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ABOUT THE COVER: MVFF40 commemorative poster and cover art designed by Mill Valley painter/sculptor Zio Ziegler. 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 2017. All rights reserved. No portion of the Mill Valley Film Festival schedule may be duplicated in any form without written consent from the Mill Valley Film Festival and/or the California Film Institute.

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THANK YOU S I G N AT U R E C H R I S TO P H E R B . A N D J E A N N I E M E G S M I T H

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M IL L VA L L E Y FIL M FE S T I VA L SP O NSO RS M A J O R F O U N DAT I O N S U P P O R T

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THE ACT OF INSPIRING, ENGAGING, AND TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH THE ART OF FILM

Photo: Tommy Lau

We thank this vital group of supporters who believe in the power of film to entertain and enrich lives. Your continued support is essential to ensuring that independent cinema continues to thrive in our community.

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

PLATINUM CIRCLE

Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith Jennifer Coslett MacCready Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund

Kamala Geroux-Berry and David Berry Genuine Article Pictures Vivian Kaufman Fund Daniel Kenyon and Michelle Marchetta Kenyon Caroline Crawford Labe Maggie O’Donnell and Josh Floum The Jay Pritzker Foundation Eric Schwartz and Magda Wesslund Charitable Fund

INVESTOR CIRCLE Jim Boyce Trust and Kris Otis Drusie and Jim Davis, Drusie Davis Family Fund Gruber Family Foundation Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation Michael and Susan Schwartz Fund Sheri Sobrato Fund, Silicon Valley Community Foundation Vickie Soulier

GOLD CIRCLE The Gibbs Family Charitable Fund Griswold Family Fund, Bob and Alex Griswold Margaret E. Haas Andree and John Jansheski Jonathan and Deborah Parker

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PRODUCER’S CIRCLE | SILVER Nancy Abodeely Anonymous Brian and Nina Arellanes Brad and Liz Bird Alice Corning Lorrie and Mark Fishkin Lynne Hale Julie Hauser Robin Hauser

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Frank Gaipa Kenneth and Joan Gosliner Mera Granberg Michelle Griffin and Tom Parker Maureen Groper Larry and Carie Haimovitch Tom and Barbara Harrison Ann-Eve Hazen Monica Heredia and Robert Nelson Liz Hume and Jay Jacobs Richard J. Idell and Susan Kornblatt Idell Devorah and Ben Jacoby Elisabeth and Howard Jaffe Willa Jefferson-Stokes Don and Donna Kelleher Pat Kendall Dr. Joe Keon Roxanne Klein Cynthia Maram Cindy and John McCauley Kevin and Rosemary McNeely Catherine and Ted McKown James Mochizuki Linda Morgan

Suki and Russell Munsell Zara and Dennis Muren Lorne and Ilona Parker Foundation Tucky and John Pogue Mark and Dorian Polite Sylvia Reynolds David Robinson and Joanne Hively Carolyn Cavalier Rosenberg, Dr. Sanford Rosenberg and Media Research Associates Karen and Harry Rosenbluth Louisa Schroll Jeffrey Sellon and Marilyn Burns Jack and Judy Sherman Susan and Joel Sklar Jann Stanley and Soren Dalsager Barbara Streckfus Sue and Steve Weinswig Skip and Aew Whitney Steven Woo Paul Zaentz Zach and Marlies Zeisler

PRODUCER’S CIRCLE | BRONZE The Allen Family Fund Anonymous (2) Allen Barr Laurie Bautista Jane Bay Susan and William Beech Jill Benioff and Alex Petrov Andrew and Nina Berman Susan Bolle Inez Brooks-Myers Marc and Robin Bussin Joe and Sue Carlomagno Tom Cohen and Kristi Denton Cohen Joel and Justine Coopersmith Carol DiFeo Stephanie DiMarco Joanne Dunn Michael Dyett and Heidi Richardson Julian Eggebrecht Julie Erickson and Art Rothstein Dennis P. Fisco and Pamela Polite Fisco Catherine and Peter Flaxman Janet Fox Gerald L. and Sheree A. Friedman

We would also like to thank the hundreds of volunteers and other contributors who help make the Mill Valley Film Festival a memorable experience every year!

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OPENING NIGHT

DARKEST HOUR

FILM TO BE ANNOUNCED

UK 2017, 114 min Director Joe Wright

As we go to print, we are awaiting confirmation of our second Opening Night film. Check mvff.com for the latest updates!

Director Joe Wright’s story of Winston Churchill’s rise to power both as Prime Minister and as architect of the push against the imminent, inevitable Nazi invasion of Britain in WWII is absolutely gripping. This beautifully shot film is driven by extraordinary performances, including Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife Clementine, and Gary Oldman, who is brilliant as Churchill: bombastic, humorous, eloquent—and unstoppable.

Guests: Kristin Scott Thomas, Joe Wright Thursday, October 5, 7:00pm | CinéArts Sequoia Program & Gala | $125 general | $110 CFI members Program Only | $60 general | $55 CFI members Gala Only | $90 general | $75 CFI members OPENING NIGHT SPONSOR

OPENING NIGHT GALA 9:00pm–Midnight | Live music by Wonderbread 5

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CLOSING NIGHT

THE CURRENT WAR

LADY BIRD

US 2017, 105 min Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

US 2017, 93 min Director Greta Gerwig

In stellar performances that crackle and shine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult don the brilliant, larger-than-life personae of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla in this triangular tale of electricity’s trailblazing pioneers. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) enlightening film skillfully weaves together personal and technological histories, in an illuminating tale of the demigods of conductivity.

Bumbling through her senior year at Catholic high school and desperate to escape Sacramento, rebellious teen Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) navigates the confusing world of college applications and blossoming relationships. Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut and love letter to Sacramento demonstrates a keen understanding of the high school experience and the complex relationships between a young woman, her family, and her hometown.

Guest: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Guest: Greta Gerwig

Sunday, October 15, 5:00pm | CinéArts Sequoia

SPOTLIGHT ON GRETA GERWIG Our Closing Night Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Greta Gerwig, a screening of Lady Bird, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.

Sunday, October 15, 5:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Party | $85 general | $75 CFI members Program Only | $45 general | $40 CFI members

CLOSING NIGHT SPONSOR

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY 7:00pm–10:00pm | Mill Valley Plaza

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TRIBU TE

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KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

SEAN PENN

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas has ignited the screen and stage for decades, infusing sleek sophistication and refined intelligence into enduring roles in Bitter Moon, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient (for which she received an Oscar ® nomination), The Horse Whisperer, and Gosford Park, to name a few. She has been nominated for 44 international awards, winning 26 of them. On stage, she has capably handled Chekhov, Pinter, and Sophocles, winning accolades and awards across the board. Her latest work opposite Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour continues a remarkable career of memorable and transcendent performances.

Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning over three decades. As an actor, Penn has been nominated five times for an Academy Award ® as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, I Am Sam, and won his first Oscar ® in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and his second in 2009 for Gus Van Sant’s Milk. Penn received Best Actor awards at the Cannes (She’s So Lovely) and Berlin (Dead Man Walking) film festivals, as well as being a two-time winner of Best Actor honors at the Venice Film Festival (Hurlyburly, 21 Grams). His unparalleled acting career also includes performances in Taps, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, At Close Range, State of Grace, Carlito’s Way, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, and The Tree of Life. As a director, Penn has crafted powerful dramas such as The Indian Runner, The Pledge and Into the Wild, which garnered Penn nominations from the DGA and WGA. Additionally, Penn wrote and directed the United States’ contribution to the compilation film 11’09’01. MVFF welcomes back long-time guest and friend Sean Penn for the 40th edition of the Festival.

DARKEST HOUR US 2017, 114 min Director Joe Wright (see film note page 6) Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Kristin Scott Thomas, a screening of Darkest Hour, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Il Fornaio in Corte Madera.

Friday, October 6 | 6:30pm | Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception | $85 general | $75 CFI members Program only | $45 general | $40 CFI members

Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Sean Penn, a clip reel of his work, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.

Saturday, October 7 | 3:00pm Smith Rafael Film Center $55 general | $45 CFI members

TRIBUTE SPONSORS

Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation RECEPTION SPONSOR

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SPOTLIGHT

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DEE REES

HOLLY HUNTER

Powerhouse director and screenwriter Dee Rees exploded onto the American independent film scene in 2011 with her feature film Pariah, garnering mass critical acclaim, seven NAACP Image Awards nominations and multiple awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. In 2015, she wrote and directed the Emmy-Award winning HBO film Bessie, which received 12 Emmy nominations and four Critics’ Choice Awards, in addition to Directing Awards from the DGA and NAACP. Her latest film to set critics abuzz, Mudbound, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and makes its Bay Area bow at MVFF40.

Holly Hunter has been bringing her sassy, bright and memorable characters to stages and screens since the early 1980s, winning recognition for her earthy performances in Raising Arizona, Broadcast News, Miss Firecracker, Always, and Roe vs. Wade—and picking up an Oscar ® for her beguiling and accomplished work in Jane Campion’s The Piano. She’s charted a refreshingly candid career in a variety of film and television roles, including Home for the Holidays, Living Out Loud, Crash, Saving Grace, and Thirteen, reteaming with Campion for a vividly realized turn in Top of the Lake, and most recently standing out in 2017’s The Big Sick. MVFF is proud to honor the distinctly openhearted spirit of Ms. Hunter’s contributions to the art of acting.

MUDBOUND US 2017, 134 min Director Dee Rees Steeped in history and rich emotion, this powerful tale of two families whose fates intertwine in the 1940s Jim Crow South is an exemplary reminder of director Dee Rees’ visionary artistry and immaculate storytelling. With wonderful turns by Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, and Jonathan Banks. Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Dee Rees, a screening of Mudbound, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.

Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Holly Hunter, a clip reel of her work, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Tiburon Tavern.

Date and time to be announced. Program & Reception | $85 general | $75 CFI members Program only | $45 general | $40 CFI members

Saturday, October 7 | 6:30pm CinéArts Sequoia Program & Reception | $50 general | $45 CFI members Program only | $25 general | $20 CFI members

SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR

RECEPTION SPONSOR

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CENTERPIECE

LAST FLAG FLYING US 2017, 119 min Director Richard Linklater Once upon a time in ‘Nam, Doc (Steve Carell), Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) were an inseparable trio. Then something horrible went down, one of them took the fall, and they stopped speaking to each other. Decades later, Doc tracks down his fellow vets—Sal’s an alcoholic bar owner; former hellraiser Mueller is now a man of God—to ask for a favor: His only son has just died in combat in Iraq. He needs them to accompany him to identify the body and to join him on one last mission. This sequel to The Last Detail—like Hal Ashby’s 1973 classic, an adaptation of a Darryl Ponsican novel—is a funny, talky, emotionally resonant road movie. But this Richard Linklater masterwork is also a moving, heartbreaking tribute to the bonds forged in warfare and a penetrating, performance-driven actors’ showcase that boldly asks why we fight—and how we as a nation heal from the damage done.

Guest: Richard Linklater Thursday, October 12, 7:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Party | $85 general | $75 CFI members Program Only | $45 general | $40 CFI members

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TODD HAYNES Considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement and auteur of outstanding American independent films, celebrated director, producer and screenwriter Todd Haynes has contributed uniquely beautiful, provocative and empathetic films to the cinematic canon, including Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven, I’m Not There (MVFF 2007), Mildred Pierce, and Carol (MVFF 2015), all of which have garnered widespread critical acclaim and multiple nominations and awards. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Haynes’ latest feature film, Wonderstuck, makes its California premiere at MVFF40.

WONDERSTRUCK US 2017, 115 min Director Todd Haynes Todd Haynes’ exquisite rendering of Brian Selznick’s novel tells the parallel stories of two children, Ben (in 1977) and Rose (in 1922), who each goes on a quest that leads to New York. Beautifully performed (Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams support) and visually rich, Wonderstruck is cinema at its best. Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Todd Haynes, a screening of Wonderstruck, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Green Chile Kitchen in San Rafael.

Friday, October 13 | 7:00pm Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception | $85 general | $75 CFI members Program only | $45 general | $40 CFI members

CENTERPIECE SPONSOR

TRIBUTE SPONSOR

RECEPTION SPONSORS

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SPOTLIGHT

ANDREW GARFIELD Andrew Garfield is an Academy Award ®-nominated actor who captivates global audiences with his transformative performances spanning feature films and notable theater productions. He continues to evolve his body of work in powerful roles and compelling narratives. His acclaimed performances can be seen in Hacksaw Ridge, Silence, Angels in America, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network, 99 Homes, Never Let Me Go and, most recently, in David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake and Andy Serkis’ Breathe.

BREATHE UK 2017, 117 min Director Andy Serkis In his directorial debut, Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) tells the remarkable true love story of Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana (Claire Foy) Cavendish, free-spirited young newlyweds in the 1950s whose lives are upended when Robin is struck down by polio. Against all odds, they become pioneering advocates for the disabled community long before disabled rights were a matter of law. Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Andrew Garfield, a screening of Breathe, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.

Saturday, October 14 | 7:00 pm Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception | $85 general | $75 CFI members Program only | $45 general | $40 CFI members

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RECEPTION SPONSOR

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BEHIND THE SCREENS Panels | Master Classes | Workshops | VR

MASTER CLASSES + PANEL + WORKSHOPS

MIND THE GAP SUMMIT

Saturday, October 7, 10:00am–6:00pm I Outdoor Art Club $75 full day, includes networking lunch and happy hour $40 morning, includes lunch | $40 afternoon, includes happy hour Registration required* | To register, go to mvff.com/mind-the-gap *Limited number of scholarships available The dearth of women working in film industry leadership is on par with that of women in the tech world. This full day of networking events, discussions, and master classes explores compelling issues such as entrepreneurship, mentorship and inclusivity and how to sustain a productive, creative career in these innovative and intersecting fields. Join an incredible group of filmmakers, business leaders and other trailblazers in these communities as they come together to tackle the lack of gender parity. Guests include: Blye Faust (producer, Spotlight); Robin Hauser (director, CODE); Stephanie Lampkin (Blendoor); Amber Kirsch (visual effects producer, Wonder Woman); Pratibha Parmar (director, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth); Tiffany Shlain (filmmaker, 50/50); Osnat Shurer (producer, Moana), and many more. For more details and registration information, see page 17 and mvff.com/mind-the-gap.

