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DIREC TOR ’S NOTE How will the movies survive? In recent months, the New York Times and IndieWire ran in-depth articles outlining the challenges facing films, both big and small: Hollywood, independent, and international. The dominance of blockbusters, the rise of streaming at the expense of theaters, and fewer opportunities for distribution are creating a perfect storm of uncertainty for filmmakers at a time when, ironically, more films are being made. That’s where the Mill Valley Film Festival comes in, to ease that anxiety. The best hope for sustaining and growing a diverse climate for indie and arthouse films are festivals like Mill Valley, along with not-for-profit, mission-based community theaters. These are places that attract audiences hungry for a wide-ranging menu of films with ideas—that express a strong viewpoint, that are art, that reflect diversity. By “diversity,” I don’t just mean race, ethnicity, and gender, although that is, of course, part of it. But I also mean that film is a panorama and MVFF reflects that, adding to the definition of diversity with a slate that is inclusive of narrative and documentary; English-language and subtitled foreign films; American indie films starring unknowns and Hollywood films starring, well, stars. But as different as they all are, the films at MVFF have a few things in common: They entertain and have something to say in creative ways; they connect us all as people, despite our differences; and the emotions and ideas they express are universal in nature. As Roger Ebert says... movies are an empathy machine. That empathy is reflected in a film like Harriet, Kasi Lemmons’ powerful dramatization of the life of Harriet Tubman, the slave-turned-conductor of the Underground Railroad, magnificently portrayed by Cynthia Erivo. Recently, The New York Times Magazine published The 1619 Project, an examination of the legacy of slavery in the US, published in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the day African slaves first arrived on North American shores. Harriet is clearly part of that legacy, and it is not alone. Two other dramas, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Just Mercy—starring Michael B. Jordan as famed civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson working to free an innocent man on death row—and Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency—with Alfre Woodard as a warden buckling under the

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pressure of her latest execution of a possibly innocent man— similarly fit the 1619 narrative with their examinations of the criminal justice system’s injustice toward African Americans. Expanding our scope beyond the lens of the US, what comes into focus is a world in turmoil. While Americans are increasingly consumed with the upcoming presidential election in 2020, the rest of the planet confronts its own issues. Cannes Jury Prize winner Bacurau blends genres, including thriller, sci-fi, and satire, to look at the encroachment of the world inspired by corruption and greed in the name of so-called “progress” (a film with even more resonance, given the recent Amazon fires). Last Men in Aleppo filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s latest documentary, The Cave, continues his examination of the ongoing tragedy of the Syrian civil war. The thriller Watch List explores the horror of Filipino strongman Rodrigo Duterte’s draconian war on drugs. In Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach investigates the impact of the gig economy on the UK through one family’s experience. But it is not all so serious. This year, MVFF is happy to present a whole range of films about art and artists that entertain as they uplift. Among them is the late Agnès Varda’s entrancing swan song, Varda by Agnès, her own delightful summation of her singular career. Eddie Murphy dazzles as comedian Rudy Ray Moore in Craig Brewer’s hilarious Dolemite Is My Name. Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters focuses on the career of the stop-motion animator who created Return of the Jedi’s Jabba the Hutt. The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash and You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard are fascinating documentaries recalling those exceptional musicians’ lives and works. MVFF is also proud to kick off awards season in high style. Last year, we presented eventual Best Picture Oscar® winner Green Book. We may repeat with Honey Boy, written by and starring Shia LeBeouf and based on his own life; James Mangold’s racecar drama Ford v Ferrari; Pedro Almodóvar’s drama of a filmmaker at a low ebb, Pain and Glory; Taika Waititi’s uproarious Nazi sendup Jojo Rabbit; or one of our many other glittering titles, so often accompanied by glittering guests on our big nights. I am proud of the work we do during the festival and with our year-round programming. I am proud that film lovers from the Bay Area and beyond know that they will always find films that enrich and entertain them here. Welcome to the 42 nd Mill Valley Film Festival, where movies don’t just survive; they thrive.

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CENTERPIECE

JUST MERCY

WAVES

Expected Guests: JAMIE FOXX, TIM BLAKE NELSON, and ROB MORGAN

Waves of closeness, distance, pain, and joy mark the swells of our most intimate relationships. This is the subject of director Trey Edward Shults’ (Krisha, It Comes at Night) impressive third feature, centering on the complicated family dynamics of three couples whose lives and loves hang in the balance. Catherine (Renée Elise Goldsberry, Altered Carbon) and Ronald Williams (Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us in an incredibly powerful turn) have worked hard to build a comfortable life in Miami for their children Ty and Emily. When Ty’s girlfriend makes a decision that will permanently impact their futures, Ty reacts, with tragic consequences. The story shifts to Emily and her growing intimacy with classmate Luke (a wonderfully understated Lucas Hedges). Saddled with the weight of unhealed family wounds, the two offer each other comforts neither can find at home. With a fantastic score by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Waves is an unflinching and delicately-crafted portrait of family and forgiveness

In Monroeville, Alabama—To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee’s lifelong home—African American Walter McMillian (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx) was sentenced to death for killing a white woman in 1988. As a result, a real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch in the form of recent Harvard Law grad Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) challenged a corrupt, racist system to free an innocent man. Foxx and Jordan deliver indelible performances alongside standout supporting cast members Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Rob Morgan in Destin Daniel Cretton’s (Short Term 12) gripping drama adapted from famed civil rights attorney Stevenson’s searing memoir.

US 2019, 136 min Director Destin Daniel Cretton Thursday, October 3, 7:00pm CinéArts Sequoia & Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Gala: $110 member | $125 general Program Only: $55 member | $60 general Simulcast house: $40 member | $45 general Gala Only: $55 member | $65 general OPENING NIGHT SPONSOR

US 2019, 135 min Director Trey Edward Shults Wednesday, October 9, 7:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception: $75 member | $85 general Program Only: $40 member | $45 general Post-screening Reception | Tam Commons Tap Room and Kitchen 1300 Fourth Street, San Rafael Regular Screening: Friday, Oct 11, 11:30am Sequoia

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CLOSING NIGHT

FORD v FERRARI

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN

Expected Guest: JAMES MANGOLD

Edward Norton makes a glorious, confident transition into the director’s chair with a stylish, engrossing adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s acclaimed 1999 novel of the same name, an intricate, noir-ish story set in 1950s Brooklyn. When a deceptively routine case for a detective agency proves deadly, the team of gumshoes—led by Lionel Essrog, a man with Tourette’s syndrome and an uncanny photographic memory—dives head-first into their investigation, uncovering a dangerous coverup and high-ranking corruption within the elected city planning committee of Brooklyn. Norton elicits effectively memorable turns from his prodigious A-list cast, which includes Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbathaw-Raw, Cherry Jones, and Willem Dafoe.

Academy Award ® winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this energetic, fully loaded biographical drama from acclaimed director James Mangold (Logan). Based on the remarkable true story of automotive designer Carroll Shelby and fearless driver Ken Miles, Ford v Ferrari details how an eccentric, underdog team of engineers battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build the revolutionary GT40 race car for Ford Motor Company. Their purpose? To challenge the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans competition in France.

US 2019, 152 min Director James Mangold

US 2019, 144 min Director Edward Norton

Sunday, October 13, 4:30pm | Smith Rafael Film Center

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MIND THE GAP AWARD

SPOTLIGHT

ANNA SERNER

OLIVIA WILDE

Recognized internationally as one of those in the forefront of the charge towards gender equity in film, Anna Serner has put her money where her mouth is. She was one of the first to commit to financing women’s and men’s films equally in her role as CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. Serner is a renowned speaker on this topic and has commissioned several studies, including the recent “The Money Issue,” which is the theme for this year’s Mind the Gap Summit (see page 22). In 2016, Serner presented the 50/50 by 2020 initiative at the Cannes Film Festival. The movement has spread, inspiring the 50/50 Pledge launched at Cannes in 2018, signed by numerous international film festivals including MVFF. In honor of Serner’s work, MVFF42 has an Eye on Sweden focus (see page 28), and will be presenting Serner with the Mind the Gap Award at the screening of Gabriela Pichler’s Amateurs (see page 32)

Actress-producer-director Olivia Wilde soared onto the Hollywood scene in the early 2000s, starring in Alpha Dog, TRON: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, Butter, Drinking Buddies, Better Living Through Chemistry, and Her (among others), and recently received widespread acclaim for her directorial debut, Booksmart. Multi-hyphenate Wilde is also a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice and has executive produced several documentary shorts. Next up: a role in Clint Eastwood’s next feature and directing and starring in her sophomore film, a psychological thriller called Don’t Worry, Darling.

AMATEURS (Amatörer) Outsourcing and unemployment have come to the once-thriving Swedish hamlet of Lafors. To entice a German superstore into opening a new location there, the town council enlists a Stockholm filmmaker for a promo/puff-piece, with dubious results. When plucky local teenage BFFs Aida and Dana take matters into their own hands, it’s “lights, camera… action!”

Sweden 2018, 102 min Director Gabriela Pichler

This presentation with Olivia Wilde will delve into the process of developing her recent successful feature film directorial debut Booksmart, a timely coming-of-age, whip-smart feminist comedy. The conversation will also explore her distinguished acting career and her personal activism. Wilde will discuss her experience as a firsttime director and how her experience working with other directors— among them, Oscar ® winners Ron Howard, Stefan Ruzowitzky, and Paul Haggis—as an actor shaped her approach to Booksmart. A modern-day Renaissance woman of the film industry, MVFF is honored to spotlight the many facets of Olivia Wilde.

Friday, October 4, 8:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center $40 member | $45 general

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SPOTLIGHT

RES TOR ATION

ROBERT PATTINSON

THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD

Robert Pattinson’s brilliant career is a study in celebrity, strategy, and subtle genius. His meteoric rise to stardom launched by the juggernaut Twilight series, Pattinson opted to stretch his professional skills, leverage his status, and successfully embrace independent projects with a wide array of challenging roles from cinema’s finest auteurs including David Cronenberg (Maps to the Stars), Claire Denis (High Life), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), James Gray (The Lost City of Z), and the Safdie brothers (Good Time).

Expected Guest: NANCY KELLY

THE LIGHTHOUSE In his eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Witch, director Robert Eggers enlists the prodigious talents of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe for a stunning Gothic thriller—winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes—set on a tumultuous isle off the coast of New England. Shot on stunning black-and-white 35mm film and loosely inspired by the writings of Herman Melville and poet Sarah Orne Jewett as well as the diaries of late-19th century lighthouse keepers, Eggers sets the stage for a wildly impressive acting showdown between two powerhouse artists, who deliver riveting full-bodied performances that rank among the best of their careers.

US 2019, 110 min Director Robert Eggers Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm | CinéArts Sequoia Program & Reception: $85 member | $95 general Post-screening Reception: Outdoor Art Club 1 W. Blithedale, Mill Valley

Lauded by the LA Times’ Michael Wilmington as “independent in the best sense of the word,” adding “the emotions are felt, the textures are true; the film, rich and moving,” this beloved masterwork from director Nancy Kelly (her only narrative feature to date) is a harrowing and inspiring tale of resilience, survival, and unexpected romance. After being sold into marriage by her destitute father, Lalu (a fiercely commanding Rosalind Chao) is transported from China to the American Old West against her will. Stranded far from home in a treacherous, alien land and pawned off from one male owner to the next, Lalu must learn to navigate her own independence while consistently being treated as property. Co-starring Oscar® winner Chris Cooper as a sympathetic saloon owner and set against the dusty yet sumptuous backdrop of a thriving Idaho gold-mining town at the turn of the 20th century, Thousand Pieces of Gold was based on the life of Chinese American pioneer Polly Bemis and adapted from San Francisco author Ruthanne Lum McCunn’s novel. Discover—or revisit—this sweeping epic as it was meant to be seen in this new 4K restoration by IndieCollect, under the supervision of director Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto.

US/UK 1990, 105 min Director Nancy Kelly Sunday, October 6, 2:15pm | Century Larkspur $14 member | $16.50 general

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INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO Expected Guests: DANNY TREJO and BRETT HARVEY With nearly 400 film and television credits, Danny Trejo is one of the most prolific and recognizable actors around. But his remarkable ascent to beloved Hollywood tough guy in Heat, Breaking Bad, and Machete was as hard-earned as it was unexpected. In this funny and revealing portrait, Trejo candidly traces his own sensational journey from troubled youth and San Quentin prison inmate, to ubiquitous film star, philanthropist, and role model. With testimonials from Robert Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, and Michelle Rodriguez, this affecting profile is as raw and intimate as it is a buoyant celebration of an exceptional life. US PREMIERE

Canada 2019, 108 min Director Brett Harvey Sunday, October 6, 2:30pm | Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception: $30 member | $35 general Program: $20 member | $25 general Simulcast houses: $14 member | $16.50 general Post-screening Reception | San Rafael Elks Lodge Maple Lawn Terrace | 1312 Mission Avenue, San Rafael SPONSORED BY

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ALFRE WOODARD American actress, producer, and political activist Alfre Woodard is one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation. Splitting her time between diverse roles on the big and small screens, her film credits include her Oscar ®-nominated turn in Cross Creek, Passion Fish, Love & Basketball, and 12 Years a Slave. Woodard won her first Emmy® for Hill Street Blues and graced TV screens with recurring roles on True Blood, Luke Cage, and Desperate Housewives.

CLEMENCY Prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) has presided over many executions. When a presumably innocent cop killer is slated to die, she finds herself reaching a breaking point. This extraordinary death-row drama—the Grand Prize winner at Sundance—is one rawnerve look at the toll that taking a life takes on everyone involved and confirms Woodard’s status as one of the greatest actors working today.

US 2019, 110 min Director Chinonye Chukwu Our Tribute program features an onstage conversation with Alfre Woodard and Chinonye Chukwu, a screening of Clemency, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.

Sunday, October 6, 5:00pm | CinéArts Sequoia Program & Reception: $75 member | $85 general Program Only: $40 member | $45 general Post-screening Reception: Outdoor Art Club 1 W. Blithedale, Mill Valley Regular Screening: Monday, Oct 7, 4:00pm Rafael

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SPOTLIGHT

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KRISTEN STEWART

MICHAEL APTED

Kristen Stewart’s star was on a steady rise prior to the Twilight series pushing her career into overdrive, having appeared in numerous films since age 8, including Panic Room and Into the Wild. Stewart’s post-Twilight career has seen her achieve international acclaim, in films like Certain Women, Personal Shopper, Lizzie, JT LeRoy, and Clouds of Sils Maria, for which she won a César Award (France’s Oscar® equivalent).

British director and producer Michael Apted is one of the most prolific and dynamic directors of his generation, known for the ongoing Up documentary series and lauded narratives Enigma, Coal Miner’s Daughter, and Nell. Apted is equally acclaimed for creating impactful films with a strong social message or ethical dilemma, including Gorky Park, Class Action, Gorillas in the Mist, and Extreme Measures. He won two BAFTAs for various installations of the Up series.

SEBERG In a performance both shattering and captivating, Kristen Stewart transforms into tragic screen legend and fashion icon Jean Seberg, an American actress who became an instant international film darling following Godard’s Breathless and whose progressive political ties to the Black Panther party made her a person of interest for the FBI. Echoes of both the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements rattle beneath every sumptuous frame of Rachel Morrison’s (Mudbound) cinematography, as Seberg tries to stay afloat amid a Hoover-era surveillance operation run by a promising rookie agent (a smoldering Jack O’Connell, Starred Up). In English and French with English subtitles

US/UK 2019, 96 min Director Benedict Andrews Our Spotlight program features an onstage conversation with Kristen Stewart, a screening of Seberg, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.

