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MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 38 OCTOBER 8-18, 2015

2 Mayor’s Proclamation

3 Director’s Note

7 CFI Board of Directors

98 Behind the Screens: Panels | Master Classes | Conversations 102 MVFF Music

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107 Active Cinema

16 CFI Supporters

109 Children’s FilmFest

19 CFI Membership

112 Categories | Focuses | Premieres

25 CFI Education

113 Films

32 Opening Night

153 The Tao of Film

35 Centerpiece

156 Calendar

37 Closing Night

166 MVFF | CFI Staff

39 Special Premieres & Party

171 Creative Credits

41 Star Wars Screening Event

176 Screening Committee

47 MVFF Award

176 In Memoriam

49 Spotlight: Sarah Silverman

177 Acknowledgments

55 Spotlight: Brie Larson

182 Venues

61 Tribute: Marcel Ophuls

183 Ticketing

67 Tribute: Catherine Hardwicke

188 Print Sources

73 Tribute: Sir Ian McKellen

196 Films by Country

79 Spotlight: Carey Mulligan

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84 Ingrid Bergman Centenary Celebration

203 Advertiser Index

91 Mind the Gap: Women | Work | Film

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Filmmaker Index

Title Index

The Mill Valley Film Festival is presented by the California Film Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that also owns and operates the Smith Rafael Film Center and presents CFI Education programs throughout the year. © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. No portion of the Mill Valley Film Festival Souvenir Guide may be duplicated

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WELCOME TO THE 38TH MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL! Thirty-eight years ago, when we began this celebration of film, there weren’t so many film festivals. The population has since swelled and seems to grow by the year. Clearly, festivals have captured the imagination of the public and are, perhaps, as important as ever. But why? Why in an era when theatrical exhibition is dominated by big blockbusters are film festivals, which are devoted to a more human-scaled experience, so vital? I can only speak for MVFF, but there are things about this festival that I think resonate with audiences. People have a hunger for storytelling that has a universality to it. Good storytelling has the power to take the lives of its characters beyond the page or screen and expose our common humanity. That’s as true of a Hollywood film like Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, as it is for the more intimate Guatemalan drama Ixcanul. In the fall of 2014, the California Film Institute received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in support of MVFF, part of which is to reach underserved communities. Giving voice to the marginalized or voiceless is a mission we take seriously. This year, we are putting a special focus on one group that has long been neglected by Hollywood: women filmmakers. MVFF38 has 27 features by women, both narrative and documentary. Among the slate of veterans and newcomers is 1999 MVFF tributee Gillian Armstrong with Women He’s Undressed, and her fellow Aussie Jocelyn Moorhouse with her first feature in 18 years, The Dressmaker. Among those making their feature debuts is Jeanne Herry with Number One Fan and Gabrielle Demeestre with Yosemite. We are also pleased to present Sarah Gavron’s highly anticipated Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter as women agitating for the right to vote—an important topic at a time when women’s rights are once again under assault. And while Todd Haynes’ Carol was directed by a man, it is very much a women’s picture. It was also one of the winners at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where star Rooney Mara shared the Best Actress prize. It isn’t the only film to come to us with prizes from Cannes. Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan won the Palme d’Or; László Nemes’ Son of Saul captured the Grand Prix; the Icelandic comedy Rams received the Prize of Un Certain Regard; The Assassin took directing honors for the great Hou Hsiao-hsien; and Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent won the top prize at Directors’ Fortnight. Other prizewinners include Iranian master Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear, and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain, a triple winner at Tribeca, and Creative Control, which won the Special Jury Recognition Award for Visual Excellence at SXSW this year. In addition, two Israeli films,

Princess (2014) and Tikkun (2015) won top honors at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Every year, MVFF pays tribute to filmmakers and artists whose work enriches our filmgoing experience. Returning guests this year include Tom Hooper, who was here in 2010 with The King’s Speech, and whose film The Danish Girl will be featured on Opening Night. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, who was feted with an MVFF Spotlight program last year with The Theory of Everything, a performance that went on to win him an Academy Award.® Tom McCarthy, who was here in 2003 with The Station Agent, returns with our other Opening Night film Spotlight, a fabulous ensemble piece. Among our honorees this year is the legendary director Marcel Ophuls, whose epic 1969 documentary The Sorrow and the Pity will screen, along with his 2013 autobiographical portrait Ain’t Misbehavin’. We are pleased to honor comedian Sarah Silverman in a year in which she firmly establishes herself as a dramatic actress in the indie drama I Smile Back. Our Centerpiece program features talented director/producer Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune, Barfly) with his film Amnesia. We also honor director Catherine Hardwicke with her film Miss You Already; rising star Brie Larson with the powerful film Room; and Carey Mulligan with an evening of clips and conversation before the following night’s screening of Suffragette, which will close our 38th MVFF. Music has always played a big role at MVFF; we continue that tradition this year with nine nights of music at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. The stellar lineup includes two extraordinary benefit concerts: one for the Seva Foundation with special guests, and a rousing gospel show led by musical director Narada Michael Walden. I believe strongly in the power of film. In my late 20s, I believed I could change the world with one film. I realized later that that is not going to happen, but film does have power. Cinema stimulates people and can open minds. Those are the films we’ve showcased at MVFF for 38 years. Whatever you choose to see, we hope to thrill you, intrigue you, and encourage you to consider life and the world in a different way. Going into our 11-day dance, I would like to express my gratitude to those people and institutions that make the Mill Valley Film Festival what it is. To our donors, corporate sponsors, and the foundations that support us; our peerless staff and board of directors; the filmmakers whose art illuminates our world; and, of course, to our audience, united by a love of storytelling: Thank you and happy festivaling.

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THE DANISH GIRL US/UK 2015, 120 min Director Tom Hooper Following his Oscar ® winning crowd-pleaser The King’s Speech (MVFF 2010), director Tom Hooper explores another remarkable story from 20th-century European history with The Danish Girl, the story of renowned painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Marvelously played by Academy Award®-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, MVFF Spotlight 2014), Lili, born Einar, is in a happy marriage with fellow painter Gerda (rising star Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina) in this drama set in 1920s Copenhagen. When Gerda’s model doesn’t show up for one of her portrait sessions, Einar takes her place, dressing in women’s clothes for the first time, discovering a brand-new identity as Lili, and subsequently creating a new, complex dimension to the marriage. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Sebastian Koch (Black Book), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) also star in this beautifully lensed portrait of one of the pioneers of the transgender movement.

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SPOTLIGHT US 2015, 128 min Director Tom McCarthy Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, MVFF 2003) and an impeccable ensemble cast recreate the true events of 2001, when The Boston Globe broke open the massive child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese—and the shocking Church cover-up that kept it a dirty secret for decades. Spurred by the paper’s new (and first Jewish) editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) leads a crack team of investigative journalists (Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian d’Arcy James), who uncover a story of corruption and betrayal beyond their wildest imaginations. In a Church-dominated town, where parishioners equate their priests with God, their investigation is tantamount to blasphemy, and the Church will do everything in its power (of which it has plenty) to stop it in its tracks. Spotlight is a riveting, heart-wrenching drama that reminds us how the pen truly can be mightier than the sword. It is the All the President’s Men of our generation.

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AMNESIA Switzerland/France 2015, 96 min Director Barbet Schroeder Crafted from events in his mother’s life, master filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Reversal of Fortune) revisits his decades-long cinematic examination of moral culpability and the complexities of human nature. In Amnesia, Martha, a mysterious German expat (iconic Marthe Keller, Marathon Man, Dark Eyes) conducts her solitary life far from Ibiza’s 1990s club scene. Having left the Heimat before the War, she refuses to speak her native tongue, drive a VW, or play the musical instrument she mastered as a girl. Her young neighbor Jo, an aspiring club DJ (Max Riemelt, The Wave, MVFF 2008), begins to break through her barriers with his boyish curiosity and growing desire until the arrival of Jo’s father (Bruno Ganz in a masterful performance) calls Martha’s past and present into question with surprising and revelatory results. Amnesia is a profound cross-generational exploration of historical memory and morality, set against the stark and spectacular Ibizan landscape. Unforgettable. In German, Spanish, and English with English subtitles • US PREMIERE

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CLOSING NIGHT

SUFFRAGETTE UK 2015, 106 min Director Sarah Gavron Profoundly moving, Suffragette tells the story of women who were foot soldiers in the fight for the right to vote in the early 20th century, ordinary women who risked all—their jobs, homes, children, even their lives. One such is Maud (Carey Mulligan): A laundry worker since childhood, she joins the evolving suffrage movement in hopes of breaking the cycles of injustice, poverty, and abuse that so many women endure. With peaceful protest a long-gone option, the suffragettes are forced underground. Guided by Edith (Helena Bonham Carter, MVFF Tributee 1998) and inspired from afar by the charismatic Mrs. Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud’s involvement escalates despite huge personal loss. Increasingly hounded by the authorities, she realizes that “war’s the only language men listen to.” An homage to the working women whose passion and vision gained British women the vote, Suffragette is an inspiring and powerful reminder that change is worth fighting for.

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2014 Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

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SPOTLIGHT

SARAH SILVERMAN A bold stand-up comedian who has never shied from addressing controversial topics, Silverman has used her singular voice to reach across multiple platforms, including television (Saturday Night Live, The Sarah Silverman Show, Mr. Show), autobiography (The Bedwetter), and film (Wreck-It Ralph, Take This Waltz). Her latest role in I Smile Back showcases new dramatic territory for the accomplished performer.

I SMILE BACK US 2014, 85 min Director Adam Salky Sarah Silverman makes a groundbreaking departure from her comedic roots with this astonishing portrait of a troubled woman desperately looking for a path to redemption. Playing a New Jersey housewife in thrall to addiction and compulsive behavior, the actress is a revelation, delivering a courageous, bare-all performance. Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Sarah Silverman, a screening of I Smile Back, and the presentation of the MVFF Award in recognition of her breakthrough performance. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Pizza Antica in Mill Valley.

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SPOTLIGHT SARAH SILVERMAN: A BRAVE NEW ROLE

For the past 25 years, Sarah Silverman has been a staple on the entertainment landscape. First making her mark in comedy as a bold and unapologetic performer, she has gone on to expand her career into acting, writing, and producing. She has appeared in box-office smashes like the Oscar® -nominated Wreck It Ralph (2012) and critically acclaimed TV shows, including Masters of Sex, Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Simpsons.

a series regular on Mr. Show with Bob and David, and gleaned life lessons from her idol Garry Shandling on the set of The Larry Sanders Show. She was also a frequent guest on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and his follow-up Real Time with Bill Maher. Pulling no punches, she quickly earned a reputation as an outspoken social commentator unafraid to wade into political waters and willing to debate anything, from the power of irony in racial humor to abortion rights.

Comedy has been in her blood since she was a young child. While continuing her stand-up career, Sarah began acting Born to Don and Beth Ann Silverman, Sarah grew up in New in films, including There’s Something About Mary (1998), The Hampshire.  At the age of three, her father taught her swear Bachelor (1999), and School of Rock (2003). The breakout sucwords, and soon young Sarah found apcess of Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, proval in the “shock and delight” of the first as an off-Broadway show and then captive audience that was her family. By as a 2005 film, ignited a new chapter in “I love playing self-centered the age of 19, Silverman  was performher career and pushed every boundary in comedy. There’s a self-cening in Manhattan’s comedy clubs alongof decency imaginable. While many side the likes of Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, found the show offensive, Sarah deteredness to this character and Louis C.K. fended the irony at the heart of her (Laney) that is not fun, but it’s work, recalling in a 2005 interview with She worked her way up the ladder and NPR, “I’ve been called edgy, but, you the same kind of thing where quickly went from passing out flyers for know, in all honesty, I think that there is …there’s no room for anythe local comedy clubs to stealing the a safety in what I do because I’m always stage from comics twice her age. At the the idiot. And unless you’re listening body else.” young age of 22 she was invited to auto the buzzwords, and not really taking dition for Saturday Night Live (SNL) and into account the context or the content earned a coveted spot on the 19th season of the show, joinof it, you see that I’m the idiot always—the ignoramus in the ing Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Al Franken, and Phil Hartman. scenario.” Much to her dismay, over the course of the year not one of the sketches she wrote made it onto the show, and she was not The success of Jesus Is Magic led to her next project The Sarasked back for the following season. She later gained strength ah Silverman Program (2007), which ran on Comedy Central from the experience, and there was really nothing that could for three seasons and earned her an Outstanding Actress in faze her after that. a Comedy nomination at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards. The actress once again played a more ignorant, more arrogant Despite the setback on SNL, Sarah thrived on television. She version of herself, and the result was the first truly crass female appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Seinfeld, was sketch comedy show. Tad Friend of The New Yorker called it 50


SARAH SILVERMAN These dramatic roles have paved the way for her most impressive performance to date in I Smile Back, based on Amy Koppleman’s novel of the same name. In the film, Sarah plays Laney, an alcoholic, drug-addicted, mentally ill wife and mother who travels through what Scott Foundas of Variety calls an “Olympian gauntlet of self-abuse, reckless endangerment, and public humiliation.” Only very real danger will force her to face the painful roots of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.  While past dramatic projects have called for subtler acting, I Smile Back  required a raw and powerful performance, leaving no room for even the slightest bit of comedy. Sarah notes, “There really is no evidence of ‘me the comedian’ in this movie.” Indeed, her performance is vulnerable and soul-baring, and Sarah found herself more affected by the weight of Laney’s story than she had anticipated.

“the meanest sitcom in years—and one of the funniest.” In 2014, she won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for her HBO comedy special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles (2013), which was also nominated for Outstanding Variety Special, earned her nominations at both the WGA Awards and the Grammy Awards, and garnered her an invitation back to Saturday Night Live to host. Sarah chose understated roles for her foray into more dramatic projects. In 2011 she played a recovering alcoholic in Sarah Polley’s film Take This Waltz (2011) and currently appears in the Showtime hit series Masters of Sex as a 1960s-era lesbian.  

Through this pivot to such a rigorous dramatic role, Sarah sees a connection between her onstage persona and the character of Laney: “I love playing self-centered in comedy. There’s a self-centeredness to this character (Laney) that is not fun, but it’s the same kind of thing where …there’s no room for anybody else.” She claims she doesn’t painstakingly plan her career steps, but it seems possible that the wild antics over the last two decades of Sarah Silverman the comedian were always meant to lead to this role. So what does the future hold for the woman who has proven she can do it all? Well, a little bit of everything, of course. She continues to perform stand-up, will star in Ashby this fall, and she recently wrapped production on Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone’s Judd Apatow-produced comedy, The Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project, due out in 2016.

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SPOTLIGHT

BRIE LARSON After winning the role of Toni Collette’s daughter in United States of Tara, Brie Larson has actively built an impressive career, rich in critical praise and major studio attention (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, Short Term 12, Trainwreck). Her star continues to rise with the Oscar® buzz currently humming around her performance in Room.

ROOM Ireland 2015, 118 min Director Lenny Abrahamson Room is the entire world to five-year-old Jack, but for his Ma it’s a prison, one from which she’s desperate to free her child, whatever the cost. Stellar performances from Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson are the emotional engine behind this riveting adaptation of the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue. Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Brie Larson, a screening of Room, and the presentation of the MVFF Award in recognition of courageous work in a career-changing role. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Green Chile Kitchen in San Rafael.

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SPOTLIGHT BRIE LARSON: MAKING ROOM

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by Atissa Manshouri It might be tempting to call Brie Larson’s performance in Room a breakthrough, but the truth is that she has been breaking through for a few years now, bewitching audiences in the process with her thoughtful, humorous, and vulnerable performances. In role after role, on the big and small screen, Larson shines with an easygoing naturalism, a genuine sense of curiosity and compassion, and that indefinable factor that makes it impossible to take your eyes off of her. Whether she’s a sharp, feisty teenager (Kate in The United States of Tara), a vampy rock star (Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), or the steely yet fragile supervisor in a group home for troubled youth (Grace in Short Term 12), Larson’s expressive brown eyes channel the hopes, dreams, and demons that make these women so compelling. Those eyes also reflect humor remarkably well, and her intelligent sparkle has made her a standout in some very funny movies like 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck. She commits to her roles, often going deep into her characters’ back stories through research and real-life experience. Yet, for all the effort and intention, her work feels light and unburdened, as if it required no effort at all. It’s a powerful combination of tools to have in one’s toolbox, especially at such a young age. It was no surprise that director Lenny Abrahamson looked to Larson for the role of Ma when casting the screen adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling 2010 novel Room. Room is a heart-wrenching, pulse-pounding, soul-lifting story of a mother’s love, but it is a tale of undeniable darkness as well, set primarily in a tiny, confined space, where protagonists Ma and her son Jack have been held captive for years. There are too many spoilers to reveal any more of the plot, but it is safe to 56

say that for those who are unfamiliar, Room is a novel that commands a fierce and loyal contingent of admirers. They are readers (like me, I confess) who hunched tense shoulders through the wee hours of the night in order to reach the book’s conclusion, only to have those shoulders heave with sobs upon realizing that they’d left the world of Room.  They are readers who tried—desperately in some cases—to extend the emotional intensity of that world by seeking out fellow readers to discuss it, in person or online, and if they couldn’t find any, by forcing the book upon their nearest and dearest. They are readers who formed, over the course of the novel, a deep and lasting connection to the world that Donoghue created. It is a good thing, then, that Room found its leading lady in Larson, an actor whose profound curiosity enabled her to embody Ma in all her broken and beautiful layers. Larson herself hadn’t read Room before word of the film project made its way to her, but when she finally launched into it, she too became one of those readers—shoulders tense, then heaving.  “I hadn’t cried like that over a book since I read Where the Red Fern Grows as a child,” she tells me, by phone from Los Angeles. It is late August when we speak, just a few short weeks before she will embark on a promotional tour with the movie ahead of its October release. I ask her what she’s most looking forward to now that audiences will finally see the film. “I really can’t wait to hear what people want to talk about afterwards [at the Q&As].” Room, she says, was one of those books that is “just so full of ideas and choices,” and it made readers want to talk about it afterwards. She hopes that the film will inspire the same impulse for conversation and connection. The making of Room, as one might imagine, was intense, both physically and emotionally demanding. In order to play a young


BRIE LARSON woman who has been held captive for years in a windowless room, Larson had to lose weight and stay out of the sun. She also forced herself to experience some of the psychological isolation that Ma suffered by depriving herself of outside contact for about a month, holing herself up at home with no phone signal. Even knowing that her situation was both temporary and self-imposed, it was still a harrowing ride. “I just felt so alone and trapped after a while,” she says.

One of the loveliest things about the character of Ma is that despite her dire circumstances, she manages to find the strength to create an inspiring, visually stimulating world for her son. A few meager objects take on almost mythical importance and become the touchstones of a life that, while diminished, still offers comfort, safety, and unconditional love.

To gain an understanding into Ma’s mental state and how she taps into such a deep Room’s singular narrative voice ofwell of creativity, Larson spoke extensively ”That relationship between Ma fered its own set of challenges. In the to a trauma counselor about brain funcand Jack is really what makes book, the story is told in the voice of tioning in extreme conditions, and how Jack, Ma’s five-year old son. Jack has the brain can shut down certain areas in this movie unique. I’ve never lived in the 11x11-foot room on their order to promote survival. This led her to worked so closely with another captor’s property for his entire life, more general research into abuse against and it’s the only world that he has women, a topic that was front and center in actor before. ” ever known. the news throughout the film’s production. Larson says she felt the emotional weight Author Emma Donoghue chose to of playing such a dark role, “but there was tell the story from the child’s point of view precisely for that never a moment when I couldn’t find a million reasons to go out reason: Unlike Ma, Jack has no reason to be sad about living in and do it.”  Room, for he has never known anything else. Abrahamson and Donoghue, who wrote the screenplay herself, knew they needed Her instincts for realism and that deep commitment to researchto preserve the sense of wonder and innocence that Jack’s voice ing and inhabiting her characters’ worlds have paid off in spades and point of view brought to the novel. They also needed to crein this latest role and those that came before it, increasing her ate a sense of intimacy between Ma and Jack in order to bring profile and offering her fresh opportunities. Her winning turn as the world of Room alive. Kate on The United States of Tara gained her legions of fans over the three seasons that it aired on Showtime. She popped up in As Larson describes it, that child’s-eye perspective was incorpodelightful cameos in cult TV comedies like The League and Comrated into the film in myriad ways, including through meticulous munity. She won critics’ awards and endless accolades for her production design that brought a tiny space to vivid life and inperformance in Short Term 12, and landed a plum role as Amy volved having the actors create arts-and-crafts projects out of Schumer’s sister in this summer’s hit comedy Trainwreck. In addithe set materials in order to create realistic waste and detritus tion to Room, Larson has three other movies set for release over from Ma and Jack’s scant supplies. the next year, and has just begun preproduction on her first big studio tent pole: Kong: Skull Island, alongside Tom Hiddleston.  So did Larson and her on-screen son Jacob Tremblay (who turned eight during the production) form a genuine bond? AbSo if her role in Room is indeed (another) breakthrough, and solutely, she says—over Lego® sessions during pre-production there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be, then her forward momenand silly downtimes once the film began shooting.  tum continues apace. The spotlight on Brie Larson won’t be going out anytime soon.  “That relationship between Ma and Jack is really what makes this movie unique. I’ve never worked so closely with another acAtissa Manshouri is a freelance writer living in Mill Valley, CA. tor before. I think Jacob is just a miraculous, wonderful person.”

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TRIBUTE

MARCEL OPHULS The renowned documentarian (The Sorrow and The Pity, The Memory of Justice, Hotel Terminus, November Days) learned the filmmaking craft under the guidance of his father Max, John Huston, and François Truffaut, among others. In February 2015, he was honored with the Berlinale Camera Award for his celebrated body of work. MVFF welcomes Ophuls for a tribute to his essential and ongoing contributions to cinema.

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ France 2013, 106 min Director Marcel Ophuls Documentary legend Marcel Ophuls assumes the mantle of mischievous raconteur in this peripatetic, unexpected autobio­graphy that combines anecdotes, conversations, and clips from vintage movies in a seductive whirl. Ophuls revels in stories of his childhood in Europe and young adulthood in Hollywood, wittily illustrated with scenes from beloved films. In French, Spanish, and English with English subtitles.

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TRIBUTE MARCEL OPHULS: AN APPRECIATION

by Peter L. Stein There’s a running joke in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall in which his morose character, Alvy Singer, keeps dragging his reluctant girlfriend on movie dates to see Marcel Ophuls’ groundbreaking, magisterial opus The Sorrow and the Pity…or as Annie Hall dismisses it, “a four-hour documentary on Nazis.” (It’s actually four hours, 11 minutes, and deals with Occupied France.) After their breakup, Alvy wistfully observes one positive sign of his lasting impact on Annie: She’s now taking her new boyfriend to see the same film. Alvy may have lost her for good, he seems to say, but at least Annie now has Marcel Ophuls in her life.

born Max Oppenheimer, changing his name first to Ophüls as a stage name, and then dropping the umlaut in later years to reflect French pronunciation, as well as perhaps an anti-German bias; his son, born Hans Marcel Oppenheimer, would adopt the same surname and spelling). Marcel was only five years old when Hitler came to power, but the impact on the family was immediate; joining the first wave of German Jewish artistic exiles in 1933, they fled first to France, becoming naturalized citizens there, and upon the German occupation in 1940 were forced to flee once again through Spain, arriving in Hollywood in 1941. Max struggled at first to find a professional foothold, but young Marcel seemed to take quickly to life in America: He attended Hollywood High School, served in the US Army just after World War II in Japan, attended UC Berkeley for a time, and became a US citizen in 1950—the same year his father returned to France to begin a spectacular string of features, including La Ronde, The Earrings of Madame de…, and Lola Montès.

If only most Americans could be as lucky as Annie Hall: falling early into a deep relationship—perhaps even a kind of sober love—with one of the seminal documentary filmmakers of the genre. Most of us may know Ophuls only from those glancing references to his lengthy masterwork, or from the fact that a later documentary film of his—Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie—not only won an Academy Award® but helped expose the widespread postwar government collusions that allowed Nazi war criminals to hide in safety. But Ophuls’ career and work have far transcended the pigeonhole of “Nazi chronicler;” now 87 years old, his film subjects, which have ranged from the Vietnam War to Northern Ireland and most recently to the Israel-Palestine conflict, can be finally appreciated for the moral lens through which they view the most painful episodes of human conflict: “their chief target,” as film writer David Thomson puts it, “is nationalist confidence, and the crimes done in its name.”

As a young man, Marcel set about to follow his father into entertainment, first as an actor (appearing as a teenager in Frank Capra’s Prelude to War) and then behind the scenes, assisting John Huston on Moulin Rouge and his father on Lola Montès. His first solo directorial efforts were in scripted genre material—a short romance (Love at Twenty) and a madcap suspense caper (Banana Peel, starring Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Paul Belmondo). It was only when he started working for French television that his wide-ranging political interests found expression in his films.

Marcel Ophuls’ life trajectory parallels some of the most momentous upheavals of the 20th century, so it may not seem surprising that he turned his lifelong artistic energy to weighty political subjects. But that was not his early intention at all. Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1927, his father was the heralded German Jewish film director and romanticist Max Ophuls (himself

In the late 1960s he began shooting interviews and scenes that reconstruct the story of one French town, Clermont-Ferrand, during the German occupation. The resulting film, The Sorrow and the Pity (see page 146), would prove to be groundbreaking, myth-shattering, and career-making. Ophuls began the film in the aftermath of tumultuous political unrest in 1968 Paris (during

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MARCEL OPHULS which, amongst many upheavals, Ophuls and other progressive director that he would treat the film with “respect and admirajournalist colleagues went on strike from the government-contion.” “Never mind the respect and admiration,” Ophuls wrote trolled broadcaster ORTF and were not allowed back to work back. “Just make it funny.” for months). Whether as an outgrowth of this turmoil, or as part of Ophuls’ own reckoning with the trauma of his family’s expeThat kind of directness, tempered by occasional flashes of hurience in Vichy France, his quietly insistent interviews began to mor, would continue to characterize Ophuls’ nonfiction films. pull back the curtain on what historian StanAfter the success of The Sorrow and the ley Hoffmann has called “the Official VerPity, he turned his unflinching camera onto ”It was such non-junk in sion” of wartime France that had persisted other flashpoints in world affairs, deploying for decades—that of a country uniformly thoroughness and nuance and managing to a sea of mediocrity, with engaged in a noble resistance, save for a avoid the pitfalls of preachy, smug, or tenno attempt to be popular few outlying and reviled collaborators. dentious filmmaking. Instead, he searches for the humanity of his subjects, even when or commercial. It’s to the Instead, Ophuls reveals Vichy France in their actions are contemptible, and for the documentary what tragefar more troubling complexity: through complexity of events, even when we would the recollections not only of highly placed prefer simplicity. In The Memory of Justice dy is to drama.” military men and ministers but of everyday (1975), he examines the Nuremberg trials— — Woody Allen farmers, soldiers, shopkeepers, and hairby most accounts a high point in American dressers, he weaves an intricate tapestry of human rights and humanitarian values—but human failings interrupted by occasional acts of great courage. views them through the lens of the Vietnam War, asking us to The prospect of challenging the Official Version was so upsetconsider the fraught nature of moral authority in the hands of ting to the French national self-image that the documentary a victorious nation. And in Hôtel Terminus, another staggering was for a time banned from French airwaves. Retired President four-hour-plus investigative film, Ophuls, as narrator-interviewCharles de Gaulle was even consulted on the matter; when iner, departs from the calm solemnity of his voiceovers and beformed that the film reveals “unpleasant truths,” de Gaulle is comes by turns sarcastic, ironic, a dogged detective, and an said to have replied, “France does not need truths; what France impatient interlocutor. It is a bravura performance by a director needs is hope.” in a supporting role. Despite the initial backlash at home, The Sorrow and the Pity would be universally hailed as a milestone in documentary filmmaking. Breaking boundaries of traditional length to tell a large story; juxtaposing, without apology or qualification, conflicting accounts to develop tension within the film; using popular songs and period footage both to bolster and occasionally undercut the unfolding history; and incorporating his own gentle but piercing questions of his interview subjects, Ophuls created a new set of standards for nonfiction narrative, one that would be quoted (Shoah), imitated (Reds), and eventually parodied (from This Is Spinal Tap to The Office) for decades to come. One of the film’s greatest admirers, Woody Allen, recalled its early impact: “It was such non-junk in a sea of mediocrity, with no attempt to be popular or commercial. It’s to the documentary what tragedy is to drama.” When writing Ophuls for permission to use clips of it in Annie Hall, he took pains to reassure the

The mischievous side of Ophuls is far less known and appreciated than his gravitas, but despite the weightiness of his films he retains a buoyant, puckish streak—clearly on view in his autobiographical film, Un voyageur (“a traveler”), which he insisted on releasing in English under the cheeky title Ain’t Misbehavin’ (see page 116). Generously peppered with clips from his favorite films, raucous memories of his father, and reminiscences by notable players in his career, it is a fond and desultory amble through a remarkable life. Even now as he approaches his 90s, the messy world of human affairs is never far from his mind. His current film—still in production—wades into the sticky politics of the Middle East, positioning the half-Jewish, former refugee Ophuls in conversation—or perhaps engaged argument—with his co-director, the unabashedly secular and self-critical Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan. Ophuls seems to enjoy not making things easy. With a nod toward de Gaulle’s pronouncement about The Sorrow and the Pity, and as an apt summation of the work he has committed into our consciousness over an extraordinary career, he has chosen a fitting title for his upcoming film: Unpleasant Truths. How fortunate we are that Marcel Ophuls has continued to tell those truths—unpleasant, necessary, funny, unavoidable—in such particular fashion, and with such universal resonance, for a world much in need of hearing them. Peter L. Stein is a Peabody Award-winning documentary maker and a frequent writer, producer, and presenter of film, television, and arts programming. He is the former Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and currently Senior Programmer for Frameline.

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CATHERINE HARDWICKE After years of successful production design (Tombstone, Three Kings,  Vanilla Sky) Catherine Hardwicke shook up the independent film world and earned the 2003 Directing Award at Sundance for Thirteen. She followed up with Lords of Dogtown (2005) and Twilight (2008), which broke box-office records as the highest grossing opening weekend for a film by a female director. Mill Valley Film Festival celebrates the work of this exceptionally talented and tenacious director.