WORKSHOP

METAMORPHOSIS: A SCREENWRITING IMMERSIVE FOR TEENS Sunday, October 8, 2:30–5:00pm I Outdoor Art Club FREE, by application only | To apply, go to mvff.com/behind-the-screens Ages 14–18 only | Limited to 20 participants | Participants are required to attend the screening of Metamorphosis: Junior Year (page 38) prior to the workshop (film ticket included with registration) This hands-on screenwriting workshop for teens follows the screening of the youth-produced feature Metamorphosis: Junior Year (page 38). Filmmaker mentors from Elysium Bandini Studios will lead participants through a series of writing, storyboarding and pitching exercises to flesh out the backstory of one of the Metamorphosis characters. Participants will create and compare their own stories and approach to their film. The workshop will wrap up with an ice cream social/networking opportunity. Facilitators: TOM FRANCO, Partner, Elysium Bandini Studios IRIS TORRES, Partner, Elysium Bandini Studios

PANEL

PANEL SPONSORED BY

CANNABIS CULTURE & THE NEW ENTREPRENEUR

Sunday, October 8, 3:00pm I Sweetwater | FREE, ticket required) As marijuana has become legal in eight states this year, the cannabis industry has been booming, with a slew of entrepreneurs stepping into the breach—and women playing a major role in this new cannabis culture. In this panel discussion preceding the world premiere of Mary Janes: Women of Weed (page 38), we will take a look at the many opportunities the industry provides and celebrate the parity these women are working to achieve. Invited Guests: WINDY BORMAN, Executive Producer/Director, Mary Janes: The Women of Weed NINA PARKS, CEO, Mirage Medicinal; Co-founder, Supernova Women AMANDA REIMAN, VP of Community Relations, Flow Kana ADRIAN SEDLIN, CEO Canndescent MODERATOR: DAVID DOWNS, Cannabis Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

MASTER CLASS

JOHN SANBORN: AN INTROSPECTIVE RETROSPECTIVE Thursday, October 12, 7:00pm | Outdoor Art Club $15 general |$12.50 CFI members MVFF40 artist in residence John Sanborn takes us on a journey through biology, history and technology that is part master class, part memoir, but above all a wild ride in a time machine. Sanborn will VJ selections from his world-renowned media art works, interspersed with pictures and stories about the times, the people he’s collaborated with (Philip Glass, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and King Crimson, to name a few), and the technologies he’s toyed with to create his inimitable body of work.

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE

NETWORKING IN NATURE

Saturday, October 14, 10:00am, Tennessee Valley | FREE Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this easy 3.5 mile 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 walking shoes. All are welcome! Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot. Tennessee Valley info: nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/tennessee_valley

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SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING + PANEL

VR EXPERIENCE

Saturday, October 14, 11:00am | Rafael | $15 general |$12.50 CFI members

Friday, October 13, 10:00am–4:00pm Saturday, October 14, 10:00am–4:00pm Sunday, October 15, 10:00am–2:00pm Outdoor Art Club | FREE, registration required To register, go to mvff.com/behind-the-screens

TALKING ABOUT TEEN SUICIDE

Following a special screening of the locally produced documentary Not Alone, the filmmakers and teens featured in the film will join mental health experts in a community discussion that will explore the epidemic of teen suicides and how friends, parents, and communities can support teens struggling with depression, anxiety and mental illness. Invited Guests: KIKI GOSHAY, Co-director/Producer (Not Alone) DR. ELI MERRITT, psychiatrist; author, Suicide Risk in the Bay Area JACQUELINE MONETTA, Co-director (Not Alone) DR. KIM NORMAN, psychiatrist TAMARA PLAYER, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Buckelew Programs JULIAN PLUMADORE, School Counselor, Drake High School Counseling and Wellness Center SHEILA SOUDER, Community Engagement Manager, Mental Health Association of San Francisco

NOT ALONE US 2016, 50 min When Jacqueline Monetta’s best friend committed suicide at 16, she struggled to understand why. That led her to make her first documentary, where young people could share their personal stories of suffering and healing and demonstrate how other teens can get the help they need. Conceived and created by, for and about teens, Not Alone is an inspiring testament to the power of love and compassion

TREE

Tree is a multisensory VR installation that gives participants the unique opportunity to grow from seed to full grown rainforest tree. Matching a fully immersive experience with a powerful narrative, artists Milica Zec and Winslow Porter allow you to see, feel, hear and smell what it is like to “be” a tree and witness its fate firsthand: With your arms as branches and your body as trunk, you’ll experience the wonder of growth, literally from the ground up. KEN JACOBSON, Installation Curator

PANEL + RECEPTION

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: FROM ACQUISITION TO EXHIBITION

Saturday, October 14, 11:30am | Rafael | FREE, ticket required Reception to follow | Vin Antico, 881 Fourth St., San Rafael Over the past four decades, the film industry has changed and evolved in innumerable ways. Where are we heading now? Join us for an in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding international film markets, foreign film funds, international co-productions, independent film sales and all avenues of film distribution with individuals who know this tangled terrain inside and out. Invited Guests:

VR + PANEL

VR AT THE CROSSROADS:

EMPATHY | EMBODIMENT | EDUCATION | ENTERTAINMENT Saturday, October 14 I Outdoor Art Club 2:00pm VR Experience + 2:45pm Panel 2:45pm Panel + 4:15pm VR Experience FREE, ticket required MVFF40 takes a 360-degree view of the current VR landscape with a panel discussion and presentation that explores the ways that virtual reality can expand our sensitivities to other species, other genders—and to new ways of listening to each other and to our natural world. Invited Guests: NATHALIE MATHE, Co-creator, Uturn DIMITRI MOORE, Video Producer, Storytelling Coach, Digital Promise Global PIERCE, Creator, Out of the Blue EMMANUEL VAUGHN-LEE, Co-creator, Sanctuaries of Silence MILICA ZEC, Co-creator, Tree MODERATOR: MARIO KENYON, Head of Production, Furious M; Producer, Defrost

SIMON CURTIS, Director (Goodbye Christopher Robin) CRISTINE DEWEY, Managing Director, ro*co films international SYDNEY LEVINE, consultant; writer, SydneysBuzz JOHN SLOSS, Founder, Cinetic Media; Producer (Last Flag Flying) MODERATOR: PAUL COHEN, independent film distributor; Executive Producer (Life and Nothing More); Executive Director, Torchlight Program, FSU Film School

CAPTURE YOUR MVFF STORIES! MVFF has partnered with with the Mill Valley Public Library and StoryCenter to capture audio/video recordings of community memories of the Festival. To reserve a recording session (up to 30 min) at MVPL, go to storycenter.org/mvff40. Session times: 1–5pm on Sat, Sept 9 | Sun, Sept 17 | Sat, Sept 23 | Sun Oct 1 BEHIND THE SCREENS SPONSOR

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MVFF Music returns for a third year with a diverse series of concerts at the Sweetwater Music Hall. Ten nights of live music include performances by artists featured in MVFF films, as well as local, national, and international musicians. Drop in and discover your new favorite act, or make a night of it and pair a screening about an artist with their corresponding live show! SHOW SPONSORED BY

MAD HANNANS

wailing sOuls

Following the North American premiere of the Mad Hannans documentary (page 37), an all-star cast of musical talent will celebrate this beloved local Irish folk rock band with a live performance featuring Jerry Hannan along with Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads and Modern Lovers), Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Shawn Dailey (Hole), Josh Clark (Tea Leaf Green), and the film’s director (and musician) Martin Shore.

Jamaican reggae legends The Wailing Souls have been spreading their message of One Love since the 1960s. Along the way they’ve earned several Grammy ® nominations and played for thousands of people around the world. On October 8, they cap off MVFF’s Focus on Cannabis Culture day (page 19) with their first visit to the Sweetwater Music Hall.

Friday, Oct 6 • dOOrs 8:00pm | shOw 9:00pm advance tickets $27 | day OF shOw $32

a Benefit for mhi, Bamp and cFi

FrOm caliFOrnia tO haiti: kids cOnnecting thrOugh the pOwer OF music premiere screening + all-star cOncert Join us for the world premiere screening of director Don Hardy’s short documentary Fingerprints followed by an all-star concert with surprise guests to be announced. Filmed at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco and J/P HRO in Haiti, and featuring kids from Music Heals International (MHI) and Bay Area Music Project (BAMP), Fingerprints tells the story of two music programs for kids in two different countries that come together through the universal language of music. SATURDAY, OCT 7 Film screening: dOOrs 6:30pm | screening 7:00pm | $9 Film Only music shOw: dOOrs 8:30pm | shOw 9:00pm | $100 Film + music shOw 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. mvFF music, select, and producer’s circle badges grant admission to all mvFF music shows, except benefit shows. no other Festival badges grant admission to mvFF music shows.

sunday, Oct 8 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $22 | day OF shOw $27

SARAH JAROSZ With her fourth album, Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz makes a studied departure from her previous records, shifting the emphasis from her skills as a multi-instrumentalist to her songwriting and vocal performance. Undercurrent accentuates the growth and maturity that Jarosz, now 25, has achieved since graduating from New England Conservatory and moving to New York. The change in approach garnered Jarosz two Grammy Awards in 2017—Best Folk Album for Undercurrent and Best American Roots Performance for House Of Mercy. mOnday, Oct 9 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $28 | day OF shOw $32

A BLUES CELEBRATION

hOnOring paul ButterField Profiled in MVFF40 documentary Horn from the Heart (page 31), late Chicago bluesman Paul Butterfield was an iconoclastic harmonica great. Now it’s Butterfield’s turn to be tributed by friends, fans, and former collaborators. This blues-lover’s show will feature Butterfield’s friend and musical collaborator Nick Gravenites, accompanied by a band created specially for this event. Hosted by Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle Pop Music Critic tuesday, Oct 10 • dOOrs 8:00pm | shOw 9:00pm advance tickets $25 | day OF shOw $30

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B AND THE HIVE

supernOva at the sweetwater

Led by the soulful vocals of front-woman Brianna Lee, B and The Hive spent the last three years touring California opening for such acts as Elvis Costello, Allen Stone, Goo Goo Dolls, Lucinda Williams, and more. Backed up by Josh Barrett on bass, Nick Simmons on guitar, and Hayden Gardner on drums, the band has a power and grace that make for a captivating live show. Their unique sound covers ground from indie and rock to delicate, bluesy ballads. wednesday, Oct 11 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $15 | day OF shOw $20

MANZAREK ROGERS TRIBUTE BAND Eight-time Grammy nominee and Northern California native son Roy Rogers brings his virtuoso slide guitar style to the Sweetwater, reuniting the band that accompanied him and the late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on three albums, including Translucent Blues (highlighted in MVFF40 documentary Third Mind Blues, page 46). Joining this formidable line-up on keyboards is Jim Pugh, longtime member of the Robert Cray Band. THURSDAY, OCT 12 • dOOrs 7:30pm | shOw 8:30pm advance tickets $35 | day OF shOw $40 SPONSORED BY

THE FAMILY STONE MVFF40 documentary On the Sly (page 41) follows a filmmaker’s search for the reclusive Sly Stone. Featured in the film are family members and former bandmates who continue the Stone legacy, performing now as The Family Stone. See the film, then get on your feet and celebrate 50 years of funk! Friday, Oct 13 • dOOrs 8:00pm | shOw 9:00pm advance tickets $45 | day OF shOw $50

Master guitarist Joe Satriani and his band perform as headliners for the first time at MVFF, in honor of the premiere of Joe’s filmmaker son Zachariah’s tour documentary Beyond The Supernova (page 25). Joe Satriani is the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer—with six gold and platinum discs to his credit—and founder of the multi-guitarist traveling experience G3, which has seen him share stages with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Robert Fripp, among others. SATURDAY, OCT 14 vip meet & greet 7:30pm | dOOrs 8:00pm | shOw 9:00pm general admissiOn $75 | vip meet & greet $115

40th anniversary Benefit for cFi HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL

huey lewis and the news Huey Lewis and the News return to their roots for two special benefit shows celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the dynamic, chart-topping band in the heart of Mill Valley at the Sweetwater Music Hall. Proceeds will benefit the initial planning stages of the capital campaign to restore Mill Valley’s treasured Sequoia Theater.

twO shOws! SUNDAY, OCT 15 dOOrs 6:00pm | shOw 7:00pm advance tickets $90 | day OF shOw $125 dOOrs 8:30pm | shOw 9:00pm advance tickets $90 | day OF shOw $125

VENUE SPONSOR

PHOTO: JOSH MILLER, COURTESY SWEETWATER MUSIC

MVFF MUSIC SPONSORED BY

JOE SATRIANI

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MVFF’s ¡Viva el Cine! initiative showcases prize-winning Spanish-language and Latin American films and stories. This season, we feature eight new films including the inspiring true story of a Berkeley middle school teacher’s mentorship of a promising Hispanic student. Other films tackle the thorny political issues of historical culpability and the disenfranchised seeking justice from corrupt governments. Plus the more personal stories of a child’s adjustment to family loss, a fantastic transgender waitress/singer, and a young Cuban boy yearning to play the piano. ¡Join us!

MVFF’s Active Cinema films are united in their commitment to explore the world and its issues, engage audiences, and transform ideas into action. Join us for screenings throughout the Festival, support the grassroots activism of filmmakers, and engage with the admirable work of special guests, co-presenters, and partners. Stay connected year-round: facebook.com/ MVFFActiveCinema

THE DESERT BRIDE

HAPPENING In association with Vote Solar & Marin Clean Energy

(Argentina/Chile)

Directors Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato EL AMPARO

LOS PERROS (Chile) Director Marcela Said QUEST (US) Director Santiago Rizzo

Director Rober Calzadilla

SUMMER 1993 (Spain) Director Carla Simón

ESTEBAN (Cuba) Director Jonal Cosculluela

VAZANTE (Brazil) Director Daniela Thomas

(Columbia/Venezuela)

THE LAST PIG

CITY OF JOY In association with V-Day

THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

THE COUSIN

JAHA’S PROMISE In association with Safe Hands for Girls THE LAST ANIMALS In association with WildAid & WildLife Conservation Society

LIYANA THE LONG SHADOW In association with Showing Up for Racial Justice MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED A RIVER BELOW In association with American Cetacean Society & Omacha Foundation

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile)

Director Sebastián Lelio

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE: Networking in Nature Saturday, October 14 | 10:00am | FREE

Come enjoy 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! Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot. Tennessee Valley info: nps.gov/goga/ planyourvisit/tennessee_valley Look for this icon to identify Active Cinema programs throughout the Festival. SUMMER 1993

SPONSORED BY

Look for this icon to identify ¡Viva el Cine! programs throughout the festival.

