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“Conviction” and “The King’s Speech” to Open Mill Valley Festival

"Conviction" and "The King's Speech" to Open Mill Valley Festival

In an interesting move, two potential Oscar contenders in the acting categories – Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction,” starring Hilary Swank, and Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” featuring Colin Firth as King George VI – will open the 33rd Mill Valley Film Festival. The U.S. premiere of John Madden’s “The Debt,” will meanwhile serve as the closing night film of the festival which runs October 7 – 17 in towns north of San Francisco.

On top of the films slated for the lineup, the festival will also honor director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (“Babel,” “21 Grams”), who will do a Q&A after a screening of his new film “Biutiful.” Edward Norton is also scheduled to speak following a showing of his new film “Stone.” In addition, director Julian Schnabel and his “Miral” screenwriter Rula Jebreal will speak after a screening of their new film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Other events include a concert in honor of “Nowhere Boy,” Sam Taylor-Wood’s new film about the early years of John Lenon, and another live musical event courtesy of the ska and rock fusion band Fishbone, who are featured in “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone.”

“For the last 33 years, the California Film Institute’s Mill Valley Film Festival has made San Francisco and the Bay Area a destination for tourists, film enthusiasts, and filmmakers from all over the world to celebrate outstanding cinema,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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