MISS YOU ALREADY UK 2015, 112 min Director Catherine Hardwicke Catherine Hardwicke assembles an impeccable all-star cast for an intimate, honest portrayal of the highs, lows, and heartaches of female friendship. In this poignant, often comedic tale, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette play lifelong best friends who manage to remain, in good times and bad, each other’s ultimate soulmate.

Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Catherine Hardwicke, a screening of Miss You Already, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Tiburon Tavern in Tiburon.

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by Lauren Schiller

LS: In real human size? Actual people are living in them?

It’s not everyday you come across a working female director in Hollywood. And it’s even rarer to find one who’s been in the business for over 30 years—and still working. After establishing herself as a production designer, Catherine Hardwicke made her directorial debut with the movie Thirteen in 2003 and attained blockbuster status directing Twilight in 2008. She has six more film credits to her name, including her latest film, Miss You Already. And this wasn’t even her first career.

CH: Oh yeah. I was a full-fledged architect. Then I switched and came out to film school. Of course when I said, “I want to switch careers,” my parents also encouraged me. They were always very positive like that. LS: Your first 15 years in film was as a production designer. What does that entail?

CH: People were telling me, “Oh, you’re an architect. You should production design this movie.” Because I already had to do all kinds of drawings, and sketches, and pre-visualization as an architect, it was a fun translation. Except CATHERINE HARDWICKE: My parents. as an architect, you’re creating new ”...as a director you have to They encouraged us to be creative. We buildings that are sleek and fabulous. lived in a remote, rural town in South Then as a production designer, you’re find your own style that helps Texas. My dad was a farmer, my mom actually helping build characters. You you stay in your creative zone, a schoolteacher. We didn’t have much had to rethink design, but I loved it, money, so we had to be creative. Dad just getting into characters and how keeps you focused, but still would literally come home with a gift for the buildings can tell a story. That was a you have to be a leader, too.” us that would be just a big mountain of great transition, and I was lucky enough carrot dirt—the dirt that clings to the carto work for all of these wonderful dirots from the farm. You had to make something out of it, like rectors like David O. Russell and Richard Linklater and Cameron dig tunnels, and build houses, and weird things. I think it really Crowe and Lisa Cholodenko, so I had like a front-row seat. I was inspired me to be creative and make up stuff. I’d say my dad was one of their key department heads working with them on these a really great influence on me. very cool movies. That helped me a lot when I decided to become a director. LS: I wonder if he knew that it would lead you to this career. LS: I was going to mention Lisa Cholodenko, because she is one CH: He was excited when I went to architecture school. I think of the few women directors that you worked with at that time, on he loved that because it was almost a direct inspiration from Laurel Canyon. Did working with her have any impact on your inbuilding little towns in carrot dirt to building a whole subdivision tent to become a director or how you wanted to be as a director? that he and I built together. We got to put in a lake, the pool, the tennis courts, made all of the houses solar energy-oriented and CH: Actually, right after architecture school, I came out to UCLA everything. That was pretty neat. There are still 120 townhouses for grad school. At UCLA, basically, everybody is a director. You in South Texas. We did all that. finance your own film. You direct it. You make the sandwiches. LAUREN SCHILLER: Who or what would you say was your greatest influence growing up?

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CATHERINE HARDWICKE You do the costumes. You do everything. So I made my own little short films, but I needed to make money. Then people said, “You could make money as a production designer.” That led me on a sidetrack for 15 years. And between every job, long before I met Lisa, I would be writing my own screenplays and making short films, taking acting classes, directing classes, budgeting films. I was doing everything I could to get a movie made.

gents were directed by men. All the Twilights were directed by men, except for mine. All those were written by women and had female leads. It is just common knowledge or commonly accepted that men can direct emotional stories about women. They can direct Sex and the City. They can direct any story about a woman, but women cannot direct stories about men. LS: Why do you think there is this bias towards male directors?

Then, of course, as a director you have to find your own style that helps you stay in your creative zone, keeps you focused, but still you have to be a leader, too. It’s a huge crazy skill set to pull off, being a director. LS: How do you stay calm and focused?

CH: There is a very extensive study that was just done by the Sundance Institute in cooperation with Women in Film. They hired a USC professor to try to answer this exact question. They did all these interviews with studio executives, agents, heads of studios, asking them, “Why don’t you hire more women?”

CH: Sometimes you don’t. I’ve been on sets where the director lost his temper and got in a fight with the main actor, or I’ve been on a movie where the director fired 92 people, and on movies where we’ve gone way over budget. We’ve shut down films. There are a thousand things that can happen. But for me, as I do more movies, I feel like, “Okay, somehow I can survive this. Try to stay calm. Breathe through it.” I made a new mantra on my last film, which is “dolphins, dolphins, dolphins.” Whenever something went wrong, I would just try to say that to myself.

Another study that I read…when you see a man in a uniform as a soldier, as a policeman, as a doctor, in any traditional male role, your brain just accepts it. It doesn’t have to work hard. When you see a woman in uniform as a pilot or whatever, your brain actually has to work a little harder to process the image. You actually have to think, “Is that woman really a pilot?” Let’s translate it: “Is she really the director, the boss of 150 guys on set?” So we just have to work harder to overcome that and change that kind of thinking, which is a good challenge.

LS: There’s a video going around from the website Funny or Die called “The Real Reason Women Don’t Direct More Action Movies,” which features three businessmen asking ridiculous questions of talented female directors, including you. Have you been in meetings that were actually like this?

LS: Would you say that things have picked up for you in the last few years?

CH: Usually, the executives aren’t quite that entertaining, but I am usually laughing to myself on the inside in some of these meetings with some of the questions I get asked or some of the little insidious, built-in prejudices. That is, if I can even get into the meeting, because the truth is most women don’t even get called for those stories or for those films. LS: Have you had other experiences in your career that might help explain why women directors are so rare?

CH: I would say that I am working as hard as I can every single day to get projects done, as many directors—male and female— do. We’re writing our own scripts, meeting with financiers, doing everything to try to get something to happen. There are so many prejudices against female directors and so many challenges that I’ve been diversifying. I’ve done two TV episodes, two TV pilots that both went to series. I’ve just written a screenplay. I’ve done this movie [Miss You Already]. I think I—and every other female director—we just have to keep trying. No one’s going to hand you anything easy. If it seems too good to be true, it’s probably not true. LS: This is such a tough business. What keeps you going?

CH: Oh, yeah. Certainly not just the action movies. As we know, [male directors] can make as many female-oriented movies with female leads or based on novels or a screenplay written by a woman. All the Hunger Games were directed by men. Diver-

CH: I’ve grown up as a creative person—I like to be making things all the time. I like to be making my little tiny towns in the dirt piles, or doing drawings, or writing a screenplay, or painting something. I don’t like to sit still. I’m not a leisure-oriented person. I like to create. LS: Thank you so much for everything that you’re creating. CH: Thank you. I appreciate it. Let’s get more female directors out there making interesting movies.

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Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller features interviews with women who are changing the status quo. It is a public radio show produced in partnership with KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco. This is an edited version of her interview with Catherine Hardwicke. The full interview can be found on iTunes and at inflectionpointradio.org.

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SIR IAN MCKELLEN Sir Ian McKellen’s lauded career spans decades and genres, garnering countless awards and honors. A celebrated thespian of stage and screen, he has delivered commanding performances in everything from Shakespeare to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to the popular X-Men series, most recently inhabiting the quintessential role of Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. A passionate advocate for equality, McKellen admirably utilizes his role in the media to champion the rights of all. Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Ian McKellen, clips of his many film roles, and the presentation of the MVFF Award in honor of his lifetime achievements. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Il Fornaio in Corte Madera.

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TRIBUTE SIR IAN MCKELLEN: A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER great performer. He used to point beyond the congregation’s heads and say, “I see the children of Israel.” And he’d point and all the heads in the congregation would turn around to see what he was pointing at, but, of course, there’s nothing there. He was acting. That self-confidence of being able to do what not many people can do, which is talk to a room full of strangers, off the cuff, is a bit reflected in what I do for a living. I’m at home in that situation, as he was at home, so I think I may have in”It’s extraordinary, isn’t herited that. But the side of the preaching that I it? I didn’t do anything, eventually surprised myother than coming out, self in wanting to do was when I came out as a gay and my closest friends man and found myself on said, ‘You’ve become a platforms, making a case, pleading with people to better actor’.” understand—shouting on occasion—about the certainties of my life. And there are also a lot of teachers in my family, and these days I go around schools quite a lot, talking about what it was like to grow up gay when it was illegal. And so I’ve turned into a teacher, as well. And I think it’s on that side of my life, rather than the acting, where I feel myself to be part of a tradition. DD: You recently were the grand marshal in the New York City Gay Pride March, but for a lot of years you were not openly gay. Although I read that you revealed yourself to your acting friends many years before the public knew. Back then, did people in the media know and respect your privacy, or was it something that you feared was going to get out?

Sir Ian McKellan spoke with Dave Davies on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on July 20, 2015. These are excerpts from their interview. DAVE DAVIES: One of the things I noticed in the film [Mr. Holmes] was how convincingly you captured someone who is 93. The breathing, the pitch of the voice. You want to talk about preparing physically to deliver that? IAN MCKELLEN: I’ve been preparing all my life because I’m now 76 years old, so I’m closer to 93 than I’ve ever been before. It’s acting, you know, it’s imagining. It’s exaggerating feelings of mortality that we all have. DD: I read your father was a lay preacher and your grandfathers were preachers, and I wondered if you picked up anything about performance, about commanding attention, from them. IM: Yes. My grandfathers—one was a professional, had his own church, and the other one was a Baptist lay preacher. He was the 74

IM: You know the phrase “to out someone”? It was a phrase invented by William Henry III. He was a critic for Time magazine. He revealed to me just before he died that he was gay himself, although happily married. And he said, of the dilemma when you know someone’s gay, “Can you say that about them? Just as you know they dye their hair, can you say that about them? They’ve got a secret. You know it. They’ve revealed it to you, maybe. Do you have a responsibility to lie on their behalf?” This is the dilemma of outing, and it’s not an easy one to solve. But coming out is a bit of a journey you go on. It can be short, or it can be long, as it was in my case. You come out to yourself first and then reveal it to people close by. And I, frankly, just responded to the situation at the time I was living. Yes, it was perfectly easy in the British theater to be openly gay at work. Nobody gave a damn. Yes, I could live openly with another man and be surrounded by straight and gay friends. No, we could not show any affection in public because we might be accused of causing a breach of the peace if someone took objection to us and threw a stone at us. No, I didn’t tell my parents because we didn’t talk about important matters of the heart. And, no, I didn’t talk to the media about it because if I did, I would be identifying myself as a criminal, because when I started acting


SIR IAN MCKELLEN it was against the law for me to have sex. So I wasn’t very brave. I didn’t make the connections with other people who weren’t as privileged as I was to live fairly openly as a gay man. And all this only became evident to me when I felt the need to come out to the media and therefore had to come out to my close blood family, and then my coming out was complete. And that all happened because there was a very bad anti-gay law going through Parliament that I took exception to. DD: Before you came out, when you were—in public, at least— having to pretend to be something different, did keeping the secret or eventually shedding it change you as an actor? IM: Yes, absolutely. And if I’d known that, maybe I would’ve come out earlier on professional grounds. I think one of the reasons that so many actors—at least in the past—have been gay secretly is that they are robbed of everybody else’s birthright, which is to be themselves and to celebrate their relationships, to send out wedding invitations, to show pictures of children, which confirm heterosexuality. Because as a gay person, you couldn’t get married, and you didn’t have children, and it was against the law, so you kept quiet. But within the confines of a play or a screenplay, or a script, or a piece of fiction, you could indulge your emotions, which you weren’t allowed to do publicly as an ordinary person. Now, once I came out, once there were no restrictions on being myself, once I could hold hands with somebody I loved in public, once I could draw attention to my feelings, acting for me changed from being about disguise and came to be about revelation, about telling the truth. It’s extraordinary, isn’t it? I didn’t do anything, other than coming out, and my closest friends said, “You’ve become a better actor.” Because I’m dealing with the reality of my emotions, not the character’s emotions. So you won’t meet a single gay person who ever regrets coming out, and I’m another one to confirm that. And everything becomes better in your life. Your relationships become better because they’re based on honesty. Your self-confidence grows because you’re your own person.

DD: In those days when you were not yet out, did you have any concerns about being cast in a love scene with a woman? IM: I did. I thought I wouldn’t be very good at it because I hadn’t had any experience of it. I also used to say to myself, “I can’t let people know I’m gay, otherwise they won’t be able to accept me as being straight in the play or the movie.” Well, it’s not true. I don’t care about any actor’s private life. Their sexuality is of interest, but the point is, is the character they’re playing convincing? Do I believe them? So I think it was just an excuse. I didn’t want to cut myself off from the possibility of playing Macbeth or King Lear or many of the Uncle Vanya-type parts that are resolutely straight. And that would be, for me, cutting off my nose to spite my face. However, the first job I took as an actor after having come out was to play as resolute a heterosexual as I could find. And that was a disgraced British politician called John Profumo, in the movie Scandal. My first job was to appear to be having sex with Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. This would’ve been a joyful scene for any straight actor to play. She’s extremely beautiful and a lovely person, and I didn’t know what to do with her. So I went to a friend, Edward Petherbridge, the actor, who knows about these things, and I said, “Edward, I’ve got to do this love scene. Can you explain to me, can you draw me a little diagram?” So he gave me some stick figures, showed me what was possible. So I’m now an expert on the missionary position, and everything went well. DD: You’ve had such a terrific acting career, so much of it in theater, but many people know you best for your role as the wizard Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. You hear that actors, when they are figuring out how to portray a new character, try and find something of that character within themselves. What part of you is Gandalf the wizard? IM: I think, perhaps, the man who, when he knows he’s right, wants everyone else to accept it and get on with doing what’s right themselves. That aspect. But, you know, (whispering) Gandalf was a rather easy part. I listened to Tolkien reading The Hobbit out loud. What a show-off. If anyone thinks that he wouldn’t have enjoyed the movies, I think that recording would prove them wrong because he clearly likes the idea of his story being theatrical-ized. But once I listened to that, and then they put makeup on me—the false nose, the wig, the wrinkles —and twinkling through that mask, there he was. And once I’d see him—poof—that was the end of any problem. DD: Did you and a bunch of the other actors come away with identical shoulder tattoos? IM: Yes, it’s on my upper arm, my tattoo, and it says nine in Elvish—nine members of the Fellowship, of course. But I don’t know what the word is, and I can’t read it because I can only see it upside down when I look down at it. And from my vantage point, it seems to spell Gucci. Anything less appropriate for Gandalf to have on his arm, I can’t imagine. Fresh Air is produced at WHYY in Philadelphia and distributed by NPR. Podcasts are available at www.npr.org/podcasts and at iTunes.

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CAREY MULLIGAN Carey Mulligan exploded onto the independent film scene in 2009 with her unforgettable performance in Lone Sherfig’s An Education, and her career has gathered momentum ever since. A constantly in-demand actress, her work in the films Drive, Shame, The Great Gatsby, and Inside Llewyn Davis has won praise from audiences and critics alike, a trend sure to continue with her latest film, Suffragette. Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Carey Mulligan, a clip reel of her many film roles, clips from Suffragette, and the presentation of the MVFF Award in recognition of exceptional artistry. Join us after the program for a celebratory dinner at Frantoio Ristorante in Mill Valley.

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lowed “herself to feel the pain and use it. What’s so amazing is she can calibrate very quickly in a scene and she just exposes herself. She’s very good. She somehow allows herself to be incredibly transparent. For a writer, that’s what you want. You want somebody who will align the material and to live and be as raw as it can be, and she just does that.”

First impressions of Carey Mulligan’s luminous presence onscreen seem to be indelible, even when she is playing a minor Bennet sister (Kitty) in Pride and Prejudice (MVFF 2005). In separate conversations, I asked Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan, the director and screenwriter of Suffragette, Mulligan’s newest film, about their first mem”She doesn’t just play ory of seeing her onscreen. Both recall her performance in Pride and Prejudice as strikthe line, she plays the ing—as well as other British television work whole world.” like Bleak House. And then, of course, for Gavron, “as with the rest of the world, the time she made a real impact was playing her role in An Education. That was astonishing.” That marker in Mulligan’s career brings up another memory: “I remember I was developing already Suffragette—terrifyingly, because it took six years for us to get the script to a point where we went out to finance. I remember someone mentioning her to me, very early on, even before An Education came out, that she is extraordinary—and then I saw the film.” Adding Never Let Me Go to the list of Mulligan’s notable early work, screenwriter Abi Morgan describes her as “compelling and heartbreaking”—qualities that perhaps led to her being cast in Shame (which Morgan co-wrote with director Steve McQueen). The performances of the leads in this brilliant, compelling film are committed, almost painfully raw. About Sissy, Mulligan’s character, Morgan says, ”We knew it had to be somebody who could be quite mercurial and in many ways quite flaky on the surface that actually would have sort of a center and a heart and would be able to peel herself in layers, as any great actress can.” Morgan describes one scene where Mulligan hurt her elbow as she jumped out of the bath. Although she was in pain, she al80

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Of Mulligan’s performance in Shame, Gavron notes: “Just seeing the range of her performance...I remember thinking, watching her vulnerability in that, the boldness of that performance. We had her in mind [for Suffragette] for those six years. We didn’t approach her. I didn’t dare to!”

Initially, the script of Suffragette was about another character, as Morgan explains: “In truth, when we first wrote the script, we were focused on the character of Alice, played by Romola Garai. The more research we did, it just became apparent that this was a movement that was driven by the working women. I felt I’d seen the aristocratic take: For example, Mrs. Pankhurst alone, her life is extraordinary, but I just felt I wanted to cast the light into the shadows and draw out those women who really were the foot soldiers of the movement.” One such is Maud, a young laundry worker who becomes one of the unsung heroes of the movement to gain votes for women. Once Maud was established as the central character, Morgan says, “we knew that we would need a really authentic, really raw actress, and so Carey came on board pretty quickly after that.” Gavron continues: “She was the first cast member that we went to. And I remember we sent [the script] to her on a Thursday or Friday. And on Sunday I got a call saying she’s up for meeting. And I went to meet her, and within 15 minutes of the conversation, she said, ‘I want to do this.’ [I was] delighted and ex-


CAREY MULLIGAN hausted…I had nothing else to say for the rest of the meeting! Thank goodness she wanted to do it. And then we built the cast around her.”

little circle of trust between the two of them. That’s what Carey brings. She doesn’t just play the line, she plays the whole world.”

She plays the whole world. In this notion, there is also, perhaps, The cast they built is an extraordinary ensemble: Helena Bonham the exploration of getting to the truth, a theme that Gavron Carter (MVFF Tributee, 1998), Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, notes in her experience directing Mulligan: “But there is someBrendon Gleeson, Meryl Streep. Gavron describes Mulligan as a thing extraordinary about her, I think. There are a number of real team player, with both crew and cast. things to say about her. One is that she’s She and Bonham Carter “couldn’t be this incredibly intelligent actress and also more different in terms of their personalthat she gets to the truth of the perfor”I hope and imagine and beities. But they really clicked and they got mance...She kept doing take after take lieve that she will go on to be on to be friends. Helena’s a real hoot… until she felt that she’d reached someIt’s impossible not to have giggles when thing that’s absolutely truthful.” Of their one of our great actors...” you’re around her because she’s very, work on set, Gavron says it was “almost — Sarah Gavron very funny. [She and Carey] really, really like stripping away acting, which seems set each other off. But in a great way.” like a bizarre thing to say.” But in this film, She bonded with Anne-Marie Duff, who the intention was to create something plays another foot soldier of the movement. And she confessed very real, that would lead audiences “through what life was like to a “talent crush” on Ben Whishaw, who plays her husband. for this working woman on the streets of London and didn’t disInterestingly, it was Mulligan who proposed Meryl Streep to play tance you, and there was no veneer or any barrier to watching the small but important role of Emmeline Pankhurst, the iconic it. We wanted the audience to be emotionally connected with leader of the Suffragettes—“an icon to play an icon,” as Gavron every beat of her journey.” observes. She continues that Streep “…is really, really, a very, very lovely generous woman…She really wants to help Carey in Maud’s character emerges bit by bit, in subtle shifts. Gavron her career, really believes in her.” continues: “She often doesn’t have much to say, particularly in the early scenes. What I realized in watching the rushes, when That belief is perhaps something shared by actors, directors, I was in the edit suite, is that there was more going on than I’d and writers alike. Securing Mulligan also helped inform the writrealized even standing on the set, that she’s doing these tiny ing process for Morgan: “Having written for her before, it relittle nuanced expressions, shifts and such, that are conveying minded me that less is more with her. You don’t need to give her emotion, and that you’d see in close-up on the screen, which I the big monologue. You don’t need to give her the tricksy line. think make her a very wonderful cinema actor, because she can There’s a purity to her. She’s so good at playing under the line. convey so much. Just by her presence, she’s so watchable.” She’s got brilliant timing; her timing’s exquisite. I could really trust a scene that might look like two or three lines on the page, Morgan, too, speaks to the subtlety of Mulligan’s work: “I’ve she would do a lot with.” watched her again and again and I don’t see her tricks. An actress may have tricks. That’s no disrespect for them, it’s just they Morgan’s observations give a rare insight into the way both the become very known and so you start to recognize mannerisms. writing and acting process can work: “If you look at the way she For me, Carey sort of reinvents for every role. I think she’s a very interacts with George, her little boy, you know, I wrote that so unique talent, really. I love actors who really own a character lightly. I would write, “She looks at him as if forever” or “This because they’re the keepers of that character. She plays true to woman shines in his presence.” Or it would be just a line, and the character, but she allows idiosyncrasy to come through. She she just inhabits that. I loved watching her on set with George finds idiosyncrasy of the character. Again, it helps authenticate because when the camera wasn’t rolling, she stayed in character it for me.” with him and she was just playful with him, and there was a real Getting the insider’s eye on Carey Mulligan’s work confirms much of the experience of her onscreen: that she has a wisdom beyond her years, that she is fearless and insightful, intelligent and intuitive, playful and delightful. She embraces characters like Maud and Sissy, whose lives are full of undercurrents that are tricky to navigate emotionally as well as to personify. As Gavron notes: “I think that’s a real testament to her, that she’s not just taking the easy route. Those are her choices. I hope and imagine and believe that she will go on to be one of our great actors, that she’ll have a long, long career, because she makes interesting choices and she’s so committed to doing good work. I can see it lasting with her.” Morgan corroborates: “I think Carey really is proving herself to be one of the greats and will go on. I’m really excited about [Maud]. I hope I can continue to write for Carey, but I think there is just an amazing career ahead of her still.” PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Zoë Elton is a writer, curator, and MVFF’s Director of Programming.

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CENTENARY THE SAGA OF INGRID BERGMAN Friday, Oct 9 — Thursday, Oct 22 1020 B Street, San Rafael This exclusive exhibition from Sweden celebrates the magnificent, three-time Oscar ®-winning actor Ingrid Bergman (1915– 1982) on the centennial of her birth. Consisting of 30 photographic prints and a multimedia installation, the exhibition chronicles the path of Bergman’s remarkable life and career, from her early work in Sweden through Hollywood stardom, followed by a period of controversy and her ultimate renaissance. The photographic prints include work by Hollywood’s most prominent studio photographers as well as such world-renowned artists as Robert Capa, Gordon Parks, and Lennart Nilsson, among others. The multimedia installation includes film clips and interviews. The Saga of Ingrid Bergman was commissioned by Strandverket Art Museum, Marstrand, Sweden. Our presentation is made possible with support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation; the Consulate General of Sweden, San Francisco; the Embassy of Sweden; and the Swedish Institute, Stockholm. We thank Monahan Parker, Inc. for contributing the exhibition space, with special gratitude to Jonathan Parker and Cathy Ferrari.

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INGRID BERGMAN I Am Ingrid by Richard Peterson

I’m going to keep this diary and hide it away forever. I’m 14 years, two months and three days old. I was born on the twenty-ninth of August 1915. My parents were Friedel Adler and Justus Bergman. I was baptized Ingrid. I was spirited, irritating, stubborn, and wild. In 1929, when she wrote these lines, Ingrid Bergman had already lost both parents—her father in recent memory, and her mother when she was still a toddler. Surely her father, who owned a photographic studio, helped spark her passion for acting, having made numerous portraits and home movies of the little girl who loved to pose and play before the camera. If she enjoyed a rapid rise as an actor in her native Sweden, her transition to Hollywood stardom was instantaneous by comparison. In 1939, producer David O. Selznick (at the time working on Gone with the Wind) saw Bergman in the Swedish romance Intermezzo and imported her to California for what would be a nearly identical remake. Selznick initially experienced buyer’s remorse when he saw how tall she was and encountered her absolute rejection of heavy makeup, plucked eyebrows, and several Hollywood conventions of glamour. When Selznick changed gears and decided instead to promote her as a natural beauty, it was apparent that Ingrid’s self-styled “stubbornness” had served her well. Selznick called her “the most conscientious actress with whom I have ever worked.”

and shortly before their union dissolved, Bergman accepted the lead in Anastasia, a Hollywood production filmed in Europe. Cast against the studio’s wishes, she won a second Best Actress Oscar at the 1957 Academy Awards®. Ingrid was back. Later, she would win a third Oscar, for Murder on the Orient Express. She would remark, “I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime.” Ingrid Bergman—In Her Own Words (see page 132) is Stig Björkman’s extraordinary new documentary timed to observe the centenary of her birth. The film’s original Swedish title is Jag är Ingrid, which translates as “I Am Ingrid.” It follows her public life, but focuses on the private person through her words, her extensive home movies, and the testimony of the children who wished they had had more of her. While she forged a brilliant career, the “spirited, stubborn” little girl inside her always grappled with the anxiety of separation. One of her final projects brought her together in 1977 with Sweden’s other world-famous Bergman. In Autumn Sonata she played a celebrated pianist who hadn’t seen her daughter (Liv Ullmann) in seven years. As Ullmann recalls, Ingrid and Ingmar butted heads throughout rehearsals. Often irritable and already struggling with the cancer that would claim her on her birthday in 1982, she railed against his script: “What mother would go so long without seeing her daughter?” In the end, Autumn Sonata was a beautiful film, a homecoming for Ingrid that earned Academy Award nominations for both her performance and Ingmar’s screenplay. The Saga of Ingrid Bergman, a centennial exhibition from Sweden on display during the Mill Valley Film Festival, portrays multiple facets of this proud, passionate woman who was an exceptional artist. Thanks to the movies, we can rewrite a signature line from Casablanca: We’ll always have Ingrid.

Despite the growing difficulties of wartime travel, Bergman eventually reunited in America with her husband, Petter Lindström, and their baby daughter, Pia. Her career quickly became the stuff of legend: Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight (her first Oscar ®), The Bells of St. Mary’s, Spellbound, Notorious, Joan of Arc, and many more. Loved by American audiences, she was Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite leading lady of the 1940s and was pursued by other top directors. She took her work seriously and tried to be as selective as Hollywood would allow.

Bergman and Rossellini married and produced twin daughters, Isabella and Isotta Ingrid, as well as five more films that had scant exposure in the United States. They divorced in 1957,

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In 1949, overwhelmed by the intensity and honesty of the neorealist masterpiece Rome, Open City, Bergman wrote to director Roberto Rossellini and offered to travel to Italy to work with him. Their first film, Stromboli, was far removed from Hollywood glamour. In addition to a movie, they produced a son—Roberto—resulting in a divorce from Petter and a painful separation from her daughter Pia. The public scandal even echoed in the halls of Congress, where Colorado Senator Edwin C. Johnson called her “a horrible example of womanhood and a powerful influence for evil.”

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Taking its longstanding commitment to female filmmakers one step further, MVFF38 is launching a festival-wide focus on inspiring women in film. When USC’s Stacy Smith revealed her research results on women working in Hollywood at MVFF36, we realized things hadn’t changed in decades: 7% women directors is not enough! Hence, Mind the Gap—both a celebration and a call to action, the initiative aims to elevate the conversation on women at work in film by raising awareness about those who make films and those whose stories are being told.

the Gap programs will be presented across the festival: in screenings and onstage conversations; in our big nights and festival honors; in panels and master classes; and in our educational screenings. And, why “Mind the Gap”? Referencing those famed London Tube signs that warn passengers there’s a hazardous gap between the edge of the subway platform and the train door, MVFF’s Mind the Gap similarly calls our attention to the persistent gender gap between those who get to ‘ride that train’ and those whose talents are left behind on the platform. It’s time to close the gender gap—because we do mind it!

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Drawing from her extensive collection of archival film posters and memorabilia, MVFF Director of Programming Zoë Elton explores the importance of role models and the ways that female characters are portrayed in cinema. Whether iconic (think the sword-wielding Uma Thurman in Kill Bill) or laconic (Barbie…as a film director?), a single image can speak volumes: What is sparked in our imagination can last a lifetime. Who was your onscreen role model when you were growing up? Visit this fun installation at the Seager Gray gallery, and let us know!

OCTOBER 6–18 Tues-Sat 11:00am–5:30pm | Sun 12:00–5:00pm Also on exhibit in the main gallery: INEZ STORER: STORIES FROM THE BACK LOT Seager Gray Gallery 108 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray.

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MVFF Director of Programming, Zoë Elton, sat down in August with Lauren Schiller, host of the radio program Inflection Point, to discuss the issue of women in film and MVFF’s new Mind the Gap women’s initiative. This is an edited version of that interview.

have to ratchet up the conversation about film. We have to raise people’s awareness about the way they approach filmmaking and storytelling, and raise awareness about who’s making them and whose stories are being told.