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MIND THE GAP SUMMIT

LEADERSHIP PARTNER

Achieving Gender Parity in Film and Tech Saturday, October 7 | 10:00am–6:00pm | Outdoor Art Club

In anticipation of MVFF’s 40th anniversary, we committed to the goal of 40% female directors across the whole spectrum of the Festival—world, US, docs, shorts—and 50/50 by 2020. (To put this in perspective, only 7% of Hollywood films are directed by women.) We found no shortage of amazing women making terrific films, and incredible female-forward storytelling. And: We exceeded our goal—with 44% women directors at MVFF40! Mind the Gap at MVFF40, our gender equity initiative, focuses on the intersection of film and tech, and launches with our first ever Mind the Gap Summit. We hope you’ll join us—and an amazing line-up of female talent. Register early: Space is limited!

This full-day intensive of presentations, discussions, master classes and networking will be led by an extraordinary line-up of thought leaders and creatives in the film and tech industries. The program includes a deep dive into the creative process with director Catherine Hardwicke (director, Twilight), a panel with the team behind the film Mudbound (page 39), and presentations by the filmmakers of recent top female-driven movies. Examining the intersections between film and tech and what each can learn from the other, this is an amazing opportunity to engage, connect—and be inspired. Register for a morning or afternoon session, or the full day. In the evening, cross the street to the CinéArts Sequoia to see Mudbound and celebrate director/writer Dee Rees as she receives the MVFF Award at her Spotlight program (page 9). See mvff.com/mind-the-gap for full schedule and line-up.

Look for this icon to identify Mind the Gap films throughout the Festival. At 44% of the program, they’re not hard to find!

CITY OF JOY

CORPORATE SUPPORT

CATHERINE HARDWICKE AT HER MVFF 2015 MASTER CLASS

MEDIA SUPPORT

INDUSTRY SUPPORT

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EDUCATION AT MVFF

filmHOOD

Gi rl hood | B oyhood | A d u l thood

LIYANA

JESSER AND THE SUGARCANE (in 5@5 A Better Future)

CFI Education turns the Festival into a classroom, bringing thousands of Bay Area students to the theater and sending filmmakers out to local schools.

BOYHOOD. GIRLHOOD. CHILDHOOD. ADULTHOOD… WELCOME TO filmHOOD! The place where filmgoers of every

MVFF EDUCATION SCREENINGS feature weekday matinees of narrative features, documentaries, and shorts programs selected from the general Festival program for school-age audiences, with special guests for post-screening Q&As and accompanying curriculum guides. This year’s programs include:

5@5 A BETTER FUTURE

KIM SWIMS

5@5 FUTURE LEGEND

THE LAST PIG

THE CORRIDOR

LIYANA

ESTEBAN

THE LONG SHADOW

THE INVISIBLES

OWLS & MICE

JANE FILMMAKERS GO TO SCHOOLS takes local and visiting filmmakers from around the world into Bay Area classrooms to show their films and talk to students about the art, craft and business of filmmaking. If you are interested in having your school take part, please contact us at education@cafilm.org. SUPPORTED BY

age can come to experience great cinema from around the world. The place where children, teens and young adults are an essential part of the conversation—both on screen and off. Come to filmHOOD for a carefully curated array of intergenerational, eye-opening programs. It’s a film-for-all!

5@5 A BETTER FUTURE

THE MYSTERY OF GREEN HILL

5@5 FUTURE LEGEND

OWLS & MICE

LIYANA

REVOLTING RHYMES

Free outdoor screening: MOANA (see page 51)

WENDY

filmHOOD Highlight: Young Adult (YA) Programs Teen and young adult voices are amplified throughout MVFF40 in a variety of unique programs designed for maximum interaction and participation by youth and adults alike—from youth-produced shorts, features, and VR experiences to a teen screenwriting workshop, and a special screening/panel discussion about teen suicide. 5@5 FUTURE LEGEND (page 21)

NOT ALONE (page 13)

METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR (page 38)

VR AT THE CROSSROADS: EMPATHY | EMBODIMENT | EDUCATION | ENTERTAINMENT (page 13)

METAMORPHOSIS: A SCREENWRITING IMMERSIVE FOR TEENS (page 12)

In honor of Ray Kaliski, Senior

filmHOOD SPONSORED BY

HORACE W. GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION SHERI SOBRATO FUND

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FOCUS | CANNABIS CULTURE

FOCUS | POLISH CINEMA

A series of mind-expanding films, music, and conversations about cannabis

Classic animation, beautiful restorations, and contemporary fiction from one of the homelands of great cinema

MARY JANES: WOMEN OF WEED (page 38)

LOVING VINCENT

MVFF MUSIC: WAILING SOULS (page 14)

THE SANDGLASS

PANEL: CANNABIS CULTURE & THE NEW ENTREPRENEUR (page 12)

SPOOR UNDER THE RADAR: 70 YEARS OF POLISH ANIMATION

PRIVATE RECEPTION (Canna-Pass holders only, Ages 21+)

SPONSORED BY

WOODSTOCK (page 49) CANNA-PASS | $40 Access to all Cannabis Culture programs SPONSORED BY

FOCUS | STEWARDS OF THE EARTH FOCUS | HIDING & SEEKING Films that explore the price of freedom and the search for hope in challenging times

Film and media experiences that support the survival and salvation of all forms of life on our planet EARTH WISDOM FOR A WORLD IN CRISIS HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION JANE

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE

THE LAST ANIMALS

AFTER THE WAR

THE LAST PIG

I STILL HIDE TO SMOKE IN SYRIA

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM GUATEMALA TO THE CONGO

THE INVISIBLES

A RIVER BELOW

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

SPOOR

YEVA

TREE (VR Experience, page 13)

THE INVISIBLES

LOVING VINCENT

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SECTIONS

PREMIERES

WORLD CINEMA

SPONSORED BY

Stories from six continents that foster a new understanding of our global neighbors and ourselves

JIM BOYCE TRUST and KRIS OTIS

US CINEMA A showcase of new films by master and emerging American filmmakers who share a talent for independent storytelling

VALLEY OF THE DOCS The latest in documentary filmmaking, from heartfelt stories of activism to historical profiles, current events, and more

WORLD BEYOND THE SUPERNOVA THE CORRIDOR THE DEEP SKY FOURTH MOVEMENT HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION KIM SWIMS THE LONG SHADOW MAD HANNANS MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED THIRD MIND BLUES TORCH

filmHOOD Boyhood. Girlhood. Childhood. Adulthood… Welcome to filmHOOD! The place where filmgoers of every age can come to experience great cinema from around the world

NORTH AMERICAN AN ACT OF DEFIANCE ANDRE: THE VOICE OF WINE CIAO CIAO JAHA’S PROMISE THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH LAW OF THE LAND THE MYSTERY OF GREEN HILL A RIVER BELOW STRANGE BIRDS VITCH WENDY

5@5 SHORTS Collections of short cinematic gems from every genre including narratives, documentaries, animation, family films and youth works

MUSIC The Festival’s playlist of cinematic portraits of musical artists featuring internationally renowned musicians and Bay Area favorites

US AFTER THE WAR THE COUSIN I STILL HIDE TO SMOKE NOTHINGWOOD PORCUPINE LAKE RADIANCE THE VENERABLE W WORST CASE, WE GET MARRIED YEVA

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE

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5@5 A BETTER FUTURE Total Program 77 min “Give my children sunny smile. Give them moon and cloudless sky. I demand a better future.” That’s exactly what the kids (or animals) are all striving for in these family-friendly shorts. Lemonade Mafia (Anya Adams, US 2016, 6 min), Spring Jam (Ned Wenlock, New Zealand 2016, 6 min), Footsteps (Hannes Thor Arason, Iceland 2017, 15 min), Hedgehog’s Home (Eva Cvijanovic, Canada 2016, 10 min), Jesser and the Sugarcane (Godelieve Eijsink, Netherlands 2016, 15 min), Sabaku (Marlies van der Wel, Netherlands 2016, 2 min), Amelia’s Closet (Halima Lucas, US 2016, 18 min), The Reflection in Me (Peter H. Reynolds, US 2017, 4 min). Age 7+

filmHOOD

Saturday Monday Sunday

Oct 7 Oct 9 Oct 15

3:00pm 10:00am 4:00pm

Sequoia Rafael* Lark

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

5@5 ALL THE MADMEN Total Program 68 min “To the far side of town where the thin men stalk the streets while the sane stay underground.” Assembled here is an unforgettable collection of the fantastical and disturbing. Pix (Sophie Lennenbaum, Germany 2017, 9 min), Real Artists (Cameo Wood, US 2017, 12 min), Creswick (Natalie Erika James, Australia 2016, 10 min), The Dark of Night (Robin Wright, US 2017, 8 min), Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix (Jennifer Proctor, US 2017, 9 min), Napalm Mayhem (Oscar, Netherlands 2016, 4 min), Fry Day (Laura Moss, US 2017, 16 min). 

Saturday Monday

Oct 7 Oct 9

9:30pm 4:15pm

Rafael Sequoia

5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 CYGNET COMMITTEE Total Program 63 min “Words of strength and care and sympathy—I opened doors that would have blocked their way, I braved their cause to guide.” Films about human connection, in all its tender and tenuous forms, ground this special group of shorts. Frankie Keeps Talking (Annabelle Attanasio, US 2016, 7 min), Not Yet (Arian Vazirdaftair, Iran 2016, 15 min), Towards the Sun (Monica Santis, UK 2017, 19 min), Plaquemines (Nailah Jefferson, US 2016, 21 min), Seconds (J.R. Heffelfinger, Puerto Rico 2017, 1 min).

Friday Saturday

Oct 13 Oct 14

3:45pm 6:15pm

Sequoia Rafael

5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 FUTURE LEGEND Total Program 87 min Today’s youth filmmakers are tomorrow’s future film legends, and this eclectic and inspired collection showcases some true up-and-coming talent. In a dazzling array of almost two dozen short films, young artists from around the Bay Area and the country (and Turkey!) share their original stories and singular views of the world. And it was all peer-juried by teens in CFI Education’s annual Young Curators Summerfilm program. Age 12+

Tuesday Sunday

Oct 10 Oct 15

12:15pm 11:00am

Lark* Lark

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

filmHOOD Mind the Gap: Women | Film | Tech

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Active Cinema

Viva el Cine

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5@5 GOLDEN YEARS Total Program 60 min “Look at that sky, life’s begun. Nights are warm and the days are young.” Come celebrate the history of MVFF in this marvelous retrospective of rarely screened short films from festivals past. My Josephine (Barry Jenkins, US 2003, 9 min), Oncle Yanco (Agnès Varda, US/France 1967, 18 min) and The Bed (James Broughton, US 1968, 20 min), plus an extra surprise or two!

Friday Thursday

Oct 6 Oct 12

4:45pm 9:30pm

Sequoia Rafael

5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 IT’S NO GAME Total Program 70 min “Silhouettes and shadows watch the revolution. No more free steps to heaven. It’s no game.” The stakes are often high as sports and physical expression dominate this eclectic set of timely shorts. Game (Jeannie Donohoe, US 2016, 15 min), Swim (Mari Walker, US 2016, 11 min), Fault (Daniel Lee, US 2017, 10 min), Awarewolf (Dan Damman & Chris Thomas, US 2017, 9 min), Take Your Time (Max Sacher & Natasha Dorlee Johnson, US 2017, 5 min) and The Nation Holds Its Breath (Kev Cahill, Ireland 2016, 20 min).

Wednesday Oct 11 Thursday Oct 12

9:15pm 2:30pm

Rafael Sequoia

5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 LIFE ON MARS? Total Program 70 min “Now she walks through her sunken dream to the seat with the clearest view, and she’s hooked to the silver screen.” Four remarkable cinematic stories unified by characters finding courage in the face of life’s unexpected hardships. All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (Tom BarborMight, UK 2017, 20 min), Icarus (Tom Teller, US 2017, 20 min), Adnyat (Santosh Sopan Davakhar, India 2017, 15 min), Lunch Time (Alireza Ghasemi, Iran 2017, 15 min).  

Monday Tuesday

Oct 9 Oct 10

9:15pm 5:30pm

Rafael Sequoia

5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 STATION TO STATION Total Program 62 min Join a twisted group of stop-motion, 2D, and multimedia animation spinning yarns full of devious angst, aliens, and many appendages. The History of Magic: Ensueño (José Luis González & Dano Johnson, US 2016, 6 min), WoodSwimmer (Brett Foxwell, US 2017, 3 min), Fabricated (Brett Foxwell, US 2017, 3 min). Hot Dog Hands (Matt Reynolds, US 2017, 6 min), My Man (Octopus) (Stéphanie Cadoret, France 2016, 9 min), Quadrant Part 2 (David Lauer & Woodrow White, US 2017, 2 min), I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore (Noémie Marsily & Carl Roosens, Belgium/Canada 2016, 9 min), Second to None (Vincent Gallagher, Ireland 2016, 7 min).

Tuesday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 13

9:30pm 9:00pm

Rafael Rafael

5 @ 5 SHORTS

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Active Cinema

Viva el Cine

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5@5 TUMBLE AND TWIRL Total Program 68 min “Another day, but even in springtime, it’s a rich slice of life.” In this documentary shorts program, we present a collection of true-life tales about extraordinary individuals. Isis Hair Salon (Nicholas Coles, US 2016, 5 min), Bread & Roses Presents (Dan Foldes, US 2017, 9 min), Fire & Light (Dana Conroy, US 2017, 10 min), Between the Sand (John Picklap, US 2016, 10 min), Saving Happy Birthday (Jennifer Nelson, US 2016, 15 min), Babe, I Hate to Go (Andrew Moir, Canada 2017, 19 min).

