‘Oleander,’ ‘Frida’ to open Mill Valley

Fest will pay tribute to Forman, Wiest, Penn, Asner

“White Oleander” and “Frida” will open the 25th annual Mill Valley Film Festival Oct. 3. The 11-day fest, which takes place at Mill Valley’s Sequoia Theater and the Rafael Film Center in neighboring San Rafael, will conclude Oct. 13 with “Merci Docteur Rey” and “Personal Velocity.”

The fest will pay tribute to Milos Forman Oct. 11 and, as part of the occasion, will screen a newly struck print of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” the following evening. Also being feted with tributes are “Merci” star Dianne Wiest (Oct. 12), “Oleander” co-star Robin Wright Penn (Oct. 4) and, in keeping with the fest’s four-year tradition of honoring TV greats, Ed Asner.

The fest will host four world preems, two North American preems and 14 U.S. preems during its 11-day run, which will also feature an array of seminars and special events. These include fest’s Five@Five program (the best of the year’s short films grouped by theme and offered weekdays at 5 p.m. for $5), the eighth Children’s Film Fest, the New Media/VFest and Valley of the Docs.

Revivals and new arrivals

Also featured will be two fest revivals: “Alambrista!” and “Stand and Deliver,” the latter of which had its world preem at the fest as “Walking on Water” in 1987. Aside from “Frida” and “Personal Velocity,” this year’s indie lineup includes “Bug,” “Just a Kiss,” “Roger Dodger” and “Welcome to Collinwood.”

Fest’s 2002 World Cinema lineup features two world preems from Japan, “Letter From the Mountain” and “Ping Pong,” as well as a plethora of films from Iran and India. These include: “The Deserted Station,” “Exam” and “I, Taraneh, Am Fifteen” (from Iran) and “Let’s Talk” and “Uncle Ghost” (from India).

Tickets can be ordered at www.mvff.com.

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