Are you ready for another fun year at the Mill Valley Film Festival? The film festival runs for 10 days, October 6th – 16th. Did you attend last year? I did and it was a blast. Not only do you get to connect to with other film festival fans you can connect with the filmmakers as well.
Have you looked at the Mill Valley Film Festival schedule? They have always a great line up of films but don’t be shy they have a great music selection too. Make sure you leave time to hear and see the live bands.
We created a list of films that you might enjoy.
5 Films Not to Miss
Astrid (Julia Jentsch), a Cabaret performer is six months pregnant and receives dreadful news that her unborn child will be severely disabled. Astrid and her husband take time to process what is the right thing to do for their family and unborn child. The film is about Astrid’s journey in this pregnancy.
Showtimes: Friday,October 14th @ 6pm and Sunday, October 16th @ 2pm
Lupe Under the Sun
Who is Lupe? Lupe is a migrant worker from Mexico. He works in Central California picking peaches while trying to find relief from his aching back. How the vision of the American Dream is tangled in a web and how going back to family in Mexico can be hard. Lupe wants to go home before it’s to late. What and where is home?
Show times: October 13th @6pm and Saturday, October 15th @ 5:45
Mom and Other Loonies in the Family
This has to be one of my favourites. Don’t we all have a ‘loonie’ in the family? We just hope other family members don’t point to us? Mom and Other Loonies in the Family is a Hungarian film directed by Ibolya Fekete . It is the story that surpasses 4 generations of ‘loonies’ in 20th century Hungary. The mom is 92 and relives episodes in her life and shares experiences with her daughter.
What I love about this movie is how the scenes can phase out from conversations between mother and daughter seamlessly. What about the costumes throughout the 20th century? What did the women wear?
Do you have any family members reaching that age and remember those days like it was yesterday? No not talking about remembering yesterday but “Did I ever tell you..”. My oldest relative is barely 80 so they don’t quiet fit that category of 90’s.
Monday Nights at Seven
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Monday Nights at Seven. Their world premier is happening at Mill Valley Film Festival. In 2013 Monday Nights at Seven was unable to reach their goal on Kickstarter. Wow, but look at the where the film landed for it’s world premier.
Why should you watch Monday Nights at Seven? Do you like MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)? It is more than an experience in MMA but a lesson in neorealism and the courage to move past your fears. What is holding you back? Illusions, fear or something else.
If you are anywhere near Mill Valley (North of San Francisco), take the first step and celebrate the cast/crew their world premiere. Are you ready to see what the fuss is about?
LA LA Land
Raise your hand if you love a good musical? I do. Yes, I do! When I first saw this image of these two characters dancing I thought to myself “Singing in the Rain”. No, no it’s called La La Land? For those of you who English is not your mother tongue, “La La Land” means they are in their dream world. Use it in a sentence? Oh look at her she’s in La La Land.
What is she dreaming about? Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress in Los Angeles in between rushing from audition to audition she works at the Warner Bros. lot pouring coffee. Sound familiar? No not to me I am not an actress. Who is the love interest? Ryan Gosling, yes you know him from The Notebook. Looks like he can both sing and dance. You want proof? La La Land is opening the Mill Valley Film Festival 2016. There you have it another Oscar nomination.
Film makers take note: Is your goal to have your film at Mill Valley Film Festival? I heard they love world premieres. If you already had your world premier set your eyes on a North American premiere with Mill Valley Film Festival. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.