Monday, October 7, 7:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center $65 member | $75 general Simulcast house: $30

63 UP Michael Apted’s evolving masterwork, the Up series, has now reached its ninth installation: 63 Up. Unique in the annals of cinema and cultural history, 7 Up was created for British television in 1964, intended as a program that looked at education in the class system in England. Apted has revisited the group of young people he documented at that time every seven years—with varying degrees of cooperation as these kids grew up.

UK 2019, 138 min Director Michael Apted Our Tribute program features an onstage conversation with Michael Apted, a screening of 63 Up, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 pm | CinéArts Sequoia $40 member | $45 general

Regular Screening: Tuesday, Oct 8, 3:30pm Sequoia SPONSORED BY

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SPECIAL PREMIERE

THE GREAT 14TH: TENZIN GYATSO,

THE 14TH DALAI LAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS Expected Guests: ROSEMARY RAWCLIFFE and TENDZIN CHOEGYAL, the Dalai Lama’s youngest brother How does one capture the essence of one of the most legendary lives of our time? A boundless and heroic life filled with extraordinary loss, resilience, and achievement—and a man whose philosophy of kindness continues to inspire millions of people around the world, regardless of faith or political persuasion? In this profound and inspiring portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, the answer is: In his own words. Through intimate conversations and previously unreleased archival images, the Dalai Lama reveals his story and his experience of the personal, political, spiritual, and historical events that shaped his life. The Great 14th offers an extraordinary, unprecedented insight into the complexities of his life—from past lives of the 5th and 13th Dalai Lamas to his current life as the spiritual and former political leader of Tibet and as a tireless Nobel Peace Laureate. This is a story—and a film—for the ages, revealing the soul of the simple monk who aspires every day to walk the enlightened path of the Bodhisattva. WORLD PREMIERE

US 2019, 82 min Director Rosemary Rawcliffe Thursday, October 10, 6:15 pm | Smith Rafael Film Center $14 member | $16.50 general Regular Screening: Saturday, Oct 12, 2:00pm Rafael

SPECIAL PREMIERE

THE TRUTH (La vérité) Master auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda, Palme d’Or winner for Shoplifters (MVFF 2018), directs his first film outside his native Japan, venturing to Paris for a contemplative family drama starring two of Gallic cinema’s biggest stars, Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. As glamorous movie star Fabienne Dangeville (Deneuve) readies her latest film, a science-fiction drama about a mother who never ages seen through the lifecycle of her daughter and prepares to publish a highly fabricated memoir, her estranged daughter Lumir (a splendid Binoche) arrives with her struggling actor husband (Ethan Hawke) and child for a visit. Fabienne’s projects act as a catalyst, forcing the women to face longburied, painful truths, a confrontation that will either bring them closer or rupture their relationship completely. With keen knowledge of French cinema and literature, Kore-eda astutely lends the observant, tender eye his audiences have come to cherish to a Francophile’s dream project, the opener of this year’s Venice Film Festival. In French and English with English subtitles US PREMIERE

France/Japan 2019, 106 min Director Hirokazu Kore-eda Check MVFF.com for program and event information. Post-screening Reception | Outdoor Art Club 1 W. Blithedale, Mill Valley Regular Screening: Saturday, Oct 12, 2:45pm Rafael SPONSORED BY

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SPECIAL PREMIERE

LAURA DERN

BLACKBIRD

Laura Dern is having an incredible year. It’s a standout in a career marked by remarkable performances, from her indelible beginnings in Marin-based Smooth Talk (MVFF 1985) to her 2014 Oscar ®-nominated role in Wild (MVFF Award 2014). Along the way are unforgettable moments: Being chased by dinosaurs (Jurassic Park) to hearing things (Blue Velvet) to the inimitable Admiral Hondo—pow!—in The Last Jedi. In this onstage conversation, Dern delves into her art as an actor, looking particularly at her most recent works. This year has seen: A reprise of her role as the deliciously intense, crazy-protective mom and tech honcho Renata Klein on Big Little Lies, a role which already won her both an Emmy® and a Golden Globe ®; the compassionate but tough divorce lawyer in Noah Baumbach’s sublime Marriage Story; and the ultimate mother of daughters, Marmee, in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

Expected Guest: ROGER MICHELL

What’s notable in all these roles is that Dern has become the master (should that be mistress?) of supporting roles—not just in awards jargon sense, but as an actor at the top of her game who delivers rich performances that demonstrate why she is such a revered and beloved actor: What shines through her work is not just her sheer mastery of the art and craft of acting, but the depth of the connection she makes with her fellow actors. She understands how to support. The program will include the presentation of the Mind the Gap Award for Actor of the Year.

With unvarnished clarity, unflinching courage, and delicate grace, versatile British director Roger Michell (Tea with the Dames, Le Week-End, MVFF 2013) sensitively examines the complex strands of parental, sibling, and other intimate relationships as three generations of an American family gather over the course of a weekend to bid farewell to their matriarch Lily (Susan Sarandon), who has chosen to take control over her final moments before end-stage ALS robs her of that dignity. Lily uses her indomitable will and her wicked sense of humor to counter the physical pain, but the idyllic weekend she envisioned is quickly sabotaged by her sparring adult daughters (Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska) who cast last minute doubts about her end-of-life decision. US PREMIERE

UK 2019, 138 min Director Roger Michell Saturday, October 12, 4:30pm | CinéArts Sequoia Program & Reception: $30 member | $35 general Program Only: $20 member | $25 general Post-screening Reception | Outdoor Art Club 1 W. Blithedale, Mill Valley Regular Screening: Sunday, Oct 13, 11:15am Sequoia

Saturday, October 12, 3:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center $20 member | $25 general SPONSORED BY

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KATZ FAMILY FOUNDATION EVENT SPONSOR

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DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER Expected Guests: SIMON BIRD and EARL CAVE When plans to visit his father in Florida are abruptly canceled, 15-yearold Metallica superfan Daniel (Earl Cave, brilliant in his big-screen debut) begrudgingly spends the summer at home in the British ‘burbs with his cheery librarian mum, Sue (Monica Dolan, Pride). Over the course of the summer, each is pushed to the limits of their comfort zone, and both follow Sue’s longtime motto to “try something new.” With pitch-perfect performances by Dolan and Cave (and a wicked cameo by Rob Brydon) and set to a superb soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian, Simon Bird’s fabulous feature debut is an utterly delightful take on the coming-of-age comedy, hilariously and tenderly exploring the mother-son relationship with all its idiosyncrasies, heartache, and tenderness. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

UK 2019, 86 min Director Simon Bird Saturday, October 12, 5:00pm | CinéArts Sequoia Program & Reception: $30 member | $35 general Program Only: $20 member | $25 general Post-screening Reception | Outdoor Art Club 1 W. Blithedale, Mill Valley Regular Screening: Sunday, Oct 13, 11:00am Rafael

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THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING Expected Guests: PHILIP KAUFMAN and LENA OLIN Philip Kaufman’s sweeping, unforgettable adaptation of Milan Kundera’s classic novel, once thought to be unfilmable, finds Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, and Lena Olin at the height of their talents in an erotic and complex love triangle that spans years and countries. In the halcyon days leading up to the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, apolitical, skirt-chasing surgeon Tomas (Day-Lewis) enjoys a life free of the weight of emotional entanglements, particularly with his like-minded painter mistress Sabine (Olin). But when he meets shy waitress Tereza (Binoche), he decides to give “traditional marriage” a try before the three individuals get swept up in the Prague Spring. Grand in its scope and intimate in its detail (aided in no small part by Sven Nykvist’s masterful cinematography), The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which Kaufman (The Right Stuff ) adapted with Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de jour), is presented in a brand new, glorious 4K restoration by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

US 1988, 171 min Director Philip Kaufman Saturday, October 12, 5:00pm | Smith Rafael Film Center $14 member | $16.50 general

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SPOTLIGHT

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MARRIAGE STORY Ensemble

BARBARA RUSH

Writer-director Noah Baumbach is known for populating his films with a rich, eclectic mix of Hollywood stars and beloved character actors who vividly bring his characters to life. And with key players Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Merritt Wever, and Julie Hagerty in the mix, Marriage Story is no exception.

A space-traveling scientist in When Worlds Collide, a mother fighting for her family in Nicholas Ray’s groundbreaking 1950s substance abuse drama Bigger Than Life, and a delectably diabolical villainess in the 1960s Batman TV series—these are just a few of the characters played with panache by acclaimed actress, Barbara Rush. Few in Hollywood have had as diverse a career on both the big and small screens. Rush has excelled in genres as varied as drama, science fiction, westerns, horror, and comedy, and was featured in some of America’s most beloved television programs from the 1950s through the 1980s. She starred opposite legendary leading men like Paul Newman and James Mason and worked with celebrated directors including Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray, and Edward Dmytryk to name just a few.

MARRIAGE STORY Returning to the themes of his acclaimed The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach offers another alternately funny and deeply moving snapshot of a marriage in its final stages. With divorce proceedings in full swing as the film opens, a married couple (Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson) have promised to keep their separation amicable, but hurtful admissions and verbal spats quickly sour those ambitions.

US 2019, 136 min Director Noah Baumbach Noah Baumbach will receive the MVFF Award on behalf of the ensemble cast of Marriage Story—with Laura Dern and others in attendance. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Intrepid Studios.

Saturday, October 12, 6:30pm | Smith Rafael Film Center Program & Reception: $75 member | $85 general Program Only: $40 member | $45 general Simulcast house: $30

MVFF is honored to present this tribute to the singularly talented actor, Barbara Rush. Join us for an onstage presentation featuring trailers from some of her best-known Hollywood films and hear from Rush herself about her storied and eclectic career.

Sunday, October 13, 2:00pm | Lark Theater $14 member | $16.50 general

Post-screening Reception | Intrepid Studios 1115 Third Street, San Rafael Regular Screening: Sunday, Oct 13, 11:00am Sequoia SPONSORED BY

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MVFF Music returns with another diverse series of concerts at the Sweetwater Music Hall. These eclectic 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!

JOHNNY & JUNE FOREVER:

presented in conjunction with

hardly strictly Out Of the park

THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER SUNG Come on down for a night of country, western, rhythm and blues, framed by the greatest love story ever sung! Just like Johnny and June Cash, Danny Evans and Essence Goldman were seasoned artists destined to meet and make beautiful music together. Reminiscent of many great male/female vocal duos, this pair is a powerful emerging voice on the Americana landscape. Their Johnny and June Forever tribute revue pays brilliant homage to their heroes and digs deep into their passion for roots music, featuring “I Walk the Line”, “Jackson”, “Ring of Fire”, and many more! Double down on Cash! Pair this show with The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, screening at the Sequoia in conjunction with this live show! friday, Oct 4 • dOOrs 8:00pm | shOw 9:00pm advance tickets $22 | day Of shOw $24

HAYES CARLL Grammy-nominated Texas native Hayes Carll brings a down-home Americana vibe to MVFF Music and Sweetwater Music Hall with roots-oriented songwriting acclaimed for its plainspoken poetry and barbed humor. Carll has performed on stages all over the world, including appearances on Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show, as well as producing four songs on the soundtrack for the 2010 film Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. On tour with his latest release, What It Is, Carll is in fine, endearingly witty form with songs about finding new love and adjusting to mid-life in the modern age. This show is presented in conjunction with Hardly Strictly Out of the Park. saturday, Oct 5 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $28 | day Of shOw $33 | age 21+ $1.00 per ticket goes to music in the schOOls tOday

sweetwater music hall 19 corte madera ave, mill valley Tickets for all MVFF Music shows are available online at mvff.com/music and in person at the Sweetwater Music Hall box office. MVFF Bronze, Silver, Select, Platinum, Investor / Leadership badges have access to MVFF Music shows with advance RSVP per availability. see mvff.cOm/music fOr updates

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ace Of cups & friends

ALICE GERRARD & FRIENDS

The Ace of Cups formed in San Francisco in 1967 and have been acclaimed as one of the first all-female rock bands. They found each other during the height of the Haight-Ashbury scene, making their mark in the burgeoning counterculture of the 1960’s with a psychedelic soul sound and soaring harmonies, sharing stages with Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead. They broke up four years later and never released an album…until now. Catch the original line-up on tour with their first album – ever!

Alice Gerrard has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time bluegrass greats and has earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music. She is noted for her compelling, eclectic songwriting, instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle, and her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens.

Our ‘Cups runneth over! See Ace of Cups in the film You Say You Want a Revolution?, screening at the Sequoia in conjunction with this live show! sunday, Oct 6 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $20 | day Of shOw $22

Don’t miss this soulful evening of folk, bluegrass, and the spirit of Appalachia. Harmonize your evening entertainment and catch You Gave Me A Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard (see page 57), screening at the Sequoia in conjunction with this live show. thursday, Oct 10 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $24 | day Of shOw $27

take-55 | the film tour featuring petra hansOn & gaijin a gO-gO

Queen meryl and mamma mia! A book launch party and special screening! What better way to spend an afternoon than hearing the backstory of Erin Carlson’s new book, Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep, then bopping along with the Queen as she sings her way through the ABBA archives on a gorgeous Greek isle in Mamma Mia!? Get out your overalls and platform shoes, and add a little sparkle to your Saturday at the Sweetwater for a fabulous, intergenerational celebration! Book signing follows the screening.

Gaijin à Go-Go brings an infectious Japanese pop sound to the rhythms of 1960s style go- go music. This Brooklyn-based band infuses infectious, offbeat charm into their music and live shows, bringing the arty with a capital P to every stage! Don’t miss this groovy night of history in the shaking! Be sure to go-go to the 5@5 Stone Flower Shorts Program and grok the backstory to the creation of Gaijin à Go-Go in Petra Hanson’s short film Xmas Cake-This American Shelf Life, screening at the Sequoia in conjunction with this live show! mOnday, Oct 7 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $15 | day Of shOw $17

LITTLE HURRICANE San Diego’s blues-driven Little Hurricane brings a heavy dose of restless rhythm and hooks to their lived-in vintage stage set soon to grace the Sweetwater stage. Tone and C.C, a male/female duo with a minimalist approach to their rocking, indie sound count Van Morrison, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and The Beatles among their influences. They’ve toured with The Specials, Manchester Orchestra, White Denim, and The Heartless Bastards and played at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and South by Southwest. Catch this down-and-dirty duo on the rise, sure to bring some fiery heat to Marin County! tuesday, Oct 8 • dOOrs 7:00pm | shOw 8:00pm advance tickets $17 | day Of shOw $19

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special free cOmmunity screening

fire in paradise

In honor of the anniversary of the Napa fires, MVFF offers a special community screening of filmmakers Drea Cooper and Zachary Canepari’s moving look at the Camp Fire disaster. Beautifully conceived, Fire in Paradise grabs you from the very beginning and is a testament to the human spirit. Special guest presenters expected. tuesday, OctOber 8, 2:30pm | free (ticket reQuired)

LITTLE HURRICANE

ALICE GERRARD

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BEHIND THE SCREENS BEHIND THE SCREENS Panels | | Master Classes | Workshops | VR | VR Panels Master Classes | Workshops

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The Money Issue: Money and Power, Money and Financing, Money and Pay Equity

ACTING, CASTING, AUDITIONING KIDS & TEENS

MIND THE GAP SUMMIT

Saturday, October 5 | 9:00am – 2:30pm | $40 Outdoor Art Club and Sweetwater Music Hall Registration required* | To register, visit mvff.com/mind-the-gap *Limited number of scholarships available Join us for an intensive session of presentations, discussions, panels and networking led by an extraordinary line-up of thought leaders and creatives in the film industry. This is an amazing opportunity to engage, connect—and be inspired. Register early as space is limited! See page XX for more information, and visit mvff.com/mind-the-gap for full schedule and speakers.

