Spotlight films include 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, an AIDS-themed story set in the 1980s & starring Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto, & Effie Gray, starring Dakota Fanning. Ms. Fanning, all of 19 years old, will receive a festival award. The 80-year-old Costa-Gavras will receive a tribute & be interviewed on stage by Peter Coyote. Closing night will be Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, with Mr. Stiller in attendance. The festival program also encompasses documentaries, shorts & children's films, as well as a 30th anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi.
The press conference included a demonstration of the immersive Dolby Atmos sound system, & we saw a preview screening of Michele Josue's documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, which premieres at the festival on October 4th.
§ Mill Valley Film Festival 36
October 3 - 13, 2013