Closing Night: Wild

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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Special Event
Running Time:120
Director:Jean-Marc Vallée
Producer:Reese Witherspoon
Bruna Papandrea
Screenwriter:Nick Hornby
based on story by Cheryl Strayed
Cinematographer:Yves Bélanger
Editor:Martin Pensa
Cast:Reese Witherspoon
Gaby Hoffmann
Laura Dern
Michael Huisman
Print Source:Fox Searchlight Pictures
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


Featuring a conversation with special guest, Laura Dern 
The Mill Valley Film Festival Award will be presented to Laura Dern by Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E, A Bug's Life)

Plus a screening of Disney Pixar's new short LAVA !

Closing Night Party at Maple Lawn Estate at the Elks Lodge. Celebrate the grand finale of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival with us! Immediately following the screenings, celebrate the grand finale of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival. Enjoy live music on the terrace or a martini in the Drake Room bar. Sol Food, Theresa & Johnny’s Comfort Food, Big Jim’s BBQ, and West End Cafe are just a few of the wonderful caterers for this special evening.

Since the mid-1980s, Laura Dern has been engaging audiences with her entirely unique and wholly authentic screen presence. The daughter of celebrated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd has made her mark several times over in such films as Mask, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose, Jurassic Park, and Citizen Ruth, among many others. She has garnered her most recent accolades for her Golden Globe winning work on the critically praised HBO series Enlightened. Her career continues to soar with recent cinematic hits The Master and The Fault in Our Stars, as well as her latest role in the buzzy new release, Wild.

A grieving woman alone in the wilderness with ill-fitting boots and one enormous backpack: not an ideal way to begin a solo 1,100-mile journey. But that’s just how Cheryl Strayed set off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and how her harrowing, triumphant story begins on screen. Reese Witherspoon portrays Strayed, who, after the death of her mother (a radiant Laura Dern), spent years struggling with depression and self-destructive behavior. Walking alone allows her no distractions, no way to avoid her memories; she walks not to escape her past but to accept it, and to heal herself through extreme exertion, solitude, and self-reliance. Witherspoon optioned the film rights to Strayed’s best-selling memoir before the book was published, and her dedication shows in her remarkable performance, captured in Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Dallas Buyers Club, MVFF 2013) insightful direction.

Sponsored by Jackson Square Partners

Included Shorts

Lava (7min) More