LAUREN SCHILLER: Even though at least LS: I’m wondering about the number of half of moviegoers are women, the multiwomen in film, how that’s changing, and billion-dollar business is still a bit of a boys’ whether the industry is starting to see a ”Because we kind of do club, and it’s not because women aren’t inbit of a business case for it. I read a study mind that there’s a gap.” terested in the business. About half of film that shows that when films pass the Beschool graduates are women, yet only 7 chdel test—the test designed by cartoonpercent of directors, 13 percent of writers, ist Alison Bechdel that asks whether the and 20 percent of producers are female. That’s according to a film has at least two named women in it who talk to each other 2013 study by Stacy Smith at the Annenberg School for Commuabout something besides a man—that these films actually have nication and Journalism at USC. an equal return on investment than those that don’t. What do you think? When it comes to acting, women only get 28.4 percent of speaking roles, and of those who do speak, their roles are highly steZE: I think generally it’s true. As you said, women make up 50 reotyped and not reflective of the progress women have actualpercent of the population. They’re a significant part of our audily made in the real world. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender ence, and the Bechdel test, although it came out of a cartoon in Media claims that for nearly 60 years, gender inequality on from the ‘80s, more and more people know what it is now, and screen has remained largely unchanged and unchecked. it’s a great way of elevating the conversation about film. To make a dent in the problem this year, the Mill Valley Film Festival will focus a significant portion of their content on inspiring women in film. Why did you decide to focus on women in film for this year’s film festival? ZOË ELTON: I think you just nailed it. I think that Stacy’s study lit some light bulbs in my brain. Even though we’ve been doing programming by and about women for many years, the numbers haven’t changed. I remember doing a panel 20 years ago and doing a little research on what the percentages were, and they were very similar. It made me do some soul-searching and say, “If it hasn’t changed in 20 years, why is that, and what are the action points?” What can we do to change it? As a film festival curator, I’m looking at what we can actually do. Part of that is obviously to show women’s films, but I think we 92

It’s one of the things that we’ve been using as we’ve been choosing films for the Festival this year. We’ve been looking at whether films are directed by women, written by women, women are the primary creatives involved in the creation of the story. We’ve also been going through what the stories are about. We’ve been applying the Bechdel test, and then we’ve been seeing if films are passing what we’ve been calling the “agency test.” Do the female characters have agency? Are they driving the story? Are they active rather than reactive? LS: Have you a name for this package of programming? ZE: “Mind the Gap.” As somebody who grew up in Britain, the tube stations are redolent with the phrase “Mind the Gap,” so, pun intended, mind the gender gap. Because we kind of do mind that there’s a gap. It was a whimsical way of looking at women working in film this year.


MIND THE GAP LS: Is there any correlation between films that do well at festivals and their success in the mainstream, particularly when you’re looking at male-directed films versus female-directed films? How do they fare after a festival like yours or Sundance? ZE: The films themselves will often get a stamp of approval by being at a significant film festival. One of the things that I think has been noted with films that go to Sundance, is that, of the people who win the dramatic competitions, it’s more likely, if you’re a man, that you’ll be offered a high-budget Hollywood film to direct than if you’re a woman. The old boys’ club holds still. There are a lot of organizations that have been coming up, like Film Fatales, that are really trying to have women work together. Networking is obviously a key thing, and really being a support to each other is a key thing.

still has to be good, so it’s not just about filling a quota, it’s not just about, “I got the film made because I’m a woman”? What comes into play if you just set that hard line of 50 percent? ZE: I don’t feel that, in looking to raise awareness about women filmmakers, we’ve diminished the quality of the work we’re showing at all. From the programmatic point of view, a part of it is how we look at films. You have to come back to yourself. You have to say, “What are my biases? What are the things that stop me from seeing that as a compelling story? Do I need to educate myself?” Especially when you’re programming an international film festival. I don’t live in Iran; who am I to judge an Iranian film? You have to try and figure out ways that you can look at work, be open to it, and bottom line, if a film is compelling, it’s compelling. I would say from my experience that the stories are out there, and women are making them. Are they making them in as great numbers as men? They’re not. So how do you make that happen? That’s the conundrum.

LS: I’ve read a couple of examples of that. Meryl Streep recently announced her writers’ lab for women over 40, with the idea that if you have more women in the position of writing, maybe you see more of them in the film, represented with agency, if you will. Then Rose Byrne started ”We tell stories so we can rememan all-women Australian production company called The Dollhouse Colber the truth about ourselves. We lective. It seems like if you’ve got want to be able to see ourselves. more women taking control of their own destiny, that that might be one If there are no women that you’re way that more women are elevated seeing, then you’ve lost 50 percent who might not already hold that power. of the stories right there.” ZE: It is about holding the power. As we’ve been going through the selection process at Mill Valley, we’ve been tracking how many of the documentaries, how many of the American narrative features, how many of the international features, how many of our shorts, are directed, written or produced by women, and it was intriguing to see that the U.S. was lagging behind in the narrative section, both from the number of films we had submitted and the number of films we’ve been researching. LS: What do you think is happening? What do you think is creating that gap? ZE: Making a film is a phenomenal thing to do, for anybody. One of the things in the U.S. is that there’s no support governmentally. There’s very little support for narrative filmmakers who are coming up. I was at a panel at the Berlin Film Festival this year, and the woman who’s the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute completely upped the ante. The majority of feature filmmaking in Sweden is funded by government funds, so she took... I was going to say the bull by the horns, and I should probably say the cow by the tail... and said, “We are going to give 50 percent of our funding to women.” LS: What about the argument that they still need to be qualified, and they still need to have the talent and the idea, and the story

LS: You just have to work a little harder to find them. ZE: Definitely. In approaching this with a notion of raising people’s awareness about films, going back to story, it’s so important for any human being to see something of themselves on screen. We tell stories so we can remember the truth about ourselves. We want to be able to see ourselves. If there are no women that you’re seeing, then you’ve lost 50 percent of the stories right there.

LS: What has it been like for you to be a woman who has the opportunity to influence what gets featured? ZE: It was interesting to embark on the “Mind the Gap“ program, because initially we said it was going to be like a women’s focus, but typically if you do a focus in a festival, it’s half a dozen films at the most—geographically defined or thematically defined—and we realized that what we were doing was something that was quite radical, because it actually crosses the whole festival. Where I would like to get to is 50 percent. I see so many other festivals saying, “We have 30 percent women directors,” and I feel like we’re just playing with numbers. I don’t want to just play with numbers. I really want to elevate the conversation, and I would like us to get to the point where we see 50 percent women directors. We’re not there yet, but we can, right? LS: We can. We definitely can. Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller features interviews with women who are changing the status quo. It is a public radio show produced in partnership with KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco. More info at inflectionpointradio.org.

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Bobby Roth has directed more than 80 episodes of television (Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge), 25 television movies and 13 feature films, and he has been teaching film seminars around the world for the last ten years. His master class demystifies the craft of directing, handing over all the tools aspiring filmmakers need to feel comfortable walking onto a set and calling “Action!”

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Saturday, October 10, 11:00am–12:30pm Throckmorton Theatre How do you find opportunity in the film industry? Is there such a thing as a “lucky break”? These accomplished panelists will share their experiences and discuss the perennial question: How do we make and sustain viable careers in film? Reception to follow | Tamalpie, 475 Miller Ave, Mill Valley Invited Guests: JUDY BECKER, production designer (Carol, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) JENA MALONE, actor (Angelica, The Hunger Games) STACY L. SMITH, PhD, associate professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, director of a research-driven initiative on Media, Diversity, and Social Change VALERIE WEISS, director (A Light Beneath Their Feet, Losing Control, Dance by Design) Moderator: MELISSA SILVERSTEIN, writer; speaker; founder, Women and Hollywood IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPEAK TO ME and FILM FATALES and MARIN WOMEN’S COMMISSION

MASTER CLASS

A CONVERSATION WITH CATHERINE HARDWICKE Sunday, October 11, 12:30–2:00pm Rafael Film Center What do Twilight, Thirteen, and Tank Girl have in common? MVFF38 Tributee Catherine Hardwicke. The director with production designer roots has proven over and over that it is possible to sustain a viable creative life in the film industry: inspiring! More than that, her work spans from insightful, independent, original works like Thirteen to the blockbuster adaptation Twilight—the latter making her the most commercially successful woman director. Hear more about her remarkable career in what promises to be a highlight of MVFF38’s Mind the Gap program. CATHERINE HARDWICKE, director (Miss You Already, Twilight, Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen), screenwriter (Thirteen), production designer (Laurel Canyon, Three Kings, Vanilla Sky) Interviewer: MELISSA SILVERSTEIN, writer; speaker; founder, Women and Hollywood IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WOMEN’S FILM INSTITUTE

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THE HEROINE’S JOURNEY: WRITING AND SELLING THE FEMALEDRIVEN SCREENPLAY Saturday, October 17, 11:00am–12:30pm Rafael Film Center How do you write authentic female characters? What is the difference between the character arcs of female and male protagonists? Through discussion and film clips, screenwriter PAMELA GRAY (A Walk on the Moon, Music of the Heart, Conviction) and story consultant TOM SCHLESINGER (Prom Night in Mississippi, Nowhere in Africa, A Small Act) will guide you through the stages of the Heroine’s Journey as a template for writing screenplays that will attract top actresses. You will also see how your inner journey when writing helps you connect with your audience on a deep, universal level.

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What do today’s new technologies and DIY distribution models mean for the independent filmmaker? How can you connect with your audience in an increasingly crowded entertainment landscape? The rules are currently being rewritten, and there’s never been a better time to explore new sustainable business models that enable filmmakers to thrive. Reception to follow | Vin Antico, 881 Fourth St, San Rafael Invited Guests: ED ARENTZ, co-founder/managing director, Music Box Films RUSS COLLINS, director, State & Michigan Theaters, Ann Arbor, MI;  founder/director, Art House Convergence IRA DEUTCHMAN, president, Deutchman Company Inc.; marketing and distribution consultant; producer (Kiss Me, Guido; 54)  BOUS DE JONG, producer, Daniel Film (How to Change the World, BBC’s Classic Albums Series) KOMAL MINHAS, producer, writer, investor (Dream, Girl; Without Love It Ain’t Much) 

Saturday, October 17, 2:00–4:00pm Throckmorton Theatre (film ticket required) Debugging the gender and diversity gaps in the tech industry is upfront and center in what promises to be a dynamic panel aimed towards an intergenerational audience, following the October 17 screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (See page 124. Note: all other screenings will include director Q&A only). Teens and their friends and families are encouraged to come and join in the discussion! Invited Guests: CEDRIC BROWN, chief of community engagement, The Kapor Center TRACY CHOU, software engineer, Pinterest DANIELLE FEINBERG, director of photography for lighting, Pixar MARC HEDLUND, advisor and former VP of Engineering, Stripe; director, Code: 2040 JULIE ANN HORVATH, founder, Passion Projects

Moderator: MARK FISHKIN, founder/director, MVFF

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Moderator: MARCO R. DELLA CAVA, technology and culture writer, USA Today

THE MAKERS OF SUFFRAGETTE Saturday, October 17, 2:00–3:30pm Rafael Film Center The powerhouse trio behind our Closing Night film, Suffragette, discusses its genesis, creation, and journey to the screen. One of the fall season’s most anticipated films, Suffragette is notable as that rare production that is driven by women in key positions, as well as a story driven by female characters. This Variety Contenders’ Conversation is a case study where the director, screenwriter, and producer will offer insights into the collaboration and creative process behind their production. Invited Guests: SARAH GAVRON, director (Suffragette, Brick Lane, Village at the End of the World) ABI MORGAN, screenwriter (Suffragette, The Hour, The Iron Lady, Shame (with Steve McQueen), Brick Lane) FAYE WARD, producer (Suffragette, Jane Eyre, Toast, The Other Boleyn Girl) Moderator: Steve Chagollan, senior features editor, Variety The celebration of Suffragette continues with a Spotlight on Carey Mulligan (see page 79) and our Closing Night screenings (see page 37). IN ASSOCIATION WITH BAY AREA WOMEN IN FILM & MEDIA

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Sunday, October 18, 2:00–3:30pm Rafael Film Center Join us for a lively discussion using history, film, and technology to address questions such as: What have we lost in the transition from celluloid film to digital? If this transition is inevitable, where do we go from here?  Panelists will discuss how innovations in technology are opening up new paths for the art of film. Invited Guests: CHRISTOPHER COPPOLA, director (Sacred Blood, Creature of the Sunnyside Up Trailer Park); founder/chairman, Project Accessible Hollywood (PAH), director, San Francisco Art Insititute Film Program JESS LEE, president/CEO, InVisage Technologies EMMANUEL LUBEZKI, cinematographer (Birdman, Gravity) TIFFANY SHLAIN, founder, Webby Awards; co-founder, International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, filmmaker (Connected: An Autobiography About Love, Death & Technology) Moderator: ANGELA WATERCUTTER, senior associate editor/ writer, WIRED

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Master guitarist Dean Ween’s (Voodoo Lady, Bananas and Blow, Piss Up a Rope) real name is Captain Michael “Mickey” Melchionado, Jr., and whenever he’s not leading deep-ocean fishing tours (he really is a captain), he joins up with his daring crew of music-making band-mates (4/5 of the original band will be performing), captivating audiences with harmonic theatrics, off-thewall lyrics, and an outrageous stage presence.

Featuring Shawn Sahm of the Texas Tornados Following the first screening of Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove (see page 145), Shawn Sahm, the son of the late Doug Sahm (the subject of the film) will join The Mother Truckers to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary musical madman and founder of the psychedelic Sir Douglas Quintet.

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Friday, October 9 Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm | $40

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SING OUT FOR SIGHT A Benefit for Seva Foundation and Mill Valley Film Festival This spectacular musical event celebrates World Sight Day, the premiere of the documentary Open Your Eyes (see page 139), and Seva’s four-millionth sight-saving surgery. To raise funds for this valuable work, a star-studded ensemble of musicians will team up for a night of great tunes. Visit mvff.com/music or seva. org for more information and artist updates.

Having built a tremendously loyal (and large) following with their lively concerts and upbeat folky-bluesy string band tunes, the locally bred Brothers Comatose have returned from inaugurating their self-named Sierra mountain music festival, Comatopia. They bring their hot licks and hootenanny magic to Mill Valley, where there is guaranteed to be at least one enormous singalong before the party ends.

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MVFF MUSIC OLIVE AND THE DIRTY MARTINIS

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These ’60s-and-’70s cover-song specialists are an outrageous crew, including one educator/theater company founder (Steve Riffkin) one brain surgeon/rocket scientist (Eric Lyons), one writer/director/filmmaker (James Redford), and two actual musicians, Justin Ganz and “Olive” herself, Stefanie Coyote. Celebrating the MVFF screening of Redford’s documentary Paper Tigers (see page 45), this fun-loving ensemble slinks into the Sweetwater with an irresistibly danceable show that is a lot like its name—cool, dry, and a little dirty.

Hard rocking and high-spirited, the Bay Area alternative band Stroke 9 formed as a high school “senior project” at Marin Academy, with a number of hit records, including the catchy youth anthem Little Black Backpack and the hard-driving Kick Some Ass, prominently employed in Kevin Smith’s film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Still rocking, Stroke 9 brings its guitar-driven act to the Sweetwater for much more than a high school reunion.

Thursday, October 15 Doors 9:30pm | Show 10:00pm | $20

Tuesday, October 13 Doors 7:30PM | Show 8:30pm | $14

THE GREAT MILL VALLEY GOSPEL SHOW

TOMMY IGOE He’s a global drumming icon, known locally for the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy but best known as the founder of the Birdland Big Band, of New York City’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club. Igoe brings an all-star sextet, specially “curated” for this show, featuring sax sensations Marc Russo (Doobie Brothers) and Tom Politzer (Tower of Power), with Dan Parenti (Michael Brecker) on bass, Colin Hogan (Larry Graham) on keyboards, and Karl Perzazzo (Santana) on percussion.

A Benefit for CFI Education Featuring Narada Michael Walden, Jeanie Tracy, Emma Jean Foster, members of The Love Center Choir, and special guests In celebration of the documentary Mavis!—about the acclaimed gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples (see page 135)—multiple Grammy-winning musician, producer, and musical director Narada Michael Walden brings together some of the top gospel musicians in the Bay Area for a night of spirit-moving, hand-clapping musical power covering songs by Mavis, Aretha, and more. Hallelujah!  

Wednesday, October 14 Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm | $50

Saturday, October 17 Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:30pm | $75

SHOW TO BE ADDED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 | CHECK MVFF.COM/MUSIC FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS Tickets for all MVFF Music shows are available online at mvff.com/music or in person at the Sweetwater box office. MVFF Music tickets are not available at the MVFF Box Office. No Festival badges, except the MVFF Music Pass, will grant admission to MVFF Music shows.

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Saturday, October 10 | 10:00am–12:00pm Free Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot

Look for this icon to identify Active Cinema programs throughout the Festival.

Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this hour-long hike to the ocean through beautiful terrain. Join Festival staff and guests and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, activism, and strategies for action. Bring water and sunblock, and wear good hiking shoes. All are welcome!

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THE PAWN (LA PRENDA) In association with KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and Legal Aid of Marin See film descriptions starting on page 113.

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“See the same old faces, look at the same old skies. See them all with brand new eyes.” A treasure trove of shorts from around the world, all about women and directed by women. A woman has an unexpected encounter when camping in Clara Aranovich’s Primrose (US 2015, 5 min). In Charlotte Schiøler’s By Any Means Aveilable (France/Denmark 2014, 17 min), an apartment hunter goes to unusual lengths to find the perfect flat. A high school girl faces her classmates the day after a graphic picture of her goes viral in Pippa Bianco’s Share (US 2015, 11 min). First dates can be minefields of decorum and double standards in Rory Uphold’s Traction (US 2015, 5 min). In Parisa Barani’s powerful Ablution (Iran/Canada/US 2015, 16 min), a religious fundamentalist finds her beliefs at odds with her family and environment. And Emily Towers has a few surprises in store when she depicts an awkward reunion as a daughter and dad celebrate Father’s Day (US 2015, 16 min). —Sterling Hedgpeth

“Don’t be shy, you’ve been here before. Pull your shoes off, lie down, and I will lock the door.” Love, desire, and impulse are indulged and denied in this playful set of international shorts. A hermetic loner sparks an unlikely connection with a free-spirited neighbor in Deborah Attoinese’s Snail (US 2014, 13 min). A simple late-night hookup in a car turns into an adventure in voyeurism for a young couple in Tian Guan’s unpredictable Drama (China/US 2014, 11 min). Cultural differences threaten to undermine a marriage proposal in Marcelo Mitnik’s charming In the Clouds (Argentina 2014, 20 min). One mishap after another follows a waitress on an unforgettable work night in Joey Ally’s acerbic Minimum Wage (US 2015, 15 min). And when disaster strikes, a fantasy-prone woman reevaluates her relationship with her psychoanalyst in Heather Jack’s humorously apocalyptic Let’s Not Panic (US 2015, 11 min). This is an ideal date night collection for the romantic in all of us. —Sterling Hedgpeth

“I enjoy procrastinating ‘cause I’m busy while I’m waitin’, doodlin’ away.” An international reel of 15 shorts designed for a child’s delight, but guaranteed to entertain adults too. In fact, a meeting of the generations takes place in Bunny New Girl (Australia 2015, 6 min), The Broken Wand (US 2015, 3 min), In the Forest (US 2015, 4 min), Niéta (Argentina 2015, 5 min), and Papa (US 2015, 6 min). Artists figure dominantly in many of the films: cartoonists in Cartoon Away (Brazil 2013, 4 min) and The Fly (Italy 2015, 7 min); pastry makers in Decorations (Japan 2014, 7 min). The program is alive with animals doing crazy things: penguins in Can’t Fight This Feeling (Zimbabwe 2015, 5 min), a dolphin in The Winner Takes It All (Zimbabwe 2015, 5 min), and a herd of giraffes in the amazing 5m80 (France 2014, 5 min). Star Wars invades the program, too, with local short Artoo in Love (US 2015, 4 min). Finally, MVFF’s long-term connection to Croatia’s children’s animation workshop is represented with the films The Leaf (Croatia 2015, 1 min) and The Tree (Croatia 2015, 2 min), along with another Croatian child-produced film, Durica (Croatia 2015, 4 min)—a title that means “pouty.” All films are nonverbal or in English, with the exception of Durica. Ages 5+ —John Morrison

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“I don’t know where to turn, don’t know what to do. I’m walking on thin ice.” Kids— some criminal, others merely resourceful—face a variety of hurdles in these captivating shorts. A high school underground cheating network risks exposure by its own school paper in Nick Weiss-Richmond and Rachel Cole’s Big Cheat (US 2014, 16 min). A young African boy has his hands full trying to make ends meet for his family in Richard Card’s vibrant Zawadi (Kenya/US 2014, 13 min). A children’s birthday party is the source of sinister doings in David A. Bornstein’s tragicomic A King’s Betrayal (US 2014, 9 min). The apprentice to a desperate door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman decides to call on an unusual customer far off their normal route in Kate Marks’s mystical Miracle Maker (US 2014, 13 min). And a preteen Bonnie and Clyde go on a very stylish crime spree in Fidel Ruiz-Healy’s love letter to ‘60s cinema, A Band of Thieves (US 2015, 14 min). —Sterling Hedgpeth

“A most unusual colouring book. The kind you’ll never see. Crayons ready?” This year’s animated shorts program encompasses stop-motion, hand-drawn, and CG techniques with a rambunctious cast of wickedly macabre and sardonic characters. Kicking off the titillating ride, Mirror in Mind (Seung Hee Kim, South Korea 2014, 2 min) explores the inner mind with unique experimentation, followed by the vengeful Edgar Allan Poe tale, The Cask of Amontillado (William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, US 2014, 10 min). Submarine Sandwich (PES, US 2014, 2 min) yarns a tasty hero, while Eggplant (Yangzi She, US 2015, 8 min) masters his mixed-bag emotional face. In Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis, US 2015, 8 min), a mysterious crate ruins an old crop duster’s day, followed by rusty machinery yearning for the sun in Golden Shot (Gökalp Gönen, Turkey 2015, 9 min). Unholy light is shed in Day 40 (Sol Friedman, Canada 2014, 6 min), a satirical take on Noah’s Ark. Finishing the program is the Bay Area premiere of legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett’s next darkly creepy and creative installment of his mad scientists and monsters series, Mad God Part 2 (US 2015, 18 min). —Amanda Todd

“So as you go to find yourself, don’t look too hard, you may pass yourself by.” These true-life tales begin with A Passion of Gold and Fire (Belgium 2014, 6 min), Sébastien Pins’ touching profile of a beekeeper who worries about the future of his hive. In Nicholas Cole’s The House Is Innocent (US 2015, 12 min), Tom and Barbara discover their new home has a notorious past. Marathon (US 2015, 9 min), by Theo Rigby and Kate McLean, introduces us to an Ecuadorean immigrant whose dream is to run in the New York City Marathon. Chris Siracuse’s delightful Found (US 2015, 9 min) profiles an Oakland-based artist who finds purpose by turning junk into imaginative kinetic sculptures. With Meg Smaker’s Boxeadora (US 2014, 16 min), we follow one woman’s quest to become Cuba’s first female boxer and achieve Olympic glory. In Jim Bird: Portrait of an American (US 2015, 4 min), Nik Kleverov takes us on a trip to Alabama to meet a man who makes sculptures out of large hay bales. Douglas Gautraud’s My Mom’s Motorcycle (US 2014, 6 min) provides us with an inside look at how objects can connect us to people, places, and ideas. —Kelly Clement

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“Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning reel.” Time and reality are fractured with lives changed and perceptions altered in these memorable shorts. A mother in a housing project has a date with destiny when two soldiers come to call on her in Moon Molson’s powerful The Bravest, the Boldest (US 2014, 16 min). Ollie Verschoyle’s examination of interconnectedness takes a riff on Proust in his sweetly mysterious Madeleine (UK/US 2015, 10 min). A grocery store trip is an exercise in empathy for an elderly couple in Lee Briggs’ Baby (US 2014, 7 min). Early morning can be the best time for ruminations on God and produce in Jonathan Patch’s funny and observant Deep Breakfast (US 2015, 7 min). And a man is caught in an insidious time loop from which he must escape or die trying in Tali Barde’s inventive DOT (Germany 2014, 27 min). —Sterling Hedgpeth

Young people get their first taste of curating a film program with our annual youth reel, a collection of short youth-produced films culled from over 100 entries and chosen by teens, aged 13-16, taking part in the Young Curators program, a part of CFI Education’s Summerfilm program. Students take a comprehensive look at films and filmmaking for five days with mentoring from 19 industry artists, then go on in the next week to jury the reel. Shorts from CFI Education’s My Place/My Story, Harvard-Westlake School, San Francisco Art and Film, and Santa Rosa High School are among the 15 films in the program. The films run from one minute to 11 minutes long and, in addition to California, hail from Washington, Louisiana, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Croatia: 20 Ways to Be the Perfect Man; Hands; Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words; Gray Matter; Collision; Year of Plenty; Aqui Te Amo; The Second Right Off Main Street; C-Men; Wonderful World; Trouble Comes Running; Curt Lowens; I’m Not Interested in Anything; Elliot; Resilient. Recommended for ages 13+ for some language and sexual situations. —John Morrison

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Director/Screenwriter Andrew Haigh Producer Tristan Goligher Cinematographer Lol Crawley Editor Jonathan Alberts Cast Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley, Sam Alexander, Richard Cunningham Print Source IFC Films Exquisite performances by Tom Courtenay (Geoff) and Charlotte Rampling (Kate) in this portrait of a marriage seen from the vantage point of its impending 45th anniversary make Andrew Haigh’s film a revelation in every way. When Geoff receives a letter saying that his late girlfriend’s body has been found frozen into a glacier in the Swiss Alps after a fall in the 1960s, the bedrock of his marriage is shaken. As previously untold details of his earlier relationship are gradually revealed, Kate and Geoff circle the questions, spoken and unspoken, that an image frozen in the past brings up. It’s like a chamber piece performed by two actors on top of their form, with a subtlety and insight both moving and poignant. Based on a short story, it brings to mind Joyce’s The Dead. Appropriately, Courtenay and Rampling were each rewarded with Best Actor awards at the 2015 Berlinale. —Zoë Elton Fri Oct 9 5:30pm Mon Oct 12 2:30pm

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Director/Screenwriter Scott Sheppard Producers Kate S. Logan, Scott Sheppard Cinematographers Scott Beer, Ross Hockrow Editors Scott Sheppard, Miranda Yousef Print Source Autorickshaw Pictures The recent US Supreme Court decision upholding same-sex marriage rights may have settled the matter in the public realm, but in the bitterly contentious arena of American churches, the issue is far from over. This gripping documentary plays out like a courtroom drama as it charts the years-long struggle of Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania minister in the United Methodist Church, who was defrocked after officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding. Schaefer’s case, told here with raw candor by participants on all sides of the issue, moves from a small-town squabble over a controversial local pastor into an agonizing, church-wide referendum pitting traditionalists against reformers. Throughout his trials—both literal and spiritual—Schaefer’s clear-eyed sense of spiritual duty remains unshaken, even as his career prospects and faith in his church are severely tested. The film chronicles both his family’s personal struggle and the drama of a mainstream church facing sea changes in American moral attitudes. WORLD PREMIERE —Peter L. Stein Fri Oct 9 5:45pm Mon Oct 12 2:45pm

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Director Radu Jude Producer Ada Solomon Screenwriters Radu Jude, Florin Lazarescu Cinematographer Marius Panduru Editor Catalin Cristutiu Cast Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Cuzin Toma, Alexandru Dabija Print Source Big World Pictures In Romanian with English subtitles ~ A Gypsy slave has run away from his Romanian master circa 1835; a constable (Teodor Corban) and his slow-witted son (Mihai Comanoiu) are hired to find him and bring him back. The duo heads out across the Ottoman Empire, encountering everyone from anti-Semitic holy men to trash-talking merchants (“May you be three days away from death, including yesterday!”). When they find the lad and return him to his “owner,” things take an unexpected turn. Part Eastern-European Western and part Jarmusch road movie, Radu Jude’s gorgeous blackand-white opus—Romania’s Best Foreign Language Oscar ® contender—proves that the Romanian New Wave has not yet fully crested. Unlike the intimate post-Ceausescu dramas that have made the country a world-cinema hotspot, this old-school epic plays out on a huge historical canvas. But like those socially conscious contemporary classics, Jude’s exploration of the distant past offers a biting commentary on the here and now. —David Fear Fri Sun

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Director Marcel Ophuls Producer Frank Eskenazi Cinematographer Pierre Boffety Editors Sophie Brunet, Pascale Alibert Print Source Wide TRIBUTE: MARCEL OPHULS In French, Spanish, English, and German with English subtitles ~ Approaching his 88th birthday, Marcel Ophuls’ legacy as a filmmaker, a witness to history, and the conscience of Europe is assured. He assumes the mantle of mischievous raconteur in this peripatetic, unexpected autobiography that combines anecdotes, conversations, and loads of clips from vintage movies in a seductive whirl. The son of the great German-Jewish director Max Ophuls (La Ronde), Marcel was five when the family fled Germany for France and then California. He inevitably gravitated to the movie business in France, directing Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Banana Peel (1963) before finding his path as a documentarian with The Sorrow and the Pity (see page 146). Moreau and Frederick Wiseman are among the peers who join Ophuls on camera, but he’s less interested in revisiting his career than recounting stories of his childhood in Europe and young adulthood in Hollywood. An entertaining capstone to a stellar career, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a treat for movie lovers. —Michael Fox Thur Oct 15 7:00pm

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Director José Luis Rugeles Gracia Producer Federico Duran Amorocho Screenwriter Diego Vivanco Cinematographer Sergio Iván Castaño Editor Delfina Castagnino Cast Karen Torres, Carlos Clavijo, Erick Ruiz, Anderson Gómez, Lola Lagos, Fabio Velásco Print Source UDI In Spanish with English subtitles ~ Child soldiers risk their lives to ferry their commander’s newborn baby to safety in director José Luis Rugeles’ tense drama. The children are part of a band of leftist guerrillas battling right-wing paramilitaries in the Colombian jungle. Thirteen-year-old Maria; her boyfriend, Mauricio; Afro-Colombian Byron; and Yuldor, a scrawny preteen, face constant danger in trying to protect an infant whose very cries could alert the enemy to their presence. The pressure on Maria is even greater as she tries to hide her own pregnancy from her comrades. In her screen debut, Karen Torres makes palpable Maria’s terror, tenderness, and determination, while Rugeles’ camera captures both the claustrophobia and lush beauty of the jungle. No mere war drama, Rugeles and writer Diego Vivanco made Alias Maria to draw attention to the plight of the thousands of children— according to Human Rights Watch—recruited to fight in Colombia’s decades-long civil strife. —Margarita Landazuri Sat Oct 10 6:30pm Mon Oct 12 5:30pm

Director/Screenwriter Vanessa Hope Producers Geralyn White Dreyfous, Ted Hope, Vanessa Hope Cinematographers Magela Crosignani, Laura Hudock Editors Paul Frost, Todd Holmes, Michael Taylor Print Source Roundabout Entertainment, Inc. In English and Chinese with English subtitles ~ This timely documentary is a story of three people: Gracie Mei Huntsman, a teenager whose adoptive father’s job takes her back to the nation where she was abandoned to an orphanage at birth, the victim of China’s one-child policy and preference for boys; newly appointed US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr., who inherits the job at a time of rising tensions between the two countries; and Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer whose activism led to China putting him under house arrest and who now seeks US asylum. China itself becomes a fourth character, a world superpower engaged in a volatile relationship with its western counterpart, the United States. In her feature documentary debut, director Vanessa Hope’s foreign-policy and prior filmmaking experience in China, comes into play as she gracefully weaves the disparate strands of her characters’ stories into an exciting and constantly changing saga of politics, ideology, identity, and high-stakes diplomacy. —Frako Loden Sun Sun

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Director Tim Oliehoek Producers Burny Bos, Jani Thiltges Jacqueline de Goeij Screenwriter Tamara Bos Cinematographer Rolf Dekens Editor Bert Jacobs Cast Géza Weisz, Sasha Mylanus, Kee Ketelaar, Peter Paul Muller Print Source BosBros A family adventure that mixes Honey, I Shrunk the Kids slapstick with heartfelt bonding between a lonely boy and his grieving father and sister, The Amazing Wiplala is a winning tale based on a popular Dutch children’s book. Nine-year-old Johannes is adrift after losing his mother. His sister treats him like a pest; his father is distracted and absent. A bump in the night leads Johannes to discover a tiny intruder who has magical powers (though he is decidedly not a leprechaun). Chaos ensues as “Wiplala” demonstrates his prowess at zapping others down to his own four-inch size. Trouble is he can’t reverse the spell, and once the whole family is miniaturized, they’re launched on a slapdash odyssey that takes them from Amsterdam’s treacherous streets to the top of the Royal Palace. Wiplala and Johannes band together to save the day, learning to harness the true magic of believing in oneself. Ages 7+. In Dutch with English subtitles read aloud. US PREMIERE —Deanna Quinones Sat Sun

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Director Barbet Schroeder Producers Ruth Waldburger, Margaret Menegoz Screenwriters Emilie Bickerton, Peter Steinbach, Susan Hoffman, Barbet Schroeder Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli Editor Nelly Quettier Cast Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, Bruno Ganz, Corinna Kirchhoff Print Source Les Films du Losange

Director/Screenwriter Mitchell Lichtenstein Producer Joyce Pierpoline Cinematographer Dick Pope Editors Lee Percy, Andy Hafitz Cast Jena Malone, Janet McTeer, Ed Stoppard, Tovah Feldshuh Print Source Angelica Film Productions

Director Hou Hsiao-hsien Producers Hou Hsiao-hsien, Liao Ching-Song Screenwriters Chu Tien-wen, Hsieh HaiMeng, Zhong Acheng Cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bing Editors Huang ChihChia, Liao Ching-Song Cast Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Satoshi Tsumabuki Print Source Well Go USA Entertainment

CENTERPIECE In German, Spanish, and English with English subtitles ~ Crafted from events in his mother’s life, master filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Reversal of Fortune) revisits his decades-long cinematic examination of moral culpability and the complexities of human nature. In Amnesia, Martha, a mysterious German expat (iconic Marthe Keller, Marathon Man, Dark Eyes) conducts her solitary life far from Ibiza’s 1990s club scene. Having left the Heimat before the War, she refuses to speak her native tongue, drive a VW, or play the musical instrument she mastered as a girl. Her young neighbor Jo, an aspiring club DJ (Max Riemelt, The Wave, MVFF 2008), begins to break through her barriers with his boyish curiosity and growing desire until the arrival of Jo’s father (Bruno Ganz in a masterful performance) calls Martha’s past and present into question with surprising and revelatory results. Amnesia is a profound cross-generational exploration of historical memory and morality, set against the stark and spectacular Ibizan landscape. Unforgettable! US PREMIERE —Rod Armstrong Tue Oct 13 7:00pm Rafael Wed Oct 14 12:30pm Rafael

Sexual repression and supernatural entities make uneasy bedfellows for Constance Barton (Jena Malone) in this playfully twisted period drama. It’s not that Constance doesn’t want to make love with her husband Joseph (Ed Stoppard); it’s that she’s been forbidden to after the difficult birth of their daughter, Angelica. Overwrought by this enforced physical separation, the young mother sees nightmarish visions taking shape in the house and threatening her and the child, so she turns to a formidable spirit hunter named Mrs. Montague (Janet McTeer, who steals every scene she’s in) for assistance. Based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Lichtenstein’s film revels in the psychosexual turmoil of its heroine while making pointed references about the predicaments of women in the Victorian age. With ravishing art direction and a careful balance of chills and dramatic suspense, Angelica is a haunting tale of unfed appetites and the damage they can wreak. US PREMIERE —Rod Armstrong Sat Sun

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In Mandarin with English subtitles ~ Legendary Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiaohsien (Cannes 2015 Best Director winner) returns with his first feature in eight years— an intimate, ninth century-set wuxia epic that blends period drama, political intrigue, and inter-generational storytelling elevated to dizzying heights. Yinniang (Millennium Mambo’s Shu Qi) excels in the art of killing. An act of mercy angers her handler, who punishes the beautiful assassin with a special assignment to dispatch a powerful governor (Chang Chen). But what exactly is the backstory between the killer and her target? And who’s that mysterious masked woman in the frame? Like his masterpiece Flowers of Shanghai, Hou’s latest is filled with stunning imagery, lush set design, and the sort of elegant tracking shots that sends cinephiles to the moon—and beyond. While The Assassin has its share of lightning-fast fights, it prizes atmosphere as much as action in a way that transcends the genre. In a word—breathtaking! —David Fear Thur Oct 8 6:15pm Sat Oct 17 8:30pm

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Director Justin Lerner Producers Alix Madigan, Lacey Leavitt Screenwriters Justin Lerner, Katharine O’Brien Cinematographer Quyen Tran Editor Jeffrey J. Castelluccio Cast Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll, Ricky Jay, Richard Schiff, Yvonne Zima, Vanessa Zima, Catherine Carlen, Caitlin O’Connell Print Source Film Movement

Directors/Producers Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon Cinematographers Daniel Traub, Peter Brownscombe, Bobby Shepard Editor Sabrina Schmidt Gordon Print Source Attie & Goldwater Productions

Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer Cary Fukunaga Producers Riva Marker, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Cary Fukunaga Editors Pete Beaudreau, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen Cast Idris Elba, Abraham Attah Print Source Bleecker Street

FOCUS: LIT FLIX BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez is, in her own words, a “woman with razor blades between her teeth.” A comprehensive portrait of the poet, playwright, scholar, teacher, and social activist, this performance-rich film explodes with life and the words that love Sonia while she loves them back. An architect of the ‘60s Black Arts Movement, Sanchez has stood as a persistent voice for equality when, as the film reveals, many preferred to stand down. Hers is a mighty, loud, sassy, and strong Black female voice. The performances of Sanchez’ poems light up the screen. This is especially true when she performs as a paramount jazz player of her own words. Sanchez is a revelation when backed by her band, as she “plays” the words in intricate rhythmic phrases and virtuosic solos that resonate long after the film ends. With appearances by Ruby Dee, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Questlove, and more. —Melissa Howden

In Twi and English with English subtitles ~ “I am a good boy, from a good family,” says young Agu (newcomer Abraham Attah), about the simple life he once knew with his parents, brothers, and sister. But being good is not the measure of survival when you live in a country embroiled in a brutal civil war. After militants raid his West African village, tear apart his family, and kill his father, he is forced to join a group of rebel fighters led by a ruthless warlord known only as Commandant (a fearsome Idris Elba), who takes Agu as his “charge.” Agu becomes part of his battalion of jungle-based child soldiers—armed with machine guns and grenade launchers—where fresh trauma is easily manipulated into murderous rage. Told from Agu’s pre-adolescent point of view, writer/director Cary Fukunaga’s (True Detective, Season 1; Sin Nombre) adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 book of the same name is a powerful marker of just how easily violence breeds violence. —Joanne Parsont

Davis and his girlfriend, Cassie, are going through a rough patch in their relationship. They’ve been dating for two years, and lately there have been...complications. Now, in the middle of the night, an attractive woman with an uneven temperament has shown up at their apartment, claiming to be Davis’ cousin. Problem is, his dad was an only child. They tell their mystery visitor to scram, but something about her sticks with Davis—is there something to her claim? Is he attracted to her? Family secrets, rivalries, attractions, and several shades of bad decisions come to a head in Justin Lerner’s (Girlfriend, MVFF 2011) film. It’s a feast of rich and nuanced performances, although special note should be made of Ricky Jay’s incredible turn as a (maybe?) deposed patriarch. The Automatic Hate is a twisty and twitchy dark comedy that will make you run home and double-check your family tree. —Mike Keegan Thur Oct 15 8:45pm Sat Oct 17 2:15pm

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Director/Producer Vicki Abeles Screenwriters Vicki Abeles, Jeffrey Friedman, Mitzi Mock Cinematographer Mark Smith Editor Jeffrey Friedman Print Source Reel Link Films

Director/Screenwriter Di Phan Dang Producer Tran Thi Bich Ngoc Cinematographer K’Linh Nguyen Editor Julie Béziau Cast Hai Yen Do Thi, Hoang Le Cong, Vinh Truong The, Phong Nguyen Ha, Viet Mai Quoc, Hoang Le Van Print Source UDI

Director/Screenwriter Ousmane Sembène Producer André Zwoboda Cinematographer Christian Lacoste Editor André Gaudier Cast Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fountaine, Momar Nar Sene, Ibrahima Boy Print Source Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna

For students, parents, educators, and anyone who cares about the future of the American education system, Beyond Measure is a call to action that demonstrates how innovation can and does work to break the stifling status quo. Director-producer Vicki Abeles has crafted a smart companion piece to her award-winning Race to Nowhere (MVFF 2009) that challenges the current education model of cookie-cutter teaching methods and a narrow, test-driven culture that leaves little room for creativity. Following a diverse group of educators across the country who are successfully pioneering fresh and often radically new approaches in their schools, the film showcases the viewpoints of faculty, students, and renowned thought leaders in the education field. It offers a collective “yes, we can” in answer to the big question of whether individuals and communities can drive the US teaching system back to the vital business of helping kids learn how to learn. WORLD PREMIERE —Deanna Quinones Sun Sat

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In Vietnamese with English subtitles ~ Director Phan Dang Di follows his first film Bi, Don’t Be Afraid! with another gorgeously photographed meditation on distant fathers and wayward sons. While his debut prize-winning feature viewed the chaotic adult world through the voyeuristic eyes of a boy in Hanoi, Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories unfolds through the lens of Vu, an adolescent poised on the threshold of manhood in late 1990s Saigon. Studying photography and living on his father’s boat on the Mekong River, Vu clings naïvely to Thang, an effortlessly charismatic hunk who tends bar and deals drugs at a club that caters to all sexual preferences. But when some of his friends become desperately indebted to a local gangster, Vu invites them to lay low in the jungle Eden of his hometown. There he, Thang, and the others spend a season of unbridled sensuality, even as Vu faces ongoing conflicts with his father. —Frako Loden Wed Oct 14 8:30pm Fri Oct 16 2:30pm

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In French with English subtitles ~ Masterdirector Ousmane Sembène first illuminated international screens in 1966 and the results have only grown more powerful and relevant with time. With Black Girl, his first feature film, Sembène exhibits all the power, beauty, and signature style of an already-formed auteur. The story centers on Diouana, a vivacious young Senegalese woman with high hopes for the future who leaves home for employment and adventure but quickly finds herself captive in a strange and sterile environment called France. Working as a domestic servant for a French bourgeois married couple, Diouana’s silent acquiescence to the day-to-day drudgery of housecleaning and childcare is sharply contrasted by her resistant inner voice—the voice of a woman and, metaphorically, an entire culture that will not submit to subordination or indignity. Deceptively simple in its beautifully spare, minimalist style but subtly nuanced and devastatingly powerful in its impact, Sembène’s film is essential viewing for every cinephile. —Karen Davis Restored in 2015 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Sembène Estate, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, INA, Eclair Laboratories, and Centre National de Cinématographie. Restoration carried out at Cineteca di Bologna/ L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory. Wed Oct 14 6:00pm

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BLUE BLOOD

BODY

BREAKING A MONSTER

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Brazil 2014 • 119 min

Poland 2015 • 92 min

US 2015 • 93 min

Director Lírio Ferreira Producer Renato Ciasca Screenwriters Lírio Ferreira, Felipe Barbosa, Sérgio Oliveira Cinematographer Mauro Pinheiro Jr. Editor Mair Tavares Cast Daniel de Oliveira, Caroline Abras, Sandra Corveloni, Rômulo Braga Print Source Picture Tree International

Director Małgorzata Szumowska Producers Jacek Drosio, Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert Screenwriters Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert Cinematographer Michał Englert Editor Jacek Drosio Cast Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala, Ewa Dalkowska, Adam Woronowicz, Tomasz Zietek Print Source Memento Films International

Director Luke Meyer Producers Tom Davis, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill Screenwriters Luke Meyer, Brad Turner Cinematographers Ethan Palmer, Hillary Spera Editor Brad Turner Print Source SeeThink Films

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In Portuguese with English subtitles ~ Mythological themes are mined from petty human dramas when the circus travels to a volcanic archipelago two hundred miles off Brazil’s northeast coast. Exiled as a child by his mother, the Cannon Man returns home to find the years have not diminished the taboo attraction between him and his sister. Natural opposites—the brother is shot into the air in nightly performances while the sister spends her days deep-sea diving—their reunion completes a cycle of fate. Director Lírio Ferreira hails from Pernambuco, the Brazilian state currently incubating a spare, compelling regional cinema, but his inspiration seems to come from elsewhere, borrowing the make-believe aesthetics of Fellini and the soap-operatic intensity of Cacá Diegues. Conscious of its theatricality, the film employs disorienting camera angles, direct address, and stock characters (including a ghost rider and a blind seer played by Cinema Novo’s Paulo César Peréio and Ruy Guerra) to ensure the fulfillment of preordained destinies. —Shari Kizirian Tue Oct 13 8:00pm Thur Oct 15 2:00pm

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In Polish with English subtitles ~ As suggested by the title, corporeality is at the crux of this striking, darkly funny Polish dramedy, whether focusing on the bodies examined by widowed prosecutor Janusz or the disappearing frame of his anorexic daughter Olga. Even the disembodied have a presence, channeled by therapist Anna, who is helping Olga manage her grief over the death of her mother. When father and daughter discover Anna’s unique gift, a surprising course is set for all three to try and transform their individual suffering into something that can be shared and thus assuaged. Despite the serious elements at its heart, Body is leavened by flashes of quirky humor, from the man who gets up and walks away from the tree he was hanging from to Anna falling asleep while trying to summon a ghost. Ultimately, Malgorzata Szumowska’s delightfully unpredictable film explores how bodies reveal and betray their owners, while also giving solace and helping to heal. US PREMIERE —Rod Armstrong Fri Sun

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FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) Malcolm, Jarad, and Alec are talented musicians on the brink of rock-god stardom. They have an agent, a record contract, and have performed in front of thousands of screaming fans. They’re also in middle school. These boys are Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn metal band who gained a massive online following after posting videos of their street-corner performances. Breaking a Monster follows the band over the course of a yearlong industry roller coaster ride. These are thoughtful kids who often seem more down-to-earth than the giddy record execs. The film documents UTT’s passion and excitement and witnesses absurd versions of music business tropes (like agent Alan Sacks putting his foot down when his guitarist demands more Coke…the kind in a red-and-white can). Through everything the band’s spirit shines through. This is more than a portrait of three artists as young men; this is the future of rock. —Laura Henneman Sun Oct 11 2:15pm Throck Mon Oct 12 12:00pm Sequoia

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BRIDGE OF SPIES

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BROOKLYN

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US 2015 • 135 min

Denmark 2015 • 104 min

UK /Ireland/Canada 2015 • 112 min

Director Steven Spielberg Producers Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger Screenwriters Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński Editor Michael Kahn Cast Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda Print Source Dreamworks Pictures

Director Jeppe Rønde Producer Michel Schønnemann Screenwriters Jeppe Rønde, Torben Bech, Peter Asmussen Cinematographer Magnus Nordenhof Jønck Editor Oliver Buggecutté Cast Hannah Murray, Steven Waddington, Josh O’Connor, Adrian Rawlins, Patricia Potter, Nia Roberts, Aled Thomas Print Source New Europe Film Sales

Director John Crowley Producers Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey Screenwriter Nick Hornby Cinematographer Yves Bélanger Editor Jake Roberts Cast Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Braodbent, Julie Walters Print Source Fox Searchlight

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of historic events, Bridge of Spies is the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the nearimpossible task of negotiating the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award ® -winners Ethan Coen and Joel Coen weave this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. Directed by threetime Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies stars twotime Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award ® winner Mark Rylance as KGB agent Rudolf Abel; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm.

The mist-drenched Welsh valley of Bridgend exudes an ineffable force that has compelled scores of young adults to end their lives in its midst. What made them do it? That question haunts this unforgettable coming-of-age tale, based on fact but suffused with brooding subjectivity. Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones) stars as a wideeyed teenaged outsider drawn into the insular culture of Bridgend’s mystery. While her peers carry out their private rituals, gathering in the woods and online chat rooms to pay tribute to the dead, Sara’s detective father searches for answers. Is this some kind of cult? Is the Internet to blame? Escalating in tone from romantic realism to impressionistic nightmare, acclaimed Danish documentarian Jeppe Rønde’s first fiction feature is less an investigation than an empathetic evocation of ordinary adolescent desires—for love, identity, belonging— driven to inexplicable extremes. As one boy tells the detective, with that retort of teens everywhere: “You’ll never understand.” —Juliet Clark

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Where is home? It’s the burning question at the heart of every immigrant story. For Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), the solo journey from Ireland to America is both a search for home and for self. Young, smart, and industrious, Eilis is also humble, tentative, and homesick. On her own in 1950s New York, having left her mother and sister Rose behind, she struggles with conflicting feelings of hope and loss—the intoxicating possibilities of her new world versus the familial comfort of the old. Inevitably, young men and romance factor into the equation, but Eilis’s choices are, ultimately, hers to make. With extraordinary subtlety, Ronan radiates exquisitely from scene to scene, conveying every nuance of emotion Eilis must endure. Written by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín’s bestselling novel, Brooklyn is a masterful work of storytelling that transcends the traditional tale of the poor immigrant making it in the big city. This is life, pure and profound. —Joanne Parsont Sat Oct 10 4:45pm Mon Oct 12 6:30pm

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BROOKLYN, PARIS

CAROL

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France 2014 • 83 min

US/UK 2015 • 118 min

Germany 2015 • 99 min

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Pascal Tessaud Cinematographer Fabien Rodesch Editors Nicolas Milteau, Amandine Normand Cast KT Gorique, Rafal Uchiwa, Jalil Naciri, Liliane Rovere, Veronique Ruggia, Blade MC Print Source The Festival Agency

Director Todd Haynes Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Christine Vachon Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy Cinematographer Edward Lachman Editor Affonso Gonçalves Cast Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler Print Source The Weinstein Company

Director/Screenwriter Tatiana Brandrup Producer Katrin Springer Cinematographers Martin Farkas, Tatiana Brandrup Editors Tatiana Brandrup, Arsen Yagdjyan Print Source FilmKantine

FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) In French with English subtitles ~ In an effort to better her life, 22-year-old Coralie (KT Gorique) leaves Switzerland for Paris with big dreams of making it as an MC in the city’s underground hip-hop scene in this music-infused drama. Settling in the rough Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, Coralie introduces her pseudonym “Brooklyn” and first tests her skills before an audience at a poetry slam. As her star rises, she garners the attention of scene luminary Issa (Rafal Uchiwa), whose advances fall into a gray area between romantic courtship and jealous rivalry. With a touch of Cassavetes mixed with an unmistakably French style and a rousing, spectacular soundtrack featuring real-life Parisian hip-hop artists (all of whom appear in the film as fictional versions of themselves), Brooklyn, Paris marks the arrival of two up-and-coming artists: Gorique, a successful MC making her first big-screen appearance, and writer/director Pascal Tessaud, who makes a dynamic, nuanced feature debut. —Joe Bowman Wed Oct 14 6:30pm Rafael Thur Oct 15 11:30am Rafael Fri Oct 16 2:30pm Sequoia

From its first moment, what we experience through and in the eyes of Carol ’s two brilliant leads opens the door to an incredibly rich cinematic experience, beautifully rendered by Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, MVFF 2007). It’s Christmas, early 1950s: In the bustling department store where she works, Therese (Rooney Mara) is struck by an impeccable, well-heeled woman who’s shopping for her daughter. A brief, unspoken, love-at-first sight moment. After Carol (Cate Blanchett) absent-mindedly leaves behind her gloves, Therese returns them, opening the door to romantic connection. Carol leaves her already-foundering marriage to Harge (Kyle Chandler, also wonderful) and takes off on a road trip with the object of her affection. It’s a journey that is beautifully paced, impeccably observed, and deeply sensual, its luscious images a testament to the riches of Super 16mm. Haynes’ exquisite film does great justice to Patricia Highsmith’s—aka Claire Morgan— legendary, game-changing book The Price of Salt. —Zoë Elton Sun Oct 11 5:30pm Wed Oct 14 4:00pm

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In Russian and German with English subtitles ~ Last year, when Russia’s Ministry of Culture removed Naum Kleiman as founding director of the Moscow Cinema Museum, the global outcry was swift and genuine. Under Kleiman’s legendary leadership, Moscow’s cinematheque was a vital, longtime center of cultural and intellectual life. But his internationalist vision, which projected cinema as a civic art form capable of “turning people into citizens,” had been adrift in Putin’s Russia. By 2005, the museum was operating in internal exile, its vast collection in storage. Tatiana Brandrup’s passionate documentary makes canny use of excerpts from the films of Sergei Eisenstein and others to trace Russian cinema’s historic opposition to tyranny. Meanwhile she reveals Kleiman, a foremost expert on Eisenstein, as a resolute man whose calm, measured tone amid the political machinations around him belies a fierce moral conviction—echoed by his loyal staff and others—that art must play a role in resisting the reactionary nationalism that has Russian society increasingly in its grip. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Robert Avila Sat Oct 10 11:30am Rafael Mon Oct 12 6:30pm Rafael IN A SSOCIATION WITH BERLIN AND BE YOND FILM FE S TIVAL a nd PACIFIC FILM ARCHIV E a nd THE SAN FR ANCISCO FILM SOCIE T Y WITH SUPP OR T FROM THE CONSUL ATE GENER AL OF GER M AN Y

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THE CLUB

CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP

CREATIVE CONTROL

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

US CINEMA

Chile 2014 • 98 min

US 2015 • 79 min

US 2015 • 97 min

Director Pablo Larraín Producer Juan de Dios Larraín Screenwriters Guillermo Calderón, Daniel Villalobos, Pablo Larraín Cinematographer Sergio Armstrong Editor Sebastián Sepúlveda Cast Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Jaime Vadell, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking Print Source Music Box Films

Director Robin Hauser Reynolds Producers Robin Hauser Reynolds, Staci Hartman, Christie Herring Screenwriter Jack Youngelson Cinematographer Jon Blomgren Editor Christie Herring Print Source Finish Line Features, LLC

Director Benjamin Dickinson Producers Craig Shilowich, Melody Roscher, Mark Depace Screenwriters Benjamin Dickinson, Micah Bloomberg Cinematographer Adam Newport-Berra Editor Andrew Hasse Cast Benjamin Dickinson, Nora Zehetner, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen, Reggie Watts Print Source Amazon Studios

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In Spanish with English subtitles ~ Wayward priests live their lives in shadow in Pablo Larrain’s darkly comic allegory of longdelayed, fittingly carried out justice. The tension builds slowly in a drama where the clerics live among the dogs, gamblers, and beachcombers along the shore of a Chilean village. Shortly after a fifth reverend joins the household, their lives are thrown into turmoil first by a visit from a disturbed young man who levels shocking allegations against the newest arrival. Then when a church investigator appears after a shocking incident to “counsel” them, it’s clear that the priests’ isolated life of comfort and denial cannot continue. After examining the trauma of Chilean life under Pinochet in three recent films, including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar ® nominee, No (2012), Larrain turns his critical eye on the Catholic Church’s cover-up of its most shocking scandal. The Club won the Silver Bear at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. —Margarita Landazuri Sun Oct 11 8:30pm Sequoia Thur Oct 15 11:30am Sequoia IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE L ATINO COUNCIL a n d HISPANIC CHA MBER OF COMMERCE OF M ARIN

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Big Tech needs to smash antiquated cultural stereotypes to recruit the best talent and transform an industry mired in a boys’ club mindset. Without a more diverse labor force, estimates are that one million engineering jobs will go unfilled by 2020. In her compelling and timely documentary, Robin Hauser Reynolds examines the history and current state of the technology industry and points the way toward a more equitable future. She focuses on the women and people of color within it who are working to increase their numbers in the sector and confronting the false truisms, educational obstacles, and rampant sexism that discourages so many from entering the field despite the wealth of job opportunities. Reynolds provides a platform for industry innovators to speak to complacency and inspire a revolution in startup culture and education that will allow many more people to succeed within the paradigm shift of the Information Age. —Leah LoSchiavo Fri Oct 9 6:00pm Wed Oct 14 3:30pm Sat Oct 17 2:00pm

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Benjamin Dickenson’s second feature, Creative Control, stylishly investigates the impact that technology has on our culture and humanity. A high-powered advertising executive and tech geek, David (Dickenson) seeks out a “genius-level creative” (comedian, musician, and “disinformationist” Reggie Watts, playing himself) to elevate Augmenta, a new device in immersive reality, beyond novelty and establish it as an innovative cultural tool. Despite his lofty vision, David ends up using the apparatus to create a life-like avatar of his best friend’s girlfriend and has a virtual affair with it. While set in the near future, Creative Control looks back more than it does forward. Strong references to the second half of the 20th century (both cultural and cinematic) as well as clever nods to contemporary culture (tech industry leaders appear in cameos) create a rich pastiche to examine “how did we get this way?” while ultimately offering a stirring reflection of where we are right here and right now. —Holly Roach Sat Sun

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THE DANISH GIRL

DAY ONE

DHEEPAN

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US/UK 2015 • 120 min

Total Program 68 min

France 2015 • 109 min

Director Tom Hooper Producers Tom Hooper, Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon Cinematographer Danny Cohen Editor Melanie Oliver Cast Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Sebastian Koch, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts Print Source Focus Features OPENING NIGHT Following his Oscar ® winning crowd-pleaser The King’s Speech (MVFF 2010), director Tom Hooper explores another remarkable story from 20th-century European history with The Danish Girl, the story of renowned painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Marvelously played by Academy Award ® -winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, MVFF Spotlight 2014), Lili, born Einar, is in a happy marriage with fellow painter Gerda (rising star Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina) in this drama set in 1920s Copenhagen. When Gerda’s model doesn’t show up for one of her portrait sessions, Einar takes her place, dressing in women’s clothes for the first time, discovering a brand-new identity as Lili, and subsequently creating a new, complex dimension to the marriage. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Sebastian Koch (Black Book), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) also star in this beautifully lensed portrait of one of the pioneers of the transgender movement. Thur Oct 8 Thur Oct 8

7:00pm 7:15pm

Cent. Larkspur Cent. Larkspur

First days on the job range from the harrowing to the bewildering in this trio of exceptional short films.

DAY ONE US 2014 • 25 min Director Henry Hughes

Director Henry Hughes—himself a combat veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan—vividly depicts a new translator’s first day accompanying a US Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist. As she quickly discovers, her job will bring up brutal complexities as gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance.

MEAT US 2015 • 15 min Director Michael Forstein

An anthropology graduate encounters a cultural disconnect when the only job he can find is selling meat door-to-door in the Midwest. The result is a mordantly funny meditation on the skills required to adapt to life’s curveballs.

