Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 14, 2017 9:15 PM
Film Info
Category:Big Nights
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:115 min.
Director:Todd Haynes
Producer:Christine Vachon
Pamela Koffler
John Sloss
Screenwriter:Brian Selznick
Cinematographer:Ed Lachman
Editor:Affonso Goncalves
Cast:Oakes Fegley
Julianne Moore
Michelle Williams
Millicent Simmonds
Jaden Michael
Tom Noonan
Print Source:Roadside Attractions
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


TRIBUTE TO TODD HAYNES. Ben and Rose are children who live in eras 50 years apart; each has a secret wish that propels their stories in Todd Haynes’ (Carol, MVFF 2015) exquisite rendering of Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel. In rural Minnesota, Ben (Oakes Fegley, Pete’s Dragon) dreams of wolves and seeks clues about the identity of his father. In Hoboken, NJ, Rose (marvelous newcomer Millicent Simmonds) immerses herself in the movies of charismatic Lillian Mayhew (Julianne Moore, a beautiful nod to Lillian Gish). Each is deaf; each sets out on a quest that leads them to New York, with the American Museum of Natural History a common backdrop. It’s perfect territory for Haynes’s rich cinematic senses: The vibrant color and swagger of 1977 New York is evoked to perfection by Ed Lachman’s cinematography; Cartwell Burwell’s score is terrific. Wonderstruck is striking and wonder-filled, and confirms Haynes as one of the most important artists of his generation.

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Our Tribute program will feature an onstage conversation with Todd Haynes, a screening of Wonderstruck, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Green Chile Kitchen in San Rafael.

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Considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement and auteur of outstanding American independent films, celebrated director, producer and screenwriter Todd Haynes has contributed uniquely beautiful, provocative and empathetic films to the cinematic canon, including Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There (MVFF 2007), Mildred Pierce and Carol (MVFF 2015), all of which have garnered widespread critical acclaim and multiple nominations and awards. Nominated for the Palme d'Or, Haynes latest feature film Wonderstuck, makes its California premiere at MVFF40.