SCREENING

NO TIME TO WASTE BETTY REID SOSKIN PROGRAM Saturday, October 5 | 2:45pm | Outdoor Art Club FREE (ticket required) See page 25 for details.

PANEL

THE STORY OF PLASTIC Sunday, October 6 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | Outdoor Art Club FREE (ticket required) The Plastic Solutions: The filmmakers and heroes of The Story of Plastic delve into the global plastic pollution crisis from every aspect of the plastic life cycle, highlighting solutions. Moderated by Annie Leonard (Greenpeace, Story of Stuff ), the panel will take a deep dive into leverage points for systemic global change in culture and commerce as well as best practice tactics informed by the principles of conservation, equity, inclusivity and environmental justice. Don’t miss it! MODERATOR: ANNIE LEONARD, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA; Founder, The Story of Stuff Project PANELISTS: YVETTE ARELLANO, Policy Research and Grassroots Advocate, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services FROILAN GRATE, Executive Director, GAIA Philippines; President, Mother Earth Foundation TIZA MAFIRA, Associate Director, Climate Policy Initiative (Indonesia) EMMA PRIESTLAND, Corporate Campaign Coordinator, #BreakFreeFromPlastic DEIA SCHLOSBERG, Director Producer, The Story of Plastic STIV WILSON, Producer, The Story of Plastic

GET THE KIDS IN THE PICTURES! Sunday, October 6 | 2:45pm – 4:15pm | Outdoor Art Club $16.50 adults; $8.00 youth | Parents are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a child or teen “Never work with children and animals!” is an old film industry adage. Luckily, many great filmmakers disagree, and two of them are here to share their wisdom with local kids and teens who are seeking to break into acting on film. Get insider tips on the auditioning, casting, and directing processes, with do’s, don’ts, and best practices from the professional perspective of the decision makers on set. INSTRUCTORS: JULIO VINCENT GAMBUTO, director (Team Marco) EMILY HARRIS, director (Carmilla)

PANEL MIND THE GAP DIRECTORS FORUM

Sunday, October 6 | 12:00-2:00pm | Sweetwater Music Hall FREE (ticket required) In 91 years of Oscars®, there have only ever been five—5!—women nominated in the Best Director category. In this one year at MVFF, we’ve assembled six potential Awards-track women directors in this forum alone, as well as the many others represented by their films throughout the festival—making up the 48% of MVFF directors who just happen to be women. This panel takes a deep dive into what it takes to sustain a career as a filmmaker—of fiction, animation, documentary—in 2019. PARTICIPANTS: ZABOU BREITMAN, The Swallows of Kabul SIPPY CHADA, Subira CHINONYE CHUKWU, Clemency KASI LEMMONS, Harriet PETRA COSTA, The Edge of Democracy KRIS SAMUELSON, Life Overtakes Me

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WORKSHOP

THE PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE

SHORT FILM DEVELOPMENT FOR TEENS

Saturday, October 12 | 11:30am – 1:00pm | Rafael FREE (ticket required)

Saturday, October 12, 2:30–4:30pm | Outdoor Art Club $20 | Ages 14-18 only

FROM CONCEPT TO STORY TO SCREEN:

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: In June of this year, the New York Times interviewed several prominent Hollywood figures to answer questions like: “Can anything beyond blockbusters succeed in theaters?”; “Will the next generation care about movies?”; “Can greater opportunities for women and people of color save an industry in turmoil?” Indiewire responded with thoughts from several people in the independent exhibition, distribution, and non-profit community, highlighting the many differences between the Hollywood system and independent filmmakers, exhibitors, and distributors. At a time when there is significant change, anxiety, and fear within the industry as a whole, when more films are being made, but becoming harder to distribute, how do independent filmmakers make a return on their investment? Our panel of producers, directors, and industry insiders share their perspective on what it will take to sustain a diverse and sustainable film culture. BOB BERNEY, Founder, Picturehouse, former head of Marketing and Distribution, Amazon, Executive Producer, The Women TOM DOLBY, Executive Producer, Call Me By Your Name, Director, The Artist’s Wife JOHN SLOSS, Founder, Cinetic Media, Producer, Last Flag Flying, Boyhood

MASTER CLASS

LAURA DERN

Saturday, October 12 | 3:00pm – 4:15pm | Rafael $20 CFI Members / $25 General Public See page 17 for details.

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE

SPONSORED BY

CHRISTINE A. SCHANTZ

NETWORKING IN NATURE Saturday, October 12 | 10:00am | Tennessee Valley Trailhead | Mill Valley FREE Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot. Get fresh air and share fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this hour-long hike to the ocean through beautiful terrain with Festival staff and guests. Exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, and strategies for action. Bring water, sunblock, and wear good hiking shoes. All are welcome!

Participants will work in small groups to create a short film concept with limited resources and time. Starting with the same simple scenario and a current social issue, each group will develop, produce and perform a short story of their own making in order to see how similar storylines can be developed in a variety of ways—and how their own background, education, preferences, and experiences influence story development. FACILITATORS: IRIS TORRES, Producer, Just Between Us, MVFF 2019; Metamorphosis: Junior Year, MVFF 2017 TOM FRANCO, Producer, Metamorphosis: Junior Year

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VARIETY 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH Sunday, October 13 | 11:00am – 12:30pm | Outdoor Art Club FREE (ticket required) Variety has honored “10 Screenwriters to Watch” for over a decade and this year, the honorees will be showcased at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Whether reinventing big franchise action films or insuring inclusion of fresh and diverse voices, screenwriters’ contributions are an essential part of the filmmaking process, laying the foundation for storytelling through film. With Variety spotlighting the brightest and most promising writers of the year, the chance to meet and hear their stories first-hand in a casual and intimate setting makes this a must-attend discussion for both casual fans and aspiring filmmakers. MODERATOR: MALINA SAVAL, Variety Features Editor 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH 2019: KRYSTY WILSON CAIRNS, 1917 CHINONYE CHUKWU, Clemency STEPHANY FOLSOM, Toy Story 4 SHAY HATTEN, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum DAN HERNANDEZ & BENJI SAMIT, Detective Pikachu AMANDA IDOKO, Breaking News in Yuba County SHIA LABEOUF, Honey Boy ANDREW LANHAM, Just Mercy EDWARD NORTON, Motherless Brooklyn SPONSORED BY CAT VASKO, Queen of the Air Check mvff.com or download the CFI app for the screenwriters scheduled to join this panel.

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MVFF’s ¡Viva el Cine! initiative showcases prize-winning Spanishlanguage and Latin American films that seek to engage and embrace our Spanish-speaking and -loving audiences. These screenings create a unique community where history, culture, and identity can be explored through the magic of movies. This year, we celebrate the program with extra fanfare on Sunday, October 6 featuring a packed day of exciting films, including the US premiere of Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo.

A forum for films that inspire people to take action to create positive change, MVFF’s Active Cinema films are united in their commitment to explore the world and its issues (both local and global), engage audiences, and transform ideas into action. Join us for screenings throughout the Festival, support the grassroots activism of the filmmakers, and engage with the admirable work of special guests, co-presenters, and partners. THE DOG DOC

AUGUST (Cuba/Costa Rica)

MARIGHELLA (Brazil)

BACURAU (Brazil)

PAIN AND GLORY (Spain)

DE LO MIO (US)

THE PRINCE (Chile/Argentina)

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SONG WITHOUT A NAME (Peru/Spain/US/Chile)

THIS LITTLE LAND OF MINES

¡VIVA LOS NIÑOS! (Shorts Program)

ACTIVE CINEMA HIKE: Networking in Nature

THE GASOLINE THIEVES (Mexico/US/Spain) INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO (Canada) THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO (Brazil)

WINDOWS ON THE WORLD (US)

PAIN AND GLORY

REWIND RIGHT TO HARM THE STORY OF PLASTIC

Saturday, October 12 | 10:00am | FREE Meet at the Tennessee Valley trailhead parking lot Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this hour-long hike to the ocean through beautiful terrain. Join Festival staff and guests and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, and strategies for action. Bring water, sunblock, and wear good hiking shoes. All are welcome!

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Mind the Gap, our gender equity initiative, amplifies and champions work by women filmmakers, changing the narrative that shapes our culture. We are committed to the goal of 50/50 by 2020—50% women directors across all Festival sections by 2020. We found no shortage of amazing women making terrific films, and incredible female-forward storytelling for this year’s Festival: MVFF42 showcases 48% women directors. Learn more at mindthegapinfilm.com.

MIND THE GAP SUMMIT The Money Issue: Money and Power, Money and Financing, Money and Pay Equity Saturday, October 5 | 9:00am–4:00pm | Outdoor Art Club & Sweetwater Music Hall Money: It drives our lives. It drives the business of film. And yet it’s often the thing we are most reluctant to talk about. For women particularly: Fundraising, pitching, financing, getting paid equally— it’s tough out there. Join us for an intensive session of presentations, discussions, panels, and networking led by an extraordinary line-up of thought leaders and creatives in the film industry. Speakers include Anna Serner, Swedish Film Institute; fiction filmmakers Kasi Lemmons and Olivia Wilde; documentary filmmakers Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Dawn Porter; Women and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein; representatives from Pixar, ReFrame, and Seed & Spark. This is an amazing opportunity to engage, connect—and be inspired. Space is limited—register early (fee includes lunch). See mvff.com/mind-the-gap for full schedule and speakers.

NO TIME TO WASTE Film Screening and Award Presentation

BETTY REID SOSKIN Mind the Gap Award Trailblazer of the Century (Included in the MtG Summit Program) Following lunch, the Summit is capped by the presentation of our Mind the Gap Award to Betty Reid Soskin and a screening of No Time to Waste, a new documentary that pays tribute to her life’s achievements, focusing on her legendary talks as a Ranger at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. Soskin is an author, composer, singer, activist, entrepreneur, historian, blogger, and public speaker. And at age 98, she is the oldest National Park Ranger serving the United States. She is a true national treasure. NOTE: The Betty Reid Soskin presentation and film screening are included in Summit registration. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public.

2019 MIND THE GAP AWARDS The award honors people whose work has helped close the gender gap in the film industry and in our lives. Recognizing talents both above and below the line, the Award celebrates their groundbreaking achievements and acknowledges their importance as role models. Actor of the Year: LAURA DERN Visionary Leader of the Year: ANNA SERNER Trailblazer of the Century: BETTY REID SOSKIN

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EDUCATION AT MVFF

CFI Education turns the Festival into a classroom by bringing thousands of Bay Area students to the theaters and sending dozens of filmmakers out to local schools. All programs are offered free to participating schools, including bus transportation. MVFF EDUCATION SCREENINGS A curated series of weekday matinees of narrative features, documentaries, and shorts programs selected from the general Festival program for K-12 audiences, with special guests for post-screening Q&A’s and accompanying curriculum guides. This year’s program includes: 5@5 LIFE IS FOR LIVING

THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION

AS THE WORLD TOONS

THE STORY OF PLASTIC

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LEARNING TO SKATE IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)

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MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW?

RÉMI, NOBODY’S BOY FILMMAKERS GO TO SCHOOL Local and guest filmmakers from around the world visit local classrooms to show their films and talk to students about the art, craft and business of filmmaking.

For more information on CFI Education programs or how to get your school involved, visit cfieducation.cafilm.org. SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

NANCY P. and RICHARD K. ROBBINS FAMILY FOUNDATION THE HORACE W. GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION BLITS FOUNDATION

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FAMILY FILMS

RÉMI, NOBODY’S BOY

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We have another great line-up of films and activities for kids and families with a bounty of shorts, animation, international storytelling, Spanish-language programming and free festivities—and a special world premiere! Check out the program descriptions on the following pages for this year’s Family Films: 5@5 LIFE IS FOR LIVING

RÉMI, NOBODY’S BOY

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¡VIVA LOS NIÑOS!

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THE HOOPLA!

Saturday, October 5 | 12:00–2:00pm | FREE admission | Marin Country Mart Join us for family-friendly festivities after the screening of As the World Toons or before the screening of Fresh & Fearless, with food, beverages, live music, games, crafts, bubbles, balloons, henna, and (of course) hula hoops! Sponsored by MARIN COUNTRY MART FAMILY FILMS SPONSORED BY

Age Recommendations: In the film descriptions on the following pages, we have provided age recommendations for Family Films programs to assist parents in making appropriate film selections. We recognize that these recommendations cannot adequately reflect the standards of every parent or the needs of every child, so please plan your movie-going experience accordingly.

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ACTING, CASTING, AUDITIONING KIDS & TEENS

SHORT FILM DEVELOPMENT FOR TEENS

GET THE KIDS IN THE PICTURES!

Sunday, October 6 | 2:45–4:15pm | Outdoor Art Club $16.50 adults; $8.00 youth | Parents are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an aspiring actor under age 18 See page 22 for details.

FROM CONCEPT TO STORY TO SCREEN Saturday, October 12, 2:30–4:30pm | Outdoor Art Club $20 | Ages 14-18 only See page 23 for details.

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FOCUS | EYE ON SWEDEN

FOCUS | RESIST REVOLT REFORM

A celebration of superb storytelling from emerging Swedish directors: fiction and nonfiction films that represent the range of contemporary cinema from the star of Scandinavia.

Rockin, raucous, and revealing reflections on society and culture, captured through the wide-angle and long lenses of established and emerging international filmmakers.

AMATEURS

BACURAU

AND THEN WE DANCED

COUP 53

SCHEME BIRDS

FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO STANDING ROCK: A REPORTER’S JOURNEY

FOCUS | QUEER-ISH

HARRIET A HIDDEN LIFE

Diverse stories of queer representation found in a genre-twisting, award-winning array of films from across the globe.`

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AND THEN WE DANCED

THE REFORMER. ZWINGLI: A LIFE’S PORTRAIT

BLACKBIRD BY THE GRACE OF GOD

MARIGHELLA SEBERG THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

CARMILLA

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YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

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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 non-fiction filmmaking, from heartfelt stories of activism to historical profiles, current events, and more

FAMILY FILMS A sampling of stories, cultures, and adventures for new generations and old that inspire and nurture a love of film

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

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

FRANKIE

WORLD

39½ ARID CUT FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO STANDING ROCK: A REPORTER’S JOURNEY THE GREAT 14TH: TENZIN GYATSO, THE 14TH DALAI LAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS JOURNEY TO HOKUSAI JOURNEYS BEYOND THE COSMODROME THE LURE OF THIS LAND THE MISEDUCATION OF BINDU THE STORY OF PLASTIC TEAM MARCO WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW? YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?

