MVFF opens with two films on October 3, and runs 11 days.
As in past years, several tributes, and spotlights are scheduled. Director Costa-Gavras, actors Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Dakota Fanning (Effie Gray), and musicians Thomas Dolby and Mike Bloomfield will all be honored this year.
Having long ago disproved skeptics who wondered if an impossibly adorable, preternaturally confident one-time child star could survive the vagaries of the industry—let alone adolescence—unscathed, Dakota Fanning now shines as an even more accomplished young adult poised on the cusp of thespian greatness. From her breakout appearance at age nine in I Am Sam (for which she became the youngest-ever Screen Actors Guild Award nominee), through expert performances in Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, The Runaways, the Twilight series and The Secret Life of Bees (MVFF, 2008) to a full- fledged leading-lady role in this year’s Festival highlight Effie Gray, Fanning has demonstrated impressive range and an admirable willingness to subvert her good-girl image (as in The Motel Life, also screening this year; see page 50). With spectacular acting chops and a mature perspective that belie her youth, Fanning is no doubt one of her generation’s major talents.
Director: Richard Laxton
Based on true events that scandalized aristocratic circles of the Victorian era, and penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson, this sumptuous cinematic portrait explores the curiously brief marriage and abrupt annulment of famed art critic John Ruskin and his ethereal child bride, Effie Gray, played by a mesmerizing Dakota Fanning. Click here to read more about, and get tickets to see Effie Gray.
Join us for a Spotlight program featuring a conversation with Dakota Fanning and a screening of Effie Gray.
Miss. Fanning Will be presented with the MVFF Award, designed by acclaimed Mill Valley artist Alice Corning. After the program, join us at Frantoio Ristorante and Olive Oil Co., one of Marin's Premiere dining destinations.
Saturday, October 12 • 6:30 PM
Cristopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Program and Reception: $85. General / $75. Members
Program Only: $45. General / $40. Members