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5@5 Circle Game

“And the seasons they go round and round, and the painted ponies go up and down. We're captive on the carousel of time.” This year’s animated shorts program contains a diverse set of subjects and whimsical, macabre stories. Tupelo (US 2018, 4 min) and Good Advice (US 2018, 4 min), a pair of shorts from the ever-astounding and prolific Bill Plympton’s latest collection, The Modern Lives, offer the director’s signature animation style set to the music of former Black Crowes member Jackie Greene. Alexandra Lemay’s Freaks of Nurture (Canada 2017, 7 min) dives into the complex, overlooked struggle of mother versus daughter, while Héctor Dávila Cabrera’s Last Stop (Última estación) (Mexico 2017, 6 min) travels by bus to find chili-spiced chicken parts. Ri Crawford’s The Moon’s Milk (US 2018, 14 min) plunders the skies via a motley crew voiced by Tom Waits. Alexandra Castellanos Solís’ Poliangular (Mexico 2017, 8 min) morphs characters a
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 6:15 PM
Thu, Oct 11, 2018 6:15 PM
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The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

A warm-hearted, French charmer with Looney Tunes flair from members of the Oscar®-nominated team behind Ernest & Célestine (presented here in English and featuring a stellar British vocal cast), The Big Bad Fox delivers a trio of winning comedic tales set on an idyllic country farm. Well, it would be idyllic except for its quirky, perfectly inept assemblage of bickering animals who never met a plan that didn’t go awry. In “Baby Delivery,” Pig, Rabbit, and Duck must deliver a newborn after Stork falls down on the job (literally). The tables also turn—not once or twice but constantly—in “The Big Bad Fox” and “Saving Christmas,” where Fox is the Rodney Dangerfield of predators, and Christmas doesn’t really need saving… until it does. Beneath all the hijinks in The Big Bad Fox lies a heartfelt message: Love and good intentions always triumph over our inevitable limitations and dim-bulb pratfalls.
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 10:15 AM
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 12:30 PM
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Chris the Swiss

After a Swiss journalist is found dead wearing the uniform of a right-wing paramilitary unit during the Balkan Wars in the early 1990s, more questions than answers surface about his murder. Using leftover notebooks, archival news footage, and recollections of colleagues and family members, Anja Kofmel traces her cousin Christian Würtenberg’s mysterious transformation from idealistic war correspondent to doomed mercenary. Animated black-and-white drawings are cut expertly into the documentary footage, providing a heartfelt portrait of the adventurous young man Kofmel remembers from childhood as well as filling in visuals for the unknowable parts of his story. Kofmel does not flinch from the intensity of the conflagration nor Würtenberg’s dubious role in it, but with deft direction, she pulls her lens wide enough to reveal the hazards of front-line journalism and the irrevocable price of getting too deeply involved in the story.
Fri, Oct 12, 2018 2:45 PM
Sat, Oct 13, 2018 7:30 PM
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Únete a nosotros para una gran fiesta para dar comienzo al programa especial de ¡Viva el Cine! del MVFF41 con la primera proyección en Marin de Coco, uno de los favoritos de la familia Pixar en español (con subtítulos en inglés). Ven temprano, habrá: pintura facial del Día de Muertos, churros frescos y chocolate, y un mariachi en vivo. Luego acomódate para disfrutar de la colorida historia de un niño mexicano que viaja a la Tierra de los Muertos para encontrar a sus antepasados y la fuente de su profundo amor—y la razón del desdén de su familia—por la música. Join us for a special fiesta to kick off MVFF41’s ¡Viva el Cine! program, with the first Marin screening of this Oscar®-winning Pixar family favorite in Spanish (with English subtitles). Come early for Day of the Dead face painting, fresh churros and chocolate, and live mariachi music. Then settle in to enjoy the colorful story of a young Mexican boy’s journey to the Land of the Dead to find his ancestors and the source of
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 11:00 AM
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Seder Masochism

A disco-dancing Pharaoh, a crooning Angel of Death, Moses and his chorus line of dancing rams. This isn’t your bubbe’s Passover Seder. The long-awaited second feature from visionary director and animator Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) is an irreverent musical telling of the Book of Exodus, reimagining the freedom of the slaves from Egypt as an eclectic mixtape of funk, rock, and Motown, featuring songs from Pat Boone to Led Zeppelin to Oingo Boingo. With acerbic wit and a resplendent variety of animation styles, Paley’s vision is Schoolhouse Rock by way of Adult Swim, filtered through a feminist prism that derides the patriarchal tenets of the Passover story still rippling through the world today. Hilarious and razor-sharp, Paley’s latest is also achingly personal, incorporating candid conversations with her late father at the end of his life, lending the film a poignant emotional grounding amidst all the Passover madness.
Mon, Oct 8, 2018 6:00 PM
Tue, Oct 9, 2018 8:45 PM
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A Ton o' Toons

This baker’s dozen of short films from all corners of the globe showcases the incredible imagination and inspiration of today’s talented animators. Bats that live in libraries? Lemurs that fly dirigibles? Posters that come to life? A little girl who lives in a zoo? Lions that need more exercise to catch their prey? A princess who hates royal life? Water buffaloes that give you a ride to school? They’re all here—and so much more: Coin Operated (Nicholas Arioli, US 2017, 5 min), Rouff (Benjamin Brand, Johannes Engelhardt, Markus Eschrich, Johannes Lumer, & Julius Rosen, Germany 2017, 7 min), Dark Dark Woods (Emile Gignoux & Mik Løvenbalch Kirchheiner, Denmark 2017, 6 min), Awaker (Probouzec) (Filip Diviak, Czech Republic 2017, 9 min), Undiscovered (Sara Litzenberger, US 2017, 3 min), A Priori (Maïté Schmitt, France 2017, 6 min), I Want to Live in the Zoo (Evgenia Golubeva, UK 2017, 6 min), Painted (Olivia Derie, Belgium 2017,
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 11:30 AM
Fri, Oct 12, 2018 10:30 AM
Sun, Oct 14, 2018 11:45 AM
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Virus Tropical

This exquisitely animated coming-of-age tale, based on the graphic novel memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian artist Power Paola, follows Paola from her conception to the trials and tribulations of young adulthood. In Quito, Ecuador, Paola navigates life as the baby of the family, constantly at odds with her older sisters and her loving but stern parents—her father an ex-priest who gives them communion at home, her mother a fortune teller. The film charts their family dysfunction in a frank and refreshing manner thanks to the distinct voice of Paola, imbuing Virus Tropical with an intimacy that renders it funny, tender, and moving all at once. The beautiful black-and-white animation style stays true to the film’s origins, capturing both the nostalgia and anguish of growing up. The first feature of video artist and animator Santiago Caicedo, Virus Tropical won audience awards at the SXSW and BAFICI Film Festivals.
Fri, Oct 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14, 2018 11:30 AM
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Come join us for this free community screening near downtown Mill Valley!
Fri, Oct 5, 2018 7:00 PM
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