NORTH AMERICAN AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE CARMILLA DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA ÖNDÖG OUT STEALING HORSES THE PRINCE SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT SUBIRA THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE

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37 SECONDS AND THEN WE DANCED AUGUST BLACKBIRD THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN BY THE GRACE OF GOD CHERRY BLOSSOMS & DEMONS THE CONDUCTOR EMA FLATLAND FOURTEEN FRANKIE INMATE #1: THE RISE OF DANNY TREJO THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO MY FRIEND FELA THE REFORMER. ZWINGLI: A LIFE’S PORTRAI THE TRUTH

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5@5 DAUGHTER OF THE NIGHT Total Program 80 min “You don’t know what it’s all about. You look to the left, you look to the right. The brightest day and the darkest night.” These international tales dive deep into the unknown and mysterious. Rocket (Christian Walsh, US 2018, 6 min), Diary 2013-2018 (Soyeon Kim, US 2018, 3 min), The Butcher (Tian Tang, US 2019, 9 min), Rumba azul (Ramazi Baranov, Mexico 2019, 2 min), Glitch (Shubham Yogi, India 2018, 15 min), Tragodia (Mehdi Tangestani, Iran 2019, 11 min), Trapped Ghost (Hui-Ying Hsieh, Taiwan 2019, 10 min), Storm (Will Kindrick, US 2019, 11 min), Yellow Jubilee P260-5 (Kate Lain, US 2019, 2 min).

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5@5 FEELS LIKE FIRE Total Program 65 min “My way’s easy even if you’re fallen or you’re struggling. There’s still beauty in what we do.” A diverse array of animated shorts on display. Medium Rare (Luca Cioci, US/Italy 2018, 5 min), Intermission Expedition (Wiep Teeuwisse, Netherlands 2019, 8 min), There Were Four of Us (Cassie Shao, US/China 2019, 7 min), The Quintet of the Sunset (Jie Weng, China 2018, 8 min), Eve Of (Lauren Armstrong, US 2019, 5 min), Avarya (Gökalp Gönen, Turkey 2019, 20 min), Don’t You Forget About Me (Lydia Ricci, US 2018, 4 min), Under Covers (Michaela Olsen, US 2018, 7 min).

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5@5 JUST IN TIME TO SEE THE SUN Total Program 88 min “Clouds roll past and leave their thunder—Just a warning, a warning to be heard.” Not everything is as it seems in this collection of powerful shorts.In Full Bloom (Maegan Houang, US 2018, 10 min), Ava in the End (Ursula Ellis, US 2019, 10 min), Runners (Paul Urcioli, US 2018, 16 min), Lefty/Righty (Max Walker-Silverman, US 2019, 12 min), Keep It Quiet (Ilya Simakov, US 2019, 14 min), Backpedal (Dani Pearce, Australia 2019, 5 min).

Thursday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 11

6:15pm 9:00pm

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5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 LIFE IS FOR LIVING Total Program 92 min “In this world, there is so much anger. Our lives are in danger. We are all living in fears. We’ve got to stop the tears.” We may be living in challenging times, but today’s teen filmmakers are using film purposefully—and creatively—to tell stories that both confront and counteract the darkness. In this peer-reviewed collection of youth-made shorts, no genre is left unturned, from sci-fi to superheroes, serial-killer comedy to animated adventure. Featuring films from as near as Novato and as far as Ukraine. Age 12+

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5@5 NIGHT HUNTING TIME Total Program 80 min “But I still can’t get no rest. Brain trapped on a roller coaster, got a pain in my chest.” The body and mind can be both fierce and fragile in this diverse array of shorts. Washed Away (Ben Kallam, US 2019, 12 min), Guilty (Alexia Maltner, Brazil 2018, 1 min), Wingmen (Nicole Emanuele, US 2019, 15 min), The Bumbry Encounter (Jay K. Raja, US 2018, 15 min), The Perfumer (Paloma Lingwei Chen, US 2019, 24 min), How to Be Alone (Kate Trefry, US 2018, 13 min).

Thursday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 11

8:45pm 6:00pm

Rafael Larkspur

5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 SMOOTH Total Program 69 min “And it’s just like the ocean under the moon, it’s the same emotion that I get from you.” Sometimes all a good story needs is two compelling characters, as each of these shorts deftly illustrates. Selma After the Rain (Loli Menezes, Brazil 2019, 11 min), Just Between Us (Kaily Smith Westbrook, US 2018, 14 min), May (Julian Turner, US 2018, 11 min), Lizard (Emily Gularte, Guatemala 2018, 8 min), It’s Been Too Long (Amber Schaefer, US 2019, 8 min), Prittyboi (Nicolas Collins, US 2019, 4 min), Evelyn x Evelyn (Eric Pumphrey, US 2019, 13 min).

Tuesday Oct 8 Wednesday Oct 9

6:00pm 8:45pm

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5 @ 5 SHORTS

5@5 STONE FLOWER Total Program 88 min “All around there’s a feeling in the air that with the grace of time we’ll be getting closer there.” This year’s choice documentary festival shorts. Xmas Cake – This American Shelf-Life (May Yam, US 2018, 10 min), Guardians of Anja (Robin Hoskyns, UK 2017, 10 min), Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet (Haydn Reiss, US 2019, 11 min), That’s My Jazz (Ben Proudfoot, US 2018, 14 min), The Gender Line (T.J. Parsell, US 2019, 12 min), Charon (Cullen Parr, US 2019, 12 min), Still Plays with Trains (Ross Kauffman, US 2018, 16 min).

Friday Monday

Oct 4 Oct 7

9:30pm 5:30pm

Rafael Sequoia*

*Live music event to follow at Sweetwater. Separate ticket required. See page 20 for details.

5 @ 5 SHORTS

37 SECONDS Japan 2019, 115 min Director Hikari

M Overprotected by her mother and exploited by her wannabe influencer cousin who claims

Yuma’s drawings as her own, 23-year-old Yuma, an aspiring artist with cerebral palsy, craves a life of her own making. Yuma’s effort to create an erotic manga becomes an odyssey of discovery, one that’s at turns absurd, joyful, humorous, and deeply human. Berlin: Panorama Audience Award In Japanese with English subtitles • US Premiere

Thursday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 11

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39½ US 2019, 71 min Director Kara Herold

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But as thirtysomething turns into almost 40, the ticking of her biological clock spurs her into a last-ditch attempt to have it all. Combining animation and absurdist comedy, this lighthearted autobiographical fiction examines what it means to be a woman artist today. • World Premiere

Saturday Sunday

Oct 5 Oct 13

5:30pm 5:30pm

Rafael Larkspur

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US CINEMA

THE AERONAUTS UK 2019, 101 min Director Tom Harper Spontaneous pilot (Felicity Jones) and prudent meteorologist (Eddie Redmayne) rise to new heights in this entrancing tale of a 19th-century hot air balloon expedition from British directoron-the-rise Tom Harper (Wild Rose). Five years after The Theory of Everything (MVFF 2014), reunited stars Jones and Redmayne reignite their winning chemistry amid the film’s stunning visual effects, daring stunts, and rich spectacle.

Thursday Sunday

Oct 10 Oct 13

9:00pm 2:15pm

Rafael Sequoia

Sponsored by

Jennifer Coslett MacCready

WORLD CINEMA

AMATEURS (Amatörer) Sweden 2018, 102 min Director Gabriela Pichler

M FOCUS: EYE ON SWEDEN Outsourcing and unemployment have come to the once-thriving Swedish hamlet of Lafors. To entice a German superstore into opening a new location there, the town council enlists a Stockholm filmmaker for a promo/puff-piece, with dubious results. When plucky local teenage BFFs Aida and Dana take matters into their own hands, it’s “lights, camera… action!” In Swedish, English, and Arabic with English subtitles Friday Oct 4 Wednesday Oct 9

6:30pm 9:00pm

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AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE Saudi Arabia 2018, 95 min Director Mahmoud Sabbagh Amra, a wife and mother of two girls, appears to acquiesce to her husband taking a second wife to provide him a male heir, but she finds subtly subversive ways of undermining him to hilarious effect. Mahmoud Sabbagh’s sophomore feature is a satirical and thought-provoking commentary on the state of the gender wars in modern-day Saudi Arabia. In Arabic with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Saturday Sunday

Oct 5 Oct 13

12:00pm 2:45pm

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AND THEN WE DANCED Sweden/Georgia/France 2019, 113 min Director Levan Akin FOCUS: EYE ON SWEDEN / QUEER-ISH In Tbilisi, Georgia, an ambitious teenage boy is determined to dance in the National Ensemble until the arrival of another male dancer— gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak—upends his dedication to the company. And Then We Danced is a joyous journey of liberation, a coming-out and -of-age tale, and a vibrant celebration of the dance of life. Sarajevo: Best Actor In Georgian with English subtitles • US Premiere

Thursday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 11

6:00pm 2:45pm

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WORLD CINEMA

ANIMALS Ireland/Australia/UK 2019, 109 min Director Sophie Hyde

M Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat play BFFs drinking and “medicating” their way through 21st-century Dublin. When one gets engaged to a concert pianist, their pleasure-fueled paradise falls apart. A millennial Withnail & I, this adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s bestseller nails the bond of female friendships and the bleary-eyed moment you realize the party’s over.

Wednesday Oct 9 Friday Oct 11

8:15pm 8:30pm

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WORLD CINEMA

ARID CUT US 2019, 116 min Director Rob Nilsson In the latest from Rob Nilsson, Sandy, the ever helpful Mother Teresa of 2nd St., suffers from seizures and lives in her car with her nephew, Rail, who came up on a motorcycle from San Diego, in search of the father he’s never met in a place called Arid Cut. But nobody knows where it is. • World Premiere

Saturday

Oct 12

9:00pm

Rafael

US CINEMA

THE ARTIST’S WIFE US 2019, 94 min Director Tom Dolby While preparing for his final exhibition, illustrious painter Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern) is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, shattering the comfortable life he leads with his loving wife Claire (Lena Olin). Having given up a career as an artist to support Richard, Claire begins to find solace in painting once again as Richard struggles to hold onto his identity.

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AS THE WORLD TOONS Total Program 77 min Nonverbal and in English From Sweden to South Korea, the language of animation is universal—but the stories and styles are as unique as the countries themselves. This enchanting collection of shorts for all ages is a showcase of international imagination with a colorful cast of characters including robots, raccoons, dragons, and ducks. Age 6+

Saturday Saturday

Oct 5 Oct 12

11:00am 11:15am

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AUGUST (Agosto) Cuba/Costa Rica/France 2019, 85 min Director Armando Capó

V Set in 1994 in Gibara, Cuba, this quietly affecting coming-of-age film tells the story of

Carlos, his family, and friends during their last summer of innocence. A memoir of the director’s youth, August takes place against the turbulent backdrop of Cuba’s balseros (rafters) crisis of 1994, when mass emigration due to economic instability engulfed the island. In Spanish with English subtitles • US Premiere

Friday Saturday

Oct 4 Oct 5

3:45pm 1:30pm

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WORLD CINEMA

AURORA Finland 2019, 105 min Director Miia Tervo

M Hard-partying, commitment-phobic Aurora is true to her name—at once luminous and dark,

beautiful and bound to burn out. In an unorthodox romcom twist, she meets-not-so-cute with Iranian asylum seeker Darian and discovers her purpose: to find him a wife so he can stay in Finland. But will he settle for a fake spouse, and will Aurora keep running away? Edinburgh: Best International Feature In Finnish, English, and Persian with English subtitles

Friday Saturday

Oct 11 Oct 12

5:30pm 11:45am

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WORLD CINEMA

AUTONOMY US 2019, 80 min Director Alex Horwitz From its long-gestating evolution to its hotly debated current state to its still hazy future, one of the most awe-inspiring and controversial innovations of the century—the self-driving car—is given thorough, clear-eyed analysis in this fast-paced and illuminating documentary featuring and produced by author Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker. In English and Japanese with English subtitles

Friday Saturday

Oct 4 Oct 5

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Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau

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BACURAU Brazil/France 2019, 131 min Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles

V FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM This feverish mixture of sci-fi, western, and political satire offers blistering commentary on Brazil’s shifting political fortunes—alongside the occasional Spandau Ballet tune. Starring Sônia Braga and Udo Kier, Bacurau chronicles the strange happenings in a rural community that has curiously vanished from GPS trackers, within a world imperiled by corruption and greed in the name of so-called “progress.” Cannes: Jury Prize In Portuguese and English with English subtitles Monday Tuesday

Oct 7 Oct 8

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BEANPOLE (Dylda) Russia 2019, 130 min Director Kantemir Balagov Amidst the ravages of WWII in Leningrad, two young women attempt to restore purpose to their lives after fighting on the frontlines in this impeccably crafted and audaciously colorful post-war melodrama that was the talk of Cannes. Richly stylized and dramatically raw, Beanpole announces the arrival of a bold new talent in 27-year-old director Kantemir Balagov. Cannes: Un Certain Regard - Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize In Russian with English subtitles

Wednesday Oct 9 Friday Oct 11

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WORLD CINEMA

BLUE HOUR Japan 2019, 92 min Director Yuko Hakota

M Yuko Hakota’s sincere and touching feature debut follows Sunada, a 30-year-old TV

commercial director whose work and home lives leave something to be desired. With her quirky best friend, she embarks on a road trip from Tokyo to her childhood home in the countryside of Ibaraki in this funny coming-of-age-in-your-30s dramedy. In Japanese with English subtitles

Saturday Thursday

Oct 5 Oct 10

2:45pm 9:15pm

Rafael Rafael

WORLD CINEMA

THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN Canada/Norway 2019, 105 min Directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn

M Exceptionally filmed on gorgeous 16mm and told in real-time through a series of

breathtaking long takes, this indelible character study follows a chance encounter between two Indigenous Canadian women who have been dealt very different hands in life. What ensues is a beautifully realized exploration of motherhood, violence against women, colorism, and class inequality. • US Premiere

Saturday Monday

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BY THE GRACE OF GOD (Grâce à Dieu) France/Belgium 2019, 137 min Director François Ozon FOCUS: QUEER-ISH Based on a historic abuse scandal at a Catholic boys’ summer camp, in a blistering story still unfolding in France today, this gripping exposé follows three adult male survivors who band together against a heaven-gazing church hellbent on silence. Sensitively acted, tautly constructed, Ozon’s film is a laser-focused call to justice. Berlin: Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize In French with English subtitles • US Premiere

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CARMILLA UK 2019, 96 min Director Emily Harris

M FOCUS: QUEER-ISH Much to the chagrin of her governess, Lara, a 19th-century teenager with a fascination for the macabre, develops an obsession with Carmilla, an enigmatic young woman recuperating in their home. When Lara falls ill in the same mysterious manner as other girls in the region, suspicions turn to Carmilla in this hauntingly beautiful gothic tale that draws you in like whispers in the night. • North AmericAN Premiere

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THE CAT AND THE MOON US 2019, 114 min Director Alex Wolff Following last year’s Hereditary, Alex Wolff delivers another powerful performance as a resilient teenager, with a temperament that’s alternatively fragile and explosive, who is grappling with the death of his jazz musician father and his mother’s substance abuse. In his first outing as director, Wolff shows immense promise with this absorbing, measured, and deeply moving drama.

