.” That’s one of the countless nuggets of wisdom, usually encased in a myth, passed down over the last decade to hundreds of black Ohio adolescents who’ve participated in a unique, multi-year mentoring program. Alchemy, Inc.’s approach is centered on a drum circle that fosters self-awareness and sharing and instills self-confidence, critical thinking, maturity, and a determination to succeed. Those qualities are readily apparent in the six college freshmen that Bay Area filmmaker Karina Epperlein (Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997, MVFF 2009) follows as they leave home for the first time. Obliged to deflect and reflect stereotypes and racism from other students, in addition to all the usual challenges that go with stepping up a level, they must draw on every internal resource. At a certain point in this intimate and poetic film, a new group of sixth graders takes their place behind the drums. The circle remains unbroken. WORLD PREMIERE

—Michael Fox Friday, Oct 3, 8:00 pm Lark Saturday, Oct 4, 8:00 pm Rafael 3

Special guests from Alchemy, Inc. will attend the screenings.

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish and English with English subtitles. This aptly titled (after the AC/DC anthem) filmic salute is a primer on how to persevere and stay true to your music, even if it doesn’t fit neatly into any standard category. Guitarists Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintera grew up in Mexico City and met as teenagers, bonding over their love of heavy metal. After playing together for years they have developed their own unique sound: acoustic metal with flamenco and salsa influences. “We always try to make a whole sound just with two guitars,” Quintera says. Music journalist and first-time direc tor Alejandro Franco’s engaging film traces Rodrigo y Gabriela’s career, from playing in a metal band and working day jobs to busking on the streets of Dublin, to playing sold-out concerts around the world, from Glastonbury to Red Rocks. That they have succeeded is evident in generous performance excerpts and testimonials from musicians like Al Di Meola, Peter Gabriel, and Robert Trujillo of Metallica. —Margarita Landazuri Sunday, Oct 5, 8:00 pm Rafael 1 Tuesday, Oct 7, 2:15 pm Rafael 2 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF ME XICO IN SAN FR ANCISCO IN A SSOCIATION WITH L ATINO COUNCIL AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COMMERCE

IN A SSOCIATION WITH HUNTERS POINT FA MILY

SPONSORED BY

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FORCE MAJEURE

FOXCATCHER

FREE

WORLD CINEMA

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Sweden/Norway/Denmark /France 2014 • 118 min

US 2014 • 133 min

US 2013 • 73 min

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Ruben Östlund Producers Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson, Philippe Bober Cinematographer Fredrik Wenzel Editor Jacob Secher Schulsinger Cast Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius Print Source Magnolia Pictures

Director/Producer Bennett Miller Producers Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, Anthony Bregman Screenwriters E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cinematographer Greig Fraser Editors Stuart Levy, Conor O’Neill, Jay Cassidy Cast Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall Print Source Sony Pictures Classics

Directors/Producers Suzanne LaFetra, David Collier Cinematographer David Collier Editor Jennifer Chinlund Print Source Suzanne LaFetra

In Swedish, English, and French with English subtitles. A ski vacation meant to bond a family together takes an unexpected turn when a moment of panic reveals a father’s cowardice in this darkly funny blend of satire and psychological thriller, the winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke), Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli), and their two kids’ holiday goes sideways in Force Majeure’s most thrilling (and chilling) scene, when Tomas abandons his family in the face of an out-of-control “controlled” avalanche. Writer-director Ruben Östlund began his career making ski fi lms, and he returns to his roots with several exhilarating action scenes. Shooting in the Alps, he and cinematographer Fredrik Menzel make the most of the location, the humans and their problems small against the majesty of the mountains. Off the slopes, Östlund observes his characters sharply but with detachment, in a cutting portrait of a pictureperfect family unraveling when its illusions are laid bare.

This year at Cannes, the Best Director award went to Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) for this hypnotic and multilayered drama based on a true story that is truly “stranger than fiction.” Channing Tatum stars as Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, who is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move onto the family estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. They enlist Mark’s older brother—and fellow gold medalist—Dave (Mark Ruffalo) to head Team Foxcatcher, although Mark is as determined to emerge from his beloved sibling’s shadow as du Pont is to win the respect of his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). This richly atmospheric drama boasts outstanding performances, with evident physical demands on Tatum and Ruffalo, but Carell is a revelation as the eerie aristocrat, his otherworldly manner and sinister cadence providing strong contrast to the blue-collar brothers as he steers the foreboding narrative to its inexorable conclusion.

—Pam Grady

—Richard Peterson

Tuesday, Oct 7, 7:30 pm Sequoia 2

Friday, Oct 10, 8:30 pm Sequoia 2 Sunday, Oct 12, 8:30 pm Sequoia 1

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF S WEDEN AND THE BARBRO OSHER PRO SUECIA FOUN DATION

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

SPONSORED BY

TOWN CENTER CORTE MADERA

A group of Oakland teens finds personal liberation and mutual support while working toward a collaborative performance at Destiny Arts Center, an organization devoted to youth empowerment through dance, theater, and martial arts. David Collier and Suzanne LaFetra’s stirring, up-close documentary follows five of the teens in the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company as they co-create a piece that asks them to dig deeply into the motivating dilemmas and hopes of their lives—to tell the truth, even if it hurts, because the truth will in some degree set them free. Not that the very real challenges before these young people will simply disappear. Candid discussions of poverty, alienation, HIV status, sexual abuse, and gang violence arise as dauntingly complex, if not insurmountable, obstacles to happiness. But under the gentle guidance and support of Destiny Arts’ Sarah Crowell, the young dancers find release and acceptance in performing their stories, turning the courage, determination, and stamina demanded of their lives into a contagious joy. WORLD PREMIERE

—Rob Avila PRECEDED BY

SWIMMING: MIND, BODY, SPIRIT US 2014 • 10 min Directors Jim Sugar, Mathieu LaCounte

This film explores how and why perfectly normal people endure—and thrive—during a hard swim workout at 5:30 am, five days a week. Saturday, Oct 11, 7:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Sunday, Oct 12, 2:30 pm Rafael 2

Dance performance by Destiny Arts members at Oct 11 screening. IN ASSOCIATION WITH DE S TIN Y AR T S CENTER

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THE FUTURE STARTS HERE

GARDENERS OF EDEN

GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM (GETT: LE PROCÈS DE VIVIANE AMSALEM)

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

US 2014 • 90 min

US/Kenya 2014 • 64 min

Israel/France/Germany 2014 • 115 min

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Tiffany Shlain Producer/Screenwriter/Editor Arne Johnson Producer/Screenwriter Sawyer Steele Screenwriters Karen Everett, Ken Goldberg Cinematographer Jesse Dana Print Source AOL, Inc.

Director/Cinematographer/Editor Austin Peck Director/Cinematographer Anneliese Vandenberg Producer Kristin Davis Cast Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Julius Shivenga, Nick Trent Print Source RYOT Films

Directors/Screenwriters Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz Producers Marie Masmonteil, Sandrine Brauer, Shlomi Elkabetz Cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie Editor Joëlle Alexis Cast Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian, Sasson Gabay, Eli Gorstein, Gabi Amrani Print Source Music Box Films

A wildly entertaining and inspiring ride exploring what it means to be human in our increasingly connected world, The Future Starts Here is an Emmy-nominated original series by Tiffany Shlain: acclaimed filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and Mill Valley native. Season one (2013) of the web series was an instant hit, with over 20 million views, delving into the nuances of motherhood, robots, and tech etiquette. Using her award-winning style of fast-paced archival images, colorful animations, and witty insights, Shlain not only explores the intersection of modern society and technology, she also questions the relationship—even suggesting that viewers extract themselves from connectivity through a weekly “Technology Shabbat.” Join Shlain and MVFF for this special interactive screening of select episodes from season one and a sneak peek at season two, as we come together to consider the changing landscape of media, art, and technology as they intersect with daily life and the small and large screens.

—Alexis Whitham Wednesday, Oct 8, 6:00 pm 142 Throckmorton SPONSORED BY

BON AIR CENTER

Even in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, elephants aren’t safe from poachers. The surging price of ivory has given rise to organized gangs that hunt and kill these majestic creatures for their tusks, usually leaving orphans in their wake. Continuously on the lookout and always ready to come to the rescue, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a well-established protocol for transporting and caring for the traumatized baby elephants and, just as crucially, a remarkable record of successfully reintroducing them to the wild. Everyone we meet in this eye-opening film—from pilots to nursery keepers, antipoaching trackers to Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who founded and continues to lead the organization in its fourth decade—gives proof that the serpent does not rule the garden. WORLD PREMIERE —Michael Fox

Producer Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) will attend the Sat-Sun screenings. PRECEDED BY

FROM THE GROUND TO THE CLOUD US/Tanzania 2014 • 8 min Director Denise Zmekhol

Watch how the Jane Goodall Institute uses mapping technolog y on mobile devices f o r f o r e s t m o n i t o r i n g a n d c h i m p a n ze e con ser vation. Saturday, Oct 4, 2:00 pm Sequoia 1 Sunday, Oct 5, 4:45 pm Rafael 2 Tuesday, Oct 7, 11:45 am Rafael 2

In Hebrew with English subtitles. During the sometimes comic, sometimes harrowing religious court proceeding that may finally secure her a divorce, long-suffering Viviane Amsalem (the deeply moving Ronit Elkabetz) blurts out, “I don’t want to live anymore with this man! It is my right.” To which a rabbi responds, “But it is not your choice.” That is the jarring reality in today’s Israel, where only a gett, a decree issued by an all-male rabbinic tribunal, with the husband’s consent, can legally dissolve a marriage. Attuned to this inherent misogyny, Elkabetz, who co-wrote and -directed with her brother, stages the final chapter in the Amsalems’ hollow marriage as a Kafkaesque ritual, by turns tragic and farcical. Confined within a nondescript courtroom, yet featuring remarkably layered performances, Gett— which won the Best Israeli Feature award at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival—is a strange journey into the enigmas of a couple and a society caught between tradition and modernity. US PREMIERE

—Peter L. Stein Monday, Oct 6, 7:30 pm Sequoia 2 Wednesday, Oct 8, 6:00 pm Rafael 3 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF ISR AEL IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE SAN FR ANCISCO JE WISH FILM FE S TIVAL AND THE A MERIC AN SOCIE T Y OF THE UNIVER SIT Y OF HAIFA

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

THE HI DE HO SHOW

HIDE AND SEEK

US CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

(IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO)

WORLD CINEMA Italy 1966 • 179 min

Director/Screenwriter Sergio Leone Producer Alberto Grimaldi Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni Cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli Editors Eugenio Alabiso, Nino Baragli Cast Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef Print Source Park Circus A morally ambiguous symphony of bloody bullets and twisted townsfolk, 1966’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a giddy celebration of eccentric cinema from Italian auteur Sergio Leone. Never mind the “Spaghetti Western” label, this is electric filmmaking that transcends genre. Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach play the respective title characters with dogged dedication and dirty drive, while Ennio Morricone’s iconic music creeps into your consciousness. Leone’s explosive combination of widescreen landscapes and close-up character portraits creates a mind-blowing movie-buzz. From the opening seconds to the closing credits, this epic tale, set against the Civil War, focuses on the cold-blooded realities of gold-hungry bounty hunters and the people they love to kill. Pulsing with reckless energy, this exploitation art-film brims with colorful, cold-blooded people, breath-taking visuals, and penetrating twists on the Western framework that will leave you gasping and grinning at once. (This version contains restored footage.)

—Brendan Peterson

US • 100 min

UK 2014 • 80 min

“Get Ready”: This Hi De Ho homage to the great American soul labels, curated by music-meister John Goddard from his personal video collection, promises to inspire “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”—and not “just a little bit!” Goddard, our great guru of the groove, continues his exploration of the pop explosions of the ’60s, that time unforgettable for rock and pop, blues and funk, and a whole lotta soul. While the Beatles were making waves across the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Records—along with Motown and Stax—was making sure the airwaves weren’t completely invaded by Liverpudlians. Americans were redefining soul, with a “Back at ’Cha” channeled through brilliant artists like Wilson Pickett, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Carla Thomas, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Rascals, and Otis Redding. Their stunning musical legacy may have left some one-hit Brits wondering “Where Did Our Love Go?”—yet it united young people across boundaries of race and place. Put on those “Hi-Heel Sneakers,” “Hitch Hike” on over, and celebrate the greats! —Zoë Elton Saturday, Oct 4, 8:45 pm Sequoia 2 Friday, Oct 10, 3:00 pm Rafael 2 SPONSORED BY

ALAIN PINEL REALTORS

Director/Screenwriter Joanna Coates Producer/Screenwriter Daniel Metz Cinematographer Ben Hecking Editor Maya Maffioli Cast Josh O’Connor, Hannah Arterton, Rea Mole, Daniel Metz Print Source Daniel Metz Winner of the best British film at the Edinburgh Film Fes tival, Coates’s sensual first feature tracks four young Londoners as they endeavor to reject social conventions and embrace polyamory. Coming together at a remote rural estate, Leah, Max, Jack, and Charlotte embark on their new life together, one that is communally erotic, fully egalitarian, deliberately bereft of technology—beyond a well used record player—and cut off from the outside world. Their days unfold as a series of sun-drenched, idle afternoons, evening parlor games, and ever-shifting couplings in the “marital bed.” In the midst of this, Charlotte’s ex-boyfriend turns up, spoiling their carefully constructed Arcadia. Exhibiting immense respect for the intricacy and intimacy of her subject matter, Coates sketches a remarkable portrait of a generation seeking significance in their lives, crafting a haven of idyll and communion as respite from the isolation of the modern world. US PREMIERE

—Leah LoSchiavo Saturday, Oct 4, 3:00 pm Sequoia 2 Monday, Oct 6, 3:30 pm Rafael 2

Wednesday, Oct 8, 7:00 pm CCM

James Hetfield will introduce the film as part of MVFF’s Metallica Artist in Residence screenings. See page 91. Tickets: $35 general | $30 CFI members SPONSORED BY

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THE HOMESMAN

HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN (AKA MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN)

HOW I CAME TO HATE MATH (COMMENT J’AI DÉTESTÉ LES MATHS)

US CINEMA

CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2014 • 122 min

US 1941 • 78 min

France 2013 • 103 min

Director Tommy Lee Jones Producers Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy Screenwriters Wesley A. Oliver, Miles Hood Swarthout, Kieran Fitzgerald Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto Editor Roberto Silvi Cast Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader Print Source Roadside Attractions

Director/Screenwriter Dave Fleischer Producer Max Fleischer Screenwriters Dan Gordon, Ted Pierce, Isidore Sparber, Carl Meyer, Graham Place, Bob Wickersham, William Turner, Cal Howard Cinematographer Charles Schlettler Editors Willard Bowsky, Shamus Culhane, H.C. Ellison, Thomas Johnson, Graham Place, Stan Quackenbush, Dave Tendlar, Myron Waldman Cast Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer, Ted Pierce, Carl Meyer, Stan Freed

Director/Screenwriter Olivier Peyon Producers Laurence Petit, Carole Scotta, Bruno Nahon Screenwriter Amandine Escoffier Cinematographer Alexis Kavyrchine Editors Tina Baz, Fabrice Rouaud Print Source Doc & Film International

OPENING NIGHT FILM Tommy Lee Jones steers this unruly and fascinating antiWestern, a cross-country odyssey through the Nebraska Territory of the 1850s that brings classic scope and modern sensitivity to the complex history of frontier America. Two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank stars as Mary Bee Cuddy, the prim yet forthright spinster who persuades Jones’s reprobate claim jumper to help her escort three deranged women to Iowa and the hospice of a minister’s wife. Their journey honors those destroyed by the unendurable extremes of pioneer life, and the film becomes—in a perversion John Ford would have appreciated—an Eastern, as the odd couple trudges away from the West’s broken promise. Adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s acclaimed novel and featuring colorful supporting performances from John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Meryl Streep, and James Spader, Jones’s second feature is by turns comic, ominous, and lyrical, traversing landscapes of desolate beauty, relentless danger, and lingering psychological damage at the ragged edges of civilization.

—Leah LoSchiavo

See page 32 for complete Opening Night Gala details and pricing. Thursday, Oct 2, 6:45 pm Sequoia 1 Thursday, Oct 2, 7:00 pm Sequoia 2 SPONSORED BY

WELLS FARGO

The City of Mill Valley, Mill Valley Recreation, the Chamber of Commerce, and MVFF invite you to a free outdoor screening of a croony, swoony animation classic that’ll delight the young—and the young at heart! Bugville, a bustling insect community, sits at the edge of a city garden that’s threatened by foot traffic and construction. Good-hearted grasshopper Hoppity returns to Bugville to find Mr. Bumble and Honey, his lovely daughter—and Hoppity’s bee-loved—fearing for their community’s safety from big-shoed humans. They should worry more about C. Bagley Beetle and his droning henchmen, Swat the Fly and Smack the Mosquito. Beetle wants Honey for himself—and he doesn’t care who he has to squash to get her. Hoppity thinks he’s found a way to give the bugs a safe and beautiful home, but it’ll require trusting some “human ones” and foiling Beetle’s schemes. The whole family will enjoy the rich colors, buzzy animation, and swinging songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser.

