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.

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