20th Century Women


Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 13, 2016 7:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 16, 2016 8:15 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Screening
Running Time:110 min.
Director:Mike Mills
Producer:Megan Ellison
Anne Carey
Youree Henley
Screenwriter:Mike Mills
Cinematographer:Sean Porter
Editor:Mark Bennett
Laura Rosenthal
Cast:Annette Bening
Greta Gerwig
Elle Fanning
Billy Crudup
Print Source:A24
Note Writer:Atissa Manshouri


In a beguiling style that evokes the French New Wave by way of Judy Blume and Talking Heads, writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners) brings to vivid life three thoroughly modern women and the young man they hope to influence. On the cusp of a new decade and a new era in sexual politics, fiercely independent single mother Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) enlists Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and Julie (Elle Fanning) to help raise her teenage son in hopes that he might someday grow into a man who truly understands women. A decidedly unglamorous, late-‘70s Santa Barbara serves as backdrop to this tender, often funny look at women lurching towards happiness in an age of unprecedented freedom and confusion. Under a near-constant cloud of Salem Menthol smoke, Dorothea is both radiant and infuriating in her refusal to be categorized. Abbie and Julie are equally complex: at once innocent and jaded, full of rage and full of wonder.

Our Centerpiece Ensemble Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with the director and cast members of 20th Century Women, a screening of the film, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. For the first time, the MVFF Award will be given in recognition of the incredible cast and their work as an ensemble under Mike Mills’ inspired direction.

Guests: Mike Mills, Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann

Centerpiece Ensemble Spotlight Sponsor:

Centerpiece Spotlight Reception
9:00pm–11:00pm | Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres

152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley

Additional Information

Writer & Director Mike Mills
Mike Mills (Director, Writer) was born in Berkeley, California in 1966. He graduated from Cooper Union in 1989. Mills works as a filmmaker, graphic designer, and artist. Mills is best known for his acclaimed and multiple award-winning films independent films Beginners (2011) and Thumbsucker (2005) as well as his exhibitions at the Alleged Gallery, which were documented in the book, exhibition and film Beautiful Losers. His short films include The Architecture of Reassurance, Paperboys (2001), Deformer (2000), and Eating, Sleeping, Waiting, and Playing (2003) which have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, The New York Museum of Modern Art New Directors New Films, and Rotterdam International Film Fest. Mike is known for his music video work for artists such as Air, Moby, Blonde Redhead, Yoko Ono, and Pulp. His commercial work for Cisco, Nike, Volkswagen, Old Spice, and others have won multiple awards.