Returning for its 37th year, the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF), presented annually by the California Film Institute (CFI), will be held Thursday, October 2 – Sunday, October 12. Internationally recognized for showcasing the best in independent and world cinema, every fall thousands of festival attendees flock to Marin County for 11 days of films, panel discussions, and musical performances. The Mill Valley Film Festival provides attendees with a chance to catch an early glimpse of Academy Award® contenders and discover some of the best films from around the world. Five out of the last six Academy Award winners for Best Picture (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE ARTIST, ARGO and 12 YEARS A SLAVE) made their Bay Area premieres at the Festival.
The Mill Valley Film Festival confirms three critically acclaimed feature films set to appear in the World Cinema line-up. The complete schedule for the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival will be announced and available online at www.MVFF.com on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
Early confirmed World Cinema films for the 2014 MVFF include:
Charlie’s Country/Australia (Director and Screenwriter: Rolf de Heer, Screenwriter: David Gulpilil)—This third collaboration between de Heer and actor David Gulpilil extends the director’s commitment to exploring Australian Aboriginal culture. 'It’s the most affecting depiction of contemporary Aboriginal experience since Sampson & Delilah' (The Hollywood Reporter). Actor and Screenwriter David Gulpilil took home the Un Certain Regard award for Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Cast: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Jennifer Budukpuduk and Peter Minygululu.
Diplomacy/France (Director and Screenwriter: Volker Schlöndorff, Screenwriter: Cyril Gely)—The big screen adaptation of the theater play of the same name by Cyril Gely. A historical drama that depicts the relationship between Dietrich Von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul general Raoul Nordling. (IMDb) originally premiered in The Berlin International Film Festival’s Special Gala section. Cast: André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaussner, Robert Stadlober and Charlie Nelson.
Timbuktu/France (Director and Screenwriter: Abderrahmane Sissako, Screenwriter: Kessan Tall)— Recounting events influenced by a public stoning of an unmarried couple, the film takes place during the Jihadist take over in Mali in 2012. The film premiered in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Francois Chalais Prize. Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Kettly Noël and Hichem Yacoubi.