"Nebraska" tells the story of a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) who thinks he’s struck it rich after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.
Based on a script by Bob Nelson, "Nebraska" was shot in black and white across four states by Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael.
The road trip film examines family life in the heartland of America. It stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk.
Payne's films "Sideways" (2004) and "The Descendants" (2011) won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director. Four of his six feature films were filmed in Nebraska.
British Academy of Film & Television award winning director Brian Percival's adaptation of Markus Zusak's best-selling novel "The Book Thief" will also screen opening night.
Featuring a stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, the film brings to life the tale of a young German girl, played by Sophie Nélisse, who discovers that stories have extraordinary power to sustain the human spirit.
Percival is best known for his work on the multi-award winning British television drama "Downton Abbey."
Also on Opening Night, MVFF will launch an art exhibition curated by Carly Ivan Garcia and Justin Giarla of White Walls and Shooting Gallery and featuring stunning works by cutting-edge contemporary artists including Akira Beard, Carly Ivan Garcia, Greg Gossel, Greg Haberny, Robert D. Harris, Chad Hasegawa, Ferris Plock, Andrea Stanislav and Justin Orvis Steimer.
The exhibition will be open for view throughout the Festival at the Smith Rafael Film Center.
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