Sunday Oct 8 Wednesday Oct 11

12:15pm 4:00pm

Rafael Sequoia

5 @ 5 SHORTS

A CIAMBRA Italy/Brazil/Germany/France/USA/Sweden 2017, 118 min Director Jonas Carpignano Italian writer-director Jonas Carpignano’s follow-up to Mediterranea (MVFF 2015) focuses on Pio (Pio Amato), a young Romani hustler who must assert himself as the man of the house after his father and brother go to jail. This gripping neorealist coming-of-age tale is lit up by the teenaged Amato’s electric charisma and his valiant efforts to keep his family together, and beyond the law’s reach. In Italian with English subtitles

Friday Sunday

Oct 13 Oct 15

6:00pm 11:45am

Lark Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE Netherlands 2017, 123 min Director Jean van de Velde FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING This riveting historical drama focuses on the life of Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), the courageous South African lawyer who risked his career to defend Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters during the incendiary times of apartheid. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Friday Saturday

Oct 6 Oct 7

2:30pm 6:30pm

Rafael Rafael

Sponsored by

Four Points by Sheraton

WORLD CINEMA

AFTER THE WAR (Dopo la guerra) Italy 2017, 92 min Director Annarita Zambrano FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING With suspense and emotional acuity, After the War depicts the interpersonal aftermath of political turmoil with sensitivity and balance. Facing extradition to Italy after crimes he committed 20 years prior, former militant Marco removes his 16-year-old daughter Viola from school and they go into hiding, a circumstance that is initially exciting but then devastating for the teenager. In Italian and French with English subtitles • US Premiere

Friday Saturday

Oct 13 Oct 14

9:30pm 6:15pm

Sequoia Larkspur

WORLD CINEMA Mind the Gap: Women | Film | Tech

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Active Cinema

Viva el Cine

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ALPHAGO US 2017, 90 min Director Greg Kohs The game Go is among the most complex in the world, mastered only by players with finely tuned instincts and intuition. A five-game series pits Korean Go champion Lee Sedol against a computer program created to challenge the world’s best players. This surprisingly gripping man-against-machine tale may just have you cheering the outcome of a quiet, contemplative board game.

Saturday Oct 7 Wednesday Oct 11

11:30am 12:00pm

Rafael Sequoia

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

ANDRE: THE VOICE OF WINE US/Russia/Germany 2017, 98 min Director Mark Tchelistcheff Andre Tchelistcheff, the “dean of American wine,” was a Russian émigré who unexpectedly, and quite literally, revolutionized the US wine industry. Director Mark Tchelistcheff, Andre’s grandnephew, captures this singular artist’s epic journey from the Russian revolution to a career of uncompromising passion that influenced the world’s most important winemakers. In English, French, Italian, and Russian with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Monday Friday Saturday

Oct 9 Oct 13 Oct 14

6:45pm 1:00pm 6:15pm

Sequoia Rafael Lark

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

ARRANGIARSI (PIZZA... & THE ART OF LIVING) US/Italy 2017, 96 min Director Matteo Troncone From Mill Valley to Naples, Matteo Troncone searches for the meaning of life in this engaging, intimate documentary. Combining a healthy smattering of foodie passion, intense Italian history, and quirky Neapolitans, this delightful film tells the tale of one man’s journey to find himself—and the greatest pizza on earth. In English and Italian with English subtitles

Sunday Thursday Friday

Oct 8 Oct 12 Oct 13

5:30pm 11:30am 3:15pm

Rafael Sequoia Larkspur

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN US 2017, 111 min Director Jared Moshe Bill Pullman delivers a masterful performance as a garrulous cowpoke who risks his own life to seek justice for a fallen friend. This absorbing Western offers a finely-etched character portrait of an underrated hayseed, while also delivering thrilling, action-packed drama. The gorgeous Montana wilderness is among Pullman’s superb costars in this exquisitely lensed film.

Friday

Oct 6

7:00pm

Corte Madera

Sponsored by

Ghilotti Contruction Company

US CINEMA

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Active Cinema

Viva el Cine

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BEYOND THE SUPERNOVA US 2017, 60 min Director ZZ Satriani Celebrating the 30th anniversary of iconic guitarist Joe Satriani’s seminal album Surfing with the Alien, ZZ Satriani, in his directorial debut, chronicles his father’s 2017 concert tour with a loving tribute to a musician still at the top of his game. Offstage, Joe Satriani discusses his process and assesses his legacy. On stage, he lets her rip! • world Premiere

Saturday

Oct 14

4:00pm

Lark*

*Live music event to follow at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. See page 15 for details. MUSIC

BILL FRISELL, A PORTRAIT Australia 2017, 115 min Director Emma Franz Guitarist and composer Bill Frisell is a musician’s musician, an uncategorizable master with an incomparable sound and a who’s who list of collaborators. Emma Franz’s portrait of the unassuming Grammy ® winner is an insightful glimpse into an eclectic musical mind of genius caliber.

Sunday Monday

Oct 8 Oct 9

8:45pm 3:15pm

Rafael Sequoia

Sponsored by

BSSP

MUSIC

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) (120 battements par minute) France 2017, 143 min Director Robin Campillo A vibrant cinematic fresco set in 1989, Robin Campillo’s unforgettable drama depicts the dynamics and endeavors of the Paris chapter of ACT UP. Righteous protests and redemptive nights at the disco stand alongside the heartrending personal moments generated by an epidemic laying waste to men and women in the prime of life. In French with English subtitles

Sunday Thursday

Oct 8 Oct 12

8:15pm 3:45pm

Sequoia Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

BREATHE UK 2017, 117 min Director Andy Serkis SPOTLIGHT: ANDREW GARFIELD In his directorial debut, Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) tells the remarkable true love story of Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana (Claire Foy) Cavendish, free-spirited young newlyweds in the 1950s whose lives are upended when Robin is struck down by polio. Against all odds, they become pioneering advocates for the disabled community long before disabled rights were a matter of law.

Saturday

Oct 14

7:00pm

Rafael

Sponsored by

Jennifer Coslett MacCready

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Italy/France/Brazil/US 2017, 132 min Director Luca Guadagnino First love has rarely been captured with such elegance and passion as in Luca Guadagnino’s new film, beautifully adapted from André Aciman’s novel, about a precocious 17-year old, summering with his parents in Lombardy, who finds his emotional barometer scrambled when a sexy doctoral student comes to stay at his family’s palazzo. In English, Italian, French, and German with English subtitles

Thursday Saturday

Oct 12 Oct 14

9:00pm 3:00pm

Sequoia Larkspur

Sponsored by

Piazza D’Angelo

WORLD CINEMA

CIAO CIAO France/China 2017, 83 min Director Song Chuan Twentysomething city dweller Ciao Ciao is killing time in her backwater birthplace. Bored, she begins flirting with both a screw-up and a kindly hairdresser. Blessed with colorful cinematography and a skittery globo-techno soundtrack, filmmaker Song Chuan’s second film is an indictment of fast-and-furious urban living and hypocritical “small-town” values—and confirms he’s a major world-cinema talent. In Chinese with English subtitles • North AmericAN PREMIERE

Friday Monday

Oct 6 Oct 9

9:00pm 6:00pm

Rafael Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

CITY OF JOY Democratic Republic of Congo/US 2016, 75 min Director Madeleine Gavin This enthralling documentary follows Jane, a Congolese woman who lives at a sanctuary for female victims of sexualized violence in a country long devastated by war. Jane embodies the City of Joy’s co-founders’ hard-fought—and extremely risky—vision for the future of women who reclaim their bodies and make them engines of change. In Swahili, French, and English with English subtitles

Sunday Tuesday

Oct 8 Oct 10

6:00pm 12:30pm

Rafael Sequoia

Sponsored by

Jim Boyce Trust and Kris Otis

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

THE CORRIDOR US 2017, 72 min Directors Richard O’Connell, Annelise Wunderlich Orange may be the new black, but films that take us behind real jailhouse walls can still provide revelations. Local filmmakers Richard O’Connell and Annelise Wunderlich’s thoughtprovoking documentary follows the San Francisco Sheriff Department’s innovative program to help inmates earn their GEDs, blending observational footage with astute reflections from students and teachers. • world Premiere

Saturday Thursday

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Oct 7 Oct 12

8:45pm 10:00am

Lark Rafael*

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public

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San Francisco Chronicle Viva el Cine

9/4/17 11:44 PM


THE COUSIN (Ha Ben Dod) Israel 2017, 93 min Director Tzahi Grad An Israeli TV actor and writer sets out one morning to pick up the Israeli Arab laborer he’s hired to spruce up his home office. This routine act sets in motion an unsettling satire of our irrational fears of the strangers among us, steeped in droll one-liners and absurdist sight gags. In Hebrew with English subtitles • US Premiere

Friday Sunday

Oct 6 Oct 8

6:00pm 11:45am

Lark Sequoia

WORLD CINEMA

THE DEEP SKY US 2017, 86 min Director Frazer Bradshaw Opening a romantic relationship is usually a delicate exercise, but Lenora and Arlan navigate the decision with thoughtful intentionality. But when the enigmatic Nina comes into their lives, they are nevertheless surprised when they begin to imagine life as a triad in this thoughtful, quiet rumination on the complexities of love that transcends two people. • world Premiere

Saturday Monday

Oct 7 Oct 9

9:15pm 8:45pm

Sequoia Lark

US CINEMA

THE DESERT BRIDE Argentina/Chile 2017, 78 min Directors Cecilia Atan, Valeria Pivato Teresa (the always compelling Paulina García (Gloria, MVFF 2013)) is a reserved woman who journeys across rural western Argentina towards a new job in this warm and delicate film. Halted in a small desert town, where nature’s vast expanse contrasts with Teresa’s closed-off urban life, she undergoes a small but significant transformation. In Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday Monday

Oct 7 Oct 9

3:45pm 6:30pm

Sequoia Rafael

Sponsored by

XFINITY

WORLD CINEMA

DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY US 2017, 96 min Director Dave O’Leske Portraying a stubbornly independent spirit—and a legend among mountain climbers—this lively documentary celebrates Fred Beckey’s exceptional life. Animation, archival footage, and the stories spun by Beckey’s fellow climbers bring his past conquests to vivid life, while the octogenarian mountaineer scales new peaks, adding to his idiosyncratic glory.

Friday Tuesday Friday

Oct 6 Oct 10 Oct 13

8:30pm 8:30pm 12:00pm

Rafael Lark Larkspur

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THE DIVINE ORDER Switzerland 2017, 96 min Director Petra Volpe A bucolic alpine village becomes a battleground for social change in 1970 Switzerland in writer/director Petra Volpe’s uplifting, female-forward drama. The right to vote is still a year away for Swiss women when housewife and mother Nora begins campaigning for suffrage, setting in motion events that emancipate her entire community. In German, English, and Italian with English subtitles

Saturday Sunday

Oct 7 Oct 8

5:30pm 6:00pm

Rafael Lark

Sponsored by

Equator Coffees & Teas

WORLD CINEMA

EARTH WISDOM FOR A WORLD IN CRISIS US 2017, 57 min Director Stephen Olsson FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH At this urgent time of climate change, indigenous people hold untapped wisdom and experience in human adaptation for survival. Emmy ®-winning local filmmaker Stephen Olsson focuses on tribal representatives who know how to restore balance to the world. Will international leaders heed our native brothers and sisters and learn how to live sustainably before it’s too late?

Preceded by FINGERPRINTS US 2017, 25 min Director Don Hardy Friday Friday

Oct 6 Oct 13

2:00pm 6:15pm

Sequoia Larkspur

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

EL AMPARO Venezuela/Colombia 2016, 99 min Director Rober Calzadilla Tension and apprehension flow like a river through this drama, based on a 1988 incident on the Venezuela/Colombia border, of two men accused in the disappearance of 12 of their fellow fisherman. In his remarkable and uplifting debut feature, director Rober Calzadilla focuses his lens on tenderness and vulnerability as a weapon. In Spanish with English subtitles

Monday Thursday

Oct 9 Oct 12

9:15pm 6:30pm

Larkspur Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

ESTEBAN Cuba 2016, 90 min Director Jonal Cosculluela There must be more to living than selling shampoo and tampons on the streets of Havana. So believes Esteban, a schoolboy pining to play the piano, in this drama that features the music of Afro-Cuban jazz great Chucho Valdés. Esteban meets a curmudgeonly teacher with a dark secret. Is Esteban a discordant omen or the missing melody of an unfulfilled life? In Spanish with English subtitles

Wednesday Oct 11 Thursday Oct 12

5:30pm 6:15pm

Rafael Lark

Sponsored by

Sol Food

WORLD CINEMA

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9/4/17 11:44 PM


FACES, PLACES (Visages, Villages) France 2016, 89 min Directors Agnès Varda, JR Two singular artists traveling together—film auteur Agnès Varda and street photographer JR—makes for an extraordinary journey. This is a brilliant film from one of cinema’s most visionary talents, whose openness in her conversations with another original—JR—brings us an extraordinarily layered portrait: of two artists, of two generations, of the people they encounter. In French with English subtitles

Friday Sunday

Oct 6 Oct 15

6:00pm 11:00am

Rafael Sequoia

WORLD CINEMA

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Una mujer fantástica) Chile/Germany/US/Spain 2017, 103 min Director Sebastián Lelio In this masterful drama from the director of Gloria (MVFF 2013), a waitress/singer enjoys life and love as a well-adjusted transgender woman. But when her paramour dies, she must suddenly combat a humiliating swirl of suspicion and rejection from his family—ostracism she counters with determination and rage. Daniela Vega, a transgender actor, stars in a cinematic breakthrough. In Spanish with English subtitles

Sunday Tuesday

Oct 8 Oct 10

5:30pm 3:00pm

Sequoia Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

FÉLICITÉ France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon 2017, 124 min Director Alain Gomis Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) sings her heart out at Kinshasa’s rowdiest bar. Then her son is injured in a car accident, and the songbird begins to lose her voice. Franco-Sengalese filmmaker Alain Gomis (Tey, MVFF 2012) crafts an incredible story of maternal endurance, driven by a vibrant soundtrack of rump-shaking Afro-pop. In Lingala with English subtitles

Saturday Oct 7 Wednesday Oct 11

2:15pm 2:00pm

Rafael Rafael

Sponsored by

Jim Boyce Trust and Kris Otis

WORLD CINEMA

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL UK 2017, 105 min Director Paul McGuigan Annette Bening delivers a sensational performance in this exceptional biopic of Academy Award ® -winning actress Gloria Grahame, which chronicles the swan song of Grahame’s life. When her health begins to fail, she moves in with the family of the young British actor (Jamie Bell) with whom she’d had a passionate affair.

Preceded by YOURS SINCERELY, LOIS WEBER US 2017, 6 min Director Svetlana Cvetko Saturday Thursday

Oct 7 Oct 12

6:15pm 9:00pm

Sequoia Lark

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Coldwell Banker

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THE FLORIDA PROJECT US 2017, 115 min Director Sean Baker DIRECTORS’ NIGHT Vivacious six-year-old Moonee runs wild on the grounds of the shabby motel she calls home, indulged by her wild-child mother Halley, an emotionally immature woman who acts out without considering consequences. Sean Baker (Tangerine) observes his impoverished characters with understanding and compassion, depicting their lives and a hardscrabble corner of Florida with warmth, humor, and poignancy.

Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11

8:15pm 6:00pm

Rafael Sequoia

Sponsored by

Dolby Laboratories

US CINEMA

FOURTH MOVEMENT US 2017, 115 min Director Rob Nilsson Rob Nilsson returns to his artistic roots in this audiovisual love poem to San Francisco’s historic and historically misunderstood Tenderloin district. In a story masterfully crafted to emphasize the Tenderloin’s cross-section of cultures, relationships come together and fall apart on the 21st century’s “Eve of Destruction”: Election Night 2016. • world Premiere

Saturday Saturday

Oct 7 Oct 14

10:00pm 8:45pm

Sequoia Rafael

US CINEMA

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN UK 2017, 107 min Director Simon Curtis This is the backstory of the creation of the world’s most beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh, in which playwright A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) writes a story for his son, Christopher Robin, that would go on to heal a nation from the trauma of WWI and launch Christopher into unexpected celebrity—with bewildering results for the family.

Saturday Sunday

Oct 14 Oct 15

3:45pm 1:45pm

Rafael Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION US 2017, 75 min Director James Redford FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH Are we living at the dawn of a clean energy revolution, or will politicians and utility companies keep that sun from rising? To find out, filmmaker James Redford embarks on a rambling road trip, seeking hopeful answers from the everyday activists and entrepreneurs who are making sure that revolution happens. • world Premiere

Saturday Monday

Oct 7 Oct 9

12:00pm 1:15pm

Rafael Sequoia

Sponsored by

Good Green Moving

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9/4/17 11:44 PM


HAROLD AND MAUDE US 1971, 91 min Director Hal Ashby HONORING ANN BREBNER As groundbreaking and gratifying as it was over four decades ago, this dark comedy screens in honor of the incomparable Ann Brebner (1924-2017), who was the Bay Area casting director for the film—and was nearly featured in it. This cult classic follows a morose young man who discovers a joie de vivre after meeting a 79-year-old with a lust for life and a penchant for stealing cars.

Wednesday Oct 11

3:00pm

Rafael

Supported by

the Board & Staff of the California Film Institute

US CINEMA

THE HI DE HO SHOW Total Program 120 min Summer, 1967. John Goddard’s annual veejaying extravaganza chronicles the 36 concerts he saw over four months that year. He saw Big Brother 14 times, Quicksilver, 16 times; Cream at the Fillmore; Howlin’ Wolf at the Avalon; Jimi Hendrix in the Panhandle. Turn up, tune in, drop in, drop out—just don’t miss this year’s Summer of Love Hi De Ho Show!

Friday Saturday

Oct 6 Oct 14

9:30pm 9:00pm

Sequoia Rafael

Sponsored by

A Party Center

MUSIC

HOLY AIR (Hawa Moqaddas) Israel 2017, 81 min Director Shady Srour Israeli writer-director-actor Shady Srour’s clever, affectionate satire of Palestinian gridlock and frustrated ambition centers on an Arab Christian entrepreneur—and impending first-time father—who hits on a scheme to sell bottled air from a key site in Christian legend to tourists. Even with a friend in the Israeli government, success—and satisfaction—isn’t guaranteed. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles

Thursday Friday

Oct 12 Oct 13

12:15pm 6:30pm

Sequoia Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY US 2017, 104 min Director John Anderson Answering the question, “What happens when a white teenager from Chicago’s Hyde Park befriends Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter?” this electrifying documentary explores the fascinating and complicated life of Paul Butterfield, who some call the greatest blues harmonica player who ever lived.

Tuesday Thursday

Oct 10 Oct 12

6:00pm 3:00pm

Sequoia* Rafael

*Live music event to follow at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. See page 14 for details. MUSIC Mind the Gap: Women | Film | Tech

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HUMAN FLOW Germany/US 2017, 140 min Director Ai Weiwei Following the success of his extraordinary installation on Alcatraz, renowned artist Ai Weiwei turns his talents to investigating the impact of recent large-scale human migrations on the migrants themselves, tracking their passages across sea and desert. Ai Weiwei’s understated presence intersects with refugees’ poignantly affected lives in a documentary both fact-filled and impressionistic.

Friday Thursday

Oct 6 Oct 12

12:00pm 7:15pm

Sequoia Larkspur

Sponsored by

KQED

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

I STILL HIDE TO SMOKE (À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer) France/Greece/Algeria 2016, 90 min Director Rayhana Obermeyer FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING This tight, tense, and riveting drama, stars award-winning actress Hiam Abbass (The Lemon Tree, MVFF 2008) as head masseuse at an Algerian women’s hammam (bathhouse) that serves as both warm sanctuary and steamy political crucible for a group of culturally and religiously diverse women over the course of one momentous day. In Arabic and French with English subtitles • US Premiere

Monday Tuesday

Oct 9 Oct 10

4:00pm 11:15am

Rafael Sequoia

WORLD CINEMA

IN SYRIA (Insyriated) Belgium/France/Lebanon 2017, 86 min Director Philippe Van Leeuw FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING A woman holds her family together, assuring them they will survive the siege, as they remain trapped inside their apartment in war-torn Damascus. Then intruders bang on the door and war’s horror comes inside. Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass is unforgettable among a superb ensemble cast in this gripping drama. In Arabic with English subtitles

Friday Monday

Oct 6 Oct 9

9:00pm 1:30pm

Sequoia Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

IN THE FADE (Aus Dem Nichts) Germany/France 2017, 106 min Director Fatih Akin Diane Kruger shines in her first German-language film as a woman living in Hamburg with her Turkish husband and their son. When tragedy strikes, she must face prejudice and ignorance to ensure justice is served. With the suspense of a thriller and a breathtaking performance from Kruger, this is a timely tale of how we cope when the unimaginable happens. In German with English subtitles

Saturday Sunday

Oct 14 Oct 15

5:45pm 5:45pm

Sequoia Larkspur

WORLD CINEMA

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9/4/17 11:44 PM


THE INLAND ROAD New Zealand 2017, 79 min Director Jackie van Beek While hitchhiking across New Zealand’s South Island, 16-year-old Tia (Gloria Popata) finds unlikely shelter with a grieving family impacted by a fatal car crash. This assured first feature, written and directed by New Zealand actress Jackie van Beek, features an unforgettable debut performance from Maori newcomer Popata.

Friday Thursday

Oct 6 Oct 12

3:30pm 1:00pm

Sequoia Rafael

Sponsored by

Where ® Magazine

WORLD CINEMA

THE INSULT Lebanon 2017, 113 min Director Ziad Doueiri Nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this intelligent, politically charged courtroom drama shows how a minor confrontation between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee sparks an impulsive insult, which then erupts into a national incident. In Lebanese with English subtitles

Sunday Tuesday

Oct 8 Oct 10

2:30pm 9:00pm

Rafael Larkspur

WORLD CINEMA

THE INVISIBLES Germany 2017, 110 min Director Claus Räfle FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING In June 1943, Germany infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews.” But in fact there were still 7,000 Jews hiding in the Nazi capital, protected by courageous Berliners. The Invisibles tells the stories of four of these survivors, interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of-theseat suspense to their years spent underground. In German with English subtitles

Thursday Saturday Sunday WORLD CINEMA

Oct 12 Oct 14 Oct 15

12:00pm 12:45pm 11:15am

Rafael* Larkspur Rafael

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

JAHA’S PROMISE The Gambia/USA/Ireland 2017, 81 min Directors Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan In this powerful and inspiring documentary, Gambian activist Jaha Dukureh leads a global crusade against the barbaric custom that nearly ended her life. In a world in which over 200 million women and girls are affected by female genital mutilation, 26-year-old Dukureh has emerged a real-life superhero in her exhaustive efforts to break the cycle of abuse. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Monday Thursday

Oct 9 Oct 12

8:45pm 12:30pm

Larkspur Rafael

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JANE US 2017, 90 min Director Brett Morgen FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH No one had studied Africa’s chimpanzees in the wild before 26-year-old Jane Goodall set up camp in Tanzania’s Gombe forest. This documentary, using never-before-seen 1960s footage by famed National Geographic photographer Hugo van Lawick, captures the revolutionary encounter that still rocks science.

Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11

6:00pm 10:00am

Rafael Rafael*

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

Sponsored by

Bellam Self Storage and Boxes

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

JUST ONE DROP US 2017, 66 min Director Laurel Chiten Homeopathy is controversial, pitting patients with abundant anecdotal evidence against well-funded, organized skeptics out to discredit it as “quackery.” This timely examination of legitimacy and access to holistic healthcare proves the best medicine is open curiosity and more scientific research.

Preceded by UNSPOKEN US 2017, 26 min Directors Emma Zurcher-Long, Julia Ngeow, Geneva Peschka Thursday Saturday

Oct 12 Oct 14

3:00pm 2:30pm

Sequoia Sequoia

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Sponsored by

The Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation

KIM SWIMS US 2017, 76 min Director Kate Webber Despite the danger, open water swimmer Kim Chambers is determined to become the first woman to cross the 30 treacherous miles from the shark-infested Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in the frigid San Francisco Bay. Kim Swims depicts the journey of an athlete ready to push her body beyond its limits in pursuit of her goal. • world Premiere

Saturday Friday

Oct 7 Oct 13

1:00pm 10:00am

Sequoia Rafael*

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

Sponsored by

LUNAFEST

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

THE LAST ANIMALS US/UK 2017, 92 min Director Kate Brooks FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH War photographer Kate Brooks documents another kind of conflict: the illegal ivory trade versus the anti-poaching rangers, scientists, and activists dedicated to protecting and preventing the extinction of rhinoceroses and elephants. Brooks’ film is the epitome of advocacy filmmaking, an urgent call to reverse a tragic criminal enterprise. In English, French, Czech, and Lingala with English subtitles

Sunday Tuesday Friday VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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Oct 8 Oct 10 Oct 13

3:00pm 6:45pm 12:30pm

Sequoia Rafael* Larkspur

*Panel discussion to follow the screening.

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The Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation Viva el Cine

9/4/17 11:44 PM


THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH UK 2017, 85 min Director Danny Huston When the last photograph taken of a father and his late son goes missing, the father’s anguish rises to the surface. Director/actor Danny Huston’s shattering performance drives this impressionistic and unforgettable story of a London bookseller left reeling 15 years after the boy’s death in the cataclysmic 1988 Lockerbie disaster. • North AmericAN Premiere

Preceded by THE KODACHROME ELEGIES US 2017, 11 min Director Jay Rosenblatt Friday Sunday

Oct 13 Oct 15

6:30pm 11:00am

Sequoia Rafael

Sponsored by

Corporate Media Systems, Inc.

WORLD CINEMA

THE LAST PIG US 2017, 54 min Director Allison Argo FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH A pig farmer cares humanely for his herd, which he recognizes as fellow sentient beings. This spare yet lush immersion in their daily interactions follows what grows from that essential awareness of kinship, a harvest of clear-eyed acts of compassion.

Preceded by RAM DASS, GOING HOME US 2017, 31 min Director Derek Peck Thursday Friday

Oct 12 Oct 13

8:00pm 12:00pm

Sequoia Rafael

Sponsored by

Marin Magazine

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

LAW OF THE LAND (Armoton maa) Finland/Sweden/Norway 2017, 90 min Director Jussi Hiltunen In the snow-covered Lapland region of Finland near the Swedish border, a police officer on the cusp of retirement must try to keep the peace in the village after a recently paroled convict ignites a violent feud with his son in this taut Nor’Western ‘chiller’ from first-time writer/director Jussi Hiltunen. In Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Friday Sunday

Oct 6 Oct 8

6:15pm 8:45pm

Rafael Lark

WORLD CINEMA

THE LEISURE SEEKER Italy/France 2017, 112 min Director Paolo Virzì Director Paolo Virzi (Like Crazy, MVFF 2016) casts screen icons Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren as a septuagenarian couple escaping the threat of a sedentary future for one last trip in the family Winnebago. Driven by gentle humor and deep pathos, it is an unforgettable celebration of love across the last stretches of the road.

Friday Oct 6 Wednesday Oct 11

6:45pm 6:30pm

Sequoia Sequoia

Sponsored by

Strawberry Village

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LET THE SUNSHINE IN (Un beau soleil Interieur) France 2017, 95 min Director Claire Denis In this exceedingly lovely study of middle-aged romance, Juliette Binoche plays a divorcée who embarks on a series of possible courtships that test her faith in a happily ever after. Let the Sunshine In marks new territory for French filmmaker Claire Denis—better known for challenging dramas like White Material—but her deceptively low-key comedy is wise and melancholy, and Binoche will steal your heart. In French with English subtitles

Sunday Tuesday

Oct 8 Oct 10

2:30pm 3:00pm

Sequoia Sequoia

Sponsored by

CPi Developers

WORLD CINEMA

THE LIGHT OF THE MOON US 2017, 90 min Director Jessica M. Thompson While walking home alone from a party late one night, the life of a confident and successful young Brooklyn-based architect is tragically changed when a stranger sexually assaults her. With a distinct female perspective, director Jessica M. Thompson’s feature debut offers an unflinching and raw portrayal of a victim’s psyche and intimate relationship unraveling following sexual trauma.

