The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival will open this year on October 6 with two high-profile independent releases: Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs," starring Glenn Close as a 19th-century Irish woman trying to avoid poverty by living as a man, and Jay and Mark Duplass' "Jeff Who Lives at Home," starring Jason Segel as a 30-year-old stoner pondering the meaning of life. The festival will close on October 16 with a special screening of Michael Hazanavicius' "The Artist," starring Jean Dujardin as a silent-film star resisting Hollywood's transition to sound in the 1920s.
Other films scheduled for the festival include Simon Curtis' Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn," Lynne Ramsey's school shooting drama starring Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," and Sean Durkin's Sundance hit starring Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene".
In addition to the screenings, the festival will feature a special tribute to the career of Glenn Close and a Spotlight event honoring Michelle Yeoh. It will accompany a screening of her latest film, "The Lady," directed and produced by Luc Besson who will also appear at the event.
Other events include a tribute to Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan, subject of the new documentary "Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan," and the North American premiere of Stephan Elliott's latest film "A Few Best Men."