—Roberta McNair

Preceeded by Mill Valley Redux, Tiffany Shlain and Devon McAllister’s homage to Rita Abrams’s 1970 hometown hit. Friday, Oct 10, 7:45 pm Old Mill Park Free

FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES In English and French with English subtitles. It has given us personal computers, medical breakthroughs, and a man on the moon, yet mathematics still gets a bad rap, forever doomed to be the academic version of spinach. Enter French filmmaker Olivier Peyon (Stolen Holiday), who sets out to dispel the myth that math is only for brainiacs or less lyrical than poetry. Giving a forum to students and stockbrokers, Stanford and UC Berkeley professors and Fields Medal-winners, the filmmaker creates a 360-degree portrait of the ways math affects our everyday lives. “Mathematics is too often reduced to calculations,” one subject claims. “But it’s the largest manufacturer of concepts in the world.” Running the gamut from how France’s controversial “New Math” curriculum reflected the country’s spring-of-’68 revolution to the way applied mathematics played a part in the recent global financial crisis, this whimsical, free-form look at a subject many of us take for granted is anything but by-the-numbers. —David Fear Friday, Oct 10, 4:00 pm Lark Saturday, Oct 11, 4:45 pm Rafael 2 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF FR ANCE IN SAN FR ANCISCO AND THE FRENCH A MERIC AN CULTUR AL SOCIE T Y

SPONSORED BY

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HOW I GOT OVER

I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT

ICE POISON (BING DU)

(SMETTO QUANDO VOGLIO)

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

US 2014 • 87 min

Italy 2014 • 100 min

Myanmar/Taiwan R.O.C 2014 • 95 min

Director/Producer Nicole Boxer Producer Tim Rockwood Cinematographers Neil Barrett, M. Holden Warren Editor Michelle M. Witten Print Source Fushia Films

Director/Screenwriter Sydney Sibilia Producers Domenico Procacci, Matteo Rovere Screenwriter Valerio Attanasio, Andrea Garello Cinematographer Vladan Radovic Editor Gianni Vezzosi Cast Edoardo Leo, Valerio Aprea, Pietro Sermonti, Paolo Calabresi, Libero De Rienzo Print Source 01 Distribution

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Editor Midi Z. Cinematographer Fan ShengSiang Editor Lin Sheng-Wen Cast Wu Ke-Xi, Wang Shin-Hong Print Source Seashore Image Productions

“Can art save your life?” Nicole Boxer (14 Women, MVFF 2007) takes this question and turns it into an ac tion s tatement in her must-see film that follows a group of women—all residents of the Washington, DC, recovery community N Street Village— as they prepare to turn their harrowing life stories into a theater piece. This they do, with a commitment and honesty that creates performances worthy of the Kennedy Center, where their premiere will be held. Guided by their dedicated, charismatic director, the women find inner strength working through layers of personal pain—a feat that is a testament to the power of art. In recounting their tales, they learn to become commanding, professional performers in control of their stories, no longer victims of their pasts. Though there’s plenty of heavy material here, there’s laughter, too, among this supportive, tight-knit group unafraid to poke fun at each other. And like the soaring rendition of the gospel tune that gives Boxer’s film its name, there’s a great deal of hope. —Cheryl Eddy Sunday, Oct 5, 7:45 pm Sequoia 2 Thursday, Oct 9, 2:45 pm Rafael 2 Saturday, Oct 11, 8:30 pm Rafael 3 IN ASSOCIATION WITH CENTER POINT

SPONSORED BY

EQUATOR COFFEE & TEAS

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN In Italian with English subtitles. Poor Professore Pietro can’t catch a break: His sketchy research funding sources fall through and even the wealthy students he tutors can’t be bothered to pay him for his services. All of his equally brilliant academic colleagues are scraping by at minimum-wage jobs, scamming gypsy card games, or applying for entry into local crime syndicates. After chasing down one of his delinquent students at a nightclub, he receives payment in the form of a cocktail laced with legal designer drugs. Pietro probes into the government loophole of this criminal endeavor and hatches a plan involving the unique talents of his scholarly band of post-doctoral brothers. What happens when a theoretical chemist, a macroeconomist, an anthropologist, a neurobiologist, and two Latinists walk into a bar? First-timer and director-towatch Sydney Sibilia assembles a witty, energetic script, nimbly executed by his charismatic cast, with nods to Breaking Bad and Trainspotting, yet spiked with its own signature blend of withering social satire and buongusto. —Leah LoSchiavo

In Yunnan Chinese and Burmese with English subtitles. In this stunning, naturalistic film set in Myanmar, drought and despair lead a young farmer to risk everything for family and survival. Faced with a failing vegetable crop, the farmer pawns his cow for a moped and starts a taxi service in the city. In six months, he must make enough to buy the cow back, or it will be slaughtered and sold for meat. His new venture is proving to be another failure until he picks up his first fare, a woman desperate to leave an arranged marriage in China and bring her son back to live with her. They team up in the only steady business in opium poppy country. In its simple, direct style, Ice Poison balances moments of pure joy—on the open road and in the karaoke parlor—with the stark reality of a country re-emerging after decades of underdevelopment. —Carol Harada Sunday, Oct 5, 6:00 pm Rafael 3 Saturday, Oct 11, 11:45 am Sequoia 1 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTER FOR A SIAN A MERIC AN MEDIA

Friday, Oct 3, 9:15 pm Sequoia 2 Sunday, Oct 5, 7:45 pm Rafael 2 Saturday, Oct 11, 5:30 pm Rafael 3 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE ITALIAN CULTUR AL INS TITUTE AND ITALY IN US

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THE IMITATION GAME

THE IMMORTALISTS

IMPERIAL DREAMS

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

US/UK 2014 • 113 min

US 2013 • 80 min

US 2014 • 87 min

Director Morten Tyldum Producers Teddy Schwarzman, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky Screenwriter Graham Moore Cinematographer Óscar Faura Editor William Goldenberg Cast Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech Print Source The Weinstein Company

Director/Producer/Cinematographer David Alvarado Director/Producer Jason Sussberg Producer Kate McLean Editor Annukka Lilja Print Source The Film Collaborative

Director/Screenwriter Malik Vitthal Producers Katherine Fairfax Wright, Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling Screenwriter Ismet Prcic Cinematographer Monika Lenczewska Editor Suzanne Spangler Cast John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Glenn Plummer, Keke Palmer, De’Aundre Bonds, Justin Coach, Ethan Coach Print Source Katherine Fairfax Wright

FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES Benedict Cumberbatch’s magnificent incarnation of British mathematician Alan Turing is just one of the remarkable elements of director Morten Tydlum’s highly anticipated fourth feature. Based on Andrew Hodges’s biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma, The Imitation Game enacts an electrifying series of events centered around Turing’s intelligence work at Bletchley Park during World War II, as the Brits rushed to crack the top-secret German military communications code. “I think Alan Turing is hiding something,” say police as they attempt to investigate a robbery at Turing’s Manchester computing laboratory. Arriving too late, they find Professor Turing himself sweeping up cyanide, collecting bits of evidence, and mightily bothered by the intrusion. With poignant flashbacks to Turing’s formative years in Sherborne as a brilliant but outcast student, alongside stand-out performances from Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, and Mark Strong, The Imitation Game is a splendid marriage of intrigue and character exploration of one of the 20th century’s most brilliant and enigmatic heroes. —KD Davis Saturday, Oct 4, 5:45 pm Sequoia 2 Monday, Oct 6, 4:00 pm Rafael 1 WITH SUPPORT FROM

GRUBER FAMILY FOUNDATION

FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES Benjamin Franklin may have written, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” but don’t try to convince American Bill Andrews and Brit Aubrey de Grey of that. These vanguards of the anti-aging movement may have conflicting theories about the mechanics of longevity, but their quests for a medical means to stave off death run along parallel tracks. And amidst the complicated issues of chromosome biology, nanobot technology, and the ethics of overpopulation, one question continually resurfaces: Are their efforts quixotic or prophetic? In Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado’s spellbinding film, we follow them from Oxford to Silicon Valley, to the Himalayas, and witness the rewards and setbacks of their singleminded pursuits. Surrounded by death and disease, financial hardship, and skepticism from their professional peers, Andrews and de Grey maintain an unwavering mantra: “Live forever…or die trying.” —Sterling Hedgpeth

ONE YEAR LEASE

An aspiring and gifted young writer, freshly returned to his Watts neighborhood after a two-year prison stint, dreams of better days for himself and his son in this unexpectedly hopeful depiction of inner-city life. There is no one to greet 21-year-old Bambi on the day he’s released, and his homecoming is tellingly grim: His alcoholic mother is passed out on the couch and his four-year-old, Day, plays alone in a corner. Against the odds and with criminal temptations all around—including ultimatums from his drug-dealing uncle—Bambi sets out to end this seemingly endless cycle of poverty and despair, only to butt up against incessant bureaucratic catch-22s. Writer-director Malik Vitthal forgoes gangsta-movie clichés in his tender and insightful feature debut. Its heart is the relationship between Bambi and Day, and its soul is the performance of John Boyega (Attack the Block), a rising star straight outta London but riveting in the slums of L.A.

US 2014 • 11 min

—Leah LoSchiavo

PRECEDED BY

Director Brian Bolster

Ahhh, renting an apartment in New York City: Tiny, challenging spaces coupled with enormous rents. One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, the cat-loving landlady. Friday, Oct 10, 6:15 pm Rafael 3 Saturday, Oct 11, 4:30 pm 142 Throckmorton

Saturday, Oct 4, 5:30 pm Lark Sunday, Oct 5, 2:00 pm Rafael 2 Wednesday, Oct 8, 11:30 am Rafael 2 IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRIDGE THE GAP COLLEGE PREP

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UMBEL

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IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE

IN PLAIN SIGHT

JACO

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Norway/Sweden/Denmark 2014 • 116 min

US/India/Guana/Tibet 2013 • 57 min

US 2014 • 100 min

Director Hans Petter Moland Director Hans Petter Moland Producers Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae Screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson Cinematographer Philip Øgaard Editor Jens Christian Fodstad Cast Stellan Skarsgård, Tobias Santelmann, Bruno Ganz, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen Print Source Paradox

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer/Editor Erica Jordan Print Source Pivotal Eye

Directors Stephen Kijak, Paul Marchand Producers John Battsek, Robert Trujillo Cinematographer Roger de Giacomi Editor Paul Marchand Cast Flea, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Jaco Pastorius Print Source Passion Pictures

(KRAFTIDIOTEN)

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN In Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles. Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård), a Swedish snowplow driver and pillar of his small-town Norwegian community, is a Scandinavian assimilation success story: Citizen of the Year, “but not so lucky with that name.” When tragedy strikes, Dickman is called to identify the body of his deceased son. But he isn’t buying the cause of death; he soon discovers his boy was an innocent casualty in a drug war between “The Count” (Tobias Santelmann) and a Serbian crime don (Wings of Desire’s Bruno Ganz). In a flash, this mild-mannered everyman starts plowing his way to the criminal responsible for the murder, one body at a time. Director Hans Petter Moland (A Somewhat Gentle Man, MVFF 2010) gives us a Tarantino-esque landscape of vegan kingpins, closeted-homosexual henchmen, crooks with moviecharacter nicknames, a spaghetti-Western soundtrack, and some seriously black Scandinavian humor. It’s a stunning, snowfilled thriller reminding us that revenge is a dish best served cold. —David Fear Friday, Oct 10, 5:45 pm Rafael 2 Sunday, Oct 12, 2:45 pm Sequoia 2 SPONSORED BY

SIMPLE DCP

Travelers routinely see Indian women carrying bricks or visit carpet-weaving “schools” for Egyptian children. These people work in plain sight, but how many realize that they could be among the 27 million-plus enslaved in the world today? Humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine makes it her mission to seek out and document global slavery. Director Erica Jordan follows Kristine as she negotiates her way into Sonagachi, the largest redlight district in Kolkata, India, and the subject of the Academy Award-winning Born Into Brothels (MVFF 2004). There, Kristine shoots portraits of the enslaved women while Jordan records their sessions with a hidden camera. The focus is on Kristine, but what expands its scope is her quest to keep her eyes wide open and document the world before her, in all its despair, beauty, and hope. WORLD PREMIERE —Frako Loden

IN ASSOCIATION WITH M AK E A S TAND PRECEDED BY

THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS US 2013 • 28 min Director Steven Kochones

Photojournalists who cover war zones recount their experiences revealing stories of sacrifice, courage, and the emotional toll they and their subjects endured. IN ASSOCIATION WITH PE ACE AC TION WE S T

Saturday, Oct 4, 4:45 pm 142 Throckmorton Thursday, Oct 9, 1:45 pm Sequoia 2

Special preview of a work in progress. There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument and fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both. His lyrical fretless bass style redefined the role of the bass in 1970s jazz music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Pastorius alongside visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, and Herbie Hancock. Driven by a desire to create the music he wanted to hear, Pastorius transformed himself from a poor, unknown Florida boy into an international sensation, all without any formal training. He led his fans toward the music inside him, refusing to be merely a sideman, and earned his nickname “the punk of jazz” by defiantly jumping off amplifiers and heaving his bass through the air during live performances. Now, more than 25 years since his untimely death, Jaco (produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and illuminated by Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and others) captures the story of his restless, indestructible spirit. Monday, Oct 6, 6:00 pm Sequoia 1

Robert Trujillo will introduce the film as part of MVFF’s Metallica Artist in Residence screenings. See page 91. Don’t miss the live music event, “A Musical Celebration of Jaco.” See page 93. Tickets: $35 general | $30 CFI members SPONSORED BY

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THE JUDGE

LAGGIES

THE LAMB (KUZU)

US CINEMA

US CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

US 2013 • 141 min

US 2014 • 100 min

Turkey 2014 • 85 min

Director/Producer David Dobkin Producers Susan Downey, David Gambino Screenwriters Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Editor Mark Livolsi Cast Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton Print Source Warner Bros.