Monday Oct 9 Wednesday Oct 11

8:45pm 6:00pm

Rafael Larkspur

US CINEMA

LIYANA Swaziland/US 2017, 78 min Directors Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp Creative sparks fly when young Swazi orphans are invited to tell their own story, inspired by harsh life experience and rich imagination. Together they invent Liyana’s dangerous quest to rescue her twin brothers, which is brought to life by their own charismatic storytelling and gorgeous animation. Age 11+ In English and SiSwati with English subtitles

Preceded by BLACK HEAD COW Tanzania 2016, 12 min Director Elizabeth Nichols Friday Saturday

filmHOOD

Oct 13 Oct 14

10:00am 12:00pm

Lark* Rafael

Sponsored by

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

Jim Boyce Trust and Kris Otis

THE LONG SHADOW US 2017, 87 min Director Frances Causey Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist and activist Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Haunted by slavery’s legacy, Causey seeks the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice. • world Premiere

Saturday Oct 7 Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11

6:00pm 10:00am 11:15am

Lark Lark* Rafael

*CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public. VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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LOS PERROS Chile 2017, 94 min Director Marcela Said When her riding instructor is charged with human rights abuses stemming from the Pinochet era, a wealthy, fortysomething woman is faced with the systems of privilege and denial that she has accepted and encouraged. Galvanized by Antonia Zegers’ (The Club, MVFF 2015) central performance, Los Perros thrillingly tackles issues of class, power, and historical culpability. In Spanish with English subtitles

Friday Sunday

Oct 13 Oct 15

6:30pm 2:15pm

Larkspur Sequoia

WORLD CINEMA

LOVELESS (Nelyubov) Russia/France 2017, 127 min Director Andrey Zvyagintsev Oscar ®-nominated director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) delivers some devastating scenes from a marriage in this absorbing drama about a divorcing couple whose 12-year-old son goes missing. Both an elegant police procedural and a spellbinding dissection of a faltering relationship, Loveless confirms Zvyagintsev’s status as one of the most compelling talents in contemporary Russian cinema. In Russian with English subtitles

Tuesday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 13

6:00pm 3:00pm

Larkspur Sequoia

Sponsored by

Gordon Radley

WORLD CINEMA

LOVING VINCENT Poland 2017, 94 min Directors Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman FOCUS: POLISH CINEMA The animated Loving Vincent audaciously chronicles Vincent van Gogh’s life and art, telling the story of a postman’s son trying to unravel the circumstances surrounding the painter’s mysterious death. This historical whodunit consists of 65,000 oil-painted frames crafted by 125 painters working from live-action footage shot by the directors with their cast—it’s immersive and transporting.

Thursday

Oct 5

7:00pm

Rafael

Sponsored by

THX, Ltd.

WORLD CINEMA

MAD HANNANS US 2017, 85 min Director Martin Shore Popular local band Mad Hannans has had its share of creative differences and personal tragedy over the years. But this intimate tribute to the soulful, fraternal music group is not only a love letter to Marin County, but a testament to the strength that can be found in self-expression. WORLD PREMIERE

Friday Monday

Oct 6 Oct 9

6:15pm 3:15pm

Sequoia* Rafael

*Live music event to follow at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. See page 14 for details. MUSIC Mind the Gap: Women | Film | Tech

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MANKILLER US 2017, 74 min Director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl This profile in courage illuminates the life and times of Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. Her inspiring story springs to vivid life through rare archival footage of Mankiller and interviews with her family, friends, and collaborators. At a time of women marching and leading, Wilma Mankiller’s story is essential.

Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11 Saturday Oct 14

3:30pm 2:30pm 12:00pm

Sequoia Rafael Larkspur

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MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED US 2017, 85 min Director Windy Borman FOCUS: CANNABIS CULTURE From farms to labs to dispensaries and beyond, this fascinating and immersive documentary sheds light on the female researchers and entrepreneurs blazing a trail in today’s legalized marijuana industry. In her meetings with scientists, activists, and other proud tokespeople, filmmaker Windy Borman explores how cannabis is not only an industry, but also a movement of dedicated, pioneering “Puffragettes™”. • world Premiere

Sunday Monday Thursday

Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 12

6:00pm 2:30pm 9:00pm

Sequoia Rafael Larkspur

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR US 2017, 75 min Directors Alec Cohen-Schisler, Arjan Mobin, Brandon Fu, Christina Polanen, Dylan Griffith, Juan Santos, Peter Gold, Sadie Fearon, Sam Cook Created by Palo Alto High School students in collaboration with James Franco and based on a Young Adult novel by Betsy Franco, this coming-of-age tale takes on the themes that define youth: identity, sex, drugs, self-image. Haunted by his sister’s death, Ovid uses mythology and art to understand the world around him while his friends endure high school life.

Sunday Sunday

US CINEMA

Oct 8 Oct 15

12:30pm 1:30pm

Sequoia* Lark

*Teen screenwriting workshop to follow. See page 12 for details.

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THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES US 2017, 110 min Director Noah Baumbach Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Emma Thompson lead an all-star cast in the latest dark comedy from writer/director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, MVFF 2005), which follows a trio of estranged, dysfunctional siblings who gather together in New York to celebrate the work of their father, a minor, largely uncelebrated artist.

Sunday

Oct 8

5:30pm

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MOLLY’S GAME US 2017, 140 min Director Aaron Sorkin DIRECTORS’ NIGHT From high-speed ski racing to high-stakes poker, the story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) is literally ripped from the headlines: Olympic hopeful turned “Poker Princess,” busted for her role in an underground gambling ring. Writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) makes his directorial debut with a swift-talking script he adapted from Bloom’s 2014 memoir.

Wednesday Oct 11

6:00pm

Rafael

US CINEMA

MR. ROOSEVELT US 2017, 91 min Director Noël Wells After escaping the “velvet rut” of Austin to pursue a comedy career in LA, Emily returns to deal with a cat—and life—crisis. Writer-director Noël Wells (Master of None) stars in her endearingly weird and funny debut, an autobiographical ode to 21st-century twentysomething angst, the winner of audience and jury awards at SXSW.

Tuesday Thursday

Oct 10 Oct 12

9:15pm 6:30pm

Larkspur Sequoia

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US CINEMA

MUDBOUND US 2016, 134 min Director Dee Rees SPOTLIGHT: DEE REES Steeped in history and rich emotion, this powerful tale of two families whose fates intertwine in the 1940s Jim Crow South is an exemplary reminder of director Dee Rees’ visionary artistry and immaculate storytelling. With wonderful turns by Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, and Jonathan Banks.

Saturday

Oct 7

6:30pm

Sequoia

Sponsored by

Andalou Naturals

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MY HAPPY FAMILY (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) Germany/Georgia/France 2017, 119 min Directors Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross Frustrated by the needs of her raucous intergenerational family, middle-aged teacher Manana yearns for a life of her own. In this beautifully shot, often-comic drama, she shocks her clamorous kin when she makes a rare bid for happiness—by renting an apartment where she can live alone. In Georgian with English subtitles

Preceded by THAT IS HOW MOTHERHOOD WORKS US 2017, 12 min Director Rivkah Beth Medow Wednesday Oct 11 Friday Oct 13

8:30pm 3:00pm

Rafael Larkspur

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THE MYSTERY OF GREEN HILL (Uzbuna na Zelenom Vrhu) Croatia 2017, 81 min Director Cejen Cernic Dark woods; mysterious burglaries; a band of clever, sleuthing kids. For fans of Stand By Me and the nostalgic flavor of Stranger Things, this coming-of-age charmer celebrates friendship and the bittersweet reward of doing the right thing even when the answers you find aren’t the ones you sought. Age 10+ In Croatian with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Sunday Sunday

Oct 8 Oct 15

1:15pm 2:45pm

Lark Rafael

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NO MAN’S LAND US 2017, 81 min Director David Byars Director David Byars looks back at the 2016 radical right occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and its violent conclusion. David Byars interviews journalists and participants, but his even-handed documentary’s strength is its footage—some of it harrowing—that captures the unfolding events from the inside.

Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11

6:15pm 9:15pm

Rafael Sequoia

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NOTHINGWOOD France 2017, 85 min Director Sonia Kronlund Meet Salim Shaheen, iconic Afghan actor, prodigiously prolific filmmaker, producer, and all-around raconteur. As he prepares for his 111th feature, hustling his devoted crew from location to location and telling vivid stories from film shoots past, director Sonia Kronlund presents a funny and touching warts-and-all portrait of a complex and compelling figure. In French and Dari with English subtitles • US Premiere

Monday Friday

Oct 9 Oct 13

9:15pm 3:45pm

Sequoia Lark

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (Bamui Haebyeoneseo Honja) South Korea/Germany 2016, 101 min Director Hong Sangsoo An actress (The Handmaiden’s Kim Min-hee) licks her wounds after an affair with a married man falls apart. Her behavior becomes even more erratic—and then her ex returns. That Hong Sang-soo’s latest is a response to the director’s own highly publicized affair with his leading lady only makes this confessional character study even more compelling. In Korean, English, and German with English subtitles

Friday Saturday

Oct 13 Oct 14

9:00pm 3:00pm

Larkspur Rafael

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ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE US 2017, 83 min Director Michael Rubenstone Part amateur sleuthing adventure, part chronicle of a legendary artist, On the Sly documents one man’s quest to discover what happened to the reclusive Sly Stone. Interviews with former bandmates, label execs, and music historians detail the story of Sly and the Family Stone and its once-charismatic, now-mysterious leader.

Friday Saturday

Oct 13 Oct 14

6:00pm 9:00pm

Sequoia* Larkspur

*Live music event to follow at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. See page 15 for details.

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ONE OF US US 2017, 95 min Directors Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady Oscar ® -nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) reveal the insular and enigmatic world of Hasidim through the journeys of three very different individuals in various stages of departure from their ultra-orthodox Jewish communities in the United States, seeking lives apart from the dictates and strictures of the Hassidic tradition.

Thursday Saturday

Oct 12 Oct 14

6:00pm 12:00pm

Rafael Sequoia

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) Finland 2017, 100 min Director Aki Kaurismäki FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING Khaled (Sherwan Haji) is a Syrian refugee seeking asylum in Finland. Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) is a restaurateur who gives the immigrant a job—and a community determined to keep him safe. Finnish cinema maestro Aki Kaurismäki returns with a deader-than-deadpan comedy nestled around a torn-from-today’s headlines story of compassion. In Finnish, English, Swedish, and Arabic with English subtitles

Friday Saturday

Oct 13 Oct 14

6:00pm 5:30pm

Rafael Sequoia

WORLD CINEMA

OWLS & MICE (Uilenbal) Netherlands 2016, 80 min Director Simone van Dusseldorp A quirky nature tale/kid-rock musical about a new girl in town, a mouse named Peepeep, the wonders—and heartbreak—of the natural world, and the surprising twists and turns on the road to friendship. A treat for kids who love nature and for families navigating the tender terrain of grade-school social life. Age 6+ In Dutch with English subtitles read aloud

Friday Saturday

Oct 6 Oct 7

10:00am 10:30am

Rafael* Sequoia

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THE PARTY UK 2017, 71 min Director Sally Potter Kristin Scott Thomas heads an extraordinary ensemble as Janet, a politician celebrating a prestige appointment with a group of friends. Zingers abound; and husband Bill’s (Timothy Spall) bombshells threaten to upstage everything. Will this party even make it to the appetizers? Sally Potter’s chamber piece is a real-time twirl around the peccadilloes of smart Londoners—and an absolute delight.

Saturday Sunday

Oct 7 Oct 8

6:00pm 3:30pm

Rafael Lark

WORLD CINEMA

PORCUPINE LAKE Canada 2017, 85 min Director Ingrid Veninger The latest feature film by the DIY Queen of Canadian filmmaking brings wide-eyed, 13-year-old city dweller Bea to a small rural town where she meets brash, long-haired tomboy Kate. As Bea becomes enamored with all things Kate, the world opens up before her. But all summers must end. • US Premiere

Friday Saturday

Oct 6 Oct 7

8:45pm 12:45pm

Lark Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

QUEST US 2017, 85 min Director Santiago Rizzo The streets of Berkeley come alive in this intense, lyrical coming-of-age story based on real events. It’s 1995, and middle-school graffiti artist Mills is already on the road to nowhere—until he meets a teacher who connects with the lost youth. With passionate performances, this turbulent tale mixes penetrating scenes of heartbreak with funny, real moments of human connection.

Saturday Sunday

Oct 14 Oct 15

3:45pm 2:15pm

Larkspur Rafael

Sponsored by

Marin Independent Journal

US CINEMA

RADIANCE (Hikari) Japan/France 2017, 101 min Director Naomi Kawase A woman who creates audio description for movies for the sight-impaired meets a photographer who’s lost his vision. Together, they must learn to see past the fog of grief for what was lost and acknowledge the radiance of what can be found. This poetic film is as audibly stimulating as it is visually stunning. In Japanese with English subtitles • US Premiere

Friday Saturday

Oct 13 Oct 14

8:30pm 11:30am

Rafael Sequoia

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THE RELATIONTRIP US 2016, 89 min Directors Renée Felice Smith, C.A. Gabriel Apathetic towards relationships, loners Beck and Liam escape on a “friendship friend-trip,” with some rules: separate rooms and no funny business. Playful surrealism enhances this romantic comedy with enchanting sequences that address the new couple’s insecurities as they navigate the relationship they both tried so hard to avoid.

Sunday Monday Tuesday

Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10

11:45am 12:30pm 4:00pm

Rafael Sequoia Rafael

US CINEMA

REVOLTING RHYMES UK 2016, 58 min Directors Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer Revolting Rhymes is cause for celebration! / Come see Roald Dahl’s verse in animation! / These classic fairy tales aren’t quite the same as / The Disney movies that made them famous. / In truth, there’s nothing revolting about these rhymes. / Young and old, all will have a great time. Age 7+

Preceded by ALL THE MARBLES US 2017, 18 min Director Michael Swingler Saturday Sunday

Oct 7 Oct 8

12:00pm 11:00am

Sequoia Lark

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A RIVER BELOW US/Colombia 2017, 87 min Director Mark Grieco FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH When a marine biologist and a Brazilian TV star set out to publicize the plight of the Amazon’s endangered pink river dolphin, it brings them into conflict with local fishermen. This dramatic and complex film raises questions about motivation, fame, and how to serve the greater good. In English, Spanish, and Portuguese with English subtitles NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Preceded by THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM GUATEMALA TO THE CONGO US 2017, 30 min Directors John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery, Will Parrinello

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Saturday Oct 7 Wednesday Oct 11

8:30pm 8:45pm

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THE SANDGLASS Poland 1973, 124 min Director Wojciech Has FOCUS: POLISH CINEMA Loosely adapted from the work of Bruno Schulz, this exceptional film probes the illusory alliance between life and death when a young man travels to a remote sanatorium where time has become detached from reality. Winner of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize, The Sandglass is a stunning achievement, and screens at MVFF in a beautifully restored digital print. In Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Latin with English subtitles

Sunday

Oct 8

2:45pm

Rafael

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THE SHAPE OF WATER US 2017, 119 min Director Guillermo del Toro A shy mute forges an unlikely erotic relationship in this homage to Cold War creature features from Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) that melds romance, magic, and monsters in lush, deeply felt, visually splendid varieties. With Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and Octavia Spencer.

