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‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’ and More Complete Napa Valley Film Festival Lineup

'The Imitation Game,' 'Escobar: Paradise Lost' and More Complete Napa Valley Film Festival Lineup

Although “The Imitation Game,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” and “Escobar: Paradise Lost” have already made their festival debuts, these acclaimed films will now show at the 4th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF). Other screenings, events, competitions and achievement awards were recently announced. 

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The festival will open up with Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game,” a film about the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his experiences during World War II.

Kevin Costner, who appears in NVFF entry “Black and White” has been chosen as this year’s BVisionary Award recipient. Jeremy Jordan, who appears alongside Anna Kendrick in NVFF’s “The Last 5 Years,” will be honored with a Rising Star award. In addition these highlights, NVFF has also announced that Shailene Woodley will receive Variety’s Indie Impact Award at the 10 Producers to Watch event. 

NYFF will take place from November 12-16. Check out some of the lineup highlights below, synopses courtesy of NVFF. Also, head to the NVFF site for more information.

“Alex of Venice” – In actor Chris Messina’s directorial debut feature, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a workaholic environmental attorney, is forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) suddenly leaves the family. Messina will participate in the post-screening Q&As. 

“Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”An intimate, devastating, and inspiring look at the final tour of musical legend Glen Campbell as he faces the end of his career due to Alzheimer’s disease. This special screening takes place at the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa that was the venue for Campbell’s final poignant performance. Director James Keach will attend the Q&A.

“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” –
Mike Myers will attend the festival with Shep Gordon, the original mega talent manager and subject of Mike’s hilarious, touching and award-winning documentary “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.” Fandango’s Chief Correspondent Dave Karger will moderate an on-stage conversation with Myers and Gordon following the screening. 

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her & Him” –  A special presentation of a unique cinematic achievement: back-to-back screenings of Ned Benson’s two versions of a film about a marriage falling apart, one from the wife’s perspective and one from the husband’s, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. A post-screening discussion with Director Ned Benson will follow.

“Sideways” –
10th Anniversary – Few films have so accurately captured the ethos of friends, wine and wine’s place in modern civilization, as the 2004 romance/road film/buddy comedy Sideways. After the special screening of the movie, festival attendees can enjoy a grand tasting of some of the best Napa Valley Merlots.
“The Better Angels” – Director A.J. Edwards’ debut feature tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the wilderness of Indiana. Starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling and Wes Bently.

“The Last 5 Years” –
Based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical, and adapted by writer/director Richard LaGravenese, “The Last 5 Years” is the story of a couple’s tumultuous relationship, from entanglement to denouement starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. An on-stage conversation with Mr. LaGravenese will take place after the screenings.

“Match” – A Seattle couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) travels to New York to interview an acclaimed former ballet star (Patrick Stewart) for a research project on the dance scene in the 1960’s.

“Escobar: Paradise Lost” – The debut feature from writer/director Andrea Di Stephano traces the journey of a young Canadian surfer (Josh Hutcherson) who falls under the spell of a beautiful young woman in Colombia. Unfortunately she also who happens to be the niece of international drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro). An edgy crime drama and a soul-searching love story about family ties and loyalty, the film is a look at a dark chapter in the war on drugs and the casualties.

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