Director Lynn Shelton Producers Myles Nestel, Alix Madigan, Steve Golin, Rosalie Swedlin Screenwriter Andrea Seigel Cinematographer Ben Kasulke Editor Nat Sanders Cast Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz Print Source A24

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer Kutlug Ataman Producers Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm Editor DETAIL FILM Cast Nesrin Cavadzade, Cahit Gök, Nursel Köse, Güven Kıraç, Sıra Lara Cantürk, Mert Tastan Print Source The Institute

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN When it comes to coming-of-age stories, Megan (Keira Knightley) is a seriously late bloomer. A poster child for late-20s aimlessness, she nevertheless unwittingly embarks on a spiritual journey, jump-started by an unwelcome marriage proposal and a run-in with carefree teenager Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz). And so begins Lynn Shelton’s very funny and perceptive exploration of what’s often lacking when you’re busy slacking. As Megan takes a weeklong respite from her life-too-ordinary with Annika and her goofy father (the always excellent Sam Rockwell), she faces tough questions amidst some playful escapism in this warm and winning character study. Leading a terrific cast, Knightley shines, proving her comedic instincts aren’t limited to period pictures, while Shelton shows great directorial confidence as she paints a skillful, hilarious contemporary portrait of how the road to self-discovery can often be the strange, scenic route. —Sterling Hedgpeth

In Turkish with English subtitles. A boy’s circumcision and the attendant ceremony become a point of contention for his family and the village at large in this multifaceted portrait of life in rural Turkey. Living in a starkly beautiful mountainous region of northeastern Anatolia, young Mert represents the titular animal being led to the slaughter; older sister Vicdan terrifies him with stories about the looming procedure, while mother Medine wonders why her husband Ismail’s new job won’t provide enough money for a modest celebratory feast. Within this simple framework, director Kutlug Ataman weaves a complex story of simmering familial and societal tensions. Vicdan’s manipulations of her attention-stealing brother and Medine’s plot to avenge the villagers’ lack of support for her plight offer powerful critiques of gender inequality, while a sly portrayal of a lounge singer who captivates Ismail reveals the dearth of professional options for Turkish women. With concision and surprisingly wry humor, this not-so-gentle Lamb tenders the cautionary strength of a classic fable. US PREMIERE

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes The Judge, which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey, Jr., (Chaplin, Tropic Thunder) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies), starring together for the first time on the big screen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, MVFF 2009) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), and is directed by David Dobkin. In The Judge, Downey stars as big-city defense attorney Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Friday, Oct 3, 6:30 pm Rafael 1 Monday, Oct 6, 4:00 pm Sequoia 2 SPONSORED BY

DELTA AIR LINES

Thursday, Oct 2, 7:30 pm Rafael 1

Opening Night tickets: $25 general | $20 CFI members Friday, Oct 3, 3:00 pm Rafael 1

Regular price SPONSORED BY

—Rod Armstrong Wednesday, Oct 8, 3:00 pm Sequoia 1 Sunday, Oct 12, 11:30 am Rafael 2 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TURK ISH A MERIC AN A SSOCIATION OF C ALIFORNIA

KATZ FAMILY FOUNDATION

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LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN

THE LITTLE HOUSE (CHIISAI OUCHI)

LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED (VIVIR ES FACIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS)

US CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

US 2014 • 104 min

Japan 2014 • 136 min

Spain 2013 • 108 min

Director/Screenwriter Frank Whaley Producers Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek Cinematographer James Jones Editor Miran Miosic Cast Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong, Julian Shatkin Print Source Paradigm

Director Yoji Yamada Producers Hiroshi Fukasawa, Hiroyuki Saito Screenwriters Yoji Yamada, Emiko Hiramatsu, based on the novel Chiisai ouchi, by Kyoko Nakajima Cinematographer Masashi Chikamori Editor Iwao Ishii Cast Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Takataro Kataoka, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Chieko Baisho Print Source Shochiku

Director/Screenwriter David Trueba Producer Fernando Trueba Cinematographer Daniel Vilar Editor Marta Velasco Cast Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer Print Source Outsider Pictures

Eleanor (Leighton Mees ter), a workingclass 20 -something from Oneida, is a bit down on her luck. After dumping her deadbeat musician boyfriend (Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong) by throwing his guitar out the window, she finds herself homeless, jobless, and friendless on the mean streets of Manhattan. In what may as well be an alternate universe, 12-year-old prodigy Reggie (brilliant newcomer Julian Shatkin) resides in an über-opulent Upper East Side mansion, heroically thwarting the efforts of his mother (Debra Messing) to normalize him. Seizing an oppor tunit y, Eleanor becomes Reggie’s au pair and an unlikely friendship evolves over plates of tofu curry and lazy summer afternoons. Whaley’s film focuses on the peacefully ruminative hours these kindred spirits share, and whose relationship reaches across age, class, and social norms. Their shared musicality underscores this contemplative tale of two souls who find harmony in each other’s company. US PREMIERE

—Leah LoSchiavo Monday, Oct 6, 7:00 pm Rafael 1

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In Japanese with English subtitles. While cleaning out the apartment of his deceased great aunt Taki, a young Japanese man finds her autobiography. He recalls sitting with his kindly, melancholy relative, helping her sort through various remembrances—how, in 1936, the young Taki (Haru Kuroki, who won the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance) travels from the countryside to Tokyo, taking a job as a maid. She tends to a toy maker, his wife, and their polio-stricken son. Everything seems idyllic until rumors of war begin to circulate, and Taki finds herself caught up in the machinations of history. A veteran filmmaker responsible for the long-running Tora-san series, Yoji Yamada (Tokyo Family, MVFF 2013) delivers the sort of traditional shomin-geki (family drama) that Shochiku used to produce by the pound during Japanese cinema’s golden age. It ’s a look back at a tempestuous period in the country’s notso-distant past that manages to be nostalgic and bittersweet in equal measure.

—David Fear Friday, Oct 3, 6:00 pm Rafael 3 Saturday, Oct 4, 11:00 am Lark IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTER FOR A SIAN A MERIC AN MEDIA

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish with English subtitles. In the mid-’60s, Antonio (the wonderful Javier Cámara) teaches English in a small Spanish school—by using Beatles lyrics. When he discovers that John Lennon is to film a movie (Richard Lester’s How I Won the War) in Almería, he sets out to meet him. On the way, he picks up a couple of hitchhikers: Belén, a young woman who’s pregnant, and Juanja, a teenage runaway whose overbearing dad criticized his Beatles haircut one too many times. The perennially upbeat (though somewhat socially isolated) Antonio leads our motley trio down the long and winding road to the village near the fi lm set. Despite setbacks, Antonio remains undaunted. He manages to sneak into a screening of the movie’s dailies at the village cinema, catching a glimpse of his hero and inspiring him to continue his quest. David Trueba’s story of a nowhere man in search of his hero is a complete audience-pleaser: charming, whimsical—and a defi nite ticket to ride. —Zoë Elton Thursday, Oct 9, 8:00 pm Sequoia 1 Friday, Oct 10, 12:45 pm Rafael 1 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF SPAIN IN A SSOCIATION WITH L ATINO COUNCIL AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COMMERCE

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LOW DOWN

LUCKY STIFF

MAGICIAN

US CINEMA

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US 2014 • 114 min

US 2013 • 78 min

US 2014 • 96 min

Director Jeff Preiss Producers Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg Screenwriters Topper Lilien, Amy Albany Cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt Editor Michael Saia Cast Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, Glenn Close, Flea, Peter Dinklage, Taryn Manning Print Source Oscilloscope

Director Christopher Ashley Producers Victor Syrmis, J. Todd Harris Screenwriter Lynn Ahrens Cinematographer Gregory Gardiner Editors Trudy Ship, Jeremiah O’Driscoll, Annette Davey Cast Dominic Marsh, Nikki M. James, Dennis Farina, Pamela Shaw, Jason Alexander Print Source Light Iron

Director/Editor Chuck Workman Producer Charles S. Cohen Cinematographers John Sharaf, Tom Hurwitz, Michael Lisnet Print Source Cohen Media Group

SPOTLIGHT: ELLE FANNING Young AmyJo is growing up in a vivid world full of music and love in 1970s Los Angeles. She adores her father, the gifted jazz pianist Joe Albany, and he clearly dotes on her. But he’s also an addict fighting his own demons, often sending Amy-Jo to stay with her grandmother. The sublime John Hawkes (MVFF 2012 Spotlight) embodies Joe’s charisma and flaws. Elle Fanning is a revelation as Amy-Jo, first as a 12-year-old with knowledge beyond her years, and, later, as a teenager swept up in her first romantic love just as her first true love, her father, re-enters her world. Glenn Close (MVFF 2011 Tributee) rounds out the spot-on casting, playing Amy-Jo’s grandmother and the rock of the family. Director Jeff Preiss knows jazz—he edited Let’s Get Lost, Bruce Weber’s influential documentary on Chet Baker, and was a longtime fan of Albany’s music—and his production choices immerse us in the ever-changing rhythms of the music and Amy-Jo’s story.

—Laura Henneman Saturday, Oct 4, 7:00 pm Rafael 1

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FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN A sad-sack London shoe salesman’s drab, kitchen-sink-drama existence bursts into a Technicolor musical when an uncle he never knew leaves him a fortune—on the condition that he fulfill the terms of the will during a fun-filled week in Monte Carlo. Meek Harry (Dominic Marsh) travels to Monaco, but he’s not alone. Annabel (Nikki M. James), a representative of the will’s alternate beneficiary; the dead man’s brash mistress Rita (Pamela Shaw); and her browbeaten brother Vinnie (Jason Alexander) all hope to claim the inheritance. An animated title sequence by Emily Hubley sets the retro mood of this effervescent, 1970s-set variation on Weekend at Bernie’s that blends screwball comedy, exuberant production numbers, tender romance, and cartoon fantasy— not to mention a quasi-Greek chorus of drag queens. Breezy, funny, and as glamorous as its Riviera setting, Lucky Stiff also stars Broadway’s Cheyenne Jackson as a charismatic nightclub emcee and the late Dennis Farina (in his final role) as Harry’s enigmatic new friend Luigi. —Pam Grady Wednesday, Oct 8, 8:15 pm Rafael 2 Friday, Oct 10, 11:30 am Sequoia 1

TRIBUTE: CHUCK WORKMAN “A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.” With no lack of talent and fearlessness, Orson Welles took the Hollywood establishment by storm, only to find that Tinseltown couldn’t cope with his class of genius. He was thereby forced to become a pioneer of guerrilla filmmaking, cobbling together resources in the ser vice of half-f inished projec t s and compromised masterpieces. In this entrancing survey of Welles’s life, Academy Award-winning director Chuck Workman—renowned for his Oscars movie-clip montages—blends archival footage with a veritable who’s who of the cinematic and theatrical worlds to follow the trajectory of a career that went from boy wonder to outcast, to legend. A master class of assembly, the film alternates between breakneck momentum and more thoughtful meditations on a visual maestro who remained cryptic, insatiable, and fiercely independent, leaving us a body of work with few equals in movie history.

—Sterling Hedgpeth Friday, Oct 10, 7:00 pm Rafael 1

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MARIE’S STORY

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

(MARIE HEURTIN)

MINUSCULE: VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS (MINUSCULE: LA VALLÉE DES FOURMIS PERDUES)

WORLD CINEMA

US CINEMA

CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

France 2014 • 95 min

US 2014 • 116 min

France/Belgium 2014 • 89 min

Director Jean-Pierre Améris Producers Denis Carot, Sophie Revil Screenwriter Philippe Blasband Cinematographer Virginie Saint-Martin Editor Olivier Walczak Cast Ariana Rivoire, Laure Duthilleul, Martine Gautier, Sonia Laroze, Patricia Legrand, Christophe Tourrette, Gilles Treton, Isabelle Carré, Brigitte Catillon. Print Source Film Movement

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Jason Reitman Producer Helen Estabrook Screenwriters Erin Cressida Wilson, based on work by Charles Kultgen Cinematographer Eric Steelberg Editor Dana E. Glauberman Cast Judy Greer, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Ansel Elgort Print Source Paramount Pictures

Directors/Screenwriters Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud Producer Philippe Delarue Cinematographer Eric Bornes Print Source Futurikon

In French with English subtitles. Inspired by the life of Marie Heurtin, her Story is a playful, inspirational, and tremendously moving emotional journey between teacher and student, set in the rapturous beauty of fin-de-siècle French countryside. Fourteen-year-old Marie arrives at a school for deaf girls run by Catholic sisters. Born deaf and blind and trapped ever since in a world of darkness and silence, she is, at first, near-feral: wild, disheveled, unreachable. But the idealistic Sister Marguerite feels a deep and instant need to free her from her sensory prison. Newcomer Ariana Rivoire is fierce and luminous as Marie, first battling with will and body, then delighting in her breakthroughs. Isabelle Carré is divinely indomitable, yet not without a sense of humor, as Sister Marguerite, w ho wa s s anc tif ied for her self le s s dedication to this enfant sauvage. With echoes of Truf faut’s classic film and The Miracle Worker, but a heft and tenderness all its own, this true-life tale will awaken both the heart and the senses.

—Joanne Parsont Friday, Oct 3, 5:30 pm Lark Saturday, Oct 11, 8:30 pm Rafael 1

Thursday, Oct 2, 7:00 pm CCM

Nonverbal. A real forest landscape is the backdrop for a 3D animated story about the tiny, scuttering creatures that live there, including our petite protagonist: a recently hatched ladybug who is minus one wing and one family after an encounter with a gang of flies. Finding refuge in a tin full of sugar cubes—part of a picnic abandoned by two humans driving, of all things, a V W Beetle—the ladybug is carried off by a pillaging troop of black ants hungry for the sweet loot. But a red ant wants to take the booty back to the red ants’ queen, and right in the middle of the epic battle for the sugar is the plucky little ladybug. Despite being on location in Provence, les insectes of Minuscule don’t speak a word of French, or a word of anything, in this buzzed-about film. There is no rapid-fire dialogue but lots of Tatiesque sound effects and a wordless immersion in the wondrous—and sometimes menacing—natural world. All ages. —Roberta McNair

See page 33 for complete Opening Night Gala details and pricing.

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OPENING NIGHT FILM Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-images, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose—some tragic, some hopeful—and it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

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MOMMY

MR. TURNER

NATURAL SCIENCES (CIENCIAS NATURALES)

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

Canada 2014 • 140 min

UK 2014 • 149 min

Argentina 2014 • 71 min

Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Editor Xavier Dolan Producer Nancy Grant Cinematographer André Turpin Cast Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément Print Source Roadside Attractions

Director/Screenwriter Mike Leigh Producer Georgina Lowe Cinematographer Dick Pope Editor Jon Gregory Cast Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage Print Source Sony Pictures Classics

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Matías Lucchesi Screenwriter Gonzalo Salaya Cinematographer Sebastian Ferrero Editor Delfina Castagnino Cast Paula Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Alvin Astorga, Arturo Goetz, Sergio Boris, Vanesa Wainber, Eugenia Alonso Print Source Urban Distribution International

In French and English with English subtitles. When Xavier Dolan won the Jury Prize at Cannes for Mommy, he told jury president Jane Campion that seeing The Piano as a teenager inspired him to write roles for women, “beautiful women with soul, will and strength, not victims.” With Anne Dorval in his film’s title role, he does just that. Dorval’s Die is a self-assured force of nature, as she navigates her relationship with her punchy, mercurial, out-of-control, ADHD-addled teenage son, Steve, who’s just returned from a special care facility. Antoine-Olivier Pilon’s Steve is a matching force, alternately provocative and seductive in his relationship with Die and with Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the mousy, introverted teacher-neighbor who becomes the third in this rambunctious ménage. Confident and completely original, Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature (at the ripe age of 25) confirms his exceptional talents. It’s an audacious, visually compelling film driven by extraordinary performances and his incredible artistry.

—Zoë Elton Saturday, Oct 11, 1:30 pm Rafael 1 Sunday, Oct 12, 11:00 am Sequoia 2 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GOV ERNMENT OF QUÉBEC

Mr. Turner is a magnificent achievement, with Mike Leigh at his masterful best in this rich portrait of the great British artist, brilliantly embodied by Timothy Spall. Living with his father, J.M.W. Turner is a compelling figure, supremely confident in his extraordinary talents and success, a tetchy eccentric whose blustery, jowly sputterings bring “harrumph” to new heights. Resolutely single, he mostly subordinates the women in his life to his career, though in his later-life mistress (Marion Bailey) he finds a moving tenderness. Leigh’s brilliance also shines in small moments that add insightful texture and emotional richness to the landscape of his film. For instance, in a terse greeting (“Turner.” “Constable.”), we get a complete picture of the history of these famously feuding rivals of the Royal Academy. Filmed in a way that illuminates the artistry of its subject—and with cinematography that offers the possibility of seeing the world through new eyes—Mr. Turner is like a collaboration through time, each participant a genius in his own right.

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish with English subtitles. A strong-willed girl reaches a pivotal moment in her life when she overhears a small detail hinting at the identity of the father she’s never known and sets her mind on finding him. Writer-director Matías Lucchesi’s feature debut—winner of the Generation Kplus Grand Prix at this year’s Berlin Film Festival—sets 12-year-old Lila’s quest against a stunning landscape of frozen Argentine mountains and reticent adults who prefer that she stop asking questions and raising the past. In a compelling performance, Paula Hertzog (The Prize, MVFF 2011) inhabits Lila with a quiet ferocity, capturing that familiar balance of preteen irritability and tender emotional yearning. As the quest shifts from a failed runaway attempt on horseback to a tense road trip in the company of a sympathetic teacher, Lila’s resolve remains unbroken. But, as on all journeys of self-discovery, the path takes some unexpected turns and ultimately leaves Lila with a hopeful new sense of direction.