Monday Sunday

Oct 9 Oct 15

6:15pm 8:00pm

Sequoia Rafael

Sponsored by

Paragon Real Estate Group

US CINEMA

A SIBLING MYSTERY US 2017, 81 min Directors Rachel Wortell, Dan Erickson A lively brother-and-sister team seek to solve the mystery of a missing lottery ticket while attempting to throw the most awesome party of all time in this funny, sweet, enormously entertaining indie flick set in downtown New York.

Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11 Thursday Oct 12

6:30pm 3:00pm 9:00pm

Larkspur Sequoia Rafael

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SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE US 2017, 40 min Directors Rachel Wolther, Alex H. Fischer This candy-colored intergalactic adventure is a dance routine, improv show, and performance-art installation all rolled into one outlandish joyride. This wacky film features off-the-wall skits by the Cocoon Central Dance Team, while examining the female image, art, film, and the inner life of a performer.

Preceded by MERYL FUCKIN STREEP US 2017, 5 min Director Ava Bogle and BIRDS DROPPING US 2016, 11 min Directors Mary Rachel Gardner, Coral Huerta Wednesday Oct 11 Thursday Oct 12

9:30pm 4:00pm

Sequoia Rafael

US CINEMA

SONG OF GRANITE Ireland/Canada 2017, 104 min Director Pat Collins Song of Granite is a lyrical journey through the life of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney. Blending exquisitely shot narrative scenes with archival performances by its celebrated subject, this unusual biopic captures the profound beauty and melancholy of Heaney’s sean nós style, as well as the changing times he lived through. In English and Gaelic with English subtitles

Saturday Tuesday

Oct 7 Oct 10

3:45pm 6:00pm

Rafael Lark

MUSIC

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SPOOR (Pokot) Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovakia 2017, 128 min Director Agnieszka Holland FOCUS: POLISH CINEMA | STEWARDS OF THE EARTH A mountainous Polish village provides the setting for thrice Academy Award ®-nominated director Agnieszka Holland’s unusual murder mystery. When several hunters meet violent ends, a plucky schoolteacher has a theory about the crimes, but the police are skeptical. Winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. In Polish with English subtitles

Sunday Monday

Oct 8 Oct 9

12:00pm 6:45pm

Rafael Larkspur

WORLD CINEMA

THE SQUARE Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark 2017, 142 min Director Ruben Östlund In Ruben Östlund’s ambitious follow-up to his international hit, Force Majeure, the artistic director of a respected Stockholm museum suffers an existential crisis after being robbed on his way to work. Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West costar in this hilarious and provocative satire, which won the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In Swedish, German, French, Danish, and English with English subtitles

Sunday Friday

Oct 8 Oct 13

8:45pm 12:30pm

Sequoia Sequoia

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STRANGE BIRDS (Drôles d’oiseaux) France 2017, 70 min Director Élise Girard Intoxication is in the air—literally—in this charmingly offbeat love story involving twentysomething aspiring writer Mavie (the radiant Lolita Chammah, daughter of Isabelle Huppert) and curmudgeonly septuagenarian bookstore owner Georges (legendary French actor Jean Sorel). Writer-director Élise Girard imbues the Parisian setting with playfully mysterious and surreal moments in this unconventional romance. In French with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Saturday Sunday

Oct 14 Oct 15

5:30pm 11:00am

Rafael Larkspur

WORLD CINEMA

SUMMER 1993 Spain 2017, 96 min Director Carla Simón In Carla Simón’s sun-brushed autobiographical drama, six-year-old Frida is brought to live with her uncle and his family in the countryside after her parents’ death from AIDS. With its impeccably crafted scenario, the film carefully and beautifully delineates the girl’s emotional turbulence as she tries to find the right words and questions to help process her grief and understand her new circumstances. In Spanish with English subtitles

Friday Sunday

Oct 13 Oct 15

8:45pm 8:30pm

Sequoia Rafael

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THELMA Norway/France/Denmark 2017, 116 min Director Joachim Trier Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs, MVFF 2015) continues his evolution as one of cinema’s contemporary masters with this gasp-inducing, supernatural coming-of-age story about Thelma (Eili Harboe), a timid college student, whose attraction to her new friend Anja (Okay Kaya) awakens a dark power beyond her control. In Norwegian with English subtitles

Thursday Friday

Oct 12 Oct 13

6:00pm 2:45pm

Larkspur Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

THIRD MIND BLUES US 2017, 58 min Director William Tyler Smith The final creative partnership in the career of The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek was a wonderful study in contrasts with blues guitarist and Bay Area musician Roy Rogers. Don’t miss this special behind-the-scenes look at their playful, philosophical collaboration that invoked the SF Beat poets and decades of music history. • world Premiere

Thursday Friday

Oct 12 Oct 13

5:30pm 9:00pm

Sequoia* Lark

*Live music event to follow at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. See page 15 for details. MUSIC

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI US 2017, 115 min Director Martin McDonagh Perhaps the ultimate antiheroine of our time, Mildred Hayes—played with unbridled cynicism and priceless, profane sarcasm by the inimitable Frances McDormand—holds a triple-billboard-sized grudge and a fathomless fury toward the local police who’ve been ineffective in solving her daughter’s murder. Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) brings his singular brand of violent black humor to this Coen-esque crime drama.

Sunday Sunday

Oct 8 Oct 15

3:15pm 5:15pm

Rafael Larkspur

Sponsored by

Gruber Family Foundation

US CINEMA

TIP OF MY TONGUE US 2017, 80 min Director Lynne Sachs Filmmaker Lynne Sachs celebrates turning 50 by creating a social experiment in history, memory, and the shape of things, collaborating with similarly aged New Yorkers to explore the five decades leading to this moment. As they engage in the act of remembering, a transfixing world of dream, imagination, and social reality arises.

Preceded by ROADSIDE ATTRACTION US 2017, 10 min, Directors Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11

9:00pm 9:00pm

Sequoia Larkspur

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TORCH USA/Belize 2017, 100 min Director Christopher Coppola A fragile young woman returns to her childhood home in Belize where it becomes apparent that the lush rain forest provides excellent cover for supernatural forces, menacing jaguars, and bandits. Exquisite cinematography and use of a local cast add a layer of authenticity to a tangled thriller, in which only the jungle paradise knows the secrets that loom within. WORLD PREMIERE

Sunday

Oct 8

9:00pm

Rafael

US CINEMA

UNDER THE RADAR: 70 YEARS OF POLISH ANIMATION Total Program 90 min FOCUS: POLISH CINEMA | LIVE ANIMATION & MUSIC PERFORMANCE For filmmakers in Poland, animation has been a creative means of liberation, with films that could go under the radar—and sometimes over the top—in this unique collection of shorts from the Communist era to the present. The first screening features live animation by Poland’s most treasured animator, Mariusz Wilczynski, accompanied by live music by Trance Mission. Full list of films at mvff.com.

Saturday Monday

WORLD CINEMA

Oct 7 Oct 9

8:45pm 9:00pm

Rafael* Sequoia**

*Live performance at this screening only. Program is free (ticket required). **Live performance replaced with a Mariusz Wilczynski retrospective (regular ticket price)

VAZANTE Brazil/Portugal 2017, 116 min Director Daniela Thomas Masterfully photographed in silvery black and white and directed at a mesmerizing pace by longtime Walter Salles collaborator Daniela Thomas, Vazante spins the tale of a middle-aged slaveholder in colonial Brazil who marries his young niece. Painstaking period detail and a superb cast revive a history papered over by time, but which still haunts the present. In Portuguese with English subtitles

Monday Friday

Oct 9 Oct 13

6:00pm 9:15pm

Lark Larkspur

WORLD CINEMA

THE VENERABLE W (Le Vénérable W) France/Switzerland 2016, 100 min Director Barbet Schroeder Gautama Buddha cautioned, “The innocent one, absorbing a drop at a time, can end up filled with evil.” Perversely proving the point, Myanmar monk Wirathru has vilified the tiny Muslim Rohingya minority for years as a threat to Buddhism. Barbet Schroeder’s deliberately crafted documentary presents a chilling portrait of Islamophobic demagoguery and irrational hate. In Burmese and English with English subtitles • US Premiere

Preceded by WHERE ARE YOU AT, BARBET SCHROEDER? France 2017, 14 min Director Barbet Schroeder Friday Oct 6 Wednesday Oct 11

3:30pm 6:15pm

Rafael Larkspur

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VITCH US 2017, 78 min Director Sigal Bujman Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish entertainer and Hollywood caricaturist, found fame in pre-war Paris as a comedian. But in a dark twist, he spent the war years entertaining Nazi troops throughout Europe. This fascinating documentary follows his daughter as she unravels his moral mystery: Was he a collaborator, or “hiding in plain sight,” or simply surviving at any cost? In English, French, Hebrew, Polish, and German with English subtitles • North AmericAN PREMIERE

Saturday Sunday

Oct 14 Oct 15

3:00pm 2:30pm

Sequoia Larkspur

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WENDY Germany 2017, 91 min Director Dagmar Seume This picturesque film about a resilient young equestrian is a moving story punctuated with humor about friendship, compassion, and courage. Wendy must find her way back into the saddle after a fall shakes her confidence. An encounter with a special horse pushes her to conquer her fears and attempt to save her new friend’s life. Age 8+ In German with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Saturday Sunday

Oct 14 Oct 15

2:00pm 11:30am

Rafael Sequoia

filmHOOD

WESTERN Germany/Bulgaria/Austria 2017, 119 min Director Valeska Grisebach German filmmaker Valeska Grisebach brings a tale of a German laborer (Meinhard Neumann) caught between his boorish co-workers and the Bulgarian locals they’re “helping” by bringing progress to a small village. It’s a cutting allegory for Europe’s identity crisis, as well as a refashioning of the titular genre as a backwards fight between the frontier and encroaching civilization. In German, Bulgarian, and English with English subtitles

Friday Sunday

Oct 6 Oct 8

3:00pm 8:30pm

Rafael Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

WHITE SUN (Seto Surya) Nepal 2016, 87 min Director Deepak Rauniyar Upon his return to his rural village in the aftermath of a long revolution, a wounded soldier confronts conflicts over the burial of his recently deceased father and his own tangled relationships. Simmering with underlying tensions within scenes of extraordinary beauty, the drama lays bare the clash between long-standing traditions and a highly fraught attempt at a new political order. In Nepali with English subtitles

Friday Sunday

Oct 13 Oct 15

3:30pm 6:45pm

Rafael Lark

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WONDERSTRUCK US 2017, 115 min Director Todd Haynes TRIBUTE: TODD HAYNES Todd Haynes’ (Carol, MVFF 2015) exquisite rendering of Brian Selznick’s novel tells the parallel stories of two children, Ben (in 1977) and Rose (in 1922), who each goes on a quest that leads to New York. Beautifully performed (Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams support) and visually rich, Wonderstruck is cinema at its best.

Friday

Oct 13

7:00pm

Rafael

Sponsored by

Sterling Bank and Trust

US CINEMA

WOODSTOCK US 1971, 220 min Director Michael Wadleigh FOCUS: CANNABIS CULTURE Come celebrate MVFF’s 40th anniversary with this special screening of Woodstock, which screened at MVFF’s inaugural festival in 1978 in tribute to cinematographer David Myers. Innocent, hopeful, and groovy, Woodstock instantly obliterated everyone’s expectations, and this intimate, epic documentary became a cultural and cinematic touchstone. Be there.

