The 40th annual Mill Valley Film Festival wrapped up on the weekend with ceremony. Dee Rees‘ period drama “Mudbound” won the overall audience award. In making the announcement, festival founder and director Mark Fishkin said, “So how does one approach a milestone like 40 years? By doing what we have done for the last four decades; presenting the best films coupled with artists at the festival that have distinguished themselves and by introducing new talent from the bay of San Francisco to across the globe.”
The festival also recognizes American and international productions in separate categories. Among domestic fare, Aaron Sorkin‘s biopic “Molly’s Game” won gold while Greta Gerwig‘s autobiographical “Lady Bird” took silver. On the international front “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” Simon Curtis‘ tribute to “Winnie the Pooh” creator A.A. Milne, claimed the gold and Claus Rafle‘s “The Invisibles” won silver.
Likewise, independent films are split into geographic divisions with Santiago Rizzo‘s “Quest” winning gold on the American side and Jessica M. Thompson‘s “The Light of the Moon” got the silver. From the international entries, Jean van de Velde‘s “An Act of Defiance” prevailed and Petra Volpe‘s “The Divine Order” was the runner-up.
The top documentary feature was Kate Webber‘s “Kim Swim” and the silver medal went to Madeleine Gavin‘s “City of Joy.” And honorary Oscar recipient Agnes Varda was honored with the Mind the Gap award for “Faces Places.”
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