—Zoë Elton

—Deanna Quinones

Friday, Oct 3, 5:45 pm Sequoia 2 Wednesday, Oct 8, 6:30 pm Sequoia 2

Sunday, Oct 5, 7:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Friday, Oct 10, 1:30 pm Lark

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NUOC 2030

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

THE PATENT WARS

(SUR LE CHEMIN DE L’ECOLE)

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Vietnam 2014 • 98 min

France 2013 • 77 min

Germany 2014 • 80 min

Director/Producer/Screenwriter NghiemMinh Nguyen Vo Producers Dang Tam Chanh, Nguyen The Thanh Producer/ Cinematographer Bao Nguyen Editor Julie Béziau Cast Sao Quynh Hoa, Giang Quy Binh, Thi Thach Kim Long, They Hoang Tran Minh Duc, Thanh Hoang Phi Print Source Premium Films

Director/Screenwriter Pascal Plisson Producer Barthelemy Fougea Screenwriter Marie-Claude Javoy Cinematographer Simon Watel Editors Sylvie Lager, Sarah Anderson Print Source Distrib Films

Director/Screenwriter/Editor Hannah Leonie Prinzler Producers Katrin Springer, Volker Ullrich Cinematographer Rasmus Sievers Cast Michele Boldrin, James Dyson, Anil Gupta, V.K. Gupta, Francis Gurry, David Martin, David Ravicher, Julie Samuels Print Source Filmkantine UG

In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Scientists say that the earth is experiencing a global-warming hiatus due to the oceans’ ability to absorb heat. But warming will resume in 2030, so we should heed the warnings of Nuoc 2030 (Water 2030), a ravishingly beautiful film that blends elements of romance, murder mystery, and vengeance tale to dramatize the Mekong Delta’s impending environmental nightmare. In a near-future southern Vietnam, where rising waters have displaced 80 percent of the people, and vegetables are scarce, the remaining citizens live on houseboats and catch what fish are left. The secretive Dai Thanh Corporation operates a floating farm nearby, using desalination and solar power and—it’s rumored—methods more ominous. When her husband is found dead, young widow Sao gets a job at the farm so she can find his killer. The dramatic human consequences of climate change are given a sensuous and lyrically elegant treatment by Nghiem-Minh, a Vietnamese American who was a physicist before embarking on his filmmaking career. US PREMIERE

—Frako Loden Thursday, Oct 9, 6:45 pm Rafael 3 Friday, Oct 10, 9:00 pm Sequoia 1

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTER FOR A SIAN A MERIC AN MEDIA

In Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, and Swahili with English subtitles. Many classic films, such as The 400 Blows and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, celebrate the Western concept of— and the glee kids find in—playing hooky. Pascal Plisson’s 2014 César winner, par contre, extols the true value and worth of getting, and getting to, an education. Epically structured and stunningly shot in Kenya, Patagonia, Morocco, and the Bay of Bengal, the film follows the perilous journeys of four children on their ways to school: Jackson crosses the savannah on foot, avoiding dangerous elephants; Carlito rides on horseback across lonely plains and rushing rivers; Zahira treks over treacherous Atlas Mountain passes; Samuel, in his antediluvian wheelchair, is pushed by his brothers over sand dunes and through swamps. While the breathtaking cinematography reveals the splendor of their homelands, and the dangers of these voyages keep you on the edge of your seat, at the heart of this unforgettable film is the children’s resilience and their unstoppable yearning to learn and improve their lives.

—Laura Costantino Sunday, Oct 5, 11:30 am Rafael 1 Monday, Oct 6, 9:00 pm Rafael 2 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF FR ANCE IN SAN FR ANCISCO AND THE FRENCH A MERIC AN CULTUR AL SOCIE T Y

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FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES In English, German, and Hindi with English subtitles. If patents exist to protect inventors—and ensure society continues to benefit from creativity and innovation— should they also deny crucial medications to people of the developing world? Patents filed in the US today bear little resemblance to those granted even 30 years ago; they have become tools to clinch market domination, conceal mediocrity, and manipulate world trade. Everything from pre-existing human genes to crops grown for centuries can be patented, sometimes with just a description. The patent holders then can decide how much people must pay to test for that gene or plant that seed, thereby allowing access only to those who can afford the privilege. With its imaginative use of graphics and insightful interviews with key players from around the world, The Patent Wars reveals the wholesale abuse of the system but offers hope from dedicated opponents of the current US patent structure working to promote innovation and share its bounty. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Roberta McNair Saturday, Oct 4, 5:15 pm Rafael 3 Monday, Oct 6, 6:30 pm Rafael 3 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF GER M AN Y IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TO CELEBR ATE LIFE BRE A S T C ANCER FOUNDATION

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PATRICK’S DAY

PLASTIC MAN: THE ARTFUL LIFE OF JERRY ROSS BARRISH

QUE CARAMBA ES LA VIDA

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Ireland 2014 • 97 min

US 2014 • 70 min

Germany 2014 • 90 min

Director/Screenwriter Terry McMahon Producer Tim Palmer Cinematographer Michael Lavelle Editor Emer Reynolds Cast Moe Dunford, Kerry Fox, Philip Jackson, Catherine Walker Print Source Ignition Film

Director/Cinematographer William Farley Producer Janis Plotkin Screenwriter Adam Keker Editor Richard Levien Print Source Janis Plotkin

Director/Screenwriter Doris Dörrie Producer Helge Albers Cinematographer Daniel Schönauer Editor Frank Müller Cast María del Carmen, Las Estrellas de Jalisco, Las Pioneras de Mexico Print Source Flying Moon Filmproduktion GmbH

Superior performances from leads Moe Dunford, Kerry Fox (Friends, MVFF 1993, Fanny and Elvis, MVFF 1999), and Catherine Walker infuse Terry McMahon’s second feature with a keen empathy for all facets of an off-kilter love triangle. Patrick and Maura, his mother, celebrate his 26th birthday in their annual ritual, an outing to the St. Paddy’s Day parade. After the two get separated in the holiday melee, Patrick’s chance encounter with Karen, a flight attendant who’s made an irrevocable decision about her life, takes off over a slow dissolve of drinks, laughs, and hotel room keys. The guileless Patrick is not only a virgin, but also a schizophrenic, and their one-night interlude—for him, anyway—becomes an epic love affair that his controlling mother will do anything to derail. Ultimately, everyone grapples with their own demons in Terry McMahon’s powerful exploration of the need for love and the desire for control.

Jerry Ross Barrish’s tale is one of metamorphoses: First an activist bail bondsman in 1960s San Francisco, then an indie filmmaker, he now shapes society’s detritus into figures alive with feeling. “Don’t perish in jail—Call Barrish for bail!”was a mantra for the student activists and civil rights protesters whose release would be secured by the successful young bondsman-with-a-conscience, but his life would change dramatically while walking on a beach. Seeing images in the plastic that had washed up, he began fashioning hundreds of sculptures from it, leading critics to hail Barrish as a junk-ar tist magician. His story—teeming with prizefighters, gangsters, and other larger-than-life characters ranging from Willie Brown to Wim Wenders—is captured in this brilliantly photographed documentary. Plastic Man probes success, 20thcentury art, dyslexia, and the struggle to find oneself through the lens of Barrish’s own Jewish-working-class past, and ends with a monumental art commission. WORLD PREMIERE

—Tim Sika

—Leah LoSchiavo Sunday, Oct 5, 8:00 pm Sequoia 1 Tuesday, Oct 7, 8:00 pm Rafael 2 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE IRISH FILM FE S TIVAL

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BRICOLAGE US 2013 • 5 min Director Michael Schwartz

Ar tist and best-selling author Keri Smith (Wreck This Journal) poses the question: “How can we care about something if we don’t notice it?” And then she invites the camera to explore the world she creates for her readers. Sunday, Oct 5, 2:30 pm Sequoia 1 Wednesday, Oct 8, 5:30 pm Rafael 2 IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SAN FR ANCISCO AR T INS TITUTE

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FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish with English subtitles. With their guitars and horns, sombreros, and bedazzled outfits, mariachis have become a familiar representation of Mexican culture. And, despite its flamboyance, mariachi is a musical tradition with a decidedly masculine bent—one might even call it an old hombres club. But strong women always find a way to make their voices heard, as demonstrated each night on the Plaza Garibaldi in the heart of Mexico City. It is here that powerhouse vocalist Maria del Carmen holds her own amongst a horde of male musicians who generally frown upon her participation. And it is here that the mostly female group Las Estrellas de Jalisco ply their trade—housewives by day, mariachis by night. Director Doris Dörrie (How to Cook Your Life, MVFF 2007) intimately documents their lives and their music, including the true matriarchs of the mariachi: members of the first female mariachi band formed more than 50 years ago, still going strong and still pouring their hearts into every song. —Joanne Parsont Friday, Oct 3, 6:00 pm Sequoia 1 Saturday, Oct 4, 1:15 pm Rafael 1 Saturday, Oct 11, 11:00 am Sequoia 2 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF GER M AN Y IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LATINO COUNCIL AND HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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RACING TO ZERO: IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE VALLEY OF THE DOCS US 2014 • 59 min

Director/Cinematographer Christopher Beaver Producer Diana Fuller Editors Maureen Gosling, Kyung Lee Print Source Trash 24 For 20 years, San Francisco’s Department of the Environment has been working toward zero waste and now recycles, composts, and reuses 80 percent of its garbage—but the race to eradicate trash continues, and this rousing film exhorts us to join in. Follow along as the city’s food scraps are taken to Sonoma County farms, where they are composted into the rich soil that grows the crops that feed us all. Find out how glass bottle recycling stays local and forms a closed-loop cycle by addressing garbage at its source. Zero-waste experts show how far we’ve come in managing our resources, from medications and electronics to clothing and building materials. Even turning rubbish into art, these innovators zero in on new possibilities for greater sustainability. WORLD PREMIERE — Carol Harada IN ASSOCIATION WITH BIONEER S PRECEDED BY

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM ITHACA TO THE AMAZON US/Estonia/India/Indonesia/Peru/Russia/ South Africa 2014 • 27 min Directors John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery, Will Parrinello Narration Robert Redford

These environmental heroes put themselves in harm’s way building strong grassroots support in the face of intimidating adversaries. IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE GOL DM AN EN V IRONMENTAL PRIZE

Saturday, Oct 4, 2:00 pm Rafael 2 Monday, Oct 6, 7:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Wednesday, Oct 8, 2:30 pm Rafael 2 SPONSORED BY

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SOLEILS

SOUL OF A BANQUET

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

France/Burkina Faso 2014 • 96 min

US 2014 • 78 min

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Olivier Delahaye Director Dani Kouyaté Cinematographer Dominique Colin Editor Linda Attab Cast Binda Ngazolo, Nina Mélo, Barbara Hendricks (voice), Serge Avedikian, Issaka Sawadogo, Ildevert Medah Print Source Odelion

Director/Producer Wayne Wang Producer Jonathan Bing Producer/ Cinematographer/Editor Richard Wong Cast Cecilia Chiang, Alice Waters Print Source Oscilloscope

In French with English subtitles. Part road trip through time, part heroine’s journey through memory, Soleils is a beautifully rendered meditation on the wisdom of Africa, as a young woman is initiated into the roots and legacy of her heritage. Dokamisa has lost her memory and her dreams; her grandfather summons his trusted friend Sotigui (the charismatic Binda Ngazolo) to save her. Embarking on an epic journey from the 13th-century Mandingo Empire to now, they encounter iconic thinkers—Voltaire, Hegel, Sufi mystic Tierno Bokar, Mandela—and their disparate viewpoints on the continent. Afro-European collaborators Dani Kouyaté (Sia, the Dream of the Python, MVFF 2001) and Olivier Delahaye’s magical-realist mystery tour is a wise, inventive, witty journey that turns the tables on historically Eurocentric “explorer” stories. It’s a long walk to freedom, but with Sotigui as our guide and griot, and Dokamisa embodying our hope in the future, we are in great hands. As a special treat, “A Long Walk to Freedom,” the music video of Barbara Hendricks’s inspiring rendition of a gospel song specially written for Soleils, will precede the screening. US PREMIERE

—Zoë Elton Saturday, Oct 11, 5:00 pm Sequoia 2 Sunday, Oct 12, 5:15 pm Rafael 2 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE INS TITUT FR ANÇ AIS, THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF FR ANCE IN SAN FR ANCISCO, AND THE FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIET Y

SPECIAL SCREENING From direc tor Wayne Wang comes this mesmerizing, moving homage to Cecilia Chiang, the celebrity chef who changed the face of Chinese food and culture in the Bay Area. In 1961, Chiang opened San Francisco’s world-famous Mandarin Restaurant, and a culinary star was born. Her unlikely journey from Beijing to San Francisco is brought to life as Wang (Chan Is Missing, The Joy Luck Club) goes beyond the secret spices and confidential kitchen talk to delve deep into the soul of this amazing, worldly woman. Centered around an absorbing, emotional interview with Chiang herself and sprinkled with colorful insights from Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl, Soul of a Banquet brings to the table a unique San Francisco success story while illuminating the reality of an immigrant finding a new home. Foodies and fans of Bay Area culture will find plenty to enjoy in this poignant celebration of life, family, and the perfect preparation of “beggar’s chicken.”

—Brendan Peterson Sunday, Oct 5, 5:00 pm Rafael 1

Special screening honoring Wayne Wang and Cecilia Chiang. See page 43 for complete event details and pricing. Tuesday, Oct 7, 2:15 pm Sequoia 1

Regular price. SPONSORED BY

CELEBRITY CRUISES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE M USEUM OF THE AFRIC AN DIA SPOR A

SPONSORED BY

JIM BOYCE TRUST AND KRIS OTIS

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STAR WARS: EPISODE V— THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

STATES OF GRACE

STOCKHOLM

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

US 1980 • 127 min

US 2014 • 75 min

Spain 2013 • 90 min

Director Irvin Kershner Producers James Bloom, Gary Kurtz, George Lucas, Robert Watts Screenwriters Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, story by George Lucas Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky Editor Paul Hirsch Cast Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams Print Source Lucasfilm Ltd.

Directors/Producers Helen S. Cohen, Mark Lipman Cinematographer Mark Lipman Editor Kenji Yamamoto Print Source Open Studio Productions LLC

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Rodrigo Sorogoyen Producers Borja Soler, Maria Jesús del Amo, Eduardo Villanueva, Alberto del Campo Screenwriter Isabel Peña Cinematographer Álex de Pablo Editor Alberto del Campo Cast Aura Garrido, Javier Pereira Print Source Outsider Pictures

As we count down to Episode VII, dust off your lightsaber, channel your inner Jedi, and come join us at MVFF’s favorite family night out as we celebrate Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen—as it was meant to be seen! “It is a dark time for the Rebellion.” More than three decades later, these words still ring with delicious, ominous anticipation, promising exactly what they did when we first read them: the best sequel of all time to the most revolutionary sci-fi film in history, George Lucas’s Star Wars. Han and Leia kiss! Luke and Leia kiss! Yoda is wise! Boba Fett is cool! R2 fixes the hyperdrive! Luke discovers that Darth Vader—wait! Everyone raise your still-attached hand: Who hasn’t seen it? Okay, okay, no spoilers. This special screening of Empire is meant for people of all ages and friends from all galaxies.

The profound transformation of a Bay Area family fuels this stirring, heartfelt story of resilience and the power of second chances. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering San Francisco AIDS specialist, a routine drive across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when she was in a head-on collision. After a 48-day-long coma and nine surgeries, Grace was left with a body that would never be the same. Surrounded by doctors, family, and friends, Grace returned home to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Muir Beach, where she and her partner Fu Schroeder pieced together a new life with their daughter, Sabrina. Poetic, beautifully shot, and emotionally charged, this documentary combines interviews and up-close-and-personal footage to capture the complex family dynamics created when rules and relationships are turned upside down. Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman delicately document the pain and power of one woman’s fi ght to reinvent herself while illuminating the fragility and splendor of family connections and life on earth. WORLD PREMIERE

—Brendan Peterson

—Jeff Campbell Monday, Oct 6, 5:00 pm CCM Monday, Oct 6, 8:30 pm CCM

PRECEDED BY

IN MEMORY: A LOVE POEM FROM A SON TO HIS MOTHER

Tickets: $15 general | $14 CFI members | $10 children

US 2014 • 7 min

Join us for a Festival Star Wars tradition. Costume parade! Prizes! Special guests! See page 79 for details.

An intimate and expressionistic look at the effects Alzheimer’s disease has on people, whether they have the disease or are a caregiver to someone who has it.

SPONSORED BY

GHILOTTI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Director Sean Mirkovich

Sunday, Oct 5, 5:15 pm Sequoia 1 Tuesday, Oct 7, 2:00 pm Rafael 1 Thursday, Oct 9, 11:30 am Sequoia 1

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish with English subtitles. Moonlit Madrid is the backdrop to this confident, genre-defying film, which starts with that most recognizable of movie tropes: Boy and girl meet cute at a friend’s party. Zeroing in on the charismatic Él and the moody Ella, director–co-writer Rodrigo Sorogoyen slowly chips away at expectations as we follow the couple on a meandering stroll through the city. Trading their thoughts about love, secrets, and desire, Él and Ella cautiously peel back the layers of artifice and reveal their true selves. But is that what they’re really doing? Lest anyone expect a Spanish version of dialogue-driven Before Sunrise, Sorogoyen has surprises in store for his characters— and his audience—as the pervasive melancholy of the first act contorts into menace and confusion in the second. Notable for its stylish minimalism, engrossing performances, and the cult status it has achieved in its native country, Stockholm takes us hostage and doesn’t let go. US PREMIERE —Atissa Manshouri Thursday, Oct 9, 6:00 pm Rafael 2 Saturday, Oct 11, 5:30 pm Lark WITH SUPPORT FROM SPAIN AR T S & CULTURE AN D THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF SPAIN IN SAN FR ANCISCO IN A SSOCIATION WITH L ATINO COUNCIL , AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COMMERCE

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SUMMER ‘82: WHEN ZAPPA CAME TO SICILY

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

(KAGUYA-HIME NO MONOGATARI)

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

Italy (Sicily) 2013 • 80 min

Japan 2013 • 137 min

UK /US 2014 • 123 min

Director Salvo Cuccia Producers Eleonora Cordaro, Abra&Cadabra, Zappa Family Trust Screenwriters Salvo Cuccia, Sarah Kass Cinematographers Clarissa Cappellani, Jim Iacona Editor Benni Atria Cast Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa, Diva Zappa, Moon Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Massimo Bassoli, Steve Vai Print Source Abra&Cadabra

Director/Screenwriter Isao Takahata Producers Yoshiaki Nishimura, Seiichiro Ujiie Screenwriter Riko Sakaguchi Cinematographer Keisuke Nakamura Cast Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Print Source GKids

Director James Marsh Producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce Producer/Screenwriter Anthony McCarten Cinematographer Benoît Delhomme Editor Jinx Godfrey Cast Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis Print Source Focus Features

In English and Italian with English subtitles. July 14, 1982, was a tumultuous day in Palermo. Not only was the Sicilian city in the throes of a mafia war, the ecstasy of the Feast of Santa Rosalita, and the mania of soccer’s World Cup, but Frank Zappa had just arrived for his final European performance. As 20,000 fans gathered in a stadium to witness their hero in the fl esh, filmmaker Salvo Cuccia—then a 20-year-old Zappa zealot—was en route to the concer t. Lit tle did he or Zappa know that this show was to prove a pivotal event for them both. Cuccia’s lovingly assembled film is a celebration of Zappa’s mind-boggling talent and a multigenerational family saga that delves deep into The Man from Utopia’s Italian ancestr y. With a Zappaesque blend of electrifying concert footage, Super-8 home movies, colorful claymation, and candid interviews with Frank’s widow, their children, and longtime friend and irrepressible nose-picker Massimo Bassoli, Cuccia champions the rock-‘n’-roll satirist as an enduring icon of freaky freedom.