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THE CAVE Syria/Denmark/Germany/US/Qatar 2019, 96 min Director Feras Fayyad The Oscar ® -nominated team behind Last Men in Aleppo takes us to “The Cave,” an underground hospital in war-torn Syria. The camera is a mute witness to the heroic staff’s daily efforts keep a grasp on ordinary life even as they cope with an endless stream of grave obstacles. In Arabic and English with English subtitles

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS & DEMONS (Kirschblüten & Dämonen) Germany 2019, 115 min Director Doris Dörrie

M When everything in his life seems to be going wrong, downtrodden and alcohol-dependent

Karl has a fateful encounter in Munich with Yu, a mysterious Japanese dancer from his father’s past. Unexpectedly, Yu begins to help Karl confront his demons (both literal and figurative) and begin to heal in this surreal, whimsical dramedy. In German, Japanese, and English with English subtitles • US Premiere

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CHUSKIT India 2018, 89 min Director Priya Ramasubban

M Chuskit tells the triumphant story of a physically disabled girl in rural India whose circumstances derail her dream of going to school. Nevertheless, she persists! Inspired by true events, this is an uplifting ode to girl power and celebration of a culture in which the value of human connection is prized above all. Age 9+ In Ladakhi, Tibetan, and Hindi with English subtitles Saturday Saturday

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THE CONDUCTOR (De dirigent) Netherlands 2018, 137 min Director Maria Peters

M FOCUS: QUEER-ISH Feminist icon Antonia Brico was—for those not (yet) familiar with

her—the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic. This cinematically stunning and inspirational biopic tells the extraordinary story of a defiant and determined Dutch workingclass immigrant (and SF Bay Area transplant) who must choose between her passion to train as a conductor and a more tradition-bound life. In English, Dutch, and German with English subtitles • US Premiere

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COUP 53 UK 2019, 120 min Director Taghi Amirani FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM Co-written and edited by Oscar ® winner Walter Murch, Taghi Amirani’s feature debut is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’etat in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed in his place the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. In English, Italian, and Persian with English subtitles

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DE LO MIO US 2019, 73 min Director Diana Peralta

M V The Dominican Republic provides the backdrop and cultural core of this affecting family drama that follows three siblings navigating their shared past as they clear out their grandmother’s house before it’s sold and torn down. With a sharp attention to character detail, Diana Peralta’s stunning debut is a beautiful meditation on ties that bind and how we define where home is. In English and Spanish with English subtitles Friday Saturday

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THE DOG DOC US 2019, 101 min Director Cindy Meehl

A M Dr. Marty Goldstein is a pioneer of integrative veterinary medicine, treating his mostly canine patients holistically for 45 years. His practice has become a haven for animals that other vets have deemed beyond hope. The Dog Doc follows Goldstein and his patients over three years, showcasing the joy and heartbreak in the high-stakes world of animal healthcare. Friday Monday

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DOLEMITE IS MY NAME US 2019, 118 min Director Craig Brewer Eddie Murphy kills as Rudy Ray Moore, the wildly popular ‘70s-era comic entertainer who sought to conquer Hollywood with his smokin’, blue-jokin’ alter-ego “Dolemite.” Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Rock, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph round out Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer’s wild ride of a film, hilarious and empathetic as it reveals the twists and turns of one iconic entertainer’s life.

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DRIVEWAYS US 2019, 83 min Director Andrew Ahn A cross-country trip to clean out her late sister’s home leads to an unlikely connection for a mother (Hong Chau) and her young son in this moving drama. When a friendship develops between the sensitive boy and a lonely Korean War veteran (Brian Dennehy), it blossoms into a world of discovery for the child and a renewed sense of purpose for the man.

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EMA Chile 2019, 102 min Director Pablo Larraín

V FOCUS: QUEER-ISH Gael García Bernal reunites with Chilean provocateur Pablo Larraín

(Neruda) for a bold cinematic portrait of a married couple at the heart of a volatile dance troupe whose lives are upended after a devastating incident. Exquisite, full-bodied turns from Bernal and newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo, stunning imagery, and an evocative score from Nicolas Jaar richly adorn Larraín’s tale of grief and redemption. In Spanish with English subtitles

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A FIRST FAREWELL (Di yi ci de li bie) China 2018, 88 min Director Lina Wang

M The ordinary lives of three Muslim Uighur children in rural China are disrupted by the

increasingly strict enforcement of Mandarin language education, as they can only speak their native Uyghur language. By turns emotional, playful, and heartbreaking, this beautiful debut illustrates the challenges faced by traditional families caught in political currents beyond their control. Berlin: Crystal Bear In Uyghur and Mandarin with English subtitles

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FLATLAND South Africa/Luxemburg/Germany 2019, 117 min Director Jenna Bass

M Flatland is a female-centered action-packed road movie set against a vivid Western-style South African backdrop. When her wedding night goes awry, a young woman is forced on the run. Joining up with her BFF/partner-in-crime from childhood, the two are pursued by a nononsense, take-no-prisoners Cape Town detective named Beauty Cuba who has secrets, and a mission, of her own. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles • US Premiere Thursday Saturday

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FLESH OUT Italy 2019, 94 min Director Michela Occhipinti

M By tradition, Mauritanian brides-to-be are subject to the gavage, a prolonged period when they must fatten up in order to appeal to their husbands. Italian director Michela Occhipinti’s documentary roots are evident in this evocative drama as she adapts the real-life story of one such bride for her sensitive, stunningly photographed fiction feature debut. In Hassaniya with English subtitles

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FOURTEEN US 2019, 94 min Director Dan Sallitt The latest from New York-based independent filmmaker and critic Dan Sallitt, Fourteen is an affecting and finely tuned portrait focusing on two vastly different young women. Mara and Jo navigate continued growing pains in their longtime friendship, which is often tested by Jo’s struggles with anxiety and stability. • US Premiere

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FRANKIE France/Portugal 2018, 100 min Director Ira Sachs Renowned film and TV star Françoise “Frankie” Crémont, played by the incandescent Isabelle Huppert, invites her family and friends to the Portuguese resort town of Sintra for what may be their final trip together. American auteur Ira Sachs’ sumptuous ensemble drama also stars Marisa Tomei, Jérémie Renier, and Brendan Gleeson. In English, French, and Portuguese with English subtitles • US Premiere

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FRESH & FEARLESS Total Program 83 min

M They may be small. They may be young. But that doesn’t keep any of these inspiring girls

from dreaming big, standing strong, or taking chances. Some strive for space exploration while others seek simple freedoms like riding bikes and reading books in this medley of high-flying tales of resourcefulness, self-confidence, guts, and glory. Age 10+

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FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO STANDING ROCK: A REPORTER’S JOURNEY US 2019, 90 min Director Kevin McKiernan FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM At turns poignant and educational, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Kevin McKiernan’s documentary offers a meditative look into the complexities of revolution. Tracing the history of Native American activism from the 1970s to the present day, McKiernan repurposes archival footage to chronicle the longtime search for lost identity and reparations. • World Premiere

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THE GASOLINE THIEVES (Huachicolero) Mexico/US/UK/Spain 2019, 93 min Director Edgar Nito

V From the very first moments—when two huachicoleros (or gasoline thieves) murder a rival

poacher—an unrelenting air of violence and dread hangs over this riveting debut feature. Director Edgar Nito’s gritty, unvarnished filmmaking heartbreakingly captures the ordinary tragedies of decent people struggling to survive in a broken system. Tribeca: Best New Narrative Director In Spanish with English subtitles

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THE GIFT: THE JOURNEY OF JOHNNY CASH US 2019, 94 min Director Thom Zimny Johnny Cash’s musical legacy is epic, as is his love story with June Carter Cash and his political and spiritual consciousness. To have a single documentary cover so much territory with brevity, soulfulness, creative wisdom (from a diverse cast of musical legends including Bruce Springsteen and Emmylou Harris), and a rich selection of recordings and archival footage is nothing short of a Gift.

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A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU Ireland/Belgium 2019, 112 min Director Mary McGuckian

M Aja Naomi King stars in this inspiring story of Ifrah Ahmed, a Somalian refugee who rises

to prominence as an international activist against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). King breathes life into Ahmed’s testimony with a powerful performance that balances humanity with vulnerability and demonstrates the impact of refugee stories. In English and Somali with English subtitles

Tuesday Oct 8 Wednesday Oct 9

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HARRIET US 2019, 125 min Director Kasi Lemmons

M FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM Harriet Tubman, the slave who freed herself only to return to the South to liberate others as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, comes to vivid life through Tony Award ® winner Cynthia Erivo’s powerhouse performance in Kasi Lemmons’ thrilling biopic. A dazzling achievement, Harriet evokes the tension and terror of a flight to freedom while paying homage to an extraordinary American hero. Saturday Oct 5 Wednesday Oct 9

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HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA Afghanistan/Iran/France 2019, 86 min Director Sahraa Karimi

M The first woman in Afghanistan to earn a Ph.D. in Cinema, Sahraa Karimi goes behind the

curtain of three women’s lives in Kabul in her narrative feature debut. Gripping and beautifully photographed, this triptych lifts the veil on these lives to reveal the complexity just underneath demographics, assumptions, and stereotypes. In Persian with English subtitles • North

AmericAN Premiere

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THE HI DE HO SHOW US 2019, 90 min Director John Goddard Celebrate the 30th anniversary of MVFF’s first Village Music show! Experience a fingersnapping extravaganza of music clips veejayed and hosted by the legendary John Goddard, whose eclectic knowledge expanded the musical minds of filmmakers (think: Lucas) and musicians (Costello) alike. For Hi De Ho newbies and longtime fans: Expect the unexpected, be there!

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A HIDDEN LIFE Germany/US 2019, 173 min Director Terrence Malick FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM Terrence Malick delivers one of his most impassioned works in this masterful return to form about the true story of a conscientious objector (an astonishing August Diehl), who chose prison over fighting for the Third Reich. Malick’s transporting, supremely thoughtful drama examines how individuals’ defiance in the face of fascism can (and can’t) change the world. In German and English with English subtitles

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HONEY BOY US 2019, 93 min Director Alma Har’el

M Powerful performances by writer/actor Shia LeBeouf, Noah Jupe, and Lucas Hedges drive

this intimate and unflinching family drama, in which Otis, former child actor and current Hollywood train wreck, finds that reconciling with the memories of his nightmarish backstage father is a brutal but necessary path to confronting a legacy of abuse and addiction. Sundance: Special Jury Prize

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THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO (A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão)

Brazil/Germany 2019, 139 min Director Karim Aïnouz

V Karim Aïnouz’s moving melodrama details the life of two sisters in 1950s Rio de Janeiro,

separated and thwarted by a system that discourages female progress. By turns sensuous and heartbreaking, Brazil’s official Oscar ® submission is fueled by impassioned performances and a visual palette so tropical that the screen nearly sweats. Cannes: Un Certain Regard Award In Portuguese with English subtitles • US Premiere

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THE IRISHMAN US 2019, 210 min Director Martin Scorsese Seething with incendiary street malice, Martin Scorsese’s epic saga of organized crime in postwar America divulges the controversial confessions of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro), his relationship to the infamous Bufalino crime family via Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci), and his involvement with the still-unsolved disappearance of notorious labor organizer Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

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JOJO RABBIT US 2019, 108 min Director Taika Waititi Jojo longs to be a star in the Hitler Youth and please his imaginary best friend Adolf Hitler (director-actor Taika Waititi: Hilarious!), but fate (and the Fatherland) have other things in mind. Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell are pitch-perfect in this absurdist fable where the jabs at fascism come fast and Führer-ous.

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JOURNEY TO HOKUSAI US 2019, 80 min Director Chikara Motomura In this intimate exploration of the connection between artists from different worlds, woodblock printer Tom Killion sets out to Kyoto to realize his dream of learning the traditional Japanese method of printing by hand as practiced by his inspiration, 19th-century great Hokusai. Studying under a fifth-generation master printer, Killion discovers more about the history of printmaking and his artistic idol. In English and Japanese with English subtitles • World PREMIERE

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JOURNEYS BEYOND THE COSMODROME US 2019, 54 min Directors Jeanne C. Finley, in collaboration with Lyazzat Khanim

M This haunting, poetic film calls forth the dreams of nine teenage Kazakhstan orphans.

Growing up next to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility, these young artists use words, pictures, and music to craft mesmerizing prophecies of what adulthood and independence will mean to them after leaving the orphanage. • World Premiere

Preceded by LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) US/UK 2019, 41 min Director: Carol Dysinger

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THE KING UK/Hungary/Australia 2019, 133 min Director David Michôd Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) and actor Joel Edgerton (MVFF Award 2018) ambitiously adapt Shakespeare’s texts to recount rebellious Prince Hal’s reluctant transformation into King Henry V. Timothée Chalamet delivers another rousing, dynamic performance as the newly crowned king of England, who is left to finish his father’s war with France despite his serious objections.

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THE KINGMAKER US/Denmark 2019, 100 min Director Lauren Greenfield

M First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos became notorious for her lavish lifestyle while

her country sank into unrest and economic turmoil, until she and her family were exiled in the 1986 revolution. She’s now back in the Philippines and in politics, a return captured in this unvarnished portrait of an iconic and divisive figure.

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KNIVES OUT US 2019, 130 min Director Rian Johnson With a playful hat tip to Agatha Christie and Sleuth and an impressive cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, and Jamie Lee Curtis, Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) delivers a whodunit par excellence as a flamboyant detective (Daniel Craig) dives deep into the mystery surrounding a patriarch’s death, where nothing is as it seems.

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LES MISÉRABLES France 2019, 102 min Director Ladj Ly FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM In this explosive debut, race and class tensions come to a head when a trio of police officers in the poverty-stricken Parisian suburb of Montfermeil are tasked with returning a kidnapped lion cub to its rightful owner. This powerfully cinematic crime drama uses the eponymous Victor Hugo novel as a blueprint for a riveting portrait of 21st-century France. Cannes: Jury Prize In French with English subtitles

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LITTLE JOE Austria/UK/Germany 2019, 105 min Director Jessica Hausner

M In this surreal, smart science fiction tale reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick and Yorgos

Lanthimos, Emily Beecham delivers an insightful and ever-so-slightly discomforting performance as an ambitious scientist who helps create a new breed of plant that, inexplicably, has the ability to make its owner happy. What initially seems like a money-making bonanza ends up having unexpected side effects. Cannes: Best Actress • US Premiere

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THE LURE OF THIS LAND US 2019, 67 min Director Alexandra Lexton

M A fascinating assortment of people in this illuminating documentary take a leap into the

unknown to find belonging in Belize. The Central American nation allows them the freedom to live the way they choose, the untamed nature of the land and the peaceful multicultural society providing fertile soil for these creative iconoclasts to flourish. • World Premiere

Preceded by IT’S ONLY ROCK N’ ROLL (Es solo Rock n’ Roll ) US 2018, 22 min Directors: Ken Schneider, Marcia Jarmel Saturday Friday

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MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND USA 2019, 95 min Director Midge Costin

M Synchronized sound revolutionized the film industry, and in this thoughtful account, the

history of aural artistry goes hand-in-hand with an overview of how nuanced and complex sonic dimensions ground movies in emotional depths as well as any orchestra. Featuring interviews with David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, Ryan Coogler, and George Lucas.

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MARIGHELLA Brazil 2019, 155 min Director Wagner Moura

V FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM Acclaimed actor Wagner Moura (Narcos) makes his

directorial debut with this first-class biopic of one of Brazil’s most divisive historical figures, the politician and Marxist insurrectionist Carlos Marighella, played by charismatic actor and musician Seu Jorge. Already controversial in Brazil, Moura’s no-holds-barred drama sends an urgent, timely message against authoritarianism. In Portuguese with English subtitles

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THE MISEDUCATION OF BINDU US 2019, 92 min Director Prarthana Mohan

M All Bindu needs to test out of high school is $53.75—by seventh period. Then maybe she

can convince her mom to move the family back to India and leave her annoying new American stepdad (David Arquette) behind in the US. Produced by the Duplass brothers, laughs abound in this rowdy and sweet feature debut from Prarthana Mohan. In English and Hindi with English subtitles • World Premiere

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MY FRIEND FELA (Meu Amigo Fela) Brazil 2019, 92 min Director Joel Zito Araújo The definitive account of Nigerian musician and civil rights activist Fela Kuti, this exuberant portrait peels back the many layers of a complex and turbulent but brilliant mind. Through enlightening remembrances and stirring archival footage, director Joel Zito Araújo intimately resurrects one of the most influential figures in the Pan-African movement. In English and French with English subtitles • US Premiere

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NOAH LAND (Nuh Tepesi) Turkey/Germany/US 2019, 109 min Director Cenk Ertürk A dying man wishes to be buried underneath his village’s holy relic: The Noah Tree. He claims he planted the tree, sparking a decades-old grudge that soon turns the town against him and his son. This debut feature from Cenk Ertürk is a profound moral drama about ethics, faith, and intense family feuds. Tribeca: Best Actor, Best Screenplay In Turkish with English subtitles

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OLYMPIC DREAMS US 2019, 83 min Director Jeremy Teicher A lonely cross-country skier (Alexi Pappas) and a lovelorn dentist (Nick Kroll) meet-cute at the 2018 Winter Olympics in this charming and relatable romantic comedy. Shot behind the scenes at the actual Athletes’ Village in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Olympic Dreams is a witty and bittersweet look at two lost souls seeking connection while facing an uncertain future.

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ÖNDÖG Mongolia 2019, 97 min Director Wang Quan’an Steeped in the mystery and mythos of the glorious rural Mongolian landscape, filmmaker Wang Quan’an (Tuya’s Marriage) majestically marries the ancient and the modern in this wise folktale of sweet, slow-burn strangeness about a murder, a rookie cop, and an exceedingly capable camel-riding herdswoman called “Dinosaur.” In Mongolian with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

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OUT STEALING HORSES (Ut og stjaele hester) Norway/Sweden/Denmark 2019, 122 min Director Hans Petter Moland Recently widowed Trond (Stellan Skarsgård) returns home to Norway, triggering painful and elegiac memories of an adolescent summer spent with his larger-than-life father in this superbly moving and entrancing adaptation of Per Petterson’s bestselling novel. Breathtaking cinematography brings to life this powerful saga of shared and split loyalties between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, neighbors and nations. Berlin: Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution In Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

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PAIN AND GLORY (Dolor y gloria) Spain 2019, 113 min Director Pedro Almodóvar

V FOCUS: QUEER-ISH With allusions to Fellini’s 8½, two-time Oscar ® winner Pedro Almodóvar

takes a reflective, contemplative look at his forty-year career through the eyes of Salvador Mallo, a once-beloved filmmaker in a creative slump. In his finest performance to date, Antonio Banderas fully embodies the artist as he reflects on his life and career in search of redemption. Cannes: Best Actor In Spanish with English subtitles

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PARASITE (Gisaengchung) South Korea 2019, 132 min Director Bong Joon-ho Dazzlingly unpredictable at every turn, Parasite follows an impoverished family that ingratiates itself with a wealthy clan, tricking them into hiring this gang of con artists for different household jobs. An expert chronicler of his characters’ messy humanity, Bong Joon-ho explores our haves-and-have-nots culture, delivering an eloquent treatise on life in this anxious modern age. Cannes: Palme d’Or In Korean with English subtitles

Sunday Tuesday

Oct 6 Oct 8

7:30pm 3:15pm

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PHIL TIPPETT: MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERS France 2019, 80 min Directors Gilles Penso, Alexandre Poncet As a child, acclaimed animator and Berkeley native Phil Tippett became obsessed with stopmotion animation and later created iconic creatures for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, RoboCop, and many more. Featuring interviews with Paul Verhoeven and Joe Dante, this enlightening portrait celebrates the man and the artist behind contemporary cinema’s most memorable monsters.

Sunday Sunday

Oct 6 Oct 13

12:30pm 11:00am

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POMEGRANATE SEEDS: VOICES AND VISIONS FROM IRANIAN WOMEN Total Program 87 min

M A very special collection of shorts observes the joys and struggles of daily life in Iran—all

through the perceptive eyes of women directors. Slow Death (Amen Sahrael, 2019, 12 min), Amir Ali (Shiva Ghanbarian, 2019, 20 min), Hard Shadow (Neda Khanifar, 2019, 3 min), Hanged (Roqiye Tavakoli, 2019, 13 min), The Wall (Sara Ghafourian, 2019, 6 min), You’re Still Here (Katayoun Parmar & Mohammad Roohbakhsh, 2018, 20 min), Driving Lessons (Marziyeh Riahi, 2019, 13 min).

Saturday Monday

Oct 5 Oct 7

8:00pm 3:00pm

Larkspur Rafael

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) France 2019, 119 min Director Céline Sciamma

M FOCUS: QUEER-ISH Céline Sciamma’s fourth feature is a staggering masterwork of indelible

artistry, uncompromising vision, and emotional power. Gifted painter Marianne (a revelatory Noémie Merlant) arrives on a remote island to render the wedding portrait of Héloïse (a haunting Adèle Haenel) without the latter’s knowledge or permission. As Marianne studies her subject’s movements and moods, an intense bond starts to take hold. Cannes: Best Screenplay, Queer Palm In French and Italian with English subtitles

Friday Oct 4 Wednesday Oct 9

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THE PRINCE (El príncipe) Chile/Argentina/Belgium 2019, 96 min Director Sebastián Muñoz

V FOCUS: QUEER-ISH A teenage boy in a 1970s Chilean prison is taken in by an older cellmate

known as The Stud (Alfredo Castro, Tony Manero), who rules this erotically charged male society with brutality and tenderness. With allusions to both Jean Genet and Derek Jarman, The Prince opens and closes in blood, but at its beating heart, it’s a sexy, unconventional love story. In Spanish with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Sunday

Oct 6

5:45pm

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THE REFORMER. ZWINGLI: A LIFE’S PORTRAIT (Zwingli) Switzerland 2019, 128 min Director Stefan Haupt FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM Zurich, 1519. Arriving with nothing but his impassioned eloquence and radical ideas, a young priest sparks a revolution that challenges the Catholic stronghold over the people, reforming a faith, a nation, and the world. Based on the extraordinary life of Ulrich Zwingli, this sumptuous epic is also an incendiary romance set within a galvanizing moment in Occidental history. In Swiss German with English subtitles • US Premiere

Sunday Monday

Oct 6 Oct 7

1:15pm 2:30pm

Sequoia Rafael

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RÉMI, NOBODY’S BOY (Rémi sans famille) France 2018, 108 min Director Antoine Blossier Adapted from the classic 1878 French novel Sans famille by Hector Malot, Rémi, Nobody’s Boy transports audiences to an idealized 19th century world of verdant hills and medieval stone villages for the heartwarming hero’s journey of orphaned, 10-year-old Rémi, and the aging traveling performer, Vitalis (Daniel Auteuil), who takes him under his wing. Age 10+ In French with English subtitles

Sunday

Oct 13

2:00pm

Sequoia

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THE REMIX: HIP HOP X FASHION US 2019, 67 min Directors Lisa Cortés, Farah X

M Filmmakers Lisa Cortés and Farah X remix the history of hip-hop fashion by shining a

spotlight on the pioneering stylists and designers whose brilliant visions brought the indelible style, swagger, and savvy of African American culture and creativity to the music industry, the runway, and the masses.

Wednesday Oct 9 Saturday Oct 12

5:30pm 9:00pm

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THE REPORT US 2019, 118 min Director Scott Z. Burns Like All the President’s Men for the modern age, The Report follows intelligence expert Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), tasked with studying the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques in the War on Terror. But because “the United States does not torture,” it’s up to Jones and Senator Dianne Feinstein (a knockout Annette Bening) to make sure his official report doesn’t disappear.

Friday Saturday

Oct 11 Oct 12

6:00pm 5:15pm

Sequoia Lark

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US CINEMA

REWIND US 2019, 87 min Director Sasha Joseph Neulinger

A More than 15 years since Capturing the Friedmans transfixed audiences with its groundbreaking chronicle of childhood sexual assault, Rewind is its natural successor. Sifting through troves of home videos, 30-year-old director Sasha Joseph Neulinger, both riveting protagonist and probing filmmaker, delves into his own victimization and the complex generational trauma wrought upon his family. Saturday Sunday

Oct 5 Oct 6

3:00pm 5:15pm

Rafael Larkspur

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RIGHT TO HARM US 2019, 76 min Directors Matt Wechsler, Annie Speicher

A M This riveting exposé explores the extreme effects of factory farming on five rural communities across the United States. Disturbing, illuminating, and inspiring at once, Right to Harm focuses on the real-life stories of people fighting against corporate farming interests for basic needs like clean air and water. Preceded by COUNTER MAPPING US 2018, 9 min Directors: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften Tuesday Thursday

Oct 8 Oct 10

6:15pm 2:45pm

Rafael Rafael

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Pacific Catch

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SCHEME BIRDS Sweden/UK 2019, 90 min Directors Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin

M FOCUS: EYE ON SWEDEN In Motherwell, Scotland, 16-year-old Gemma can drink and scrap with the best of them, but once she becomes pregnant, Gemma realizes she has to take control of her uncertain future. This prize-winning film pulls no punches and gives us an everyday heroine with heart, soul, and an endless capacity for hope. Tribeca: Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director Tuesday Thursday

Oct 8 Oct 10

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SERENDIPITY US 2019, 76 min Director Prune Nourry

M Women’s bodies and fertility are the themes that knit together multidisciplinary artist Prune

Nourry’s work in a career that has traversed the globe with sculptural installations, solo shows, and performances. After a breast cancer diagnosis, Nourry’s themes remain, but her gaze and camera turn inward, with occasional aid and support from the great Agnès Varda. In English and French with English subtitles

Monday Friday

Oct 7 Oct 11

7:00pm 3:15pm

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SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT US 2019, 101 min Director Svetlana Cvetko

M Three late-twentysomethings create a wholehearted ménage à trois in this playfully erotic,

black-and-white tale sparking with the restless energy of the French New Wave. Finding joy and release together, the trio explores sexuality, politics, and art while falling deeper into an unconventional amour—until a trip to Italy threatens the delicate balance of their relationship. In English, French, and Italian with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Sunday

Oct 6

8:30pm

Larkspur

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SONG WITHOUT A NAME (Canción sin nombre) Peru/Spain/US/Chile 2019, 97 min Director Melina León

M V FOCUS: QUEER-ISH In 1980s Peru a newborn disappears from a clinic shortly after her indigenous mother gives birth. Determined to find her daughter, the woman joins forces with a closeted reporter. Together, they uncover corruption at the highest levels of government. With a brooding score by Pauchi Sasaki, this astonishing debut was inspired by true events. In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles Tuesday Oct 8 Wednesday Oct 9

6:15pm 1:00pm

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SORRY WE MISSED YOU UK/France/Belgium 2019, 100 min Director Ken Loach Beloved director Ken Loach continues to chronicle working-class life with unmatched compassion and unflinching insight in this tale of a family struggling to survive in Britain’s 21st-century gig economy. With stripped-down realism, this heart-stopping drama crushingly illustrates how one family’s ills are inseparable from the ailment of an entire system.

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SOUTH MOUNTAIN US 2019, 75 min Director Hilary Brougher

M When Lila (Mad Men’s Talia Balsam) sends her children off for the summer, she unexpectedly finds herself alone after her husband leaves her. Left to her own devices, she sets out to navigate her life with a sense of renewal, learning hard lessons through various missteps in her search for greater personal clarity. Friday Saturday

Oct 11 Oct 12

5:30pm 11:00am

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US CINEMA

STOP THE PRESSES!: MEMOS FROM THE FOURTH ESTATE Total Program 87 min

M We are proud to present a selection of non-fiction films from the UC Berkeley Graduate

School of Journalism, widely regarded as one of the country’s best journalism programs. Brewed in Palestine (Emma Schwartz, US 2019, 17 min), All That Remains (Eva Rendle, US 2019, 20 min), The Desert (Bo Kovita, US 2019, 28 min), Theirstory (Sarah Cahlan, US 2019, 22 min).

Wednesday Oct 9 Sunday Oct 13

6:15pm 2:00pm

Larkspur Rafael

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San Francisco Chronicle

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THE STORY OF PLASTIC US 2019, 89 min Director Deia Schlosberg

A M Documenting a slow-motion disaster still in the making, The Story of Plastic brings home

the multiple existential threats posed by a dangerous, worldwide array of petrochemical-based products. With undeniable force, this timely film presents disturbing images from numerous sites around the globe, while tracing plastics history, bringing into focus an alarming, manmade crisis. In English, Hindi, and Indonesian with English subtitles • World Premiere

Sunday Tuesday

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Oct 6 Oct 8

11:15am 3:00pm

Sequoia* Rafael

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SUBIRA Kenya 2018, 99 min Director Sippy Chadha

M “The ocean is for boys,” Subira is told, yet her dream is to dive into the beautiful Kenyan

sea. When an arranged marriage brings her to an upper-class home in Nairobi, instead of learning how to cook, she purloins some fabric and sews her own burkini. A buoyant, empowering, and energetic first feature, refreshing as a splash of cool, clear water. In English and Swahili with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Sunday Oct 6 Wednesday Oct 9

6:00pm 2:15pm

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THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL (Les hirondelles de Kaboul) France 2019, 82 min Directors Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec

M Two married couples in Kabul, living under the callous rule of the Afghan Taliban, find their

destinies intertwined in this beautifully-rendered animated feature based on the eponymous international bestselling book. Acclaimed actor and director Zabou Breitman teams with animator Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec for this exquisitely cinematic and deeply moving tale of injustice, hope, love, and survival. In French with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Friday Saturday

Oct 4 Oct 5

6:00pm 11:15am

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SYNONYMS (Synonymes) France/Israel/Germany 2019, 123 min Director Nadav Lapid FOCUS: QUEER-ISH In one of 2019’s most exciting and unpredictable cinematic rides, this brilliant, caustically funny film follows an Israeli ex-soldier as he arrives in Paris intent on shedding his native language, heritage, and self. Featuring a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, Synonyms is boldly iconoclastic: a tragi-comedic social critique that spits in the face of nationalism. Berlin: Golden Bear In French, Hebrew, and English with English subtitles

Saturday Sunday

Oct 5 Oct 6

11:00am 8:30pm

Rafael Sequoia

WORLD CINEMA

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Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019, 91 min Director Ena Sendijarević

M When her estranged father becomes ill, teenage Alma travels alone from her mother’s house in the Netherlands back to her native Bosnia to visit him. Alma quickly finds herself entangled in a series of increasingly strange misadventures along the way in this gorgeous, absurdist, and provocative coming-of-age tale. Sarajevo: Best Feature Film In Bosnian and Dutch with English subtitles • North AmericAN Premiere

Thursday Friday

Oct 10 Oct 11

9:00pm 2:00pm

Lark Sequoia

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TEAM MARCO US 2019, 92 min Director Julio Vincent Gambuto It’s old world versus new world and video games versus the world’s oldest game in this intergenerational coming-of-age story, which pits 11-year-old gaming-obsessed Marco (Owen Vaccaro, Daddy’s Home) against his bocce-playing grandfather, Nonno. The film celebrates friendship, family, and above all, the squabbling, gregarious, loving Italian American culture of Staten Island’s South Beach. Age 8+ • World Premiere

Sunday Saturday

Oct 6 Oct 12

11:45am 1:45pm

Rafael Sequoia

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THIS LITTLE LAND OF MINES US 2019, 64 min Director Erin McGoff

A M Eighty million unexploded bombs dot Laos’ countryside, leftovers from the Vietnam War that continue to injure and kill in accidental detonations decades after the end of the conflict. This illuminating and inspiring documentary shines a light on the resilience of the everyday Laotians working to rid their country of this lingering danger. In English and Lao with English subtitles Preceded by THE NEW ENVIRONMENTALISTS: FROM LIBERIA TO MONGOLIA US 2019, 37 min Directors: Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Matt Yamashita VALLEY OF THE DOCS

