Oct. 16--The 36th Mill Valley Film Festival set a new attendance record with more than 60,000 tickets sold, 20 percent more than the previous year, festival organizers announced Wednesday.
The 11-day festival showcased more than 150 films, including 69 premieres and 125 sellouts. It closed Sunday with Ben Stiller on hand for a screening of his new movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." "The breadth and depth of the programming really stood out in what was a landmark year," festival founder and executive director Mark Fishkin said in a press release.
Screenings included seven official submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for best foreign language film, including Argentina's "The German Doctor," Australia's "The Rocket," Cambodia's "The Missing Picture," Chad's "Grigris," Iran's "The Past" and Poland's "Walesa: Man of Hope."
Two documentary shorts that have been short-listed for Oscars, "Facing Fear" by Berkeley director Jason Cohn and "Slomo" by San Francisco director Joshua Izenberg, were premiered at the festival.
Festival-goers voted for their favorite movies in various categories with "12 Years a Slave" winning as "overall favorite." The other American winners are: "The Book Thief," U.S. cinema; "Dallas Buyers Club," U.S. cinema runner up; "The Retrieval," U.S. cinema independent; "Redemption Trail," U.S. indie runner up.
Others are "Philomena," world cinema; "One Chance," world cinema runner up; "Cheba," world cinema independent; "The Rocket," world cinema indie runner up; "This Ain't No Mouse Music!," documentary; "Keeper of the Beat," documentary runner up; "All Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine," active cinema; "Toxic Hot Seat," active runner up; "Contest," children's feature; "The Shark Riddle," children's special screening; "The Wind Rises," animation; "Generation War," special screening, and "Pico," experimental.
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