—Steven Jenkins

In Japanese with English subtitles. The revered Studio Ghibli retells one of the oldest of Japanese legends. An elderly bamboo cutter discovers a tiny child growing out of a shining bamboo shoot. He carries her home, even as she begins to magically grow in his hand, and, along with his wife, adopts her. When another bamboo shoot starts gushing with gold and silks, the woodsman becomes convinced their beautiful “Princess” daughter is destined for a grander existence and uproots the family to an opulent life in the city. But her background is more magical than even the princess herself suspects. In a stunning style that is at once evocative of the woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige and the broad brushstrokes of animators John and Faith Hubley, director Isao Takahata—in his last film before retirement—paints a perfectly elliptical ending of love and loss.

—John Morrison Sunday, Oct 5, 1:00 pm Lark Thursday, Oct 9, 11:00 am Rafael 2

PRECEDED BY

ORIGINS

SPONSORED BY

U.S. 2014 • 9 min Director Will Parrinello

Wav y Grav y, Ram Dass, Jackson Browne, and others explore the origins of the Seva Foundation. IN ASSOCIATION WITH SE VA FOUN DATION

COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER OF MARIN

SPOTLIGHT: EDDIE REDMAYNE FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES The young Stephen Hawking’s (Eddie Redmayne) future looks limitless, his brilliant mind ensuring his success as a cosmologist, while his relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) promises a f ulf illing per sonal life — then traged y s trikes when he is diagnosed at age 21 with a motor neuron disease. A romantic drama, as well as a biopic of one of the towering minds of our time, this adaptation of Jane Hawking’s memoir, Traveling to Infi nity: My Life with Stephen, charts Hawking’s progression from awkward youth with an intimidating intellect to a fighter who refuses to surrender after he is given two years to live. His illness inspires him to embark on his career-defining study of the nature of time, and, in defiance of the death sentence handed him, he marries Jane. Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, MVFF 2011) gives one of the finest performances of his career, fully inhabiting the character and undergoing a startling physical transformation in a touching tale of love and science. —Pam Grady Thursday, Oct 9, 7:00 pm Rafael 1

See page 53 for complete Spotlight event details and pricing. SPONSORED BY

JENNIFER COSLETT MACCREADY

Sunday, Oct 5, 4:45 pm Sequoia 2 Tuesday, Oct 7, 4:45 pm Rafael 1 SPONSORED BY

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TIMBUKTU

LA TIRISIA

TU DORS NICOLE

(PERPETUAL SADNESS)

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

France/Mauritania 2014 • 97 min

Mexico 2014 • 111 min

Canada 2014 • 93 min

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Abderrahmane Sissako Screenwriter Kessen Tall Cinematographer Sofian El Fani Editor Nadia Ben Rachid Cast Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noël Print Source Cohen Media Group

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer Jorge Pérez Solano Producer César Gutiérrez Miranda Editor Francisco X. Rivera Cast Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Adriana Paz, Noé Hernández, Gabriela Carto, Mercedes Hernández, Alfredo Herrera Print Source Media Luna New Films

Director/Screenwriter Stéphane Lafleur Producers Luc Dery, Kim McCraw Cinematographer Sara Mishara Editor Sophie Leblond Cast Julianne Côté, Catherine St-Laurent, Marc-André Grondin, Francis La Haye, Simon Larouche, Godefroy Reding Print Source Seville International

In Arabic, Bambara, French, English, Songhay and Tamasheq with English subtitles. A cri de coeur from Timbuktu to here, director–co-writer Sissako’s vibrant, graceful fi lm depicts a community and family fraying and fracturing—though also fi nding moments of joy and fun—under forced occupation. Set during the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, the story focuses on the mild-mannered herdsman Kidane, who runs afoul of the rebels when his beloved cow, affectionately named “GPS,” goes astray. But everyone suffers as standard village modes of restitution and punishment clash with the stricter edicts and gun-crazy bullying of the jihadis. While Timbuktu has the piercing tragedy of Kidane and his loving family at its heart, there is humor and ingenuity in its portrait of other villagers’ small rebellions: a fi shmonger’s refusal to wear gloves, a trio singing forbidden music, young men playing soccer with an imaginary ball. Forced to shoot in neighboring Mauritania due to unsafe conditions in Mali, Sissako (Bamako; Life on Earth, MVFF 1998) remains deeply committed to portraying the plight and fortitude of his people with a kaleidoscopic and singularly humane vision.

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Spanish with English subtitles. Spare and poetic, this visually arresting feature depicts two women concerned about their impending childbirths, while also presenting a complex and fi nely detailed portrait of a rural town in southwestern Mexico. Both Cheba and Ángeles are right to be confl icted about their pregnancies, and the reasons why unspool very carefully in the course of the fi lm. Above all, though, director Jorge Pérez Solano is interested in a holistic, bordering on mythological, portrayal of a community where cacti loom like sentinels, women hang their children’s umbilical cords from trees, and opportunistic politicians don’t even bother to get out of the car when cruising through on campaign stops. The Spanish-language title refers to a sadness of the soul, refl ected particularly by its two main characters but also by the generally oppressive nature of being poor and forgotten. Magnifi cently shot by César Gutiérrez Miranda, La Tirisia features a passel of memorable characters trying to grope their way out of despondency and into something—anything—better. US PREMIERE —Rod Armstrong

In French with English subtitles. Twenty-twoyear-old Nicole is having trouble sleeping, even before her brother moves his groupe de rock-‘n’-roll into the living room. It’s a sweltering summer and she is still living at home, while her peers pass her by on the path to adulthood. Even Nicole’s 10-year-old charge Martin seems her philosophical senior, with his delightfully bizarre baritone disquisitions on life and declarations of his love—“Do what you want, I will wait for you!” Nicole isn’t sure what she wants, but, when push comes to shove, is spurred into action and makes her own defiant statement. Julianne Côté is exquisite as the amiable, aimless Nicole, capturing that moment when a young person realizes coming of age can be a bit of a comedown. Writer-director Stéphane Lafleur’s spot-on script, excellent use of music, and velvety black and white textures contribute to a cheerfully dreamlike, understated film that, as its title hints, is destined to be a sleeper hit.

—Rod Armstrong Sunday, Oct 5, 1:45 pm Rafael 1 Monday, Oct 6, 3:00 pm Sequoia 1 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF FR ANCE IN SAN FR ANCISCO, THE FRENCH A MERIC AN CULTUR AL SOCIE T Y, AN D THE INS TITUT FR ANÇ AIS IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE M USEU M OF THE AFRIC AN DIA SPOR A

Saturday, Oct 11, 7:45 pm Rafael 2 Sunday, Oct 12, 2:30 pm 142 Throckmorton

—Laura Henneman PRECEDED BY

MADAM ARMANDE Canada 2014 • 2 min Directors Laurence Christen, Frédérique Dallaire, Catherine Picard, Alexandra Thibault

In French with English subtitles. A poetic essay on dance, gallantry, and Alzheimer’s.

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF ME XICO

Friday, Oct 10, 3:45 pm Rafael 1 Saturday, Oct 11, 8:45 pm Sequoia 1

IN ASSOCIATION WITH L ATINO COUNCIL AND HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COM MERCE

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE GOV ERNMENT OF QUÉBEC AND SPE AK TO ME

SPONSORED BY

SPONSORED BY

GORDON RADLEY

CLASSICAL KDFC

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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

UNCERTAIN TERMS

THE WEDDING CONTRACT: A BALINESE LOVE STORY

WORLD CINEMA

US CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Belgium/France/Italy 2014 • 95 min

US 2014 • 71 min

Indonesia/US 2013 • 92 min

Directors/Producers/Screenwriters Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Producer Denis Freyd Cinematographer Alain Marcoen Editor Marie-Hélène Dozo Cast Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin, Alain Eloy Print Source Sundance Selects

Director/Screenwriter Nathan Silver Producer/Screenwriter Chloe Domont Producers Josh Mandel, Richard Peete Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor Cody Stokes Cast David Dahlbom, India Menuez, Cindy Silver, Tallie Medel, Hannah Gross, Gina Piersanti, Caitlin Mehner, Adinah Dancyger, Casey Drogin, Nathan Silver Print Source Konec

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/ Cinematographer/Editor David Dawkins Producers D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus Print Source David Dawkins

(DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT)

In Arabic and French with English subtitles. Marion Cotillard gives a transcendent performance in this heart-wrenching drama of the working class from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. Following an absence from work due to a mental breakdown, Sandra returns to a small solar-panel factory, only to discover that her job has been eliminated and a substantial bonus promised to the remaining employees. Her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione) offers emotional sustenance, but Sandra worries that his modest job alone won’t support their two children. The only chance she has to salvage her position is to spend a weekend tracking down enough coworkers willing to vote her back—and give up their bonuses. Fighting despair and popping too many antidepressants, Sandra embarks on this seemingly impossible two-day quest, with every encounter implicitly revealing the vulnerability of workers on the fringes of today’s economy. Cotillard’s brave and unglamorous portrayal perfectly complements the Dardennes’ realism in a story filled with human compassion and lifted by little spiritual triumphs.

—Richard Peterson Saturday, Oct 11, 5:45 pm Sequoia 1 Sunday, Oct 12, 2:00 pm Rafael 1 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF FR ANCE IN SAN FR ANCISCO AND THE FRENCH A MERIC AN CULTUR AL SOCIE T Y

SPONSORED BY

TV5MONDE

A quiet rebellion is simmering at Aunt Carla’s home for pregnant teens. His marriage disintegrating, handsome Robbie flees Brooklyn and an unfaithful wife for his aunt’s wooded upstate retreat. There he does odd jobs, ignores his wife’s phone calls, shares ill-advised cigarettes, and stirs up longing in—and intense rivalry among—the wayward girls. Stripping down a typically salacious subject, director Nathan Silver exposes the far more intimate complexities of human attraction, while deft camerawork and naturalistic performances capture the tangled dynamics of this once peaceful refuge. In the midst of all the fervor, Silver’s own mother provides the earthy, pragmatic center of the film as Aunt Carla, in a part inspired by her real-life experiences. Confidently traversing its rocky terrain, Uncertain Terms embraces life’s imperfect variety and emboldens the heart to find its home.

—Leah LoSchiavo

In English and Balinese with English subtitles. A rollicking, cross-cultural Romeoand-Juliet story without the tragedy, The Wedding Contract chronicles filmmaker David Dawkins’s decades-long love affair with his Balinese wife—and the life and customs of Bali itself. Dawkins has been living in a Balinese village for several years. His neighbors affectionately refer to him by their word for “drifting,” since that’s how they regard his footloose existence. After a two-year romance with Mariyati, from a neighboring town, he finally appears ready to commit. But when his efforts to win her father’s approval are rejected, Dawkins’s own village rallies around him with an elaborate plan to allow the couple to marry without parental consent. The scheme—part of a centuries-old tradition—includes a written “contract of love,” religious conversion, and a kidnapping that is as intricately choreographed as a legong danced by Balinese girls. WORLD PREMIERE

—Margarita Landazuri Thursday, Oct 9, 5:00 pm Sequoia 1 Friday, Oct 10, 12:15 pm Rafael 2

PRECEDED BY

SURE THING US 2014 • 12 min Director Deborah Reinisch

When a guy approaches a girl and makes an overture, her response sets the encounter off in a different direction—time and time again—in this loopy, looping experiment in first impressions. Friday, Oct 3, 9:15 pm Rafael 2 Sunday, Oct 5, 11:45 am Sequoia 1 Monday, Oct 6, 12:15 pm Sequoia 1

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

WHIPLASH

WILD

WORLD CINEMA

US CINEMA

US CINEMA

US/New Zealand 2014 • 86 min

US 2014 • 106 min

US 2014 • 120 min

Directors/Screenwriters Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi Producers Emanuel Michael, Chelsea Winstanley, Taika Waititi Cinematographers Richard Bluck, D.J. Stipsen Editors Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya, Jonathan WoodfordRobinson Cast Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford Print Source Unison Films

Director/Screenwriter Damien Chazelle Producers Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak Cinematographer Sharone Meir Editor Tom Cross Cast Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang Print Source Sony Pictures Classics

Director Jean-Marc Vallée Producers Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Screenwriters Nick Hornby, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed Cinematographer Yves Bélanger Editor Martin Pensa Cast Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michael Huisman Print Source Fox Searchlight Pictures

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN In a much lighter vein then any run-ofthe-mill, fly-by-night zom-com bromance, What We Do in the Shadows liberally and literally raises the stakes of the vamp-camp genre, featuring an irresistibly toothsome cast, including co-directors–co-stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Boy) as a coupla wild and crazy dead guys who join dark forces to fight for the right to, well, party vampire-style in the tony clubs of Wellington, New Zealand. But eternal life is not all fun and games: The four flatmates must negotiate their night-to-night routines, like house tidying (i.e., squabbling over the dreaded chore wheel) and troubles with modern technology, ex-girlfriends, and overly cheery police inspectors. You are guaranteed to go batty for this must-see, soon-to-be “occult classic” in the style of Christopher Guest. It will leave you thirsty for more. Bloody good fun! —KD Davis Tuesday, Oct 7, 7:45 pm Rafael 1 Thursday, Oct 9, 4:00 pm Rafael 1 SPONSORED BY

TURNER DUCKWORTH

Two strong wills collide when a conservatory student who dreams of becoming the next Buddy Rich comes to the attention of a despotic teacher who longs to discover and develop a future jazz legend. Bleeding fingers from nonstop practice pay off for 19-year-old drummer Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) when feared and revered instructor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) invites him to join his prestigious jazz ensemble. Neyman quickly becomes Fletcher’s star pupil, which makes him a bigger target for the verbal and physical abuse that Fletcher heaps on all of his students. Teller and Simmons are dazzling combatants in this film born of experience: Writer-director Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, MVFF 2009) was a drum student in a conservatory. The brilliance of this feature—winner of both the grand jury and audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival—is that the filmmaker focuses equally on teacher and student. Andrew is as arrogant and intransigent and devoted to achieving perfection as his new mentor, setting the stage for conflict in this gripping, jazz-infused drama.

—Pam Grady Tuesday, Oct 7, 7:00 pm CCM

Lars Ulrich will introduce the film and interview Damien Chazelle as part of MVFF’s Metallica Artist in Residence screenings. See page 91. Tickets: $35 general | $30 CFI members

CLOSING NIGHT FILM/L AUR A DERN TRIBUTE A grieving woman alone in the wilderness with ill-fitting boots and one enormous backpack: not an ideal way to begin a solo 1,100-mile journey. But that’s just how Cheryl Strayed set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and how her harrowing, triumphant story begins on screen. Reese Witherspoon portrays Strayed, who, after the death of her mother (a radiant Laura Dern), spent years struggling with depression and self-destructive behavior. Walking alone allows her no distractions, no way to avoid her memories; she walks not to escape her past but to accept it, and to heal herself through extreme exertion, solitude, and self-reliance. Witherspoon optioned the film rights to Strayed’s best-selling memoir before the book was published, and her dedication shows in her remarkable performance, captured in Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club, MVFF 2013) insightful direction.