THE VISIT Israel 2014 • 27 min Director Inbar Horesh

A young woman visiting her father in the hospital is accidentally mistaken for a nurse and quickly finds herself integrating into the routine there. It’s not long before she encounters deep age, class, and racial divisions while on her eye-opening first “day.” —Sterling Hedgpeth Sun Tue

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Director Jacques Audiard Producer Pascal Caucheteux Screenwriters Noe Debre, Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard Cinematographer Eponine Momenceau Editor Juliette Welfling Cast Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga Print Source IFC Films The Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Dheepan tells an intimate story about the immigrant experience with sympathy and candor. The film stars Antonythasan Jesuthasan, a writer and former Sri Lankan child soldier, as a Tamil Tiger hoping to start a new life in the slums of Paris, but there’s one catch: In order to gain asylum, he must take along a woman (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and child (Claudine Vinasithamby) and pretend they are his wife and daughter. Directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone), Dheepan is a gritty look at poverty, racism, and the unlikely communities that spring up in the darkest of times. Audiard partly drew on Jesuthasan’s own experiences for this drama, which morphs from a tale of survival and family into a tense thriller as Dheepan soon learns that the war zone he’s left behind has, in its own way, come back to haunt him in this strange new land. —Tom Grierson Sat Sun

Oct 17 5:30pm Oct 18 5:30pm

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DIRTY WOLVES

DOGTOWN REDEMPTION

A DOZEN SUMMERS

WORLD CINEMA

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

CHILDREN’S FILMFEST

Spain 2015 • 105 min

US 2015 • 92 min

UK 2015 • 82 min

Director Simón Casal de Miguel Producers Juan de Dios Serrano, John Engel, Jordi Mendieta Screenwriters Carmen Abarca, Paula Cons, Felipe Rodríguez Cinematographer Sergi Gallardo Editor Jordi López Cast Marian Álvarez, Manuela Vellés, Pierre Kiwitt Print Source Latido Films

Directors Amir Soltani, Chihiro Wimbush Producer/Screenwriter Amir Soltani Cinematographer Chihiro Wimbush Editor Manuel Tsingaris Print Source Amir Soltani

Director/Screenwriter Kenton Hall Producers Alexzandra Jackson, Kenton Hall Cinematographer Geoffrey Gilson Editors Geoffrey Gilson, Kenton Hall Cast Scarlet Hall, Hero Hall, Colin Baker, Ewen MacIntosh, Sarah Warren, Kenton Hall Print Source Monkey Basket Films

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In Spanish and German with English subtitles ~ Under ancient yew trees in the Nazi-controlled tungsten mines of northwest Spain, a single mother decides to fight someone else’s war—and ends up risking everything. Known mockingly as “The Widow,” Manuela was abandoned by her baby’s father and now works processing the wolfram (aka tungsten) that the Germans will use to tear through Allied flesh. But it turns out there is more than just the wolf of poverty to keep from the door as Manuela comes to realize that—unlike her country— she cannot remain neutral in a time of war. In a thrilling first feature inspired by actual events, director Simón Casal de Miguel imbues the unrelenting grayness of the Galician countryside with a mysticism as old as the twisting yews and howling wolves that roam beneath them. And in Marian Álvarez’s steely, nuanced Manuela, along with the terrific supporting cast, he has mined rich and subtle talent. WORLD PREMIERE —Lucy Laird

We’ve all woken up to the late-night clanking of bottles and cans while a stranger rummages through our recycling. Once we drift back to sleep, these mysterious men and women continue their long journey toward survival. Dogtown Redemption captures the fascinating faces and sturdy souls of Oakland recyclers, including a former punk rocker and a misplaced minister, who often cover over 10 miles of city streets as they haul hundreds of pounds of recyclables for a modest payout. By focusing on the dramatic personal plights of these hardworking individuals, the film also raises intriguing questions about the socioeconomic reality of West Oakland. For example, does a for-profit recycling center in the heart of a low-income area help or hurt the community? Are these recyclers empowered or exploited? Filmmakers Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush combine intimate interviews and powerful all-access footage to craft an intensely honest, and sometimes hopeful, portrait of society’s forgotten people. WORLD PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson

Twelve-year-old Leicester twins Daisy and Maisie McCormack take advantage of an opportunity to make a movie about their lives, bringing the “crazy” people they know—parents, friends (and enemies), teachers, and even the local shopkeeper— along for the ride. There’s drama (and plenty of laughs) in the smallest matter for these girls, but their sometimes silly yet wise dad keeps them safely grounded through victory and adversity. Whether it’s a bike chase with bullies in pursuit, navigating their way through a series of their mum’s baffling boyfriends, or imagining themselves at the center of a heist, Maisie and Daisy face every challenge with wry pre-teen bemusement. Director, screenwriter, co-producer, and co-editor Kenton Hall audaciously casts himself alongside his daughters, Scarlet and Hero, but this inventive family film is no vanity project. The McCormacks emanate heartfelt affection, which enables comedic turns, mutual bewilderment, understanding, and emotional truth. Ages 11+ —Roberta McNair

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After serving eight years in San Quentin, Ronnie Goldman found redemption and solace through the creation of art, which he now donates to homeless charities. Sat Oct 10 1:45pm Thur Oct 15 5:00pm

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THE DRESSMAKER

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THE GIRL IN THE BOOK

(EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE)

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Australia 2015 • 118 min

Colombia/ Venezuela/Argentina 2015 • 125 min

US 2015 • 88 min

Director Jocelyn Moorhouse Producer Sue Maslin Screenwriters Jocelyn Moorhouse, P.J. Hogan Cinematographer Donald M. McAlpine Editor Jill Bilcock Cast Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving Print Source Embankment Films Tilly Dunnage is back. And the tiny desiccated town of Dungatar is in for one heck of a dressing down—and an even more spectacular dressing up. Clad in her own spin on Dior and armed with her Singer sewing machine like a gunslinger on a catwalk, Tilly (Kate Winslet) has returned to her childhood home with a vendetta to enact, a mystery to solve, a relationship to mend, and a whole lot of dresses to make. But first she must deal with her reclusive, misanthropic mother Mad Molly (Judy Davis), a corral of mealymouthed townsfolk, a cross-dressing police chief (Hugo Weaving), and the hunky boyin-the-trailer-next-door (Liam Hemsworth) who’s determined to win her love. Featuring a brilliant cast of Australia’s finest, Jocelyn Moorhouse’s (Proof, 1991) kangaroo western offers a surprise at every turn: from murder to romance, drama to uproarious comedy. Because when haute couture comes to the outback, all hell is gonna break loose. —Joanne Parsont Fri Sun

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Director Ciro Guerra Producer Cristina Gallego Screenwriters Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Cinematographer David Gallego Editors Etienne Boussac, Cristina Gallego Cast Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Yauenkü Miguee, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis Print Source Oscilloscope In Amazonian languages (Cubeo, Huitoto, Wanano, Tikuna), Spanish, Portugese, German, and Catalan with English subtitles ~ This urgent tale startles in lush black and white. Karamakate, “the world mover,” is a lone shaman, the last of the Cohiuano people living in harmony with the rainforest. On two separate occasions 40 years apart, he’s summoned to help a white man heal his soul sickness, his lack of dreaming. Despite the incursion of missionaries and rubber robber barons, he attempts to reassert traditional ways. The winner of the 2015 top prize at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Embrace of the Serpent ’s crosscutting stories are based on the travel diaries of Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes. In 1909, Karamakate attends to deathly ill German ethnographer Theo and accompanies him into the Amazonian heart of darkness in search of a fabled sacred medicine plant. Decades later, ethnobotanist Evan seeks the same plant with an older, less assured Karamakate. As colonialism cuts even deeper than before, will they be saved? Will we? US PREMIERE —Carol Harada Wed Oct 14 8:45pm Sat Oct 17 2:00pm

Director/Screenwriter Marya Cohn Producers Gina Resnick, Kyle Heller Cinematographer Trevor Forrest Editor Jessica Brunetto Cast Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist, David Call, Michael Christofer, Talia Balsam, Ana Mulvoy-Ten Print Source Varient Entertainment, LLC FOCUS: LIT FLIX After an enticing mentorship with a close family friend brings young Alice Harvey (Ana Mulvoy-Ten) into a questionable relationship with renowned older writer Milan Daneker (a compelling Michael Nykvist The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), the residual effects haunt her 15 years later. The impending reissue of the seminal novel Milan based on her life forces Alice—now an assistant editor—to reconnect with the man who stifled her own writing and continues to exert a corrosive influence on her life. Emily VanCamp (Brothers & Sisters) delivers a nuanced, empathetic performance as the 29-year-old Alice, who sees her writer’s block and self-sabotaging behavior in a new light through the prism of this disconcerting reunion. A stunning and perceptive debut film from Marya Cohn, The Girl in the Book compassionately explores the overlooked manifestations of abusive relationships and the struggle to rediscover one’s own creative voice. —Dominique O’Neil Sat Oct 10 4:45pm Sequoia Mon Oct 12 8:15pm Rafael Thur Oct 15 11:15am Sequoia

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Finland 2015 • 106 min

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Director Mika Kaurismäki Producers Mika Kaurismäki, Anna Stratton, Arnie Gelbart Screenwriter Michel Marc Bouchard Cinematographer Guy Dufaux Editor Hans Funck Cast Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Bi, Hippolyte Girardot Print Source Wolfe Releasing

Director/Screenwriter Brian Perkins Producers Brian Perkins, Matthew O’Connor, Jessica Ballard Cinematographer Bella Halben Editor Sebastian Bonde Cast Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Saw Ri, Ko Yin Than Maung, Ko Yin Maung Sein, Sayadaw Print Source Wide

Director/Screenwriter Ermanno Olmi Producers Elisabetta Olmi, Luigi Musini Cinematographer Fabio Olmi Editor Paolo Cottignola Cast Claudio Santamaria, Alessandro Sperduti, Francesco Formichetti, Andrea Di Maria Print Source Rai Cinema

In Burmese with English subtitles ~ In this first feature by Brian Perkins, beautifully shot in Myanmar with a cast that includes two actual monks in training, four young Buddhist monks and their abbot live peaceably in a remote mountain monastery. Sights and sounds arise from nature, the boys at play, and their humble devotional routines. Harmony reigns in their simple life. One day the abbot disappears, leaving the young boys to continue their lives of piety, but on their own. As the atmosphere becomes increasingly charged with sounds of gunfire, the young novitiates slowly come to understand the world outside is precarious and, like the monkey chief from a Burmese folk tale, strive to selflessly protect themselves. In this classic coming-of-age tale, the boys must follow the wisdom of their devotional practice. Like the Buddha himself, all of them must take a journey and encounter sickness, aging, and death. Spiritual life meets a troubled world with the keen eye of compassion. US PREMIERE —Carol Harada

FOCUS: CINEMA BELLISSIMO In Italian with English subtitles ~ In this pacifist war drama, Italian cinema maestro Ermanno Olmi (The Tree of Wooden Clogs) exquisitely and impressionistically recounts his grandfather’s experiences in the battle trenches of World War I. Surrounded by tangled barbed wire, among snowfall and sleet, a young soldier sings love songs atop a bunker, while just meters away, the opposition applauds him. The soldier calls for a truce between the men, but only the snowfall answers his plea for an end to the violence. Minimalist in dialogue, unspoken emotions are elucidated through close-ups, glances and gazes, creating unforgettable portraits of young men at their most vulnerable. Greenery Will Bloom Again is a thoughtful and significant piece of filmmaking that divulges the most intimate fears of men at war through a deeply humane antiwar lens. —Dominique O’Neil

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In English, French, and German with English subtitles ~ Mika Kaurismäki’s (Road North, MVFF 2012; Sonic Mirror, MVFF 2008) handsome 17th-century drama recounts the life of Sweden’s Queen Kristina, a philosophically minded woman centuries ahead of her time who ascended the throne at age six, was raised as a prince, and strived to bring peace and education to her country—while pursuing an illicit romance with her royal attendant. Growing up as a tomboy with a strong intellectual appetite for Descartes, young Kristina (an electric Malin Buska) finds herself thrown into a political frenzy as a teenager. Saddled with the Thirty Years War between Protestants and Catholics, Kristina steers her country away from the conservatives while privately grappling with her own sexual awakening, in the form of Countess Ebba Sparre (radiant Sarah Gadon), her lovely lady-in-waiting. For this lush portrait of European history’s most iconic monarch, Kaurismäki assembled an impressive, international cast, including Michael Nyqvist, Hippolyte Girardot, and Martina Gedeck. US PREMIERE —Joe Bowman Fri Oct 9 7:30pm Sat Oct 10 1:45pm Thur Oct 15 2:00pm

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HAVANA MOTOR CLUB

HEART LIKE A HAND GRENADE

HERE IS HAROLD

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VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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US 2015 • 99 min

Nor way 2014 • 95 min

Director/Screenwriter Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt Producers Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Zelmira Gainza, Magnus Andersson Cinematographer Zelmira Gainza Editors Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Armando Croda, Julio Perez IV Print Source Perlmutt Productions, Inc.

Director John Roecker Producer Pat Magnarella Cinematographer John Roecker Editors Scott Gawlik, Dean Gonzalez Print Source Abramorama

Director/Screenwriter Gunnar Vikene Producer Maria Ekerhovd Cinematographer Simon Pramsten Editor Frida Eggum Michaelsen Cast Bjørn Sundquist, Bjørn Granath, Grethe Selius Print Source Norwegian Film Institute

In Spanish with English subtitles ~ Declared an elitist pursuit after the revolution, auto racing in Cuba survives as a clandestine, cop-dodging activity on remote streets and highways. Drivers endlessly tweak the souped-up, tuned-up engines in their 1950s US hotrods, dreaming of the day their underground sport is sanctioned again by the authorities. This vibrant, street-level documentary follows a handful of obsessed grease monkeys through the course of the Cuban Motor Federation’s stop-andgo exertions to stage an organized dragracing event. The top competitors setting engines—and hearts—racing are Reinaldo “Tito” Lopez Fernandez, the fierce grayhaired patriarch whose son drives their classic red-and-white 1955 Chevy Bel Air, and Carlos Alvarez Sanchez, blessed with Clooney-esque looks and a Cuban-American partner who flies in parts for their late-model red Porsche. To overcome the myriad bumps in the road, they and their fellow enthusiasts rely on a uniquely Cuban mix of determination, sacrifice, and macho swagger. —Michael Fox

FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) Grab a guitar and a yellow legal pad—you’re going into the studio with Green Day. More than 10 years after the release of American Idiot, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees present this time capsule rock doc that takes us inside the songwriting and recording process of their Grammy Award®winning punk rock opera. Now that the album has achieved multiplatinum status and become a hugely successful Broadway show, looking back on them in the studio is both nostalgic and insightful—the band knew they had something good, but even they didn’t know how good. Filmmaker John Roecker adorns the behind-the-scenes clips with stylish touches including a massive gig poster collage and a swingin’ ‘60s Fossechoreographed set piece. Billboard, check. Broadway, check. Now Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool are poised to conquer the big screen. WORLD PREMIERE —Laura Henneman Thur Oct 8 7:00pm Tue Oct 13 9:00pm

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In Norwegian with English subtitles ~ Adapted from a story by journalist and author Frode Grytten, Norway’s witty chronicler of the national inclination to morose persistence, Here Is Harold conceives of revenge as a dish best served cold, cold, cold. The titular character has lived a long, dignified, and satisfying life as a proud craftsman and dealer of high-quality furniture, until the erection of a mammoth new IKEA store across the road puts the screws and hammer to his business. So begins a Christmastime losing streak that strips Harold of all his dreams but one: Go to snowbound Sweden, kidnap IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, and force him to apologize to the world for substandard craftsmanship. Screenwriter and director Gunnar Vikene has fashioned a touching and delightful saga (with echoes of MVFF 2014’s The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window....) constructed on the principle that “built to last” applies to furniture and families alike. US PREMIERE —Michael Fox Sun Oct 11 1:00pm Rafael Tue Oct 13 8:30pm Sequoia Thur Oct 15 12:15pm Rafael

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THE HI DE HO SHOW

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Total Program 120 min

US/France 2015 • 80 min

US 2015 • 93 min

Director Kent Jones Producers Charles S. Cohen, Oliver Mille Screenwriters Kent Jones, Serge Toubiana Cinematographers Eric Gautier, Genta Tamaki Editor Rachel Reichman Print Source Cohen Media Group

Director Barbara Kopple Producers Barbara Kopple, Suzanne Mitchell, Hamilton Fish Cinematographers Gary Grifin, David Sosnow, John Hazard Editor Richard Hankin Print Source Cabin Creek Films

In English, French, and Japanese with English subtitles ~ When these two cinematic giants met in 1962, no one recognized them yet as such. François Truffaut was an exciting new talent in the vanguard of the French New Wave, and Alfred Hitchcock was a household name as the Master of Suspense, pigeonholed as the architect of neat little thrillers. But after their conversation and the subsequent book it yielded, nobody looked at movies the same way again. As this incisive and entertaining documentary chronicles, it took the fresh eyes of a cinema enthusiast like Truffaut to reveal to American viewers what his fellow critics-turnedartists already knew—that Hitchcock films had poetry, psychological complexity, and operatic emotion buried underneath the genre trappings. Using audio excerpts from those talks; a host of interviews, led by Martin Scorsese; and close readings of Hitchcock’s films, director Kent Jones deftly examines the seminal importance of these friendly, revolutionary chats and their widereaching legacy. —Sterling Hedgpeth

FOCUS: LIT FLIX Academy Award ® winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream) turns her incisive lens on The Nation, America’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine, and the impassioned team keeping it relevant in its second century. An American institution that debuted in 1865, the magazine has housed the voices of nearly every prominent writer and thinker of each modern moment, including Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson, Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Gore Vidal, Barbara Ehrenreich, and many more, remaining the torchbearer for the political left. But what Kopple reveals so engagingly is the collective spirit behind the printed page, embodied by editor-publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and the crew of writers, editors, staff, and interns who still care so much about the value of journalism. Watch this polished documentary to learn things you may not know about The Nation, but celebrate its true value in exploring the still-beating heart of the American free press. —Deanna Quinones

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FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) John Goddard, MVFF’s grand master of all things music, veejays from his personal collection as he takes us back half a century (gulp!) to the West Coast, where the seeds of revolution were being sown, both in music and on the groovy turntable of life. In the Northwest, no one agrees who recorded “Louie Louie” first: The Kingsmen or Paul Revere and The Raiders—but you can guess who played it longest. In San Francisco, The Beau Brummels said “Laugh, Laugh;” Bobby Freeman enticed us to “C’mon and Swim;” both were produced by Sylvester Stewart, aka Sly Stone. In LA, Darlene Love and The Blossoms were just, well, 20 feet from Phil Spector (recording “He’s A Rebel” as The Crystals), while Mamas, Papas, and Brothers who were Righteous joined Sonny and Cher in upping the ante musically—and sartorially. From the mellifluous to the marvelous, from the funky to the frenetic, the left coast was shakin’ and shimmying: C’mon everybody! —Zoë Elton Fri Fri

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I SMILE BACK

THE IDEALIST

IN DEFENSE OF FOOD

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VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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Denmark 2015 • 114 min

US 2015 • 117 min

Director Adam Salky Producers Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Mike Harrop Screenwriters Amy Koppelman, Paige Dylan Cinematographer Eric Lin Editor Tamara Meem Cast Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Terry Kinney, Chris Sarandon Print Source Broad Green Pictures

Director Christina Rosendahl Producers Jonas Frederiksen, Signe Leick Jensen, Ane Mandrup Screenwriters Lars K. Andersen, Simon Pasternak, Christina Rosendahl Cinematographer Laust Trier Mørk Editors Janus Billeskov Jansen, Olivier Bugge Coutté, Molly Marlene Stensgaard Cast Peter Plaugborg, Søren Malling, Thomas Bo Larsen, Arly Jover, Jens Albinus Print Source Danish Film Institute

Director Michael Schwarz Producers Michael Schwarz, Edward Gray, Kiki Kapany Screenwriter Edward Gray Cinematographers Vicente Franco, John Chater Editors Rhonda Collins, Gail Huddleson Print Source Kikim Media

SPOTLIGHT: SARAH SILVERMAN Sarah Silverman makes a groundbreaking departure from her comedic roots with this astonishing portrait of a troubled woman desperately looking for a path to redemption. Laney seems to have it all: two children she adores, a loving and doting husband, an immaculate house with an SUV in the driveway. But under the veneer of the perfect life in suburbia lies the painful struggle of a New Jersey housewife suffering from manic depression and sex and drug addictions, whose unbridled compulsive behavior— reckless use of alcohol and amphetamines, and illicit sexual encounters with a close family friend—is on the verge of throwing her life into complete disarray. Screenwriter Amy Koppelman adapts her own novel in collaboration with Paige Dylan, and transforms her story of a woman unraveling into a showcase for Silverman. The actress is a revelation, delivering a courageous, bareall performance in this dazzling, sometimes harrowing drama. Fri

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In Danish and English with English subtitles ~ Set in Denmark near the end of the Cold War and based on actual events, The Idealist is a powerful drama following one tenacious journalist’s investigation into a shocking cover-up with wide-ranging public health, political, and diplomatic implications. Poul Brink (Peter Plaugborg) is a radio reporter probing the cause of an unusual illness afflicting former workers at a remote air base in Greenland. Through dogged persistence and fierce ethical resolve, Brink’s investigation uncovers startling nuclear secrets, catching him in the crosshairs of forces both at home and abroad. Interspersed with documentary news footage, the film examines global events of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s through the lens of one of the lesser-known geopolitical players of the era. With fine acting, a taut story, and superb cinematography, The Idealist gives audiences a fresh perspective on some of the lesser known ripple effects of the intercontinental power struggles of the Cold War. US PREMIERE —Michael LoPresti Sun Tue

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, Berkeley-based journalist and healthyplanet advocate Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the human and environmental ills of our unsustainable Western diet. In Michael Schwarz’s illuminating, thoughtful documentary, Pollan travels the globe and the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his best-selling “eater’s manifesto.” With the critical eye of a science journalist, but the warmth of a weekend baker, Pollan steers us through millennia of human evolution, the rise of industrial food production and marketing, and the competing claims of nutrition science that have resulted not only in a revolving door of nutrient villains (fats, protein, sugar, gluten) but also a confused—and obese—nation. In Defense of Food comes as a welcome, jargon-free guide to the food-perplexed, as refreshing as a summer salad (grilled chicken optional). WORLD PREMIERE —Peter L. Stein Sat Oct 10 4:45pm Throck Wed Oct 14 4:45pm Rafael Fri Oct 16 11:45am Lark IN A SSOCIATION WITH E AT DRINK FILMS. COM a nd THE BIGGER PIC TURE: YOUTH SPE AK S/UC SF CENTER FOR V ULNER ABLE P OPUL ATIONS/SFGH

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INGRID BERGMAN—IN HER OWN WORDS

INTERWOVEN

IXCANUL

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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Sweden 2015 • 114 min

US 2015 • 87 min

Guatemala/France 2015 • 91 min

Director Stig Björkman Producer Stina Gardell Screenwriters Stig Björkman, Stina Gardell, Dominika Daubenbüchel Cinematographer Malin Korkeasalo Editor Dominika Daubenbüchel Print Source Rialto Pictures

Director/Editor VW Scheich Producers VW Scheich, Jeffrey Allard, Uyen K. Le Screenwriters VW Scheich, Uyen K. Le Cinematographer Wey Wang Cast Mo’Nique, Myles Cranford, Jon Eiswerth, Brooke Burgstahler Print Source RareForm Pictures

Director/Screenwriter Jayro Bustamante Producers Maria Peralta, Pilar Peredo, Edgar Temembaum Cinematographer Luis Armando Arteaga Editor Cesar Diaz Cast Maria Mercedes Coroy, Maria Telon, Manuel Antun, Justo Lorenzo, Marvin Coroy, Leo Antun Print Source Kino Lorber

In English, Swedish, and Italian with English subtitles ~ Timed for the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth, this beautifully crafted documentary by Swedish filmmaker Stig Björkman is an extraordinarily intimate study of the woman behind the world cinema icon. She famously said, “I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime,” and the film does recount the controversies that dogged her independent life choices, including the Hollywood fallout from her relationship with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Rich with feature film clips and archival interviews, as well as contemporary conversations with Bergman’s children, Björkman’s portrait gains significant resonance from her private letters and diaries, read off-screen by Alicia Vikander. And when it comes to home movies, who would have guessed that Bergman was such a veritable shutterbug? Her extensive footage of family gatherings, enhanced by Michael Nyman’s elegant musical score, contribute immensely to evoking the world and perspective of this one-of-a-kind talent. —Richard Peterson

Featuring a tour-de-force performance by Academy Award ® -winner Mo’Nique (Precious, MVFF 2009), this visually stunning and emotionally resonant exploration of the human condition delves deep into questions of life and death, love and loss, and what it means to exist in this mindblowing world. Inspired by real lives, filmmaker V.W. Scheich weaves 13 captivating stories into one unforgettable tapestry that—through a combination of exceptional editing, evocative music, and authentic performances—moves seamlessly through the roller-coaster rhythms of several parallel lives. Scheich creates a musical energy by expertly shifting focus and combining the realities of diverse, intriguing characters who face homelessness, despair, heartbreak, and addiction. Through the turmoil, the bonds of love persist: Strangers become intimate, families negotiate turbulent relationships and everyone searches for connection. By illuminating the inner lives of everyday people, Interwoven underscores the unexpected personal intersections that fuel the magic, mystery, and meaning of life. WORLD PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson

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In Spanish with English subtitles ~ With an indigenous cast and the power of a classic fable, Ixcanul tells the moving story of a Mayan family living in the shadow of a volcano in the Guatemalan highlands. In a rustic cabin, Maria and her parents eke out a living by harvesting coffee with hopes of improving their situation after the local overseer, Ignacio, proposes marriage. Pretty but naïve, young Maria has her eyes instead on a handsome itinerant worker who wants to travel to the States, and a rash decision imperils everyone’s plans. In his beautifully shot debut film, writer-director Jayro Bustamante shows a world where nature is preeminent and rituals a part of daily life. An infestation of snakes that menaces their livelihood provides a rich metaphor for the various threats that face the family in a moving drama that was inspired by Bustamante’s interviews with Mayan people about their daily lives. —Rod Armstrong Thur Oct 15 8:00pm Fri Oct 16 2:15pm

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JOURNEY TO ROME

KILL YOUR FRIENDS

LA TIERRA ROJA

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Czech Republic/Poland 2015 • 100 min

UK 2015 • 103 min

Belgium/Argentina 2015 • 100 min

Director Tomasz Mielnik Producers Mikuláš Novotný, Radim Procházka Screenwriters Tomasz Mielnik, Vit Polacek Cinematographer Jan Suster Editor Simon Hajek Cast Vaclav Hrzina, Berenika Kohoutova, Petr Slavik, Miroslav Donutil, Jan Englert Print Source Background Films

Director Owen Harris Producers Gregor Cameron, Will Clarke, Len Blavatnik Screenwriter John Niven Cinematographer Gustav Danielsson Editor Bill Smedley Cast Nicolas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Tom Riley, Georgia King Print Source Well Go USA Entertainment

Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer Diego Martinez Vignatti Producers Sébastien Delloye, Pablo Ratto Editor David Verdurme Cast Geert Van Rampelberg, Eugenia Ramirez Miori Print Source Latido Films

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In Czech, English, Italian, and Tibetan with English subtitles ~ Temptation never looked so enticing. When a provocative redhead solicits a favor from perpetual underachiever Vasek, she sets him on a train trip that’s equal parts art heist, chase movie, and freewheeling meditation on life’s mysteries. So begins director Tomasz Mielnik’s deadpan deconstruction of faith, tongue firmly planted in cheek as he explores how divining saint from sinner isn’t so easy. Departing the Czech Republic incognito, Italybound Vasek finds communion with clergy and skeptics, each with wry observations on the nature of belief, and encounters demons dressed as bureaucrats, an entrepreneur who turns water into wine, and a Buddhist enlightenment orgy. With inspirations ranging from Dante to George Gershwin, Mielnik invokes playful surrealism, kitschy cinematic flourishes, and visual tableaus that would make Luis Buñuel proud. The result is a whimsical journey with hellscapes aplenty, but perhaps a miracle or two along the way—all in search of a naïve state of grace. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Sterling Hedgpeth

FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) It’s the height of the late ‘90s Britpop tidal wave: Oasis are kings of the Billboard charts, Radiohead is poised to land a Grammy ®, Blur are indie darlings, and the Chemical Brothers rule the club scene. And behind every hit record (or so they’d like to think) are “the elite, the chosen few: the A&R men.” Among them is Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult, XMen), who considers himself a rising star at Unigram Records, ever on the hunt for The Next Big Thing. In this pitch-black comedy that skewers the music industry and breaks the fourth wall, a lot of records, and a few body parts along the way, he’ll stop at nothing to succeed, ignoring Radiohead’s lyrical warning: “Ambition makes you look pretty ugly.” Exploding on screen like a cinephile DJ’s mash-up of American Psycho, Trainspotting, and 24 Hour Party People, Kill Your Friends is wryly cynical, unabashedly outrageous, and thoroughly entertaining. US PREMIERE —Laura Henneman Mon Oct 12 9:15pm Sequoia Wed Oct 14 8:30pm Throck Fri Oct 16 11:30am Sequoia

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In Spanish with English subtitles ~ A stunning ecological thriller and intense love story, director Diego Martinez Vignatti’s third feature explores the effects of harmful farming techniques on a rainforest community in northern Argentina. Workers cut down trees and haul them to a paper company for processing, then they cover their faces with kerchiefs and spray poisonous weed killer to increase production. Pierre, a Belgian supervisor for the multinational company, is involved in a passionate relationship with local teacher Ana, and neither can ignore the growing evidence that people are being sickened by the chemicals they’re using. As Ana helps mobilize protests and gather evidence that cancer, birth defects, and other illnesses are related to the agrotoxins, Pierre must make a choice. Vignatti, a former cinematographer, captures the region’s beauty—and menace. With a cast that mixes seasoned actors and local indigenous people, the film culminates with a dramatic faceoff that changes the community, and Pierre, forever. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Margarita Landazuri Wed Oct 14 8:00pm Thur Oct 15 3:15pm

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A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET

LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS

MACBETH

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VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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US 2015 • 90 min

US 2015 • 86 min

UK /France/US 2015 • 113 min

Director Valerie Weiss Producers Jeffrey Loeb, Robert Johnson Screenwriter Moira McMahon Leeper Cinematographer Jeffrey Waldron Editor Amanda Griffin Cast Taryn Manning, Madison Davenport, Kurt Fuller, Maddie Hasson, Carter Jenkins, Nora Dunn Print Source PhD Productions

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Laurie Kahn Cinematographer Joseph Friedman Editor William A. Anderson Print Source Blueberry Hill Productions

Director Justin Kurzel Producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith Screenwriters Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw Editor Chris Dickens Cast Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Print Source The Weinstein Company

In the last few months of high school, college-bound Beth contends with the typical rites of passage—deciding on a school, finding a date to the prom, managing peer pressure from the mean girls, and questioning an uncertain future. As an intelligent and mature young woman, Beth longs for her independence, but is torn between the prospects of her dream school, UCLA, or sticking closer to home at Northwestern to care for her mother, Gloria (Taryn Manning of Orange is the New Black), who is struggling to stabilize her bipolar disorder. Set to a broody but wistful indie-rock soundtrack, this coming-of-age drama sets itself apart in its bold exploration of mental illness and its effect on the family as well as the afflicted. Director Valerie Weiss assuredly elicits strong performances from the entire cast, including the young lead, Madison Davenport, and Manning, whose performance firmly establishes her as one of the rising stars of her generation. WORLD PREMIERE —Holly Roach

FOCUS: LIT FLIX Romance novels comprise over a billion dollars a year in book sales, outselling science fiction, fantasy, and mystery combined. So why is the genre so often dismissed as frivolous “scribble” rather than elevated as a radical literary form that pushes the envelope on gender, race, and diversity? The heroic characters, prolific writers, and voracious readers that dominate romantic fiction are primarily women. Witty and intelligent, these lovers of the written word form a collaborative, supportive, and dynamic community where readers and writers inspire one another. Director Laurie Kahn (Tupperware!, MVFF 2003) takes a comprehensive look at what goes into publishing a romantic novel, from the author’s inspiration and writing process to the photo shoots for those distinctive cover designs. Speaking with literary scholars, romance fanatics, aspiring writers, and award-winning authors, including Nora Roberts, Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, and Radclyffe, this documentary offers fascinating insights into this female-centric literary world. —Holly Roach Wed Oct 14 6:00pm Cinema Fri Oct 16 11:45am Sequoia

