Opening Night: The Book Thief

Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Events
Running Time:125
Director:Brian Percival
Producer:Ken Blancato
Screenwriter:Markus Zusak
Michael Petroni
Cinematographer:Florian Ballhaus
Editor:John Wilson
Cast:Sophie Nélisse
Geoffrey Rush
Emily Watson


View Trailer HERE


SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: Brian Percival, Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse

OPENING NIGHT GALA, Follows the Opening Night Screenings, 9:30 pm to midnight, Corte Madera Town Center

Join us at Corte Madera Town Center for a sensational party! Enjoy delicious offerings provided by Balboa Café, Big Jim's BBQ, Champagne Bakery, Il Fornaio, Judy's Breadsticks, KIND, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Teacake Bake Shop and The Counter. Luscious libations from our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company and Northern Sonoma wines courtesy of WIne Road are a perfect complement to the scrumptious spread. Get your party on to the infectious rhythms of James Henry- Hands on Fire, or groove to the tunes spun by DJs Richard Habib and Marija Dunn. See you there! 

A stellar cast including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson brings to life the tale of a young girl who discovers that stories have extraordinary power to sustain the human spirit. Based on Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel, the film gives new talent Sophie Nélisse the opportunity to shine in the lead role. In 1938, near Munich, Rosa and Hans Hubermann take in nine-year-old Liesel. Kind Hans bonds with his foster daughter through their shared love of words as he teaches her to read her first book. Into this sphere of warmth and safety, amid the turmoil of Nazi Germany, comes Max, the Jewish son of Hans’s World War I comrade. Confined to the basement, Max asks Liesel each day to describe the outside world, encouraging her to make words her own as she grows into a young woman and a storyteller. This beautiful film is full of contrasts, balancing the innocent joys of childhood against the horrendous realities of a world at war.

Also on Opening Night, MVFF will launch an art exhibition curated by Carly Ivan Garcia and Justin Giarla of White Walls and Shooting Gallery and featuring stunning works by cutting-edge contemporary artists including Akira Beard, Carly Ivan Garcia, Greg Gossel, Greg Haberny, Robert D. Harris, Chad Hasegawa, Ferris Plock, Andrea Stanislav and Justin Orvis Steimer. The exhibition will be open for view throughout the Festival at the Smith Rafael Film Center.   

Additional Information

BRIAN PERCIVAL (DIRECTOR) has been honored three times by the British Academy of Film & Television.  He won his most recent BAFTA TV Award for his work on the multi award winning and much loved British television drama Downton Abbey, on which he collaborated with writer Julian Fellowes creating the look and approach, and directing six episodes between 2010-2012, as well as the Christmas Special in 2011.  Percival also won the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Downtown Abbey, and in 2012 received another Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.