—Laura Henneman PRECEDED BY

LAVA US 2014 • 7 min Director James Ford Murphy

From Disney’s Pixar, Lava is a musical love story taking place over millions of years. Sunday, Oct 12, 5:00 pm Rafael 1 Sunday, Oct 12, 5:00 pm Sequoia 1

See page 85 for complete Closing Night Gala details and pricing.

SPONSORED BY

LUCASFILM LTD. AND TECHNICOLOR

SPONSORED BY

JACKSON SQUARE PARTNERS

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FILMS

A WOLF AT THE DOOR (O LOBO ATRAS DA PORTA)

A WOMAN AS A FRIEND

YALOM’S CURE

(UNA DONNA PER AMICA)

WORLD CINEMA

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Brazil 2013 • 100 min

Italy 2014 • 90 min

Switzerland 2014 • 77 min

Director/Screenwriter Fernando Coimbra Producers Sonia Hamburger, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Rodrigo Castellar Cinematographer Lula Carvalho Editors Karen Akerman, Ricardo Cutz Cast Leandra Leal, Milhem Cortaz, Fabiula Nascimento, Juliano Cazarré, Paulo Tiefenthaler Print Source Outsider Pictures

Director/Screenwriter Giovanni Veronesi Producer Domenico Procacci Screenwriter Ugo Chiti Cinematographer Arnaldo Catinari Editor Giogiò Franchini Cast Fabio De Luigi, Laetitia Casta Print Source Warner Bros.

Director/Screenwriter Sabine Gisiger Producer Philip Delaquis Cinematographer Helena Vanières Editor Barbara Weber Print Source Das Kollektir fur audiovisuelle

FOCUS: ¡VIVA EL CINE! In Portuguese with English subtitles. Brilliantly s truc tured, Fernando Coimbra’s slow burn of a psychological thriller questions human nature and the nature of truth. When a child goes missing, police must sift through the testimonies of the mother, the father, and a young woman, each of whose stories is at odds with the others’. This compelling exploration of the motivations behind unfathomable acts is all the more powerful for its basis in real-life events that shocked Brazil in the 1960s. Though the story is updated to current-day Rio de Janeiro, Coimbra’s city will be unfamiliar to moviegoers and telenovela afi cionados accustomed to Rio’s picture-postcard coastline and towering labyrinths of favelas. Unrelentingly gray skies, crumbling concrete, and nondescript suburbs sprawling at the foot of the hilltop Nossa Senhora da Penha sanctuary are given noirish treatment by cinematographer Lula Carvalho. Claustrophobic closeups and sinister textures registered on 16mm supply the visual dread for an outcome that remains incomprehensible. —Shari Kizirian Saturday, Oct 4, 11:00 am Sequoia 1 Sunday, Oct 5, 4:30 pm Lark

FOCUS: HUMOR—IN THE JOCULAR VEIN In Italian with English subtitles. Claudia, (gorgeous Laetitia Casta, memorable in Arbitrage), and Francesco (top Italian comedian Fabio De Luigi) are best friends. She is a hypersensitive veterinarian; he is a passionate and unconventional lawyer specializing in lost causes. They laugh, hang out, and enjoy the slow-paced life in sunny Salento, along the Adriatic shore. In this paradisiacal setting, the friends play out their carefree relationship until Claudia meets drop-dead gorgeous Giovanni and decides to marry him in three days. When reality hits, she seeks comfort again from Francesco, who has fi nally embarked on a romance of his own. At this point, four hearts are at stake. Whose will survive? Director Giovanni Veronesi, a master of the Italian romantic comedy (Manual of Love), deftly depicts a common theme with uncommon levity and very genuine sensitivity. Viva l’amore! NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Laura Costantino

FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES Author, existentialist, and popular scholar Irvin D. Yalom is one of the most influential living psychotherapists; his work has been described as mind- and life-altering. For him, a straightforward documentary quite simply would not do. So director Sabine Gisiger (Guru, MVFF 2010) defies the classic cinebiography, skimming over career milestones, and instead allowing the dulcet tones of Dr. Yalom to guide us. As he ponders Freud, expounds personal and universal philosophies, and poses questions, we are brought along on an existential journey through the many layers of the human mind. Yalom shares 50 years of professional insights and the wisdom gained through a life well lived. Interviews with Yalom’s grown children and wife Marilyn Yalom, also a renowned scholar, are intertwined with his reflections, and Gisiger’s interludes of placid landscapes and serene instrumentals provide space for reflection between heady philosophical threads. The result is a voyage of self-exploration for subject and viewer alike. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Alexis Whitham

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THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI

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US 2014 • 94 min

100 min

US 2014 • 140 min

Director/Screenwriter Kerem Sanga Producers Seth Caplan, Daniel Leiner, Ross Putman, David Hunter, Chris Colbert, Ben Ross Cinematographer Ricardo Diaz Editor Ryan Brown Cast Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson, Joshua Malina, James LeGros, Melora Walters, Osric Chau Print Source Midnight Kiss Inc. A little bit of Juno for all the young dudes, The Young Kieslowski tackles teenage pregnancy from the viewpoint of the unexpectedly expecting father. When Brian meets Leslie at his first college kegger, their loopy instant connection drifts on into the wee hours of the morning and, awkwardly and sweetly, into bed. They emerge to find themselves in emotional foreign territory and stumbling headlong into the land of early adulthood. These two now ex-virgins—one a physics nerd, the other a Bible-thumper—must navigate this new world of indecision, mistrust, acceptance, and despondence, all underscored by youthful, unwavering hope. Writer-director Kerem Sanga hits a seriocomic stride in his nimble second feature, drawing endearing performances from his two young leads (Ryan Malgarini and Haley Lu Richardson), bolstered by indie film stalwarts James Le Gros and Melora Walters. Though blindsided by fecundity, these kids are gonna be all right.

—Leah LoSchiavo Saturday, Oct 4, 8:15 pm Rafael 2 Sunday, Oct 5, 1:45 pm Sequoia 2 Friday, Oct 10, 12:00 pm Sequoia 2 SPONSORED BY

PIZZA ANTICA

From all over the world these stellar youthproduced shorts have wended their ways to us, from the northern reaches of Marin County and out to the East Bay, in from the southern sunshine of Los Angeles and the out-east of Illinois and Virginia, blowing down from Nova Scotia and British Columbia, swimming in from the salmon fisheries of Sweden and the big-pond island of Great Britain. Every year in July, jurors aged 13–18 spend two weeks training for, then officiating, our young curators program. With the gentlest adult guidance, this year’s jurors—Justine Marler, Lachlin Lipscomb, Clayton Allen, Sophie Keaney, Ravi Joshi-Wander, Cole Lederer, and Aaron Davis—sifted through 140 films to come up with these 20. This is the most diverse youth reel we’ve ever presented and has many gems that even a seasoned pro could be proud of. We thank YoungCuts of Montréal for their participation. Ages 13+

—John Morrison Saturday, Oct 11, 3:00 pm Lark WITH SUPPORT FROM YOUNGCUT S, MONTRÉ AL , QUÉBEC

Directors/Producers Anisa Qureshi, Taylor Phillips Producers Antonia Minnecola, Zakir Hussain Cinematographers Alrik Bursell, John Espey, Scott Snell Cinematographer/ Editor Jake Richmond Editor George Rosenfeld Cast Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, Eric Harland, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ganesh Rajagopala, with host Randall Kline Print Source Route 66 Pictures Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is a Bay Area treasure, creating mesmerizing and thrilling improvisations with the world’s best musicians. In this electrif ying concert film made during his 2013 residency at the SFJAZZ Center, Indian classical superstars, jazz percussion greats, and the likes of banjo genius Béla Fleck and double bassist Edgar Meyer joined him onstage. Hussain brings the infectious spirit of play to all his rhythmic and melodic collaborations. His easy leadership while performing with Indian classical rising stars, sitar player Niladri Kumar, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, and bansuri flutist Rakesh Chaurasia, sets the tone for a vibrant show. And Hussain still plays with an open and lively curiosity, evident in his call and response with jazz drummers Steve Smith, Eric Harland, and Giovanni Hidalgo. His father, the late, great tabla master Alla Rakha, advised, “Just try to be a good student.” And, as we are carried along on this creative journey, we can do just that. It is the next best thing to experiencing Zakir and friends live.

—Carol Harada Wednesday, Oct 8, 8:30 pm 142 Throckmorton Sunday, Oct 12, 5:30 pm 142 Throckmorton

Zakir Hussain and friends will present the Oct 8 screening.

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Director/Screenwriter/Producer Theodore Melfi Cinematographer Theodore Melfi Editors Theodore Melfi, John Lindley, Peter Teschner, Sarah Flack Cast Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard, Jaeden Lieberher Print Source The Weinstein Company The beloved Bill Murray stars as a decidedly unlovable grouch who’s charged with looking after the precocious kid next door in this darkly comedic and surprisingly sweet film. Vincent, Vin to his friends (which he doesn’t have), is the anti-role model: a drinking, smoking, mess of a man living in Brooklyn with an equally ill-tempered cat. Babysitting, to Vin, means bringing 12-year-old Oliver along on his daily routine: the racetrack, the dive bar, nothing is off-limits. Oliver, immune to Vin’s objectionable qualities, finds these afternoons informative and enjoyable, especially compared to the indignities of middle-school gym class. Vin is more than he seems, and Oliver will make the world see him differently. Newcomer Jaeden Lieberher makes a wonderful odd-couple match for Murray, who plays the depths of his character as skillfully as his caustic exterior. And a word to the wise: Be sure to stay for the credits.

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CATCH ME DADDY

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IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORIAM Robin Williams 1951—2014 While the world will remember Robin Williams for his films—Dead Poets Society; Aladdin; Good Morning, Vietnam; Mrs. Doubtfire; Good Will Hunting—and the range of characters that could only have been rendered by the eclectic sensibilities of Robin; Marin County will remember local sightings of a beloved neighbor. On his bike. At the coffee shop. With his wife at a local restaurant. Showing up at 142 Throckmorton Theatre to test new material for a stand-up show. Hanging out with Mort Sahl. For the MVFF 1988 trailer, he created a one-man, six-character show, playing five filmmakers being interviewed by campy critic Lex Leed. It’s classic Williams: hilarious, irreverent, and from the heart. For his 1999 Tribute at the Festival, he chose as the evening’s feature The Fisher King, Terry Gilliam’s 1991 film in which Williams’s character helps someone who’s reached rock bottom, but also needs help himself. At another MVFF Tribute, to Jonathan Winters, Williams showed up as a surprise to his mentor-idol and joined him onstage. The evening took off into an hour-long, breathtaking, nonstop repartee between the duo. What is obvious from the work and the talents he shared with us is that he was a man of unusual brilliance, generosity, humility, and compassion. He was able to tap a deep intelligence and wily creativity in a rapid-fire moment, as no one else could. We’re grateful to have had him amongst us, and we’re saddened at his loss. Please join us at Robin Williams: A Celebration (page 97).

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IFC Films ifcfilms.com

10,000 KM (LONG DISTANCE)

AMERICAN GLADIATORS

CONFUSION THROUGH SAND

Visit Films visitfilms.com

Lara Gallagher lara.jean.gal@gmail.com

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

ART IS THE TREE OF LIFE

Ornana films Danny Madden ornanafilms@gmail.com ornana.com

Studio Canal studiocanalfilms.com

Simply Sories LLC Christine Weicher ceweicher@aol.com

COUNTING THE DEAD Catherine Axley catharine.axley@gmail.com

BELLA COWBOYS

Infinitum Productions Shrihar Sathe ssathe@gmail.com infinitum-productions.com

Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica A.C. Maricarmen Merino maricarmenmm@yahoo.com elccc.com.mx/sitio

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Xanadu Entertainment, Inc. Cynthia Pepper cpepperdance@aol.com cynthiapepper.com

Music Box Films musicboxfilms.com

Art Curved Straight, LLC Megan McHugh megan@artcurvedstraight.com artcurvedstraight.com

BLACK AND WHITE

DIPLOMACY

IM Global imglobalfilm.com

Zeitgeist Films Ltd. zeitgeistfilms.com

THE BOY AND THE WORLD

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

GKids Dave Jestaedt dave@gkids.com gkids.tv/films

Melissa Finell melissamakesmovies@gmail.com

1000 RUPEE NOTE

3 STILL STANDING Beanfield Productions RobertCampos rc.beanfield@gmail.com beanfieldproductions.com

316 Noori Pictures Katayoon Shahabi katysh.01@gmail.com nooripictures.com

BRICOLAGE

3D SIDESHOW

Lucky Treehouse Mike Schwartz michael@luckytreehouse.com thewinterofthedance.com

Robert Bloomberg rgb3d@comcast.net

A BRIDGE TO A BORDER

Ambrosia Pictures ambrosiapictures.com

Citizen Cinema Rob Nilsson rnilsson@robnilsson.com robnilsson.com

AFTER THE FALL

CAPTURING GRACE

Phase 4 Films phase4films.com

Kikim Media David Iverson dwiverson@gmail.com

ADJUST-A-DREAM

THE AFTERMATH OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE PUBLIC TOILET AT KILOMETER 375 Omar El Zohairy elzohairyo@yahoo.com

AHCO ON THE ROAD Soyeon Kim soyeon@yellowshed.com

Barrett Edmonds barrettedmonds@gmail.com

DEMOLITION: TROLL

DOWNTON BY LAMPLIGHT Matthew Callahan Media Duane Moles cattlehands@gmail.com

DYING TO KNOW: RAM DASS & TIMOTHY LEARY CNS Communications, LLC Gay Dillingham gayd@cnsc.com

THE ENCHANTED LAGOON Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica A.C. Pablo Perez Lombardini pablo_perez_lombardini@hotmail.com elccc.com.mx/sitio

ENFILADE CATCH ME DADDY Altitude Film Sales altitudefilment.com

War On Convention Films David Coyle waronconventionfilms@outlook.com

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

FATHER

Visit FIlms visitfilms.com

OpusBou Patricio Plaza info@opusbou.com.ar opusbou.com.ar

THE CLEAN UP AHH...SAN FRANCISCO

KABINET kabinet.hr

Jesse Allen allenjesse@mac.com

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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

Rael Enteen renteen@reputation.com reputation.com

Music Box Films musicboxfilms.com

GLOBE TROT FINDING THE GOLD WITHIN Karinafilms Karina Epperlein karina@karinafilms.us karinafilms.us

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: THE STORY OF RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Mitchell Rose MitchellRose@mac.com mitchellrose.com

IMPERIAL DREAMS Katherine Fairfax Wright katy.f.wright@gmail.com

IN MEMORY: A LOVE POEM FROM A SON TO HIS MOTHER Twisted Willow Productions Sean Mirkovich TwistedWillowProductions@gmail.com TwistedWillowProductions.com

GNOSIS Tamara Hahn Tammy@tamaramastudios.com

Sentido Común Eduardo Montes sentido.com.mx

HIDE AND SEEK

FORCE MAJEURE

HIGHER SKY

Magnolia Pictures magpictures.com

Eric Cheng ct44king@gmail.com

FOXCATCHER

THE HOMESMAN

Sony Pictures Classics sonypictures.com

Roadside Attractions roadsideattractions.com

FREE

HOW I CAME TO HATE MATH

Suzanne LaFetra suzlafetra@yahoo.com freethedocumentary.com

Doc and Film International Hannah Horner h.horner@docandfilm.com docandfilm.com

Daniel Metz danielcmetz@gmail.com

IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE Paradox Linda Løvås Angyal linda@paradox.no paradox.no

IN PLAIN SIGHT

FROM THE GROUND TO THE CLOUD ZDFILMS Denise Zmekhol denise@zdfilms.com zdfilms.com

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Erich-Peter Steiner erpesteiner@hotmail.com

THE INVISIBLE PEAK Gary Yost gary@yostopia.com

JACO

FREESTYLE Lexi Lefkowitz lexiconicfilm@gmail.com silvacine.com

Pivotal Eye Erica Jordan erica@pivotaleye.com pivotaleye.com

HOW I GOT OVER Fuchsia Film Nicole Boxer nicboxer@mac.com higodoc.com

jacothefilm.com

JOURNEY TO CAPE VERDE José Miguel Ribeiro jmiguelribeiro@yahoo.com

HULA HOOP

THE JUDGE

Tess Martin tessmartin@hotmail.com

Warner Bros. warnerbros.com

FUTURE HERO

HUMOR

KIRK

Streetlight Films Ramin Serry ramins@aol.com streelightfilms.tv

Tal Zegreba Tal.Zagreba@gmail.com

Searchlight Films searchlightfilms.org

I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT

LAMI

Federica Ceraolo cinema@fandango.it fandango.it

Aoki Studio Christophe Defaye aokistudio.com

ICE POISON

LAGGIES

Flash Forward Entertainment patrick@ffe.com.tw

A24 info@a24films.com a24films.com

THE FUTURE STARTS HERE AOL, Inc. moxieinstitute.org

THE GALLANT CAPTAIN The Lampshade Collective Katrina Mathers films@lampshadecollective.com thegallantcaptain.com

