Mill Valley Film Festival

Event has passed (Thu Oct 4, 2018 - Sun Oct 14, 2018)
Lark Theater
various times
Film / Television, Festival / Fair


"For nearly four decades, the world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) has maintained its position as a vital showcase of the global film community, attracting iconic red-carpet talent, burgeoning filmmakers, passionate audiences and astutely curated premieres. An in-demand destination for film lovers, drawn by unmatched locale and a diverse program of mainstream studio features and new visions from independent voices from around the world, MVFF also hosts an exciting array of filmmaker and industry conversations, panels, parties and live music performances."

Opening Night Film:

Thursday, October 4th


The Mill Valley Film Festival announces the first of two official Opening Night films for 2018, Aviron Pictures’ A Private War, based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our era. Attending the Opening Night festivities will be Academy Award nominee and critically acclaimed director Matthew Heineman and Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike.

In a career-defining performance, Rosamund Pike transforms herself into famed war correspondent Marie Colvin in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s narrative debut. Spanning nearly two decades, this harrowing docudrama showcases the fearless dedication that pushes Colvin to the top of her male-dominated field—a singular passion that jeopardizes her personal relationships and her own health. A Private War also stars Stanley Tucci, Jamie Dornan and Tom Hollander.

Spotlight Presentation:

Friday, October 5th

MVFF SPOTLIGHT presentation on IFC Films’ WILDLIFE, featuring an onstage conversation with writer/director PAUL DANO and star CAREY MULLIGAN. The MVFF award is being presented in acknowledgement of the creative collaboration between Dano and Mulligan.

The conversation will explore the director-actor relationship, and how they work together to distill the anatomy of the creative process that leads to great onscreen performances.

WILDLIFE is the directorial debut of Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick). Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (Mudbound, An Education) delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, Wildlife commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage.


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  1. Lark Theater 549 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA
  2. CineArts Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA
  3. Smith Rafael Film Center 1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
  4. Century Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA