Tag Archive: Mill Valley Film Festival

Review: Yosemite (Demeestere, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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  I’ve long looked for an excuse to read James Franco‘s writings, and now the Mill Valley Film Festival has provided one. Yosemite, based on two stories in Franco’s collection A California Childhood,… Continue reading

Review: Mardan (Ghobadi, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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As a child playing by the river, Mardan (Hossein Hasan) witnesses his younger brother gang-raped and then killed by a group of men. Now a corrupt police officer in the same region of… Continue reading

Review: Nena (Diesing, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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It is 1989 (again!) in the Netherlands. Nena (the lovely Abbey Hoes) is in high school. She listens to punk rock, makes snarky comments, and falls in love with Carlo (Gijs Blom), the… Continue reading

Review: The Pawn (Delaloye, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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Many in the U.S. will remember the recent controversy over the waves of child migrants fleeing violence in Central America and seeking refuge here. Director Jean-Cosme Delaloye‘s takes a personal look at the source… Continue reading

Review: Princess (Shalom-Ezer, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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Filmmaker Tali Shalom-Ezer‘s sophomore feature Princess is hands down one of the most compelling films I’ve seen in recent memory. Shira Haas is brilliant as Adar, a feisty and precocious pre-adolescent. Adar regularly… Continue reading

Review: Amnesia (Schroeder, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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When I visited Berlin in 2011, I was struck by how much World War II was still very much in the public consciousness of the country. One woman I  met in a professional… Continue reading

Review: The Girl in the Book (Cohn, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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In The Girl in the Book, Alice Harvey (Emily VanCamp as adult Alice, Ana Mulvoy-Ten as young Alice) is a downtrodden assistant editor who, in addition to working the slush pile at her publishing… Continue reading

Review: Soleils (Delahaye & Kouyaté, 2014) – MVFF 2014

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Soleils, the other movie I saw at the Mill Valley Film Festival this past Saturday, is a French-language joint collaboration between French director Olivier Delahaye and Burkina Fasan director Dani Kouyaté. Though the African… Continue reading

Review: 10,000 KM (Marques-Marcet, 2014) – MVFF 2014

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I had the good fortune of catching two movies at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Saturday, October 11th. Mill Valley is a quaint, sleepy sort of town, but the festival itself (with… Continue reading