Saturday

Oct 7

6:00pm

Corte Madera

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WORST CASE WE GET MARRIED (Et au pire, on se mariera) Canada/Switzerland 2017, 91 min Director Léa Pool Montreal’s gritty Central-South neighborhood doesn’t offer much for teenage Aïcha until she meets dreamy Baz, a handsome neighbor twice her age. Léa Pool’s latest film featuring powerful performances from Karine Vanasse and Sophie Nélisse explores obsession, truth, and fantasy, as it unpacks an all-consuming case of love at first sight. In French with English subtitles US Premiere

Tuesday Oct 10 Wednesday Oct 11

3:30pm 6:30pm

Rafael Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

YEVA (Yeva) Armenia/Iran 2017, 94 min Director Anahid Abad FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING A doctor who is a single mother arrives in a small Armenian village with her daughter, seeking protection from vengeful in-laws, in this compelling dramatic portrait of a border town struggling with personal secrets and the aftereffects of war. In Farsi with English subtitles • US Premiere

Monday Tuesday

Oct 9 Oct 10

6:15pm 9:00pm

Larkspur Rafael

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 5

SEQUOIA

RAFAEL 2

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7:00 PM DARKEST HOUR

7:00 PM DARKEST HOUR

7:00 PM LOVING VINCENT

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2

1

RAFAEL 2

3

12:00 PM HUMAN FLOW

2:00 PM EARTH WISDOM FOR A WORLD IN CRISIS

10:00 AM OWLS & MICE

2:30 PM AN ACT OF DEFIANCE

3:00 PM WESTERN

3:30 PM THE VENERABLE W

6:15 PM LAW OF THE LAND

6:00 PM FACES, PLACES

6:30 PM TRIBUTE: KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS DARKEST HOUR

9:00 PM CIAO, CIAO 83 min

8:30 PM DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

12:00 PM HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION

11:30 AM ALPHAGO

12:45 PM PORCUPINE LAKE

2:15 PM FÉLICITÉ

3:45 PM SONG OF GRANITE

5:30 PM THE DIVINE ORDER

6:30 PM AN ACT OF DEFIANCE

8:30 PM A RIVER BELOW

9:30 PM 5@5 ALL THE MADMEN

114 min

114 min

2 7:00 PM OPENING NIGHT FILM TBA

94 min

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6

SEQUOIA

140 min

3:30 PM THE INLAND ROAD 79 min

6:15 PM MAD HANNANS 85 min

9:00 PM IN SYRIA

4:45 PM 5@5 GOLDEN YEARS 60 min

6:45 PM THE LEISURE SEEKER 112 min

86 min

12:00 PM REVOLTING RHYMES

10:30 AM OWLS & MICE

3:00 PM 5@5 A BETTER FUTURE

1:00 PM KIM SWIMS

6:30 PM SPOTLIGHT: DEE REES MUDBOUND

3:45 PM THE DESERT BRIDE

77 min

134 min

10:00 PM FOURTH MOVEMENT 115 min

80 min

82 min

9:30 PM THE HI DE HO SHOW

76 min

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7

CINEMA

1

123 min

115 min

90 min

114 min

119 min 89 min

96 min

100 min

80 min

90 min

75 min

3:00 PM TRIBUTE: SEAN PENN

76 min

6:00 PM THE PARTY

78 min

6:15 PM FILM STARS DON’T DIE... 105 min

9:15 PM THE DEEP SKY

124 min

90 min

96 min

71 min

8:45 PM UNDER THE RADAR: 70 YEARS OF POLISH ANIMATION

117 min

85 min

104 min 123 min 70 min

90 min

86 min

12:30 PM METAMORPHOSIS: JUNIOR YEAR

11:45 AM THE COUSIN

12:00 PM SPOOR

11:45 AM THE RELATIONTRIP

12:15 PM 5@5 TUMBLE AND TWIRL

3:00 PM THE LAST ANIMALS

2:30 PM LET THE SUNSHINE IN

3:15 PM THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

2:45 PM THE SANDGLASS

2:30 PM THE INSULT

6:00 PM MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED

5:30 PM A FANTASTIC WOMAN

6:00 PM CITY OF JOY

5:30 PM ARRANGIARSI (PIZZA... & THE ART OF LIVING)

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8

75 min 92 min

85 min

8:45 PM THE SQUARE 142 min

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93 min

128 min

95 min

103 min

8:15 PM BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) 143 min

WORLD CINEMA

115 min

6:30 PM TBA 9:00 PM TORCH 100 min

89 min

124 min 75 min

8:45 PM BILL FRISELL, A PORTRAIT 115 min

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

68 min

113 min

96 min

8:30 PM WESTERN 119 min

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8:45 PM PORCUPINE LAKE

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85 min

7:00 PM MOANA 107 min

MVFF MUSIC: MAD HANNANS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6

6:00 PM THE COUSIN

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Doors: 8:00 PM Show: 9:00 PM

6:00 PM THE LONG SHADOW 87 min

6:00 PM WOODSTOCK 220 min

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72 min

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71 min

6:00 PM THE DIVINE ORDER

MVFF MUSIC: WAILING SOULS

96 min

8:45 PM LAW OF THE LAND

Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00 PM

90 min

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90 min

SUNDAY OCTOBER 8

1:15 PM THE MYSTERY OF GREEN HILL

1:00 PM MEMBER SCREENING: DEALT

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7

8:45 PM THE CORRIDOR

MUSIC

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MONDAY OCTOBER 9

SEQUOIA 1

2

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2

3

12:30 PM THE RELATIONTRIP

1:15 PM HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION

10:00 AM 5@5 A BETTER FUTURE

2:30 PM MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED

3:15 PM MAD HANNANS

89 min

3:15 PM BILL FRISELL, A PORTRAIT 115 min

6:15 PM THE SHAPE OF WATER 119 min

TUESDAY OCTOBER 10 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11

1:30 PM IN SYRIA

4:15 PM 5@5 ALL THE MADMEN

86 min

70 min

4:00 PM I STILL HIDE TO SMOKE

6:45 PM ANDRE: THE VOICE OF WINE

90 min

98 min

6:00 PM CIAO, CIAO 83 min

8:45 PM THE LIGHT OF THE MOON 90 min

85 min

6:30 PM THE DESERT BRIDE 78 min

9:15 PM 5@5 LIFE ON MARS? 70 min

11:15 AM I STILL HIDE TO SMOKE

12:30 PM CITY OF JOY

3:00 PM A FANTASTIC WOMAN

3:30 PM WORST CASE WE GET MARRIED

4:00 PM THE RELATIONTRIP

3:30 PM MANKILLER

3:00 PM LET THE SUNSHINE IN

6:00 PM JANE

6:15 PM NO MAN’S LAND

6:45 PM THE LAST ANIMALS

6:00 PM HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY

5:30 PM 5@5 LIFE ON MARS?

8:15 PM THE FLORIDA PROJECT

9:00 PM YEVA

9:30 PM 5@5 STATION TO STATION

10:00 AM JANE

11:15 AM THE LONG SHADOW

2:00 PM FÉLICITÉ

3:00 PM HAROLD AND MAUDE

2:30 PM MANKILLER

6:30 PM WORST CASE WE GET MARRIED

6:00 PM MOLLY’S GAME

5:30 PM ESTEBAN

9:15 PM 5@5 IT’S NO GAME

90 min 74 min

104 min

9:00 PM TIP OF MY TONGUE

12:00 PM ALPHAGO 90 min

3:00 PM A SIBLING MYSTERY 80 min

6:00 PM THE FLORIDA PROJECT 115 min

9:30 PM SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE

7:00 PM TBA

85 min

9:15 PM NOTHINGWOOD

90 min

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12

77 min

75 min

9:00 PM UNDER THE RADAR: 70 YEARS OF POLISH ANIMATION 90 min

85 min

75 min

103 min

95 min

90 min

70 min

115 min

11:30 AM ARRANGIARSI (PIZZA... & THE ART OF LIVING) 96 min

2:30 PM 5@5 IT’S NO GAME 70 min

5:30 PM THIRD MIND BLUES 58 min

8:00 PM THE LAST PIG

US CINEMA

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91 min 81 min 94 min

89 min 92 min 62 min

8:00 PM LIFE & NOTHING MORE 95 min

12:45 PM TBA

90 min

4:00 PM 5@5 TUMBLE AND TWIRL 68 min

91 min

6:30 PM THE LEISURE SEEKER 112 min

140 min

9:15 PM NO MAN’S LAND

87 min 74 min 90 min

124 min 91 min 70 min

8:30 PM MY HAPPY FAMILY

81 min

131 min

60 min

85 min

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12:15 PM HOLY AIR

10:00 AM THE CORRIDOR

12:30 PM JAHA’S PROMISE

12:00 PM THE INVISIBLES

3:00 PM JUST ONE DROP

1:00 PM THE INLAND ROAD

3:00 PM HORN FROM THE HEART: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD STORY

4:00 PM SNOWY BING BONGS ACROSS THE NORTH STAR COMBAT ZONE

6:30 PM MR. ROOSEVELT

3:45 PM BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) 143 min

6:00 PM ONE OF US

6:30 PM EL AMPARO

9:00 PM CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

7:00 PM CENTERPIECE: LAST FLAG FLYING

9:00 PM A SIBLING MYSTERY

9:30 PM 5@5 GOLDEN YEARS

81 min

72 min

92 min

79 min

91 min

132 min

119 min

WORLD CINEMA

81 min

104 min 95 min 80 min

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

110 min

60 min 99 min 60 min

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6:15 PM YEVA

6:45 PM SPOOR

6:00 PM VAZANTE

8:45 PM JAHA’S PROMISE

9:15 PM EL AMPARO

8:45 PM THE DEEP SKY

81 min

128 min

SWEETWATER

116 min

99 min

MONDAY OCTOBER 9

94 min

OUTDOOR ART CLUB

86 min

MVFF MUSIC: SARAH JAROSZ

Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00 PM

6:30 PM A SIBLING MYSTERY

10:00 AM THE LONG SHADOW

9:15 PM MR. ROOSEVELT

9:00 PM THE INSULT

12:15 PM 5@5 FUTURE LEGEND

127 min 91 min

80 min

113 min

87 min 87 min

6:00 PM SONG OF GRANITE 104 min

MVFF MUSIC: HONORING PAUL BUTTERFIELD A BLUES CELEBRATION

8:30 PM DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

Doors: 8:00 PM Show: 9:00 PM

96 min

6:00 PM THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

9:00 PM TIP OF MY TONGUE

8:45 PM A RIVER BELOW

115 min 90 min

90 min

117 min

MVFF MUSIC: B AND THE HIVE Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 8:00 PM

140 min

6:00 PM THELMA

6:15 PM ESTEBAN

9:00 PM MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED

9:00 PM FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

116 min

90 min

85 min

7:00 PM JOHN SANBORN: AN INTROSPECTIVE RETROSPECTIVE

105 min

90 min

MVFF MUSIC: MANZAREK ROGERS TRIBUTE BAND Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8:30 PM

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SPECIAL

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 12

7:15 PM HUMAN FLOW

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11

6:15 PM THE VENERABLE W

TUESDAY OCTOBER 10

6:00 PM LOVELESS

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 13

SEQUOIA

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1

2

1

2

3

12:00 PM TBA

12:30 PM THE SQUARE

10:00 AM KIM SWIMS

12:00 PM THE LAST PIG

3:30 PM WHITE SUN

3:45 PM 5@5 CYGNET COMMITTEE

1:00 PM ANDRE: THE VOICE OF WINE

2:45 PM THELMA

6:30 PM HOLY AIR

6:00 PM ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE

4:00 PM TBA

6:00 PM THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

9:00 PM 5@5 STATION TO STATION

7:00 PM TRIBUTE: TODD HAYNES WONDERSTRUCK

8:30 PM RADIANCE

3:00 PM LOVELESS 127 min

6:30 PM THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH 96 min

9:30 PM AFTER THE WAR 92 min

142 min 63 min

83 min

8:45 PM SUMMER 1993

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14

96 min

76 min

85 min

98 min

100 min

11:30 AM RADIANCE

12:00 PM LIYANA

3:00 PM VITCH

2:30 PM JUST ONE DROP

3:45 PM GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

5:30 PM THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

5:45 PM IN THE FADE

7:00 PM SPOTLIGHT: ANDREW GARFIELD BREATHE

9:00 PM TBA

8:45 PM TBA

78 min

100 min

101 min

11:00 AM NOT ALONE: SCREENING & PANEL TALKING ABOUT TEEN SUICIDE

89 min

92 min

106 min

107 min

117 min

90 min (See page 13 for details)

2:00 PM WENDY 91 min

5:30 PM STRANGE BIRDS 70 min

9:00 PM THE HI DE HO SHOW 100 min

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15

81 min 62 min

101 min

115 min

12:00 PM ONE OF US 95 min

116 min

87 min

11:00 AM STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: FROM ACQUISITION TO EXHIBITION 90 min

3:00 PM ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE 101 min

6:15 PM 5@5 CYGNET COMMITTEE 63 min

8:45 PM FOURTH MOVEMENT 115 min

11:00 AM FACES, PLACES

11:30 AM WENDY

11:00 AM THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH

11:45 AM A CIAMBRA

11:15 AM THE INVISIBLES

1:45 PM TBA

2:15 PM LOS PERROS

1:45 PM GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

2:45 PM THE MYSTERY OF GREEN HILL

2:15 PM QUEST

5:00 PM THE CURRENT WAR

5:00 PM LADY BIRD

5:00 PM LADY BIRD

5:00 PM LADY BIRD

8:15 PM TBA

8:00 PM THE SHAPE OF WATER

8:30 PM SUMMER 1993

89 min

5:00 PM THE CURRENT WAR 105 min

US CINEMA

91 min

96 min

94 min

105 min

WORLD CINEMA

107 min

93 min

118 min 81 min

93 min

119 min

VALLEY OF THE DOCS

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93 min 96 min

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12:30 PM THE LAST ANIMALS 92 min

12:00 PM DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

3:15 PM ARRANGIARSI (PIZZA... & THE ART OF LIVING)

96 min

12:45 PM TBA

3:00 PM MY HAPPY FAMILY

3:45 PM NOTHINGWOOD

6:30 PM LOS PERROS

6:00 PM A CIAMBRA

9:00 PM ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE

9:00 PM THIRD MIND BLUES

12:00 PM MANKILLER

12:45 PM THE INVISIBLES

4:00 PM BEYOND THE SUPERNOVA

3:00 PM CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

3:45 PM QUEST

6:15 PM ANDRE: THE VOICE OF WINE

6:15 PM AFTER THE WAR

6:30 PM LIFE AND NOTHING MORE

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9:15 PM VAZANTE 116 min

132 min 92 min

89 min

85 min

94 min

110 min

98 min

95 min

11:00 AM STRANGE BIRDS

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MVFF MUSIC: BEYOND THE SUPERNOVA JOE SATRIANI VIP Meet & Greet: 7:30 PM Doors: 8:00 PM Show: 9:00 PM

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5:45 PM IN THE FADE 106 min

75 min

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4:00 PM 5@5 A BETTER FUTURE

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77 min

8:15 PM 5@5 FESTIVAL FAVES

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6:45 PM WHITE SUN

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87 min

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83 min

78 min

Doors: 8:00 PM Show: 9:00 PM

2:45 PM VR AT THE CROSSROADS

9:15 PM TBA

5:15 PM THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

MVFF MUSIC: THE FAMILY STONE

58 min

9:00 PM ON THE SLY: IN SEARCH OF THE FAMILY STONE

2:30 PM VITCH

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118 min

60 min

85 min

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 14

74 min

10:00 AM LIYANA

131 min

101 min

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 13

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OUTDOOR ART CLUB 41 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera

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CINÉARTS SEQUOIA

25 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

LARK THEATER

549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St, San Rafael

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Join us at the Outdoor Art Club in downtown Mill Valley for: Special programs Festival merchandise Beer, wine and snacks for sale Filmmaker check-in Filmmaker Lounge (badge holders with Lounge access only)

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Mark Fishkin Room, 1112 Fourth St Oct 6–14 10:00am—9:00pm Oct 15 10:00am—5:00pm

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Schedule for the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival