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.