Sept. 9 to CFI Members and Sept. 15 to the general public

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In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A Private War is brought to the screen by Academy Award-nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman in his pulse-pounding narrative feature debut.



For classically trained Black jazz piano prodigy Dr. Don Shirley and his white chauffeur and bodyguard Tony Lip, a 1962 concert tour of the American South proves an eye-opening experience in unanticipated ways. Peter Farrelly’s sharply observed drama, spiked with wry humor and inspired by real-life events, features the prodigiously gifted Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, MVFF 2016) as the ultra-sophisticated, polylingual Shirley, an elegant, mannered outsider wherever he goes and a transformed Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) as his truculent, semi-illiterate lip. Tooling around rural roads in a highly conspicuous turquoise Cadillac and getting into—and barely out of—life-threatening encounters together, each starts to see the real man beyond the other’s surface. The period details are spot-on, and so are the hate and the horror that greet a Black man in the Jim Crow South. Ali and Mortensen are pitch-perfect as an improbably matched pair, often at loggerheads, whose journey reaps unexpected and enduring rewards.


Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Rosamund Pike has earned international acclaim for both her stage and film roles. Perhaps best known for her lead role in the hugely successful Gone Girl, Rosamund has most recently been seen in Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, José Padilha’s Entebbe, and Brad Anderson’s Beirut.


Matthew Heineman is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has twice won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Directors Guild of America. A Private War is Heineman’s first narrative feature.


Although he starred in dozens of acclaimed and popular films and television programs, including The Hunger Games, The Free State of Jones, The Place Beyond the Pines, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for more than 12 years, it was Oakland-born Mahershala Ali’s Emmy-nominated role as Remy Danton in the acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards that finally proved to be a breakout role for the talented, busy actor.  With high-profile roles in the Marvel/Netflix series Luke Cage and the Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser Hidden Figures, Ali topped off a great 2017 by winning the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed Best Picture drama, Moonlight. Ali will soon be seen in HBO’s critically acclaimed True Detective series and Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel for Twentieth Century Fox, alongside Jennifer Connelly and Christoph Waltz.


Peter Farrelly is a director, producer, executive producer, screenwriter, and published novelist widely known for the nearly 20 star-driven comedy blockbuster movies he made with his brother Bob such as There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin, Shallow Hall, Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, and the modern-day classic, Dumb and Dumber. Most recently, Farrelly’s television series Loudermilk,starring Tyler Layton-Olson and Ron Livingston, was renewed for a second season by the At&T Audience Network.

7:00pm  |  Smith Rafael Film Center

Program & Gala: $125 general | $110 CFI members
Program Only: $60 general | $75 CFI members

Tickets on sale Sept. 9 to CFI members, Sept. 15 to general public

7:00pm  |  CinéArts Sequoia

Program & Gala: $125 general | $110 CFI members
Program Only: $60 general | $75 CFI members

Tickets on sale Sept. 9 to CFI members, Sept. 15 to general public



9:00pm – Midnight  
2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur

Following the two films, MVFF41 kicks off this year’s festivities with an Opening Night Gala, celebrating the glamor of cinema and our beautiful home in Marin County, at the Marin Country Mart. Enjoy fabulous food provided by Belcampo, Big Jim’s BBQ, Fiorello’s Artisan Gelato, Johnny Doughnuts, Pizza Antica and Sol Food, refreshing beverages provided by BevMo, Bartenders Unlimited, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Equator Coffee, and dance the night away to live music from Notorious, DJ Rich Factor and the Crackerjack DJs. Commemorate the fun in Buzz Photo Booths!