Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 1:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Big Nights
Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:134 min.
Director:Dee Rees
Producer:Sally Jo Effenson
Cassian Elwes
Carl Effenson
Screenwriter:Dee Rees
Virgil Williams
Cinematographer:Rachel Morrison
Editor:Mako Kamitsuna
Cast:Carey Mulligan
Jason Clarke
Jason Mitchell
Mary J. Blige
Rob Morgan
Jonathan Banks
Garrett Hedlund
Print Source:Netflix


SPOTLIGHT ON DEE REES. Dee Rees (Pariah) further establishes herself as a director of the first order with this remarkable tale, based on Hilary Jordan’s potent novel, of two families whose lives fatefully intertwine in the Jim Crow South. In the wake of World War II, two veterans (Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell) and the loved ones they return home to (Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige) forge tenuous friendships despite the deeply entrenched racial tensions that still seethe in their small Mississippi town. Employing themes and multiple narrators that evoke the sophistication and insight of Faulkner, Rees brilliantly conveys a story that’s epic in its scale but still intimate in its characterizations. With terrific support from Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks, and Rob Morgan, and painterly images by cinematographer Rachel Morrison perfectly capturing the period, Mudbound is steeped in history, tragedy, and the promise of reconciliation that still resonates today.

Our Spotlight program will feature an onstage conversation with Dee Rees, a screening of Mudbound, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.



Additional Information

Powerhouse director and screenwriter Dee Rees exploded onto the American independent film scene in 2011 with her feature film Pariah, garnering mass critical acclaim, seven NAACP Image Awards nominations and multiple awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards and GLAAD Media Awards. In 2015, she wrote and directed the Emmy-Award winning HBO film Bessie, which received twelve Emmy nominations and four Critics’ Choice Awards, in addition to Directing Awards from the DGA and NAACP. Her latest film to set critics abuzz, Mudbound, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and makes its Bay Area bow at MVFF40.