Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, Mark Fishkin has shepherded this once small, three-day showcase into an eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world in an engaged, community setting.
The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, along side high-profile and prestigious award contenders.
Each year the festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries. Screening sections include World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Festival guests also enjoy Tributes, Spotlights and Galas throughout.
The relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere surrounding MVFF, gives filmmakers and audiences alike the opportunity to share their work and experiences in a collaborative and convivial setting.
Films in french on the MVFF 2016
L’Avenir (Things to Come)
This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival presents L’Avenir (Things to Come). The latest from Mia Hansen-Løve confirms not only that she is one of the most exciting auteurs working today; it’s also a gift to star Isabelle Huppert, who delivers her most heartfelt, haughty, and emotionally headstrong performance in years as a tough-cookie philosophy professor in the midst of a crisis of confidence.
Sequoia Theater (Mill Valley) – Oct. 11 at 8 PM
Sequoia – Oct. 13 at 3:15 PM
Maman A Tort (Mum is Wrong)
This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival presents Maman A Tort (Mum is Wrong). Director Marc Fitoussi’s (Copacabana) female coming-of-age drama for the 21st century globalized world journeys into the heart of modern corporate greed and explores its corrosive impact on our lives, through the lens of 14-year-old Anouk and her mom. Director Marc Fitoussi will be in attendance.
Sequoia Theater (Mill Valley) – Oct. 14 at 3:15 PM
Rafael Theater (San Rafael) – Oct. 15 at 10:45 AM
This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival presents Frantz. In François Ozon’s elegant, stylish WWI-era period drama, appearances—and disappearances—are deceptive. Pierre Niney stars as a mysterious, seductive young Frenchman who insinuates himself into the life of a German family, grief-stricken over the recent loss of their beloved son Frantz in the trenches of battle.
Rafael Theater (San Rafael) – Oct. 7 at 8:30 PM
Larkspur Theater (Larkspur) – Oct. 14 at 8:45 PM