Day of the Fight - Mill Valley Film Festival

Independent film gets a key timeslot at the upcoming Mill Valley Film Festival.

Organizers announced that Day of the Fight (2023) will open MVFF46 on Thursday, October 5. The even marks the North American premiere of director Jack Huston’s unique and delicate take on the world of boxing — “replacing violence and brutality with tenderness and sensitivity.”

Michael Pitt stars as Mikey Flannigan, a former middleweight champ, with co-stars Nicolette Robinson as his estranged lover, Ron Perlman as his coach, and Joe Pesci as his ailing dad.

Tickets are now available and start at $65 for the film only ($60 for CAFILM members), and $130 for the film and afterparty ($115).

Opening night for the 46th edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival takes place at the CinéArts Sequoia (Mill Valley) and Smith Rafael Film Center (San Rafael).

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In opening remarks executive director and festival founder Mark Fishkin said, “After three years, we are still dealing with the ramifications of COVID that so affected our movie-going habits. Yes, I remain optimistic that there is an appetite for arthouse and independent fare. Film Festivals, Mill Valley in particular, are here to satisfy that hunger.”

MVFF46 features 148 films from 41 different counties. Per the announcement, this year’s edition includes 56 premieres, 86 feature films and 62 shorts.

Mill Valley Film Festival 46 2023 guide events films

In addition, there are several notable screenings, events and tributes including:

  • Screening: The Zone of Interest, director Jonathan Glazer
  • Screening: Fast Charlie, director Phillip Noyce
  • Tribute: Lynn Hershman Leeson
  • Spotlight: director George C. Wolfe, Rustin
  • Spotlight: director Jeff Nichols, The Bikeriders
  • Spotlight: filmmaker Emarald Fennell, Saltburn
  • Centrepiece: director Cord Jefferson, American Fiction
  • Centrepiece: director Sofia Coppola, Priscilla
  • Tribute: Todd Haynes and Christine Vachon, May December
  • Directors Night: director Erica Tremblay, Fancy Dance
  • Directors Night: directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Nyad

Maestro, directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and co-starring Carey Mulligan caps the festival with a closing night screening scheduled for Sunday, October 15.


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All told there are seven venues hosting screenings and events so be sure to checkout the MVFF guide and web site so you know which one to attend.

Mill Valley Film Festival runs from October 5 – 15, 2023.

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