August: Osage County

Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:118
Director:John Wells
Screenwriter:Tracy Letts
Cinematographer:Adriano Goldman
Editor:Stephen Mirrione
Cast:Meryl Streep
Julia Roberts
Ewan McGregor
Chris Cooper
Benedict Cumberbatch
Abigail Breslin


US Premiere

Join us for a special Centerpiece-Spotlight featuring director John Wells and the screening of August: Osage County. John Wells will be presented with the MVFF Award, designed by acclaimed Mill Valley artist Alice Corning. After the program, join us for a reception at Pizza Antica (800 Redwood Highway, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley).

A missing patriarch, welling family secrets, and a take-no-prisoners approach to din- ner table conversation roil the Weston family household one fateful August in Osage County, Oklahoma, as a dream cast brings Tracy Letts’ witty and stirring Pulitzer Prize–winning play to the big screen. As matriarch Violet (Meryl Streep) oversees the reunion of her children in the wake of a family crisis, shocking and hilarious truths make their way to the surface. Each of the three Weston siblings comes with her own emotional baggage: Barbara (Julia Roberts) and her husband are navigating splitting up; Karen (Juliette Lewis) has the latest of her sleazy serial fiancés in tow; and stay-at-home Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) discloses a clandestine love that causes waves of disapproval. Both fiercely funny and disarmingly poignant, August: Osage County is a rollercoaster ride of dysfunction, revealing a new indiscretion at every turn. Powered by extraordinary performances—notably Rob- erts as the perfect foil to Streep’s Violet— it’s a breathtaking ride.  

—Zoë Elton



John Wells wears many hats, and shines in each of them. As the creative force behind some of the most memorable and successful television series to ever hit primetime—ER, The West Wing, Third Watch and Shameless (with ER alone garnering a record-breaking 122 Emmy nominations)—Wells is a vastly influential producer. Film credits include Carroll Ballard’s Duma, Peter Kominsky’s White Oleander, Neil Jordan’s The Good Thief, Andrzej Bartkowiak’s Doom and Michael Mayer’s A Home at the End of the World. And he served as executive producer for, to name just a few, Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven and I'm Not There, Robert Altman’s The Company and John Waters A Dirty Shame. A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, Wells made his debut as a feature filmmaker in 2010 with The Company Men, which he wrote and directed as well as produced, and which starred Ben Affleck. Wells is also a labor leader, serving as the president of the Writers Guild of America, West from 1999 to 2001 and again from 2009 to 2011.