THE IMITATION GAME The Weinstein Company weinsteinco.com

GARDENERS OF EDEN Village Beat villagebeat.org

THE IMMORTALISTS The Film Collaborative Jeffrey Winter jeffrey@thefilmcollaborative.org thefilmcollaborative.org

THE LAMB The Institute Tugce Tamer tugcetamer@icloud.com theinstituteforthereadjustmentofclocks.com

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THE MASTER’S VOICE: CAVEIRAO

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

Pixar Animation Studios Krissy Bailey kbailey@pixar.com pixar.com

Autour de Minuit Productions Nicolas Schmerkin info@autourdeminuit.com

Distrib Films Clemence Taillandier clemence.taillandier@gmail.com distribfilms/us.com

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOMMY CHAOS AND STACEY DANGER Michael Lukk Litwak litwak57@gmail.com

LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN Paradigm Ben Weiss bweiss@paradigmagency.com paradigmagency.com

Paramount Pictures paramount.com

METAL MAN: THE STORY OF VICTOR RIES Chayes Productions Bill Chayes billchayes@gotsky.com chayesproductions.com

ONE YEAR LEASE Exit 36 Productions, LLC Brian Bolster briansbolster@icloud.com exit36productions.com

ORIGINS Mill Valley Film Group Will Parrinello willmvfg@gmail.com mvfg.com

THE LITTLE HOUSE

MINUSCULE: VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS

Shochiku Chiaki Omori omori@shochiku.co.jp shochiku.com

Futurikon Fazia Madouni fmadouni@hotmail.com futurikon.com

LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

MIRIAM’S KITE

Outsider Pictures outsiderpictures.com

LLAMA DRAMA

OÜ NUkufilm Maret Reissman nukufilm@nukufilm.ee nukufilm.ee

Francesco Siddi francesco@caminandes.com

MOMMY

Breakwater Studios Emily Bon ben@breakwaterstudios.com breakwaterstudios.com

LOW DOWN

Roadside Attractions roadsideattractions.com

THE PAGE TURNERS

Oscilloscope Laboratories oscilloscope.net/films

MR. TURNER

LUCKY STIFF

Sony Pictures Classics sonypictures.com

Kayser&Co. Joe Kayser joe@kayserandco.com kayserandco.com

NATURAL SCIENCES

THE PATENT WARS

Urban Distribution International Arnaud Bélangeon-Bouaziz arnaud@urbandistrib.com urbandistrib.com

Filmkantine UG Katrin Springer info@filmkantine.de filmkantine.de

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM ITHACA TO THE AMAZON

PATRICK’S DAY

Light Iron Derek Eby derek.eby@lightiron.com lightiron.com

MAD GOD: PART 1 Phil Tippett tippett.com

MADAM ARMANDE Laurence Christian laure.christen@gmail.com

Mill Valley Film Group John Antonelli mvfg@aol.com mvfg.com

MAGICIAN Cohen Media Group cohenmedia.net

THE MAN WHO LOVED TO WHISTLE SAF Cakovec Jasminka Ljubic saf@ck.t-com.hr safcakovec.com

NEW WORLD Oliver Sin hello@oliversin.com oliversin.com

THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR Taqqut Productions Jessie Hale neil@inhabitmedia.com taqqut.com

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Ignition Film Tim Palmer info@ignitionfilm.com ignitionfilm.com

PLASTIC MAN: THE ARTFUL LIFE OF JERRY ROSS BARRISH Janis Plotkin jplotkin@aol.com

QUE CARAMBA ES LA VIDA NI-NI Carlos Garza carlos.rabalam@gmail.com

MARIE’S STORY

NUOC 2030

Film Movement filmmovement.com

Premium Films Kasia Karwan kasia.karwan@premium-films.com premium-films.com

Flying Moon Filmproduktion GmbH Helge Albers helge@flyingmoon.com flyingmoon.com/en

RABBIT AND DEER Peter Vacz vaczpeter@gmail.com

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SWIMMING: MIND, BODY, SPIRIT

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Kayser&Co. Joe Kayser joe@kayserandco.com kayserandco.com

Video Storytellers Jim Sugar jimsugar@aol.com

Unison Films Emanuel Michael emanuelmichael@unisonfilms.com unisonfilms.com

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA RACING TO ZERO: IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE Trash 24 Diana Fuller trash24.org

GKids Dave Jestaedt dave@gkids.com gkids.tv/films

Purposeful Productions, Inc. Robin Fryday robinfryday@gmail.com robinfryday.com

Focus Features focusfeatures.com

Cohen Media Group cohenmedia.net

SIX Wrongway Pictures Ella Nuortila ella.nuortila@gmail.com six-shortmovie.com

SOLEILS Odelion Olivier Delahaye odelionfilms.soleils@gmail.com

School-Studio “SHAR” Anna Ostalskaya ta.ki@bk.ru sharstudio.com

Media Luna New Films Carolina Jessula festival@medialuna.biz medialuna.biz

TRIBUTE B-Side Pictures Neil Evans neil@b-sidepictures.com

Oscilloscope Laboratories oscilloscope.net/films

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

STATES OF GRACE Open Studio Productions LLC Helen Cohen helen@openstudioproductions.com openstudioproductions.com

YALOM’S CURE Das Kollektir fur audiovisuelle Sabine Gisiger youn@autlookfilms.com daskollektiv.ch

Midnight Kiss Inc. Seth Caplan seth.caplan@enspire.com

ZAKIR HUSSAIN: SESSIONS Sundance Selects ifcfilms.com

Route 66 Pictures Anisa Qureshi veranisa@gmail.com momentrecords.com

UNCERTAIN TERMS Konec Nathan Silver nathan@konecfilms.com konecfilms.com

THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Outsider Pictures outsiderpictures.us

Arclight Productions Joe Russo joe@arclightprods.com arclightprods.com

SUMMER ‘82: WHEN ZAPPA CAME TO SICILY

WEDDING CONTRACT: A BALINESE LOVE STORY

Abra&Cadabra Eleonora Cordaro abra.cadabra@hotmail.it

David Dawkins dwd.dawkins@gmail.com

STOCKHOLM

independent Carlo Vogele carlovogele@gmail.com

THE YOUNG KIESLOWSKI TU DORS NICOLE

SOUL OF A BANQUET

LucasFilm, Ltd.

Warner Bros. Federica Ceraolo cinema@fandango.it warnerbros.com

WURST LA TIRISIA (PERPETUAL SADNESS)

Seville International Ruby Rondina RRondina@filmsseville.com

STAR WARS: EPISODE V—THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Outsider Pictures outsiderpictures.com

A WOMAN AS A FRIEND TIN CAN

SIREN Chris Luckhardt chris@willowoodfilms.com

Fox Searchlight Pictures foxsearchlight.com

A WOLF AT THE DOOR TIMBUKTU

THE RIGHT TO LOVE A Atalanta Branislav Srdic nfo@aatalanta.si aatalanta.si

Sony Pictures Classics sonypictures.com

WILD THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

RIDING MY WAY BACK

WHIPLASH

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FILMS BY COUNTRY France

Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries*

Italy

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants Two Days, One Night

Clouds of Sils Maria Diary of a Fridge Diplomacy Father Force Majeure Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem How I Came to Hate Math The Infernal Cauldron LaMi LaMi: Do and Re LaMi: Ti Marie’s Story The Master’s Voice: Caveirao Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants On the Way to School Soleils Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily* Timbuktu Two Days, One Night

Brazil

Germany

Mauritania

*Denotes country of interest

Argentina Father Llama Drama Moving Still Natural Sciences

Australia Charlie’s Country Enfilade The Gallant Captain Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily*

Austria Beloved Sisters In the Still of the Night

Belgium

The Boy and the World The Master’s Voice: Caveirao A Wolf at the Door

Burkina Faso Soleils

Cambodia Origins*

Canada Criterion It Is What It Is The Last Leaf Madam Armande Mommy The Orphan and the Polar Bear The Patent Wars* Siren Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily* Tu Dors Nicole

China Soul of a Banquet*

Croatia Cowboys The Man Who Loved to Whistle

Denmark Force Majeure In Order of Disappearance

Egypt

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly I Can Quit Whenever I Want Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily* Two Days, One Night A Woman as a Friend

Japan The Little House Tale of Princess Kaguya

Kenya Gardeners of Eden On the Way to School*

Luxembourg Wurst

Mali Timbuktu*

Beloved Sisters Clouds of Sils Maria Diplomacy* Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem The Lamb* Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries* The Patent Wars Que Caramba Es la Vida Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily*

Timbuktu

Guana

Morocco

In Plain Sight

Hungary Rabbit and Deer

India 1000 Rupee Note The Immortalists* In Plain Sight The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon* On the Way to School* Origins* The Patent Wars* Zakir Hussain: Sessions*

Indonesia The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon* The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story

Mexico Bella The Clean Up* The Enchanted Lagoon For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela Que Caramba Es la Vida La Tirisia (Perpetual Sadness) On the Way to School*

Myanmar Ice Poison

Nepal Origins*

New Zealand What We Do in the Shadows

Norway Demolition: Troll* Force Majeure In Order of Disappearance

Patagonia On the Way to School*

Peru The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon*

The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375

Iran

Portugal

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Journey to Cape Verde

Estonia

Ireland

Russia

Miriam’s Kite The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon*

Patrick’s Day

Llama Drama New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon* Tin Can

Finland

Israel Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Humor

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Slovenia The Right to Love

South Africa The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon* The War Photographers*

South Korea Ahco on the Road Enfilade*

Spain 10,000 KM (Long Distance) Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed The Patent Wars* Stockholm Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily*

Sweden The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared Demolition: Troll* Force Majeure In Order of Disappearance Smoked Salmon

Switzerland Clouds of Sils Maria Demolition: Troll* The Patent Wars* Yalom’s Cure

Taiwan Ice Poison

Tanzania From the Ground to the Cloud Origins*

Tibet In Plain Sight

Turkey The Lamb

UK ‘71 Catch Me Daddy Hide and Seek The Imitation Game The Immortalists* Mr. Turner New World Out of the Box The Patent Wars* The Theory of Everything

US 13 3 Still Standing Adjust-a-Dream After the Fall

Ahco on the Road Ahh...San Francisco All Is Not Lost All the Flavors ALLoT (A Long List of Things) American Gladiators Art Is the Tree of Life Black and White Bricolage Bridge to a Border Capturing Grace Casting a Stone Chris The Clean Up Clouds of Sils Maria Confusion Through Sand Counting the Dead Demolition: Troll Disaster Preparedness Downton By Lamplight Dracula vs. Frankenstein Dwight Howard Johnson: Want Me Close Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary Feast Femto-Management: A Micromentary Finding the Gold Within The Fly For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela Foxcatcher FREE Freestyle Frogs & Friends From the Ground to the Cloud Future Hero The Future Starts Here Gardeners of Eden A Geek Like Me Get a Horse! Globe Trot Gnosis The Good, the Bad, and the Hipster Higher Sky Homeschool Prom Hoppity Goes to Town (a.k.a. Mr. Bug Goes to Town) How I Got Over Hula Hoop The Imitation Game The Immortalists Imperial Dreams In Memory: A Love Poem from a Son to His Mother In Plain Sight Insomnia The Invisible Peak Jaco The Judge Kirk Laggies

Lava The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger Like Sunday, Like Rain The Longest Daycare Low Down Lucky Stiff Mad God: Part 1 Magician Men, Women & Children Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries Monster Ms. Montgomery The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon Ni-Ni One Night in Hell One Year Lease Open The Door Origins The Ox The Page Turners Pieces of the Fair Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish Pulling The Rabbit Whisperer Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste Riding My Way Back Safety Last (excerpt) St. Vincent Six Soul of a Banquet Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back States of Grace Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily* Sure Thing Swimming: Mind, Body, Spirit The Theory of Everything Timeless Solutions Tribute Uncertain Terms Unhappily Ever After The War Photographers The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story Wet What We Do in the Shadows Whiplash White Knuckles Wild The Young Kieslowski Zakir Hussain: Sessions

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FILMS BY FILMMAKER Abreu, Alê

Ciacedo, Santiago

Elkabetz, Ronit

The Boy and the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Moving Still . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem . . . . . . . .116

Adamson, Al

Clark, Alex

Elkabetz, Shlomi

Dracula vs. Frankenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

Siren . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem . . . . . . . .116

Affron, Si

Clement, Jemaine

Epperlein, Karina

Dwight Howard Johnson: Want Me Close . . 136

What We Do in the Shadows . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Finding the Gold Within . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

Allen, Jesse

Coates, Joanna

Farley, William

The Clean Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Hide and Seek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

Alvarado, David

Cohen, Helen S.

Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish . . . . 128

The Immortalists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

States of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Farmer, Tiffany

Améris, Jean-Pierre

Coimbra, Fernando

Casting a Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Marie’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

A Wolf at the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Finell, Melissa

Antonelli, John

Collier, David

Disaster Preparedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon . . . . . . . . . . . 129

F R E E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Fleischer, Dave

Costin, Lewis

Hoppity Goes to Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

Ashley, Christopher

Enfilade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Franco, Alejandro

Coyle, David

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela . . . . . . . .114

Lucky Stiff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Assayas, Olivier Clouds of Sils Maria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

Ataman, Kutlug The Lamb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Axley, Catharine Counting the Dead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Base, Graeme The Gallant Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Beaver, Christopher Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste . . 129

Binder, Mike

Enfilade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Cuccia, Salvo Summer ‘82: When Zappa Came to Sicily . . 131

Dallaire, Frédérique Madam Armande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Two Days, One Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Dardenne, Luc Two Days, One Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Dawkins, David

Fryday, Robin Riding My Way Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Fuller, Diana Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste . . 129

Gallagher, Lara American Gladiators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Giraud, Hélène Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants. . . . . . . . 125

Gisiger, Sabine Yalom’s Cure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Black and White. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110

The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Bloom, Emma

De Heer, Rolf

Open the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Charlie’s Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

Goelz, Amy

Bloomberg, Robert

Defaye, Christophe

Ms. Montgomery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Frogs & Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

LaMi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Gorman, Sam

Boller, Jeff

Defaye, Olivier

Dwight Howard Johnson: Want Me Close . 136

A Geek Like Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

LaMi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Graf, Dominik

Bolster, Brian

Delahaye, Olivier

Beloved Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110

One Year Lease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Soleils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Grasso, Santiago ‘Bou’

Boxer, Nicole

Demange, Yann

Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

How I Got Over . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

’71 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Haghani, Payman

Breedlove, Mark

Derobe, Josephine

316 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Timeless Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Diary of a Fridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Hahn, Tamara

Callahan, Matthew C.

Dillingham, Gay

Gnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Downton By Lamplight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary . .114

Hall, James

Campos, Robert A.

Dobkin, David

One Night in Hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

3 Still Standing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

The Judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Herngren, Felix

Carlisle, Trey

Dolan, Xavier

Open the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Mommy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared . . 107

Chayes, Bill

Dong, Lukas

Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries . . . . . . 109

Smoked Salmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Chazelle, Damien

Dörrie, Doris

Whiplash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Que Caramba Es la Vida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Cheng, Eric

Dusenbery, Tom

Higher Sky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Christen, Laurence

Goddard, John The Hi De Ho Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

Hickey, Melissa Ni-Ni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Hoinoski, William Wet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Inglis, Hugo Out of the Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Inglis, Ollie Out of the Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Madam Armande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Edmonds, Barrett

Christoffel, Gwyneth

Ahh...San Francisco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Iverson, David

The Last Leaf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

El Zohairy, Omar

Capturing Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Christopher, Neil

The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 . . . . 105

The Orphan and the Polar Bear . . . . . . . . . . 106

James, Ashley Kirk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

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MacMillan, Lauren

Phillips, Taylor

One Night in Hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Get a Horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Zakir Hussain: Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Jerky, Frank

Madden, Danny

Picard, Catherine

Six . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Confusion Through Sand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Madam Armande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Jones, Tommy Lee

Marchand, Paul

Plisson, Pascal

The Homesman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

Jaco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

On the Way to School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Jordan, Erica

Marcondes, Guilherme

Preiss, Jeff

In Plain Sight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

The Master’s Voice: Caveirao. . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Low Down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Kateman, Hana

Marques-Marcet, Carlos

Prinzler, Hannah Leonie

Insomnia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

10,000 KM (Long Distance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

The Patent Wars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Kayser, Joe

Marsh, James

Proudfoot, Ben

The Page Turners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 The Rabbit Whisperer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

The Theory of Everything. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

The Ox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Keen, Nick

Martin, Tess

Quinn, Geoffrey

Hula Hoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Art Is the Tree of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Mathers, Katrina

Qureshi, Anisa

The Gallant Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Zakir Hussain: Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

McHugh, Megan

Reinisch, Deborah

Demolition: Troll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Sure Thing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

McMahon, Terry

Reitman, Jason

Patrick’s Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Men, Women & Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Melfi, Theodore

Ribeiro, José Miguel

St. Vincent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Journey to Cape Verde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Melies, Georges

Robbin, Andrew

The Infernal Cauldron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Pulling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Merino, Maricarmen

Rose, Mitchell

Bella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Globe Trot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Miller, Bennett

Rosenbaum, Peter

Foxcatcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Riding My Way Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Mirkovich, Sean

Salcido, John

Kouyaté, Dani

In Memory: A Love Poem from a Son to His Mother. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Tribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Soleils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Moland, Hans Petter

ALLoT (A Long List of Things) . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Dwight Howard Johnson: Want Me Close . . 136

Kershner, Irvin Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Kijak, Stephen Jaco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Kim, Soyeon Ahco on the Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Kiseleva, Tatiana Tin Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Klein, Saar After the Fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Kleppe, Sebastian Homeschool Prom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Kochones, Steven The War Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

LaCounte, Mathieu Swimming: Mind, Body, Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . .115

LaFetra, Suzanne F R E E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Lafleur, Stéphane Tu Dors Nicole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Lasky, Natasha The Fly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 The Good, the Bad, and the Hipster. . . . . . 136

Lee, Johnny Unhappily Ever After . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Lefkowitz, Lexi Freestyle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Leigh, Mike Mr. Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Leone, Sergio The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. . . . . . . . . .117

Lipman, Mark States of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Litwak, Michael Lukk The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

LoCicero, Donna 3 Still Standing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Lombardini, Pablo Pérez The Enchanted Lagoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Lucchesi, Matías

In Order of Disappearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Mršic, Tomislav Cowboys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

Murphy, James Ford Lava . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Nguyen Vo, Nghiem-Minh NUOC 2030 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Nilsson, Rob A Bridge to a Border . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Osborne, Patrick Feast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Oschin, Zachary Chris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Östlund, Ruben Force Majeure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Palmer, Dora Open the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Parrinello, Will The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Origins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Peck, Austin Gardeners of Eden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Pepper, Cynthia 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Peyon, Olivier How I Came to Hate Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118

Sanborn, John Sanga, Kerem The Young Kieslowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Sathe, Shrihari 1000 Rupee Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Saunders, Matthew Monster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Schlöndorff, Volker Diplomacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

Schwartz, Michael Bricolage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Serry, Ramin Future Hero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Servin, Sofia Open the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Shea, Harrison Open the Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Shelton, Lynn Laggies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Shin, Tiffany Unhappily Ever After . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Shlain, Tiffany The Future Starts Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

Sibilia, Sydney I Can Quit Whenever I Want . . . . . . . . . . . . .119

Sie, Trish White Knuckles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Natural Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 MVFF.COM 193

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Tcheng, Frédéric

Vogele, Carlo

Uncertain Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Dior and I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

Wurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Silverman, David

Thibault, Alexandra

Waititi, Taika

The Longest Daycare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Madam Armande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

What We Do in the Shadows . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Sin, Oliver

Tippett, Phil

Wang, Wayne

New World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Mad God: Part 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Soul of a Banquet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Sissako, Abderrahmane

Trueba, David

Weicher, Christine

Timbuktu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed . . . . . . . . . . 123

Art Is the Tree of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Solano, Jorge Pérez

Tyldum, Morten

Whaley, Frank

La Tirisia (Perpetual Sadness) . . . . . . . . . . . 132

The Imitation Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Like Sunday, Like Rain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Sorogoyen, Rodrigo

Unt, Riho

Wolfe, Daniel

Stockholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Miriam’s Kite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Catch Me Daddy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

Steiner, Erich

Vácz, Péter

Workman, Chuck

In the Still of the Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Rabbit and Deer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Magician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Stevantoni, Michael

Vallée, Jean-Marc

Wysocki, Jonathan

It Is What It Is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Wild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Adjust-a-Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Sugar, Jim

Vandenberg, Anneliese

Yamada, Yoji

Swimming: Mind, Body, Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . .115

Gardeners of Eden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

The Little House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Sullivan-Marcus, Oona

Vazquez, Pablo

Yost, Gary

All the Flavors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Llama Drama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

The Invisible Peak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Sussberg, Jason

Venezia, Bob

Z, Midi

The Immortalists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Pieces of The Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Ice Poison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117

Sweeney, Martin

Veronesi, Giovanni

Zagreba, Tal

Femto-Management: A Micromentary . . . . 105

A Woman as a Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Humor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Szabo, Thomas

Vitthal, Malik

Zemljic, Barbara

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants. . . . . . . . 125

Imperial Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

The Right to Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Takahata, Isao

Vogel, Dylan

Zmekhol, Denise

The Tale of Princess Kaguya . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Criterion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

From the Ground to the Cloud . . . . . . . . . . .116

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ADVERTISER INDEX 13 Bernard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 142 Throckmorton Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 A Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 According to Hoyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Acqua Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Alain Pinel Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41, 46, 47 Alice @ 97.3 KLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 American Society of the University of Haifa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Anthony Leite, DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Balboa Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Bartenders Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation . . . . . . . 145 Baynetwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Bellam Self Storage & Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Best Western Plus Corte Madera Inn . . . . . 162 Big Jim’s BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Blink Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Bohemian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Bon Air Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Book Passage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Buildergirl Design & Construction . . . . . . . . 5 Bundaberg Brewed Drinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Buzz Photo Booths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Carol Peek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Cavallo Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Celebrity Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Chambers + Chambers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Charge Across Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Classical KDFC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Clear Channel Media & Entertainment . . . . 178 Coldwell Banker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Comcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Comforts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Community Media Center of Marin . . . . . . 75 Covered Marin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Delicious! Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Delta Air Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Deutsch Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Dolby Laboratories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Dorallen Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 East Bay Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Eileen Fisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 EO Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Fabrizio Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Farmshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Find Festival Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Focus Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Fort Docs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Frame Crafters Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co. . . . . . . . 48 Frogs Hot Tubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Georgette Osserman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Ghilotti Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . cover 3 Giraffex Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

The Grateful Dog, Doggy PlayCare & Wellness Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Guideboat Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Guitar Center Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Helen Baldovinos-Morgan Stanley . . . . . . . 24 ICG Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Il Davide Cucina Italiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Il Fornaio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Image Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Intel Clubhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Jackson Square Partners . . . . . . . . . . . cover 2 Judy’s Breadsticks/Lovesticks . . . . . . . . . . . 35 KGO 810 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 KQED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 KRCB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Lagunitas Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Lifefactory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Linda Rosso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 The Lodge at Tiburon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Lucasfilm Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . cover 4 Maple Lawn Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Marin Airporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Marin Art & Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Marin Community Foundation. . . . . . . . . . 164 Marin County Film Resource Office . . . . . . 82 Marin French Cheese Company . . . . . . . . 184 Marin Health and Human Services . . . . . . . 98 Mill Valley Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Waters Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Marin Independent Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Marin Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Marin Sanitary Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Marin Suites Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Marin Theatre Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Michael Hensley Party Rentals . . . . . . . . . . 190 Mill Valley Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Montecito Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Mountain Home Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 MovieMaker Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 MUBI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 MW General Contracting, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 35 My Mapbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Nordstrom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 NorthBay biz Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Nutiva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Ongaro & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Pacific Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Pearl’s Phat Burgers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Pig in a Pickle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Pizza Antica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Post Street Occupational Medicine & Urgent Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Rims & Goggles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Robert Federighi Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 ROOM Fine Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 San Anselmo Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 San Francisco Chronicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 San Francisco Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 San Francisco Zen Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 San Rafael Business Improvement District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 San Rafael Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . 82 San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club . . . . . . . 139 Scandinavian Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Seager Gray Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Sharp Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Shoe Stories of Sausalito . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Simple DCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Sol Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Sonnen Porsche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Speak to Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Speedpro Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Stark Insider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Stephan-Hill Jewelry Designers . . . . . . . . . . 35 Stephanie Wickham Witt-Pacific Union. . . . . . 5 Sterling Bank & Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Strawberry Village Shopping Center . . . . . 64 Sutton Suzuki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sweet Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Sweet Things At Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Sweetwater Music Hall & Café . . . . . . . . . . . 92 The Tamalpais & The Sequoias . . . . . . . . . . 25 Tanaka Pictures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Technicolor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Theresa & Johnny’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Thrifty Car Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Tiburon Tavern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Tony Tutto Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Town Center Corte Madera . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 34 Triad of Health Family Healing Center . . . . . 98 TV5MONDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Umbel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Union Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Variety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Vimeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Vin Antico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wells Fargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 West End Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Where Traveler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Whistlestop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Whole Foods Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Wildcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Yelp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Yet Wah Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 YP.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Zaentz Media Center, A Wareham Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

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FILM and PROGRAM INDEX 5@5 A Matter of Time ......................................... 104 5@5 La Pistola y El Corazón................................ 104 5@5 One Time, One Night ................................. 104 5@5 Round and Round........................................ 105 5@5 Shakin' Shakin' Shakes ................................ 105 5@5 That Train Won't Stop Here ........................ 105 5@5 This Bird's Gonna Fly .................................. 106 13 ........................................................................... 106 10,000 KM (Long Distance)................................. 107 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared................ 107 1000 Rupee Note................................................. 107 3 Still Standing ..................................................... 108 3 Still Standing - On Stage ................................... 97 316 ......................................................................... 108 The 3D Sideshow ................................................. 106 ‘71 .......................................................................... 108 Adjust-a-Dream ................................................... 105 After the Fall ........................................................ 109 The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375 .............. 105 Ahco on the Road ................................................ 105 Ahh...San Francisco ............................................. 104 All Is Not Lost ...................................................... 106 All the Flavors .......................................................136 ALLoT (A Long List of Things) ............................ 109 American Gladiators ........................................... 104 Art Is the Tree of Life........................................... 109 The Art of Amazing 4K Showcase ...................... 106 The Art of Life ...................................................... 109 Bella ...................................................................... 104 Beloved Sisters .....................................................110 Black and White ....................................................110 The Boy and the World ........................................110 Bricolage ...............................................................128 A Bridge to a Border ............................................ 111 Capturing Grace ................................................... 111 Casting a Stone ....................................................136 Catch Me Daddy................................................... 111 Charlie's Country ..................................................112 Chris .......................................................................136 The Clean Up ....................................................... 104 Clouds of Sils Maria..............................................112 Confusion Through Sand.................................... 105 Counting the Dead ............................................. 104 Cowboys................................................................112 Criterion ................................................................136 Demolition: Troll .................................................. 104 Diary of a Fridge .................................................. 106 Dior and I ...............................................................113 Diplomacy .............................................................113 Disaster Preparedness ........................................ 104 Downton By Lamplight ....................................... 104 Dracula vs. Frankenstein......................................113 Dwight Howard Johnson: Want Me Close .........136 Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary ......114 The Enchanted Lagoon ...................................... 104 Enfilade ................................................................. 105 Father ................................................................... 105 Feast ..................................................................... 106 Femto-Management: A Micromentary ............. 105 Finding the Gold Within ......................................114 The Fly ...................................................................136 For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela......................114 Force Majeure .......................................................115 Foxcatcher.............................................................115 F R E E ....................................................................115 Freestyle ............................................................... 104 Frogs & Friends ................................................... 106

From the Ground to the Cloud ...........................116 Future Hero .......................................................... 105 The Future Starts Here ........................................116 The Gallant Captain ............................................ 106 Gardeners of Eden ...............................................116 A Geek Like Me ................................................... 106 Get a Horse!......................................................... 106 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem ....................116 Globe Trot .............................................................135 Gnosis ................................................................... 105 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ........................117 The Good, the Bad, and the Hipster ..................136 The Hi De Ho Show ..............................................117 Hide and Seek ......................................................117 Higher Sky ............................................................ 105 Homeschool Prom ................................................136 The Homesman ....................................................118 Hoppity Goes to Town .........................................118 How I Came to Hate Math ...................................118 How I Got Over .....................................................119 Hula Hoop ............................................................ 106 Humor ................................................................... 105 I Can Quit Whenever I Want................................119 Ice Poison ..............................................................119 The Imitation Game .............................................120 The Immortalists...................................................120 Imperial Dreams ...................................................120 In Memory: A Love Poem from a Son to His Mother ................................................... 130 In Order of Disappearance..................................121 In Plain Sight .........................................................121 In the Still of the Night ........................................ 104 The Infernal Cauldron ......................................... 106 Insight: Ted Hope .................................................. 93 Insomnia ................................................................136 The Invisible Peak .................................................101 It Is What It Is ........................................................136 Jaco........................................................................121 Journey to Cape Verde ....................................... 105 The Judge .............................................................122 Kirk ........................................................................ 109 Laggies ..................................................................122 The Lamb ..............................................................122 LaMi ...................................................................... 106 The Last Leaf .........................................................136 Lava ....................................................................... 134 The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger .......................................... 105 Like Sunday, Like Rain ..........................................123 The Little House ...................................................123 Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed...........................123 Llama Drama ........................................................ 106 The Longest Daycare .......................................... 106 Low Down ..............................................................124 Lucky Stiff ..............................................................124 Mad God: Part 1 .................................................. 105 Madam Armande..................................................132 Magician ................................................................124 The Man Who Loved to Whistle ........................ 106 Marie's Story .........................................................125 The Master's Voice: Caveirao ............................. 104 Men, Women & Children .....................................125 Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries .................. 109 Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants ......................125 Miriam's Kite ........................................................ 106 Mommy..................................................................126 Monster .................................................................136 Moving Still .......................................................... 106 Mr. Turner ..............................................................126

Ms. Montgomery ..................................................136 Natural Sciences ...................................................126 The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon .............................129 New World ........................................................... 106 Ni-Ni ..................................................................... 104 NUOC 2030 ...........................................................127 On the Way to School ..........................................127 One Night in Hell ................................................ 106 One Year Lease .....................................................120 Open The Door ....................................................136 Origins ...................................................................131 The Orphan and the Polar Bear ......................... 106 Out of the Box ......................................................136 The Ox .................................................................. 104 The Page Turners................................................. 104 The Patent Wars ...................................................127 Patrick's Day..........................................................128 Pieces of the Fair ................................................. 106 Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish .......................................................128 Pulling ....................................................................136 Que Caramba Es la Vida ......................................128 Rabbit and Deer .................................................. 106 The Rabbit Whisperer ......................................... 104 Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste............129 Riding My Way Back ............................................. 111 The Right to Love ................................................ 104 Robin Williams: A Celebration ............................. 97 Safety Last (excerpt) in 3D .................................. 106 St. Vincent .............................................................137 Siren ...................................................................... 105 Six.......................................................................... 105 Smoked Salmon ....................................................136 Soleils ....................................................................129 Soul of a Banquet .................................................129 Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back ............ 130 States of Grace .................................................... 130 Stockholm ............................................................ 130 Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily ..........131 Sure Thing .............................................................133 Swimming: Mind, Body, Spirit .............................115 The Tale of Princess Kaguya ................................131 The Theory of Everything ....................................131 Timbuktu ...............................................................132 Timeless Solutions ...............................................136 Tin Can ................................................................. 106 La Tirisia (Perpetual Sadness) .............................132 Tribute .................................................................. 105 Tu Dors Nicole ......................................................132 Two Days, One Night ...........................................133 Uncertain Terms ...................................................133 Unhappily Ever After ............................................136 The War Photographers ......................................121 The Wedding Contract: A Balinese Love Story .......................................133 Wet.........................................................................136 What We Do in the Shadows .............................. 134 Whiplash............................................................... 134 White Knuckles .................................................... 106 Wild ....................................................................... 134 A Wolf at the Door ...............................................135 A Woman as a Friend ...........................................135 Wurst .................................................................... 105 Yalom's Cure .........................................................135 The Young Kieslowski ..........................................136 Youth Reel .............................................................136 Zakir Hussain: Sessions ........................................136

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Founder James Ghilotti had a personal philosophy that has served the company well to this day. “Do good work, be responsible, and take care of the community and the people who work for you.” Owners and managing partners Dick Ghilotti, Brian Ongaro, and Willie Ghilotti continue to live by the words of their grandfather and great grandfather. GCC has been recognized for its engineering expertise, dependability, community involvement and high quality projects that stand the test of time. The Ghilotti family will continue to live by their grandfather’s words as they plan for their second 100 years. GCC’s 100th anniversary is dedicated to the late Dino R. Ghilotti, son of Richard and Nancy Ghilotti. GCC’s expertise is seen throughout Northern California, from Sonoma Raceway to George Lucas’ Big Rock Ranch, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, and the new Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa. TOTAL SITE PREPARATION GRADING AND EXCAVATING PAVING • STORM DRAIN WATER AND SEWER LINES EQUIPMENT RENTAL • SOIL STABILIZATION SITE AND STRUCTURE CONCRETE UNDERGROUND

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