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Michael Fassbender as Macbeth is an unstoppable force of nature; ferocious and ambitious, aided and abetted by his wife— the charismatic Marion Cotillard, whose Lady Macbeth is both powerful and intriguingly nuanced. A prologue with the Macbeths at the funeral of their child humanizes and contextualizes the emotional subtext of the couple. Soon after, we are on the battlefield, medieval broadswords slashing and clanging, silhouettes against a dark sky, the air punctured with fiery sparks. Director Jason Kurzel creates an atmosphere of high drama and underlying violence and treachery that never lets up; throughout, a dynamic score pushes the drama and emotion of the tale. Visually breathtaking, this confident, dynamic rendition of the Scottish play doffs its cap to the Game of Thrones generation as it evokes the essence of a medieval, almost supernatural Scotland racked by class strife, infighting, and superstition, yet tempered by an underscoring of occasional poignance that disarms and surprises. US PREMIERE —Zoë Elton Fri Oct 9 8:15pm Wed Oct 14 1:00pm

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Director/Screenwriter Batin Ghobadi Producer Bahman Ghobadi Cinematographer Saba Mazloum Editor Hayedeh Safiyari Cast Hisen Hesen, Helly Luv, Ismail Zagros, Beritan Yildizitan, Feyyaz Duman, Mir Murad Bedirxan Print Source Versatile

Director Alberto Rodriguez Producer Mercedes Cantero Screenwriters Alberto Rodriguez, Rafael Cobos Cinematographer Alex Catalan Editor Jose M. G. Moyano Cast Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Antonio de la Torre Print Source Outsider Pictures

Director Jessica Edwards Producer Rachel Mills Cinematographer Keith Walker Editor Amy Foote Print Source Film First

In Kurdish with English subtitles ~ The title character of this intriguing, smoldering drama suffers, with his younger brother, a childhood catastrophe beside a meandering river. This leads more or less directly to his meandering adulthood as a sullen loner and corrupt policeman on the take from the smugglers who regularly crisscross the stunning Kurdish border region joining Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. When a local tunnel worker goes missing on a lonely stretch of road, Mardan is tasked with locating the man on behalf of his beautiful, guileless wife—setting up Mardan for tests of fraternal instinct, albeit in complex ways that pull us along in a dream of guilt, remorse, and passion. As languid yet stirring as the river running through this exquisite mountain landscape, the film marks a fine directorial debut from Batin Ghobadi, brother of famed Iranian Kurdish filmmaker (and Mardan producer) Bahman Ghobadi (A Time of Drunken Horses). —Robert Avila

In Spanish with English subtitles ~ A mesmerizing and moody psychological journey into the underbelly of a small town in 1980, Marshland evokes the energy of True Detective and the tone of Twin Peaks to create a fascinating and haunting first-rate thriller. After teenage sisters disappear from a marshland town in southern Spain, two contrasting Madrid detectives are on the case. As their investigation unfolds, we take a twisty, turbulent ride filled with colorful characters, offbeat situations, and surprising moments of personal revelation. From the opening frames, featuring breathtaking aerial shots of the marshland, it’s clear that filmmaker Alberto Rodriguez is in complete control. Each scene is perfectly crafted to capture the emotional and physical reality of that moment while an eerie, understated soundtrack seeps into our subconscious. This meticulous, multilayered cinematic puzzle rewards careful attention by doling out information on a need-to-know basis, assembling a suspenseful and magnetic experience that gives the best kind of movie thrill. —Brendan Peterson

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FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) Mavis Staples gets you grinning and grooving from the very start of this joyful documentary. Between family band The Staples Singers and now her own group, Mavis has been on tour singing “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself” for the better part of 60 years, and there are countless reasons why: her unmistakable voice; her radiant stage presence; her timeless message of peace, love, and freedom. Mavis recounts her story herself—with a little help from friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, and Chuck D—while filmmaker Jessica Edwards artfully lays down the backing tracks of Mavis’ personal history: gospel tours in the segregated South, singing freedom songs in the civil rights movement, commanding the stage of the Newport Folk Festival and at the Grammys. This soulful and eternally glamorous woman has inspired generations and still remains, as she says herself, “just everyday people.” Come on in, sit on down, and let Mavis move you. —Laura Henneman Sat

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Italy 2015 • 110 min

Canada/France 2015 • 90 min

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Director/Screenwriter Jonas Carpignano Producers Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Jon Coplon Christoph Cinematographer Wyatt Garfield Editors Nico Luenen, Affonso Conclaves, Sanabel Chriaqoui Cast Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Adam Gnegne, Mary Elizabeth Innocence, Pio Amato, Zaccaria Kbiri, Davide Schipilliti, Vincenzina Siciliano Print Source IFC Films

Director Su Rynard Producers Joanne Jackson, Sally Blake, Martin de la Fouchardière Screenwriters Su Rynard, Sally Blake Cinematographers Daniel Grant, Amar Arhab Editor Eamonn O’Connor Print Source Kino Lorber

Director Catherine Hardwicke Producer Christopher Simon Screenwriter Morwenna Banks Cinematographer Elliot Davis Editor Phillip J. Bartell Cast Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, Jacqueline Bisset Print Source Roadside Attractions

FOCUS: CINEMA BELLISSIMO In French with English subtitles ~ A young man makes a perilous journey from Burkina Faso to Italy in Jonas Carpignano’s poignant and exquisitely crafted first feature. Refreshingly astute in his approach to character, the filmmaker weaves a fictional narrative based partly on the lived experiences of mesmerizing lead Koudous Seihon. The actor brings a heartfelt gravity to his character, Ayiva, whose hoped-for better life in the southwestern town of Rosarno gets off to a rocky start. Robbed by bandits in Algeria and rescued by the Coast Guard off the shores of Italy, Ayiva is given three months to miraculously procure a work contract in a country facing its own share of serious employment woes. Employing vérité style, Carpignano has an almost organic way of revealing the story that gives it reality and heart. In putting a deeply human and personal face on the hot-button issue of immigration, Mediterranea also announces Carpignano as a director to watch. —Rod Armstrong Sun Tue

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In English, French, German, Spanish, and Dutch with English subtitles ~ Brightly feathered songbirds are earth’s original musicians, but this urgent documentary drives home that their delightful symphonies are in jeopardy. The world faces a bleak possibility—that the sun may one day rise in silence. Aimed at both the head and heart, The Messenger celebrates these tuneful avian athletes, whose prodigious migratory feats span hemispheres and defy belief, even as it soberly explores the reasons behind their dramatic disappearance worldwide. Like canaries in a coal mine, songbird declines sound a dire warning about our collective toll on nature, which includes deforestation, urbanization, industry, blanket use of insecticides, and light and noise pollution—in addition to climate change. Gorgeously photographed, featuring stunning super slo-mo shots of birds in flight, this loving, elegiac film also celebrates the devoted conservationists who study and save these birds and are spreading a simple, powerful message: If we want songbirds singing tomorrow, we must change our ways now. US PREMIERE —Jeff Campbell Sun Oct 11 8:00pm Sequoia Mon Oct 12 11:45am Sequoia IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE SAN FR ANCISCO GREEN FILM FE S TIVAL a nd THE CORNELL L AB OF ORNITHOLOGY a nd M ARIN AU DUBON SOCIE T Y

TRIBUTE: CATHERINE HARDWICKE A dozen years after bursting on the scene with the award-winning Thirteen (2003), an indelible portrait of the tight connection between teenage girls, director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, 2008) returns with another insightful portrait of female bonding, perhaps the most honest portrayal of the highs, lows, and heartaches of enduring friendship since Beaches (1988). Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette head up an all-star cast as Jess and Milly, best friends since meeting at London primary school— bonding over everything from first kisses and concerts to a shared love of Wuthering Heights. Decades on, their relationship hits a rough patch as Jess struggles to start a family with her blue-collar love, Jago (Paddy Considine), while a troubling diagnosis disrupts Milly’s happy home life with dreamboat Kit (Dominic Cooper). A rocking soundtrack (including a Joan Jett original), coupled with Hardwicke’s intimate style results in a poignant, often comical journey with two women who remain, through it all, each other’s ultimate soulmate. —Alexis Whitham Sat Tue

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France/Germany/Turkey 2015 • 94 min

Italy 2014 • 106 min

Netherlands/Germany 2014 • 94 min

Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven Producer Charles Gillibert Screenwriters Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour Cinematographers David Chizallet, Ersin Gok Editor Mathilde Van de Moortel Cast Gunes Sensoy, Dogba Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, Erol Afsin Print Source Cohen Media Group

Director Nanni Moretti Producers Nanni Moretti, Domenico Procacci Screenwriters Nanni Moretti, Valia Santella, Gaia Manzini, Chiara Valerio Cinematographer Arnaldo Catinari Editor Clelio Benevento Cast Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati Print Source Alchemy

Director Saskia Diesing Producers Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf Screenwriters Esther Gerritsen, Saskia Diesing Cinematographer Aage Hollander Editor Barbara Toennieshen Cast Abbey Hoes, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gijs Blom, Fabian Jansen, Andre Jung Print Source KeyFilm

In Turkish with English subtitles ~ Five beautiful sisters contend with social and cultural strictures in this beautifully directed debut film. In a Turkish village situated along the Black Sea, Lale and her older siblings celebrate school’s end by frolicking in the sea with some male classmates. At home, their grandmother and uncle find nothing playful in this harmless activity and set about finding eligible bachelors to marry them. There are shades of Pride and Prejudice, with the focus on the betrothal of a quintet of young women, but Ergüven is more attentive to the siblings and their affection for one another than in their suitors. Her visual eye is perfect, from the casual overlap of limbs as the girls sprawl on a bed to the way their home gradually becomes a prison as the adults construct yet more barriers to escape. Though Mustang’s focus is delicate and intimate, its themes and ramifications are nothing short of revolutionary. US PREMIERE —Rod Armstrong

FOCUS: CINEMA BELLISSIMO In Italian with English subtitles ~ Award-winning director Nanni Moretti’s (Dear Diary, MVFF 1994) My Mother is a semi-autobiographical drama starring Moretti’s frequent muse Margherita Buy as a filmmaker beset by personal trials, most notably her mother’s failing health and a lead actor (John Turturro as Huggins) who can’t act or remember his lines. My Mother teases with perception as the narrative moves between memory, dream, movie, and life. As Margherita’s life unravels, she tells her actors, “Play the character but stand next to the character as you.” Though confusing, her directorial note functions as the underlying philosophy of My Mother—a “film within a film” in which the storyline echoes aspects of Moretti’s life from his own profession, to his mother’s as a dying scholar of ancient languages. After flubbing a line in Margherita’s film, Huggins rails against being an actor and shouts, “I want out of here, man. I want to get back to reality.” The question is, which reality? NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Melissa Howden

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In Dutch and German with English subtitles ~ Nena (rivetingly rendered by luminous Abbey Hoes), is just another introverted, 16-year-old Goethe-quoting, Goth-styled punker living along the Dutch-German border. She can hardly stand to listen to her friends’ mundane complaints about their parents given that her father is paralyzed from the neck down and wakes up every morning wishing it were his last. After meeting Carlo, her masculine doppelganger—a blue-haired, moped-riding baseball star all too eager to take her virginity—Nena must balance the youthful joy of first love with the weighty responsibility of caring for a disabled and despairing parent. First-time feature director Saskia Diesing’s coming-of-age drama is set just prior to the destruction of the Berlin Wall, against an exuberant ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Hoes’ award-winning performance switches deftly between wide-eyed innocence and a maturity far beyond her age in this touching, funny, and poignantly humane film. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Angelique Smith Fri Sat Sun

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A NEW COLOR: THE ART OF BEING EDYTHE BOONE

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS

NUMBER ONE FAN

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VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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US 2015 • 57 min

Total Program 85 min

France 2014 • 105 min

Director/Producer Marlene “Mo” Morris Cinematographer Peggy Peralta Editor Maureen Gosling Print Source Galewind Films Meet Edythe Boone, one of the seven women artists commissioned in 1994 to cover San Francisco’s historic Women’s Building with a massive, iconic mural entitled MaestraPeace. Now in her 70s, the African-American artist works to restore the mural to its original brilliant colors, reassuring a young woman terrified of mounting a scaffold for the first time. Back on the ground, she teaches public art to everyone from West Oakland middle schoolers to Richmond seniors. As Edy guides students in choosing mural subjects, using a grid, and mastering texture, they’re thrilled to be working with a veteran muralist whose art can be found all over the Bay Area and commemorates the great events of her time. Those events keep coming, as we see when the death of Edy’s nephew becomes a national symbol of racist policing. To all her students she says, “You can’t change your beginnings, but you can put a nice beautiful ending to the story.” WORLD PREMIERE —Frako Loden

For this special environmental program we bring you three new films from Marin County’s own Mill Valley Film Group.

THE ROOTS OF ‘ULU US 2015 • 34 min Director John Antonelli

Take a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and discover the mythological origins of ‘ulu, commonly known as breadfruit. After being replaced over the years by commercial crops like coffee and sugar, the ‘ulu plant is making a comeback, playing an important role in cultural preservation and food sustainability for Hawaii.

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM MYANMAR TO SCOTLAND US 2015 • 30 min Directors John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Tom Dusenbery

Robert Redford narrates the latest edition of this Emmy award-winning series—an annual tribute to six passionate environmental heroes from around the world who share a common goal of safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources.

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In this dramatic documentary narrated by Danny Glover, we follow Ikal Angelei, a 31-year-old Turkana native, and her grassroots efforts to halt construction of the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia in order to protect the indigenous people who rely on the Omo River and Lake Turkana as their vital source of water. WORLD PREMIERE

Meet Penny Cooper: criminal defense attorney, lesbian, champion of the marginalized, and supporter of women artists, who has been at the forefront of profound societal changes. Sat Fri

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Director Jeanne Herry Producers Alain Attal, Hugo Selignac Screenwriters Jeanne Herry, Gaelle Mace Cinematographer Axel Cosnefroy Editor Francis Vesin Cast Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte, Pascal Demolon, Olivia Cote, Nicolas Bridet, Sebastien Knafo Print Source Distrib Films US In French with English subtitles ~ French pop star Vincent Lacroix (Laurent Lafitte) knows just where to turn when a heated domestic dispute leads to an accidental death and a body in need of disposal—his number one fan, Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain). Known for spinning engaging, complex and totally fabricated tales, the recently divorced beautician’s life changes forever when she finds her favorite crooner standing outside her apartment, head in hand. Committed to helping her idol out of a jam, she goes along with his seemingly foolproof plan, but there’s no such thing as the perfect crime. Featuring a spectacular performance by the always reliable Kiberlain, the film is a clever thriller that plays like a Gallic Gone Girl, with plenty of well-executed twists and turns. Number One Fan was nominated for two César Awards: Best Actress for Kiberlain and Best First Film for writer/director Jeanne Herry, daughter of famed actress Miou-Miou and singer Julien Leclerc. —Joe Bowman Fri Oct 9 4:00pm Sat Oct 10 2:45pm Wed Oct 14 5:30pm

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Romania 2015 • 93 min

US 2015 • 34 min Total Program 95 min

US 2015 • 102 min

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Director Radu Muntean Producer Dragos Vilcu Screenwriters Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean, Razvan Radulescu Cinematographer Tudor Lucaciu Editor Alexandru Radu Cast Teodor Corban, Iulian Postelnicu, Oxana Moravec Print Source Films Boutique In Romanian with English subtitles ~ Murder interrupts an intensely private man’s ordered world in director Radu Muntean’s (The Paper Will Be Blue, MVFF 2007) gripping drama. On his way out to walk his dog one summer day, Mr. Patrascu (Teodor Corban) overhears his downstairs neighbor, Laura, arguing with a man. When he encounters Valentin (Iulian Postelnicu), another tenant, right outside her door, Patrascu is curious but says nothing. But when he learns Laura has been killed, it becomes harder for Patrascu—a family man who prizes routine— to maintain his deeply ingrained reticence. Muntean, a central figure of Romanian New Wave cinema, builds the film’s tension masterfully as Patrascu’s encounters with Valentin cross the threshold of his own neatly ordered apartment, family, and work. This deftly acted drama of a middle-class Romanian family roils with the pressure of its patriarch’s conscience, simmering beneath the surface of his desperate reserve and reluctance to get involved. US PREMIERE —Nancy Fishman

Director/Cinematographer Irene Taylor Brodsky Producers Larry Brilliant, Sophie Harris Editors Irene Taylor Brodsky, Jeffrey Friedman Print Source Vermilion Films In Nepali with English subtitles ~ They have not seen each other clearly in years. Their ability to contribute to the family farm is very limited. They want more. Adorable Manisara and her husband Durga are Nepalese elders, both blinded over time by cataracts. Outreach healthcare workers identify them as prime candidates for free eye surgery. Their journey is shot up close and intimate as the elders experience loving attention on their long trip on foot and during pre-op anxiety at the clinic. In one day, their eye doctor and her team do fifty plus cataract removals and interocular lens replacements. A day after the six-minute operation, the bandages are removed. It’s an emotional moment for Manisara and Durga. Witness this everyday miracle, renewing the vision and possibility of entire communities. Expect some special guests—and an inspiring post-screening panel discussion. WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada Sat

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Director James Redford Producers Karen Pritzker, Dana Schwartz, Shannon Stirone-Norwood Cinematographer Tylor Norwood Editor Jen Bradwell Print Source KPJR Films Unconditional love might not seem like a rigorous pedagogical principle, but it’s the guiding precept of this public school’s approach to teaching troubled teens. Walla Walla, Washington high schoolers are the focus of director/producer James Redford’s (Toxic Hot Seat, MVFF 2013) sixth documentary about uplifting responses to the acute problems of our times. Lincoln High’s dedicated staff prize understanding over discipline and personal engagement over control, offering their students tools to cope with the chaos they face at home. Redford himself gets into the spirit of things, providing cameras so the kids can film on their own. By addressing the trauma that provokes their bad behavior, these adolescents inch away from failure, not only earning a better shot at graduating but also at staying out of the system and leading happier lives. One student’s on-camera epiphany that she’s the first woman in her family not to get pregnant in her teens will surely win over any lingering skeptics. —Shari Kizirian Tue Fri

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Canada 2014 • 103 min

Switzerland 2015 • 78 min

Spain 2015 • 105 min

Director Léa Pool Producers Lyse Lafontaine, François Tremblay Screenwriters Marie Vien, Léa Pool Cinematographer Daniel Jobin Editor Michel Arcand Cast Céline Bonnier, Lysandre Ménard, Diane Lavallée, Valérie Blais, Pierrette Robitaille, Marie Tifo Print Source Seville International

Director Jean-Cosme Delaloye Producers Francine Lusser, Gérard Monier Cinematographers Jean-Cosme Delaloye, Nicholas Strini, Jakob Jimenez, Pablo Aguilar Editor Lila Place Print Source CAT&Docs

Director Fernando León de Aranoa Producers Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Jaume Roures Screenwriters Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Leon de Aranoa, Diego Farias Cinematographer Alex Catalán Editor Nacho Ruiz Capillas Cast Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry, Fedja Stukan, Eldar Residovic, Sergi Lopez. Print Source IFC Films

FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) In French with English subtitles ~ Vibrant and compassionate music teacher Sister Augustine, mother superior of a rural Catholic convent in Quebec, has a calling: to offer top-quality musical education to young women, regardless of social or economic background. The fruits of Sister Augustine’s efforts result in prize wins and medals for the girls from prestigious musical competitions. But harmony is broken with the arrival of musical prodigy Alice (who happens to be Augustine’s niece), and by the sweeping secular reforms of Vatican II. With Quebec’s “Quiet Revolution” afoot, in short order, the convent school’s funding—and survival—is at stake along with the nuns’ timeless way of life. Featuring a stellar performance by Céline Bonnier (Sister Augustine) and a magnificent soundtrack of classical and choral music, director Léa Pool’s film delights the ear, touches the heart, and authentically depicts parochial education and its historical time period with humor, poignancy, and elegance. —Tim Sika Mon Oct 12 5:15pm Sequoia Tue Oct 13 2:00pm Rafael Fri Oct 16 11:00am Throck

In Spanish with English subtitles ~ Powerful and haunting, The Pawn tells the stories of individuals and families who, despite all odds, stand up against the culture of impunity in Guatemala, where kidnappings for ransom are a daily occurrence. After her teenage cousin’s abduction and murder, single-mom Karin Gramajo is emboldened to take action, pursuing studies to become a lawyer as she helps others fight for justice—no mean feat in a country with a justice system that is ineffective to the point of negligence. At 14, Astrid Elías Macario was kidnapped. Her family paid the ransom and gained her release; yet freedom remains elusive. Her captors were never arrested, and continued threats drove Astrid to flee to the US and seek asylum—and her struggle to avoid deportation begins. With its insightful journalistic sensibility and moving storytelling, Jean-Cosme Delahoye’s film is an extraordinary testament to ordinary people who transcend unthinkable circumstances by speaking up and fighting back. US PREMIERE —Lily Buchanan Sun Tue

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In English, Bosnian, Spanish, and French with English subtitles ~ Humanitarian aid workers attempt to improve conditions despite facing bureaucracy, violence, cynicism, distrust, and a shortage of necessary materials in this tragicomedy, a kind of M*A*S*H comes to the Balkans, set during the waning days of the Bosnian War. The drama begins with Mambru (Benicio Del Toro) and Damir (Fedja Stukan) trying to fish a corpse out of a well. Lack of a proper rope complicates the situation—just one more absurdity for the two men and their co-workers, including wise-cracking B (Tim Robbins), as they go about the business of trying to survive while helping the region thrive once again. Spain stands in for Bosnia in Spaniard Fernando León de Aranoa’s gorgeously lensed, funny, and compassionate first English-language feature, a film as attuned to the comic potential of a booby-trapped cow in the road as it is to the challenge of doing the right thing in an impossible situation. Fri Sun

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Israel 2014 • 92 min

Director/Screenwriter Rob Nilsson Producers Rob Nilsson, John Stout, Jonathan Marlow Cinematographers Chris Damm, Galina Pasternak, Vincent Leddy Editors Joel Simone, Ryan Leaneagh Cast T. Moon, Rob Nilsson, Shannah Laumeister, Vincent Leddy, Denny Dey, Michelle Anton Allen Print Source Citizen Cinema

Director Joseph Castelo Producers Adam Folk, Travis Burgess, Eric Shultz Screenwriters Joseph Castelo, Ashley Rudden Cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz Editor Giacomo Ambrosini Cast Thomas Mann, Lucy Fry, Sam Page, Logan Huffman Print Source Coalition Films

Director/Screenwriter Tali Shalom Ezer Producers Elad Gavish, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery Cinematographer Radek Ladczuk Editor Neta Dvorkis Cast Keren Mor, Ori Pfeffer, Shira Haas, Adar Zohar Hanetz Print Source Breaking Glass Pictures

Internationally renowned for his signature style, the emotionally intense, characterdriven approach known as Direct Action Cinema, director Rob Nilsson (Bridge to a Border, MVFF 2014; A Leap to Take, MVFF 2013) spins the camera 180 degrees to focus upon a fictional facsimile of himself in Permission to Touch, reprising the lead role of photojournalist Mel Hurley from his 1987 Sundance Grand Jury prizewinning film Heat and Sunlight. Now 30 years older, Hurley is asked to put his unique vision at the service of Funmi Marlowe, a sensuous and sybaritic young female performance artist (a pitch-perfect T. Moon) who requisitions his services but is not content to merely submit herself to his gaze. The result is a thoroughly provocative mix of reality, fiction, spontaneity, and intelligent scripting that shapes itself into a deeply meaningful dialogue on the intimate erotics of filmmaking and the power of the image in front of and behind the screen. WORLD PREMIERE —Karen Davis Wed Oct 14 8:45pm Sat Oct 17 7:45pm

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Tobias (up-and-coming young star Thomas Mann, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) is out of his league. Pressured by his mom to attend an elite private school, on campus he finds himself far outclassed and outnumbered by the scions of the rich and successful. But thanks to his geeky new friend—an ambassador’s son—and an unstoppable drive to impress a sexy classmate, he hatches a brilliant plan to burrow his way into the hearts and wallets of his over-privileged new friends. Based on a true story, Joseph Castelo’s fast-paced and funny film is a great addition to several subgenres, with echoes of the zippy campus hijinks of Roger Avary’s The Rules of Attraction, and the drug-dealing derring-do of Ted Demme’s Blow, plus several stops in between. Aided by a propulsive soundtrack and an able, fresh-faced cast, The Preppie Connection is positively and preposterously delightful. US PREMIERE —Mike Keegan Thur Oct 15 5:45pm Fri Oct 16 2:00pm Sat Oct 17 8:15pm

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In Hebrew with English subtitles ~ On the cusp of puberty, 12-year-old Adar (Shira Haas) is already deep into the girl-you’llbe-a-woman-soon blues. The fact that her mother’s louche, libidinous boyfriend (Ori Pfeffer) engages in boundary-pushing games with her isn’t helping the confusion; Adar can’t decipher whether he’s a predator or just being playful. Then she brings home an androgynous teen boy (Adar Zohan-Hanetz) who might be a hustler, her doppelganger, or simply a figment of her imagination, and an already sexually charged atmosphere tips towards an inevitable boiling point. A big winner at the Jerusalem Film Festival, writer-director Tali Shalom Ezer’s (Surrogate, MVFF 2011) sophomore feature takes its coming-of-age story to seriously uncomfortable places. But it also introduces an extraordinary new talent in Haas, and establishes Ezer as a bold filmmaker who transforms a tale of broken taboos into something that’s somehow touching, tender, and traumatic all at once. —David Fear Fri Sat

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US 2015 • 75 min

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Director/Cinematographer Rebecca Parrish Producers Daniel Alpert, Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Susan Sarandon Editors Kenji Yamamoto, Katerina Simic, Rebecca Parrish Print Source Kindling Group

Director/Screenwriter Grímur Hákonarson Producer Grímar Jónsson Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen Editor Kristján Lodmfjörd Cast Sigurdur Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júíusson, Charlotte Böving, Jón Benónysson, Gudrún Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson Print Source Cohen Media Group

Director Atom Egoyan Producers Ari Lantos, Robert Lantos Screenwriter Benjamin August Cinematographer Paul Sarossy Editor Christopher Donaldson Cast Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Jurgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven Print Source A24

By serving people in need, nuns have always been the heart and hands of the Catholic Church, often becoming savvy social justice activists in the process. In Radical Grace, the new documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon, we meet three American nuns who find themselves branded as “radical feminists” and censured for insubordination by the Vatican. Sister Chris Shenk, who trained with Cesar Chavez, is organizing for a future Church with women deacons. Sister Jean Hughes offers unconditional love in her daily work with ex-cons and the poor. And Sister Simone Campbell lobbies for the Affordable Care Act as humanitarian policy, despite Church opposition to birth control and abortion. Each woman faces possible excommunication and the loss of her identity, but a glimmer of hope ignites when liberation theologian Pope Francis gains office. Whether speaking before congressional representatives or facing angry Bishops, these sisters risk it all for the higher calling of social justice. —Carol Harada PRECEDED BY

IRINA ROZO US 2015 • 6 min Director Ashley James

For internationally renowned sculptor Irina Rozo the artist is the catalyst of change. Here, the viewer becomes an active participant in creating a work of art. Mon Oct 12 8:15pm Wed Oct 14 2:00pm

In Icelandic with English subtitles ~ Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard competition, this touching and wry Icelandic comedy wittily portrays the connection between man and beast. For brothers Gummi and Kiddi, who haven’t spoken to one another in 40 years, their lambs are their life. When Kiddi fires a bullet into Gummi’s window for being a poor loser in a sheep competition, the relationship fractures further. But after a mysterious outbreak of scrapie leads officials to decree that all local sheep must be slaughtered, the siblings are forced to work together in surprising ways to save their beloved creatures. Hakonarson’s second film, with its breathtaking photography, sly humor, and pathos, evinces a documentarian’s eye for the hardships and heartaches of rural farm life. From the put-upon sheepdog who serves as the brothers’ only mode of communication to the desperate acts each man takes to save his sheep, Rams offers an indelibly artful depiction of animal husbandry. —Rod Armstrong Fri Sun

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Zev (Christopher Plummer) is a man on a mission. A nursing home resident and recent widower, he is plagued with severe dementia that forces him to relive the painful discovery of his wife’s death daily. But there are some memories that haunt him even more severely, and with the help of his kindred spirit and neighbor Max (Martin Landau), he sets off on a secret trip that promises to purge his demons and mete out some long overdue justice. Director Atom Egoyan is no stranger to characters with mysterious motivations and emotional landscapes informed by deep historical currents, and in this unforgettable thriller, anchored by a brilliant performance from Plummer, these echoes of the past propel Zev’s avenging angel to an inevitable reckoning. Ultimately, Egoyan shows in this cross-country odyssey that lies, hate, and self-deception can linger for generations, but the truth is a force that has a resilient life of its own. —Sterling Hedgpeth Sun Tue

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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

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US 2015 • 81 min

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US 2015 • 93 min

Director Haydn Reiss Producers Haydn Reiss, Dominic Howes Screenwriter Tom Lemmer Cinematographer Mark Traver Editors Haydn Reiss, Steve Fischer, James Gowdey Print Source ZINC FILMS

Director Lenny Abrahamson Producers Ed Guiney, David Gross Screenwriter Emma Donoghue Cinematographer Danny Cohen Editor Nathan Nugent Cast Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, William H. Macy Print Source A24

Director Christopher Coppola Producers Christopher Coppola, Alain Silver Screenwriter Alain Silver Cinematographers Andrew Giannetta, Matthew Skala Editor Marian Wallace Cast Michael Madsen, Bai Ling, Anna Biani, Bailey Coppola, Kato Kaelin Print Source Plaster City Productions Inc.

