A longtime favorite of MVFF, Bay Area auteur Rob Nilsson returns with a mind-expanding exploration of life on society’s rough edges. The second film in Nilsson’s Nomad Trilogy (after Arid Cut, MVFF 2019), Center Divide delves deep into the everyday realities of several complex characters as they retreat from the West Coast. Rail and Mitra are a young couple flying down the road on a stolen motorcycle, searching for a connection to the past as they plot an unknown future. Along the way they encounter like-minded travelers; people in the trenches who struggle against a cold, corporate existence. This surprising road-trip flick is hypnotic and harrowing at once, complete with joyful dancing and penetrating exchanges. Nilsson delivers breathtaking images of contemporary America in all its natural splendor and manmade misfortune. Totally improvised by a group of magnetic actors, the film takes us inside captivating personal experiences while seeking to reveal truths about a world turned upside down. –Brendan Peterson
We will be joined in person by Rob Nilsson, Director, and Zhan Petrov, Producer, Center Divide, for an onstage conversation.
Sunday, Oct 10, 6:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Bay Area filmmaker Rob Nilsson’s first feature, Northern Lights (MVFF 1979), won the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Camera Award. In the years since, he has become a prolific writer and director whose films include Signal 7 (MVFF 1984), On the Edge (MVFF 1985), Heat and Sunlight (MVFF 1987), Chalk (1996), Winter Oranges (MVFF 2000), Maelstrom (MVFF 2012), Permission to Touch (MVFF 2015), and Arid Cut (MVFF 2019).