Friday Saturday

Oct 11 Oct 12

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THE TRAITOR (Il traditore) Italy/France/Brazil/Germany 2019, 145 min Director Marco Bellocchio Veteran auteur Marco Bellocchio tackles the stranger-than-fiction tale of Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), a Sicilian crime boss who became the late 20th century’s most famous state’s witness against the Mafia. Masterfully juggling crime drama, politics, and gripping courtroom intrigue, Bellocchio brings impressive dramatic flourishes to this epic saga, placing it alongside canonical masterworks of the genre like Gomorrah and The Godfather. In Italian, Portuguese, and English with English subtitles

Tuesday Thursday

Oct 8 Oct 10

8:00pm 11:00am

Sequoia Sequoia

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A TRAMWAY IN JERUSALEM Israel/France 2018, 94 min Director Amos Gitai Through a kaleidoscopic series of micro-stories ranging from humorous to romantic to musical to surreal—all taking place inside a tram car gliding between Jerusalem’s east and west over the course of a day—this poignant and perceptive drama from virtuoso filmmaker Amos Gitai offers a rare and complex snapshot of present-day Israel. In Hebrew, Arabic, and French with English subtitles

Saturday Sunday

Oct 5 Oct 6

8:45pm 3:00pm

Lark Larkspur

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THE TWO POPES US/UK/Italy/Argentina 2019, 125 min Director Fernando Meirelles One pontiff’s unexpected departure and another’s reluctant ascension is the crux of this endlessly fascinating film that explores the Catholic Church’s relationship with history, morality, politics, and truth. Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce shine in this compassionate portrait of two richly complex figures seeking connection across a fierce ideological divide. In English, Spanish, and Italian with English subtitles

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VARDA BY AGNÈS (Varda par Agnès) France 2019, 115 min Director Agnès Varda

M Spend an afternoon with a legend of French cinema. An institution unto herself, the

delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda (Faces Places, MVFF 2017) conducts, in the last of her prodigious life’s work, a personal career retrospective as only she can, with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. In French and English with English subtitles

Sunday Saturday

Oct 6 Oct 12

6:00pm 3:15pm

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¡VIVA LOS NIÑOS! Total Program 86 min

V Nonverbal and in Spanish with English subtitles A celebration of Spanish-language and Latin American films and stories, MVFF’s ¡Viva el Cine! initiative is also a family affair as illustrated by this special collection of kid-centric short films from Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, and Colombia. For and about families of all kinds, this multigenerational medley is accessible for both Spanish and English speakers alike. Age 8+

Sunday Sunday

Oct 6 Oct 13

11:00am 1:45pm

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WATCH LIST US/Philippines/Canada 2019, 96 min Director Ben Rekhi FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM In the aftermath of her husband’s murder, Maria descends into the dark world of Philippine government corruption in her quest for answers. Her efforts only entrench her deeper into the sordid side of Duterte’s war on drugs, as she struggles to protect her children from Manila’s worst criminals, cops and drugs. But is she being watched...? In Tagalog with English subtitles

Friday Saturday

Oct 4 Oct 5

8:15pm 4:30pm

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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW? US 2019, 68 min Director Sarah Feinbloom

M Seventeen years after interviewing six teenagers of diverse faiths for her documentary

What Do You Believe? (MVFF 2002), filmmaker Sarah Feinbloom poses questions anew to her subjects. The shocking jump cut from adolescence to adulthood as they discuss their lives’ journeys forms the heart of this touching look at spirituality and identity. • World Premiere

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WHERE’S MY ROY COHN? US 2019, 97 min Director Matt Tyrnauer FOCUS: QUEER-ISH Roy Cohn loved power, and this former right-hand man to Joseph McCarthy spent his legal career living by a simple credo: Never apologize, attack. Matt Tyrnauer (Studio 54) gives us the definitive look at one of the most divisive figures of the 20th century—a man who befriended celebrities and presidents, represented Mafia capos, and gave the world Donald Trump.

Saturday Tuesday

Oct 5 Oct 8

4:45pm 12:00pm

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THE WHISTLERS (La Gomera) Romania/France/Germany/Sweden 2019, 97 min Director Corneliu Porumboiu Romanian master Corneliu Porumboiu delivers a sleek, exhilarating thriller that pays homage to the escapist spirit of Hollywood’s yesteryear. Following an undercover cop who learns an obscure whistling language while infiltrating the mob, The Whistlers proves to be a stunningly smart genre exercise full of double-crosses, showdowns, and sexy seductions. In Romanian, English, and Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday Sunday

Oct 5 Oct 6

1:45pm 7:30pm

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Jennifer Coslett MacCready

WORLD CINEMA

WHY CAN’T I BE ME? AROUND YOU US 2019, 93 min Director Harrod Blank FOCUS: QUEER-ISH A chance encounter between recently transitioned mechanic Rusty Tidenberg and filmmaker Harrod Blank sparks a captivating portrayal of the multifaceted life of a transgender woman. Through a series of intimate conversations about cars, drag races, and resilience over the course of eight years, Blank vividly captures Rusty’s journey to selfacceptance in a masculine-fueled world.

Saturday Saturday

Oct 5 Oct 12

4:30pm 8:15pm

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WINDOWS ON THE WORLD US 2019, 109 min Director Michael D. Olmos

V When an undocumented worker on the top floor of the World Trade Center goes missing on

the tragic morning of September 11, 2001, his son makes a difficult journey from Mexico to New York City in search of his father, coming face-to-face with the realities of what is means to be an immigrant in America. Ryan Guzman and Edward James Olmos star in this emotionally stirring, socially relevant film.

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YOU GAVE ME A SONG: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF ALICE GERRARD US 2019, 78 min Director Kenny Dalsheimer A pioneer of the traditional music canon, Alice Gerrard is perhaps best known for her longtime collaboration with Hazel Dickens—a duo thought to be the first female bluegrass bandleaders. This film follows the more than 50-year career of an unstoppable musical force—nominated for a Grammy ® at 80—who blazed a path for new generations of women to follow.

Thursday Sunday

Oct 10 Oct 13

5:15pm 11:30am

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YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION? UK 2019, 80 min Director Emily Harris

M FOCUS: RESIST REVOLT REFORM Capturing the heart of the revolutionary ‘60s, this magical

mystery tour is rooted in a brilliant exhibition at London’s V&A Museum. Bay Area futurists and cultural avatars Stewart Brand and Peter Coyote bringing their experiences to bear on the present, prescribing worldwide transformation—with or without LSD—to cure our conformity, consumerism, and capitulation to the status quo. • World Premiere

Sunday Tuesday

Oct 6 Oct 8

4:30pm 2:30pm

Sequoia* Rafael

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CFI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/FOUNDER MVFF FOUNDER/DIRECTOR Mark Fishkin DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Zoë Elton

PROGRAMMING SENIOR PROGRAMMER Karen Davis WORLD CINEMA PROGRAMMER João Federici DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMER Kelly Clement US INDIES PROGRAMMER Mimi Brody PROGRAMMING MANAGER / SHORTS PROGRAMMER Sterling Hedgpeth PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATE Celeste Truffaut-Wong PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT Ali Giordani FAMILY FILMS PROGRAMMER Joanne Parsont MUSIC FILMS PROGRAMMER Charles Dickey ANIMATION PROGRAMMER Amanda Todd

FESTIVAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Jeromy Zajonc OPERATIONS MANAGER Dave Feiferis OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Skyler Bingham VOLUNTEER MANAGER Faridah Gbadamosi VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Angelica Fonseca FRONT DESK PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Stephanie Lytle MUSIC MANAGERS Madison Flach Aaron Kayce

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Dan Zastrow EXHIBITION MEDIA MANAGER Jesse Dubus PRODUCTION MANAGER Paul Hegarty PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Anthony Doyle Paul Kellogg

BEHIND THE SCREENS MANAGER Shakira Refos

THEATER OPERATIONS

MIND THE GAP PROJECT MANAGER Susan Murdy

THEATER OPERATIONS MANAGER Kaitlyn Ryan

ACTIVE CINEMA MANAGER Maribel Guevara

THEATER OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Ben Ziemke

US INDIE PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE Faridah Gbadamosi Angie MacKenzie Rafael Prieto Regina Tsasis

THEATER OPERATIONS ASSISTANT Phoebe Cooper

VENUE MANAGERS Jacqueline Carlson Rachel Cox Christa Lynn Luckenbach Alex Mills HOUSE MANAGERS Ruby Flores Kelli Fox Eileen Level Willita Mahone Kacey Meyer Andrea Nilosek Derek Petrillo Muhammad El Quessny Daniela Weinreich LINE MANAGERS Maggie Coorigan Katie Jenkins Tori Markham Michael McIlraith Jon Olsen Katie Shinsato Lauren Skager Julie Velazquez PROJECTIONISTS Jono Clay Kat Cory Erica Gleichman Phil Hoffman Eric Humphrey Peter Matheny-Schuster Cassady O’Brian Luis Reyes Emily Shurtz Cody Silva Josh Stithem Bryce Warren

GUEST & TRANSPORTATION SERVICES GUEST SERVICES MANAGER Joanny Rivera GUEST SERVICES COORDINATORS Brenda Berliner Erin McInnis GUEST SERVICES ASSISTANT Katie Schnell TRANSPORTATION MANAGER Albert Chow TRANSPORTATION COORDINATORS Jacob Neuhauser Kyle Smith

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SPECIAL EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER Yvonne Fox OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT MANAGER Mimi Cunningham EVENTS COORDINATOR Christa Gatewood OUTDOOR ART CLUB MANAGER Aileen Fowler FILMMAKER LOUNGE MANAGER Bobby Pin SAN RAFAEL FILMMAKER LOUNGE ASSISTANT Alec Estes MILL VALLEY FILMMAKER LOUNGE ASSISTANT Jill Brooke Sarah Escalante

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PUBLICITY Shelley Spicer CFI MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Leah LoSchiavo SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Chris Markisz MVFF MARKETING, PUBLICITY, & PROMOTIONS MANAGER Michele Tharp

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Brian Lehman PRODUCTION ARTIST Richard Denney PUBLICATIONS MANAGING EDITOR Joe Bowman PUBLICATIONS PRODUCTION, PREPRESS Richard Repas COPY EDITOR Pam Grady

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Liana Bender CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Beau Blanchard MAJOR GIFTS AND FOUNDATIONS MANAGER Katy Hogan CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE Nick Friedman MEMBERSHIP MANAGER Doreen Aviv MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATE Alyssa Cox SPONSORSHIP ACTIVATION COORDINATOR Kim McGinnis DEVELOPMENT DONOR COORDINATOR Sydney Ridder DEVELOPMENT INTERNS Louise Ledour Sara Wallace Christian Schultz Isabel Witchel

CFI EDUCATION DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION Joanne Parsont EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGER Melanie Nichols EDUCATION OUTREACH MANAGER Shakira Refos

EXECUTIVE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Maureen Galliani

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DEPUTY DIRECTOR Dane Callihan FINANCE MANAGER Connie Chang FINANCE ASSOCIATE Laura Austin IT & OPERATIONS MANAGER Norman Mello

CHRISTOPHER B. SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Richard Peterson GENERAL MANAGER Dan Zastrow RAFAEL PROGRAM ASSOCIATE Alexandra Cantin PROGRAM CONSULTANT Jan Klingelhofer ASSISTANT MANAGER Griffin Coullard SHIFT MANAGERS Brianna Cady Madeleine Recinos SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER STAFF Jason Ashe Pablo Bartone-Garcia Mason Bell Myles Cohen Nick Ginwala Jude Hick Rosin Keogh Julian Lasher Thalia Loppies Tatiana Oliver Andy Reeds Zack Shinnick Liam Shore Matthew Stranzl Jaidev Thomas Brianna Thompson Eli Wilson Mia Yun

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THURSDAY OCT 3

R A FA E L

7:00pm Just Mercy 161 min

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SEQUOIA 7:00pm Just Mercy 161 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 7:00pm The King 133 min

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3:45pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 6:30pm

FRIDAY OCT 4

SATURDAY OCT 5

R A FA E L

11:00am Synonyms 123 min 11:15am Journeys Beyond the

August 85 min The Dog Doc 101 min The Gasoline Thieves 93 min Amateurs 102 min

8:00pm Spotlight: Conversation

with Olivia Wilde 90 min

Cosmodrome 95 min

12:00pm Amra and the 2nd Marriage 95 min 2:15pm Making Waves: The Art page 12

8:45pm Marighella 155 min 9:30pm 5@5 Stone Flower 88 min

SEQUOIA 5:00pm The Gift: The Journey of Johnny

Cash 94 min

5:15pm The Cave 96 min 7:30pm Portrait of a Lady on Fire 119 min 8:00pm Knives Out 130 min

L A R K T H E AT R E 6:00pm The Swallows of Kabul 82 min 8:45pm The Kingmaker 100 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 6:00pm 6:15pm 8:15pm 8:45pm

5@5 Feels Like Fire 65 min Autonomy 80 min Watch List 96 min Journey to Hokusai 80 min

2:45pm 3:00pm 5:00pm 5:30pm 6:00pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 8:45pm

of Cinematic Sound 95 min Blue Hour 92 min Rewind 87 min Sorry We Missed You 100 min 39½ 71 min Autonomy 80 min Dolemite Is My Name 118 min The Body Remembers ... 105 min The Hi De Ho Show 90 min

SEQUOIA 11:00am 11:15am 1:45pm 3:45pm 4:45pm 7:00pm

5@5 Life is for Living 92 min Out Stealing Horses 122 min The Whistlers 97 min Olympic Dreams 83 min Where’s My Roy Cohn? 97 min Harriet 125 min

7:30pm The Lighthouse 140 min

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L A R K T H E AT R E 11:15am 2:00pm 6:00pm 8:45pm

The Lure of This Land 90 min The Conductor 137 min Little Joe 105 min A Tramway in Jerusalem 94 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 11:00am 11:15am 1:30pm 2:00pm 4:30pm 4:45pm 7:30pm 8:00pm

As the World Toons 77 min The Swallows of Kabul 82 min August 85 min Fresh & Fearless 83 min Watch List 96 min Chuskit 89 min The Gasoline Thieves 93 min Pomegranate Seeds... 89 min

PA C I F I C F I L M A R C H I V E 4:30pm Why Can’t I Be Me?... 93 min 7:00PM Marighella 155 min

OUTDOOR ART CLUB 9:00am Mind the Gap Summit (start) 2:45pm No Time to Waste 75 min

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MONDAY OCT 7

TUESDAY OCT 8

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11:00am ¡Viva los Niños! 86 min 11:45am Team Marco 92 min 12:00pm Journey to Hokusai 80 min

2:30pm The Reformer. Zwingli:

11:30am Carmilla 96 min 2:30pm You Say You Want a Revolution?