FOCUS: LIT FLIX Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950s, and this loving documentary by Haydn Reiss (Rumi: Poet of the Heart, MVFF 1998) charts his singular path from second son to taciturn father on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990s men’s movement. The bespectacled, white-haired Bly is every inch the politically and spiritually engaged mystic, seeking each moment’s fervid heart as well as the eternal, intuitive bedrock beneath our cultivated ideologies and “personas.” He was one of the first to translate Pablo Neruda, Rumi, and the ecstatic Sufi poets, and his work with Joseph Campbell— exploring the metaphorical, psychological terrain of myth and ritual—led to the unexpected pop culture phenomenon of Iron John. A confounding whirling dervish, Bly’s life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth. WORLD PREMIERE —Jeff Campbell Sat Oct 10 8:00pm Tue Oct 13 4:00pm Wed Oct 14 2:30pm

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SPOTLIGHT: BRIE LARSON Jack is five. He lives with Ma in Room. They can cook, exercise, read books, watch TV, sing songs, and “Do Scream.” Everything in Room is real; everything else is just TV. Room is Jack’s whole world. Until it’s not. Room is based on Emma Donoghue’s bestseller, which is told from Jack’s viewpoint. Fans of the novel take note: The film achieves the book’s intensity and emotional impact. Donoghue adapted her own work, and between her script and director Lenny Abrahamson’s attention to detail and excellent eye for framing, the story transforms for the screen and retains the immediacy of the boy’s experience. Jacob Tremblay is mesmerizing as Jack and the phenomenal Brie Larson conveys Ma’s complexity and emotional balancing act with the smallest change of expression, pause, or measured breath. Together they embody the incomparable bond between mother and child and bring to life this riveting story about defining one’s own world. —Laura Henneman Wed Oct 14 7:00pm

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In English and Georgian with English subtitles ~ From the fertile mind of Christopher Coppola comes a thrilling blast of operatic vampire love. Fueled by a combination of gritty low-budget energy and gorgeous moments of deep meditation, Sacred Blood is unnerving, passionate cinema for people who like film served straight up, with a twist. The riveting story follows Natia, a circus sharpshooter from Georgia (the former Soviet republic), who flees to San Francisco after confronting a mysterious performer and his disturbing dog. As Natia wanders through the city, spending quality time in the Tenderloin, Chinatown, and North Beach, she encounters a series of colorful, sometimes dangerous characters and searches for her place in this new world. When she meets a young artist (Bailey Coppola, a dead-ringer for another member of the famous clan), Natia must make extreme decisions that will resonate for eternity. A soulful San Francisco serenade to creatures of the night, Sacred Blood is both moving and menacing at once. WORLD PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson Fri Sat

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South Korea 2014 • 81 min

UK 2014 • 105 min

US/Senegal 2014 • 89 min

Director/Screenwriter Chang Hyung-yun Producer Cho Young-Kag Cast Yoo Ah-in, Jung Yu-mi Print Source GKIDS

Director/Screenwriter Debbie Tucker Green Producers Polly Leys, Kate Norrish, Katherine Butler Cinematographer Ula Pontikos Editor Mark Eckersley Cast Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba, Kai FrancisLewis Print Source Film Movement

Directors/Producers/Screenwriters Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman Cinematographers David Aubrey, Jim Bitterman, Salvador Bolivar Editor Ricardo Acosta Print Source Kino Lorber

In Korean with English subtitles ~ There’s some weird magic going on in the Korean city where Kyung-chun is trying to make his name as a musician and where heartbroken humans transform into animals. Kyung-chun himself becomes a Holstein cow after his girlfriend dumps him. Not only that, there’s a competition between a flying incinerator that wants to burn him to ash and a black-market organ thief who’s after his liver. Not even the wizard Merlin is immune to all the hocus pocus— he’s been turned into a roll of enchanted toilet paper. Meanwhile, a curious satellite becomes a metallic girl and visits Earth to find the owner of the beautiful voice—Kyungchun—whose love songs reached her heart in outer space. Surreal and wonderfully inventive, this animated fable is chockfull of whimsical, offbeat humor; quirky character designs; and gorgeous backgrounds. The film marks an impressive feature debut for writer-director Chang Hyung-yun. Ages 10+ NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE —Roberta McNair Sun Sun

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Realism of the kitchen sink and magical varieties blend in this intriguing drama about a British woman who finds herself miraculously pregnant and must cope with what this epiphany means for her and her family. The mother to watchful 11-year-old JJ—her first “miracle baby”—Jackie (the subtly brilliant Nadine Marshall) has a history of miscarriages and trouble conceiving, never mind the fact that she hasn’t let her husband Mark (a jocular yet intense Idris Elba) touch her for months. Within tightly framed spaces, the tiny depth of field keeps us close up with the family’s everyday domestic life, while at the edges of the frame, Jackie’s nerves and marriage blur and unravel. Writer-director Debbie Tucker Green plays on the cadences of the family’s London-Jamaican patois in her dialogue, drawing out a trio of simple, powerful performances, especially from young Kai Francis Lewis, a quiet witness to the coming judgment day. US PREMIERE —Lucy Laird Tue Oct 13 8:00pm Rafael Wed Oct 14 11:45am Sequoia IN A SSOCIATION WITH THE M USEU M OF THE AFRIC AN DIA SP OR A

One of the 20th century’s most inspired storytellers, Ousmane Sembène’s (Moolaade, MVFF 2004) own life story is itself extraordinary. A fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, as a young man he went to Marseille where working as a dockworker politicized and inspired him. Returning home, his dream of becoming the storyteller for a new Africa led him first to novels, then to film—despite the complete lack of infrastructure to support filmmaking. Known as the father of African film, his debut feature Black Girl (MVFF 2015) remains a classic of 20th-century cinema. Longtime biographer and colleague Samba Gadjido collaborates with filmmaker Jason Silverman to tell Sembène’s story: It’s a portrait of a hero, a man of fearless vision who spoke up for the marginalized, and who laid the foundation for a vibrant cinema culture in West Africa. Through archival footage and a wealth of interviews—some surprisingly candid—Sembène! is rich and moving, a compelling tribute to his genius. —Zoë Elton Tue Oct 13 5:45pm Thur Oct 15 3:15pm

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SHANA: THE WOLF’S MUSIC

SIR DOUG AND THE GENUINE TEXAS COSMIC GROOVE

SON OF SAUL

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Switzerland/Canada 2014 • 95 min

US 2015 • 84 min

Hungar y 2015 • 107 min

Director/Screenwriter Nino Jacusso Producer Franziska Reck Cinematographer Severine Barde Editor Loredana Christelli Cast Sunshine O’Donovan, Delilah Dick, Alana Aspinall, Marcel Shackelly, Marty Aspinall, Vonnet Hall Print Source Reck Film Production

Director Joe Nick Patoski Producer Dawn Johnson Screenwriters Joe Nick Patoski, Jason Wheling Cinematographer Yuta Yamaguchi Editors Cody Ground, David Fabelo Print Source Submarine

Director László Nemes Producers Gabor Sipos, Gabor Rajna Screenwriters László Nemes, Clara Royer Cinematographer Mátyás Erdely Editor Matthieu Taponier Cast Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont, Sándor Zsoter, Marcin Czarnik Print Source Sony Pictures Classics

FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) Once Shana (Sunshine O’Donovan) played violin side by side with her mother, joyfully accompanying the Wolf Clan’s ceremonies and celebrations. But with her mom’s passing, the magic disappears from her life. Then one day, as she plays her violin under the ancestor tree, Shana senses the presence of the wolf, drawn by her music. That music, her teacher’s belief in her gift and its link to a rich and sacred First Nations legacy, and the wolf’s guidance break down Shana’s walls, sending her on a vision quest and offering her a chance for a brighter future. Italian-Swiss writer/director Nino Jacusso traveled to Canada to make this tender coming-of age drama that is populated by a cast that includes many of The People of the Creeks from Merritt, British Columbia, and graced by an evocative soundscape that emphasizes not just Shana’s music, but her connection to the natural world. Ages 10+ —Roberta McNair Sat Sun

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FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) He led one of Bob Dylan’s favorite bands in the ‘60s, headlined shows with Willie Nelson, and was an early performer on Austin City Limits. So why isn’t the brilliant, energetic Doug Sahm a household name? This rocking, two-stepping documentary careens through his whirlwind life and career and brings the audience along for the ride. Doug played steel guitar in San Antonio honky-tonks before his eighth birthday. His band, The Sir Douglas Quintet, rocketed onto the charts in 1965 with “She’s About a Mover.” He grooved through San Francisco during the Haight-Ashbury era, spent time in Marin, and recorded the classic track “Mendocino,” but his heart belonged to Texas. Archival audio of the man himself combines with present-day interviews with Doug’s family, bandmates, and friends, to paint a vivid picture of a wild, genial musical genius always questing after The Groove. —Laura Henneman Sun Oct 11 5:30pm Mon Oct 12 3:30pm

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In Hungarian, German, Yiddish, Russian, Polish, French, Greek, and Slovak with English subtitles ~ Saul works quickly in the surrounding din of Nazi machinery; stern, clipped German commands; and a cacophony of Eastern European languages. A Sonderkommando, he is a Jewish prisoner tasked with scurrying through fleshy piles of corpses, preparing them for incineration, pulling out gold teeth, and rifling through belongings to extract anything of value. He performs these odious tasks with a chilling precision animated by the base need to survive—another moment, another day. While the others in the unit plot a rebellion, Saul becomes preoccupied with a new task: Spotting a young boy’s body he believes to be his son’s, he sets out to arrange a proper Jewish funeral, complete with a rabbi to read the mourner’s Kaddish. Director László Nemes’ astonishing feature film debut won Cannes’ Grand Prix and was among the most talked about films in the festival, a dark courageous drama that nevertheless celebrates the human spirit in the face of daunting circumstance. —Ilya Tovbis Sun Oct 11 4:00pm Mon Oct 12 5:15pm

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THE SORROW AND THE PITY

SPOTLIGHT

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France/Germany 1969 • 260 min

US 2015 • 128 min

US 1983 • 134 min

Director Marcel Ophuls Producers André Harris, Alain de Sedouy Screenwriters André Harris, Marcel Ophuls Cinematographers André Gazut, Jürgen Thieme Editor Claude Vajda Print Source Milestone Film & Video

Director Tom McCarthy Producers Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Faust Screenwriters Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy Cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi Editor Tom McArdle Cast Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci Print Source Open Road Films

Director Richard Marquand Producer Howard G. Kazanjian Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas Cinematographer Alan Hume Editors Sean Barton, Duwayne Dunham, Marcia Lucas Cast Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels Print Source Lucasfilm Ltd.

(LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ)

In French and German with English subtitles ~ Marcel Ophuls’ brave and controversial excavation of collaboration and resistance in occupied France during World War II is a landmark in the noble history of documentary film. Perhaps still best known in this country for inspiring a running gag in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977)—one Jewish filmmaker obsessed with moral conundrums saluting another—Ophuls’ masterpiece deserves rediscovery. Focusing on the small city of Clermont-Ferrand, the director conducted probing interviews, remarkable for their disclosures of individual choices and blinkered (and ongoing) selfjustification. What emerges is a complex, disturbing portrait of guilt, heroism, and matter-of-fact obeisance framed by Ophuls’ unwavering moral compass. Even as the documentary exposes the stain of national dishonor that the French had previously ignored or covered up, it challenges the viewer to consider how he/she would have behaved. A work of journalism and history, The Sorrow and the Pity is ultimately a profound philosophical essay. —Michael Fox Fri

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OPENING NIGHT/FOCUS: LIT FLIX Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, MVFF 2003) and an impeccable ensemble cast recreate the true events of 2001, when The Boston Globe broke open the massive child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese—and the shocking Church cover-up that kept it a dirty secret for decades. Spurred by the paper’s new (and first Jewish) editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) leads a crack team of investigative journalists (Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Brian d’Arcy James), who uncover a story of corruption and betrayal beyond their wildest imaginations. In a Church-dominated town, where parishioners equate their priests with God, their investigation is tantamount to blasphemy, and the Church will do everything in its power (of which it has plenty) to stop it in its tracks. Spotlight is a riveting, heart-wrenching drama that reminds us how the pen truly can be mightier than the sword. It is the All the President’s Men of our generation. US PREMIERE —Joanne Parsont Thur Oct 8 Thur Oct 8

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Star Wars returns for MVFF’s special screening of Return of the Jedi. The third film in the original trilogy, and the last film in the series (until the new Star Wars film opens in December!), Jedi is a dazzling entry in George Lucas’ heroic saga of good and evil, cementing Star Wars’ indelible pop culture legacy. Luke Skywalker returns as a Jedi Knight, the Death Star returns to threaten the galaxy, and Darth Vader returns to finally tempt his son to the dark side. Who will prevail? In between its breathtaking speederbike chases and its gruesome Rancor pit, Jabba the Hutt’s slobbering bulk, and Princess Leia’s heart-stopping metal bikini, those adorable fuzzy Ewoks and the perpetually flummoxed C-3PO, Return of the Jedi sends the reassuring message that hate and vengeance don’t stand a chance against the Force and a steadfast heart. —Jeff Campbell Mon Oct 12 6:00pm

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SURVIVING SKOKIE

TAXI (JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI)

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UK 2015 • 106 min

US 2015 • 65 min

Iran 2015 • 82 min

Director Sarah Gavron Producers Faye Ward, Alison Owen Screenwriter Abi Morgan Cinematographer Eduard Grau Editor Barney Pilling Cast Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Meryl Streep, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw Print Source Focus Features

Directors/Producers Eli Adler, Blair Gershkow Screenwriter/Editor Blair Gershkow Cinematographer Eli Adler Print Source Clean Slate Video

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Jafar Panahi Print Source Kino Lorber

CLOSING NIGHT Profoundly moving, Suffragette tells the story of women who were foot soldiers in the fight for the right to vote in the early 20th century, ordinary women who risked all—their jobs, homes, children, even their lives. One such is Maud (Carey Mulligan): A laundry worker since childhood, she joins the evolving suffrage movement in hopes of breaking the cycles of injustice, poverty, and abuse that so many women endure. With peaceful protest a long-gone option, the suffragettes are forced underground. Guided by Edith (Helena Bonham Carter, MVFF Tributee 1998) and inspired from afar by the charismatic Mrs. Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud’s involvement escalates despite huge personal loss. Increasingly hounded by the authorities, she realizes that “war’s the only language men listen to.” An homage to the working women whose passion and vision gained British women the vote, Suffragette is an inspiring and powerful reminder that change is worth fighting for. —Zöe Elton Sun Sun Sun

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This riveting documentary centers on a series of dark days in small-town America that force a resilient group of Holocaust survivors to relive a devastating past. Eli Adler’s deeply personal film follows the path of his father, Jack Adler, a Polish immigrant and concentration camp survivor who built a life in Skokie, Illinois. But the quiet existence of hundreds of survivors is rocked to its core in the late ‘70s when a neo-Nazi group announces plans to march through town. As the community comes together to confront these hate mongers, long-festering emotional scars and severe memories are uncovered. Adler combines fascinating historical footage and a penetrating firstperson perspective to capture the intimate psychological details of 70 years of persecution and prejudice. The generational journey comes full circle after a poignant trip back to Poland provides a profound opportunity for father and son to connect with each other and their turbulent cultural history. WORLD PREMIERE —Brendan Peterson Sun Fri

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In English and Farsi with English subtitles ~ Taxi is Jafar Panahi at his best: It’s a reminder that you can put your artists under house arrest, but you can’t confine the creative spirit. Panahi’s spirit is evident in this engaging, sometimes hilarious, taxi ride through Tehran. The director himself is securely at the helm, chauffeuring passengers whose conversations are captured on a dashboard “security” camera, and who represent a wily look at contemporary Iran. A woman and a man face off about crime, punishment, and the law; a black-market DVD salesman talks about cinema, as does Panahi’s young niece. Visual references suggest other films: the taxi, Kiarostami’s Ten; a scene with a goldfish, Panahi’s The White Balloon (MVFF 1995). The ending is nothing short of brilliance, on a motorbike. Still officially “banned” from filmmaking, Panahi navigates the final credits with panache— and his niece accepted the Golden Bear for best film in his stead at this year’s Berlinale. —Lily Buchanan Tue Sat

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TIKKUN

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Israel 2015 • 120 min

US 2015 • 121 min

Canada/India 2015 • 93 min

Director/Screenwriter Avishai Sivan Producers Ronen Ben Tal, Avishai Sivan Cinematographer Shai Goldman Editors Nili Feller, Avishai Sivan Cast Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg Print Source Plan B Productions

Director/Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Producers Brad Fischer, Doug Mankoff, William Sherak Cinematographer Mandy Walker Editor Richard Francis-Bruce Cast Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss Print Source Sony Pictures Classics

Director/Producer/Screenwriter Mitra Sen Cinematographers Ashish Dawar, Santosh Vasandi Editor Carroll Chiramel Cast Aadar Malik, Taifur Shaikh, Manish Shah, Motilal Khan, Rucha Inamdar, Visshesh Rajesh Print Source Sandalwood Productions/Films4Change

In Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles ~ A fascinating, slow-burn of a film, Tikkun depicts the gradual untethering of a young ultra-Orthodox scholar in Jerusalem. Haim-Aaron is painfully shy, obsessive in his faith, and utterly disconnected from his body. But after a terrifying near-death experience, Haim-Aaron starts to change. The mysteries of his suddenly reprieved body and soul express themselves in surreal ways that confound him and upset his father, who fears God’s will was obstructed when his son survived. Director-writer Avishai Sivan, in an assured debut, films his sparse tale in beautifully composed black-and-white shots, lending Tikkun—the ironic title means “fixing” or “repair”—the timeless aura of an ancient Hasidic fable, albeit a disturbing, hallucinatory one. A standout at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival, Tikkun won awards for best Israeli feature, cinematography, screenplay, and actor (the marvelous Palestinian Israeli Khalifa Natour, playing the Yiddish-speaking father). Note: contains some graphic sexual imagery. US PREMIERE —Peter L. Stein

Based on Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, Truth recounts the television news scandal that cost the award-winning producer her job at CBS and quite possibly aided President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection. Two months before that election, Mapes (Academy Award ® winner Cate Blanchett) and legendary journalist Dan Rather (Robert Redford) air a segment on 60 Minutes alleging that the 43rd President of the United Stated received special treatment that allowed him to successfully dodge the Vietnam War draft—a claim that is met with questions of authenticity and suspicion of political bias. This riveting drama reveals what went on behind the scenes of a report that was a game changer in ways neither Mapes nor Rather could have anticipated. Co-starring Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss, and Topher Grace, Truth is the directorial debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man).

In Hindi with English subtitles ~ In Mitra Sen’s profoundly compassionate drama, only children can soothe the rage of a grieving heart. Karim, an injured fugitive, is welcomed like a beloved brother by three orphaned boys in a remote Rajasthani oasis of Hindu and Muslim harmony. This simple human kindness disrupts the smooth and certain arc of the young man’s mission and threatens his very identity. Karim soon discovers how these Hindu and Muslim children share the bond of one family, following each other’s traditions and living together under one roof in peace—a contrast to his childhood, which was void of music, color, and love. As the village children prepare to perform the Ramayana, the classic Hindu tale of good vs. evil, Karim wrestles with his true purpose in life and his desire to find his family. Amidst the town’s holy festival, a place so full of life, Karim must act wisely to find his way home. WORLD PREMIERE —Carol Harada

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Director/Screenwriter Dagur Kári Producers Baltasar Kormákur, Agnes Johansen Cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk Editors Andri Steinn Guðjónsson, Oliver Bugge Coutté, Dagur Kári Pétursson Cast Gunnar Jónsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson, Franziska Una Dagsdóttir, Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Arnar Jónsson Print Source BAC Films Distribution

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In Spanish with English subtitles ~ After 20-somethings Pedro (Fernando Bolaños) and Lucia (Kattia González) meet cute on the stairs of a costume party—he’s in a bear suit; she’s in schoolgirl overalls—the twosome spend the night together. The next morning, they impulsively decide to go on a camping trip; since he’s heading out to work at a remote biological research facility and she’s leaving the country, this may be the last chance they have to get to know each other. Filmmaker Paz Fábrega’s romantic character study is like a Costa Rican Before Sunrise: The longer this couple muses about their dreams, desires, and how much this chance encounter has dinged their emotional defense systems, the downright sexier this film gets. Between its gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and the leads’ breezy chemistry, this modest little gem of a movie packs more beauty, melancholy, and body heat into its 70-minute running time than most films twice its length. —David Fear Sat Oct 10 8:30pm Mon Oct 12 3:00pm

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In Icelandic with English subtitles ~ A triple prizewinner at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (for Best Narrative Film, Actor, and Screenplay), Virgin Mountain captures a critical point in the life of Fúsi, a 43-year-old painfully shy man, as he attempts to break out of his socially awkward (and sexually inhibited) shell. Still living with his mother and working a mindless job handling baggage at the airport, Fúsi (the amazing Gunnar Jónsson, Rams, MVFF 2015) prefers to keep to himself. With good intentions, his mother signs him up for line-dancing lessons, where he meets fellow outcast Sjöfn (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Spooks and Spirits, MVFF 2014). As a tender intimacy begins to form, Fúsi starts to blossom, stepping outside of his comfort zone and eager for more. The latest from director Dagur Kári (Nói the Albino, MVFF 2003; The Good Heart) is an emotionally rewarding, beautifully rendered reworking of the familiar fish-out-of-water tale that masterfully and delicately balances humor and heart. —Joe Bowman Wed Oct 14 5:30pm Thur Oct 15 5:00pm

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FOCUS: THE BEAT GOES ON(SCREEN) In French with English subtitles ~ The coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer in Northern France serves as the backdrop for this refreshingly unique hybrid documentarymusical following the stories of five working-class kids, told and sung in their own words. Gaëlle, the primary narrator of the film introduces us to her tight-knit band of dreamers and rebels: Nico, the “Serge Gainsbourgian” poet with a pet duck; Rachel, the actress whose parents encourage her unconventional dreams; Alex, the class musician and comedian; and Caroline, who cannot articulate what her ambitions are, except to pass the bac (exam). Director David André follows the teens through their final year of high school, as they struggle with the conflicting pressures of living in a dying town while trying to pursue their dreams. “No one is serious at 17,” wrote the poet Rimbaud, but this earnest and loving portrait challenges that notion through the beautiful voices of the kids themselves. —Leah LoSchiavo Fri Sat

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Directors/Screenwriters Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Producers Donatella Palermo, Luigi Musini Cinematographers Simone Zampagni, Bruno Di Virgilio Editor Roberto Perpignani Cast Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino Print Source MK2

Poor Dorothy Gale. The lost farm girl in the gingham dress clutching her runaway dog desperately pines for “a place where there isn’t any trouble.” Of course, that’s the movies! Especially when it’s her movie, seen under the stars surrounded by friends and family in Old Mill Park. The City of Mill Valley, the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, and MVFF invite you to a free outdoor screening of this timeless classic, whose Technicolor magic remains as bright and joyfully surreal as it was 76 years ago. Blue-faced flying monkeys? An acid-green witch leveling the scariest threat in cinema history? Chipmunk-voiced Munchkins with flowers on their toes? Kansas, this isn’t. But Dorothy finds her way with friends like Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Like its unforgettable music and burnished sepia-toned opening, this movie’s tender glow never fades because, as its title card promises, “Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion.” —Jeff Campbell Fri

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A stylish, fascinating look at the life of three-time Oscar ® -winning Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly, Women He’s Undressed unveils the professional and personal details of a cinema genius. Leaving the New South Wales village of Kiama for the glamour and excitement of 1920s New York, he roomed with Archie Leach, the future Cary Grant. But soon Hollywood beckoned both men. Orry-Kelly racked up an impressive 282 films—including classics like Some Like It Hot and Casablanca. Expertly overcoming the lack of archival footage of the man himself, director Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, MVFF Tributee 1999) creates a delightful overview of his life by interweaving reenactments with insightful testimonies from colleagues, industry experts, and stars like Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury. The result is a vibrant, celebratory look at Hollywood’s golden era through Orry-Kelly’s extraordinary body of work, a key piece of the magic in some of history’s most memorable films. US PREMIERE —Julia Barbosa Sat Oct 10 2:45pm Lark Tue Oct 13 12:15pm Sequoia Wed Oct 14 2:15pm Throck

FOCUS: CINEMA BELLISSIMO In Italian with English subtitles ~ Tuscany has rarely looked as lovely as it does—even with the Black Plague looming in the background— in this lively adaptation of The Decameron. In 14th-century Florence, a group of young people journey to the countryside in the hope of escaping the pestilence decimating the population. As a way of distracting themselves from the tragedy, they tell one another stories, mostly concerning forbidden love. From the ribald tale of illicit goings-on in a convent to the amusingly ironic chronicle of a painter who believes he is invisible to the moving parable of a poor falconer and the noblewoman he loves, the Taviani brothers (Caesar Must Die, MVFF 2012) fashion a richly appointed concoction of multiple narratives. Starring well-known Italian actors, such as Kim Rossi Stuart and Riccardo Scamarcio, alongside a passel of comely newcomers, Wondrous Boccaccio is a splendid reminder of the joys of storytelling and the verdant delights of Tuscany. —Rod Armstrong Fri Oct 9 4:30pm Thur Oct 15 5:00pm

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A mountain lion circles the borders of suburban Palo Alto in the fall of 1985, weaving together the intertwined tales of three fifth-grade boys precariously navigating the shifting emotional terrain of their young lives. Gabrielle Demeestere’s feature debut (based on James Franco short stories) assuredly captures a sense of the familiar and the foreboding. A canopy of trees shot through a car window or the humble washing of muddy feet generate a palpable sense of place and intimate, revelatory moments of childhood, and innocence grappling with lurking adult concerns. The film feels loose and limber, contemplative yet mobile in its absorbing exploration of unpredictable alliances, absent parents, and the masked vulnerabilities and inarticulateness of budding masculinity. Chris, Joe, and Ted prod the circumference of wildness edging their pristinely composed existence, a borderland where their struggle to understand the complexities of their world provides egress in penance and risk, fragility, loss, and tender resilience. —Leah LoSchiavo Fri Sun

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With subtitles ~ Fresh from critical acclaim at this year’s Berlin and Edinburgh Film Festivals, up-and-coming director Mark Noonan’s compassionate feature debut about an uncle and his young niece grieving the loss of a loved one offers a fresh take on Irish cinema. Set in the Midlands, Will (Game of Thrones’s Aidan Gillen) is temporarily released from prison to care for his newly orphaned niece, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella). They take up residence in a caravan park, piquing the interest of their international neighbors. While Will fancies himself the responsible adult, it’s Stacey who does the majority of caretaking. When a secret in Will’s past threatens to destroy their new life, they must come to accept their perfectly flawed relationship. Gillen is in fine form, but it’s newcomer Kinsella who steals the show. If Mad Men’s Sally Draper were stripped of her finishing school touches and left to her own devices, she’d find a kinship in wisecracking Stacey. US PREMIERE —Daniela Province

Director/Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino Producers Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi Editor Cristiano Travaglioli Cast Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda Print Source Fox Searchlight

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In English, Spanish, and German with English subtitles ~ The stunning opening images of Oscar ® -winning (The Great Beauty) director Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth set the tone for indelible reflections on wisdom, art, and mortality, expressed through a longtime friendship between Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer, and film director Mick (Harvey Keitel). Fred is offered a knighthood on condition he conduct his signature work, Simple Songs, for the Queen. He refuses, for personal reasons. Mick works on what may be his last “big” screenplay, pinning his hopes for financing on the participation of Hollywood legend Brenda Morel (a startling, take-no-prisoners performance by Jane Fonda). Meanwhile, Lena (Rachel Weisz), Fred’s daughter, has discovered her husband is leaving her for pop singer Paloma Faith (played, in a Sorrentino-esque touch of whimsy, by Faith herself). Against the backdrop of an opulent Swiss spa peopled by a cast of colorful inhabitants, Youth is sensual and rich, whimsical and tender, engrossing to its final coda. —Zoë Elton

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IN MEMORIAM Pierre Cottrell (1945–2015) was a producer with the eye of an artist, who literally brought “waves” of change to the tired eyes of French cinephiles, with iconic productions including My Night at Maud’s, Claire’s Knee and Chloe in the Afternoon (all by Eric Rohmer) and The Mother and the Whore (Jean Eustache)—some of the most outstanding films of the French New Wave and its immediate aftermath. Described as “attentive, inventive, and generous” by those he worked with, Cottrell collaborated closely with industry giants Barbet Schroeder, Roger Corman, and Peter Bogdanovich while his own luminosity remained often in the shadows, or entirely uncredited, onscreen.  Known for his forward-thinking taste and artistic bravery, Cottrell is said to have spent a night in jail with New York avant-garde director and exhibitor Jonas Mekas after a screening of Jean Genet’s X-rated homoerotic film Un chant d’amour. As passionate about Hollywood as he was about so-called underground filmmaking, Cottrell’s influence on French—and American—cinema can be considered no less than remarkable.

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Larkspur Century larkspur 500 Larkspur Landing Cir Farmshop 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle Lark Theater 549 Magnolia Ave

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THEATER RULES & FESTIVAL GUIDELINES arrive early

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On-site box offices open one hour before the first screening of the day: Century Cinema Corte Madera | Century Larkspur | Lark Theater | Throckmorton Theatre

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Children’s FilmFest

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accessibility MVFF is committed to accommodating audience members with disabilities, offering early seating as needed to ticketed patrons. For assistance, please notify theater staff. All screening venues and their bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Assisted-listening devices are available at the Rafael, CinéArts Sequoia, Lark Theater, Century Cinema Corte Madera, and Century Larkspur.

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THE AUTOMATIC HATE

BRIDGE OF SPIES

Charlotte Dolman charlotte.dolman@intofilm.org

Film Movement Maxwell Wolkin maxwell@filmmovement.com

Walt Disney Studios waltdisneystudios.com

IFC Films Kim Kalyka kim.kalyka@ifcfilms.com

BABY Lee Briggs leecbriggs@gmail.com

New Europe Film Sales Zofia Horszczaruk zofia@neweuropefilmsales.com

5M80

BADDDDD SONIA SANCHEZ

THE BROKEN WAND

Cube Creative Eloise Guerin e.guerin@cube-creative.com

Attie & Goldwater Productions Barbara Attie bkattie@gmail.com

Anne Yang anneyang3d@gmail.com

ABLUTION (WUZU)

A BAND OF THIEVES

BPowered Films Parisa Barani baraniparisa@gmail.com

The American Standard Film Co. Fidel Ruiz-Healy fidelrrh@gmail.com

Fox Searchlight Pictures foxsearchlight.com

AN ACT OF LOVE

BEASTS OF NO NATION

Scott Sheppard anactoflovefilm@gmail.com

Bleecker Street/Netflix bleeckerstreetmedia.com

AFERIM!

BEYOND MEASURE

Big World Pictures Jonathan Howell jonathan@bigworldpictures.org

Reel Link Films Vicki Abeles vabeles@reellinkfilms.com

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

BIG CHEAT

WIDE Loïc Magneron lm@widemanagement.com

The Melnechuk Williams Company Nikhil Melnechuk nikhil@melnechukwilliams.com

ALIAS MARIA

BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES

45 YEARS

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

ALL EYES AND EARS Roundabout Entertainment, Inc. Noleen Aris noleen.aris@roundabout.com

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

BLACK GIRL

BRIDGEND

BROOKLYN

BROOKLYN, PARIS The Festival Agency Elodie Dupont dounia@thefestivalagency.com

BUNNY NEW GIRL Natalie van den Dungen natalie.vandendungen@gmail.com

BY ANY MEANS A-VEILABLE Salaud Morisset François Morisset festival@salaudmorisset.com

C-MEN Jim Helmer jhelmer@srcs.k12.ca.us

CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Sunrise Productions Rita Mbanga rita@sunrise.co.za

Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna Cecilia Cenciarelli cecilia.cenciarelli@cineteca.bologna.it

CAROL

BosBros Mijke Roos info@bosbros.com

BLUE BLOOD

CARTOON AWAY

Picture Tree International pti@picturetree-international.com

Augusto Bicalho Roque gutroque@hotmail.com

AMNESIA

BODY

THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

THE AMAZING WIPLALA

Les Films du Losange filmsdulosange.fr/en

ANGELICA Angelica Film Productions Joyce Pierpoline Joyce@pierpolinefilms.com

AQUI TE AMO John MacLeod john@fastforwardweb.com

ARTOO IN LOVE Evan Atherton evan.atherton@autodesk.com

THE ASSASSIN Well Go USA Entertainment Crystal Decker Orren crystal@wellgousa.com

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Memento Films International festival@memento-films.com

BOXEADORA Doc Farm Films Meg Smaker meighon@hotmail.com

THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST Moon Molson moonmole@mac.com

BREAKING A MONSTER SeeThink Films Tom Davis tom@seethink.com

BREATHE Forrest Andrew Alvarez forrest.andrew.alvarez@gmail.com

The Weinstein Company weinsteinco.com

Moonbot Studios Sara Hebert shebert@moonbotstudios.com

CINEMA: A PUBLIC AFFAIR FilmKantine Katrin Springer k.springer@filmkantine.de

THE CLUB Music Box Films Lisa Trifone ltrifone@musicboxfilms.com musicboxfilms.com

CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP Finish Line Features, LLC Robin Hauser Reynolds rhr226@gmail.com


PRINT SOURCES CREATIVE CONTROL

EGGPLANT

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

Amazon Studios amazonstudios.com

Yangzi She sheygzshe@gmail.com

CURT LOWENS: A LIFE OF CHANGES

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

Cohen Media Group Gary Rubin grubin@cohenmedia.net

Cheri Gaulke cgaulke@hw.com

Oscilloscope oscilloscope.net

HOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION

CUT THE TALL TREES: THE KILLING POWER OF WORDS

FATHER’S DAY

Cabin Creek Films cabincreekfilms@aol.com

Cheri Gaulke cgaulke@hw.com

THE DANISH GIRL Focus Features focusfeatures.com

DAY 40 Sol Friedman sol@artbeast.ca

DAY ONE

Shannon E Riggs shannon@beachwooddrive.com

THE FLY Marco di Gerlando mdgproduzioni@libero.it

FOUND Chris Siracuse csiracuse@live.com

THE GIRL IN THE BOOK

Michael Steiner mksteiner@gmail.com

Varient Entertainment, LLC Gina Resnick gina@varient.com

DECORATIONS

THE GIRL KING

Mari Miyazawa mari@4miyazawa.com

Wolfe Releasing wolfereleasing.com

DEEP BREAKFAST

GOLDEN KINGDOM

Jon Patch rhetoricfrederick@hotmail.com

DHEEPAN

WIDE Loïc Magneron lm@widemanagement.com

IFC Films Kim Kalyka kim.kalyka@ifcfilms.com

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Latido Films Óscar Alonso oalonso@latidofilms.com

David Swope david@swopecreative.com

DOGTOWN REDEMPTION

Cheri Gaulke cgaulke@hw.com

Amir Soltani amisoltani@yahoo.com

DOT Tali Barde contact@avalonfilm.de

A DOZEN SUMMERS Monkey Basket Films Kenton Hall kentonhallmusic@gmail.com

DRAMA Tian Guan guantian88@gmail.com

THE DRESSMAKER Embankment Films Max Pirkis mp@embankmentfilms.com

DURICA Karmen Bardek karmen.mravec@gmail.com

GRAY MATTER

GREENERY WILL BLOOM AGAIN Rai Cinema rai-com.com

HANDS Cheri Gaulke cgaulke@hw.com

HAVANA MOTOR CLUB Perlmutt Productions, Inc. Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt bperlmutt@gmail.com

HEART LIKE A HAND GRENADE Abramorama Karol Martesko-Fenster kmf@abramorama.com

HERE IS HAROLD Norwegian Film Institute Lansering ph@nfi.no

THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT Nicholas Coles nickcoles@gmail.com

I DON’T CARE Jasminka Ljubic saf@ck.t-com.hr

I SMILE BACK Broad Green Pictures William Gruenberg wgruenberg@broadgreen.com

THE IDEALIST Danish Film Institute printcoordinator@dfi.dk

IN DEFENSE OF FOOD Kikim Media Michael Schwarz mschwarz@kikim.com

IN THE CLOUDS Marcelo Mitnik marce@mitnik.org

IN THE FOREST USC School of Cinematic Arts Xia Li xli829@usc.edu

INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS Rialto Pictures rialtopictures.com

INTERWOVEN RareForm Pictures Uyen K. Le uyen@rareformpictures.com

IRINA ROZO Searchlight Films Ashley James searchlightfilms@me.com

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AFGHANISTAN Day One*

ARGENTINA Alias Maria Embrace of the Serpent In the Clouds La Tierra Roja Nieta Bunny New Girl The Dressmaker Love Between the Covers* Women He’s Undressed

BALKANS A Perfect Day*

BELGIUM The Amazing Wiplala La Tierra Roja A Passion of Gold and Fire

BRAZIL Blue Blood Cartoon Away

BULGARIA Aferim!

BURKINA FASO Mediterranea*

CANADA Ablution Brooklyn Day 40 The Messenger The New Environmentalists* The Passion of Augustine Remember The Second Right Off Main Street Shana: The Wolf’s Music Under the Same Sun

CHILE The Club

CHINA All Eyes and Ears* Drama

COLOMBIA Alias Maria Embrace of the Serpent The Preppie Connection*

COSTA RICA The Messenger* Viaje

CROATIA Durica I Don’t Care The Leaf The Tree

CUBA Boxeadora Havana Motor Club

CZECH REPUBLIC Aferim! Journey to Rome

DENMARK Bridgend By Any Means A-Veilable The Danish Girl* The Idealist Virgin Mountain

ETHIOPIA Sea Change

FINLAND The Girl King

FRANCE 5m80 Ain’t Misbehavin’ Alias Maria Amnesia Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories* Black Girl Body Brooklyn, Paris By Any Means A-Veilable Dheepan Hitchcock/Truffaut Ixcanul Macbeth The Messenger Mustang Number One Fan One Floor Below* The Sorrow and the Pity We Did It on a Song Wondrous Boccaccio* Yosemite Youth

GEORGIA Sacred Blood*

GERMANY An Act of Love* Amnesia* Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories* Cinema: A Public Affair DOT The Messenger* Mustang Nena One Floor Below* Remember* The Sorrow and the Pity Surviving Skokie*

GUATEMALA Ixcanul

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The Pawn*

HAITI Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation* The New Environmentalists*

HONDURAS The New Environmentalists*

HUNGARY Son of Saul

ICELAND Rams Virgin Mountain

INDIA Under the Same Sun

IRAN Ablution Taxi

IRAQI KURDISTAN Mardan

IRELAND Brooklyn Room You’re Ugly Too

ISRAEL Princess Tikkun The Visit

ITALY The Fly The Girl King* Greenery Will Bloom Again Mediterranea My Mother Wondrous Boccaccio Youth

JAPAN Decorations

KENYA The New Environmentalists* Sea Change Zawadi

LUXEMBOURG The Amazing Wiplala

MEXICO A Band of Thieves* Irina Rozo* A King’s Betrayal*

MYANMAR Golden Kingdom* The New Environmentalists*

NEPAL Open Your Eyes*

NETHERLANDS The Amazing Wiplala The Messenger*


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NORWAY Here Is Harold

POLAND Journey to Rome Remember* Surviving Skokie*

ROMANIA Aferim! One Floor Below

SCOTLAND The New Environmentalists*

SENEGAL Black Girl Sembène!

SOUTH KOREA Elliot Mirror in Mind The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

SPAIN Amnesia* Dirty Wolves Marshland A Perfect Day

SRI LANKA Dheepan*

SWEDEN The Girl King* Here Is Harold* Ingrid Bergman—In Her Own Words One Floor Below* Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove*

SWITZERLAND 45 Years* Ain’t Misbehavin’ Amnesia Brooklyn, Paris* The Pawn Shana: The Wolf’s Music Youth

TAIWAN The Assassin

TURKEY Golden Shot Mustang

UK 20 Ways to Be the Perfect Man 45 Years Angelica* Bridgend* Brooklyn Carol The Danish Girl A Dozen Summers Good Man*

Kill Your Friends Macbeth Madeleine Miss You Already Second Coming Snail* Suffragette Youth

US Ablution An Act of Love All Eyes and Ears Angelica Aqui Te Amo Artoo In Love The Automatic Hate Baby BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez A Band of Thieves Beasts of No Nation Beyond Measure Big Cheat Boxeadora The Bravest, the Boldest Breaking a Monster Breathe Bridge of Spies The Broken Wand C-Men Carol The Cask of Amontillado CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Collision Creative Control Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words The Danish Girl Day 40* Day One Deep Breakfast Dogtown Redemption Drama Eggplant Father’s Day Found The Girl in the Book Golden Kingdom Good Man Gray Matter Hands Havana Motor Club Heart Like a Hand Grenade The Hi De Ho Show Hitchcock/Truffaut Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation The House Is Innocent I Smile Back In Defense of Food In the Clouds* In the Forest

Interwoven Irina Rozo Jim Bird: Portrait of an American A King’s Betrayal Let’s Not Panic A Light Beneath Their Feet Love Between the Covers Macbeth Mad God, Part 2 Madeleine Marathon Mavis! Meat The Messenger* Minimum Wage Miracle Maker My Mom’s Motorcycle Nena* A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone The New Environmentalists Open Your Eyes Palm Rot Papa Paper Tigers Penny Permission to Touch The Preppie Connection Primrose Radical Grace Resilient Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy The Roots of ‘Ulu Sacred Blood Sembène! Share Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove* Snail Spotlight Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Submarine Sandwich Surviving Skokie Traction Trouble Comes Running Truth Under the Same Sun* Viaje* The Wizard of Oz Wonderful World Year of Plenty Yosemite Zawadi

VENEZUELA Embrace of the Serpent

VIETNAM Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories

ZIMBABWE Can’t Fight This Feeling The Winner Takes It All

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FILMMAKER INDEX Abeles, Vicki

Brandrup, Tatiana

Edwards, Jessica

Beyond Measure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Cinema: A Public Affair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Mavis!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Abrahamson, Lenny

Briggs, Lee

Egoyan, Atom

Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55, 143

Baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Remember. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Adler, Eli

Brodsky, Irene Taylor

Ehrlich, Katie

Surviving Skokie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Open Your Eyes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107, 139

Hands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Ally, Joey

Bustamante, Jayro

Ergüven, Deniz Gamze

Minimum Wage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Ixcanul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Mustang. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Alvarez, Forrest Andrew

Card, Richard

Ezer, Tali Shalom

Breathe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Zawadi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Princess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

André, David

Carlson, Robert

Fábrega, Paz

We Did It on a Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

Viaje . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Antonelli, John

Carpignano, Jonas

Ferreira, Lírio

The New Environmentalists: From Myanmar to Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . 138 The Roots of ‘Ulu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Sea Change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Mediterranea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Blue Blood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Casal de Miguel, Simón

Fleming, Victor

Dirty Wolves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

The Wizard of Oz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Aranovich, Clara

Castelo, Joseph

Forstein, Michael

Primrose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

The Preppie Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Meat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Armstrong, Gillian

Cho, Max

Friedman, Sol

Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Day 40. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Women He’s Undressed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Atherton, Evan Artoo in Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Attie, Barbara BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Attoinese, Deborah Snail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Audiard, Jacques Dheepan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Barani, Parisa Ablution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Barde, Tali DOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Baron, Henry Aqui Te Amo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Bennett, Noah

Cohn, Marya The Girl in the Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Cole, Rachel Big Cheat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Coles, Nicholas The House Is Innocent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Coppola, Christopher Sacred Blood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

Crowley, John Brooklyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Dawes, Brent Can’t Fight This Feeling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Debergh, Ryan The Second Right Off Main Street . . . . . . . 115

Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Delaloye, Jean-Cosme

Bianco, Pippa

Demeestere, Gabrielle

The Pawn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

Share. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Yosemite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Binder, Justin

Deveaux, Nicolas

Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

5m80. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Björkman, Stig

Di Gerlando, Marco

Ingrid Bergman—In Her Own Words. . . . . 132

The Fly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Bluhm, Joe

Dickinson, Benjamin

The Cask of Amontillado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Creative Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Blum, August

Diesing, Saskia

Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

Nena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Bogdanovi, Vedran

Duditch, Jenna

The Tree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Aqui Te Amo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Bornstein, David A.

Dusenbery, Tom

A King’s Betrayal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

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The New Environmentalists: From Myanmar to Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . 138

Fukunaga, Cary Beasts of No Nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Gadjigo, Samba Sembène!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Gates, Bennett Trouble Comes Running. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Gautraud, Douglas My Mom’s Motorcycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Gavron, Sarah Suffragette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37, 147

Gershkow, Blair Surviving Skokie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Ghobadi, Batin Mardan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Gillis, Ryan Palm Rot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Glaser, Levi Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

Goddard, John The Hi De Ho Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Goldwater, Janet BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Gonen, Gokalp Golden Shot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Gordon, Sabrina BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Green, Debbie Tucker Second Coming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

Guan, Tian Drama. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113


FILMMAKER INDEX Guerra, Ciro

Kahn, Laurie

Mitnik, Marcelo

Embrace of the Serpent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Love Between the Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

In the Clouds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Ha ek, Klara

Kári, Dagur

Miyazawa, Mari

The Leaf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Virgin Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Decorations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Haigh, Andrew

Kaurismäki, Mika

Mjtan, Lovro

45 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

The Girl King. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Durica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Hákonarson, Grimur

Khabbaz, George

Molson, Moon

Rams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

The Bravest, the Boldest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Hall, Kenton

Kim, SeungHee

Moorhouse, Jocelyn

A Dozen Summers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Mirror in Mind. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

The Dressmaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Hamel, Edward

Kim, Sung Min “Dennis”

Moretti, Nanni

Breathe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Elliot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

My Mother. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Hardwicke, Catherine

Kleverov, Nik

Morris, Marlene “Mo”

Miss You Already. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67, 136

Jim Bird: Portrait of an American . . . . . . . . 114

Harris, Owen

Kopple, Barbara

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Kill Your Friends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation . . . . . . . 130

Hauser Reynolds, Robin

Krapinec, Anja

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap . . . . . 124

Durica. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Haynes, Todd

Kurzel, Justin

Carol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Macbeth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Herrera, Jonny

Labarre, Natalie

Aqui Te Amo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Papa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Nick Patoski, Joe

Herry, Jeanne

Larrain, Pablo

Number One Fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

The Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Hooper, Tom

Lasky, Natasha

The Danish Girl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 125

Year of Plenty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Hope, Vanessa

Leon de Aranoa, Fernando

All Eyes and Ears. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

A Perfect Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

Horesh, Inbar

Lerner, Justin

The Visit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

The Automatic Hate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Hou, Hsiao-hsien

Li, Xia

The Assassin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

In the Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Hughes, Henry

Lichtenstein, Mitchell

Day One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Angelica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 118

Ain’t Misbehavin’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61, 116 The Sorrow and the Pity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

Hyung-yun, Chang

Marks, Kate

The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow. . . . . . . . . . 144

Miracle Maker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Panahi, Jafar

Jack, Heather

Marquand, Richard

Let’s Not Panic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. . . . . . . . . 41, 146

Jacusso, Nino

McCarthy, Tom

Shana: The Wolf’s Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33, 146

Parrish, Rebecca

James, Ashley

Mcguiness, Sean

Radical Grace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Irina Rozo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

Trouble Comes Running. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Patch, Jonathan

Jausovec, Mika

McLean, Kate

Deep Breakfast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

I Don’t Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Marathon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Perkins, Brian

Jones, Kent

Meyer, Luke

Golden Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Hitchcock/Truffaut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Breaking a Monster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Perlmutt, Bent-Jorgen

Joyce, William

Mielnik, Tomasz

Havana Motor Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

The Cask of Amontillado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Journey to Rome. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

PES

Jude, Radu

Miller, Garrett

Submarine Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Aferim!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Trouble Comes Running. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Phan Dang, Di

Mossanen, Kayla Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

Muntean, Radu One Floor Below. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Nemes, László Son of Saul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

Nilsson, Rob Permission to Touch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Noonan, Mark You’re Ugly Too. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

Oliehoek, Tim The Amazing Wiplala. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Olmi, Ermanno Greenery Will Bloom Again. . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Ophuls, Marcel

Taxi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Parrinello, Will The New Environmentalists: From Myanmar to Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . 138

Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

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FILMMAKER INDEX Pins, Sebastien

Schroeder, Barbet

Taviani, Paolo

A Passion of Gold and Fire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Amnesia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35, 118

Wondrous Boccaccio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Pool, Léa

Schwarz, Michael

Taviani, Vittorio

The Passion of Augustine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

In Defense of Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Wondrous Boccaccio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

Quilici, Henry

Sembène, Ousmane

Tessaud, Pascal

Gray Matter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Black Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

Brooklyn, Paris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Redford, James

Sen, Mitra

Tippett, Phil

Paper Tigers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Under the Same Sun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Mad God, Part 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Reiss, Haydn

She, Yangzi

Towers, Emily

Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy . . . . . 143

Eggplant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Father’s Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Rigby, Theo

Sheppard, Scott

Uphold, Rory

Marathon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

An Act of Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Rodríguez, Alberto

Sher, Elizabeth

van den Dungen, Natalie

Marshland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Penny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Bunny New Girl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Roecker, John

Shine, Tammy

Vanderbilt, James

Heart Like a Hand Grenade. . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes . . . . . . . . . 115

Truth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

Roque, Augusto

Silverman, Jason

Vazquez, Luis

Cartoon Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Sembène!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

C-Men. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Rosendahl, Christina

Siracuse, Chris

Verschoyle, Ollie

The Idealist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Found. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Madeleine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Rønde, Jeppe

Sivan, Avishai

Vignatti, Diego Martinez

Bridgend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Tikkun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

La Tierra Roja. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Rugeles Gracia, José Luis

Smaker, Meg

Vikene, Gunnar

Alias Maria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Boxeadora. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Here Is Harold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Ruiz-Healy, Fidel

Smith, Miles

Villarreal, Nicolás

A Band of Thieves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Aqui Te Amo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Nieta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Rynard, Su

Soltani, Amir

Weinberg, Katie

The Messenger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

Dogtown Redemption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Resilient. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Sacks, Abbey

Sorrentino, Paolo

Weiss, Valerie

Collision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

A Light Beneath Their Feet . . . . . . . . . . 39, 134

Salky, Adam

Spielberg, Steven

Weiss-Richmond, Nick

I Smile Back. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49, 131

Bridge of Spies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Big Cheat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Saveliev, David

Stunkovic, Vinko

Wilson, Sam

Wonderful World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

I Don’t Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

The Winner Takes It All. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Scheich, VW

Swope, David

Wimbush, Adam Chihiro

Interwoven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Good Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Dogtown Redemption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Schiøler, Charlotte

Szumowska, Małgorzata

Yang, Anne

By Any Means A-veilable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Body. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

The Broken Wand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

We’re getting REAL! THE NEW PACIFIC SUN IS ALIVE AND KICKING

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ADVERTISER INDEX A Party Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Abunda Financial, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Acqua Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Alain Pinel Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . 59, 88, 89 Alice @ 97.3 KLLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Anthony Leite, DDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Bartenders Unlimited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Bellam Self Storage & Boxes. . . . . . . . . 108 Best Western Corte Madera Inn . . . . . . 162 Black Cat Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Blanc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Body Kinetics Health Club. . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Bohemian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Bon Air Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners. . . . . . . . 163 Capital One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Carol Peek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Cavallo Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Chambers + Chambers Architects . . . . . . 14 Classical KDFC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Coldwell Banker - Gridley & Edwards . . . 42 Comforts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Courtyard Mariott San Francisco Larkspur Landing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 CyberLink. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Delta Air Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Deutsch Technical Associates. . . . . . . . 154 Dolby Laboratories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Dorallen Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 East Bay Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 EO Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Equator Coffees & Teas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Evo Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Farmshop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Focus Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 31 Fort Docs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Frame Crafters Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Frantoio Ristorante & Olive Oil Co.. . . . . 78 Frogs Hot Tubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Georgette Osserman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Ghilotti Construction Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Giraffex Graphic Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Glassdoor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District . . . . . . . . . 178 Good Green Moving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 The Grateful Dog, Doggy PlayCare & Wellness Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Green Chile Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Guitar Center Studios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Hangar 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Helen Baldovinos - Morgan Stanley . . . . 94 ICG Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 iHeartMedia San Francisco . . . . . . . . . . 164 Il Davide Cucina Italiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Il Fornaio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 InVisage Technologies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Jackson Square Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover Katie Norby - Coldwell Banker. . . . . . . . . 42 KidFlix Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 KQED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 KRCB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 L.INC Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 La Ginestra Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Lagunitas Brewing Company. . . . . . . . . . 52 Lark Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Linda Furst Mayne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Linda Walsh Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Lodge at Tiburon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Lucasfilm Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover LUNAFEST. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 The Magic Flute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Margaret O’Leary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Marin Art & Garden Center. . . . . . . . . . . 82 Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau. . . 106 Marin Country Mart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Marin French Cheese Company . . . . . . 184 Marin Independent Journal. . . . . . . . . . . 77 Marin Joe’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Marin Magazine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Marin Municipal Water District . . . . . . . 105 Marin Oriental Rug House. . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Marin Sanitary Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Marin Suites Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mill Valley Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Mill Valley Massage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Montecito Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . 70 Mountain Home Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 MovieMaker Magazine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 MUBI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 MW General Contracting, Inc.. . . . . . . . . 94 Nordstrom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 NorthBay biz Magazine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Ongaro & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Pacific Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Pearl’s Phat Burgers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Pizza Antica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Rafael Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Red Dragon Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Rims & Goggles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Ro*co Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 San Anselmo Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 San Francisco Chronicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 San Francisco Magazine. . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . 76 San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club . . . . . 186 Seager Gray Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Simple DCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Sol Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Sonnen Porsche. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Speak to Me. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Speedpro Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Stark Insider. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Stephan-Hill Jewelry Designers. . . . . . . . 20 Stephanie Wickham Witt - Pacific Union. . 20 Sterling Bank & Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Strawberry Village Shopping Center. . . . 65 Sutton Suzuki Architects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sweet Things. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Sweet Things At Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Sweetwater Music Hall & Café. . . . . . . . . 101 Tamalpie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Theresa & Johnny’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Throckmorton Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Tiburon Tavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Town Center at Corte Madera. . . . . . . . . 26 TV5MONDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 UKO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Umbel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Union Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Van Metre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Variety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Vin Antico. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. . . . . . . . 29 Waters Edge Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Wells Fargo Bank. . . . . . . . inside front cover Where Traveler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Whole Foods Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 World of Sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 XFinity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Yelp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Yet Wah Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 YP.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Zaentz Media Center, A Wareham Development . . . . . . . . . . 22 Zener Schon Contemporary Art . . . . . . . 111

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TITLE INDEX 45 Years..........................................................115 5m80...............................................................113 Ablution.........................................................113 An Act of Love...............................................116 Aferim!............................................................116 Ain’t Misbehavin’..................................... 61, 116 Alias Maria......................................................117 All Eyes and Ears...........................................117 The Amazing Wiplala....................................117 Amnesia....................................................35, 118 Angelica ..................................................39, 118 Aqui Te Amo..................................................115 Artoo in Love.................................................113 The Assassin..................................................118 The Automatic Hate......................................119 Baby................................................................115 BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez.............................119 A Band of Thieves.........................................114 Beasts of No Nation......................................119 Beyond Measure.......................................... 120 Big Cheat.......................................................114 Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories.............................................. 120 Black Girl....................................................... 120 Blue Blood.................................................... 121 Body............................................................... 121 Boxeadora......................................................114 The Bravest, the Boldest..............................115 Breaking a Monster...................................... 121 Breathe.......................................................... 128 Bridge of Spies............................................. 122 Bridgend....................................................... 122 The Broken Wand..........................................113 Brooklyn........................................................ 122 Brooklyn, Paris.............................................. 123 Bunny New Girl..............................................113 By Any Means A-veilable..............................113 C-Men.............................................................115 Can’t Fight This Feeling...............................113 Carol.............................................................. 123 Cartoon Away................................................113 The Cask of Amontillado..............................114 Cinema: A Public Affair................................ 123 The Club........................................................ 124 CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap......... 124 Collision.........................................................115 Creative Control........................................... 124 Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes..................115 Cut the Tall Trees: The Killing Power of Words......................................................115 The Danish Girl....................................... 32, 125 Day 40.............................................................114 Day One........................................................ 125 Decorations...................................................113 Deep Breakfast..............................................115 Dheepan........................................................ 125 Dirty Wolves................................................. 126 Dogtown Redemption................................. 126 DOT................................................................115 A Dozen Summers........................................ 126 Drama.............................................................113 The Dressmaker........................................... 127 Durica.............................................................113

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Eggplant.........................................................114 Elliot................................................................115 Embrace of the Serpent.............................. 127 Father’s Day...................................................113 The Fly............................................................113 Found.............................................................114 The Girl in the Book..................................... 127 The Girl King................................................. 128 Golden Kingdom ......................................... 128 Golden Shot...................................................114 Good Man..................................................... 126 Gray Matter....................................................115 Greenery Will Bloom Again........................ 128 Hands.............................................................115 Havana Motor Club...................................... 129 Heart Like a Hand Grenade........................ 129 Here Is Harold............................................... 129 The Hi De Ho Show...................................... 130 Hitchcock/Truffaut....................................... 130 Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation............. 130 The House Is Innocent..................................114 I Don’t Care....................................................115 I Smile Back..............................................49, 131 The Idealist................................................... 131 In Defense of Food...................................... 131 In the Clouds.................................................113 In the Forest...................................................113 Ingrid Bergman—In Her Own Words......... 132 Interwoven.................................................... 132 Irina Rozo....................................................... 142 Ixcanul........................................................... 132 Jim Bird: Portrait of an American................114 Journey to Rome.......................................... 133 Kill Your Friends............................................ 133 A King’s Betrayal...........................................114 La Tierra Roja................................................ 133 The Leaf..........................................................113 Let’s Not Panic...............................................113 A Light Beneath Their Feet....................39, 134 Love Between the Covers........................... 134 Macbeth........................................................ 134 Mad God, Part 2............................................114 Madeleine......................................................115 Marathon........................................................114 Mardan.......................................................... 135 Marshland..................................................... 135 Mavis!............................................................ 135 Meat............................................................... 125 Mediterranea................................................ 136 The Messenger............................................. 136 Minimum Wage.............................................113 Miracle Maker................................................114 Mirror in Mind................................................114 Miss You Already.....................................67, 136 Mustang........................................................ 137 My Mom’s Motorcycle .................................114 My Mother..................................................... 137 Nena.............................................................. 137 A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone............................................ 138 The New Environmentalists: From Myanmar to Scotland......................... 138 Nieta...............................................................113

Number One Fan......................................... 138 One Floor Below.......................................... 139 Open Your Eyes.....................................107, 139 Palm Rot.........................................................114 Papa................................................................113 Paper Tigers.................................................. 139 The Passion of Augustine............................ 140 A Passion of Gold and Fire...........................114 The Pawn....................................................... 140 Penny............................................................. 138 A Perfect Day................................................ 140 Permission to Touch......................................141 The Preppie Connection..............................141 Primrose.........................................................113 Princess..........................................................141 Radical Grace................................................ 142 Rams.............................................................. 142 Remember.................................................... 142 Resilient..........................................................115 Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy......... 143 Room....................................................... 55, 143 The Roots of ‘Ulu.......................................... 138 Sacred Blood................................................ 143 The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow.................. 144 Sea Change................................................... 138 Second Coming............................................ 144 The Second Right Off Main Street..............115 Sembène!...................................................... 144 Shana: The Wolf’s Music.............................. 145 Share...............................................................113 Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove.......................................... 145 Snail................................................................113 Son of Saul.................................................... 145 The Sorrow and the Pity.............................. 146 Spotlight.................................................. 33, 146 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.................41, 146 Submarine Sandwich....................................114 Suffragette...............................................37, 147 Surviving Skokie........................................... 147 Taxi................................................................. 147 Tikkun............................................................ 148 Traction..........................................................113 The Tree.........................................................113 Trouble Comes Running...............................115 Truth.............................................................. 148 Under the Same Sun.................................... 148 Viaje............................................................... 149 Virgin Mountain ........................................... 149 The Visit......................................................... 125 We Did It on a Song..................................... 149 The Winner Takes It All.................................113 The Wizard of Oz.......................................... 150 Women He’s Undressed.............................. 150 Wonderful World...........................................115 Wondrous Boccaccio................................... 150 Year of Plenty.................................................115 Yosemite.........................................................151 You’re Ugly Too.............................................151 Youth...............................................................151 Zawadi............................................................114


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MVFF38 Souvenir Guide  

Souvenir Guide for the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival - Oct. 8-18, 2015

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