The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has grown to be one of the most prominent cinema-related events on the West Coast, bearing the proud distinction of presenting the Bay Area with the last five Best Picture winners. About to kick off its 36th year, MVFF has just unveiled its roster of prestigious and anticipated titles as well as other exciting events sprawled out over the festival’s 11-day span taking place October 3 to 13.
The festival will kick off in grand fashion with two films sharing the Opening Night, Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” and Brian Percival’s adaptation of “The Book Thief.” The premiere of the former will be accompanied by stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte, while the latter set to have director Brian Percival and stars Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse in attendance. “August: Osage County” will serve as the festival’s Centerpiece, with director John Wells in attendance. Closing out the festival will be Ben Stiller’s directorial debut “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” with Stiller on hand to also receive the Mill Valley Film Festival Award.
Other notable events of this year’s festival include two Special Tributes; one to political filmmaker Costa-Gavras, who will be present for an on-stage interview about his work as well as have the Bay Area premiere his latest film “Capital,” with the other belonging to Rush. The subjects of the festival’s Spotlight program will include director Wells, “Dallas Buyers Club” star Jared Leto, “12 Years A Slave” director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Dakota Fanning, all of whom will partake in an on-stage conversation before showing their films.
To get the festival’s full lineup and find out more about their special events and programs, head over to their official website.