2:30pm Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo 133 min

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5:30pm 5:45pm 6:00pm 8:15pm 8:30pm

Jojo Rabbit 108 min The Prince 96 min Subira 99 min Pain and Glory 113 min The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão 139 min 8:45pm Hava, Maryam, Ayesha 86 min SEQUOIA 11:15am 1:15pm 2:00pm 4:30pm

The Story of Plastic 89 min The Reformer. Zwingli:... 128 min What Do You Believe Now? 68 min You Say You Want a Revolution? 80 min

5:00pm Clemency 143 min

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7:30pm Parasite 132 min 8:30pm Synonyms 123 min

7:00pm Seberg 126 min

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9:00pm Carmilla 96 min

SEQUOIA 11:15am Making Waves: The Art 11:30am 2:30pm 5:30pm 7:00pm 8:00pm

of Cinematic Sound 95 min The Dog Doc 101 min Windows on the World 109 min 5@5 Stone Flower 88 min Serendipity 76 min Bacurau 131 min

L A R K T H E AT R E 5:30pm Out Stealing Horses 122 min 8:45pm By the Grace of God 137 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 6:00pm The Body Remembers When

L A R K T H E AT R E 12:00pm 3:15pm 6:00pm 9:00pm

A Life’s Portrait 128 min 3:00pm Pomegranate Seeds: Voices and Visions from Iranian Women 89 min 4:00pm Clemency 113 min 6:00pm Cherry Blossoms & Demons 115 min

the World Broke Open 105 min

Frankie 100 min Driveways 83 min Varda by Agnès 115 min The Gift: ...Johnny Cash 94 min

6:15pm 5@5 Daughter of the Night 69 min 8:45pm The Invisible Life

of Eurídice Gusmão 139 min

9:00pm Hava, Maryam, Ayesha 86 min

80 min

3:00pm 3:15pm 5:30pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 8:30pm 9:00pm

The Story of Plastic 89 min Parasite 132 min A Girl from Mogadishu 112 min Right to Harm 86 min The Irishman 210 min Cherry Blossoms & Demons 115 min 5@5 Daughter of the Night 69 min

SEQUOIA 12:00pm 12:45pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 5:30pm

Where’s My Roy Cohn? 97 min Olympic Dreams 83 min Pain and Glory 113 min Seberg 96 min My Friend Fela 92 min

6:30pm 63 Up 163 min

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8:00pm The Traitor 145 min

L A R K T H E AT R E 6:00pm Scheme Birds 90 min 8:30pm Ema 102 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 6:00pm 5@5 Smooth 69 min 6:15pm Song Without a Name 97 min 9:00pm Bacurau 131 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 12:30pm Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams... 80 min 2:15pm Thousand Pieces of Gold 105 min

3:00pm 5:15pm 5:45pm 8:00pm 8:30pm

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A Tramway in Jerusalem 94 min Rewind 87 min Noah Land 109 min The Conductor 137 min Show Me What You Got 101 min

PA C I F I C F I L M A R C H I V E 5:00pm The Kingmaker 100 min 7:30pm The Whistlers 97 min

OUTDOOR ART CLUB 11:30am Panel: The Story of Plastic 90 min 2:45pm Workshop: Get the Kids in the

Pictures! 90 min

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THURSDAY OCT 10

R A FA E L

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R A FA E L

11:15am 2:15pm 3:00pm 5:15pm

Ema 102 min Subira 99 min Portrait of a Lady on Fire 119 min From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter’s Journey 90 min 6:00pm What Do You Believe Now? 68 min

2:45pm Right to Harm 86 min 3:15pm Jojo Rabbit 108 min 6:00pm 37 Seconds 115 min

7:00pm Waves 160 min

8:45pm 5@5 Night Hunting Time 80 min 9:00pm The Aeronauts 101 min 9:15pm Blue Hour 92 min

2:00pm 3:30pm 4:45pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 8:00pm 9:00pm

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8:15pm Animals 109 min 8:45pm 5@5 Smooth 69 min

SEQUOIA 11:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 5:30pm

Knives Out 130 min Song Without a Name 97 min Harriet 125 min The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion 67 min

5:45pm A Girl from Mogadishu 112 min 8:00pm Honey Boy 93 min 9:00pm Sorry We Missed You 100 min

L A R K T H E AT R E 6:00pm Flesh Out 94 min 8:45pm The MisEducation of Bindu 92 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 6:00pm 5@5 Feels Like Fire 65 min 6:15pm Stop the Presses!: Memos from

the Fourth Estate 87 min

8:15pm Beanpole 130 min 9:00pm Amateurs 102 min

PA C I F I C F I L M A R C H I V E 7:00pm Journeys Beyond

6:15pm The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso,

The Dalai Lama in His Own Words

82 min

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SEQUOIA 11:00am 11:45am 2:15pm 2:45pm 5:15pm

The Traitor 145 min Scheme Birds 90 min Honey Boy 93 min By the Grace of God 137 min You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard 78 min 6:00pm Frankie 100 min 8:00pm Coup 53 120 min 8:30pm Öndög 97 min

L A R K T H E AT R E 6:00pm And Then We Danced 113 min 9:00pm Take Me Somewhere Nice 91 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 6:00pm Flatland 117 min 6:15pm 5@5 Just in Time to See the Sun 67 min

8:45pm From Wounded Knee to Standing

Rock: A Reporter’s Journey 90 min

9:00pm The MisEducation of Bindu 92 min

the Cosmodrome 95 min

FRIDAY OCT 11

Flesh Out 94 min The Lure of This Land 90 min This Little Land of Mines 102 min De Lo Mio 73 min The Two Popes 125 min Les misérables 102 min 5@5 Just in Time to See the Sun 67 min

SEQUOIA 11:30am 2:00pm 2:45pm 5:00pm 6:00pm

Waves 135 min Take Me Somewhere Nice 91 min And Then We Danced 113 min Dolemite Is My Name 118 min The Report 118 min

8:00pm The Truth 106 min

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9:15pm The Hi De Ho Show 90 min

L A R K T H E AT R E 11:00am 2:00pm 5:30pm 8:00pm

37 Seconds 115 min Little Joe 105 min South Mountain 75 min Beanpole 130 min

LARKSPUR LANDING 11:00am 2:15pm 3:15pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 8:00pm 8:30pm

The Cat and the Moon 114 min Fourteen 94 min Serendipity 76min Noah Land 109 min 5@5 Night Hunting Time 80 min A First Farewell 88 min Animals 109 min

PA C I F I C F I L M A R C H I V E 3:00pm The Cave 96 min 5:30pm Aurora 105 min

O L D M I L L PA R K 7:00pm Coraline 100 min

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SUNDAY OCT 13

R A FA E L

R A FA E L

11:30am 12:00pm 12:30pm 2:00pm 2:45pm

11:00am Days of the Bagnold Summer

State of the Industry Panel 90min Öndög 97 min Chuskit 89 min The Great 14th... 82 min The Truth 106 min

3:00pm Master Class: Laura Dern 75 min

5:00pm The Unbearable Lightness

of Being 171 min

6:30pm Marriage Story 166 min

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9:00pm Arid Cut 116 min

The Two Popes 125 min As the World Toons 77 min Team Marco 92 min Les misérables 102 min

4:30pm Blackbird 122 min

4:30pm Ford v Ferrari 177 min

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L A R K T H E AT R E 2:00pm Flatland 117 min 5:15pm The Report 118 min 8:15pm Why Can’t I Be Me?... 93 min

LARKSPUR LANDING South Mountain 75 min Aurora 105 min This Little Land of Mines 102 min The Cat and the Moon 114 min Driveways 83 min De Lo Mio 73 min The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion 67 min

PA C I F I C F I L M A R C H I V E

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OCT 6

OCT 7

CONCERT - Petra Hanson

& Gaijin a Go-Go

8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

and Monsters 80 min

TUESDAY page 19

5:00pm A Hidden Life 173 min

LARKSPUR LANDING A First Farewell 88 min My Friend Fela 92 min Fourteen 94 min Amra and the Second Marriage 95 min

5:15pm 5@5 Festival Faves 100 min 5:30pm 39½ 71 min

OUTDOOR ART CLUB 11:00am Variety Screenwriters to Watch 90 min

OCT 8

CONCERT - Little Hurricane 8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

WEDNESDAY

OCT 9

CONCERT - TBA 8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

THURSDAY

OCT 10

CONCERT - Alice Gerrard & Friends 8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

FRIDAY

OCT 11

CONCERT - TBA 8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

SATURDAY

12:00pm Coup 53 120 min 3:15pm Varda by Agnès 115 min

OCT 12

FREE SCREENING - 1:00pm

Mamma Mia!

OUTDOOR ART CLUB 2:30pm

CONCERT - Hayes Carll 9:00pm (doors open 8pm)

MONDAY page 11

11:00am Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams

11:00am 11:45am 2:15pm 2:45pm

OCT 5

CONCERT - Ace of Cups & Friends 8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

L A R K T H E AT R E

Barbara Rush 75 min

SATURDAY

MIND THE GAP SUMMIT (con’d) - 10:00am

DIRECTOR’S FORUM - 12:00pm

Marriage Story 136 min Blackbird 97 min Rémi, Nobody’s Boy 108 min The Aeronauts 101 min

2:00pm A Conversation with

OCT 4

FRIDAY

CONCERT - Johnny & June Forever 9:00pm (doors open 8pm)

SUNDAY

SEQUOIA

169 min

7:30pm A Hidden Life 173 min

11:00am 11:45am 2:00pm 3:00pm 6:15pm 7:30pm 9:00pm

the Fourth Estate 87 min

5:00pm Motherless Brooklyn

5:00pm Days of the Bagnold Summer 111 min

and Music of Alice Gerrard 78 min

1:30pm The Artist’s Wife 94 min 1:45pm ¡Viva los Niños! 86 min 2:00pm Stop the Presses!: Memos from

11:00am 11:15am 2:00pm 2:00pm

SEQUOIA 11:00am 11:15am 1:45pm 2:15pm

86 min

11:15am Fresh & Fearless 83 min 11:30am You Gave Me a Song: The Life

S W E E T W AT E R MUSIC HALL

(108 min)

CONCERT - TBA 8:00pm (doors open 7pm)

Workshop: From Concept to Story to Screen 120 min

T E N N E S S E E VA L L E Y T R A I L 10:00am Active Cinema Hike

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Clemency ................................ 14 The Cold Season .................... 30 The Conductor ....................... 37 Counter Mapping .................. 50 Coup 53 ................................... 37 Days of the Bagnold Summer................ 18 De Lo Mio ............................... 38 The Desert .............................. 52 Diary 2013-2018 ...................... 30 Diluted Fear ............................ 30 The Dog Doc .......................... 38 Dolemite Is My Name ............ 38 Don’t You Forget About Me . 30 Driveways ................................ 38 Driving Lessons ...................... 48 Ema .......................................... 39 Eve Of ...................................... 30 Evelyn x Evelyn ....................... 31 Fangs for the Memories ........ 30 Fire in Paradise ....................... 21 A First Farewell....................... 39 Fish .......................................... 55 Flatland ................................... 39 Flesh Out ................................ 39 Ford v Ferrari ...........................11 fortissimo ................................ 30 Fourteen ................................. 40 Frankie..................................... 40 From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter’s Journey ......... 40 The Gasoline Thieves ............ 41 The Gender Line .................... 31 The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash ........................ 41 A Girl from Mogadishu.......... 41 Glitch ....................................... 30 The Good Mother .................. 55 The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words ......................... 16 Guardians of Anja .................. 31 Guilty ....................................... 31 Hanged ................................... 48 Hard Shadow .......................... 48 Harriet ..................................... 41 Hava, Maryam, Ayesha .......... 42 A Hidden Life.......................... 42

Hold the Sun in Your Hands: The Erika Jacoby Story ...... 30 Honey Boy............................... 42 How to Be Alone .................... 31 In Full Bloom........................... 30 Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo ......................... 14 Intermission Expedition ........ 30 The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão ................ 43 The Irishman ........................... 43 It’s Been Too Long ................. 31 It’s Only Rock N’ Roll ............. 45 Jojo Rabbit.............................. 43 Journey to Hokusai ................ 43 Journeys Beyond the Cosmodrome ...................... 44 Just Between Us..................... 31 Just Mercy............................... 10 A Kalabanda Ate My Homework ........................... 34 Keep It Quiet .......................... 30 The King .................................. 44 The Kingmaker ....................... 44 Kitten Witch ............................ 40 Knives Out .............................. 44 Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) .................................... 44 Lefty/Righty ............................ 30 Les misérables........................ 45 The Lighthouse ...................... 13 Like an Elephant in a China Shop .......................... 34 Little Joe ................................. 45 Lizard ....................................... 31 The Lure of This Land ............ 45 Mahalia Melts in the Rain ...... 40 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound............ 45 Mamma Mia!........................... 21 Margot..................................... 30 Marighella ............................... 46 Marooned ............................... 34 Marriage Story........................ 19 May .......................................... 31 Medium Rare .......................... 30 Mi abuelita .............................. 55 The MisEducation of Bindu .. 46 Motherless Brooklyn ..............11

My Brother Luca ..................... 55 My Friend Fela........................ 46 The New Environmentalists: From Liberia to Mongolia ... 54 No Time to Waste: The Urgent Mission of Betty Reid Soskin ........... 25 Noah Land .............................. 46 Noel ......................................... 55 Olympic Dreams .................... 47 Öndög ..................................... 47 One Small Step ...................... 40 Out Stealing Horses .............. 47 Outside ................................... 30 Pain and Glory ........................ 47 Painting the Town The Street Art of Detroit ... 30 Parasite.................................... 48 Passenger ............................... 30 The Perfumer .......................... 31 Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters ...................... 48 The Pig on the Hill ................. 34 Pliashka ................................... 30 Portrait of a Lady on Fire ...... 48 The Prince ............................... 49 Prittyboi .................................. 31 The Quintet of the Sunset .... 30 Raccoon and the Light .......... 34 The Reformer. Zwingli: A Life’s Portrait ................... 49 Rémi, Nobody’s Boy .............. 49 The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion ............. 49 The Report .............................. 50 Rewind ..................................... 50 Right to Harm ......................... 50 Robot and the Whale ............ 34 Rocket...................................... 30 Rumba azul ............................. 30 Runners ................................... 30 Sam’s Dream........................... 34 Saturday’s Apartment ........... 34 Scheme Birds.......................... 50 Seberg ..................................... 15 Selma After the Rain .............. 31 Serendipity ............................. 51 Shoot for the Moon ............... 40 Show Me What You Got ........ 51 Slow Death.............................. 48

Song Without a Name........... 51 Sorry We Missed You............. 51 South Mountain ..................... 52 Still Plays with Trains .............. 31 Storm ....................................... 30 The Story of Plastic ................ 52 Subira ...................................... 52 The Swallows of Kabul........... 53 Synonyms ................................ 53 Take Me Somewhere Nice .... 53 Team Marco ............................ 53 That’s My Jazz ........................ 31 Theirstory ................................ 52 There Were Four of Us .......... 30 This Little Land of Mines ....... 54 Thousand Pieces of Gold...... 13 Tragodia .................................. 30 The Traitor............................... 54 A Tramway in Jerusalem ....... 54 Trapped Ghost ....................... 30 The Truth ................................. 16 The Two Popes ....................... 54 The Unbearable Lightness of Being ............................... 18 Under Covers ......................... 30 Varda by Agnès ...................... 55 The Wall .................................. 48 Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet.. 31 Washed Away ......................... 31 Watch List ............................... 55 Waves ...................................... 10 What Do You Believe Now? .. 55 Where’s My Roy Cohn?.......... 56 The Whistlers.......................... 56 Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You........................................ 56 Windows on the World ......... 56 Wingmen ................................ 31 Xmas Cake - This American Shelf-Life.............................. 31 Yellow Jubilee P260-5 ........... 30 You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard .................. 57 You Say You Want a Revolution? ....................... 57 You’re Still Here ...................... 48 Zog........................................... 34

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