Mill Valley Film Festival opens tomorrow with ‘Conviction’ and ‘The King’s Speech’

    “For the last 33 years, the California Film Institute’s Mill Valley Film Festival has made San Francisco and the Bay Area a destination for tourists, film enthusiasts, and filmmakers" - Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, is one of two films opening the Mill Valley Film Festival
    Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, is one of two films opening the Mill Valley Film Festival
    Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, is one of two films opening the Mill Valley Film Festival
    Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, is one of two films opening the Mill Valley Film Festival

    The 33rd Mill Valley Film Festival opens tomorrow (Thu Oct 7) with two strong pictures based on true stories. Conviction, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, is the heroic true story of Betty Anne Waters, a high school dropout who transformed herself to try to save her brother from a life in prison. The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, tells the story of an inveterate stutterer, King George VI, and his unconventional speech therapist. The film has been receiving early Oscar buzz; you can read Clint’s early take and a MVFF preview here.

    MVFF runs for 10 days from October 7 – 17 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael) and other venues throughout the Bay Area. Tickets are $12.50 (CFI Members, $10) unless otherwise noted and may be purchased online at mvff.com. For additional information, please visit mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF.

    “For the last 33 years, the California Film Institute’s Mill Valley Film Festival has made San Francisco and the Bay Area a destination for tourists, film enthusiasts, and filmmakers from all over the world to celebrate outstanding cinema. As a result, Bay Area residents are able to enjoy this world-renowned festival, which highlights our region’s film talent and includes the Children’s FilmFest in support of San Francisco’s schools.” – Mayor Gavin Newsom, City of San Francisco.

    Closing Night at the Festival will feature a special screening of the U.S. premiere THE DEBT starring Jessica Chastain, who is expected to be in attendance. Helen Mirren (MVFF Tribute 2006) and Sam Worthington also star in this fast-moving, knock-your-socks-off ensemble thriller. After the film, the Closing Night festivities will take place at Kerner Optical, which was the former home of George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic complete with music by Califone.

    2010 Mill Valley Film Festival – PREMIERES LIST

    World
    Atomic Mom
    Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon & Dorothea Lange
    Cut Poison Burn
    Food Stamped
    Lesson Plan: The Story of the Third Wave
    MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
    Niger ’66, A Peace Corps Diary
    Opal
    Sand
    Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm
    To Educate a Girl
    TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

    North American
    Dumas
    From a Whisper
    The Indian
    Julia’s Disappearance
    Mr. Bjarnfredarson
    Sebbe
    Twigson

    US
    The Child Prodigy
    The Debt
    Estigmas
    The King’s Speech
    Leave Them Laughing
    Love Crime
    Made in Dagenham
    Miral
    The Most Important Thing in Life Is Not Being Dead
    Queen of Hearts
    Tehran Tehran
    Themba – A Boy Called Hope

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