Mill Valley Film Fest still fabulous at 30

It started small, but it grew and grew, and now the Mill Valley Film Festival is turning 30 as a major film event not only in the Bay Area, but recognized internationally.

In a dozen locations between Oct. 4 and 14, the festival will present 105 features and 107 shorts from 49 countries, including 14 world, 11 North American,and 13 U.S. premieres.

Among the filmmakers honored at the festival will be some who made their U.S. debut here, including Ang Lee (the Grand Prize winner in Venice just a few days ago).

Lee’s “erotic espionage thriller,” called “Lust, Caution,” starring Joan Chen, will open the festival, along with a wickedly funny but strongly affecting drama about old age, Tamara Jenkins’ “The Savages,” with Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

This year, there will be extensive programming of music films as well, including a special screening of Sergei Eisensein’s 1925 classic, “Battleship Potemkin,” Shostakovich’s score performedlive by the Marin Symphony, on Oct. 7 and 9.

Along with the “pseudobiography” of Bob Dylan, called “I’m Not There,” there will be performances of classic Dylan songs. In conjunction with Gaurav Jani’s “Riding Solo the Top of the World,” on Oct. 8 and 10, a benefit concert will be held by Sikhawat Ali Khan & Musicians.

Detailed information about the festival is available at www.mvff.com.

artsentertainmentMovies

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Kindergarten teacher Chris Johnson in his classroom at Bryant Elementary School ahead of the school’s reopening on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD students are going back to the classroom

After more than a year of distance learning, city schools begin reopening on Monday

Keith Zwölfer, director of education for SFFILM, stays busy connecting filmmakers and studios with public, private and home schools<ins>.</ins><ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) </ins>
Streamlined SF film festival focuses on family features

In the early days of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the… Continue reading

“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
A Passover journey toward something different

It was nice to see my family, and I look forward to reconnecting with friends

Oakland A’s left fielder Tony Kemp fielded a fly but missed the catch in the April 5 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Oakland Coliseum. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Bay Area sports for week of April 11, 2021

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject… Continue reading

The involving historical novel “The Bohemians” imagines photographer Dorothea Lange’s life in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
‘Bohemians’ explores life of legendary photographer Dorothea Lange

Artist’s talent, compassion revealed in Jasmin Darznik’s historical novel

Most Read